DOM Pilot Project Awards

Information on how to apply will be available in October.

For the last several years, The Department of Medicine has sponsored a Pilot Project Grant Program to support the research of junior faculty members. Below is a list of the projects award winners from 2021, 2022 and recently announced 2023.


Project Title: Role of Left Atrial Strain Parameters in Diagnosis of Left Ventricular (LV) Diastolic Dysfunction in Individuals with Preserved Systolic Function
Principal Investigator: Dr. Neda Dianati-Maleki
Division of Cardiology
Mentor: Dr. Smadar Kort

Project Title: Disentangling the Effect of Black/African Ancestry from Confounding Variables on Colorectal Cancer Biology
Principal Investigator: Dr. Alexandra Guillaume
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Mentor: Dr. Ellen Li

Project Title: Development of High Throughput Assays for Screening of Novel Small Molecular Therapeutics
Principal Investigator: Dr. Sian Piret
Division of Nephrology and Hypertension
Mentor: Dr. Sandeep Mallipattu

Project Title: MAIT Cell Subpopulations Responding to Recent Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infection
Principal Investigator: Dr. Charles Vorkas
Division of Infectious Diseases
Mentor: Dr. Bettina Fries

Project Title: Use of Colchicine to Prevent Atrial Fibrillation after Ablation
Principal Investigator: Abhijeet Singh, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Division of Cardiology
Mentor: Andreas Kalogeropoulos, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Project Title: Establishing a Synergistic Mouse Model to Study Immunotherapy Resistance of STK11 Altered Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer and Potential Mitigation Strategies
Principal Investigator: Harold Bien, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology, & Northport VA Medical Center
Mentor: Richard Lin, M.D.

Project Title: Targeted Therapy for Pancreatic Cancer
Principal Investigator: Agnieszka Bialkowska, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Project Title: Influence of stromal-epithelial interaction on the intestinal epithelium regeneration post-irradiation injury
Principal Investigator: Dr. Agnieszka Bialkowska in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Mentor: Dr. Vincent Yang

Project Title: Identification of Amblyomma americanum-borne pathogens in human patients
Principal Investigator: Dr. Luis Marcos in the Division of Infectious Diseases
Collaborators: Drs. Hwan Kim and Jorge Benach, Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Project Title: Natriuretic Peptides, Fluid Management, and Outcomes in COVID-19
Principal Investigator: Dr. Andreas P. Kalogeropoulos in the Division of Cardiology
Collaborator:  Dr. Hal Skopicki

Project Title: Sublethal doxorubicin promotes breast cancer metastasis though regulation of neutral
sphingomyelinase 2

Principal Investigator:  Dr. Daniel Canals, Department of Medicine, Cancer Center
Mentor:  Dr. Yusuf Hannun

Project Title: Endotoxin activity assay results and kidney outcomes in intensive care
Principal Investigator:  Dr. Sobia Khan in the Division of Nephrology
Mentor: Dr. Sandeep Mallipatu
Collaborator: Dr. Sahar Ahmad