Research Funding Highlights

Erik S. Wright, PhD

Dr. Wright is a 2018 Awardee of the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award for his project entitled “Uncovering Synergistic Antibiotic Cocktails with Comparative Genomics”. Dr. Wright’s project will develop strategies for mitigating the rise of antimicrobial resisistance using comparative genomics. The positive outcomes of this work include discovering new antibiotics for drug development and revealing strategies for combating the rise of antibiotic resistance.

Kayhan Batmanghelich, PhD

Dr. Batmanghelich is the recipient of several grants in 2018. Dr. Batmanghelich is the Principal Investigator (PI) on a grant from the NIH National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for a project entitled “An Integrative Radiogenomic Approach to Design Genetically-Informed Large Biomarker for Characterizing COPD.” He has been awarded a grant in collaboration with SAP Research entitled “Deep Multi-Domain Learning: A Framework to Incorporate Weak Labels to the Attention Models.” Dr. Batmanghelich is also working on a collaborative project with Suvrit Sra of MIT which has been awarded a $600,000 grant from the NSF Division of Mathematical Sciences.

Jonathan C. Silverstein, MD, MS, FACS, FACMI

Dr. Silverstein is the Principal Investigator, Pitt DBMI, on a collaboration of Pittsburgh institutions building a computing infrastructure for a molecular atlas. This project, funded by the NIH, will allow biologists to explore the human body in cellular detail. The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), a program of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, and the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine are undertaking the work as part of $54 million in funding by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the Human BioMolecular Atlas Program (HuBMAP).

“We’re pleased to further deepen our close relationship with PSC via this national cyber-infrastructure project. We are especially excited to work with HuBMAP and HIVE collaborators, including NIH, to build HuBMAP’s secure and highly flexible research data portal and computational environment.” Jonathan C. Silverstein, MD, MS, FACS, FACMI, Pitt DBMI

For more on HuBMAP, please see the full story by Ken Chiacchia of PSC: