Pilot Awards Recipients Archive

The DC CFAR has funded a wide variety of research, including basic, clinical, epidemiologic, social behavioral and prevention HIV/AIDS science since 2011.

2012: Cycle 3

Pilot Awards Recipient: Maria De Jesus, PhD, MA

Maria De Jesus, PhD, MA was awarded a Pilot Award for her proposal to study the differences in perception between African American women and African immigrant women in DC. Dr. De Jesus is an Assistant Professor at the Center on Health, Risk and Society in the School of International Service at American University.

Pilot Award Recipient: Mark Burke, PhD

Mark Burke, PhD has been awarded a Pilot Award for his proposal to study the effect of neonatal SIV on neurodevelopment in rhesus macaques. Dr. Burke is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the Howard University College of Medicine.

2012: Cycle 2

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

Jennifer Huang Bouey, MBBS, PhD, MPH has received a Pilot Award to study the relationship between drug use and HIV among female commercial sex workers. Dr. Bouey is an Associate Professor at Georgetown University.

Pilot Award Recipient: Manya Magnus, PhD, MPH

Manya Magnus, PhD, MPH has been awarded a Pilot Award to study the neurological characteristics of older HIV-infected adults. Dr. Magnus is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Health Policy at the George Washington University.

Pilot Award Recipient: Ricardo LaGrange PhD

Ricardo LaGrange, PhD has been awarded a Pilot Award to study the feasibility of an innovative HIV adherence intervention known as SmAART (Supportive mHealth Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy). Dr. LaGrange is a Research and Clinical Psychologist at Children's National Medical Center and an Assistant Research Professor of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

2012: Cycle 1

Pilot Award Recipient: Magali Moretto, PhD

Magali Moretto, PhD has received a Pilot Award to study the early CD8 T cell response to Microsporidia. Dr. Moretto is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine at the George Washington University.

Pilot Award Recipient: David Leitenberg, MD, PhD

David Leitenberg, MD, PhD has been awarded a Pilot Award to characterize the changes in immune responses to Toxoplasma in mice that express decreased levels of CD45. Dr. Leitenberg is an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Tropical Medicine at the George Washington University and Director of Immunology in the Department of Laboratory Medicine at Children's National Medical Center.

Pilot Award Recipient: Priscilla Dass-Brailsford, EdD

Priscilla Dass-Brailsford, EdD has been awarded a Pilot Award for her proposal to study the history of trauma exposure in HIV positive women in DC. Dr. Dass-Brailsford is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University.

2011: Cycle 2

Pilot Award Recient: Amol Kulkarni, PhD

Amol Kulkarni, PhD has received a Pilot Award to synthesis and study betulinic acid analogs as inhibitors of HIV-1. Dr. Kulkarni is an Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at Howard University.

Pilot Award Recipient: Xiong Jiang, PhD

Xiong Jiang, PhD has been awarded a Pilot Award to use fMRI-Rapid adaptation (fMRI-RA) to probe differences in neuronal selectivity between HIV+ middle age adults and HIV- controls. Dr. Jiang is an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at Georgetown University.

2011: Cycle 1

Pilot Award Recipient: Michelle L. Stock, PhD

Michelle L. Stock, PhD has received a Pilot Award to study psychological and social factors that link experiences of racial discrimination to substance use and risky sexual behaviors associated with HIV-risk. Dr. Stock is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the George Washington University.

Pilot Award Recipient: Brian M. Kirmse, MD

Brian M. Kirmse, MD has been awarded a Pilot Award to study the effects of antiretroviral therapy on the metabolic health of children. Dr. Kirmse is an Assistant Professor of Genetics and Metabolism at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Pilot Award Recipient: Sergey Iordanskiy, PhD, MS

Sergey Iordanskiy, PhD, MS has been awarded a Pilot Award to study the profiles of host proteins associated with HIV-1 Pre-integration complexes. Dr. Iordanskiy is a Research Assistant Professor at George Mason University.