Previous President’s Research Fund Awardees

Spring 2015 President’s Research Fund Awardees

Investigator

Department

Research Project

Thomas Cho, Ph.D. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology “The role of MIF-bacterial endotoxin interactions in sepsis: A potential cause of septic shock”
Reigh-Yi Lin, Ph.D. Internal Medicine-Otolaryngology “The role of receptor for advanced glycation endproducts in anaplastic thyroid cancer”
Sarah Howe McBride-Gagyi, Ph.D. Orthopaedic Surgery “The effects of spacer material and topography on bone formation using the induced membrane technique”
Lynda Morrison, Ph.D. Molecular Microbiology and Immunology “ADME and PK studies with novel herpesvirus inhibitors from two chemical classes”
Ryan M. Teague, Ph.D. Molecular Microbiology and Immunology “Exploring immunotherapy and oncolytic adenovirus as a novel combination therapy for cancer”

Fall 2014 President’s Research Fund Awardees

Investigator

Department

Research Project

Dale Dorsett, Ph.D. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology “Control of transcriptional enhancer function by mediator and cohesin”
David Ford, Ph.D. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology “Novel peptidoaldehyde mediators of inflammation derived from leukocyte myeloperoxidase activity”
Grant Kolar, M.D., Ph.D. Pathology “Complement opsonization of photoreceptor outer segments and binding by CR1 in the retinal pigmented epithelium”
Richard DiPaolo, Ph.D. Molecular Microbiology and Immunology “The role of IL-22 in promoting gastric cancer”
Jinsong Zhang, Ph.D. Pharmacological & Physiological Science “Role of breast cancer anti-estrogen resistance protein BCAR2 in regulation of AIB1 transcription and estrogen receptor alpha signaling”

Spring 2014 President’s Research Fund Awardees

Investigator

Department

Research Project

Yuna Ayala, Ph.D. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology “Characterizing the role of TDP-43-RNA interactions in preventing protein aggregation”
Yie-Hwa Chang, Ph.D. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology “Develop a novel quantitative MALDI-MS method to monitor cellular proteolytic events”
Adam J. Gehring, Ph.D. Molecular Microbiology & Immunology “Personalized immunotherapy for chronic hepatitis B virus infection”
Jane McHowat, Ph.D. Pathology “Lifestyle risk and breast cancer progression”
Gul N. Shah, Ph.D. Internal Medicine-Endocrinology “Mitochondrial carbonic anhydrases and microvascular disease”
Debra H. Zand, Ph.D. Pediatrics “A pilot study of ‘Primary Care-Stepping Stones Positive Parenting Program’ (PC-SS Triple P) with parents of children newly diagnosed with autism”

Fall 2013 President’s Research Fund Awardees

Investigator

Department

Research Project

Maureen Donlin, Ph.D. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology “Identification and characterization of cell wall stress sensors in the human pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans
Xiaofeng Fan, M.D., Ph.D. Internal Medicine-Gastroenterology “Viral discovery in acute liver failure with unknown etiology”
Ajay K. Jain, M.D. Pediatrics “New strategies for parenteral nutrition associated liver and gut disease”
Mark Knuepfer, Ph.D. Pharmacological & Physiological Science “Selectivity of renal denervation or deafferentation in altering stress responsiveness”
Wendi Neckameyer, Ph.D. Pharmacological & Physiological Science “A genetic screen to identify genes important for neural circuit”
Alireza Rezaie, Ph.D. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology “Molecular determinants of the specificity of factor IX and factor IXa interaction with their physiological targets in the extrinsic and intrinsic pathways”
Alessandro Vindigni, Ph.D. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology “Human RECQ1 helicase mechanism of Holliday junction branch migration”

Spring 2013 President’s Research Fund Awardees

Investigator

Department

Research Project

Michael Ariel, Ph.D. Pharmacological & Physiological Science “Neurophysiological study of deep pain signals within the rat Lateral Reticular Formation”
Ángel Baldán, Ph.D. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology “A new pathway linking cholesterol and glucose metabolism”
Robert Mark Buller, Ph.D. Molecular Microbiology & Immunology “Adaptation of human norovirus to replicate in a small animal model”
Tomasz Heyduk, Ph.D. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology “Next generation sequencing as a readout in bioanalytical assays”
Reigh-Yi Lin, Ph.D. Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery “Developing a model for thyroid disease using mouse induced pluripotent stem cells”
Francis Sverdrup, Ph.D. Center for World Health & Medicine “A chemical genetics approach reveals epigenetic modifiers in facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy”

Fall 2012 President’s Research Fund Awardees

Investigator

Department

Research Project

Richard J. DiPaolo, Ph.D. Molecular Microbiology & Immunology “Generating a new mouse model to measure vaccine effector and regulatory T cell responses”
Dale Dorsett, Ph.D. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology “Transcriptional control of active genes by the PRC1 Polycomb repressor complex”
Sarah George, M.D. IM-Infectious Diseases, Allergy & Immunology “Does GB Virus C NS3 serine protease cleave an HIV protein and block an early step in HIV replication?”
Susana Gonzalo, Ph.D. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology “Testing a new modality of treatment for triple-negative breast cancer”
Daniel Hawiger, M.D., Ph.D. Molecular Microbiology & Immunology “Hopx-mediated suppression of autoimmunity by regulatory T cells controlled with dendritic cells”
Jack Lionberger, M.D., Ph.D. IM-Hematology & Oncology “Use of FTY720 (Fingolimod) in the Prevention of Platinum Induced Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy”
Guangyong Peng, M.D., Ph.D. IM-Infectious Diseases, Allergy & Immunology “Molecular Control of Breast Cancer-induced Immune Suppression for Cancer Immunotherapy”

Spring 2012 President’s Research Fund Awardees

Studies with multiple PIs:

Investigators

Research Project

Darcy Scharff, Stuart Slavin and Norman White “Sharing responsibility, improving community health”
Randy Sprague and Sergey Dergunov “Targeted delivery of phosphodiesterase inhibitors to erythrocytes: implication for the treatment of vascular disease in Type 2 diabetes”
Jason Windett and Michael Wolff “Evaluating institutions, behavior and outcomes in American state supreme courts”
Studies with single PIs:

Investigator

Research Project

Jennifer Buehler “Exploring the challenges faced by dropout and disconnected youth returning to high school”
Joel Eissenberg “Defining targets of RNA Polymerase II elongation complexes in development”
Jin Huang “Food insufficiency, income volatility, and asset holding in low-to-middle income households: a comparison before and after economic recession, 2005-2010”
Jung Huang “Mechanism by which CRSBP-1 ligands unbutton lymphatic intercellular junctions”
Istvan Kiss “Engineering dynamical complexity of chemical reaction networks”
Sergey Korolev “Structure-functional studies of recombination mediator proteins”
Jianguo Liu “IFN-lambda3 promoter polymorphisms and hepatitis C virus clearance”
Nikki Murdick “Research on the effectiveness of parent-focused group training: a cooperative effort by professionals and families of individuals with autism”
Ranjit Ray “Induction of epithelial-mesenchymal cell transition program into primary human hepatocytes by Hepatitis C virus”
Willis Samson “Novel hormonal control of reproduction”
Michael Swartwout “Space mission failures: re-examining history through guided statistical analysis”
Mee-Ngan (Frances) Yap “Mechanistic basis for antibiotic-induced resistance”
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Peer-review for NIH and NIH-type applications prior to submission.
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RPC sponsored seminar series.
PRF
President's Research Fund provides support to new or existing high scientific quality research likely to secure extramural funding.