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Cycle 2 Grant Recipients                                                                              Return to Main PEER Science Page

Following is a list of projects selected for funding in June 2013 in the second cycle of PEER Science, which had an application deadline of December 4, 2012. Project summaries will be posted as soon as possible and will be indicated by the creation of links on the project titles below.


PI: Feleke Zewge Beshah, Addis Ababa University
U.S. Partner: David Sabatini, University of Oklahoma
Ghana - Project 2-251: Development of edible and medicinal mushrooms as functional foods in Ghana
PI: Mary Obodai, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Food Research Institute
U.S. Partner: Steven J. Schwartz, The Ohio State University 
PI: Willis Owino, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
U.S. Partner: James Giovannoni, USDA-ARS, Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, Cornell University
PI: Joyce Gichiku Maina, University of Nairobi
U.S. Partner:  Irene Kimaru, St. John Fisher College
PI: Mary Baaru, Kenyatta University
U.S. Partner: Ethan Allen, Pacific Resources for Education and Learning
PI: Steven Runo, Kenyatta University
U.S. Partner: Mike P. Timko, University of Virginia
PI: Dorothy Wanja Nyingi, National Museums of Kenya
U.S. Partner: Henry Bart Jr., Tulane University
PI: Salomao Bandeira, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane
U.S. Partner: Ilka C. Feller, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
PI: Idris Bugaje, National Research Institute for Chemical Technology
U.S. Partner: Bernard J. Van Wie, Washington State University
PI: Morufat Balogun, University of Ibadan
U.S. Partner: Wayne Curtis, The Pennsylvania State University
PI: Mouhamadou Bamba Sylla, Ecole Supérieure Polytechnique de l’Université Cheikh Anta Diop
U.S. Partner: Jeremy Pal, Loyola Marymount University
PI: Yacine Badiane Ndour, Institut Senegalais de Recherches Agricoles
U.S. Partner: Richard P. Dick, Ohio State University
PI: Andrew McKechnie, University of Pretoria
U.S. Partner: Blair Wolf, University of New Mexico
PI: Colin Everson, University of KwaZulu-Natal
U.S. Partner: Marek Zreda, University of Arizona
PI: Lesley Gordon Underhill, University of Cape Town, with co-PI Robert Peter Millar, University of Pretoria
U.S. Partners: Walter Jetz, Yale University, and Robert Guralnik, University of Colorado at Boulder
PIs: Madundo Mtambo and Burton Mwamila, The Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology
U.S. Partner: Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, George Mason University
PI: Godfrey H. Kagezi, Coffee Research Center, National Agricultural Organization
U.S. Partner: Ivette Perfecto, University of Michigan


PI: Ahammadul Kabir, Asia Arsenic Network
U.S. Partner: Lutgarde Raskin, University of Michigan
Bangladesh and the Philippines - Project 2-4: Validation of salt tolerance determinants in rice (Oryza sativa L. indica) landrace Horkuch and its segregating population by 2b-RAD sequencing and RNA-seq analysis under stress
PI: Zeba Seraj, University of Dhaka, with co-PI Abdelbagi Ismail, International Rice Research Institute
U.S. Partner: Thomas Juenger, University of Texas at Austin
PI: Phauk Sophany, Royal University of Phnom Penh
U.S. Partner: Kevin Johnson, Illinois Natural History Survey
India - Project 2-61: Targeting low-arsenic and low-fluoride groundwater to reduce exposure in rural Punjab, India
PI: Chander Kumar Singh, TERI University; with co-PIs Saumitra Mukherjee, Jawaharlal Nehru University; Umesh Kumar Garg, Adesh Institute of Engineering and Technology; and Manpreet Singh Bhatti, Guru Nanak Dev University
U.S. Partner: Alexander Van Geen, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
PI: Krushnamegh Kunte, National Center for Biological Sciences
U.S. Partner: Chris Simon, University of Connecticut
PI: Kamarza Mulia, Universitas Indonesia
U.S. Partner: Lisa Hunter, University of California, Santa Cruz
PI: Heri Kuswanto, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember
U.S. Partner: Richard Grotjahn, University of California, Davis
PI: Rohani Ambo-Rappe, Universitas Hasanuddin
U.S. Partners: John J. Stachowicz and Susan L. Williams, University of California, Davis
PI: Made Pharmawati, Universitas Udayana
U.S. Partners: Forest Rohwer and Paul H. Barber, University of California, Los Angeles
PI: Sri Yudawati Cahyarini, Indonesian Institute of Science (Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia), with co-PI Intan Suci Nurhati, Surya University
U.S. Partner: Mike Evans, University of Maryland
PI: I Made Wiryana, Universitas Gunadarma
U.S. Partner: Campbell Webb, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
PI: Baatarbileg Nachin, National University of Mongolia
U.S. Partner: Amy Hessl, West Virginia University
PI: Pay Drechsel, International Water Management Institute, with co-PI Vijayaraghavan M. Chariar, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
U.S. Partner: James Elser, Arizona State University
PI: Anchalee Aowphol, Kasetsart University, with co-PIs Niane Sivongxay, Wildlife Conservation Society and National University of Laos; and Huy Duc Hoang, University of Science, Ho Chi Minh City
U.S. Partner: Bryan L. Stuart, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
PI: Amnat Chidthaisong, The Joint Graduate School of Energy and Environment, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, with co-PI Khin Lay Swe, Yezin Agriculture University
U.S. Partners: Merryl Alber and Monique Y. LeClerc, University of Georgia
PI: Dang Thuy Binh, Nha Trang University
U.S. Partner: Kent E. Carpenter, Old Dominion University
Vietnam - Project 2-496: Technical development and field-testing of a self-contained, inexpensive wave energy converter device
PI: Tho H. Nguyen, Tan Tao University
U.S. Partner: Brian Bingham, University of Hawaii
PI: Pham T.K. Trang, Hanoi University of Science
U.S. Partner: Benjamin Carlos Bostick and Alexander Van Geen, Columbia University

Europe and Eurasia
PI: Khachatur Meliksetian, Institute of Geological Sciences, Armenian National Academy of Sciences
U.S. Partner: Charles Connor, University of South Florida
Latin America
PI: Thiago Parente, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
U.S. Partner: Mark Hahn, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
PI: Aristóteles Góes-Neto, Centro de Excelência em Bioinformática, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz)
U.S. Partner: Priscila Chaverri, University of Maryland
PI: Bruno Henrique Pimentel Rosado, Centro de Gestão de Pesquisa, Desenvolvimento e Inovação – CGPDI
U.S. Partner: Scott Saleska, University of Arizona
PI: Juan Castaño, Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira
U.S. Partner: Jay Martin, The Ohio State University
Colombia - Project 2-487: Integrated humanitarian logistics system for developing countries
PI: Victor Cantillo, Universidad del Norte
U.S. Partner: José Holguin Veras, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
PI: Eduardo David Sagredo Robles, Universidad Tecnológica Santiago
U.S. Partner: Naphtali David Rishe, Florida International University
PI: Jorge Alberto Huete-Pérez, Universidad Centroamericana
U.S. Partner: Martin Polz, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
PI: Luis Suarez, Universidad Continental
U.S. Partner: Detlev Helmig, University of Colorado at Boulder
PI: Bram Leo Willems, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos
U.S. Partner: Christopher Scott, The University of Arizona 
Middle East
PI: Alaa Ibrahim, American University in Cairo
U.S. Partner: Allison Steiner, University of Michigan
PI: Christy Jo Geraci, The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani
U.S. Partners: Ann Rypstra and David Berg, Miami University of Ohio
PI: Mahdi Ibrahim Aoda, Baghdad University
U.S. Partners: G. Phillip Robertson and Alvin J.M. Smucker, Michigan State University
PI: Yaser Jararweh, Jordan University of Science and Technology
U.S. Partner: George Jenerette, University of California, Riverside
Jordan - Project 2-366: Optimizing water usage of irrigation systems using wireless sensor networks in Jordan
PI: Samer Samarah (Yarmouk University), with co-PI Mohammed Ghazi Al-Zamil (Yarmouk University)
U.S. Partner: Mehmet Can Vuran, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
PI: Naji N. Khoury, Notre Dame University-Louaize
U.S. Partner: Michael A. Mooney, Colorado School of Mines
PI: Zoubeida Kebaili Bargaoui, Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Tunis
U.S. Partner: Kelly Caylor, Princeton University
PI: Issam A. Al-Khatib, Birzeit University
U.S. Partners: Defne S. Apul, University of Toledo, and Steve Burian, University of Utah

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