RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. -- The U.S. Army selected a chemistry professor at Rutgers University-Camden to receive an Early Career Award for scientists and engineers to study designer cell-like compartments that could lead to new diagnostic devices or ways of generating bioenergy.
The award recognizes researchers who pursue innovative science and technology discovery and engage in scientific leadership, education or community outreach.
The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory, through its Army Research Office awarded Dr. Jinglin Fu a five-year, $1 million Early Career Award for scientists and engineers.
His research will aid the development of adaptable platforms on which biocatalysis, biofuel production and biosensor devices can be integrated, activated and regulated.
"Professor Fu's research stands out because of his innovative approach to mimic some of the classic regulatory mechanisms we see in biological systems in a non-living artificial system," said Dr. Stephanie McElhinny, biochemistry program manager at ARO. "If he is able to achieve the type of control he is aiming for, his research may provide the scientific foundations needed for future development of adaptable platforms on which catalysis, bioenergy storage and conversion and sensors for biological targets can be integrated and regulated, providing new capabilities that enhance warfighter protection and performance."
One of the potential applications of the technology are smart biosensors for diagnosing and monitor disease, detecting risk and deciding which therapies will work best for individual patients.
"This is an important award to support my lab's research of biomimetic systems as well as exploring new directions in biomolecular assemblies and functions," Fu said. "In line with Army goals, this will harness new capabilities to enhance warfighter protection and performance."
The award funds a graduate student and a postdoctoral student to conduct research in Fu's lab, and provides paid summer research internships for undergraduate students on the Rutgers‒Camden campus.
The award is the highest honor bestowed by ARO to outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers.
Fu earned his doctorate in chemistry from Arizona State University in 2010. He earned a master in analytical chemistry degree in 2006 and a bachelor's degree in chemistry in 2003 from Zhejiang University in China.
CCDC Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is an element of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command. As the Army's corporate research laboratory, ARL discovers, innovates and transitions science and technology to ensure dominant strategic land power. Through collaboration across the command's core technical competencies, CCDC leads in the discovery, development and delivery of the technology-based capabilities required to make Soldiers more effective to win our Nation's wars and come home safely. CCDC is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Futures Command.