Grant Application Topics
Topics for pilot grant applications include:
- identification and/or validation of novel molecular targets for the treatment of a disease
- designing/discovering new prototype drugs (of any chemical nature) acting on a defined molecular target
- targeted drug delivery
- design and laboratory testing of novel drug combinations based on the drug target’s biology
Pilot project applications are solicited once a year before the spring. All the applications undergo peer review, and the winners are selected by the External Advisory Committee.
2015-2016 Pilot Projects
Boris Kantor, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor, USC School of Medicine
Director of the Vector Core
Project: Designing inducible CRISPR-CAS vector system for validation of COPZ1 gene, as a novel target for anticancer intervention.
Gabor Szalai, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor
Department of Drug Discovery, College of Pharmacy
Project: Evaluation of the Peromyscus leucopus panel for pharmacogenomics studies.
2014-2015 Pilot Projects
Ho-Jin Koh, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Arnold School of Public Health
Project: TRB3: A Novel Mediator for Denervation-induced Muscle Atrophy
Rekha Patel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Pharmacy
Project: PKR inhibitory peptides for treatment of type 2 diabetes and other chronic inflammatory conditions
Georgi Petkov, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Drug Discovery and Biomedical Sciences, College of Pharmacy
Project: Identification and validation of KCNQ channels as novel molecular targets for the treatment of overactive bladder and urinary incontinence.