Faculty and staff grants: July 2020

In an effort to promote research and scholarship conducted by Marquette faculty and staff, the Office of Marketing and Communication and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs have partnered to present a monthly recap of recent grants awarded to faculty and staff.

The report will be featured in Marquette Today each month.

The following grants were awarded to university faculty and staff in July 2020.

Fatigue and Neuromuscular Function in Adults with Achilles tendinopathy
$43,000 – Medical College of Wisconsin (Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin)

Dr. Hunter
Dr. Bement
Lauren Sara

Dr. Sandra Hunter (PI), professor of exercise science; Dr. Marie Bement, associate professor of physical therapy; and Lauren Sara, graduate assistant for physical therapy in the College of Health Sciences

Abstract: This proposal aims to determine the differences in strength and fatigability of the calf muscles in people with Achilles tendinopathy when compared to healthy controls. It is intended to generate pilot data for a novel exercise training program that targets the specific impairments identified in this pilot study.

Collaborative Research on Enumerative and Experimental Combinatorics
$42,000 – Simons Foundation

Dr. Jay Pantone, assistant professor of mathematical and statistical sciences in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences

Abstract: Research by the recipient focuses on the creation of the Combinatorial Exploration framework which algorithmically and automatically produces rigorous proofs about the structure of combinatorial objects, and the development of experimental algorithms to analyze initial terms of combinatorial sequences and form conjectures about their generating functions and asymptotic behavior. This grant will be used to advance valuable collaborations and initiate new ones through extended research visits in both directions, as well as support visits by prospective graduate assistants – to not only collaborate with them but to recruit them to Marquette.

Collaborative Research: Mitigating antibiotic resistance in drinking water by understanding the impact of corrosion inhibitors and corrosion products
$420,000 – National Science Foundation

Dr. Patrick McNamara, associate professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering in the Opus College of Engineering

Abstract: The main objective of this research is to determine how corrosion inhibitors and corrosion products impact antibiotic resistance. The central hypothesis is that corrosion inhibitors and corrosion products yield metals in drinking water that increase the abundance and alter the types of antibiotic resistant genes in municipal drinking water.

Assessing the Function of Individual Cells in Patients with Inherited Retinal Degenerative Disease
$288,588 – Foundation Fighting Blindness

Dr. Robert Cooper, assistant professor of biomedical engineering in the joint department of Biomedical Engineering with the Medical College of Wisconsin

Abstract: This research will translate an adaptive optics ophthalmoscope-based optophysiological measurement with the intent of reaching patients with retinal degenerative diseases. In particular, the technique has the potential to both identify patients that are best suited for a specific therapeutic approach and enable clinicians and researchers to rapidly assess patient outcomes following a therapeutic intervention. For individuals where a therapy is not yet available, the outcome of this research will provide clinicians with a sensitive tool to describe disease progression, improving disease management.