Past Gillings Innovation Labs

Publications resulting from Gillings Innovation Lab awards  


Competitive GIL Awards

(from active school-wide call for proposals; funded by Gillings gift)

Round 5  (2017 – 2018)

Causal Inference Research Laboratory
Stephen Cole , PhD, co-Principal Investigator
Michael Hudgens, PhD, co-Principal Investigator

Transformative Use of Chitosan as a Coagulant-Flocculant and Filter Aid to Improve Drinking Water
Mark Sobsey, PhD, co-Principal Investigator
Jamie Bartram, PhD, co-Principal Investigator

Circulating MicroRNAs as Novel Biomarkers of Arsenic-Associated Diabetes
Miroslav Styblo, PhD, co-Principal Investigator
Praveen Sethupathy, PhD (UNC Genetics), co-Principal Investigator

Precision Public Health: Enhancing Connections to Develop Just-In-Time Adaptive Intervention Strategies

Deborah Tate, PhD, co-Principal Investigator
Carmina Valle, PhD, co-Principal Investigator

Round 4  (2016 – 2017)

Novel Tools to Track Land-Applied Biosolids
Jill R. Stewart, PhD, Principal Investigator
Michael D. Aitken, PhD, Co-Principal Investigator

Round 3  (2010 – 2012)

Staying One Step Ahead of Deadly Viruses
Combating childhood diarrhea by designing “super antigens”
Ralph Baric, PhD, Principal Investigator
Eric Donaldson, PhD, Former Principal Investigator

Identifying Toxic Compounds
“Body-on-a-Chip” offers an innovative alternative to traditional testing
Rebecca Fry, PhD, Principal Investigator

Microfinance and Health
Pilot program seeks to reduce HIV risk and partner violence in young men
Suzanne Maman, PhD, Principal Investigator

Identifying Sources of Environmental Pollution
Discovering where microbes originate can help to protect public health
Jill Stewart, PhD, Principal Investigator

Round 2  (2009 – 2011)

Removing Nitrogen, Recovering Energy from Hog Waste
Managing swine waste is crucial for protecting air and water in NC
Mike Aitken, PhD, Principal Investigator

Innovative statistical approach to genetic association
Danyu Lin, PhD, and Fred Wright, PhD, Principal Investigators

Getting Safe, Effective Drugs to Those Who Need Them
Pharmacoepidemiology evaluates drug benefits and harms
Til Stürmer, MD, MPH, Principal Investigator

A Seamless, Accessible, 21st-Century Global Classroom
Tapping into the learning styles of “Millennials” can benefit public health education
William Zelman, PhD, Principal Investigator

Round 1  (2008 – 2010)

Linking Local, Sustainable Farming and Health
Can “eating local” address obesity, the environment and economic viability?
Alice Ammerman, DrPH, Principal Investigator

Defeating Respiratory Disease in Children
The search for an affordable, multivalent and stable vaccine
Ralph Baric, PhD, Principal Investigator

Mapping Tropical Disease: A Most Critical First Step
Laboratory for molecular surveillance of tropical diseases opens in the Congo
Steve Meshnick, MD, PhD, Principal Investigator

Caring for the Mentally Ill in North Carolina
A local challenge becomes research prototype
Joseph Morrissey, PhD, Principal Investigator

Managing Disease Through Linking Data
Hospital and ambulance services may provide the missing link
David Richardson, PhD, Principal Investigator

Water-Testing for Contamination Goes Portable
Detecting infectious disease at its source may save millions of lives
Mark Sobsey, PhD, Principal Investigator

Technology to Improve Understanding of Arsenic
Some drinking water is shockingly high in contamination
Miroslav Styblo, PhD, Principal Investigator

Identifying Harmful Pollutants in City Air
Worst pollutants often fly under the radar
William Vizuete, PhD, Principal Investigator

Solicited Awards

(very occasional, direct awards to address a pressing problem; funded by Gillings gift)

Innovative Clinical Trials Laboratory
Joseph Ibrahim, PhD, Principal Investigator
Funded: 2007

WaterSHED (Carolina Global Water Partnership)
Partnership with USAID
Mark Sobsey, PhD, Principal Investigator
Funded: 2007

Commissioned Innovation Labs

(modeled after GILs; funded by nonprofits or other outside sponsors)


Going the “Last Mile” to Ensure Drinking Water Safety

UNC Water Institute
Sponsored by IAMPO
Jamie Bartram, PhD, Principal Investigator
Funded: 2011

A Global Imperative: Healthy and Secure 0-2 Year Olds
High-impact interventions can ensure the well-being of young children and their mothers
Sponsored by ChildFund International
Peggy Bentley, PhD, Principal Investigator
Funded: 2010