Congratulations to the Lab of Dr. William Polacheck, BME Assistant Professor and a member of the McAllister Heart Institute at UNC for the receipt of R35 Maximizing Investigator’s Research Award (MIRA) from the The National Institutes Of Health (NIH).
The award titled “Integrative Approaches for the Fluidic Microenvironment” is a 5-year grant and funds three project areas within the Polacheck Lab to develop molecular, microfluidic, and computational tools to advance understanding of the role of fluid transport in regulating biological processes. In addition to laying the foundation for studying disease mechanisms that are not well captured by current model systems, the results of this work will inform the development of interventional approaches for the myriad diseases in which pathologic fluid transport plays a role, including cardiovascular disease and cancer.
The research that led to the development of the proposal was supported by multiple seed funding awards at UNC, including a NC TraCS Translational Research Pilot Grant and a Computational Medicine Pilot grant. To learn more about the Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA), visit the NIH website here. To read about the award announcement, visit the UNC School of Medicine website here.