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Our students and faculty regularly win prestigious awards thanks to the vigorous educational and research opportunities available at our school. 

  • NIH STTR Award - AcePre, LLC, a biotechnology start-up company founded by Dr. Daping Fan, has recently been awarded an NIH STTR Phase I (R41) grant from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health entitled “Emodin as a complementary dietary therapy to reduce toxicity of 5 fluorouracil”.  This is a 1 year award in the amount of ~$300K.  The Principal Investigator of the project is Dr. Angela Murphy, an Associate Professor of the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology. The goal of the project is to establish the dose-range by which dietary emodin reduces the adverse effects of 5 fluorouracil, a commonly used cancer chemotherapeutic agent. AcePre, LLC was established in 2017 with the mission to translate the scientific discoveries and technological innovations made in the laboratories of Dr. Daping Fan and colleagues at the University of South Carolina into the clinic for the prevention and treatment of several inflammatory diseases and cancer.

  • NSF Grant - Congratulations to Sue Lessner and colleagues John Eberth and Tarek Shazly for their receipt of an NSF grant titled “Investigating the balance of passive and active mechanics in vascular remodeling: An integrated experimental and computational approach”!!   

  •  NIH R01 Collaboration - Congratulations to Dr. Martin Morad who with colleague Ying Mei of the Clemson- MUSC Bioengineering program has received an NIH R01 titled “Nanowired human cardiac spheroids for heart repair”. 

  •  South Carolina EPSCoR GEAR Award – Congratulations to Drs. Jay Potts, Mark Uline and Matt Stern for their GEAR Award titled “Modeling interactive biomaterial effects on self-organizing tissues”. 

  •  Teaching Excellence Award - Congratulations to Erika Blanck who was selected by the medical class of 2018 for the O’Neill Barrett Teaching Excellence Award and was selected to represent the School of Medicine Columbia faculty as part of the University Mace party at commencement!

  •  USC Honors Research Grant - Saad Iftikhar in the laboratory of Dr. Mohomad Azhar has been awarded research support from the USC Honors College titled “Analysis of TGFb function in calcific aortic valve disease”.

  •  SCBioCRAFT/ COBRE Award - Dr. John Eberth has received research support from the SCBioCraft for his project titled “A continuum approach to engineering autologous bypass grafts”

  •  NIH R01 – Congratulations to Dr. Daping Fan and colleagues for their R01 titled “Emodin as a chemopreventive agent for breast cancer”.

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