2015 Pilot Award Recipients

Frontiers awards pilot grants of up to $20,000 for promising beginning-stage research projects conducted by researchers at participating institutions. Frontiers partnered with other organizations and units -- such as the KU Medical Center Research Institute's Clinical Pilot Research Grant Program and its Lied Basic Science Pilot program -- to provide funding for a larger number of meritorious applications. In some cases, these units fully funded the awards themselves but used the services of the Frontiers peer review board.

The recipients of 2015 Pilot and Collaborative Studies funding are listed below by funding source:

Funded by Frontiers:

Tamara Baker, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Psychology, University of Kansas-Lawrence
The context of social determinants on disparities, disease management, and health

Paula Cupertino, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Preventive Medicine and Public Health, KU Medical Center
eDecide: Mobile Cessation Support for Latino Smokers

Winston Dunn, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Gastroenterology, KU Medical Center
Genetics of recovery from decompensated cirrhosis following Hepatitis C treatment

Shellie Ellis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management, KU Medical Center
Eliciting Urologist Decision Making: Recruitment and Data Collection Feasibility

Byron Gajewski, Ph.D., Professor, Biostatistics, KU Medical Center
DHA Supplementation in Pregnancy to Reduce Early Preterm Birth: A Pilot

Rene Jamison, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, KU Medical Center
Exploring the Social Profile of Adolescent Females with Autism Spectrum Disorder

David Jarmolowicz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Applied Behavioral Science, University of Kansas-Lawrence
Characterizing the Neural Correlates of Risk Taking and their Propensity to Predict Gambling in Gambling Disorder

Sarah Kessler, Ph.D., MPH, Research Assistant Professor, Family Medicine, KU Medical Center
The context of social determinants on disparities, disease management, and health

Eugene Lee, M.D., Assistant Professor, Urology, KU Medical Center
The feasibility of a diet and exercise intervention during chemotherapy and radical cystoprostatectomy for bladder cancer

Clay Quint, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, General Surgery, KU Medical Center
Electrospinning Scaffolds for Tissue Engineered Vessels

Priyanka Sharma, M.D., Associate Professor, Internal Medicine, KU Medical Center
Evaluation of BRCAness as a prognostic marker in triple-negative breast cancer

Madhulika Sharma, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, KU Medical Center
The role of Notch signaling in pathogenesis of polycystic kidney disease

Jay Vivian, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor, Institute for Reproductive Health and Regenerative Medicine, KU Medical Center
Patient-derived stem cell models to define the etiology of a pediatric disorder

Funded by Frontiers and the KU Medical Center Research Institute:

Mireille El Ters, M.D., Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, KU Medical Center
FGF23 and Klotho as Biomarkers for Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Progression

Carol Fabian, M.D., Professor of Internal Medicine and Chair, Cancer Prevention Research Program, KU Medical Center
Risk Biomarker Modulation by Duavee in Women at Moderate Risk for Breast Cancer

Hartmut Jaeschke, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics, KU Medical Center
Detection of Biliary Structures Post Liver Transplantation using Serum Biomarkers

Warren B. Nothnick, Ph.D., Professor, Molecular and Integrative Physiology, KU Medical Center
Dissecting the functional role and regulation of megalin in human endometriosis

Funded by Frontiers and KU School of Medicine-Wichita:

Judy Johnston, M.S., RD/LD, Research Instructor, Preventive Medicine and Public Health, KU School of Medicine-Wichita
Exploring innovative mechanisms for improved oral health-related outcomes among residents of assisted living communities

Funded by Frontiers and the University of Missouri-Kansas City:

Ashim Mitra, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Novel Peptide Strategy to Selectively Deliver Chemotherapeutics to Cancer Cells

Funded by the KU Medical Center Research Institute:

Mark Chertoff, Ph.D., Professor, Hearing and Speech, KU Medical Center
Developing a Clinical Test of Auditory Nerve Survival

Wen-Xing Ding, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics, KU Medical Center
Mechanisms of Autophagy in Protecting Against Alcohol-Induced Pancreatitis

Luciano DiTacchio, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Therapeutics, KU Medical Center
Regulation of bile acid homeostasis by histone demethylase Jmjd5.

Janna Harris, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, Anatomy and Cell Biology, KU Medical Center
Taurine Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury in Aging

Leslie Heckert, Ph.D., Professor, Molecular and Integrative Physiology, KU Medical Center
In vivo function of a 3' distal regulatory element of Fshr

Partha Kasturi, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics, KU Medical Center
Organelle specific DNA damage response

T. Rajendra Kumar, Ph.D., Professor, Molecular and Integrative Physiology, KU Medical Center
Rerouting of luteinizing hormone (LH) and ovarian function

Alexey Ladokhin, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, KU Medical Center
Membrane-mediated interactions of Bcl-2 protein family in regulation of apoptosis

Hiroshi Nishimune, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Anatomy and Cell Biology, KU Medical Center
Exercise-regulated genes ameliorate NMJ denervation in aging

Brenda Rongish, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Anatomy and Cell Biology, KU Medical Center
VEGF role in early heart morphogenesis

Liskin Swint-Kruse, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, KU Medical Center
Towards exome analyses: Surprising outcomes from mutating nonconserved positions

Chad Slawson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, KU Medical Center
Regulation of PKD development by O-GlcNAcylation and identification of early stage O-GlcNAcylated biomarkers for PKD

Christopher Ward, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Internal Medicine, KU Medical Center
Use of the polycystin-1/TMEM2 ratio for the diagnosis and monitoring of polycystic kidney disease (PKD)

Steven Weinman, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Internal Medicine, KU Medical Center
Mechanisms of viral control of vesicular trafficking and exosome secretion

Funded by K-INBRE:

Michael Soares, Ph.D., Professor, Pathology, KU Medical Center
Prolactin signaling, gestational adaptations, and glucose homeostasis

Jed Lampe, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics, KU Medical Center
Toxic reactive metabolites of nevirapine in the neonate

Paige Geiger, Ph.D., Professor, Molecular and Integrative Physiology, KU Medical Center
Estrogenic control of mitochondrial function in skeletal muscle

Funded by the KU Medical Center Department of Neurology:

Jeffrey Statland, M.D., Assistant Professor, Neurology, KU Medical Center
A Portable Wireless Motion Capture System for Patients with FSHD