Research scientists/professors at Benedict College, Converse College, and Erskine College have been selected to participate in collaborative research projects funded by the NSF-supported GEAR CRP (Grants for Exploratory Academic Research Collaborative Research Program).
The GEAR CRP program is funding five (5) SC research teams, each for a one-year term and up to $60,000 per project. These teams are composed of a lead principal investigator at a SC research university and at least one co-principal investigator from a predominantly undergraduate institution. Two previous SCICU news releases have reported on related research funding, as follows:
- Benedict, Claflin, and Furman Faculty Researchers Receive EPSCoR/IDeA Funding, and
- Claflin and Furman Part of $20 Million NSF-Funded MADE In SC Initiative.
The four (4) SCICU professors participating in the GEAR CRP projects are as follows:
Benedict College – Dr. Gurcan ComertProject focus: A hybrid discrete-continuum model for simulating sprouting angiogenesis in 3D biofabricationLead primary investigator is Dr. Qi Wang (University of South Carolina).Additional investigator is Dr. Yi Sun (University of South Carolina).
Benedict College – Dr. Hon JiangProject focus: Multivalent cell recognition through galectins using virus nanoparticlesLead primary investigator is Dr. Qian Wang (University of South Carolina).Additional investigator is Dr. Li Cai (USC-Lancaster).
Converse College – Dr. Sheri StricklandProject Focus: Programmable polymers based on restricted rotation formed by free radical polymerizationLead primary investigator is Dr. Kenneth Shimizu (University of South Carolina).
Erskine College – Dr. Ekaterina MichonovaProject Focus: The effect of physical and chemical signals on cellular behavior across multiple scalesLead primary investigator is Dr. Konstantin Kornev (Clemson University).
Additional information on GEAR research may be read on the MADE in SC – SC EPSCoR/IDEA website.