Internal Funding Sources

Each year, the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology (MGM) offers internal research funding programs. Graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty members are welcome to apply.

The Stephanie Ruby Predoctoral Travel Award was established in honor of MGM faculty member Stephanie Ruby's contributions to research education. The grant funds graduate student travel to scientific conferences.

The department also offers a Postdoctoral Travel Award and the Intradepartmental Collaboration Grant, which funds new or ongoing collaborations between MGM laboratories.

Apply for a Stephanie Ruby Award. You could receive up to $1,500 to cover travel expenses—including airfare, hotel costs, per diem and registration costs. Available funds dictate the number of awards given on a competitive basis.

Eligibility: You must be pre-doctoral graduate students in good standing who work in the laboratory of a Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology faculty member.

The Application Process:

Apply by February 1 and September 1 each year.

Your application should include:

  1. A one-page description of the conference (including conference name, date and location) and a narrative indicating how attendance will benefit your research and training. Include a statement of whether your application to attend the conference has yet been accepted.
  2. A copy of your conference abstract.
  3. A budget showing a breakdown of expenses (registration fees, airline, hotel, etc.), deducting any funds obtained from other sources (if any), and showing the total amount of the request.

Requirements: The Stephanie Ruby Predoctoral Travel Award should be acknowledged on the poster or in the talk at the conference, as well as in any publications that may result from work presented at the conference.

Please email applications to David Peabody and Sally Ann Garcia.

This award spurs research, scholarship and training of postdoctoral fellows. Funds will be provided to help postdoctoral fellows present their research at scientific conferences and meetings.

Terms: At least two awards will be given per year. Awards may be up to $1,000 to cover travel expenses, including airfare, hotel costs, per diem and registration fees.

Eligibility: You must be a current postdoctoral fellow working in the laboratory of a Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology faculty member.

To apply:

  1. A one-page description of the conference (including conference name, date, and location) and a narrative indicating how attendance will benefit your research, scholarship and training. Include a statement of whether your application to attend the conference has yet been accepted.
  2. A copy of your conference abstract.
  3. A budget showing a breakdown of expenses (registration fees, airline, hotel, etc.), deducting any funds obtained from other sources (if any), and showing the total amount of the request.

Application deadlines are February 1 and September 1 each year.

Requirements: The Department of MGM Postdoctoral Travel Award should be acknowledged on the poster or in the talk at the conference, as well as in any publications that may result from work presented at the conference.

Please email application materials to Kathryn M. Frietze and Sally Ann Garcia.

Submit the following to David Peabody and Sally Ann Garcia by September 15 for consideration.

  1. Two-page summary describing the project and the respective roles of the individual laboratories.
  2. Budget ($12,500 maximum) and budget justification. No faculty salary is permitted, and no more than 5% salary of a technician.

Collaborators that submit together cannot submit the same proposal more than once; projects must be different each year.

MGM-Supported Publications

The following publications were supported by the Stephanie Ruby Travel Award and the Postdoctoral Travel Award.

  • Tasnim, H., Fricke, G.M., Byrum, J.R., Sotiris, J.O., Cannon, J.L., Moses, M.E. 2018. Quantitative measurement of naïve T cell association with dendritic cells, FRCs, and blood vessels in lymph nodes. Frontiers in Immunology. Jul 26;9:1571. *corresponding author. PMID: 30093900 PMCID: PMC6070610 DOI: 10.3389/fimmu.2018.01571​
  • Zheng H, Wu D, Wu X, Zhang X, Zhou Q, Luo Y, Yang X, Chock CJ, Liu M, and Yang XO. Leptin promotes allergic airway inflammation through targeting the unfolded protein response pathway. Sci. Rep. 8: 8905 (2018). PMID: 29891850, PMCID: PMC5995879
  • Bemiller SM, Maphis N, Formica SV, Wilson GN, Miller CM, Xu G, Kokiko-Cochran ON, Kim K, Jung S, Cannon JL, Crish SD, Cardona AE, Lamb BT, and K Bhaskar.  Genetically enhancing the expression of chemokine domain of CX3CL1 fails to prevent tau pathology in mouse models of tauopathy.  J Neuroinflammation (2018) Sep 25;15(1):278.
  • Maphis, N., Peabody, J., Crossey, E., Jiang, S., Ahmad, F., Alvarez, M., Monsoor, S.K., Yaney, A., Yang, Y. Sillerud, L., Wilson, C., Selwyn, R., Brigman, J., Cannon, J., Peabody, D.S., Chackerian, B., and K. Bhaskar (2019). Qß Virus-like particle-based vaccine induces robust immunity and protects against tauopathy. npj Vaccines 4, Article number: 2. 03 June 2019