Dr. Aaryani Sajja awarded 2023 NSF CAREER Grant

Dr. Sajja's headshotDr. Aaryani Tipirneni-Sajja, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering was recently awarded a 5-year Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the project entitled “Open-Access, Real-Time High-Throughput Metabolomics for High-Field and Benchtop NMR for Biological Inquiry”.

The goal of this CAREER project is to develop, validate, and disseminate open-access metabolomic techniques that will automatically quantify the metabolites in complex biological spectra obtained from high-field (HF) and benchtop low-field (LF) NMR. This research will provide a breakthrough in the field of NMR metabolomics by eliminating a major processing barrier for both HF and benchtop NMR, thus making NMR an accessible and effective analytical tool to the biological community. Through the integrated educational objectives of this project, under-represented women and minorities and people of low socioeconomic class from K–12 to graduate students will be inspired and trained to pursue careers at the intersection of life sciences, engineering, data science, and technology, thus increasing diversity in STEM workforce and preparing them to be future STEM leaders to advance science and benefit society.