Research Grants - Current
2011-2012 | National Science Foundation (I-CORPS program) | Portable sensors using the widely available personal glucose monitor
2011-2014 | National Science Foundation | A Biosynthetic Approach toward Biomimetic Studies of Metalloproteins Involved in Long-range Electron Transfer
2010-2014 | National Institute of Health (R01) | Biosynthetic Protein Models of Heme-copper Oxidases and Nitric Oxide Reductases
2010-2012 | Department of Defense Construction Engineering Research Lab | Development of Sensors for Detection and Identification of Mold
2008-2013 | National Institute of Health (R01) | Selection, Characterization & Application of Paramagnetic Metal-specific DNAzymes
2011-2014 | Department of Energy | New Catalytic DNA Biosensors for Radionuclides and Metal Ions
2006-2012 | National Science Foundation | Active control of nano- and microfluidic systems and its application in chemical and biosensing (under UIUC NSF Center for Nanoscale Chemical-Electrical-Mechanical Manufacturing Systems (Nano-CEMMS))
2003-2012 | National Science Foundation | New Catalytic DNA Biosensors for Trace Contaminants in Water
(under UIUC NSF Water CAMPWS Science and Engineering Center---ICTII co-leader)
Reserch Grants - Recent Past
2008-2011 | National Institute of Health STTR Phase II grant (R42) | Catalytic DNA Biosensor for Toxic Metal Ions
2008-2011 | Department of Energy | New Catalytic DNA Biosensors for Radionuclides and Metal Ions
2003-2011 | National Science Foundation | Design and Engineering Proteins and Nucleic Acids and Their Applications in Directed Assembly of Nanostructures (under RPI-UIUC NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center----Thrust II co-leader)
2006-2011 | National Science Foundation | A Biosynthetic Approach toward Biomimetic Studies of Metalloproteins Involved in Long-range Electron Transfer
2006-2010 | National Institute of Health (R01) | Biosynthetic Protein Models of Heme-copper Oxidases and Nitric Oxide Reductases
2009-2010 | Illinois Sustainable Technology Center | In-vitro selection of DNA aptamers for the detection of endotoxins
2009-2010 | UIUC Provost's Initiative on Teaching Advancement (PITA) | Implementation and In-depth Evaluation of the Chemistry Enrichment Program
2007-2009 | Prostate Cancer Foundation | Aptazyme-Actuated Invertible Liposomes for Targeted Prostate Cancer Therapy (co-PI with Drs. Jianjun Cheng and Gerard Wong)
2005-2009 | Department of Defense | Metal Ion Sensor with Catalytic DNA in a Nanofluidic Intelligent Processor (under DoD SERDP program, joint with Drs. Cropek and Bohn)
2002-2009 | Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professors Program | A New Integrated Approach to Undergraduate Course Instruction
2008-2009 | UIUC Provost's Initiative on Teaching Advancement (PITA) | Large-scale Implementation of Enrichment Program for Chemistry Courses
2003-2008 | Department of Defense | Self-Assembly of 3-D Multifunctional Ceramic Composites for Photonics and Sensors (under UIUC DOD MURI Program)
2006-2008 | Environmental Protection Agency SBIR Phase II | Development of a reliable, lost-cost and user-friendly spot test kit for leaded dusts based on recent advances in bionanotechnology
2007-2008 | National Institute of Health STTR Phase I | Allosteric DNAzyme sensors for practical detection of mycotoxins (PI: Scott Silverman)
2006-2008 | Department Housing and Urban Development | A New Colorimetric Spot Test Method for Lead in Household Paint Based on Catalytic DNA-Nanoparticles
2007-2008 | UIUC Provost's Initiative on Teaching Advancement (PITA) | The Chemistry 199L Modules Implementation Plan
2004-2007 | Department of Energy | New Catalytic DNA Biosensors for Radionuclides and Metal Ions
2006-2007 | Department of Defense STTR Phase I | Colorimetric Sensors for Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents
2003-2006 | Illinois Waste Management and Research Center | New Catalytic DNA Fluorescent and Colorimetric Sensors for On-site, Real-Time Monitoring of Industrial and Drinking Water
2005-2006 | National Institute of Health STTR Phase I | Catalytic DNA Biosensor for Toxic Metal Ions
2005-2006 | Environmental Protection Agency SBIR Phase I | Development of a reliable, lost-cost and user-friendly spot test kit for leaded paint and dust based on recent advances in bionanotechnology
2003-2005 | Department Housing and Urban Development | A New Colorimetric Spot Test Method for Lead in Household Paint and Dust based on DNAzyme-nanoparticles
2001-2005 | National Institute of Health (R01) | Designing Heteronuclear Metalloenzymes
2002-2005 | National Science Foundation | A Biosynthetic Approach Toward Biomimetic Studies of Metalloproteins Involved in Long-range Electron Transfer
2001-2004 | Department of Energy | New Catalytic DNA Biosensors for Radionuclides and Metal Ions
1998-2000 | National Science Foundation Special Creativity Extension Award | A Protein-Analog Approach to Biomimetic Studies of Metalloenzymes
1995-2000 | National Institute of Health (R01) | Metalloribozymes: a New Class of Metalloenzymes
1999-2004 | Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award | Structural characterization and engineering of metalloproteins and metalloribozymes
1998-2000 | Alfred P. Sloan Foundation | Building a Metal Bridge between Chemistry and Biology
1997-1999 | Research Corporation | Spectroscopic Study of Metal-binding Sites in Ribozymes: A New Class of Metalloenzymes
1996-1998 | Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation | Metalloribozymes: a New Class of Metalloenzymes
1996-1998 | Sloan Center for Asynchronous Learning Environments, UIUC | Use of the Asynchronous Learning Network to Improve the Instruction of the Accelerated Chemistry Laboratory I
1995-1998 | National Science Foundation Career Award | A Protein-Analog Approach to Biomimetic Studies of Metalloenzymes
1995-1997 | American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund | Metal-binding Sites in Ribozymes: Spectroscopic Studies of a New Class of Metalloenzymes