2014 Clinical Research Mentorship Grantees

Awarded: 7/1/2014

$648,000 over one year

In 2014, 10 teams of DDCF-funded investigators and medical students with an interest in becoming future clinician investigators received $64,800 each for one-year research projects. 

2014 Clinical Research Mentorship Grantees

Sunil Ahuja, M.D., Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award (2008) 
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio 
Mentee: Elizabeth Levine, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio 
Project: Uncovering Determinants of House Dust Mite Pathogenesis by Use of an Allergen Challenge Chamber, Conditionally Reprogrammed Cells and Cas9 
Nuclease Technology 

Keith A. Choate, M.D., Ph.D., Clinical Scientist Development Award (2011) 
Yale University
Mentee: Young Lim, Yale University 
Project: Genetics and Pathobiology of Cutaneous-Skeletal Hypophosphatemic Syndrome and Erythrokeratodermia Variabilis 

Charis Eng, M.D., Ph.D., Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award (2002) 
Cleveland Clinic Foundation 
Mentee: Huan Zhang, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University 
Project: Metagenomic Profiling of Oral Polymicrobial Flora in Mobile Tongue Squamous 
Cell Carcinoma 

Alan D’Andrea, M.D., Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award (2000) 
Dana Farber Cancer Institute 
Mentee: Jonathan Pike, Indiana University 
Project: Elucidation of DNA Repair Pathway Changes Responsible for Controlling Tumor Development, Progression, and Treatment Response in Anal 
Squamous Cell Carcinoma 

Thomas Darling, M.D., Clinical Scientist Development Award (2001) 
Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine 
Mentee: Neera Nathan, George Washington University 
Project: Defining Phenotypes of Mosaic mTORopathies 

Michael DeBaun, M.D., M.P.H., Clinical Scientist Development Award (1999) 
Vanderbilt University 
Mentee: Leah Vance, Vanderbilt University 
Project: Inhaled Corticosteroid Use to Prevent Acute Chest Syndrome Recurrence in Children between 1 and 4 with Sickle Cell Disease: A Feasibility Trial 

Rasheed Gbadegesin, M.D., Clinical Scientist Development Award (2009) 
Duke University 
Mentee: Shan Elahi, Duke University 
Project: Identification of New Non-Invasive Diagnostic Tools for Vesicoureteric Reflux (VUR) 

Deborah Hung, M.D., Ph.D., Clinical Scientist Development Award (2008) 
Massachusetts General Hospital 
Mentee: David Miranda, Harvard Medical School 
Project: A Rapid Diagnostic Tool for Infectious Diseases and Antibiotic Resistance

Adam Ratner, M.D., M.P.H., Clinical Scientist Development Award (2009) 
Columbia University 
Mentee: Kathleen Breeding, Columbia University 
Project: The Vaginal Microbiota: A New Target for Prevention of Group B Streptococcus 
Colonization and Disease 

Agata Smogorzewska, M.D., Ph.D., Clinical Scientist Development Award (2011) 
Rockefeller University 
Mentee: Elizabeth Looke-Stewart, Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Project: Identification and Functional Analysis of Genomic Alterations in Anogenital and Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinomas from Fanconi Anemia Patients