The Duke Science and Technology (DST) Launch Seed Grants recognize the initiation of high-impact, interdisciplinary projects by faculty from multiple disciplines across campus and the School of Medicine.

A Genomic Dive into Seafood Markets

Medicine + Environment

PIsLawrence Anthony David, Associate Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology; Martin Smith, George M. Woodwell Distinguished Professor of Environmental Economics


Deciphering the Formation Mechanisms of Global Land Surface Warming Pattern: An Atmosphere-Land-Ocean-Hierarchy Approach (ALOHA)

Environment + engineering

PIs: Shineng Hu, Assistant Professor of Physical Oceanography; Gabriel G. Katul, George Pearsall Distinguished Professor


Degradable Polymer Bottlebrushes as Synthetic Ophthalmic Viscoelastic Device

Natural Sciences + Medicine

PIs: Matthew L Becker, Hugo L. Blomquist Distinguished Professor of Chemistry; Lloyd Williams, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology


Dynamic Imaging Markers for Active Surveillance of Low-Grade Glioma Patients

Population Health Sciences + Medicine + Statistics

PIs: Marc Ryser, Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences; Katherine Barnett Peters, Professor of Neurosurgery; Devon James Godfrey, Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology; Sayan Mukherjee, Professor of Statistical Science


Engineering approaches to prevent rejection in solid organ transplant 

Engineering + Medicine

PIs: Tatiana Segura, Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Andrew Serghios Barbas, Associate Professor of Surgery


Extracorporeal liver support using xeno-plasma co-circulation

Medicine + Engineering

PIs: Andrew Serghios Barbas, Associate Professor of Surgery; George A. Truskey, R. Eugene and Susie E. Goodson Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering


Malaria Parasite Adaptive Response to Sickle Erythrocytes (PARSEC)

Medicine + Natural Sciences

PIs: Steve M Taylor, Associate Professor of Medicine; Emily R. Derbyshire, Associate Professor of Chemistry


Tiny, potent, and reusable: Visualization of non-destructive energy focusing in ultrafast propulsive structures

Natural Sciences + Engineering 

PIs: Sheila N Patek, Mrs. Alexander Hehmeyer Professor; Roarke Horstmeyer, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

DST Launch 2022-2023 Recipients

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