Khoa Huynh | September 7, 2017
Jeremy Zartman, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been awarded a competitive Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA, R35) grant from the National Institutes of Health. The MIRA program is intended to provide research support for "the nation’s highly talented and promising investigators”.
Zartman’s 5-year grant entitled Regulation and Function of Multicellular Calcium Signaling in Epithelial Growth and Regeneration will support an investigation of impaired cellular calcium signaling, prevalent in many diseases including skin diseases, Alzheimer’s, and metastatic cancer. The cell’s internal “computer” uses calcium ions as messengers to help calculate its response to environmental stimuli. This requires regulation of calcium ion concentrations in cells to coordinate cellular processes. However, much remains unknown about the functions of time-varying calcium signals in developing or regenerating organs.