Princeton-HBCU research collaborations continue with 10 new projects

Written by
Daniel Day for Princeton Research/CEFR
Oct. 26, 2023
FitzRandolph Gate

Researchers at Princeton and four historically Black colleges and universities have begun working jointly on 10 new projects funded by the Princeton Alliance for Collaborative Research and Innovation (PACRI).

The projects proposed by Princeton faculty members and colleagues at Howard University, Jackson State University, Prairie View A&M University and the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore represent a second round of projects that PACRI has funded since the program began in 2022. It was developed in partnership with UNCF (United Negro College Fund).

From the natural sciences to social sciences to the humanities and to engineering, the projects address some of the most challenging issues of our time, from cybersecurity to climate change to public health and to elections. The projects draw on the diverse expertise and perspectives of the research teams.

The first-round PACRI projects continue in their second year. The new cohort of projects began in July. Their topics, listing the faculty members leading the work, are listed below.


Howard University


Presenting East African Manuscript Cultures: A Collaboration between the Howard CfAS and the Princeton PEMM Project


Krista Johnson, Howard University, Center for African Studies

Wendy Laura Belcher, Princeton University, Comparative Literature


Jackson State University


Green Solvent-Based Processing and Passivation of Metal Halide Perovskites for Solar Cell Application


Qilin Dai, Jackson State University, Chemistry, Physics and Atmospheric Sciences

Antoine Kahn, Princeton University, Electrical and Computer Engineering


The 2024 National Black Election Study


Byron D’Andra Orey, Jackson State University, Political Science

LaFleur Stephens-Dougan, Princeton University, Politics


Sustaining Black History through a Regenerative Future: The Margaret Walker Center at JSU


Robert Luckett, Jackson State University, Margaret Walker Center

Talya Thomas, Jackson State University, Urban and Regional Planning

Guy Nordenson, Princeton University, Architecture

Paul Lewis, Princeton University, Architecture


Optical Preparation and Read-out of Nanosystems Used for Quantum Information Applications


Serguei V. Goupalov, Jackson State University, Physics

Gregory D. Scholes, Princeton University, Chemistry

Nathalie de Leon, Princeton University, Electrical and Computer Engineering


Prairie View A&M University


Unraveling and Modeling Non-Monotonicities for Blend-In Sustainable Aviation Fuels


Lealon Martin, Prairie View A&M University, Chemical Engineering

Michael E Mueller, Princeton University, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Computer Vision for Underwater Exploration


Suxia Cui, Prairie View A&M University, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Justin Foreman, Prairie View A&M University, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Olga Russakovsky, Princeton University, Computer Science


Unpacking the Dynamics of Co-Racial Voting


Melanye Price, Prairie View A&M University, Political Science

Ismail K. White, Princeton University, Politics and School of Public and International Affairs


The Impact of Proteins and Dietary Fibers on the Microbiome: Is Digestibility the Understudied Driver of Metabolic Dysregulation?


Javad Barouei, Prairie View A&M University, Agriculture, Nutrition, and Human Ecology

Joshua Rabinowitz, Princeton University, Chemistry, Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, and Ludwig Princeton Branch


University of Maryland Eastern Shore


Mesenchymal Stem Cell-Derived Exosomes in Inflammatory Modulation and Bone Healing


Jiabing Fan, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Lanju Mei, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Engineering and Aviation Sciences

Tian-Ming Fu, Princeton University, Electrical and Computer Engineering