NDSU researcher receives prestigious National Science Foundation award and funding
Published July 17, 2013
Stuart Haring, assistant professor in biochemistry, has received a major national award that will bring more than $900,000 to the biochemistry research program at NDSU and provide additional research opportunities for students.
Haring is receiving a five-year Faculty Early Career Development award of $992,429 from the National Science Foundation. It is the largest single Faculty Early Career Development award received at NDSU since 1996.
Haring’s research examines how cells recognize and repair damaged DNA, before the DNA is permanently mutated. The research, titled “Replication Protein A Modification – Dependent Function in Mitosis and Meiosis,” also will provide opportunities to NDSU students in molecular and cellular biology.
Much of the current research in cellular dysfunction centers on how to fix cells after they have been broken, due to genetic mutation. Haring’s research involves understanding molecular mechanisms of DNA metabolism, which are important in preventing mutations from occurring. This is analogous to performing preventive maintenance, instead of fixing things after they are broken.
“This award will allow us to probe into how replication protein A modifications affect its cellular function, especially in response to DNA damage,” Haring said. “The research also will provide insight into the molecular mechanisms by which modification of replication protein A directs its many functions, which is currently undetermined. Ultimately, a better understanding of these basic DNA maintenance mechanisms will potentially allow for the development of methods to prevent cellular defects by preventing mutation.”
Haring earned his doctorate in biological sciences from the University of Iowa, Iowa City.
Since 1996, 18 faculty members at NDSU have received prestigious National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development awards. “NDSU researchers continue a standard of excellence that reflects the institution’s ability to attract the best and the brightest among new faculty researchers,” said Philip Boudjouk, vice president for research, creative activities and technology transfer.
Overall, National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development awardees at NDSU have been awarded more than $8.7 million in grants to conduct research in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, civil and electrical engineering, computer science, pharmaceutical sciences, plant pathology, and coatings and polymeric materials.
In addition to Haring, National Science Foundation career awardees currently at NDSU include faculty members Gregory Cook, Seth Rasmussen, Wenfang Sun, Sivaguru Jayaraman and Uwe Burghaus in chemistry and biochemistry, Sanku Mallik in pharmaceutical sciences, Magdy Abdelrahman, Xuefeng Chu, Kalpana Katti and Eakalak Khan in civil engineering, Kendra Greenlee in biological sciences, Hyunsook Do in computer science and Robert Brueggeman in plant pathology.
The National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development program recognizes and supports the early career-development activities of scholars who are likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century. Recipients are chosen on the basis of creative career development plans that integrate research and education within the context of their university’s mission.