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Collaborative Research Grants Selected for Funding (Cycle 18)

Congratulations to the below PIs whose collaborative projects have been selected for Cycle 18 funding! These projects are being funded on the Egyptian side by the Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF) and on the U.S. side by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). 

Advanced Solar Energy-Assisted Water Desalination System in High Salinity and Brackish Water Areas with Controlled Greenhouse for Sustainable Agriculture: A WEF Nexus Project

Sergio Capareda, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Mohamed Ali, Minia University, Egypt


Biofilm Inactivation Using Smart Antimicrobial Nanoconjugate

Arun Bhunia, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Talaat El-Khateib, Assiut University, Egypt


Biorefinery Residue-Based Bionanocomposite Encapsulated Fertilizer for Controlled Release Nanofertilizer

Zhaohui Tong, The University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Mohamed Dosouky Helal, Cairo University, Egypt


Design and Synthesis of Novel Kappa Opioid Receptor Ligands for the Treatment of Addiction

Amar Chittiboyina, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS

Mohamed Helal, Suez Canal University, Egypt


Developing Abiotic Stress Tolerant Wheat Using Gene Editing

Roger Thilmony, United States Department of Agriculture, Albany, CA

Naglaa Abdallah, Cairo University, Egypt


Engineered Mesenchymal Stem Cells as a Therapeutic Strategy in Glioblastoma for Targeting the Initiating Stem Cells

Pranela Rameshwar, Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey, Newark, NJ


Evaluation of Combinations of Energy Harvesting and Desalination Technologies

Lei Zuo and Muhammad Hajj, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA

Aly Elzahaby, Tanta University, Egypt


Food Quality in Egypt: Screening for Contamination with Pesticides Using Innovative VHH Antibody-Based Assays and Biosensors

Bruce Hammock, University of California, Davis, CA

El-Sayed El-Sheikh, Zagazig University, Egypt


Genome Editing in Sorghum for Improving Biofuel Production and Forage Quality

Fredy Altpeter, The University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Shireen Assem, Agricultural Research Center, Egypt


Identification of Electrophysiological Markers for Early Diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Sherif Elbasiouny, Wright State University, Dayton, OH

Seif Eldawlatly, Ain Shams University, Egypt


Integrated Physiological, Biochemical, Genomic and Transcriptomic Approaches for Improving Drought Tolerance in Grapevine

Islam El-Sharkawy, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Tallahassee, FL

Mohamed Fergany, Ain Shams University, Egypt


New Generation of Microbial Cultures to Improve Food Quality and Safety

Baikun Li, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Ehab Kheadr, Alexandria University, Egypt


Strategies for Long Term Conservation of Vegetative and Seed Germplasm of Prunus Species (Apricot, Cherry, Plum, Almond and Peach) in Gene Banks

Gayle Volk, United States Department of Agriculture, Fort Collins, CO

Neveen Hassan, National Gene Bank, Egypt


Targeting EphA3 Using Modulated Nanolipososmes Peptides as Cancer Therapeutics

Maurizio Pellecchia, University of California, Riverside, CA

Heba Salem, Beni-Suef University, Egypt


Water Desalination Using Solar-Powered Capacitive Deionization Technology and Abundant Natural Resources

Evelyn Wang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Ashraf Seleym, The British University in Egypt, Egypt