Pilot Awards Recipients

The DC CFAR has funded a wide variety of research, including basic, clinical, epidemiologic, social behavioral and prevention HIV/AIDS science.

View the archive to learn more about awards given in 2014 or earlier.

2019: Cycle 2

Pilot Award Recipient: Ana María del Río-González, PhD, MA

Ana María del Río-González, PhD, has received a pilot award to study the feasibility and acceptability of non-daily PrEP regimens among Latina transgender women in DC.

Pilot Award Recipient: Conrad Russell Cruz, MD, PhD

Conrad Russell Cruz, MD, PhD, has received a pilot award to study the possibility of engineered killer T-cells eliminating the HIV reservoir.

Pilot Award Recipient: Nickie Niforatos Andescavage, MD

Nickie Niforatos Andescavage, MD, has received a pilot award to study how HIV poses feto-placental development complications.

2019: Cycle 1

Pilot Award Recipient: Nicole Angotti, PhD

Nicole Angotti, PhD, has received a pilot award to study older adults living with HIV (PLWH50+) in Rural South Africa.

Pilot Award Recipient: Namita Kumari, PhD

Namita Kumari, PhD, has received a pilot award to study the restriction factor mediated control of HIV-1 in Sickle Cell disease.

Pilot Award Recipient: Rachel Robinson, PhD

Rachel Robinson, PhD, has received a pilot award to study how increasing financial security could reduce HIV risk among MSM in Abuja, Nigeria.

Pilot Award Recipient: Carlos E. Rodriguez-Diaz, PhD

Carlos Rodriguez-Diaz, PhD, has received a pilot award to study PrEP uptake among Latinx GBMSM in Washington, DC.

Pilot Award Recipient: Xionghao Lin, PhD

Xionghao Lin, PhD, has received a pilot award to study new classes of anti-HIV-1 drugs by targeting Tat dependent transcription to reach a functional cure by permanently inhibiting HIV-1.

Pilot Award Recipient: Tamara Taggart, PhD

Tamara Taggart, PhD, has received a pilot award to study a community-based open contest approach to increasing PrEP among young persons.

2018: Cycle 2

Pilot Award Recipient: Kate Michel, PhD

Kate Michel, PhD, has received a pilot award to study quantifying the vaginal microbiome-immune relationship among natural HIV controllers.

Pilot Award Recipient: Matt Levy, PhD

Matt Levy, PhD, has received a pilot award to study psychological stress, related biomarkers, and atherosclerosis in women with HIV

Pilot Award Recipient: Adeline Koay, MBBS, MSc

Adeline Koay, MBBS, MSc has received a pilot award to study if HIV exposure affects inflammation and gut dysbiosis in HIV-exposed infants.

Pilot Award Recipient: Rupali Doshi, MD, MS

Rupali Doshi, MD, MS has received a pilot award to study how traumatic life events and mental illness affect engagement in HIV care among people living with HIV in Washington, DC.

2018: Cycle 1

Pilot Award Recipient: Sabyasachi Sen, MD, PhD

Sabyasachi Sen, MD has received a pilot award to study the impact of current HIV medication regimens on endothelial dysfunction.

Pilot Award Recipient: Blair Spence, MD

Blair Spence, MD, has received a pilot award to study antiretrovirals and neurocognition in HIV infected women.

2017: Cycle 2

Pilot Award Recipient: Jose Bordon, PhD

Jose Bordon, PhD has received a pilot award to study the effect of HIV status on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in women.

2017: Cycle 1

Pilot Award Recipient: Ian Toma, PhD, MD

Ian Toma, PhD, MD has received a pilot award to study the effect of maternal HIV infection on baseline immune landscape of neonates.

Pilot Award Recipient: Dana Hines, PhD, MSN, BSN

Dana Hines, PhD, MSN, BSN, has received a pilot award to study barriers to PrEP uptake and adherence among black transgender women in DC.

Pilot Award Recipient: Deborah Goldstein, MD

Deborah Goldstein, MD, has received a pilot award to study the HIV Treatment Cascade among transgender women in Washington, DC .

Pilot Award Recipient: Richard Apps, PhD

Richard Apps, PhD, has received a pilot award to study HIV-1 immune evasion to promote cure immunotherapy.

2016: Cycle 2

Pilot Award Recipient: Raymond Scott Turner, PhD

Raymond Scott Turner, PhD, has received a pilot award to study Alzheimer's disease phenotypes in older HIV+ adults.

Pilot Award Recipient: Leah Squires, PhD

Leah Squires, PhD, has received a pilot award to study intimate partner violence among men with or at risk for HIV.

Pilot Award Recipient: Marina Jerebtsova, PhD

Marina Jerebtsova, PhD, has received a pilot award to study impaired pulmonary macrophage migration in HIV-Tg mouse model of lung injury.

Pilot Award Recipient: Sarah Calabrese, PhD

Sarah Calabrese, PhD, has received a pilot award to study PrEP social marketing to Black MSM in Washington, DC.

Pilot Award Recipient: Jeffrey Bethony, MD, PhD

Jeffrey Bethony, MD, PhD, has received a pilot award to study the feasibility of lymph node fine needle aspiration for HIV vaccine trials.

2016: Cycle 1

Pilot Award Recipient: Hemayet Ullah, PhD

Hemayet Ullah, PhD, has received a pilot award to study the signaling pathways HIV uses to proliferate in cells.

Pilot Award Recipient: Elanah Uretsky, PhD

Elanah Uretsky, PhD, has received a pilot award to study HIV risk in African migrants in Guangzhou, China.

Pilot Award Recipient: Kirsten Stoebenau, PhD

Kirsten Stoebenau, PhD, has received a pilot award to develop measures of young women's risk of HIV through transactional sex.

Pilot Award Recipient: Rebecca Lynch, PhD

Rebecca Lynch, PhD, has received a pilot award to study antibody responses that protect against HIV infection.

Pilot Award Recipient: Sarah Baird, PhD, MS

Sarah Baird, PhD, MS, has received a Pilot Award to study the effects of support groups on HIV+ adolescents in Tanzania.

2015: Cycle 2

Pilot Award Recipient: Sherry Molock, PhD

Sherry Molock, PhD, has received a Pilot Award to study increased HIV testing among African American youth in black churches.

Pilot Award Recipient: John Hawdon, PhD

John Hawdon, PhD, has received a pilot award to study the human hookworm as a biodelivery system towards HIV cure.

Pilot Award Recipient: Dominic Proulx, PhD

Dominic Proulx, PhD, has received a Pilot Award to study the manipulation of iNKT cells frequency and function in working towards a functional cure for HIV.

Pilot Award Recipient: R. Brad Jones, PhD

R. Brad Jones, PhD, has received a Pilot Award to study the use of a humanized mouse to study the elimination of patient-derived HIV reservoirs.

Pilot Award Recipient: Shawnika Hull, PhD

Shawnika Hull, PhD, has received a Pilot Award to study the determinants of intentions to utilize PrEP among black women.

Pilot Award Recipient: Jeremy Goecks, PhD

Jeremy Goecks, PhD, has received a Pilot Award to study computational methods to identify heritability in HIV viral load.

2015: Cycle 1

Pilot Award Recipient: Rachel Scott, MD, MPH

Rachel Scott, MD, MPH has received a Pilot Award to study pregnancy outcomes of women living with HIV in DC. Dr. Scott is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University.

Pilot Award Recipient: Jennifer Huang Bouey, MBBS, PhD, MPH

Jennifer Huang Bouey, MBBS, PhD, MPH has received a Pilot Award to study HIV risks among local and traveling female commercial sex workers in Washington, DC. Dr. Bouey is an Associate Professor at Georgetown University.

Pilot Award Recipient: Valeria Avdoshina, MD, PhD

Valeria Avdoshina, MD, PhD has received a Pilot Award to study the role of tubulin post-translational modifications in HIV neurodegeneration. Dr. Avdoshina is a Research Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at Georgetown University.