Balaji Narasimhan, associate dean for research, and Daniel Attinger, associate professor of mechanical engineering, both received awards from the Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research program created by President Steven Leath.
Narasimhan is the principal investigator of a project called “Systems Design of Nanovaccines,” which is seeking to revolutionize disease prevention and treatment using nanovaccines. His project was granted a funding award of up to $4.5 million over three years to pursue competitive grants for further research.
Attinger received a proof-of-concept award of up to $100,000 for one year, which is for projects that are more limited in scope. He is the principal investigator of a project titled “Computationally Engineered Plant Institute.” The project focused on the future of food security entails collaboration between engineers and plant scientists.
The Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research program was created to support research efforts with the possibility of leading to major advances, discoveries and technologies.