Sample of Research Highlights From Each Academic Unit

In collaboration with the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and the University of Kentucky, UofL’s Office of Technology Transfer (led by Dr. Allen Morris) formed the Commonwealth Commercialization Center (C3) that will serve as a national model on how statewide universities can partner to increase the economic impact of research across the state.

Dr. Andy Frey from the Kent School of Social Work continues to investigate the efficacy of new intervention methodologies to successfully integrate tertiary-level students with disruptive behavior through a $3.5M grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Dr. Dan Popa from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in the Speed School of Engineering is doing research on microrobots and recently received the largest MRI grant from NSF that UofL has ever received. -

Ariana Levinson from the Brandeis School of Law studied innovation and entrepreneurship at one of the largest worker-owned cooperatives in Mondragon, Spain.

A recet study by Dr. Conor Lennon, an assistant professor of Economics in the College of Business, found that obese workers are not being penalized for higher healthcare costs.

Dr. Lauren Heberle, Professor of Sociology in the College of Arts & Sciences, secured a 5-year grant from the federal EPA to assist communities in projecting and tracking community benefits associated with brownfields redevelopment projects. The Russell Neighborhood in Louisville, KY is the pilot neighborhood for this work.

Innovative Therapeutix, a UofL start-up company co-founded by School of Music professor Michael Detmer, won the Venture Sharks Competition and is developing a UofL patent-pending musical baby bottle to help infants with feeding difficulties

Jeffrey Sun, Ph.D. and Meghan Pifer, Ph.D. from the College of Education and Human Development received a $293,000 award as subcontractor on a project to cut the requirements for veterans to get licenses and certificates in civilian jobs similar to what they trained for or performed on active duty.

Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar and his colleagues created the new Envirome Institute, which was formed to holistically examine the interrelationship between humans and their environment.   Envirome Institute faculty have recently received over $30M in research awards from the NIH and American Heart Association, in addition to a generous gift of $5M from Christina Lee Brown.

Dr. Barbara Polivka from the School of Nursing received continuing support from the NIH for her work on “Asthma in Older Adults: Identifying Phenotypes and Factors Impacting Outcomes.”

Researchers in the Commonwealth Institute of Kentucky (CIK), lead by Dr. Monica Wendel of the School of Public Health and Information Sciences, have engaged multiple community stakeholders and secured over $12 million in funding for infrastructure, data warehousing, and research activities aimed at population health improvement.

Richard J. Lamont, Ph.D. from the School of Dentistry lead a multidisciplinary team to secure a $11.2 million award from the NIH to investigate the fundamental connections between inflammatory processes and the microbiome to provide the foundation for developing novel therapeutics.


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