Grant Recipients & Recognitions

Congratulations to all the award recipients! Their selfless dedication to research is truly admirable. We are excited to see how all of our researchers continue to push the boundaries of science with the mission of improving human health and serving society. 

2019 Grant Recipients & Recognitions

Chunling Yi, PhD

Neurofibromatosis Research Program Investigator – Initiated Research Award: Combination Strategies for Selective Elimination of NF2 Tumors.

Awarded by USAMRAA

Sikoya Ashburn

F99: The Cerebellum’s Involvement in Reading and Math Disabilities

Awarded by NCI

Shady El Damaty

Mistletoe Unfettered Research Grant

Awarded by Mistletoe Foundation

Italo Mocchetti, PhD

R01: Role of proBNDF and p75NTR in HIV-mediated Axonal/Dendritic Degeneration

Awarded by NINDS

Louis M. Weiner, MD

P30: Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center Support Grant

Awarded by NCI

Alexandra Taraboletti

Mistletoe Unfettered Research Grant

Awarded by Mistletoe Foundation

Charbel Moussa, MBBS

R01: A randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled study to evaluate the impact of Nilotinib treatment on safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics and biomarkers in Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB)

Awarded by NIA

Daniel Marchalik, MD

NEH Award: Creating a Collaborative Medical Humanities Major

Awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities

Susan C. Kim, JD, MPH, MBA

Subcontract between African Field Epidemiology Network and Georgetown University

Awarded by Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Katherine E Conant, MD

R21: MMPs as mediators of anti-depressant associated hippocampal plasticity

Awarded by NIMH

Karen Ross, PhD

Subaward Agreement: A data analytics framework for mining the dark kinome

Awarded by University of Georgia

Douglas Varner, MS

Subaward Agreement: Southeastern/Atlantic Regional Medical Library

Awarded by NIH

Richard Schlegel, MD, PhD

R33: A High Throughput Human Tumor Modeling Technology for Cancer Drug Discovery

Awarded by The University of Akron

Jeffrey Toretsky, MD

2019 Scholar Hope Grant: Inhibition of Ewing sarcoma metastases through alteration in mRNA splicing

Awarded by Hyundai Hope on Wheels

Ladan Eshkevari, CRNA

A22: Nurse Anesthetist Traineeships

Awarded by HRSA

Arnold Potosky, MHS, PhD

Subaward Agreement: A Role of Multilevel Healthcare Access Dimensions in Ovarian Cancer Disparities

Awarded by NIH

Marta L. Catalfamo, PhD

R01: The impact of HIV driven T cell immune activation in angiogenic CD8 T cell function: the role of PAR1 signaling

Awarded by NIAID

Chunling Yi, PhD

Drug Discovery Initiative Registered Report Award: Evaluate Novel Hippo-Yap/Taz Inhibitors in Overcoming Therapy Resistance in NF2

Awarded by Children’s Tumor Foundation

Matthew Mason, PhD

Evidence-Based Home Visiting Grant: Home Visiting Services

Awarded by DC Department of Health

Kamal Datta, PhD

NASA Award: NASA Research and Technology Development to Support Crew Health and Performance in Space Exploration Missions

Awarded by NASA, Johnson Space Center

Subha Madhavan, PhD

Subaward Agreement: Standardized and Genome-Wide Clinical Interpretation of Complex Genotypes for Cancer Precision Medic

Awarded by the Washington University

Tadahisa Teramoto, PhD

R21: Genome Recognition by Zika Virus NS5

Awarded by the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Louis M. Weiner, MD

P30: Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center Support Grant

Awarded by NCI

Radoslav Goldman, PhD

F01: O-glycoproteins in the progression of liver disease

Awarded by NCI

Dorinda Williams

Prenatal Services Study Grant: Perinatal Health Needs Assessment

Awarded by DC Department of Health

Neal Marshall Horen, PhD

H79: National Center of Excellence for Infant and Childhood Mental Health Consultation

Awarded by Center for Mental Health Services

Jonathan Dickens

F30: Mapping the Neurocognitive Architecture of Reading

Awarded by NIDCD

Allison O’Connell

F30: The Potential Role of Firboblast Activation Protein as a Natural Killer Cell Immune Checkpoint in Pancreatic Cancer

Awarded by NCI

Adam Caccavano, MS

F31: Determining mechanisms underlying hippocampal network disruption in early amyloid pathology: the role of PV basket cells on sharp wave ripples

Awarded by NIA

Harold Feldman, PhD

Subaward Agreement: Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Biomarkers Consortium Data Coordinating Center

Awarded by NIDDK

Prosper N’Gouemo, PhD

R01: Na+/Ca2+ exchanger remodeling in alcohol withdrawal seizures

Awarded by NIAAA

Kathleen Pirollo

Awarded by SynerGene Therapeutics, Inc.

Janice Krupnick, PhD

IPA: Examine opioid use and acquisition by veterans in DMV region

Awarded by US Office of Personnel Management

Jonathan Vivian Dickens, BA

F30: Mapping the Neurocognitive Architecture of Reading

Awarded by NIH

Seble G Kassaye, MD

U01: Surviving the HIV Epidemic (S/HE) in metropolitan Washington DC – Advancing knowledge through cohort studies
Awarded by NIH

Allison O’connell, BA

F30: The Potential Role of Firboblast Activation Protein as a Natural Killer Cell Immune Checkpoint in Pancreatic Cancer
Awarded by NIH

Jeffrey Toretsky, MD

Fellowship: From Mesenchyme to Cancer Dissecting Ewing Sarcoma
Awarded by St. Baldrick’s Foundation

Tinatin Brelidze, PHD

R01: KCNH channel regulation by intracellular ligands
Awarded by NIH

Jennifer Ng

Grant: Research on HLA typing to support military contingency

Awarded by: Office of Naval Research

Rebecca Katz, PhD, MPH

Review and Evaluation of CDC Guidance and Tools for Community and Hospital Event-Based Surveillance
Awarded by The Task Force for Global Health, Inc.

Nady Golestaneh, PhD

R01: AMPK/SIRT1/PGC-1α, a critical pathway in dry AMD
Awarded by NIH

Radoslav Goldman, PhD

R21: Development of Tryptic-Lectin ELISA for the early detection of HCC
Awarded by NIH

Darren Mays, PhD., M.P.H.

Grant: A Mobile Text Messaging Intervention for Indoor Tanning AddictionAwarded by Prevent Cancer Foundation

Yuichiro Justin Suzuki, PhD

R03: Oxidant-mediated amino acid conversions in alcohol abuse
Awarded by NIH

Paul Roepe, PhD

BWF award: Support the Emerging Artemisinin Resistance Workshop
Awarded by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Xuefeng Liu, MD

R01: Conditionally Reprogrammed Cell Model for Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer (CRPC)
Awarded by NIH

Elizabeth Hoge, MD

NIH award: Patient Support Costs for Effect of treatment on Physiological Response to Unpredictable Stimuli
Awarded by NIH

Andrew Libby, PhD

AHA award: Investigating the Role of Estrogen-Related Receptor Alpha in Mediating Progressive Diabetic Nephropathy
Awarded by the American Heart Association

Neal Horen, PhD

Subaward Agreement: National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness
Awarded by the American Academy of Pediatrics

2018 Grant Recipients & Recognitions

Ao Yuan, PhD

Intergovernmental Personnel Act Agreement
Awarded by NIH

Lubov Nathanson, PhD

DoD-USMRAA Prime Award: Immunomodulation in GWI
Awarded by Nova Southeastern University

Marc Lippman, PhD

Subcontract: Therapeutic Targeting of RAGE in Breast Cancer Progression and Metastasis
Awarded by University of Miami

Charbel Moussa, PhD

Emerald Foundation Grant: Role of De-ubiquitinase UPS-13 as a common regulator of neurotic protein clearance in neurodegenerative diseases
Awarded by Emerald Foundation, Inc

Neal Horen, PhD

Research Agreement: Trauma Informed Care and classroom management practices in early childhood educational settings
Awarded by Pyramid Model Consortium

Christopher Albanese, PhD

Subcontract: Developing the bioinks and bioprinting methods to encompass the necessary complexity needed to mimic a human tumor.
Awarded by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Erin M. Sorrell, PhD

Biosecurity Engagement Program: Developing Laboratory Risk Assessment Tools to Secure Institutions Handling High Consequence Pathogens in Morocco
Awarded by the U.S. Department of State

Keith John Kowalczyk, MD

SBIR: Cell-Based Models for Prostate Cancer Health Disparity Research
Awarded by NCI

Marc Lippman, MD

Subcontract: Diabetes Drives Breast Cancer Metastasis Through RAGE Signaling
Awarded by University of Miami

Anna Riegel, PhD

R21: Development of clinically relevant models of DCIS
Awarded by NIH

Elissa L Newport, PhD William Davis Gaillard, MD

R01: Language and cognition after perinatal stroke
Awarded by NIH

Yuichiro Justin Suzuki, PhD

R21: New mechanism of cellular protein oxidation
Awarded by NIH

Maximilian Riesenhuber, PhD

Subcontract: Next Generation Machine Learning
Awarded by Lawrence Livermore National Security

Charles B. Holmes, MD

Grant: Review and global alignment on metrics for HIV acquisition risk
Awarded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Sandra M Swain, MD

BCRF: Prediction of Resistance and Sensitivity to HER2 targeted therapy in the neoadjuvant setting
Awarded by Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Amanda Blair Spence, MD

DC CFAR: Antiretrovirals and neurocognition in HIV Infected Women
Awarded by District of Columbia Center for AIDS Research

Marc Lippman, MD

BCRF: The Role of RAGE, CAFS, and the Tumor Microenvironement in Breast Cancer Metastasis
Awarded by Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Tingting Wang, PhD

2018 NARSAD Young Investigator Grant: Dissecting Glial Epigenetic Signaling in Synaptic Homesostatic Plasticity and Austism
Awarded by Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Larry Kromer, PhD

USAMRAA Award: PTSD Mouse Knockout Model Characterization
Awarded by USAMRAA

Sarah Ann, PhD

R56: Apolipoprotein E glycosylation and its role in Alzheimer’s disease pathogenesis
Awarded by NIA

Toby Long, PhD

Diversity Fellowship: Georgetown University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (GUCEED) Diversity Fellowship
Awarded by the DHHS Administration for Community Learning

Kathryn L Sandberg, PhD

R01 Supplement: Immune Modulation of Hypertension
Awarded by NHLBI

Michael Benjamin Atkins, MD Anton Wellstein, MD

R01: Biomarkers of efficacy and adverse events due to treatment with immune checkpoint inhibitors
Awarded by NCI

Toby Long, PhD

Grant/Cooperative Agreement: GU-UDCCC Partnership
Awarded by the DHHS Resources Administration for Community Learning

Anna Greenwald, PhD

R21: Rehabilitation for emotion recognition impairments after stroke: building a scientific basis
Awarded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver NICHHD

Sarah Martinez Roth, PhD

F31: Molecular indicators of treatment responses and adverse events in melanoma
Awarded by NCI

Claire M. Fraser, PhD Daniel J. Merenstein, MD

R61: Exploratory Pilot Studies to Demonstrate Mechanisms of Preventing Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea and the Role for Probiotics
Awarded by NCI

Fung-Lung Chung, PhD Aiwu He, MD, PhD

U01: gamma-OHPdG as a prognostic biomarker of HCC recurrence and its prevention
Awarded by NCI

Deanna Marie Tiek, PhD

F99: Novel relationships of splicing factors in temozolomide-resistant glioblastoma
Awarded by NCI

Dionne Smith Coker-Appiah, PhD

Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Award: 2018 – Social and economic determinants in rural America, Eastern North Carolina
Awarded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Sean Shenghsiu Huang, PhD

R03: Quality, Private-Pay Price, and Consumers’ Demand for Nursing Home Care
Awarded by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Susan Igras, PhD

Templeton Award: From Benin to Mali – Expanding a social network innovation to reduce social barriers to unmet need for family planning
Awarded by John Templeton Foundation

Nathan J. Edwards, PhD Radoslav Goldman, PhD

U01: LC-MS Analysis of Site Specific Protein Glycoforms
Awarded by NCI

Jeannine LaRocque Kappas, PhD

R15: Mitotic DNA double-strand break repair in Drosophila melanogaster
Awarded by NIGMS

Erin Wenzel, BS

F31: Intracellular mechanisms of gp120 neurotoxicity: role of microtubules
Awarded by NINDS

Yuichiro Justin Suzuki, PhD

R03: Endogenous protein engineering mechanism of oxidative stress in Alzheimer’s disease
Awarded by NIA

Stefano Vicini, PhD

R01: GABAergic Interneurons Regulate Brainstem Neural Circuitry
Awarded by NIDDK

Darren M. Mays, PhD, MPH

R01: Optimizing Hookah Tobacco Public Education Messages to Reduce Young Adult Use
Awarded by NCI

Tinatin I. Bredlidze, PhD

R01: KCNH Channel
Awarded by NIGMS