Michael Gretz Receives National Science Foundation Grant

Michael Gretz received a National Science Foundation grant in support of his work investigating the evolution of the land plant cell wall. The Gretz lab is collaborating with an international team of researchers using algal systems to understand cell wall polymers critical for key morphogenetic events that led to the emergence of land plants aproximately 470 million years ago. This research provides pivotal information necessary for understanding, and potentially modifying, cell walls to facilitate agricultural and biofuel production, and development of pharmaceuticals,food additives and other products.

Dr. Mike Gretz was also granted a recent award from the South Florida Water Management District for a project entitled “Determination of Polysaccharide Biomarkers from Macrophytes in Detrital Floc.”

Professor Michael Gretz (Biological Sciences) received $184,536 from Incitor LLC for a one-year project, “Biofuels from Algae and Extracellular Polymers: Catalytic Domains on Bionanolattices,” which is part of a biofuels initiative that is supported by multiple agencies in the Department of Defense.

W. Charles Kerfoot Receives Funding

Professor W. Charles Kerfoot (Biological Sciences) has received $20,000 of a potential $320,000 multiple-year project from the US Corp of Engineers/ERDC-EL. His project is titled, “Innovative analysis of CHARTS Data of Grand Traverse Bay, Keweenaw Peninsula: Mine Tailings (Gay Stamp Sand) Dispersal.”

Charles Kerfoot received $79,606 for one year from the National Park Service for “Determine Invasion Status and Ecological Effects of an Exotic Zooplankter in Several Great Lakes Area Parks.” Kerfoot could also receive a three-year award of $189,880 with this project.

New Funding

Dr. K. Michael Gibson (Biological Sciences/BRC) has received $53,629 from the University of Pittsburgh for the first year of a potential five-year, $150,000 project, “Therapeutic Biomarkers in Hyper IgD Syndrome (HIDS).”

Michael Gibson (Biological Sciences/BRC) has received $181,644 from the US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, for a project titled, “Murine Knockout Model of 4-Hydroxybutyric Aciduria.”

Professor K. Michael Gibson (Biological Sciences/BRC), has received $264,992 from the US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, for the first year of a potential five-year project totaling $1,401,404. His project is titled, “Novel Treatment and Screening Strategies in Heritable Gamma-Hydroxybutyric Acidur.”

Professor K. Michael Gibson (Biological Sciences) has received $50,000 from the Pediatric Neurotransmitter Disease Association for a project titled, “Efficacy of Ornithine Alpha Ketoglutarate Intervention in Succinic Semialdehyde Dehydrogenase (SSADH; Aldh5a1) Deficiency.”

Recent Publications

Graduate student John Lawrence and Assistant Professor Jason Carter published a paper, “Vestibulosympathetic Reflex During the Early Follicular and Midluteal Phases of the Menstrual Cycle,” in the American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism, volume 294, issue 6, 2008. Graduate student John Durocher, physician Darin Leetun of Portage Health and Assistant Professor Jason Carter published a paper, “Gender Differences in Hockey Players During On-Ice Graded Exercise,” in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, volume 22, issue 4, 2008. Assistant Professor Jason Carter published an invited review, “Sympathetic Responses to Vestibular Activation in Humans,” in the American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, volume 294, issue 3, 2008.

New Research

Nancy Auer (Biological Sciences), “Employing National Geographic Crittercam to Study Largest Freshwater Great Lakes Fish, the Lake Sturgeon,” $26,000

W. Charles Kerfoot (Biological Sciences/Lake Superior Ecosystem Research Center), “Instrumentation of Isle Royale Ferry, Ranger III,” $17,000

Academy Alumni Visit

Dr. Joseph Roti Roti, a member of the College of Sciences and Arts Academy of Distinguished Alumni visited Michigan Tech in September to attend the Anniversary celebration for the academy and the induction of Dr. Jeffrey Jentzen

Dr. Joseph Roti Roti ’65, Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology, Radiation Oncology and Biochemistry, School of Medicine, Washington University, St. Louis.

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