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 2022 Awards

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

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

Daniela Rojo Capitanio
Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychiatry
Project Title: Crosstalk between Circadian and Myelin Biology in Brain Development and Disorders

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

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

Davide De Francesco
Postdoctoral Fellow, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Project Title: An artificial intelligence driven health index for neonatal morbidities

Marc Francois Philippe Gastou
Postdoctoral Fellow, Pediatrics
Project Title: Combining genetic substrate reduction with targeted-glucocerebrosidase addition in human hematopoietic stem cells: A universal strategy for genetic correction Gaucher disease

Jen Haensel
Postdoctoral Fellow, Ophthalmology
Project Title: Visual cortical functions and their associations in children with and without amblyopia

Bradley Hamilton
Postdoctoral Fellow, Pediatrics - Stem Cell Transplantation & Regenerative Medicine
Project Title: Establishing definitive pediatric gene therapies through novel production methods: generating AAV gene vectors that avoid immune detection

Angel Kongsomboonvech
Postdoctoral Fellow, Pediatrics - Infectious Disease
Project Title: Investigating the function of erythrocyte CD44 during malaria parasite invasion

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

Shiqin Liu
Postdoctoral Fellow, Radiology
Project Title: Identification of UCHL1 as a Novel Serum Biomarker and Therapeutic Target for Neuroblastoma

Mary K Quinn
Postdoctoral Fellow, Pediatrics - Neonatal and Developmental Medicine
Project Title: Inequities in family engagement in the neonatal intensive care unit

Aditi Swarup
Postdoctoral Fellow, Ophthalmology
Project Title: Characterizing human corneal organoids for transplantation in pediatric ocular diseases

Shuai Wang
Postdoctoral Fellow, Molecular and Cellular Physiology
Project Title: The mechanism of Lphn3-Mediated Synapse Formation

Qing Wang
Postdoctoral Fellow, Ophthalmology
Project Title: CRISPR-targeting of Inositol Signaling in Oculocerebrorenal Syndrome of Lowe

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

Duo Xu
Postdoctoral Fellow, Biochemistry
Project 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