Three early-stage research projects with the potential to address significant scientific questions have been selected to receive funding through the Dean for Research Innovation Fund for New Ideas in the Natural Sciences.
One of the projects aims to apply a powerful microscope to view the opening and closing of cellular gates that play major roles in health and disease. Another project will harness artificial intelligence to aid in the study of how we perceive emotions in others. The third project will explore how the immune system of elephant seals protects against numerous pathogens.
The fund encourages projects that strike a new direction or take a risk on a fresh idea, projects that may not be far enough along to merit funding from federal agencies. The winning proposals were selected based on their quality, originality and potential for impact through a process of anonymous peer review.
Tiny cellular gatekeepers at work
Building better faces for use in psychology research
Defending the elephant seals