Faculty Scholars Program

"It puts you in a different mindset to be a little bit more high-risk/high-reward, to go for the really impactful but possibly wrong hypothesis. Unrestricted funds are so crucially important for creativity. One hundred thousand dollars of unrestricted money is worth at least twice what $100,000 of restricted [is] because it allows you to nimbly follow up new ideas."

Michelle Monje, MD, PhD
Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Endowed Faculty Scholar
Current CHRI Executive Committee Member
Assistant Professor of Neurology and, by courtesy, of Neurosurgery and of Pediatrics and of Pathology 

FY18 Awardees

Kara Davis, MD
Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Endowed Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Cancer and Blood Diseases (2018-2023)
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Hematology & Oncology)
Study Title: Relapse Prediction and Mechanism of Drug Resistance of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Elizabeth Egan, MD, PhD
The Tashia and John Morgridge Endowed Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2018-2023)
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases) and of Microbiology & Immunology
Study Title: Investigating Novel Host Erythrocyte Determinants of Malaria Infection

Irene Loe, MD
Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2018-2023)
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics)
Study Title: Promoting Growth Mindset: A School-Based Intervention Targeting Health, Behavior, and Learning in Underserved Communities

Anisha Patel, MD
Arline and Pete Harman Faculty Scholar (2018-2021)
Associate Professor of Pediatrics (General Pediatrics)
Study Title: Assessing the Cost of Water First: A School-Based Water Intervention to Prevent Childhood Obesity

Avnesh Thakor, MD, PhD
Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2018-2023)
Assistant Professor of Radiology (Pediatric Radiology)
Study Title: A Novel Approach for Treating Diabetes Using Pulsed Focused Ultrasound and Intra-Arterial Delivery of Mesenchymal Stem Cells, and their Associated Exosomes, Directly into the Pancreas

Yang Sun, MD, PhD
Laurie Kraus Lacob Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2018-2023)
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Study Title: Repurposing Drug to Treat Oculocerebal Renal Syndromeo Lowe

Current Awards

  • Cristina Maria Alvira, MD
    Tashia and John Morgridge Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2015-2020)
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Critical Care)
    Project:  Essential Physiologic Roles for Nuclear Factor Kappa-B During Lung Development
  • Catherine A. Blish, MD, PhD
    Tashia and John Morgridge Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2015-2020)
    Assistant Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
    Project:  Inflammatory Pathways of Pregnancy, Viral Infection, and Preterm Birth
  • David B. Camarillo, PhD
    Tashia and John Morgridge Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2015-2020)
    Assistant Professor of Bioengineering and, by courtesy, of Mechanical Engineering
    Project:  Investigating Fiber Tract Strain Rate as a Cause of Concussion
  • Lisa Chamberlain, MD, MPH
    Arline and Pete Harman Faculty Scholar (2017 – 2020)
    Associate Professor of Pediatrics
    Project: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Improving School Readiness
  • Tushar Desai, MD, PhD
    Woods Family Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2016-2021)
    Assistant Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine) 
    Project:  Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of TGF-beta Regulation of Air Sac Morphogenesis
  • Brian Feldman, MD, PhD
    Bechtel Faculty Scholar Awards in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2012-2018)
    Assistant Professor of Pediatric (Endocrinology)
    Project:  Developing Novel Approaches for the Treatment of Pediatric Muscle Disorders
  • Gerald A. Grant, MD, FACS
    Arline and Pete Harman Faculty Scholar (2015-2018)
    Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and, by courtesy, of Neurology
    Project:  Molecular Characterization of the Pediatric Blood-Tumor Barrier
  • Norman James Lacayo, MD
    Laurie Kraus Lacob Fellowship/Faculty Scholar Fund in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2016-2019)
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Hematology and Oncology)
    Project:  Epigenetic Priming Clinical Trials in de Novo and Relapse/Refractory Childhood Acute Myeloid Leukemia
  • Angelle Desiree LeBeaud, MD, MS
    Bechtel Faculty Scholar Awards in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2015-2020)
    Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases)
    Project:  Integrated Vector Management as a Strategy for Reduced Disease Risk in a Newly Discovered Region of Dengue Fever in Africa
  • Matthew Lungren, MD, MPH
    Stanford Child Health Research Institute Faculty Scholar (2016-2019)
    Assistant Professor of Radiology (Pediatric Radiology)
    Project:  Predictive Modeling and Machine Learning to Develop Clinical Decision Support for Pediatric Imaging
  • Michelle Monje, MD, PhD
    Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Endowed Faculty Scholar (2014-2018)
    Assistant Professor of Neurology and, by courtesy, Neurosurgery and of Pediatrics and of Pathology
    Project:  Neuron:glioma Cell Interactions in the Developing Brain
  • Anupama Narla, MD
    Arline and Pete Harman Faculty Scholar (2017-2022)
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Hematology & Oncology)
    Project: Molecular Targeting of Erythroid Progenitors and Ribosomes for the Treatment of Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes
  • Manpreet Kaur Singh, MD, MS
    Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2013-2018)
    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Child Development)
    Project:  Risk and Resilience in Youth at Familial Risk for Mood Disorders
  • Elif Seda Selamet Tierney, MD
    Stanford Child Health Research Institute Faculty Scholar (2017-2020)
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Pediatric Cardiology)
    Project: Tele-Clinic Visits in Pediatric Marfan Patients using Parental Echo: The Future
  • Alexander E. Urban, PhD
    Tashia and John Morgridge Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2016-2019)
    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Secondary, Genetics (Psychopharmacology)
    Project:  A Transgenic Marmoset Model for Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Derrick C. Wan, MD
    Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health Faculty Scholar (2013-2018)
    Assistant Professor of Surgery (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery)
    Project:  Developing an Effective Cell-Based Approach For Bone Regeneration in Children Through Epigenetic Manipulation
  • Marius Wernig, MD, PhD
    Tashia and John Morgridge Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2013-2018)
    Associate Professor of Pathology and, by courtesy, of Chemical and Systems Biology
    Project:  Direct Lineage Reprogramming to Study and Treat Connatal Brain Diseases
  • Virginia D. Winn, MDS
    Arline and Pete Harman Faculty Scholar (2015-2018)
    Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Reproductive and Stem Cell Biology)
    Project:  Endothelial Dysfunction in Preeclampsia: Implications for Immediate and Long Term Health Outcomes for Mothers and Children
  • Sean M. (Ming) Wu, MD, PhD, FACC
    Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health Faculty Scholar (2013-2018)
    Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine) and, by courtesy, of Pediatrics
    Project:  Cardiac Progenitor Cells in Development and Disease
  • Fan Yang, PhD
    Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health Faculty Scholar (2013-2018)
    Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and of Bioengineering
    Project:  Engineering a Brain in a Dish: 3D in vitro Models for Studying Pediatric Brain Tumor Using Biomimetic Hydrogels