Welcome to the Office of Research

Brief introduction to the Office of Research

The Office of Research (OoR) seeks to support research at the School of Medicine.  This includes the infrastructure, communication and development necessary for a strong and growing research enterprise.  Collaboration is one of the great strengths of UNC-Chapel Hill's research enterprise and the SOM investigators, who have numerous projects and programs with investigators across campus.  Thus the OoR works closely with many different units and offices throughout the institution.  The Office is led by the SOM Vice Dean for Research, Dr. Terry Magnuson.  For further information about the OoR team, please see People.  For information on the multiple committees with which the OoR interfaces, please see Communication, under About.  For the responsibilities and activities with which the OoR is engaged, please see Research. 

As part of the School of Medicine Strategic Plan, the OoR has partnered with TraCS to support  translational pilot projects engaging new translational research teams across the SOM.  The multi-phase Translational Team Science Awards (TTSA) were initiated in 2013 and have supported a diverse group of basic science and clinical teams.  Please go to the Research Funding section for more information on the TTSA grant process.  The next TTSA RFP will be released in October 2014. The current TTSA projects are listed below.

TTSA Phase I Award Teams- September 2014

Evan Dellon, MD, MPH (Medicine), Michael Kulis, PhD (Pediatrics  ), Brian Vickery, MD  (Pediatrics)
A novel T-cell directed approach to dietary therapy in patients with eosinophilic esophagitis

James Faber, PhD (Cell and Molecular Physiology), David Huang, MD (Neurology), William Powers, MD (Neurology), Yueh Lee, MD, PhD (Radiology), Kirk Wilhelmsen, MD (Genetics)
GENEtic Determinants of Collateral Status in Stroke - The GENEDCSS Study

David Gerber, MD (Surgery), Jude Samulski, PhD (Pharmacology), Caibin Cui, PhD (Medicine), Chengwen Li, PhD (Pediatrics)
Patient-derived chimeric mouse models for studying liver disease

Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD (Nutrition), Barry Popkin, PhD (Nutrition), Annie Green-Howard, PhD (Biostatistics), Amanda Thompson, PhD (Anthropology)
Gut microbiome markers of cardiometabolic disease in transition to a Western diet

Brian Jensen, MD (Medicine), Gary Johnson, PhD (Pharmacology), Cary Anders, MD (Medicine), Sean Gomez, PhD (BME/Pharmacology), Joel Parker, PhD (Genetics)
Integrated profiling of the kinome and transcriptome to predict cardiotoxicity of kinase inhibitors

Kristy Richards, MD (Medicine), Dirk Dittmer, PhD (Microbiology and Immunology), David Suter, VMD, PhD, MS (NCSU)
Disrupting EBV lymphomagenesis as a novel strategy for the treatment of human and canine lymphoma

TTSA Phase I Award Teams- January 2014

James Bear, PhD (Cell Biology and Physiology), David Rubenstein, MD, PhD (Dermatology), Donna A. Culton, MD, PhD (Dermatology)
Accelerating cutaneous wound healing through inhibition of O-GlcNAc transferase

Mohanish Deshmukh, PhD (Cell Biology and Physiology), Charles Cairns, MD (Emergency Medicine), Praveen Sethupathy, PhD (Genetics), Ned Sharpless, MD (Medicine and Genetics)
miR-29 as a Novel Biomarker and Regulator of Aging

Flavio Frohlich PhD (Psychiatry) and Haewon Shin MD (Neurology)
Discovering the Mechanisms of Targeted Enhancement of Brain Activity and Cognition by BrainStimulation using Intracranial Electrophysiology in Epilepsy Patients

Yueh Z. Lee, MD, PhD (Radiology), Otto Zhou, PhD (Physics & Astronomy), Jianping Lu, PhD (Physics & Astronomy), Marianne Muhlebach, MD (Pediatric Pulmonology), Scott Donaldson, MD (Pulmonary Medicine), Jennifer Goralski, MD (Pulmonary Medicine), Richard Boucher, MD (Pulmonary Medicine), Katherine Birchard MD (Radiology), Casey Sams, MD (Radiology), Lynn Fordham(Radiology)
Stationary Chest Tomosynthesis for Imaging Young Cystic Fibrosis Patients

P. Kay Lund, PhD (Cell Biology and Physiology), Ric Boucher, MD (Pulmonary Medicine), Scott Randell, PhD (Cell Biology and Physiology),  Scott Magness, PhD (Cell Biology and Physiology), Evan Dellon, MD, MPH (Gastroenterology), Shengli Ding, PhD (Cell Biology and Physiology), Raluca Dumitru,  PhD (Genetics), Martina Gentzsch, PhD (Cell Biology and Physiology)
Intestinal epithelial cell culture systems to advance personalized research and therapy in Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and other gastrointestinal (GI) diseases

Shehzad Sheikh, MD (Gastroenterology) and Terry Furey, PhD (Genetics)
Identifying Genetic- and Microbial-based Molecular Markers of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Maureen Su, MD (Microbiology and Immunology),Mike Cohen, MD (Infectious Disease), George Fedoriw, MD (Pathology), Terry Magnuson, PhD (Genetics), Jason Whitmire, PhD (Genetics)
Histone modifications in the clearance of chronic viral infections