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

Scientist walking in lab with equipment visible

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 Marko

As 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

A 3D Model to enhance education of molecular models

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.