School of Medicine


Research Enhancement Program Recipients 
















Bridge Grants


Jeffrey Gidday, PhD.

"Gender-Specific Remodeling of the Retinal Proteome Within and Across Generations by Conditioning Therapeutics"


Peter Winsauer, PhD.

"Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD) as a Pharmacotherapy for Opioid Withdrawal"


XiaoChing Li, PhD. 

"RNA Methylation and the Roles of the YTHDF2 Gene In Vocal Development "




Clinical Research Grants


Michael Hagensee, MD, PhD.

"Treatment Trials for COVID-19"


Ricardo Gomez, MD.

"Early Detection and Management of Cardiovascular Complications in Youth with Diabetes"



New Project Grants


Fokhrul Hossain, PhD.

"Targeting Triple-Negative Breast Cancer with Recombinant Adeno-Associated Virus-mediated Immunotherapy"



 Resident Research Grants


Minelys M. Alicea Marrero, MD, and Zachary LeBlanc, MD.

"Immunization Status and B celll Immunologic Reconstitution on Pediatric Post Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Patients"


Tyler Crosby, MD, and Michael Dunham, MD.

"Computational Modeling of Laryngotracheal Stenosis and Its Correlation to Pulmonary Function Data and Treatment Planning"


Amanda Glinky, MD, MS, and Dedrick Moulton, MD.

"Effects of Mobile Device Use Before Bed on Sleep in Adolescents with Atable Inflammatory Bowel Disease"


Maria Español Mendez, MD, and Jovanny Zabaleta, PhD.

"ldenification of MicroRNAs Upregulaled in Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Murine Model: Effect in leukemogenesis, Prognosis and Progression"


Nicholas A. Taylor, MD. and Alison Smith, PhD.

"Transcriptional Characterization of a Chronic Pyoderma Gangrenosum Wound Pre- and Post-Treatment with Dehydrated Human Amnion/Chorion Membrane"


Eric Thomas Fincke, MD, and Casey Murphy, MD.

"Interspinous Process Decompression Improves Quality of Life in Military Veterans"


Katie McQueen Amaker, MD, and Shyamal Desai, PhD.

"Expression of ISG15 in Rhabdomyosarcoma and Implications for Sensitivity to Irinotecan"


Adam Haydel, MD, and Jennifer Simkin, PhD.

"Identifying Lipid Mediators of Pain in Symptomatic Osteoarthritis"


Gregory Marks, MD, and Joel Jones, MD. 

"Design for a Minimal Impact Dual Access Faceplate and Smart Tie to Reduce the Risk of Tracheostomy Related Wound Complications "


Anh Quynh Nguyen, DO, PhD, and Suresh Alahari, PhD.

"MicroRNAs as Promising Prognostic Markers in Breast Cancer"


Kelsey Doguet, MD, and Michael Dunham, MD. 

"A Platform For the Visual Evaluation of the Ears, Nose and Oral Cavity Via Telemedicine"


John L. Sobiesk, MD, and Adele Evans, MD.

"Safe Airway Digital Application"


Katharine Thomas, MD, and Brian Boulmay, MD.

"Assessing Immune Response to a 3rd Dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine in Oncology Patients"





Health Disparities Grant 


Michael Okoronkwo, M.D. and Rahn Kennedy Bailey, M.D.
"Shots Against Violence: Hoops for Hope"

Bridgette Egan M.D. and Keith Van Meter, M.D.
"Increasing Naloxone Access for Patients with Opiate Use Disorder Discharged from the Hospital" 

   Nicole Zeky, M.D. and Raymond Watts, M.D.
"Impact of Food Insecurity on Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Outcomes"