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2013 New Innovator Award Recipients

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

Hillel Adesnik, Ph.D.

Hillel Adesnik, Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley, Calif.
Project Title: New Optical Strategies to Unlock the Neural Basis of Perception
 

 

Jennifer Ahern, Ph.D.

Jennifer Ahern, Ph.D.
University of California Berkeley, CA
Project Title: A Rigorous System to Determine the Health Impacts of Policies and Programs
 

 

Bree B. Aldridge, Ph.D.

Bree B. Aldridge, Ph.D.
Tufts University, Boston
Project Title: Quantitative Design of Multi-drug Regimens for Tuberculosis
 

 

Sara Aton, Ph.D.

Sara Aton, Ph.D.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Project Title: Linking network activity and intracellular plasticity mechanisms during sleep-dependent memory consolidation
 

 

Catherine A Blish

Catherine A. Blish
Stanford University School of Medicine
Project Title: Harnessing natural killer cell memory to fight viruses
 

 

Jason M. Crawford, Ph.D.

Jason M. Crawford, Ph.D.
Yale University
Project Title: Cryptic gut bacterial metabolites that regulate colorectal cancer formation
 

 

Arvin Dar, Ph.D.

Arvin Dar, Ph.D.
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY
Project Title: Targeting Ras-Dependent Cancers with a Chemical Switch for an Inactive Kinase
 

 

Rahul Chandrakant Deo, MD, Ph.D.

Rahul C. Deo, MD, Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Project Title: Resolving Incomplete Penetrance in the Cardiomyopathies and Channelopathies
 

 

Maximilian Diehn, MD, Ph.D.

Maximilian Diehn, MD, Ph.D.
Stanford University
Project Title: Developing a genomic approach for cancer screening
 

 

Jeffrey D. Dvorin, M.D., Ph.D.

Jeffrey D. Dvorin, M.D., Ph.D.
Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Project Title: Essential gene discovery in the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum
 

 

Aaron P. Esser-Kahn, Ph.D.

Aaron P. Esser-Kahn, Ph.D.
University of California, Irvine
Project Title: Directing the Immune System via Polymeric Combinations of Molecular Signals
 

 

Scott E. Evans, M.D.

Scott E. Evans, M.D.
The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Project Title: Inducible epithelial antiviral resistance to prevent asthma
 

 

Dorothea Fiedler, Ph.D.

Dorothea Fiedler, Ph.D.
Princeton University
Project Title: Understanding phosphate metabolism in cancer and metastasis
 

 

Adam Frost, M.D., Ph.D.

Adam Frost, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Utah School of Medicine
Project Title: Toward Atomic Resolution of Membranes and Membrane-Associated Machines
 

 

Sunil P. Gandhi, Ph.D.

Sunil P. Gandhi, Ph.D.
University of California Irvine
Project Title: Rewiring cortex using inhibitory neuron transplantation
 

 

Zev J Gartner Ph.D.

Zev J. Gartner Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy
Project Title: Total synthesis of the human mammary gland
 

 

Viviana Gradinaru, Ph.D.

Viviana Gradinaru, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering, California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
Project Title: Neuromodulation and Neurodegeneration: the Missing Link and Mechanisms of Action
 

 

Robert D. Gregg IV, Ph.D.

Robert D. Gregg IV, Ph.D.
University of Texas at Dallas, TX
Project Title: PHASE-BASED CONTROL OF LOCOMOTION FOR HIGH-PERFORMANCE PROSTHESES AND ORTHOSES
 

 

Scott B. Hansen, Ph.D.

Scott B. Hansen, Ph.D.
The Scripps Research Institute, FL
Project Title: Molecular Mechanism of Mechanosensation
 

 

Tracey J. Lamb, PhD.

Tracey J. Lamb, PhD.
Emory University School of Medicine
Project Title: The development of probiotic yeast as an inexpensive vaccine delivery platform
 

 

Julius B. Lucks, Ph.D.

Julius B. Lucks, Ph.D.
Cornell University, NY
Project Title: A New High-Throughput Technology To Reveal The Dynamic Functional States of RNAs
 

 

Linsey C. Marr, Ph.D.

Linsey C. Marr, Ph.D.
Virginia Tech
Project Title: The Role of Pathogen-Environment Interactions in the Pandemic Potential of Influe
 

 

Houra Merrikh, Ph.D.

Houra Merrikh, Ph.D.
University of Washington School of Medicine
Project Title: Targeted Gene Evolution via Replication-Transcription Conflicts
 

 

Ali Mortazavi, Ph.D.

Ali Mortazavi, Ph.D.
University of California Irvine
Project Title: Comparative analysis of the 4D encoding of regulatory networks in stem cells
 

 

Ryan M. O’Connell, Ph.D.

Ryan M. O’Connell, Ph.D.
University of Utah
Project Title: Utilizing TALEN technology to regulate human microRNAs
 

 

Jukka-Pekka Onnela, Ph.D.

Jukka-Pekka Onnela, Ph.D.
Harvard University
Project Title: Using mobile phones for social and behavioral sensing of mood disorder patients
 

 

Christian Petersen, Ph.D.

Christian Petersen, Ph.D.
Northwestern University, IL
Project Title: Regulatory Circuits Controlling Regenerative Growth
 

 

Shelly Peyton, Ph.D.

Shelly Peyton, Ph.D.
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Project Title: Tissue-specific stem cells and breast cancer tissue tropism
 

 

Vanessa Ruta, Ph.D.

Vanessa Ruta, Ph.D.
Rockefeller University
Project Title: Connecting Neural Plasticity to Learning and Memory
 

 

Ozgur Sahin, Ph.D.

Ozgur Sahin, Ph.D.
Columbia University, NY
Project Title: Novel sub-cellular chemical and mechanical nanoimaging
 

 

Shomyseh Sanjabi, Ph.D.

Shomyseh Sanjabi, Ph.D.
The J. David Gladstone Institutes
Project Title: Characterizing HIV latent reservoir in vivo
 

 

Elizabeth Sattely, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Sattely, Ph.D.
Stanford University
Project Title: Liberation of Plant Nutrients by the Gut Microbiota
 

 

David Savage, Ph.D.

David Savage, Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley
Project Title: Fluorescent biosensors for metabolite imaging in live cells
 

 

Marco Seandel, M.D., Ph.D.

Marco Seandel, M.D., Ph.D.
Weill Cornell Medical College, NY
Project Title: Clonal competition in stem cells as a driver of paternal age effect diseases
 

 

Sivaraj Sivaramakrishnan, Ph.D.

Sivaraj Sivaramakrishnan, Ph.D.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Project Title: The kinase toolbox: Mapping the spatial and temporal regulation of cell signaling
 

 

Derek J. Taylor, Ph.D.

Derek J. Taylor, Ph.D.
Case Western Reserve University, OH
Project Title: Induction of cancer cell death by selective DNA misincorporation
 

 

Anna D. Tischler, Ph.D.

Anna D. Tischler, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota Medical School
Project Title: High-Throughput Identification of Mycobacterium tuberculosis Persistence Mechanis
 

 

Kay M. Tye, Ph.D.

Kay M. Tye, Ph.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Project Title: A Novel Strategy for Combating Obesity: Reprogramming Neural Circuits
 

 

Richard White, M.D., Ph.D.

Richard White, M.D., Ph.D.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project Title: Evolutionary dynamics of melanoma metastasis
 

 

Wilson Wong, Ph.D.

Wilson Wong, Ph.D.
Boston University
Project Title: Synthetically Reengineered T cells as the Next Generation of Smart Cancer Therapy
 

 

Ying Zheng, Ph.D.

Ying Zheng, Ph.D.
University of Washington, WA
Project Title: A Microfluidic Bone Marrow Niche for the Study of Hematopoiesis
 

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