Instructor K Award Support

"NIH K awards are extremely valuable in supporting the salary and career of junior investigators, but do not provide enough support for the research costs, and the additional help from the MCHRI is crucial to being able to conduct the proposed research. I look forward to using these funds in my research focused on preventing graft-versus-host disease, which causes significant morbidity and mortality in children undergoing stem cell transplantation. My overall goal is to make stem cell transplantation a safer way to cure cancer and other blood diseases."

Melissa Mavers, MD, PhD
Instructor, Pediatrics (Stem Cell Transplantation)
Instructor K Award Support Awardee 2020


FY 2020 Awards

Laya Ekhlaspour, MD
Instructor, Pediatrics (Endocrinology & Diabetes)
Study Title: Training Research Leaders in Type 1 Diabetes 

Rayhan Lal, MD
Instructor, Pediatrics (Endocrinology & Diabetes)
Study Title: Training Research Leaders in Type 1 Diabetes 

Melissa Mavers, MD
Instructor, Pediatrics (Stem Cell Transplantation & Regenerative Medicine)
Study Title: Immunosuppressive Human Invariant Natural Killer T Cells for Prevention of Graft-Versus-Host Disease 

Sharon Paige, MD, PhD
Instructor, Pediatrics (Cardiology)
Study Title: Patient-Specific Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells for Modeling Single Ventricle Congenital Heart Disease 

Trung Pham, MD
Instructor, Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases)
Study Title: Dissecting Mechanisms of Granuloma Macrophage Polarization and Granuloma Formation in Chronic Salmonella Infection 

Zachary Sellers, MD, PhD
Instructor, Pediatrics (Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition)
Study Title: CFTR-Independent Bicarbonate Secretion is a Novel CF Therapeutic Target 

Molly Tanenbaum, PhD
Instructor, Pediatrics (Endocrinology & Diabetes)
Study Title: ONBOARD: Overcoming Barriers & Obstacles to Adopting Diabetes Devices

Past Awards