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Johns Hopkins Catalyst Awards: 2015 Awardees

Scott Bailey, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Bloomberg School of Public Health

“Developing a high-throughput screening assay (HTS) for finding inhibitors of the CRISPR-Cas Immune System”

Xin Chen, Department of Biology, Krieger School of Arts & Sciences

“Assessment of the contribution of DNA replication to the establishment of distinct epigenomes in stem cells”

Daniela Cihakova, Departments of Pathology & Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine & Bloomberg School of Public Health

“Role of Innate Lymphoid cells in Pathogenesis of Pericarditis”

Andrew Ewald, Departments of Cell Biology, Oncology, and Biomedical Engineering, School of Medicine & Whiting School of Engineering

“Building a branched network of epithelial tubes”

Dennice Gayme, Departments of Mechanical Engineering & Electrical and Computer Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering

“Extending a wall-turbulence modeling framework to complex fluids”

Warren Grayson, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering & School of Medicine

Warren Grayson, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering & School of Medicine

Jordan Green, Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Ophthalmology, Neurosurgery, and Materials Science, School of Medicine & Whiting School of Engineering

“Lipid-coated Anisotropic Artificial Antigen Presenting Cells”

Carlton Haywood, Jr., Division of Hematology, Berman Institute of Bioethics & School of Medicine

“Improving the Quality of Nursing Care for Sickle Cell Disease”

Miho Iijima, Department of Cell Biology, School of Medicine

“Enhanced PTEN (ePTEN): a Novel Cancer Therapeutic Tool”

Takanari Inoue, Departments of Cell Biology & Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences, School of Medicine

“Synthetic Phase Transition for Constructing and Deconstructing Cellular Processes”

Naveeda Khan, Department of Anthropology, Krieger School of Arts & Sciences

“GIS and Remote Sensing for Riparian Life in Bangladesh”

Rejji Kuruvilla, Departments of Biology and Neuroscience, Krieger School of Arts & Sciences & School of Medicine

“Elucidation of the molecular mechanisms by which sympathetic neurons promote islet formation and the acquisition of functional maturity”

Amanda Lauer, Department of Otolaryngology, School of Medicine

“Probing top-down cerebellar control of hearing”

Jacob Lauinger, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Krieger School of Arts & Sciences

“Cuneiform from Canaan: Lemmatization, Annotation, and Electronic Publication of the Canaanite Cuneiform Texts from Tell el-Amarna, Egypt”

Gabsang Lee, Departments of Neurology and Neuroscience, School of Medicine

“Derivation of human adipomyocytes”

Anthony Leung, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Bloomberg School of Public Health & School of Medicine

“A Novel Proteomics Approach for Characterizing Macrodomain—A Potential Antiviral Drug Target”

Naomi Levin, Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, Krieger School of Arts & Sciences

“A Million Years of Climate Change in Eastern Africa”

Feilim MacGabhann, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering

“Virtual Pre-Clinical and Clinical Trials in HIV”

Mario Macis, Economics, Carey Business School & School of Medicine

“Economics and bioethics: An experimental study of preferences for morality and efficiency”

Pamela Mahon, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine

“Biomarkers for Lithium Response in Bipolar Disorder”

Matthias Matthijs, International Political Economy, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

“Varieties of Austerity and Its Political Discontents: The Demise of Democratic Choice in the US, the UK, and France since the early 1990s”

Brice Ménard, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Krieger School of Arts & Sciences

Data Exploration in Astrophysics: thinking and going out of the box”

Lauren Hersch Nicholas, Departments of Health Policy and Management, Surgery & Oncology, Bloomberg School of Public Health & School of Medicine

“Using Consumer Data to Predict and Prevent Adverse Health Events among Older Adults”

Sridhar Nimmagadda, Departments of Radiology and Radiological Science, Medicine & Oncology, School of Medicine

“Imaging Immune Cells in Cancer Using Innate Receptors”

Fan Pan, Department of Oncology, School of Medicine

“Combinational targeting of YAP and immune checkpoints as a novel immunotherapy for melanoma”

Soojin Park, Department of Cognitive Science, Krieger School of Arts & Sciences

“Neural sensitivity to Boundary and Geometric shape of space”

Kevin Puts, Composition Faculty, Peabody Institute

“The City (Symphony No.5)”

Karen Reddy, Department of Biological Chemistry, School of Medicine

“Mechanisms of Functional Chromosome Organization”

Sridevi Sarma, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering

"Towards a Quantitative Diagnosis of Sleep Disorders: Analysis of Spatio-Temporal Dynamics of Sleep EEG in Good and Bad Sleepers”

Marshall Hussain Shuler, Department of Neuroscience, School of Medicine

“Functionally imaging and commandeering the cholinergic system: a novel intervention in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease”

Charlotte Sumner, Departments of Neurology and Neuroscience, School of Medicine

“Targeting a SMN IncRNA as a treatment for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)”

Roland Thorpe, Departments of Health, Behavior and Society & Medicine, Bloomberg School of Public Health & School of Medicine

“Testing the Feasibility of Accruing a National Sample of Black Men: The Black Men Health Accrual Project”

Phuoc Tran, Departments of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences, Oncology & Urology, School of Medicine

“Centrosome Clustering Inhibition as a Novel Radiosensitizing Paradigm for Lung Cancer”

Chao Wang, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering

“Electrochemical Oxidation and Conversion of Methane”

Guang William Wong, Department of Physiology, School of Medicine

“Decoding the hormonal language skeletal muscle uses to “talk” to other metabolic tissues”

Mark Wu, Departments of Neurology and Neuroscience, School of Medicine

“Analysis of a Sleep-Timing Gene, Wide Awake, in Mice”

Fengquan Zhou, Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neuroscience, School of Medicine

“Reprogramming Neurons for Regeneration”

“The university’s leadership is excited to make a substantial investment in these scholars and scientists at a critical moment in their careers when start-up funds and external support can be challenging to secure,” says President Ronald J. Daniels. “This group possesses a remarkable depth of intellect, creativity, and passion, and it will be thrilling to see their ideas unleashed.”

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