April Regester

Junior Investigator of the Year: Dr. April Regester, Assistant Professor, College of Education

Dr. Regester's research includes autism, positive behavior support, inclusive education, college and adult life skills for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Supported Living. She has been funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA). $250K (CY2011 – CY2012)


Senior Investigator of the Year: Dr. Matthew Hile, Research Associate Professor and Director, Behavioral Informatics, Missouri Institute of Mental Health (pictured above middle with Dr. Nasser Arshadi, Vice Provost for Research, above left, and Dr. Joe Parks, Director, MIMH, above right)

Dr. Hile leads a behavioral informatics program that has developed systems consumers use to find services for substance abuse, mental health or mental retardation; screen adolescents for substance use, depression and tobacco use, referring them to appropriate services; and screen medical patients for risky substance use and support interventions to reduce those risks. He has received $6.5 million in grants (CY2011–CY2012) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA), among others.

Patel and Atkins

Student Inventors of the Year: This year's award went to a team of graduate students in the Center for Nanoscience.

Mohit Patel, Research Associate, CNS, and Executive Vice President of Business Development, GenetixFusion LLC (above left)

Jason Atkins, Research Associate, CNS, and President & Chief Scientific Officer, GenetixFusion LLC (above right)

Mr. Patel and Mr. Atkins, working with their faculty advisor, Dr. George Gokel, Director, Center for Nanoscience, developed a cost-effective method to deliver large molecules, such as DNA, into cells with low cell toxicity, which is critical to many fields of biological research including drug discovery and biofuel production. This invention represents a breakthrough in chemical DNA transformation and transfection with the potential for broad applications.

Wang award

Faculty Inventor of the Year:

Dr. Xuemin "Sam" Wang, E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor of Plant Science (UMSL) and Member/PI at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. (Wang is pictured above middle with Dr. Nasser Arshadi, Vice Provost for Research, above left, and Tamara Wilgers, Director, Technology Commercialization and Economic Development, above right)

Plant-derived oils are major commodity, providing a main source of calories and essential nutrients for humans and animals. Vegetable oils have become increasingly important source of renewable materials for industrial feedstocks and biofuels. Dr. Wang and his collaborators have identified new genes, pathways and mechanisms to increase oil production in plants up to 30%. This technology was exclusively optioned to an international seed company in FY2013.











































































UMSL Innovator Newsletter

May 2013, Volume XII, Number 11

Research and Innovation Week

The Office of Research Administration (ORA) hosted a week of events at UMSL to highlight and recognize research, development, innovation and entrepreneurship on campus and in the region.

Events included a networking skills workshop for students; luncheon presentations by two successful entrepreneurs from the region; two movie viewings at the Touhill Performing Arts Center, including Silver Linings Playbook starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, both of which included Q&A sessions with experts from the Missouri Institute of Mental Health to discuss topics covered in the films such as bipolar disorder; and a grand finale reception to wrap up the week.

Howard Lerner Jim McKelvey

Howard Lerner, co-founder of Kaldi's Coffee, presented "How to Beat a Bully: Kaldi's vs Starbucks"; and Jim McKelvey, co-founder of Square Inc., presented "Seeds of Change: Hacking St. Louis." Thompson Coburn LLP sponsored the Lerner presentation and Senniger Powers sponsored the McKelvey presentation. Thank you to both sponsors.

Roy Blunt

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt welcomed the crowd at the showing of Sliver Linings Playbook via a pre-recorded video noting that now is a critical time to make mental health services more available and accessible to the 1.5 million people suffering from mental health disorders in the United States. He also thanked the Missouri Institute of Mental Health for their efforts in mental health first aid and other related services. Watch Video

Highlights of Research & Innovation Week at UMSL reception included:


Winners Announced for Two Internal Funding Competitions


The new University of Missouri System Interdisciplinary Intercampus Research Program was designed to increase research activity that could lead to the advancement of technologies and commercialization. Faculty submitted short proposals to investigate high-risk, high-reward research ideas that would eventually lead to extramural funding. Each proposal submission had to include a researcher from at least two of the UM campuses and at least two different disciplines.

The University of Missouri-St. Louis received IDIC funding for eight proposals.

See list of all funded 2013 IDIC proposals.

Fast Track

Funding under the FastTrack program allows recipients to conduct development, testing, prototype construction, and/or specific market research work that may lead to industry collaboration, licensing, the formation of a new company, or the abandonment of the technology for commercial application.

Inventors from the University of Missouri-St. Louis submitted 15 proposals to FastTrack II, the second-most submitted of the four UM campuses. The proposals represented a wide range of technologies and inventions and departments including chemistry, biology, optometry, fine arts, gerontology, and more. More than 70 proposals submitted to the UM System from the four campuses; with $500,000 available (up to $50,000 per project), 13 proposals were funded including three from UMSL:


SLINN logo

Science, Economic Development Focus of UMSL Symposium

The St. Louis Institute of Nanoscience & Nanomedicine hosted a symposium on May 4 on the UMSL campus with an overall theme of “Translating Science into Economic Development.” A joint venture sponsored by UMSL, Saint Louis University and Washington University in St. Louis, SLINN 2013 brought in more than 100 participants including academic and industry researchers and administrators, successful entrepreneurs, investors, attorneys, students and more. UMSL's Chancellor Tom George delivered a keynote address about the history and value of higher education.

During the event, 10 “elevator” pitches and 53 posters were presented.

Cash awards were given for the following elevator talks:

1. Tom Cohen: “Nanopore Diagnostics” [WU]
2. Mohit Patel and Jason Atkins: “GenetixFusion LLC” [UMSL CNS]
3. Eugene Pinkhassik: “Nanoreactors” [SLU]

Cash awards were also given for the following poster presentations:

1. Sergey Shmakov: “Liposome-templated biocompatible nanomaterials with nanometer-thin walls: synthetic approach and creation of functional devices [SLU]
2. Saeedeh Negin: Pyrogallol[4]arenes as ion transporters [UMSL CNS]
3. Abeera Sharma: “Surface characterization and modification of nanoporous gold to detect biomolecular interactions and for application in glycosciences [UMSL CNS]


Monthly External Awards Report: March 2013

List of March 2013 Awards

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Lobbying Disclosure Requirements

To ensure that the university is compliant with the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 2007, it is important that faculty and staff adhere to policies outlined at

UMSL employees must report expenses incurred in the process of lobbying to Tony Accurso (ext. 5859) either at the time of travel expense report submission or no later than the end of the quarter during which the expenses were incurred.


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The Office of Research Administration at the University of Missouri-St. Louis publishes The UMSL Innovator once each month. The online and e-mail publication is designed to inform the campus community of grants received; highlight the research and commercialization accomplishments of UMSL faculty, graduate students and staff; and provide information on important deadlines and events. Also included is recent news about research and commercialization at the University and elsewhere. Recipients are UMSL faculty, students and staff. E-mail if you have questions, comments or suggestions on content.

The Office of Research Administration provides leadership and support in the development, execution and operation of programs in sponsored research, technology transfer and economic development throughout the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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For more information, contact Tamara Wilgers (ext 6884). To upload an app, contact Michael Muskus (ext. 4248).