Pilot Grant Program Overview


TRAM Pilot Grant Award Recipients (2017-18)

Our pilot grant program helps to support diverse translational research projects that use innovative approaches for prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment of various human diseases. Examples of previously funded studies are listed below. For specific examples of TRAM grant projects funded in the past, click here.

Current Awards 2017/2018

  • 1.       Sandra Andorf, PhD (PIs: Kari Nadeau and Stephen Galli)
  • Director, Computational Biology at the Sean N Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research, Dept. of Medicine (Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine)
  • “Identification of cross-reactive proteins in food allergens in patients with near-fatal food allergy to cashew and pistachio to improve immunotherapy outcomes”
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  • 2.       Corinne Beinat, PhD (PIs: Sam Gambhir and Shivaani Kummar)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dept. of Radiology
  •  “A novel imaging biomarker for earlier determination of therapeutic response in recurrent glioblastoma”
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  • 3.       Ian Chen, MD, PhD (PIs: Joseph Wu and Joseph Woo)
  • Instructor, Dept. of Medicine (Stanford Cardiovascular Institute)
  • “Deciphering the Mechanisms of Low-Calcification Phenotypes in Severe Calcific Aortic Valve Disease”
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  • 4.       Viola Chen, MD (PIs: Alice Fan, Matthew Rondina and Hanlee Ji)
  • Postdoctoral Medical Fellow, Dept. of Medicine (Oncology)
  • “Utilizing Platelet RNAseq for Early Detection of Response in Kidney Cancer”
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  • 5.     Tom Erkers, PhD (PIs: Everett Meyer and Holden Maecker)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dept. of Medicine (Blood and Marrow Transplantation)
  • “Identification of human invariant natural killer (iNK)T cell heterogeneity and implications following allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation”
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  • 6.       Lauren Higdon, PhD (PIs: Jonathan Malzman and Jane Tan)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dept. of Medicine (Nephrology)
  • “Relating clonality to polyfunctionality of CD8 T cell responses to cytomegalovirus in transplant recipients”
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  • 7.       Monica Kangussu, PhD (PIs: Upinder Singh and Kevin Grimes)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dept. of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
  • “ReFRAME Library Screening to Identify Drug Candidates against Entamoeba histolytica”
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  • 8.       Oren Kolodny, PhD (PIs: Marcus Feldman, David Relman and Christopher Gardner)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dept. of Biology
  • “Emergence of microbiota-mediated lactose tolerance in humans”
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  • 9.       Nils Nickel, MD (PIs: Vinicio de Jesus Perez, Alfredo Dubra and Ke Yuan)
  • Postdoctoral Medical Fellow, Dept. of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)
  • “Retinal Microcirculation as a Biomarker in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension”
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  • 10.   Nazish Sayed, MD, PhD (PIs: Joseph Wu and Latha Palaniappan)
  • Instructor, Dept. of Medicine (Stanford Cardiovascular Institute)
  • “Identifying the Molecular Mechanisms of Physical Activity on Vascular Function in Type 2 Diabetes”
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  • 11.   Navika Shukla, MD Candidate (PIs: Calvin Kuo and Christina Curtis)
  • Medical Student
  • “Developing a Novel Precision Medicine Strategy for Squamous Cell Cancers”
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  • 12.   Yu Xin (Will) Wang, PhD (PIs: Helen Blau, Gordon Lee, and Matthew Wheeler)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology (Baxter Laboratory for Stem Cell Biology)
  • “Identification of pathological cellular interactions in Duchenne muscular dystrophy”
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  • CONTINUING TRAM PROJECTS:
  • 1.       Kevin Brennan, PhD (PIs: Olivier Gevaert, John B. Sunwoo and Megan Hitchins) - Extension
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Medicine (Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics Research - BMIR)
  • “Validation of an atypical subtype of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma”
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  • 2.       Elizabeth Burgener, MD (PIs: Carlos Milla and Paul Bollyky)-  Competitive renewal
  • Postdoctoral Medical Fellow, Dept. of Pediatrics – Pulmonary Medicine
  •  “Pf Bacteriophage and Clinical Outcomes in Cystic Fibrosis”
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  • 3.       Divya Chander MD, PhD (PIs: Thomas Quertermous and Bruce MacIver) - Extension
  • Instructor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
  •  “Anesthesia and Pharmacogenomics Pilot Initiative”
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  • 4.       Renumathy Dhanasekaran MD (PIs: Nishita Kothary  and Ray Kim) - Extension
  • Clinical Instructor, Dept. of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology)
  • “Pilot study to Identify Serum Proteomic Signature for Microvascular Invasion in Human Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC)”
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  • 5.       Yan Hang, PhD (PIs: Seung K. Kim and Sun H. Kim) - Extension
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Developmental Biology
  • “Identification of a Novel ‘Decretin’ Hormone Regulating Insulin Secretion and Signaling
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  • 6.       Ryan Kellogg, PhD (PIs: Michael Snyder, Tracey McLaughlin, and Christopher Gardner) - Extension
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Genetics
  • “Cause and Consequence of Glycemic Variability in Obesity”
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  • 7.       Kathleen Kolstad, MD, PhD (PIs: Lorinda Chung and Paul J. Utz) - Competitive renewal
  • Postdoctoral Medical Fellow, Dept. of Immunology and Rheumatology
  • “Identification of biomarkers in systemic sclerosis associated pulmonary arterial hypertension”
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  • 8.       Ameen Salahudeen, MD, PhD (PIs: Calvin Kuo, Heather Wakelee, and Stefanie S. Jeffrey) - Extension
  • Postdoctoral Medical Fellow, Dept. of Medicine (Hematology)
  •  “Translational Applications of Circulating Tumor Cells”

Our center is interested in all phases of translational research, as well as both directions of translation (from bench to bedside and from bedside to bench) and also in the extension to the population level.

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