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2010 New Innovator Award Recipients

 

Full descriptions are available for those projects with a released Notice of Grant Award.

Nathalie Y.R. Agar, Ph.D.Nathalie Y.R. Agar, Ph.D.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School
Project Title: Real-Time Stereotactic Mass Spectrometry Tissue Analysis for Intraoperative Neurosurgical Guidance
 

 

Ritesh Agarwal, Ph.D.

Ritesh Agarwal, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Project Title: Optoelectronic Nanowire Probes for Investigation of Intracellular Processes
 

 

Rommie E. Amaro, Ph.D.

Rommie E. Amaro, Ph.D.
University of California, Irvine
Project Title: A Structural Systems Biology Approach to Drug Discovery
 

 

Alexei Aravin, Ph.D.

Alexei Aravin, Ph.D.
California Institute of Technology
Project Title: Taming of Small RNA-based Epigenetic Mechanisms
 

 

Andrea M. Armani, Ph.D.

Andrea M. Armani, Ph.D.
University of Southern California
Project Title: Ultrasensitive Nanolasers for Epigenetics Investigations
 

 

Diana M. Bautista, Ph.D.

Diana M. Bautista, Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley
Project Title: New Approaches to Identify Molecular Mechanisms of Touch and Pain in Mammals
 

 

Lynette S. Cegelski, Ph.D.

Lynette S. Cegelski, Ph.D.
Stanford University
Project Title: Structure, Function, and Disruption of Microbial Amyloid Assembly and Biofilm Formation
 

 

Jianjun Cheng, Ph.D.

Jianjun Cheng, Ph.D.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Project Title: Developing Clinically Applicable, Cancer-Targeting Polymeric Nanoconjugates
 

 

Neil C. Chi, M.D., Ph.D.

Neil C. Chi, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine
Project Title: Directed Cardiac Cellular Programming: A New Paradigm for Cardiac Regeneration
 

 

Adam Ezra Cohen, Ph.D.

Adam Ezra Cohen, Ph.D.
Harvard University
Project Title: Optical Sensing of Voltage, pH, and Small Molecules Using Microbial Rhodopsins
 

 

Chengkai Dai, Ph.D.

Chengkai Dai, Ph.D.
The Jackson Laboratory, Maine
Project Title: Role of a Novel Stress Response Mechanism-Genetic Buffering-in Tumor Evolution
 

 

Sandeep Robert Datta, M.D., Ph.D.

Sandeep Robert Datta, M.D., Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School
Project Title: Revealing fear: New Methods to Study Neural circuits, Behavior, and Disease
 

 

Dino Di Carlo, Ph.D.

Dino Di Carlo, Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles
Project Title: Engineering the Intracellular Micro- and Nanoenvironment
 

 

Alexander R. Dunn, Ph.D.

Alexander  R. Dunn, Ph.D.
Stanford University
Project Title: Uncovering New Roles for Mechanical Force in Tissue Development and Extracellular Matrix Remodeling
 

 

Conor L. Evans, Ph.D.

Conor L. Evans, Ph.D.
Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School
Project Title: Imaging and Overcoming Hypoxia-Induced Resistance in Metastatic Ovarian Cancer
 

 

Brian J. Feldman, M.D., Ph.D.

Brian J. Feldman, M.D., Ph.D.
Stanford University
Project Title: Using Components of the Circadian Clock to Regulate Stem Cell Fate Decisions
 

 

Michael A. Fischbach, Ph.D.

Michael A. Fischbach, Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Project Title: Identifying and Characterizing Small Molecules from the Human Microbiome
 

 

M. Julia B. Felippe Flamino, D.V.M., Ph.D.

M. Julia B. Felippe, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Cornelll University College of Veterinary Medicine
Project Title: Epigenetics: A Novel Approach in Primary Immunodeficiencies
 

 

Benjamin A. Garcia, Ph.D.

Benjamin A. Garcia, Ph.D.
Princeton University
Project Title: Novel Methodology for Quantitative High-throughput Cancer Epigenetics
 

 

Thomas M. Guerrero, M.D., Ph.D.

Thomas M. Guerrero, M.D., Ph.D.
The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Project Title: Spatially Accurate Deformable Image Registration for Thoracic CT Application
 

 

Monica L. Guzman, Ph.D.

Monica L. Guzman, Ph.D.
Cornell University Weill Medical College
Project Title: Selection of Novel Therapies to Ablate Chemoresistant Myeloid Leukemia Stem Cell
 

 

Amy Elizabeth Herr, Ph.D.

Amy Elizabeth Herr, Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley
Project Title: Towards High Throughput Proteomics: A Micro/nanofluidic Framework for Blotless Western Technology
 

 

Julie C. Dunning Hotopp, Ph.D.

Julie C. Dunning Hotopp, Ph.D.
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Project Title: Impact of Bacterial-Animal Lateral Gene Transfer on Human Health
 

 

Tony Jun Huang, Ph.D.

Tony Jun Huang, Ph.D.
Pennsylvania State University
Project Title: On-Chip Optofluidic Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope for Early Cancer Detection
 

 

Yu Huang, Ph.D.

Yu Huang, Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles
Project Title: Graphene Nanostructures as a New Platform for Ultrasensitive Multiplexed Biologic al Sensors
 

 

Michelle Khine, Ph.D.

Michelle Khine, Ph.D.
University of California, Irvine
Project Title: Shrink Induced Manufacturing Platform for Low-Cost Diagnostics
 

 

Stavros Lomvardas

Ophir D. Klein, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Project Title: An Evolutionary-Developmental Approach to Stem Cells Using Teeth as a Model
 

 

Joshua A. Kritzer, Ph.D.

Joshua A. Kritzer, Ph.D.
Tufts University
Project Title: Drugging the Undruggable: Targeting Transcription Factors with Small Cyclic Peptides
 

 

Diana J. Laird, Ph.D.

Diana J. Laird, Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Project Title: Cell Competition in the Developing Mouse Germline
 

 

Erin Lavik, Sc.D.

Erin Lavik, Sc.D.
Case Western Reserve University
Project Title: Clinically Translatable Nanotechnology: Hemostasis and Neuroprotection
 

 

Jin Hyung Lee, Ph.D.

Jin Hyung Lee, Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles
Project Title: In Vivo Control and Functional Visualization of Stem Cell-Driven CNS Regeneration
 

 

Hara Levy, M.D.

Hara Levy, M.D.
Medical College of Wisconsin
Project Title: Integration of Genomics with Genetics - Molecular Phenotypes for CF Lung Disease
 

 

Ruth E. Ley, Ph.D.

Ruth E. Ley, Ph.D.
Cornell University
Project Title: Development of Immunization Strategies to Reshape Pathogenic Microbiomes
 

 

Minkui Luo, Ph.D.

Minkui Luo, Ph.D.
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Project Title: Enzyme-engineering Approaches to Dissect Protein Methylation Profiles
 

 

Michael B. Major, Ph.D.

Michael B. Major, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Project Title: Exploitation of Near-Haploid Human Cells for Functional Gene Discovery
 

John C. March, Ph.D.

John C. March, Ph.D.
Cornell University
Project Title: Engineering Commensal Bacteria as Therapeutic Signal Mediators
 

 

Timothy J. Nelson, M.D., Ph.D.

Timothy J. Nelson, M.D., Ph.D.
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Project Title: Dysfunctional Regeneration in Cardiomyopathy: iPS-based Diagnosis and Therapy
 

 

Alexander B. Niculescu, M.D., Ph.D.

Alexander B. Niculescu, M.D., Ph.D.
Indiana University School of Medicine
Project Title: Developing Blood Tests for Mood Disorders
 

 

Jacquin C. Niles, M.D., Ph.D.

Jacquin C. Niles, M.D., Ph.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Project Title: Engineered Regulated RNA Localization and Transport in Biological Systems
 

 

Elizabeth M. Nolan, Ph.D.

Elizabeth M. Nolan, Ph.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Project Title: Antibacterial Peptides and Zinc in Innate Immunity and Mammalian Physiology
 

 

Manu O. Platt, Ph.D.

Manu O. Platt, Ph.D.
Georgia Institute of Technology
Project Title: Multiscale, Mechanistic, and Predictive Models of Stroke in Sickle Cell Disease
 

 

Patrick Seale, Ph.D.

Patrick Seale, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Project Title: Molecular Regulation of Brown Adipose Cell Fate in Somitic Stem Cells
 

 

Balaji Sitharaman, Ph.D.

Balaji Sitharaman, Ph.D.
State University of New York at Stony Brook
Project Title: Nanotechnology-based Theranostic Technology for Bone Tissue Engineering

 

Luke S. Theogarajan, Ph.D.

Luke S. Theogarajan, Ph.D.
University of California, Santa Barbara
Project Title: Bio-ionic Neural Interfaces
 

 

Budd A. Tucker, Ph.D.

Budd A. Tucker, Ph.D.
The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Project Title: Development of a Cell Replacement Therapy to Treat Retinal Degenerative Blindness
 

 

Joseph Wade, Ph.D.

Joseph Wade, Ph.D.
Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health / University at Albany, State University of New York
Project Title: Pervasive transcription in bacterial genomes
 

 

Lauren A. Weiss, Ph.D.

Lauren A. Weiss, Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Project Title: Dissecting Epistasis and Pleiotropy in Autism towards Personalized Medicine
 

 

Pak Kin Wong, Ph.D.

Pak Kin Wong, Ph.D.
The University of Arizona
Project Title: Mechanoregulation of Tissue Morphogenesis
 

 

Changhuei Yang, Ph.D.

Changhuei Yang, Ph.D.
California Institute of Technology
Project Title: Applications of Time-Reverse Tissue Turbidity Suppression to Improve Biophotonics
 

 

Peng Yin, Ph.D.

Peng Yin, Ph.D.
Harvard University
Project Title: Engineering Bioimaging Probes Based on Triggered Molecular Geometry

 
 

Xilin Zhao, Ph.D.

Xilin Zhao, Ph.D.
New Jersey Medical School-University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Project Title: Anaerobic Shock as a Novel Treatment for Tuberculosis

 
 

Sheng Zhong, Ph.D.

Sheng Zhong, Ph.D.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Project Title: Evolutionary Models for Gene Regulatory Networks
 

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