Published: June 12, 2023

Two professors from the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering were recently honored with AB Nexus Awards, which aim to foster interdisciplinary research collaborations between CU Anschutz and CU Boulder.

Under the program, ChBE Associate Professor Anushree Chatterjee is partnering with with Assistant Professor Lakshmi Chauhan (infectious diseases, CU Anschutz) to develop a high-throughput and accelerated antibiotic susceptibility testing method. ChBE Assistant Professor Kayla Sprenger is collaborating with Assistant Professor Kimberley Bruce (endocrinology, metabolism and diabetes, CU Anschutz) to investigate specialized immune cells in the brain known as microglia and explore whether targeting the lipid metabolism process could mitigate the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. 

The spring 2023 round of AB Nexus awards has allocated nearly $825,000 across 11 teams, consisting of seven new collaborations and four projects that expand upon existing collaborations. This funding includes support from co-sponsors, including a $10,000 contribution from CU Boulder’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

Since its launch nearly three years ago as a pilot project, AB Nexus along with its co-sponsors has awarded more than $3 million in grant funding to 48 intercampus teams. The program has also positioned both campuses for success in securing additional external funding – particularly for grants that prioritize team-based research.