Projects

FIRST: Intersecting Life and the Cyberspace
Agency: NSF-EPSCoR
 
Sponsor Award Number: EPS-1004094
PI: Massimiliano Pierobon1, Assistant Professor
Start/End Dates: 01/01/2016 - 09/30/2016

The goal of this project is to produce preliminary results towards the study of cells and their regulatory mechanism as means to encode, propagate, and receive information into/from the biological environment.  


Neuro TelNet: Telecommunications and Computer Networking in Neuroscience
 
Agency: Big Ideas Seed Grant Program, UNL Office of Research and Economic Development
PI: Massimiliano Pierobon1, Assistant Professor
co-PI: Dennis Molfese2, Professor
co-PI: Byrav Ramamurthy1 , Professor
Start/End Dates: 11/17/2014 - 02/29/2016 (No-cost Extension)

In this project, we study the problem of modeling the interconnection of neurons, and the resulting formation of activity patterns in the nervous system in general, and in particular in the brain, as a telecommunication network whose information transmission relies on biochemical reactions and electrochemical processes.

TelePathy: Telecommunication Systems Modeling and Engineering of Cell Communication Pathways  
Agency: National Science Foundation
Sponsor Award Number: MCB-1449014
PI: Massimiliano Pierobon1, Assistant Professor
co-PI: Nicole Buan
3 , Assistant Professor
Start/End Dates: 07/15/2014 - 06/30/2017 (No-cost Extension)

The goal of this project is to explore the application of telecommunications systems engineering to the quantitative modeling of information exchange among biological cells, and the design of techniques able to leverage these pathways for the realization of artificial communication systems.  

Molecular Communication Component Design for Bio-network Engineering  
Agency: Jane Robertson Layman Fund, UNL Research Council Faculty Seed Grant
PI: Massimiliano Pierobon1, Assistant Professor
Start/End Dates: 01/01/2014 - 12/31/2014

The goal of this project is to provide a first proof-of-concept design, modeling, and computer simulation of synthetic biological circuits for MC-enabled bio-communication.  

1Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2Department of Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
3Department of Biochemistry, University of Nebraska-Lincoln