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Professor Andrei Shkel has received a $300,000 National Science Foundation EAGER (Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research) Award. The NSF’s EAGER funding supports exploratory work in its early stages on untested, but potentially transformative, research ideas or approaches.
Shkel is investigating a new approach for a high performance magnetometer set in a 10-square centimeter microsystem. The proposed technology would be able to detect weak magnetic fields such as those produced by the brain, heart and other organs. Shkel envisions a hand-held device for personal health-care, on-demand diagnostic and self-monitoring of diseases.
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has given Elliot Hui, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering, a Young Faculty Award for his project titled “Directed Evolution of Phytochrome Absorption Spectra for Multichannel Optogenetic Cellular Interfaces.” He will receive $425,000 over two years.