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 2012 or earlier.

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.

2014: Cycle 2

Pilot Award Recipient: Seble Kassaye, MD, MS

Seble Kassaye, MD, MS has received a Pilot Award to study patterns of the transmission of HIV and drug resistance in Washington, DC. Dr. Kassaye is an Assistant Professor at Georgetown University.

Pilot Award Recipient: Marc O. Siegel, MD

Marc O. Siegel, MD has been awarded a Pilot Award to study the influence of HCV infection on serum and cellular markers of immune activation in HCV/HIV co-infected patients. Dr. Siegel is an Assistant Professor at the George Washington University.

Pilot Awards Recipient: Rui André Raposo, PhD

Rui André Raposo, PhD has been awarded a Pilot Award to study the relationship between host restriction factors in HIV-1 latency and reservoir size. Dr. Raposo is a Research Scientist at the George Washington University.

2014: Cycle 1

Pilot Award Recipient: Simeon Adesina, PhD, MSc

Simeon Adesina, PhD, MSc has received a Pilot Award to explore the use of nanoparticles in the delivery of HIV drugs. Dr. Adesina is an Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Howard University.

Pilot Awards Recipient: Marcos Perez-Losada, PhD, MS

Marcos Perez-Losada, PhD, MS has been awarded a Pilot Award for his proposal to study HIV evolutionary dynamics. Dr. Perez-Losada is an Associate Professor at the Computational Biology Institute at the George Washington University.

Pilot Award Recipient: Catherine Bollard, MD

Catherine Bollard, MD has been awarded a Pilot Award for her proposal to investigate the use of expanded T cells in HIV positive patients. Dr. Bollard is a Professor of Pediatrics at the George Washington University.

2013: Cycle 3

Pilot Awards Recipient: Dan Wang, MD, PhD

Dan Wang, MD, PhD has received a Pilot Award to study the role of perivascular adipose tissue (PVAT) on microvascular dysfunction in HIV patients. Dr. Wang is a Associate Research Professor at the Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Pilot Awards Recipient: Irene Kuo, PhD, MPH

Irene Kuo, PhD, MPH has received a Pilot Award for her proposal to study the prevalence of HCV in individuals at elevated risk of HIV and successful linkages to care. Dr. Kuo is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the George Washington University.

Pilot Awards Recipient: Mimi Ghosh, PhD, MS

Mimi Ghosh, PhD, MS has received a Pilot Award for her proposal to study the relationship between cervical ectopy and immune biomarkers in adolescent girls. Dr. Ghosh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the George Washington University.

2013: Cycle 2

Pilot Awards Recipient: Harry Gill, PhD, MS

Harry Gill, PhD, MS has been awarded a Pilot Award for his proposal to study epigenetic characteristics of African Americans with HIV and CKD. Dr. Gill is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the George Washington University and the Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension at the George Washington Medical Faculty Associates.

Pilot Awards Recipient: Mudit Tyagi, PhD

Mudit Tyagi, PhD has been awarded a Pilot Award to study biomarkers specific to latently infected T cells in the hope that identifying these cells will improve treatment options. Dr. Tyagi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the George Washington University.

Pilot Awards Recipient: Sara Glick, PhD, MPH

Sara Glick, PhD, MPH has received a Pilot Award to study the feasibility of a prospective study of young MSM in DC. Dr. Glick is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the George Washington University.

2013: Cycle 1

Pilot Awards Recipient: Thespina Yamanis, PhD

Thespina Yamanis, PhD has been awarded a Pilot Award to study factors relevant to service utilization and sexual risk behavior among adolescent Black men who have sex with men. Dr. Yamanis is an Assistant Professor in the School of International Service at American University.

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