SMHS New Awards

Congratulations to our investigators on these new research awards! This list currently includes federal and foundation funding. The awards appropriately reflect the endless hours spent securing funding and negotiating contracts. SMHS looks forward to seeing the results of this work and wishes investigators every success. Please take a moment to celebrate our colleagues.

January

Investigator Title Award Type Funder
Maria Elena Ruiz, MD ’97, BA/BS ’93
Associate Professor of Medicine
Impact of Behavior Modification Interventions and Lung Cancer Screening on Smoking Cessation in People Living with HIV: A Feasibility Study Contract The Emmes Company, LLC
December
Investigator Title Award Type Funder
John Bethea, PhD
King Fahd II Chair of Anatomy and Cell Biology

TNFR2 Sex Differences in EAE

TNF in Injury and Repair Processes Following Traumatic SCI

Investigating Mechanisms and Therapies for Chronic Neuropathic Pain: The Role of TNFR2

 

Grant

HHS/NIH/National Institutes of Health

HHS/NIH/National Institutes of Health

Department of Defense

Michael Makutonin, MSIV Effects of Prolonged ED Length of Stay in Pediatric Psychiatric Crisis Patients Grant Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM)
Marco Mercader, MD
Professor of Medicine
Director of Electrophysiology Research
GW Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Training Program Grant

Abbott Laboratories

Medtronic

Pavani Chalasani, MBBS, MPH
Professor of Medicine
Nano2 Enhances Immunotherapy in Triple-Negative Breast Cancers Grant Department of Defense
Linda Kusner, PhD
Research Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology
Gro Biosciences Study Consulting  Contract Gro Biosciences
Brandon Kohrt, MD, PhD
Charles and Sonia Akman Professor of Global Psychiatry, Director of the Center for Global Mental Health Equity
EQUIP | 2023–24 Contract UNICEF – The United Nations Children’s Fund
November
Investigator Title Award Type Funder
Michael Bukrinsky, MD, PhD
Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine
The Effect of Antiretrovirals on Cognitive Flexibility and Neurogenesis in Aging and Alzheimer's Disease Models: Relevance to HIV Therapy and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Grant Stony Brook University
October
Investigator Title Award Type Funder
Galadriel Hovel-Miner, PhD
Associate Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine
Generation and Validation of a Novel Inducible Overexpression Library for Genome-Scale Genetic Screens in Leishmania Grant Oregon Health & Science University
Youxuan Ling Ling DCVA IPA 2023

Grant

Veterans Affairs Medical Center of Washington DC
Yijun Shao, PhD
Associate Research Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership
DCVA IPA 2023 Grant Veterans Affairs Medical Center of Washington DC
Ray-Chang Wu, PhD
Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine
Regulation of Type I Interferon Pro-tumor Effects in Breast Cancer Grant University of Maryland Baltimore
September
Investigator Title Award Type Funder
Homa Ahmadzia, MD/MPH ’08
Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and of Global Health
OPTIMUM OB-TXA: Optimal Timing, Route and Dose of Tranexamic Acid Prior to Umbilical Cord Clamp for Postpartum Hemorrhage Prevention Grant U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/National Institutes of Health
Alberto Bosque-Pardos, PhD, MBA
Associate Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine
REACH: Research Enterprise to Advance a Cure for HIV Grant Cornell University
Shawneequa Callier, JD
Associate Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership
Precision Medicine Policy and Treatment (PreEMPT) Model II Grant Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Shawneequa Callier, JD
Associate Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership
Just Inclusion and Equity: Negotiating Community-Research Partnerships in Genomics Research Grant

Columbia University Medical Center

Aileen Chang, MD, MSPH
Associate Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine and of Medicine
Zanamivir Treatment of Vascular Permeability in Dengue (ZAP-DENGUE) Grant New York Academy of Medicine
Yan Cheng, PhD
Assistant Research Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership
DCVA IPA Grant Veterans Affairs Medical Center of Washington DC
David Diemert, MD
Professor of Medicine and of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine
Next Generation COVID-19 Vaccine Development Program Contract U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/National Institutes of Health
Sarah Doerrer, PhD
Assistant Professor of Health, Human Function, and Rehabilitation Sciences
The Impact of Early ADL participation on Functional Outcomes Post Distal Radius Fracture Grant American Hand Therapy Foundation
John Hawdon, PhD
Associate Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine
Development of a Rodent Model for Anthelmintic Testing Against Multidrug Resistant Hookworms Grant U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/National Institutes of Health
Brandon Kohrt, PhD
Charles and Sonia Akman Professor of Global Psychiatry, Director of the Center for Global Mental Health Equity, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral sciences, and of Global Health
Shared Problems, Shared Solutions: A Community-Based Approach to Strengthening Mental Health in Minnesota Grant Miller-Dwan Foundation
Rebecca Lynch, PhD
Associate Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine
Defining HIV Env Protein Expression in Latently Infected Cells Grant U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/National Institutes of Health-LOC
Andrew Meltzer, MD
Professor of Emergency Medicine
Network for Emergency Care Clinical Trials: Strategies to Innovate Emergency Care Clinical Trials Network (SIREN) Grant Johns Hopkins University
Mateus Ramos Amorim The Role of Leptin Signaling in The Dorsomedial Hypothalamus in the Pathogenesis of Sleep Disordered Breathing Grant American Heart Association
Marc Siegel, MD
Professor of Medicine
HPTN101 Grant FHI 360
Allen Solomon, MD
Director, Cardiology Fellowship Program, and Professor of Medicine
The Rhythm Evaluation for Anticoagulation with Continuous Monitoring of Atrial Fibrillation Trial (REACT-AF) Grant Northwestern University
Elizabeth Sweeney, PhD
Assistant Research Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine
Personalized Nanoparticle-Mediated T-Cell Therapy for Glioblastoma Grant American Brain Tumor Association
Xiaoyan Zheng, PhD
Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology
Regulation of the Hedgehog pathway and Medulloblastoma response to radiochemotherapy Grant U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/National Institutes of Health
Xiaoyan Zheng, PhD
Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology
Functional Dissection of a Novel Causative Gene for Kallmann Syndrome Grant U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/National Institutes of Health
August
Investigator Title Award Type Funder
Galadriel Hovel-Miner, PhD
Associate Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine
Fexinidazole Survival Genes Implicate a Novel Redox-Based Mechanism in Drug Resistance Grant U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/National Institutes of Health-LOC
Robert Turner II, PhD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership and of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine
The Contribution of Repetitive Head Impacts and Social Determinants of Health to Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia in Older Adult Black Men Grant U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/National Institutes of Health-LOC
Qing Zeng, PhD
Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership
Imputation of Missing Data to Reduce Bias in NVDRS Through Ethical Data Science Grant American Public Health Association
July
Investigator Title Award Type Funder
Elham Bayat, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine
An Expanded Access Protocol of Intravenous Trehalose Injection 90 mg/ml Treatment of Patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Grant Massachusetts General Hospital
Maya Bitar, MD
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Efficacy of Oral Sunflower Lecithin Supplementation in the Treatment of Dry Eye in Adults with Dry Eye Disease Grant Virginia Lions Eye Foundation Institute
Adam Friedman, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Dermatology
GW Dermatology-Rheumatology Connective Tissues Disease Fellowship Grant Janssen Scientific Affairs LLC
Susannah Jenkins, PA
Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies
Pediatric PA Barriers and Facilitators Grant Physician Assistant Education Association
Rong Li, PhD
Ross Professor of Basic Science Research, and Professor and Chair, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine
T-Cell-Specific BRCA1 Function in Antitumor Immunity and Immunotherapy Grant U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/National Institutes of Health-LOC
Hui Lu, PhD
Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology
3D Scanning Two-photon Fiberscope Technology for Simultaneous Multi-region Multi-cell-type Imaging in Freely-moving Rodents Grant Johns Hopkins University
Anvesha Srivastava, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab of Dominic Raj, MD, Bert B. Brooks Chair in the Medical School, and Professor of Medicine
Integrated miRome and GWAS to Predict Progression of CKD Grant National Kidney Foundation of the National Capital Area
Leah Steckler, MD
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Geriatric Emergency Department Grant The Washington Home