Dr. Monica Jung de Andrade (left) and research associate Jaeah Lee work in a lab at the Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute

Research and Technology Transfer

Research expenditures totaled nearly $98.6 million last year, a result of the University’s continued success in competing for research-related funding from multiple sources.

Junior faculty have been particularly successful at winning competitive research grants that recognize rising stars in their respective fields, including CAREER awards from the National Science Foundation and Young Investigator awards from agencies such as the Office of Naval Research, the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the National Institutes of Health. Several early career faculty in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science received nearly $3 million to support their research programs.

Established researchers received continuing support as well, including a four-year, $6.4 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to a multi-investigator project studying a potential new therapy for individuals who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The project will explore a PTSD treatment that uses vagus nerve stimulation during exposure therapy to reduce the fear response. The Texas Biomedical Device Center leads the effort, with involvement from faculty members in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences and the Jonsson School.

In fiscal year 2015, the University had:

  • 86 invention disclosures
  • $2,098,982 in license revenue
  • 59 patent applications
  • 18 patents issued
  • 5 licenses and option agreements

The research also has seen recent success in clinical trials investigating the use of vagus nerve stimulation in the treatment of tinnitus and improving stroke recovery in patients.

A technology translation laboratory has been added to the Office of Technology Commercialization. The aim is to identify early stage laboratory discoveries that, with increased development, show promise as a technology or intellectual property suitable for patenting or licensing.

Working with faculty members and their lab personnel, the office assists in planning the necessary stages of research to achieve a marketable result.

In Fiscal year 2015, the University had:

  • 86 invention disclosures
  • $2,098,982 in license revenue
  • 59 patent applications
  • 18 patents issued
  • 5 licenses and option agreements

“Identifying and developing novel therapeutics targeting breast cancer stem cells is a great strategy to kill breast cancer from its root.”

assistant professor of chemistry in the
School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

“They invested in UT Dallas technology because they saw potential for valuable end products and because their manufacturing capabilities are particularly well-suited for upscaling the production of these materials to industrial levels.”

the Robert A. Welch Distinguished Chair in
Chemistry and director of the NanoTech Institute

“With these solutions, we can create computer simulations that follow black hole evolution over billions of years.”

assistant professor of physics in the
School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

“Our goal was to create a delivery system for therapeutic genes that would self-destruct, giving us more control over the delivered DNA by limiting the time it resides in cells.”

bioengineering doctoral student
in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering
and Computer Science

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