2020 Benefactor-Funded Career Development Awardees announced

The Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS) is pleased to announce the 2020 Benefactor-Funded Career Development Awards. These awards are made possible through benefactor gifts and are intended to provide important seed money for junior investigators.


Omar Abou Ezzeddine, M.D. (I '10, CV '15, CTSA '16, TXCV '16)
Thomas H. and Dorthy S. Corson Career Development Award in Cardiovascular Disease Research
"Prevalence of Transthyretin Cardiac Amyloidosis in Clinically Significant Aortic Stenosis: A Community Study"

Sadia Choudhery, M.D.
Gerald J. Robbins, M.D., Career Development Award in Cancer Research
“Breast Cancer Risk Prediction Using a Machine Learning Model”

Elizabeth Coon, M.D. (I1 '10, N '13, MD '14, CTSA '15)
Dominium Foundation Career Development Award in Neurodegenerative Disease Research in Memory of Jack W. Safar
"Sex and Gender Differences in Multiple System Atrophy"

Mireille El Ters, M.D. (NEPH '13)
Robert W. Fulk Career Development Award Fund in Nephrology Research Honoring Dr. Fernando Fervenza
"Assessing Underlying Genetic Mutations in Kidney Transplant Recipients With Focal and Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS)"

Elizabeth Ann Enninga, Ph.D. (CTSA '16)
Marcia T. Kreyling Career Development Award in Pediatric and Neonatal Research
"Maternal Immune Responses Against the Fetus: Understanding Placental Villitis and Prematurity"

Karthik Giridhar, M.D. (HEMO ’18)

Bradford Hoppe, M.D.
Georg Haub Family Career Development Award in Cancer Research Honoring Richard F. Emslander, M.D.
"Novel Investigation of the Effect of High- vs. Low-LET Radiation Damage to the Heart Using a Preclinical Mouse Model"

Naureen Javeed, Ph.D. (BMB '16)
James A. Ruppe Career Development Award in Endocrinology
"Novel Exosome-Based Regenerative Strategies for Diabetes"

Jeremy C. Jones, M.D. (HEMO '18)
Norma Lee and Morton Funger Clinician Career Development in Cancer Research
"Novel Evaluation of Rectal Cancer with Diffusion-Weighted (DW) and Dynamic Contrast Enhanced (DCE) Perfusion-Weighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging"

Elizabeth Lorenz, M.D. (I '06, NEPH '10)
Ara and Sonya Hacet Career Development Award in Transplant
"Improving Frailty and Long-Term Outcomes After Kidney Transplantation"

Kelli Lytle, Ph.D.
Richard F. Emslander Career Development Award in Endocrinology and Nutrition
"Circadian Regulation of Human Adipose Tissue Metabolism"

Nicolas Madigan, M.B., B.Ch., Ph.D. (N '10, I1 '11, N '14, CI '17, NNM '19)
Regenerative Medicine Initiative Career Development Award
"Chemically Patterned Hydrogel Scaffolds Provide Cell-Assembled Matrices to Guide Spinal Cord Regeneration"

Janani Reisenauer, M.D. (S '14, TS '17, IADP '18)
Simons Family Career Development Award in Surgical Innovation
"Cios Spin Mobile 3D C-Arm in Conjunction with Robotic Bronchoscopy"

Gavin Roddy, M.D., Ph.D. (I1 '14, OPH '17, OPGL '18)
Robert R. Waller, M.D. Career Development Award in Ophthalmology Research
"Investigating Stanniocalcin-1 as a Novel Intraocular Pressure Lowering Agent With a Diminished Side-Effect Profile"

Ahad Siddiqui, Ph.D.
Regenerative Medicine Initiative Career Development Award
"Enhancing Recovery Following Spinal Cord Injury Using Interleukin 1 Receptor Antagonist Gene Therapy and Schwann Cells"

Joseph Skalski, M.D. (I '12, CMR '13, THDC '16)
Lane Family Career Development Award Honoring Eric S. Edell, M.D.
"Understanding the Role of the Microbiota in the Pathogenesis of Idiopathic Subglottic Stenosis"

Joshua R. Smith, Ph.D. (CV ’17), Cardiovascular Research
Research focus: Investigating how sex- and menopause-specific mechanisms contribute to blood pressure regulation in health and in patients with cardiovascular disease.

Michael Taunton, M.D. (OR '09)
Career Development Award in Orthopedics
"Deep Learning Algorithms for Automated Detection of Complications in Total Joint Arthroplasty (TJA) Radiographs"

Kerstin Wenzl, Ph.D.
Gerald A. and Margaret A. Wellik Career Development Award in Lymphoma Research
"Genetic Landscape of Relapsed and Refractory Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphomas"



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