New round of seed grants for UMaine and Northeastern University joint research projects

The University of Maine and its Portland Gateway and Northeastern University and its Roux Institute have awarded a new round of seed funding to four collaborative research teams to address topics important to people in Maine and beyond.

The projects are part of a second round of funding in a new collaborative research initiative established between the two universities.

Each team has been awarded $50,000 to conduct the one-year projects and will work together to pursue larger external funding programs through federal and private sponsors. Research priority areas include artificial intelligence, Earth and climate sciences, health and life sciences, manufacturing and marine sciences.

Data-driven discovery of novel oligonucleotide therapeutic technologies through an experiment-theory feedback loop

Lead collaborators include Matthew Brichacek, UMaine assistant professor of chemistry and Steven Lopez, Northeastern University assistant professor of chemistry and chemical biology.

The Nursing Workforce Shortage in Maine & Massachusetts and the Development of a Multi-state Collaborative Health Sciences Research Pathway: A Mixed Methods Approach

Lead collaborators include Kathryn Robinson, UMaine assistant professor of nursing and Brianne Olivieri-Mui, Northeastern University assistant professor of health sciences.

Sentinel Spectroscopy: Light-Surface Interactions and Machine Learning for Ultra-Low-Cost, Remote, and Continuous Water Quality Detection

Lead collaborators include Caitlin Howell, UMaine associate professor of biomedical engineering and Amy Mueller, Northeastern University assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and marine and environmental sciences.

Artificial Intelligence Guided Bioinks and Mechanobiological Structures for Synthetic Tissue Regeneration: A Digital Framework

Lead collaborators include Bashir Khoda, UMaine assistant professor of mechanical engineering and Yongmin Liu, Northeastern University associate professor of mechanical and industrial engineering and electrical and computer engineering.

Read full announcement with project descriptions on the UMaine News website.