GOLDEN, Colo., March 17, 2014 – Keith Neeves, Colorado School of Mines Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering assistant professor, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for “An integrated research and education program on the biomechanics of blood clot growth.”
Neeves’ research, which examines blood clot formation, could lead to more effective treatment of thrombosis, one of the leading causes of death.
The abstract states: “The conventional models of clot formation focus primarily on the kinetic processes involved in coagulation reactions and platelet signaling. The proposed studies build upon previous models by incorporating interstitial solute transport as a key mechanism of clot growth. With more capable predictive methods available, better drugs and drug delivery strategies can be developed … Results will be used to assess how known risk factors for thrombosis lead to uncontrolled clot growth and how this process can be physically impeded.”
Additionally, the study will create K-12 outreach programs and undergraduate research opportunities focused on the connection between engineering and biology.
The NSF CAREER award is the most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.
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