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2012 New Innovator Award Recipients

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

Christopher D.C. Allen, Ph.D.

Christopher D.C. Allen, Ph.D.
University of California San Francisco, CA
Project Title: Cellular interactions in asthma
 

 

Debra Auguste, Ph.D.

Debra Auguste, Ph.D.
The City College of New York, NY
Project Title: Personalized therapeutics for inhibiting breast cancer metastasis
 

 

Emily Balskus, Ph.D.

Emily Balskus, Ph.D.
Harvard University, MA
Project Title: Biocompatible Chemistry for In Vivo Metabolite Modification
 

 

Trever G. Bivona, M.D., Ph.D.

Trever G. Bivona, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California San Francisco, CA
Project Title: Discovery of Rational Companion Therapeutic Targets to Optimize Cancer Treatment
 

 

Josh L. Bonkowsky, M.D., Ph.D.

Josh L. Bonkowsky, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Utah, UT
Project Title: Trans-Cellular Activation of Transcription to Analyze Dopaminergic Axon Reorganiz
 

 

Elhanan Borenstein, Ph.D.

Elhanan Borenstein, Ph.D.
University of Washington, WA
Project Title: A Computational Framework for Designing Microbiome Manipulation
 

 

Cliff Brangwynne, Ph.D.

Cliff Brangwynne, Ph.D.
Princeton University, NJ
Project Title: Cell growth control by cell and organelle size-dependent ribosome biogenesis
 

 

Amy Hitchcock Camp, Ph.D.

Amy Hitchcock Camp, Ph.D.
Mount Holyoke College, PA
Project Title: A Feeding Tube Model for Bacterial Cell-Cell Communication
 

 

Jan Carette, Ph.D.

Jan Carette, Ph.D.
Stanford University, CA
Project Title: Genetic approaches to discover host factors critical to dengue virus infection
 

 

Shuibing Chen, Ph.D.

Shuibing Chen, Ph.D.
Weill Medical College of Cornell University, NY
Project Title: Studying the Progression and Regression of Beta Cell Dysfunction in Type 2 Diabet
 

 

Ping Chi, M.D., Ph.D.

Ping Chi, M.D., Ph.D.
Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, NY
Project Title: An integrative approach to target lineage-specific oncogenic transcription factor
 

 

Mark Churchland, Ph.D.

Mark Churchland, Ph.D.
Columbia University Health Sciences, NY
Project Title: A dynamical systems approach to fundamental questions in neuroscience
 

 

Bianxiao Cui, Ph.D.

Bianxiao Cui, Ph.D.
Stanford University, CA
Project Title: Engineering external forces for manipulating cargo transport in live neurons
 

 

Gautam Dantas, Ph.D

Gautam Dantas, Ph.D.
Washington University of St. Louis, MO
Project Title: Metagenomic engineering of probiotic bacteria to improve intestinal colonization dynamics and relative fitness
 

 

Duc S. Dong, Ph.D.

Duc S. Dong, Ph.D.
Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, CA
Project Title: Unlocking Regenerative Potential through in Vivo Genetic Reprogramming
 

 

Emily B. Falk, Ph.D.

Emily B. Falk, Ph.D.
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, MI
Project Title: Can neuroscience dramatically improve our ability to design health communications
 

 

Adam Walter Feinberg, Ph.D.

Adam Walter Feinberg, Ph.D.
Carnegie-Mellon University, PA
Project Title: Human Myocardium Engineered Using Developmentally-Inspired Protein Scaffolds
 

 

Harvinder Singh Gill, Ph.D.

Harvinder Singh Gill, Ph.D.
Texas Tech University, TX
Project Title: >Pollen Grains as Trojan Horses for Oral Vaccination
 

 

Andrew L. Goodman, Ph.D.

Andrew L. Goodman, Ph.D.
Yale University, CT
Project Title: Defining the contribution of interpersonal microbial variation to drug metabolism
 

 

Jeff Gore, Ph.D.

Jeff Gore, Ph.D.
Massachusetts institute of Technology, MA
Project Title: Early warning indicators of tipping points in biological systems
 

 

Xue Han, Ph.D.

Xue Han, Ph.D.
Boston University, MA
Project Title: Light-Actuatable NanoRobots for Molecular Uncaging
 

 

Daniel A. Heller, Ph.D.

Daniel A. Heller, Ph.D.
Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Research, NY
Project Title: Transient Metabolite Detection for Single-Cell Metabolomics and Diagnostics
 

 

John M. Higgins, M.D.

John M. Higgins, M.D.
Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, MA
Project Title: Systems Biology of In Vivo Human Blood Cell Populations
 

 

Laura A. Johnson, Ph.D.

Laura A. Johnson, Ph.D.
Duke University, NC
Project Title: Gene-engineered adoptive T cell immunotherapy of GBM
 

 

Rahul M. Kohli, M.D., Ph.D.

Rahul M. Kohli, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania, PA
Project Title: Combating Bacterial Drug Resistance by Targeting the Enzymes of Evolution
 

 

Daniel Kronauer, Ph.D.

Daniel Kronauer, Ph.D.
Rockefeller University, NY
Project Title: Studying the molecular mechanisms of social life using a novel ant model system 
 

 

Björn F. Lillemeier, Ph.D.

Björn F. Lillemeier, Ph.D.
Salk Institute for Biological Studies, CA
Project Title: Decipher membrane patterns in situ with super-resolution and dynamic microscopy
 

 

Allen P. Liu, Ph.D.

Allen P. Liu, Ph.D.
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, MI
Project Title: Building artificial platelets
 

 

Wendy Liu, Ph.D.

Wendy Liu, Ph.D.
University of California Irvine, CA
Project Title: Engineering Biomaterials to Exert Molecular Control of Immune Cell Function
 

 

Gaby Maimon, Ph.D.

Gaby Maimon, Ph.D.
Rockefeller University, NY
Project Title: Linking genes to higher brain function by way of cellular electrophysiology
 

 

Luciano A. Marraffini, Ph.D.

Luciano A. Marraffini, Ph.D.
Rockefeller University, NY
Project Title: Using CRISPR immunity to prevent the spread of virulence traits among pathogens
 

 

Wei Min, Ph.D.

Wei Min, Ph.D.
Columbia University New York Morningside, NY
Project Title: Label-Free Chemical Imaging for Biological Applications
 

 

Sua Myong, Ph.D.

Sua Myong, Ph.D.
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, IL
Project Title: Quantitative stepwise analysis of RNA interference
 

 

Christopher Niell, Ph.D.

Christopher Niell, Ph.D.
University of Oregon, OR
Project Title: Connecting developmental mechanisms to visual function and perception
 

 

Axel Nimmerjahn, Ph.D.

Axel Nimmerjahn, Ph.D.
Salk Institute for Biological Studies, NY
Project Title: Novel approaches to study microglia physiology and pathology in the intact brain
 

 

Sallie R. Permar, M.D., Ph.D.

Sallie R. Permar, M.D., Ph.D.
Duke University, NC
Project Title: Maternal immune protection against congenital CMV infection
 

 

Alexandrosc Pertsinidis, Ph.D.

Alexandrosc Pertsinidis, Ph.D.
Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research, NY
Project Title: Understanding Gene Transcription from First-Principles: A single-molecule study
 

 

Martin Prlic, Ph.D.

Martin Prlic, Ph.D.
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, WA
Project Title: Paving the Way for a Novel Therapeutic Approach to Combat HIV
 

 

Avital Rodal, Ph.D.

Avital Rodal, Ph.D.
Brandeis University, MA
Project Title: Activity-dependent regulation of membrane traffic and growth signaling in neurons
 

 

Rajat Rohatgi, M.D., Ph.D.

Rajat Rohatgi, M.D., Ph.D.
Stanford University, CA
Project Title: Reconstructing Primary Cilia
 

 

Anne Schaefer, M.D., Ph.D.

Anne Schaefer, M.D., Ph.D.
Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NY
Project Title: Cognate microglia-neuron interaction and its role in inflammation
 

 

Xiaokun Shu, Ph.D.

Xiaokun Shu, Ph.D.
University of California San Francisco, CA
Project Title: New principle-based technologies for identifying transient protein interactions
 

 

Vikaas S. Sohal, M.D., Ph.D.

Vikaas S. Sohal, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California San Francisco, CA
Project Title: Reverse engineering the prefrontal microcircuit
 

 

David Stoltz, M.D., Ph.D.

David Stoltz, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Iowa, IA
Project Title: Airway Goblet Cells: Friend or Foe?
 

 

Ming Su, Ph.D.

Ming Su, Ph.D.
University of Central Florida, FL
Project Title: Enhanced radiation therapy with nanoscale frequency modulators
 

 

Alexander Eckehart Urban, Ph.D.

Alexander Eckehart Urban, Ph.D.
Stanford University, CA
Project Title: Genomic and epigenomic effects of large CNV in neurons from iPSC
 

 

Ilana B. Witten, Ph.D.

Ilana B. Witten, Ph.D.
Princeton University, NJ
Project Title: Therapeutic plasticity: a novel paradigm for treating addiction
 

 

Kim A. Woodrow, Ph.D.

Kim A. Woodrow, Ph.D.
University of Washington, WA
Project Title: Nanomaterials for engineering protection in the genital mucosa
 

 

Andrew Yoo, Ph.D.

Andrew Yoo, Ph.D.
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Project Title:Microrna and Neural Factor-Mediated Direct Reprogramming of Cell Fates
 

 

 

Ann C. Zovein, M.D.

Ann C. Zovein, M.D.
University California San Francisco, CA
Project Title: Engineering human endothelium for hematopoietic stem cell production
 

 

 

 

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