Current SPROUT Projects
Cryo-cell: A Freezable Fluid Cell for Cryo-electron Microscopy
PI: Jungwon Park, External; Team: Joel Meyerson
This team is creating a more effective form of freezable fluid cell, reducing the cost and improving the effectiveness of research involving cry-electron microscopy.
New Strategy to Treat Chronic Infections
PI: Liz Hedstrom; Team: Devi Gollapalli, Shibin Chacko
Having identified a way to spur premature bacteria growth, this team proposes that they can make pathogens more vulnerable to antibiotics. This could make it easier to fight infections.
An Experimental and Computational Way to Locate Quasi-palindromes in Genomic DNA
PI - Sue Lovett, Team - Alex Ferrazzoli, Ariana Traub, Taku Harada
This team is combining genetic and computer science, creating a program that can detect quasi-palindromes, or "mutational hotspots.” This technology will be of great value to pharmaceutical companies, doctors, and anyone else with an interest in sequencing the human genome.
Crystal Screening Chip
PI - Seth Fraden, Team - Achini Opathalage, Ali Aghavami, Yanlin Li
This team developed a new x-ray screening chip, which can inspect hundreds of different conditions through x-ray diffraction and accelerated crystal screening.
Redesigning Back Braces for Scoliosis Treatment
Team - Ingrid MarkoAs the only contender to compete on her own, Marko proposed a new back brace to improve treatment of spinal disorders.
Outsmarting Smart Bugs: Blocking Immune Evasion By Lyme and Other Pathogens
Team - Yuko Nakajima, Randall Tyers
This team proposed a line of drugs that prevent pathogens from hiding from immune defenses, allowing the immune system to destroy them with ease.
Leveraging 3D Printing: Functional Molecular Models For Education
PI - Michael Marr, Team - Andrew Sawyer, Denise Hilton, Nick Clark
Using 3D printing, this team aims to model the Central Dogma, a set of three processes that play a crucial role in biological functions, as a hands-on teaching tool to teach basic science theory.