The University of Wisconsin-Madison is a richly-funded science research environment, which is especially evident given recent NSF and NIH research funding statistics. In total, the University of Wisconsin-Madison received $335.9 million in research funding from the NSF and NIH in 2012. The NSF awarded the university $106 million. Of that money, $13.8 million went to bio research projects alone. For our readers’ convenience, we have spotlighted the top five NSF-funded bio research projects broken down by funding program, project title and research funding below.
Top Five NSF-Funded Bio Research Projects
- Ecosystem Science Cluster: Comparative Study of a Suite of Lakes in Wisconsin – $1.4 million
- Plant Genome Research Project: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Deciphering the Molecular Dialogue between the Plasma Membrane and Nucleus of Medicago truncatula – $1.3 million
- Molecular Biophysics: Arabidopsis 2010: Functional Analysis of Ubiquitin-Protein Ligase (E3) Families in Arabidopis – $1.2 million
- Macrosystem Biology: Building Analytical, Synthesis, and Human Network Skills Needed for Macrosystem Science: a Next Generation Graduate Student Training Model Based on GLEON – $843,246
- Cross-EF Activities: Enzymes Required for the Biosynthesis of Deoxysugars Decorating Aglycone Scaffolds – $687,391
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In addition to receiving NSF research funding, the University of Wisconsin-Madison was also awarded $229.9 million in funding from the NIH. The money was distributed among a number of different departments, including departments of anatomy/cell biology, biochemistry, biology, biomedical engineering, biostatistics, chemistry, family medicine, internal medicine, pharmacology and veterinary science. We have compiled a list of the top five NIH-funded bio research projects along with a short description of each project and the amount of research funding it received in 2012.
Top Five NIH-Funded Bio Research Projects
- Intermittent Hypoxia-Induced Inflammation Modulates Respiratory Plasticity: Researching the ways in which inflammation has negative effects on a previously-researched model of plasticity in the breathing neural system following acute intermittent hypoxia – $513,899
- Impact of Microparticles on Oral TSE Infections: Investigating the ways in which clay-bound prions, infectious agents made up of misfolded proteins, have become more orally transmissible; researching the means by which whole soils bind chronic wasting disease agents; and determining whether endogenous calcium phosphate microparticles inside the intestine lead to TSE infection – $338,418
- Prolactin: Mammary Progenitors and Tumor Initiating Cells in Luminal Carcinomas: Using an in vivo model to research whether prolactin works with ovarian steroids to alter epithelial progenitor and tumor cells in the breast and through this research making way for new and more effective therapies – $308,138
- Mechanotransduction and the Regulation of Skeletal Muscle Mass: Understanding on a molecular level the process by which skeletal muscle mass is regulated and how mechanical stimulation plays a role in this process, thereby pointing out a way forward towards better therapeutic methods – $288,684
- Epigenetic Regulation of Peripheral Nerve Myelination: Researching myelination, which is crucial for the proper functioning of the nervous system, and genetic and epigenetic switches; testing the ways in which the polycomb epigenetic pathway is used in peripheral nerve myelination. – $285,569
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