Notre Dame researchers receive CTSI pilot research grants

Author: Brandi Klingerman


Indiana CTSI grants encourage use of core facilities throughout the State

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) announced that University of Notre Dame researchers have been awarded grants through the CTSI Pilot Funding program. The program is intended to promote the use of technologies and expertise available through CTSI Core Facilities, which are available at the partner institutions. 

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In describing the awards, Bruce Melancon, CTSI Notre Dame site navigator and research assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, said, “The CTSI Pilot Funding program encourages faculty to utilize resources that they may not have considered. This provides an opportunity for CTSI-funded researchers to innovate and move their research to the next stage of the translational pathway.”

The goal of the grant is to award proposals that demonstrate outstanding scientific merit and that can also be linked to generating extramural funding or novel intellectual property through the use of Indiana CTSI designated core facilities.

Among the awarded grants:

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Athanasia Panopoulos, Elizabeth and Michael Gallagher Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences and affiliated member of the Harper Cancer Research Institute (HCRI), will conduct research for her project on “Molecular Profiling of Hematopoietic Progenitor/Stem Cell Populations.”

Kevin T. Vaughan, associate professor of biological sciences and HCRI affiliate, will work on his project about identifying new drug treatments for neurodegenerative diseases.

Notre Dame is home to several CTSI Core Facilities, including the Center for Research Computing, the Genetics and Bioinformatics Core Facility, the Freimann Life Sciences Center, the Notre Dame Integrated Imaging Facility, and the Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics Facility. For more information about all available core facilities through the CTSI, please visit

The Indiana CTSI is a statewide collaboration between Indiana University, Purdue University, and the University of Notre Dame, as well as public and private partnerships, whose mission is to strengthen and support the entire spectrum of translational research from scientific discovery to improved patient care. For more information on the Indiana CTSI, including funding opportunities, please visit



Originally published by Brandi Klingerman at on November 01, 2016.