Postdoctoral Awards

"The MCHRI postdoctoral support enables me to investigate the interplay of neurobiology, genetics, and behavior to improve our understanding of specific learning disorders in childhood. My research aims to identify neurobiological mechanisms underlying learning and to use neuroimaging data for the prediction of reading and mathematical skills in children at high genetic risk for specific learning disorders. Ultimately, we hope this research will allow early identification of learning impairments and development of targeted interventions that will ensure better learning outcomes in children."

Iliana Irini Karipidis, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences


FY 2020 Awards

Amy Braun, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Obstetrics & Gynecology (Maternal-Fetal Medicine)
Study Title: Determining the Role of Sex Chromosomes in Normal and Abnormal Placentation with Implications for Pregnancy and Child Health

Lisa Bruckert, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Pediatrics (Neonatal & Developmental Medicine)
Study Title: Predicting Long-Term Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in Infants Born Preterm from Diffusion MRI Measures 

Phoom Chairatana, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Microbiology & Immunology
Study Title: Developing Therapeutic Strategies to Target Type VI Secretion System-Mediated Effectors that Salmonella Uses to Promote Its Infection in Host Cells 

Ananya Chakraborty, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Medicine (Pulmonary, Allergy, & Critical Care Medicine)
Study Title: ROR2 Signaling in the Pathogenesis of Adult and Pediatric Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension 

Charles A. Chang, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Developmental Biology
Study Title: Advancing Islet Replacement, Survival and Function Through Bone Marrow Chimerism 

Carla Dib, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Pediatrics (Stem Cell Transplantation & Regenerative Medicine)
Study Title: Development of HSC Base-Editing and Non-Genotoxic Antibody Based Conditioning For Safe and Effective Treatment of X-linked Severe Combined Immunodeficiency 

Racquel Domingo-Gonzalez, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Pediatrics (Critical Care Medicine)
Study Title: Identification of Macrophage Heterogeneity During Late Lung Development at Single Cell Resolution

Elveda Gozdas, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Study Title: Assessing Individual Connectomic Markers of Long-term Cognitive Outcomes in Preterm Infants with Structural and Functional Brain Imaging 

"I am thrilled to be awarded by MCHRI for the Postdoctoral support. It provides me with an excellent opportunity to continue focusing on my research project and investigate the impact of air pollution on dysregulation of the immune system in children as an urgent clinical need. This funding allows me to further my biomarker discovery and molecular mechanistic approaches leading to develop innovative strategies for controlling air pollution and pediatric asthma."

Hesam Movassagh, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy & Asthma Research

Iliana Irini Karipidis, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Study Title: Functional Brain Signatures of Learning in Children with Sex Chromosome Aneuploidies: A Model For Neuroendophenotypes in Specific Learning Disorders 

Takahiro Kawagishi, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Microbiology & Immunology
Study Title: In Depth Analysis Of Rotavirus Diarrhea and Systemic Infection In Vivo Using a Newly Developed Reverse Genetics System 

Brittany Matheson, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences (Child & Adolescent Psychiatry)
Study Title: Identifying Psychological, Behavioral, and Neurocognitive Predictors of Weight Loss Following Bariatric Surgery in Adolescents 

Percy Mistry, PhD, MBA
Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Study Title: Computational Approaches to Precision Phenotyping and Uncovering Brain-Based Predictors of Childhood Psychopathologies 

Yuki Miura, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Study Title: A Human 3D Cortico-Striatal Assembloid Platform to Study Neurodevelopmental Disorders 

Hesamaldin Movassagh, MSc, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy & Asthma Research
Study Title: Deciphering Classical Monocytes as a Novel Immune Signature Specific to Air Pollution in Pediatric Asthma 

Neha Nandwani, MSc, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Biochemistry
Study Title: Investigating the Molecular Basis of Childhood-Onset Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Causing Mutations in Myosin And Myosin Binding Protein-C 

Abigail Pwell, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Biochemistry
Study Title: Using Protein Nanoparticles to Develop a Safe and Stable Vaccine Against Ebola

Ni Su, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Orthopaedic Surgery
Study Title: Microribbon Scaffolds with Dual Functions of Immunomodulation and Chemotherapeutic Delivery for Treating Osteosarcoma 

Marilou Tetard, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases)
Study Title: Discovering Essential Host Factors for Plasmodium Falciparum Malaria Rosetting 

Supawat Thongthip, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Pediatrics (Stem Cell Transplantation & Regenerative Medicine)
Study Title: Combination Lentiviral Gene Therapy and Non-Genotoxic Anti-c-Kit (CD117) Antibody-Based Conditioning for Curative Treatment of Fanconi Anemia 

Zhiyuan Yao, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Infectious Diseases & Geographic Medicine
Study Title: Deciphering the Pathogenesis of Severe Dengue in Children Via Novel Single Cell Transcriptomic Approaches

Past Awards 


"X monosomy (XO) is the most common chromosomal abnormality in miscarriage, with nearly 99% of conceptuses aborting early in pregnancy. This suggests a crucial contribution of the sex chromosomes to early placental development that is not currently appreciated. MCHRI has made it possible for me to leverage the natural experiment of sex chromosome aneuploidy in placenta to investigate the mechanisms of sex-linked pregnancy loss and complication risk."

Amy Braun, PhD
Obstetrics & Gynecology (Maternal Fetal Medicine)
2020 MCHRI Funded Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Project Title: Determining the Role of Sex Chromosomes in Normal and Abnormal Placentation with Implications for Pregnancy and Child Health


"I am trying to determine how polymorphism in MHC-II locus alters B-cell repertoire and predisposed an individual to autoimmune disorders like type-1 diabetes (T1D) or juvenile diabetes. The MCHRI award will be instrumental to help me achieve the plans as an experimentalist. My immediate future plan is to use data generated from this project to apply for a K99 award to pursue further avenues using in murine model of autoimmune T1D."

Debopam Ghosh, PhD
Pediatrics (Human Gene Therapy)
2019 MCHRI Funded Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Project Title: MHC Class-II Molecule H2-M Affects the Development and Function of B-1 Cells


"I’m looking forward to the opportunity to use qualitative research to engage with diverse families about how they experience care in California Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs). This MCHRI award [postdoctoral support] has allowed me to incorporate family perspectives into the development of measures for family centered care in NICUs."

Krista Sigurdson, PhD
Pediatrics (Neonatal & Developmental Medicine)
2018 MCHRI Funded Postdoctoral Research Fellow 
Project Title: Developing Measures for Family-Centered Care in the NICU