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Findings is the Office of Research’s newsletter, which began in October 2017. It delivers monthly updates to faculty, staff, students, and community partners about impactful research, initiatives, partnerships, events, and opportunities at the University of Cincinnati. To view current and previous issues of the newsletter, go to the Findings page.

Meet the 2024 Pilot Program Finalists

Meet the 2024 Pilot Program Finalists

The UC Office of Research’s Pilot Program is designed to seed fund highly competitive and collaborative, interdisciplinary research teams who endeavor to seek major external funding to take it to the next level. Each year, following a two-stage application and evaluation process, up to eight $25,000 general pilot grants are awarded. Additionally, there are now two new tracks to this program, each of which will be funding up to two $25,000 grants specific to international research and space research. All awardees are expected to be announced the week of March 4, 2024. 


Pilot Program (General Track) Finalists: 


Jiahe Bian 

School of Planning 
Smart Mobility and Transportation Equity: Enhancing transportation systems for people with visual impairments 

Andres David Flores Hidalgo 
A Molecular Approach To Unveil The Microenvironment Elicited By Oral Potentially Malignant Disorders. 

Joan Garrett 
Investigating mechanisms of non-muscle myosin IIa signaling in HER2+ breast cancer 

Brian Grawe 
Orthopaedic Surgery 
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries in Female Soccer Players 

Sara Khoshnevisan 
Civil & Architectural Engineering & Construction Management 
Enhancing Subgrade Soil Compaction Assessment Through Roller-Integrated Image Processing 

Yeongin Kim 
Electrical and Computer Engineering 
Hydrogen production 

John Leverso 
School of Criminal Justice 
The Cincinnati Youth Survey 

Eric Nauman 
Biomedical Engineering 
Methods for Preserving Macronutrient Content of Expressed Human Breastmilk 

Yevgen Nazarenko 
Department of Environmental & Public Health Sciences 
Sustainable Aviation Fuel Emissions: Implications for Parkinson's Disease 

Melissa Ann Summers 
Orthopaedic Surgery 
Advancing Healthcare Equity: Innovations in Shoulder Condition Management through Multimodal Imaging and Machine Learning for Diverse Populations 

Daniel Sun 
Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery 
Restoring hearing to individuals with long term deafness: using magnetic resonance imaging to understand changes in central auditory pathways 

Yingying Sun 
Industrial Design 
Utilizing Predictive Analytics for On-demand Autonomous Micro-Transit Service Systems 

Meifeng Xu 
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine 
Exosomes in neurofibroma