Spring 2022 Awardees

Independent Review


Academic Senate Awardees (AS)

Pilot for Anti-Racism Research 

Judy Tan, PhD
Developing Metrics for (E)valuating Efforts that Promote Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-racism (IDEA) at UCSF
SOM: Medicine 

Clinical & Translational Science Institute – CTSI Pilot Awards

Pilot for Anti-Racism Research 

Elizabeth Rogers, MD
REJOICE - Racial and Ethnic Justice in Outcome in Neonatal Intensive Care
SOM: Pediatrics 

Academic Senate Awardees (AS)

Pilot for Early Career Investigators

Stephanie Gaw, MD, PhD*
Spatially resolved transcriptomic profiles of placental cell populations in placental malaria
SOM: Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
*(Diversity Supplement Fund Awardee)

Jessica Rubin, MD, MPH
A mixed method approach to understanding pain and pain management in cirrhosis patients awaiting liver transplant
SOM: Medicine

Pilot for Established Investigators

Sanjeev Datar, MD, PhD
Modeling Heritable Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension: Generation of a BMPR2 Heterozygous Sheep Model Using CRISPR
SOM: Pediatrics

Andrea Hasenstaub, PhD
Genetic Mechanisms of Transplanted Cortical Interneuron Plasticity
SOM: Otolaryngology

Lauren Ralph, PhD
An in-depth interview study of young people's experiences with self-managed abortion in the United States
SOM: Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences

UCSF AIDS Research Institute (ARI-GILEAD)

Mentored Scientist Award Program in HIV/AIDS

Ashley George, PhD
Deep phenotyping of NK cells from HIV+ individuals undergoing antiretroviral treatment interruption
SOM: Urology

Cancer Center- Cancer Center Support Grant (CC-CCSG)

Pilot for Established Investigators

Aaron Diaz, PhD
Decoding the epigenetic differences between molecular subtypes of pediatric diffuse midline glioma
SOM: Neurological Surgery

Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center-Radiology & Biomedical Imaging (CC-RBI)

Pilot Award in Precision Imaging of Cancer and Therapy

Kondapa Bobba, PhD
Development of an improved method for 225Ac radioimmunotherapy of prostate cancer.
SOM: Radiology

Michael Evans, PhD
Maximizing tumor responses to FAP alpha targeted radiotherapy with a proteolytically activated membrane binding radiopharmaceutical.
SOM: Radiology

Henry VanBrocklin, PhD
Image guided chemotherapeutic delivery: Development of 89Zr-star-PEG-talizoparib.
SOM: Radiology

UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS)

CAPS-HIV Innovative Grants

Natasha Ludwig-Baron, PhD, MPH
Characterizing PWID subgroups and geospatial HIV, HCV and overdose risks in Ciudad Juarez.
SOM: Medicine

Pamela Murnane, PhD, MPH, MCR, MS
Geographic mobility and HIV care in pregnant and postpartum women.
SOM: Epidemiology & Biostatistics

UCSF - Gladstone Institute of Virology & Immunology Center for AIDS Research (CFAR)

International Mentored Scientist Award Program in HIV/AIDS

Juliet Namugenyi, MPH, MS, MCR
Potential for Xpert MTB/RIF Ultra cycle threshold values to monitor early response to anti-TB treatment in HIV co-infected patients on antiretroviral therapy.
SOM: Medicine

Nsala Sanjase, MBChB
Prevalence and outcomes associated with SARS-COV-2 antibody seropositivity among persons at risk for tuberculosis in a high HIV-burden setting: a cohort study in Lusaka, Zambia.
SOM: Medicine

Mentored Scientist Award Program in HIV/AIDS

Rebecca Abelman, MD
Inflammation, Aging, Microbes, Obstructive Lung Disease, and Diffusion Abnormalities (I AM OLD-DA): IDO Activity as a Driver of Lung Disease by Sex (IDOLS)
SOM: Medicine

Jesse Deere, PhD
HIV Cure via Direct Cytotoxic Depletion of the HIV Reservoir
SOM: Microbiology & Immunology

Amelia Deitchman, PhD, PharmD
Antiretroviral Drug Penetration in HIV Reservoir Sites using Tissue from Deceased Donors
SOP: Clinical Pharmacy

Gema Mendez-Lagares, PhD
Modulation of mTOR signaling using metformin during therapeutic SIV vaccination to achieve stringent post-treatment control.
SOM: Microbiology & Immunology

Clinical & Translational Science Institute – CTSI Pilot Awards

Pilot for Early Career Investigators

Edilberto Amorim, MD
MUSE-TBI: MUltiScale Epileptogenesis neurophysiology in Traumatic Brain Injury
SOM: Neurology

Courtney Gallen, PhD
A pilot study of the effects of game features on attention performance in adolescents
SOM: Neurology

Deborah Karasek, PhD, MPH, MCR, MS
Trends and disparities in perinatal health in the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic: the effects of local COVID-19 prevalence and related mitigation policies.
SOM: Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Science

Amar Nijagal, MD
Novel immune mechanisms in the developing liver promote pediatric hepatoblastoma.
SOM: Surgery

Nico Papinutto, PhD
Lifespan changes of spinal cord diffusion properties, magnetization transfer ratio and tissue volumes assessed with magnetic resonance imaging.
SOM: Neurology

Under-represented Faculty in Clinical and Translational Research

Gonzalo Acevedo, PhD
CD4+ T cell-mediated protection from liver stage malaria: targets and effectors.
SOM: Medicine

Melanie Morrison, PhD
Multimodal MRI to Evaluate Deep Brain Stimulation Mechanisms and Symptom Outcomes in Parkinson's Disease
SOM: Radiology

Nhung Nguyen, PhD
Developing a smartphone-based tobacco cessation intervention for young adults who use both cigarettes and e-cigarettes.
SOM: Medicine

Core Center for Musculoskeletal Biology and Medicine (CCMBM)

Pilot for Established Investigators

Richard Souza, PhD (PT)
The Relationship between Gait Biomechanics and Exercise Induced Pain Flares in Patellofemoral Joint Osteoarthritis
SOM: Physical Therapy & Rehabilitative Science

Core Research Resource Program (CORE-RRP)

Core Award for Research and Development (CARD-RRP)

John Kurhanewicz, PhD
Cutting Edge Technology Development for Metabolic Imaging of Human Disease
SOM: Radiology

Stanley Tamaki, PhD
Development of a cost accessible and unparallel catalogue of antibody reagents compatible with the MIBIscope for all UCSF researchers
SOM: Surgery

Core Operational Improvement Award (COIA-RRP)

Kyle Marchuk, PhD
Pursuing sustainability, breadth, and excellence through the consolidation of the Broad Center Microscopy
SOM: Pathology

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Fund to Retain Clinician Scientists (DDCF-FRCS)

Family Support Award

Ellen Herbst, MD
Prevalence of Smoking and Receipt of Smoking Cessation Pharmacotherapy Among Veterans with HIV and Substance Use Disorders
SOM: Psychiatry

Li-Wen Huang, MD
Teleoncology for Cognitively Impaired Patients: Provider and Patient Perspectives
SOM: Medicine

Lucy Kornblith, MD*
Post-Injury Platelet Biology: Mechanisms and Outcomes
SOM: Surgery
*(Diversity Supplement Fund Awardee)

Global Cancer Program

Global Cancer Pilot Award

Michael Potter, MD
Feasibility of colorectal cancer screening in an integrated healthcare system in Baja California, Mexico
SOM: Family & Community Medicine

Mount Zion Health Fund (MZHF)

Family Support Award

Melisa Wong, MD, MAS
Feasibility pilot study of the Best Case/Worst Case-Geriatric Oncology communication tool to improve decision making for older adults with advanced cancer.
SOM: Medicine

Pilot for Early Career Investigators

Marianna Kong, MD
Video visit access and utilization disparities among non-English speaking patients in ambulatory care.
SOM: Family & Community Medicine

Claire Mulvey, MD
eNET: a Web-Based Health Platform to Investigate Quality of Life in Patients with Neuroendocrine Tumors.
SOM: Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Pilot for Established Investigators

Valerie Flaherman, MD, MPH
Composition of Human Milk: Relationship with Infant Growth
SOM: Pediatrics

Theodora Mauro, MD
Spatial and Temporal Gene Activation in Aged vs.Young Skin
SOM: Dermatology

National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health (NCOEWH)

Pilot for Established Investigators

Antonia Biggs, PhD*
Experiences of ectopic pregnancy among people seeking telehealth abortion care.
SOM: Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Science
*(Diversity Supplement Fund Awardee)

Under-represented Faculty in Clinical and Translational Research

Margaret (Waru) Gichane, PhD
Understanding barriers to sexual and reproductive health services among people with disabilities: A mixed methods study
SOM: Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Science

Research Evaluation & Allocation Committee SOM (REAC)

Pilot for Early Career Investigators

Judith Ashouri-Sinha, MD
Investigating the role of endogenous viral superantigens in SKG arthritis development.
SOM: Medicine

Anoop Sheshadri, MD, MPH, MCR, MS
Virtual Assessment of Physical Performance in the SPaRKT Study
SOM: Medicine

Luika Timmerman, PhD
Nanobodies for Therapy and Detection of Poor Prognosis Tumors
SOM: Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Pilot for Established Investigators

Caroline Duwaerts, PhD
The Role of Type I Interferon Induction in Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress-Induced Liver Injury
SOM: Medicine

Kelsey Holt, ScD*
Validation of an adapted measure of contraceptive agency for the United States.
SOM: Family & Community Medicine
*(Diversity Supplement Fund Awardee)

Jacquelyn Maher, MD
Investigating the Mechanism Underlying a NAFLD Signature in Patient-derived iPSCs
SOM: Medicine

Susanne Martin Herz, MD, PhD
Preliminary Investigation of the Global Scales for Early Development (GSED) for Early Identification of High-risk Infants in LMIC
SOM: Pediatrics

Youngho Seo, PhD
Microdosimetry of organs at risk and tumors for alpha radiopharmaceutical therapy.
SOM: Radiology

Kathleen Tebb, PhD*
Data-ASSIST: Development and Pilot Testing of an Integrated School Health Data System to Promote Sexual and Reproductive Health Services for Adolescents
SOM: Pediatrics
*(Diversity Supplement Fund Awardee)

Justin White, PhD, MSPH, MA*
Impact of Sweetened Beverage Taxes on Perinatal Disease Risk
SOM: Epidemiology & Biostatistics
*(Diversity Supplement Fund Awardee)

David Wilson, MD, PhD
Clinical translation of [18F]mannitol for bacteria-specific infection imaging.
SOM: Radiology

Paul Wolters, MD
Molecular Profiling Pathologic Subtypes in Scleroderma Associated Interstitial Lung Disease
SOM: Medicine

Shared Technology Awards

Jennifer Bolen, BS, MA
A 7-channel Light-Source for Improved Spectral Resolution for Whole-Slide Immunofluorescent Imaging
SOM: Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Team Science Grant

Jose Miguel Hernandez Pampal, MD, PhD
Perfusion PET/MRI Imaging for Preclinical Detection of Early Coronary Microvascular Abnormalities in Patients With Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
SOM: Radiology

UCSF Center for Tuberculosis

Mentored Scientist Award in Tuberculosis

Haig Eskandarian, PhD
Characterizing mechanical morphotype switching as an adaptive response in Mycobacterium tuberculosis
SOM: Medicine

Ashley Wolf, PhD
The role of the gut microbiome in susceptibility to Mycobacterium tuberculosis
UCB Public Health: Infectious Diseases & Vaccinology