Faculty members Yingcui Li (Department of Biology) and Hwayeon Ryu (Department of Mathematics) of the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) have been awarded Greenberg Junior Faculty Grants (AY2017-18).
Yingcui Li, assistant professor of biology, will be investigating genetic causes of osteoarthritis by discerning the role hyaluronan (a large sugar molecule) has in the development of cartilage and bone formation. Her work may eventually suggest new therapies for the retention of healthy joints. Along with course release time, the grant will provide funding for student-assisted support and supplies related to this project.
Hwayeon Ryu, assistant professor of mathematics, will be developing a neural network solution to understand how rhythmic behaviors of the brain are connected to recognition and propagation at the small-network level. The project has implications for how abnormal brain functioning, such as epileptic seizures, migraines, and hallucinations are linked to synchronization and traveling waves in neuronal networks. Along with course release time, the grant will provide funding for travel and other grant-related expenses.
The Greenberg Junior Faculty Grants are internal grant awards intended to promote high-quality scholarship by faculty members who are just beginning their careers. These grants are made possible by a generous gift from Arnold and Beverly Greenberg.