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Faculty Innovation Award Winners



2021 Faculty Innovation Fund Recipient

Yeeli Mui, International  Health 

“Intersectoral and Intersectional: Community health planning at the nexus of people, place, and policy”

Vito W Rebecca, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Yang Award) 

“Molecular Mechanisms Promoting Progression and Therapy Resistance in Acral Melanoma"

Weiqiang Zhou, Biostatistics 

“Deep learning methods for single-cell multi-omics data analysis”

Lorraine T Dean, Epidemiology (Martin Award) 

“Assessing the Role of New Products and COVID-19 on PrEP Retention at the Pharmacy Point-of-Sale"


2020 Faculty Innovation Fund Recipients

Mark Kohr, Environmental Health and Engineering

“Source and toxicity of endogenous formaldehyde in the heart”

Chanee Fabius, Health Policy and Management

“Surveying Direct Care Agencies in Maryland to Examine the Quality of Life of Older Medicaid Home and Community-Based Service Recipients.”


2019 Faculty Innovation Fund Recipients

Monica Mugnier, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

“Dissecting the B cell response to the variant surface glycoproteins of Trypanosoma brucei”

Fenna Sillé, Environmental Health and Engineering (Yang Award)

“Investigating how heavy metals alter macrophages and contribute to a tumor-promoting microenvironment”

Allison West, Population, Family and Reproductive Health

“Evidence-based home visiting for parents with intellectual disabilities”


2018 Faculty Innovation Fund Recipients

Kimberly Davis, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
"Heterogeneity in virulence factor expression in Staphylococcus aureus"

Johnathon Ehsani, Health Policy and Management
"Preparing adolescent drivers for the last mile: crash avoidance training"

Matthew Eisenberg, Health Policy and Management
"Disparities in the impact of consumer-directed health plans on financial strain"


2017 Faculty Innovation Fund Recipients

Tonia Poteat & Lorraine Dean, Epidemiology
"A mixed-methods approach to identify intervenable factors associated with breast cancer screening and follow-up for Black sexual minority women"

Ni Zhao, Biostatistics
"Statistical methods for human microbiome data from 16s rRNA sequencing in longitudinal studies"

Li Liu, Population, Family & Reproductive Health
Edward Margaret Brewster Memorial Fund Award
"Reproductive trajectory, neighborhood dynamics and preterm birth"


2016 Faculty Innovation Fund Recipients

Jennifer Kavran, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Ho-Ching Yang Memorial award
"Molecular mechanisms regulating Hippo pathway signaling"

Beth McGinty, Health Policy & Management
"Research-Policy Translation Initiative: studying strategies to improve the use of research evidence in public health policy formation and implementation"

Rashelle Musci, Mental Health
Edward Margaret Brewster Memorial Fund Award
"Modeling autism symptomatology across development in early life; the impact of changing measures"


2015 Faculty Innovation Fund Recipients

Meghan Davis, Environmental Health Sciences
"Do household reservoirs cause recurrent MRSA colonization and infection in people?"

Mara McAdams DeMarco, Epidemiology
"Feasibility and efficacy of hemodialysis-based interventions to preserve cognitive function"

Roland Thorpe, Health, Behavior & Society (Ho-Ching Yang award)
"Black men health project"

2014 Faculty Innovation Fund Recipients

Kasper Hansen, Biostatistics
“Statistical methods for analysis of metabolomics data generated from a LC-MS instrument”

Phil Jordan, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
“PLK4 is essential for ensuring accurate X-Y chromosome segregation during meiosis”

Wietse Tol, MH, Mental Health
“Building a stepped care model for maternal mental disorders in post-conflict settings”

Junya Zhu, Health Policy & Management
“Longitudinal profiling of hospital performance on patient experience of care: Applications to value-based purchasing”

2013 Faculty Innovation Fund Recipients:

Hadi Kharrazi, Health Policy and Management
"Utilizing Maryland's HIE to develop and evaluate an inter-provider hospital readmission risk detection and notification system"

Anthony Leung, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
"Circulating RNAs as transgenerational gene regulators and disease biomarkers"

Tianjing Li, Epidemiology
"Assessing feasibility of tele-rehabilitation in low vision patients"

2012 Faculty Innovation Fund Recipients:

Lori Erby, Health Behavior & Society (Ho Ching Yang Memorial Faculty Fellowship)
"Exploration of attitudes and experiences of Maryland Hispanics with regard to a cancer-related biobank"

Sameera Talegawkar, International Health
“Neighborhood environments, dietary patterns and risk for cardiovascular disease in African American"

Fengyi Wan, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Ho Ching Yang Memorial Faculty Fellowship)
"Role of RPS3 in ultraviolet radiation-induced activation of NF-kB"

Winnie Wan-yee Tang, Environmental Health Sciences
"Epigenetic modulations of lung mesenchymal stem cells in mice exposed to house-dust mites"

Robert Wojciechowski, Epidemiology
"Characterizating the human ocular bacterial microbiome using high-throughout sequencing"


2011 Faculty Innovation Fund Recipients:

Alain Labrique, International Health
“Wireless Public Health Technologies to Prevent Drowning"

Steven Bowman, Health Policy & Management (HPM award)
“Rural Prehospital Emergency Medical Services for Children”

Zhibin Wang, Environmental Health Sciences (Ho Ching Yang Cancer fund)
"Explore the Functional Roles of Two Long Non-coding RNA's in Stem Cell Differentiation, Chromatic Structure and Gene Expression, and Lung Cancer Biology"

Mary Elizabeth Hughes, Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health (Gustav J. Martin fund)
"Foundations for Studying the Well-being of Elders in Rural Uganda"


2010 Faculty Innovation Fund Recipients:

Cheryl Anderson, Epidemiology
“Tests of a New Biomarker for High Fructose Corn Syrup Intake in Humans"

Scott Bailey, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (Ho Ching Yang Cancer Prevention Fund)
“Structural Studies of V(D)J Recombination”

Jeffrey Leek, Biostatistics
"Statistical and Computational Methods for RNA-seq"

Keshia Pollack, Health Policy & Management (HPM award)
"Using Research to Advance the Role of Health Impact Assessments in Policymaking"

Jiou Wang, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
"Identifying Key Genes Underlying Age-dependent Neurodegenerative Diseases in Caenorhabditis elegans Models"


2009 Faculty Innovation Fund Recipients:

Jurgen Bosch, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
“Nanobodies as crystallization chaperones for essential Malaria parasite proteins leading to structure guided drug design"

Gypsamber D'Souza, Epidemiology
“Oral Human Papillomavirus (HPV) transmission in cancer patients – associated oropharyngeal cancer and their partners”

Adam Spira, Mental Health
“Sleep Disturbance in Older African Americans in Baltimore City: Functional Correlates and the Impact of Volunteering”


2008 Faculty Innovation Fund Recipients:

John Bridges, Health Policy & Management
"Assessing Women's preferences for cervical cancer screening using conjoint analysis"

Tamar Mendelson, Mental Health
"Affective and physiological effects of experimentally-induced social status"

Laura Murray-Kolb, International Health
"Iron status and daily functioning in young women of reproductive age"


2007 Faculty Innovation Fund Recipients:

Sining Chen, Environmental Health Sciences & Biostatistics
"Validation of DIGE Analysis Software DeCyder and Improved Analysis of DIGE Experiments"

DeLisa Fairweather, Environmental Health Sciences
"A Coxsackievirus-induced model of Atherosclerosis"

Michelle J. Hindin, Population and Reproductive Health
"Sex, Mood and Settings: Using Experience Sampling Methods and PDA's in Cebu, Philippines"

Sabra L. Klein, Microbiology & Immunology
"Sex and susceptibility to Influenza"

Maria Merritt, International Health
"Ancillary Care in Public Health Intervention Research in Resource-Limited Settings: Researchers' Practices and Decision-Making"

Holly Taylor, Health Policy & Management
"Ancillary Care in Public Health Intervention Research in Resource-Limited Settings: Researchers' Practices and Decision-Making"

Elizabeth A. Stuart, Mental Health
"Sensitivity of Instrumental Variables and Propensity Score Methods when Dealing wiht Noncompliance"