Research Insider April 2022

Office of Research, Scholarship, and Sponsored Programs

Congratulations Internal Grant Awardees!

Principal Investigator


Proposal Title

Santosh Aryal PhD
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Health Outcomes
(Main campus)
Raman (Krishna) Vankayalapati PhD
Department of Pulmonary Immunology
(HSC campus)
Natural Killer Cell-Mimicking Nanocarrier for Tumor Target Drug Delivery
Michael Barnett PhD
Department of Psychology and
(Main campus)
Nary Subramanian PhD
Department of Computer Science
(Main campus)
Virtual Reality-Based Assessment of Decision-Making Related to Financial Capacity in Normal Aging and Alzheimer's Disease
Brandon Bretl PhD
School of Education
(Main campus)
Kent Willis PhD
Department of Occupational
& Environmental Health Sciences
(HSC campus)
Unified Medical Experience Talent Tracking and Support
Ayman Hamouda PhD
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Health Outcomes
(Main campus)
Hua Tang PhD
Department of Cellular & Molecular Biology
(HSC campus)
Anti-Inflammatory Potential of Nicotine Receptor Potentiators in Acute Lung Injury
Carla Lacerda PhD
Jasper Department of Chemical Engineering
(Main campus)
Shih-Feng Chou PhD
Department of Cellular & Molecular Biology
(Main campus)

Pierre Neuenshwander PhD
Department of Cellular & Molecular Biology
(HSC campus)
Development of a Novel EGF-Eluting Scaffold for Wound Healing Applications
Ryan Shartau PhD
Department of Biology
(Main campus)
Torry Tucker PhD
Department of Cellular & Molecular Biology
(HSC campus)
Investigating the Cellular Mechanism of Intracellular pH Regulation During Exposure to High CO2
Baojin Yao PhD
Department of Cellular & Molecular Biology
(HSC campus)
Jiyong Lee PhD
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
(Main campus)
Contribution of Neutrophil Elastase Activity into COVID-19 Associated Coagulopathy


More Congratulations!

Anett Jessop photoAnett Jessop PhD, Assistant Professor of English in the Department of Literature and Languages, applied for and was invited to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute: Making Modernism: Literature, Dance, and Visual Culture in Chicago, 1893-1955. The residential, three-week summer institute will offer an expansive look at creative expression in Chicago across the arts from the turn of the century through the aftermath of the Second World War. Dr. Jessop will receive a stipend from NEH to help cover travel, housing, meals, and basic academic expenses to attend the summer institute.

UT Tyler Office of Career Success has been awarded $190,500 from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Work-based Learning Opportunity. The grants are designed to help Texas college students access internship and apprenticeship opportunities to strengthen the education to workforce pipeline, drive student opportunity, and advance the state’s economic competitiveness. The program supports or expands existing, off-campus internship programs by: 

  • Converting non-paid internship programs to paid work-based learning opportunities for students;
  • Increasing the number of students participating in paid work-based learning opportunities;
  • Increasing wages for students participating in paid work-based learning opportunities; and/or
  • Providing financial support to student interns with demonstrated need.

Carlton Allen photoThe University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler was awarded a $10,000 one-year grant from the American Cancer Society Community Transportation Program to provide gas cards to approximately 360 patients to overcome transportation barriers to their cancer-related treatment appointments at UT Health East Texas facilities. Carlton Allen MS, Program Director for the Center of Community Health in the School of Community and Rural Health will serve as the project contact.

The Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) Outstanding HRD Scholar Award is presented to an outstanding human resource development scholar who has demonstrated a Kim Nimon PhD photocontinuing record of scholarly productivity and influence in the profession. This year, Dr. Kim Nimon has been recognized as one of the Outstanding HRD Scholar Awardees. She is a professor in the Department of Human Resource Development as well as Director of the Office of Research and Scholarship Research Design and Data Analysis Lab. Dr. Nimon’s areas of expertise are in workforce development and analytical methodologies. She is a Co-PI on a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant and serves as an external evaluator for two other NSF grants. She has published extensively in refereed journals and has made over 100 refereed presentations for international and national scholarly organizations. She also holds patents from both the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Canada Intellectual Property Office.

Five faculty and staff members completed the Research Fellows Program in Summer 2021, and eight faculty and staff members completed the AY 2021-22 Research Fellows Program. The Research Fellows Program is offered by the Office of Research and Scholarship to improve participants’ grant writing skills. Participants engage in monthly interactive workshops to develop their project ideas into concept papers that become the foundations of grant proposals. A request for applications for the upcoming AY 2022-23 Research Fellows Program will be announced in late summer.

Summer 2021 and AY 21-22 Research Fellows

Research Fellow



Oluwaseun Adeyanju PhD Postdoctoral Research Associate Medical Biological Sciences
Kristie Allen Academic Advisor Psychology and Counseling
Andy Alvarado Coordinator East Texas Entrepreneurship Center
Kyung-Ah (Kay Byun PhD Associate Professor of Marketing Management and Marketing
Anett Jessop PhD Assistant Professor of English Literature and Languages
Katherine Courville Johnston PhD Adjunct Faculty Nursing
Pamela Lake PhD Associate Professor Nursing
Alan Lizarraga Laboratory Technical Supervisor and Lecturer Biology
Madhura Maiya PhD Clinical Assistant Professor Health & Kinesiology
Sooah Park PhD Associate Professor of Music Performing Arts
Meryem Saygili PhD Assistant Professor of Economics Social Sciences
Christopher Thomas PhD Assistant Professor Education
Barbara Wooldridge PhD Professor of Marketing Management and Marketing


News from NIH

iEdison, the Invention Reporting System, Transitioning to NIST This Summer

The management of iEdison, the system used to report inventions, patents and utilization data resulting from federally funded research grants and contracts, is moving from NIH eRA to the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST). Read more.

Introducing NIH’s New Scientific Data Sharing Website

Whether you are involved in an NIH-funded project and want to understand which sharing policies apply to your research and how to comply, or you are a researcher looking to access scientific data from NIH-affiliated repositories, NIH's new website on Scientific Data Sharing is for you. Read more.

Inclusion Plans – From Application to Post-Award

Join NIH for its All About Grants podcast miniseries to learn about preparing inclusion plans as part of your application (Part 1) and what happens during peer review and post-award (Part 2). Read more.

News from NSF

NSF published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of a “For comment” draft of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG).    The Foundation is accepting comments from the external community until cob June 13, 2022. The draft PAPPG is available on the Policy Office website. To facilitate review, revised text has been highlighted in yellow throughout the document and explanatory comments have been included in the margins, where appropriate.

NSF has issued an updated (April 20, 2022) version of the table entitled NSF Pre-award and Post-award Disclosures Relating to the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support.  It updates information on postdoctoral scholars, students, or visiting scholars and differentiates between research activities that are intended for use on the project/proposal being proposed and those that are not.  A definition of honorarium also has been added to the table.

In addition, the Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Current and Pending Support have been updated .

The National Science Foundation and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation announce new partnership to conserve Earth's biodiversity

The U.S. National Science Foundation's Directorate for Biological Sciences and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation have partnered to accelerate biological research and data collection in support of conservation efforts and further actions to address global biodiversity loss. The new memorandum of understanding is the first partnership between NSF and a private foundation to focus on conservation. Read the Full Announcement

Welcome Amanda Whitt!

Amanda Whitt photoAmanda Whitt joined the Office of Research and Scholarship on May 9, 2022 as a Grants and Contracts Specialist – Post Award. Amanda has been working at UT Tyler since 2015, most recently with Graduate Admissions/Graduate School.  Her background includes working in education including at her alma mater, Arp High School, where her children also attended until they graduated.  She loves to travel and experience new cultures. She is looking forward to her new role as a Grants and Contract Specialist and hopes to continue to grow her knowledge base and expand her relationships with faculty and staff. 

Amanda can be contacted by phone at 903-565-5867 or by email at

Offices of Research and Scholarship and Sponsored Programs

The staff in the Office of Research and Scholarship (main campus) and Office of Sponsored Programs (HSC campus) are here to help you develop and submit proposals to external sponsors and manage your grant and contract awards. Please contact the Office of Research and Scholarship at or the Office of Sponsored Programs at to let us know how we can help you.