TRACE-COVID-19, which helps measure the prevalence of the virus through wastewater testing, community surveillance sampling and viral sequence data, is a groundbreaking project OSU researchers are working on to help Oregonians get through this pandemic. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation gave $ 2 million to expand this project to other states.
The North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves is a $ 17 million National Science Foundation center that uses pulsar arrays to listen for wave signals from super-massive black hole mergers. OSU researchers aim to understand physics and astronomy through these mergers of black holes, which are several times the mass of the sun.
Research funding is intended for a myriad of projects, including artificial intelligence, agriculture, marine sciences, robotics, business, liberal arts and forestry.
OSU researchers are also working on their own startups. Pacific Vaccines aims to develop a vaccine against gonorrhea, Oligo Activity Enhancer aims to create a new delivery system for anticancer drugs, PediaNourish monitors glucose levels in premature infants and Microbiome Engineering rapidly assesses the impact of metabolites from the gut microbiota on autism, depression and cognition.
“Our entrepreneurs consistently and aggressively drive innovation toward commercialization because of their commitment to maximizing OSU’s impact, and through the help of Oregon State’s world-class research capabilities, University Venture Development Fund and Support for OSU Advantage Programs, “said Brian Wall, OSU Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation and Economic Impact.