Funding

Maine Space Grant Consortium

Seed Grant, Duboise (PI)                        5/1/2012 -- 4/30/2013                        Host-Bacteriophage Systems from North American Soda Lakes
Genetics of bacteriophages of North American soda lakes are being compared with East African phages.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Grand Challenges Explorations, Round 8)

OPP1061344, Duboise (PI)                     5/1/2012—10/31/13
Development of Extremophile Bacteriophage-Based Vaccines
This project applies genomic and structural understanding bacteriophages from extreme environments to the design of novel vaccines and other tools for nanomedicine.

National Science Foundation

DGE-0749059, Duboise (PI)                   1/1/08 – 4/30/13         
An International Partnership of Maine, Kenya, and NASA Scientists in Extremophile Research and Science Education.  This project links extremophile research and science education outreach efforts in Maine with similar efforts of University of Nairobi and NASA scientists in the Great Rift Valley and establishes the basis for developing longer-term international collaboration in research and education among the scientists involved.


National Institutes of Health

R25OD010937, Duboise (PI)                  2/1/2008 – 1/31/2013
Micro- and Nano-space Explorations of Health and Disease.
In this project USM faculty and staff with expertise in electron microscopy, microbiology, virology, and immunology team up with elementary and middle school education and outreach specialists and the staff of USM's Southworth Planetarium to reveal vast but usually invisible micro-space/nano-space worlds to grades 3-8 students and K-12 teachers and ultimately to bring these worlds to students across Maine and the nation.
 
National Institutes of Health (ARRA)

R25RR024280-02S1, Duboise (PI)         8/31/09 – 1/31/2013
Nano-space Observatory Supplement to Micro- and Nano-space Explorations of Health and Disease.
This supplemental grant allowed acquisition of a portable benchtop scanning electron microscope which is being used extensively in science education outreach in schools and in teacher professional development programs.

National Institutes of Health

3R25RR024280-04S1, Duboise (PI)        09/21/11 – 01/31/2013
Administrative Supplement to Micro- and Nano-space Explorations of Health and Disease
This supplemental grant allowed acquisition of a portable fluorescence microscope which is being used extensively in science education outreach in sch
 
Maine Space Grant Consortium

Grant EP-11-01/EP-12-01, Duboise (PI), Woodruff, Mwaura, Moulton, and Rothschild (Co-I)                                                       7/1/10-6/31/13
Astrobiological Investigations of Molecular Determinants of Structural Integrity and Biological Functionality of Viruses in Extreme Environments.  In this project the viruses infecting microbes at extremes of pH are studied with respect to their intracellular self-assembly and morphogenesis and their stability upon release into a challenging extracellular environment such as the hypersaline and extremely alkaline water (pH 11 and higher) in soda lakes of the Great Rift Valley of East Africa.
 
NASA K-12 grant to Maine Space Grant, USM subcontract

ASB-11-01 / ASB 12-01(Duboise , Co-I; Shehata, PI)     1/1/11-12/31/12
Astrobiology-Scientific Ballooning: An Innovative Learning Instruction and Field Experience Model to Increase the Aspirations of High School Students in STEM Careers.

STEM Outreach Award

Duboise & Nordstrom (Co-PIs)              8/1/2011 – 7/31/2012
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Phage Discovery and Molecular Characterization in a High School Biotechnology Program. This project is extending a partnership of the Duboise Laboratory at USM with Maine’s only high school biotechnology program which is at Farmington, Maine.

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