Postdoctoral Awards

“The MCHRI postdoctoral support allows me to investigate possible mechanisms that underpin symptoms in Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), a type of eating disorder which onsets in childhood and can lead to psychosocial impairment and severe medical sequelae. This grant enables me to collect important pilot data characterizing interoceptive processes, a potential biological marker for dysregulated eating behavior. We hope these data will support the identification of treatment targets and improve physical and psychosocial outcomes for ARFID.”

Nandini Datta, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences


FY 22 Awards

Julia Abitbol, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
Study Title: Enhancing Proliferative Regeneration in the Mammalian Cochlea

Simon Borna, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Pediatrics - Stem Cell Transplantation
Stud Title: Identifying the origin of autoreactive T cells in early onset autoimmune diseases

Daniela Rojo Capitanio, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Study Title: Crosstalk between Circadian and Myelin Biology in Brain Development and Disorders

Qingquan Chen, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Medicine - Infectious Diseases
Study Title: Novel Mechanisms of Antibiotic Tolerance in Cystic Fibrosis Lung Infections

Shashank Chetty, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Radiology
Stud Title: Enhancing the bioenergetic potential of adipose tissue derived mesenchymal stem cells for autologous islet transplantation using soundwaves

Jen Haensel, MS, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Pediatarics - Ophthalmology
Study Title: Visual cortical functions and their associations in children with and without amblyopia

Jin Liu, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Psyvchiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Study Title: Brain plasticity and predictors of learning induced by cognitive training in children with autism

Qiao Wenjie, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Medicine - Microbiology and Immunology
Study Title: A Host Signal Peptide Peptidase is Critical for Dengue Virus Infection

Duo Xu, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Biochemistry
Study Title: Generating epitope-focused, universal Ebola vaccine candidates

Past Awards

"MCHRI support is integral for our research aiming at developing new therapeutic strategies for patients with Gaucher disease. We strongly believe that our research will provide the proof of concept of a one-time therapy even for the most severe Gaucher disease forms affecting young children. Moreover, this scholarship will allow me to generate additional discoveries that will further the field and our understanding of Gaucher disease therapies."

Marc Francois Philippe Gastou, MS, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Pediatrics (Medical Genetics)

"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
Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
2020 MCHRI Funded Postdoctoral Fellow
Project Title: Functional Brain Signatures of Learning in Children with Sex Chromosome Aneuploidies: A Model For Neuroendophenotypes in Specific Learning Disorders 


"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