Aalipour was named a 2020 STAT Wunderkind. The MD-PhD student has engineered cells to find solid cancer tumors. He is also developing viruses that kill cancer cells.
Jason Batten, MD
The anesthesia resident received the 2020 Jeremy Sugarman Award from Johns Hopkins University. The award is for achievement in bioethics research. He was recognized for his paper “Variation in the design of Do-Not-Resuscitate orders and other code status options: a multi-institutional qualitative study,” which was published in BMJ Quality and Safety.
Achintya Bhowmik, PhD
An adjunct professor of otolaryngology, Bhowmik was named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for his work in developing devices that incorporate sensors and artificial intelligence to mimic human perception and cognition. They include multisensory hearing aids and computer vision systems that assist in navigation.
Charles K. F. Chan, PhD
An assistant professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery, Chan has been appointed an investigator of the Heritage Medical Research Institute. The institute will support Chan’s study of skeletal stem cells’ ability to regenerate cartilage damaged by injury or disease.
Wah Chiu, PhD, and Serena Yeung, PhD
Chiu, the Wallenberg-Bienenstock Professor and a professor of bioengineering and of microbiology and immunology, and Yeung, assistant professor of biomedical data science, received a Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Neurodegeneration Challenge Network award. They will use the $150,000 grant to study neurons using cryo-electron tomograms and a computer vision method with the goal of learning about the cellular structure and pathology of Huntington’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases.
Agnieszka Czechowicz, MD, PhD
An assistant professor of pediatrics, Czechowicz has received an award from the National Blood Foundation. She will use the $75,000 grant to study genetic factors in Fanconi anemia that may lead to bone marrow failure and leukemia.
Neir Eshel, MD, PhD
An instructor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Eshel has received a 2020 SFARI Bridge to Independence Award from the Simons Foundation. The foundation provides the awardees with $495,000 to start autism research once they begin a tenure-track position. Eshel studies the neural mechanisms behind aggressive behavior in people with a range of psychiatric disorders, including autism spectrum disorders.
Dean Felsher, MD, PhD
The professor of medicine and of pathology received a 2020 Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Cancer Institute. The $7 million grant will be used to target oncogene pathways that could be blocked as a treatment for cancer.
Michael Fredericson, MD
A professor of orthopaedic surgery, Fredericson has received an award from the Pac-12 Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being Grant Program. The $10,000 grant will allow him to implement a program to improve bone health and reduce bone stress injuries in long-distance runners who compete for Pacific-12 Conference colleges.
Robert Harrington, MD
Harrington, the Arthur L. Bloomfield Professor in Medicine, won the Distinguished National Leadership Award from the American Heart Association. He is the immediate past president of the association.
Paul Heidenreich, MD
A professor of cardiovascular medicine, Heidenreich won the Award of Meritorious Achievement from the American Heart Association for his work on improving care for patients with heart disease while lowering costs.
Tina Hernandez-Boussard, PhD, and Dennis Wall, PhD
Hernandez-Boussard, associate professor of biomedical informatics and of biomedical data science, and Wall, associate professor of pediatrics (systems medicine) and of biomedical data science, have been elected to the American College of Medical Informatics. Fellowship in the college is granted to those who have demonstrated sustained and significant contributions to biomedical informatics.
Karen Hirsch, MD
An associate professor of neurology and neurological sciences, Hirsch received an award from the National Institutes of Health. The $7.7 million grant, to be distributed over five years, will cover research into injury of the brain and other organs after cardiac arrest. Hirsch and her team will study biomarkers in cardiac arrest patients to predict their response to treatment and long-term recovery.
Yang Hu, MD, PhD, and Stanley Qi, PhD
Hu, assistant professor of ophthalmology, and Qi, assistant professor of bioengineering and of chemical and systems biology, received a Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Neurodegeneration Challenge Network Award. The $150,000 grant will fund their research into screening tools and intervention techniques for glaucoma in mice using CRISPR gene-editing techniques.
James Longoria, MD
Longoria, clinical associate professor of cardiothoracic surgery, was named, for the fifth year in a row, a top doctor in cardiac surgery by Sacramento Magazine.
Yvonne Maldonado, MD
Maldonado, professor of pediatrics and infectious diseases and of epidemiology and population health, received an award from the National Institutes of Health’s Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics Underserved Populations Program. The $3.3 million grant will help Northern Plains tribes address the COVID-19 pandemic through testing, health consultations and data management.
Michelle Monje, MD, PhD, and Sergiu Pasca, MD
Monje, associate professor of neurology, and Pasca, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, were winners in the life sciences category of the 2020 Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs competition. Monje was recognized for her discovery that certain brain cancers interact with normal neurons to help the malignant tumor grow, uncovering potential therapeutic strategies for lethal brain cancers. Pasca was recognized for developing 3D brain spheroids from pluripotent stem cells from patients, allowing the study of human neural circuits.
Suzanne Pfeffer, PhD, and Monther Abu-Remaileh, PhD
Pfeffer, the Emma Pfeiffer Merner Professor in Medical Sciences and professor of biochemistry, and Abu-Remaileh, assistant professor of chemical engineering, received an award from the Aligning Science Across Parkinson’s initiative. The $9 million grant, given in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Dundee in Scotland, is for further understanding Parkinson’s disease and the developing of therapies for it.
Thomas Rando, MD, PhD
Rando, professor of neurology and neurological sciences, received an award from the National Institutes of Health’s Alliance for Regenerative Rehabilitation Research. The $1 million grant is to improve physical functioning of people with disabilities by building connections between rehabilitation science and regenerative medicine.
Ansuman Satpathy, MD, PhD
Satpathy, assistant professor of pathology, received an award from the National Institutes of Health. The $2.6 million, five-year grant is to develop genome sequencing technologies that will improve the durability of immunotherapy for patients with cancer.
Stefanie Sebok-Syer, PhD
Sebok-Syer, instructor of emergency medicine, received a 2020 Stemmler Fund grant from the National Board of Medical Examiners. The $149,999 award is for research on assessing physician performance in collaborative, team-based clinical settings.
Lucy Shapiro, PhD
Shapiro, the D. K. Ludwig Professor and a professor of developmental biology, was awarded the Dickson Prize in Science from Carnegie Mellon University. The prize is for her work in understanding how a one-dimensional genetic code generates three-dimensional cellular architecture. She established that the cell is an integrated network operating in time and space, with implications for computer science networks and systems biology. Her research has informed the development of medications to fight infectious diseases.
The SPARK program received an award from the Booz Allen Foundation. The $100,000 grant will be used to complete safety studies related to a trial of nose drops inhibiting SARS-CoV-2 infection. SPARK also won the 2020 National Xconomy award for ecosystem development.
Gary Steinberg, MD
Steinberg, the Bernard and Ronni Lacroute-William Randoph Hearst Professor in Neurosurgery and Neurosciences, received the 2020 Ralph G. Dacey, Jr. Medal for Outstanding Cerebrovascular Research from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. The award, which includes a $1,000 cash prize, recognizes neurological surgeons who have made many contributions to understanding and treating cerebrovascular disease.
Nolan Williams, MD, and Alexander Urban, PhD
Williams and Urban, both assistant professors of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, received a One Mind Bipolar Research Award. The $20,000 grant is to advance understanding and treatment of bipolar disorder.
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