New NIH Grant Awarded to the Xie Lab in Biological Physics

Dr. Aihua Xie’s research group has received a new grant, R15GM144898, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a period of three years (March 1, 2022 – February 28, 2025). The project title is “Advanced Infrared Biology of Protein Structure & Dynamics”. Dr. Xie is the principal investigator of this NIH award. This award will support the research to develop a new Fourier-Transform Infrared (FT-IR) based technology that enables in-depth exploration and investigation on how a protein perform its biological function based on structure, dynamics and energetics. Six talented undergraduate researchers (with average GPA of 3.91) and one PhD student have already joined the project.

new NIH grant

Three of the undergraduate researchers (first left to third left) in this project are Greg Shildt (double major in Computer Engineering & Electrical Engineering), Jake Mulready (double major in Physics & Math), and Emily Hurst (Major in Agricultural Engineering and Premed). The other three students (middle to second right) are Colleen Stegmann, Randi Laverty, and Cole Bass who are engineering students from Dr. Yost’s PHYS2014 honor class and came to interview Dr. Xie (first right) on her scientific career path for their honor project.