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2014 Early Independence Award Recipients

 

Kyle R. Allison

Kyle R. Allison, Ph.D.
Columbia University
Project Title: Isolation and Systems-Level Characterization of Persistent Bacteria 

Michael Angelo, M.D., Ph.D.

Michael Angelo, M.D., Ph.D.
Stanford University
Project Title: Predictive Signatures in Breast Cancer using Multiplexed Ion Beam Imaging 

Elika Bergelson, Ph.D.

Elika Bergelson, Ph.D.
University of Rochester
Project Title: Mechanisms of Word Learning in Infancy

 

Dr. Elika Bergelson received her B.A. in Language and Mind at NYU in 2007, followed by a yearlong Baggett Research Fellowship at the University of Maryland. She then received her Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania in 2013, followed by a one year postdoc at the University of Rochester. In her research on infant word learning, Dr. Bergelson has uncovered that infants begin to understand words many months earlier than was previously thought, which in turn highlights the need for a reassessment of current theories of early language acquisition and cognitive development, and a deeper understanding of the environment’s influences on early linguistics skills; this is what Dr. Bergelson is presently exploring, through her EIA-funded research. She is currently an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Rochester’s Brain and Cognitive Sciences department, and will begin as an Assistant Professor in Duke’s Psychology and Neuroscience department in the fall of 2016.

David C. Chan, Ph.D.

David C. Chan, M.D., Ph.D.
Palo Alto Institute
Project Title: The Benefit and Burden of Electronic Reminders for Optimizing Patient Care

G. Sean Escola, Ph.D. 

G. Sean Escola, M.D., Ph.D. 
Columbia University
Project Title: The Internal States of Neural Circuits: Data Analysis, Modeling, and Disease

John Hanna, M.D., Ph.D.

John Hanna, M.D., Ph.D.
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Project Title: New Ubiquitin-Proteasome System Components that Protect against Proteotoxicity

 

John Hanna is a pathologist and cell biologist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He received a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Stanford, and M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard Medical School. He then completed clinical training in Pathology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. John’s lab studies intracellular protein degradation, with an emphasis on the ubiquitin-proteasome system.

Alison Hill, Ph.D. 

Alison Hill, Ph.D. 
Harvard University
Project Title: Quantification and Prediction of Treatment Efficacy for HIV Cure Strategies

Perry Hystad, Ph.D.

Perry Hystad, Ph.D.
Oregon State University
Project Title: PURE-AIR: A Global Assessment of Air Pollution and Cardiopulmonary Disease

 

Perry Hystad is an Assistant Professor within the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University. In 2013 he completed his Ph.D. in Epidemiology at the University of British Columbia. Broadly, his research focuses on understanding health determinants related to place (i.e. where we live, work and play). A large portion of his research examines the chronic health effects associated with exposure to air pollution, using spatial exposure assessment methods to model air pollution exposure in large health studies. Given the spatially correlated nature of environmental and social health determinants, he integrates his research within a multidisciplinary framework to capture the complexity of how place influences health.

Robert Judson, Ph.D.

Robert Judson, Ph.D.
University of California San Francisco
Project Title: MicroRNA-Based Detection of Barriers to Melanoma Progression

Duncan Maru, M.D., Ph.D. 

Duncan Maru, M.D., Ph.D. 
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Project Title: Integrating Pediatric Care Delivery in Rural Healthcare Systems

Aaron Meyer, Ph.D.

Aaron Meyer, Ph.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Project Title: Adapter-Layer RTK Signaling: Basic Understanding & Targeted Drug Resistance

 

Aaron Meyer received his B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of California, Los Angeles and his Ph.D. in Biological Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At UCLA in the lab of Daniel Kamei, Aaron worked to develop more sensitive and lower cost diagnostics with micellar systems. As a graduate student, he studied the signaling regulation of tumor cell migration and metastasis within the labs of Douglas Lauffenburger and Frank Gertler. Aaron became a Research Fellow at the Koch Institute for Cancer Research at MIT in September 2014. There, his lab focuses on understanding cell signaling redundancy to identify better targeted cancer therapies, and developing multiplexed methods to measure dynamic protein interactions.

Eric Jorge Nelson, Ph.D.

Eric Jorge Nelson, M.D., Ph.D.
Stanford University
Project Title: A Novel Approach to Improve Patient Care and Diarrheal Disease Research using Mobile Technology

Yakeel T. Quiroz, Ph.D.

Yakeel T. Quiroz, Ph.D.
Massachusetts General Hospital
Project Title: Memory Network Dysfunction as an Early Marker of Preclinical Alzheimers Disease

Amanda Randles, Ph.D. 

Amanda Randles, Ph.D. 
University of California - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Project Title: Toward Coupled Multiphysics Models of Hemodynamics on Leadership Systems

Glenn-Milo Santos, Ph.D. 

Glenn-Milo Santos, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Public Health Foundation Enterprises
Project Title: The Better THAN Study: Targeting Heavy Alcohol with Naltrexone among MSM

Noah Simon, Ph.D. 

Noah Simon, Ph.D. 
University of Washington
Project Title: Data-Driven Statistical Learning with Applications to Genomics

 

Noah Simon is an assistant professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Washington School of Public Health. He received his Ph.D. from the department of Statistics at Stanford University in 2013 under Dr. Robert Tibshirani. His work focuses developing statistical and computational tools for the analysis of complex, heterogeneous, high dimensional biological data. In particular he works towards personalized medicine: building tools which leverage clinical and biomolecular data to inform treatment decisions. His academic awards include a Weiland Fellowship (2011-2013), and the Genentech Endowed Professorship in Biostatistics at the University of Washington (2014-2015).

Sean Stowell, M.D.

Sean Stowell, M.D., Ph.D.
Emory University
Project Title: Examination of Innate Immunity Against Molecular Mimicry

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