New External Grant Funding

Dr. Andrew Doust is a Co-PI for a $600,000 NSF grant that will focus on authentic undergraduate research experiences for future sciences educators. More information here.

Dr. Andrew Doust and Dr. Mark Fishbein are co-PI's on a $250,000 National Science Foundation-MRI grant for the 'Acquisition of a genomic sequencer within a shared resource facility for interdisciplinary sciences and training at Oklahoma State University' (start Nov. 2016). Peter Hoyt, Director of OSU's Microarray and Bioinformatics Core Facility is serving as the Principal Investigator.

Dr. William Henley has been awarded a two-year Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology,Plant Science Program grant totaling $100,000 to study 'Enhanced Lipid Production by Mutant Diatoms in Continuous Culture' (start August 2016).

Dr. Ming Yang was awarded a grant from Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology for $100,000 to study "Meiotic suppressors of ask1-1" (start August 2016). An essential process in eukaryotes is protein ubiquitination by E3 ubiquitin ligases. The Skp1-Cullin-F-box protein (SCF) complexes are a major class of the E3s that recognize specific substrates by the F-box proteins. Specific aims of this investigation are to 1) identify the proteins that interact with three selected F-box proteins in reproductive tissues, 2) determine if ubiquitination of the identified proteins depends on the corresponding F-box proteins, and 3) determine the biological functions of the identified proteins. This investigation represents a major step towards the PI's long-term goal of understanding the functions of SCFs in reproductive tissues.

Dr. Andrew Doust has been awarded a National Science Foundation-IOS grant in the amount of $400,000 for Collaborative Research on the 'Genetic Comparisons of Abscission Zones in Grasses' (start June 2016). Dr. Julie Angle (OSU College of Education) is a co-PI. This study examines the genetic regulation of spatial and temporal variation in abscission zone formation and its underlying mechanisms across grasses. It incorporates genetic analyses and RNA-seq approaches to understand how a central core regulation system for abscission has evolved across grasses.

Dr. William Henley has been awarded a one-year grant totaling $12,500 from the National Energy Solutions Institue - Smart Energy Source (NESI-SES) to study 'Feasibility Testing of a Passive Solar and Geothermal Water Circulation and Temperature Control System for Outdoor Algae Cultures' (start May 2016). This project will test whether: 1) passive solar convection can be used to circulate water through shallow raceways (for outdoor algae cultures) during sunny days, and 2) temperature regulation is possible using underground heat exchange with the return water stream. These two aspects are potentially independent – one could be used without the other, but the intent is to couple them. If successful, this system could circulate and temperature regulate outdoor algae cultures using only zero-cost energy and no water input for these aspects of cultivation.

Other Faculty have active research grants from federal agencies including the National Science Foundation (NSF), US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the US Forest Service, the Mellon Foundation, and from state agencies and foundations including the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST); see here.