A Tulane professor leads an NIH group focused on brain science advancements

Pierre St-Jean

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NEW ORLEANS, LA — Michael J. Moore, a biomedical engineering professor at Tulane University, has been named chairperson of a National Institutes of Health study section.

Moore's one-year term as chair of the Center for Scientific Review's Bioengineering of Neuroscience, Visio, and Low Vision Technologies or BNVT Study Section ends on June 30, 2022.

Moore has spent the last four years serving on the BNVT study section. The group evaluates applications for developing and implementing bioengineering, materials engineering and computational approaches for studying the development, structure, function or pathology of the nervous system. BNVT encompasses a wide range of technologies as they relate to neural systems and all eye tissues.

Membership in a study section entails a significant time commitment as well as the opportunity to contribute to the national biomedical research effort. Members are chosen based on the quality of their research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors.

Moore's area of expertise is also reviewed in the study section, which looks at proposals for neural microphysiological systems or living-cell-based models of nervous system disorders in a petri dish.

Moore's lab at Tulane School of Science and Engineering develops in vitro models of neural growth, physiology and disease by manipulating the chemical and physical extracellular microenvironment. Moore and his colleagues employ a wide range of microengineering techniques, including microscale tissue engineering, novel nanomaterials, microfabrication and digital light projection microscopy.

He was awarded the Weiss Presidential Undergraduate Teaching Fellowship in 2019, the Tulane Innovation Fund Award in 2018, the Insight Into Diversity magazine Inspiring Leaders in STEM Award in 2017, and the Tulane Brain Institute Marko Spark Fund Award in 2016.

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