This is an archive of grant awards received by faculty in the UNC Department of Medicine. Click here to find a list of the most recent grant awards.

Congratulations to faculty who have secured new grants in the UNC Department of Medicine, August 1 – August 31, 2020.

Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism

Laura Young, MD, PhD, and Katrina Donahue, MD, MPH, received a PCORI grant to study the impact of COVID-19 on glucose monitoring in diabetes patients.

Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Silvia Kreda, PhD, was awarded an NIH SBIR Phase II grant to study molecules that enhance delivery of therapeutic oligonucleotides to correct lung diseases such as cystic fibrosis, with Rudolph Juliano, PhD.

Division of Infectious Diseases

Mina Hosseinipour, MD, MPH, was awarded a five-year grant from NIH/NHLBI to enhance blood supply in Malawi and successfully re-competed her NIH D43 training program for Malawians.

Jessica Lin, MD, and Jonathan Parr, MD, MPH, received an R21 entitled “Development of novel diagnostics for African non-falciparum malaria.”

Ed Brown, PhD, was awarded an SBIR Phase II NIH contract for UNC’s HIV Cure Center and Cell Microsystems to further develop single-cell diagnostic assay.


Congratulations to faculty who have secured new grants in the UNC Department of Medicine, July 1 – July 31, 2020.

Division of Geriatric Medicine

Joshua Niznik, PharmD, PhD, was awarded pilot funding from the US Deprescribing Research Network (USDeN) for his proposal entitled “Deprescribing Bisphosphonates in Nursing Home Residents with Dementia.”

Division of Hematology

Stephan Moll, MD, received an award from the Anticoagulation Forum for “2020 Clinical Fellowship Award in General Vascular Medicine Focusing on VTE, PAD, and Anticoagulation.”

Rafal Pawlinski, MD, received an award from the American Society of Hematology for “The role of APC, thrombin, and PAR-1 in microvascular stasis in sickle cell disease.”

Division of Infectious Diseases

The NIH awarded Myron Cohen, MD, and Family Health International $9.2 million for development of COVID prevention studies.

Ross Boyce, MD, received a “Creativity Hub Award” to develop and implement evidence-based, cost-effective surveillance and response systems to address vector-born disease, an epidemic affecting the entire state, but particularly those living in rural and underserved communities in NC.

Division of Nephrology and Hypertension

Ronald Falk, MD, received an award from the NIH NIDDKD for “Pathobiology of ANCA Glomerulonephritis: Targeting Adaptive and Innate Immune Processes for Precision Therapies.”

Division of Oncology

Benjamin Vincent, MD, received an award from the NIH NCI for “Gvl mHA Specific T Cell Responses Prevent AML Relapse Following Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation.”

Natalie Grover, MD, received an award from the Lymphoma Research Foundation for “CCR4 in Relapsed/Refractory Hodgkin Lymphoma.”

Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine

M. Patricia Rivera, MD, ATSF, has received a four year, $1.5 million NIH R01 grant to study “Comorbidity and Functional Status in a Population Undergoing Lung Cancer Screening.”

Subhashini Sellers, MD, received pilot funding from the UNC Center for Environmental Health Sciences to study the upper respiratory immune response in COVID-19.

Allen Cole Burks, MD, received a Tier 1 UCRF grant for “Development of a Miniaturized Multidirectional Ultrasound Ablation Array (MiDUSa) for Endobronchoscopic Lung Nodule Ablation.”

Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology

Beth Jonas, MD, received an award from the Rheumatology Research Foundation for “Fellowship Training for Workforce Expansion.”


Congratulations to faculty who have secured new grants in the UNC Department of Medicine, June 1 – June 30, 2020.

Division of Cardiology

Anil Gehi, MD, received a grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation to create a new patient education program to help patients with atrial fibrillation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Division of Hematology

Dougald Monroe, PhD, received NIH funding to help guide the development of novel treatments and new therapeutics for bleeding.

Nigel Mackman, PhD, and Nigel Key, MB, CHB, were awarded pilot funding from the School of Medicine and NC TraCS to study plasma biomarkers to better understand the coagulopathy associated with COVID-19.

Division of Oncology

Nicholas Tschernia, MD, and Timothy J. Voorhees, MD, are grant recipients in the new class of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine

Robert Hagan, MD, PhD, received a Junior Investigator Award from the American Thoracic Society’s Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology for “Myeloid TBK1 Signaling Contributes to the Immune Response to Influenza.”

Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology

Onyinye Iweala, MD, PhD, has received a $1-Million NIH Grant to study alpha-gal syndrome.


Congratulations to our faculty and fellows who have secured new grants in the UNC Department of Medicine, May 1-May 31, 2020.

Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology

Amanda Nelson, PhD, received a $1.7M, 5-Year NIH Grant to demonstrate the utility of ultrasound osteoarthritis (OA) assessment and standardize scoring, utilizing data from a population-based community cohort. Learn more.


Congratulations to our faculty and fellows who have secured new grants in the UNC Department of Medicine, March 31-April 24, 2020.

Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism

John Buse, MD, PhD, is UNC site principal investigator for a $5.7 million diabetes research collaboration with Duke, Wake Forest, and NC A&T, funded through the National Institutes of Health.

Jan Rubin, MD, received a $2.4 million grant from the NIH NIAMSD to study the role of force regulated nuclear structure in expression of osteogeneis.

Division of Hematology and Oncology

Dougald Monroe, PhD, is an investigator for a newly-awarded R01 grant to create better mathematical models that can guide the development of new therapeutics for bleeding.

Jane Little, MD, received an Innovation Pilot Award for “OneSCD UNC: Improving Care for People with Sickle Cell Disease in North Carolina.”


Congratulations to our faculty and fellows who have secured new grants in the UNC Department of Medicine, February 15, 2020-March 31, 2020.

Division of Hematology and Oncology

Nigel Key, MD, ChB, CRCP, received a $180,000 grant for the “Evaluating the Mechanism of Emicizumab-related Thrombotic Microangiopathy.”

Tracy L. Rose, MD MPH, received an NCI K08 grant for the project “Selective histone deacetylase inhibition with entinostat to enhance the anti-tumor immune response to immune checkpoint inhibition in urothelial cancer.”

Division of Infectious Diseases

Ross Boyce, MD, MSc, received a 2019 Emerging Challenges in Biomedical Research Award, with PI Corbin Jones, PhD, and Dan Schrider, PhD. Learn more.

Division of Nephrology and Hypertension

Jenny Flythe, MD, MPH, received an award for $116,625 from the NIH National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), to conduct a pilot feasibility study of loop diuretics among individuals receiving hemodialysis. Learn more.

Flythe also received an R01 award for “QT prolonging medications and sudden cardiac death among individuals on Hemodialysis.”

Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Blaire Wendlandt, MD, MSc, received a Weill Research Grant from the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Learn more.

Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology

Saira Sheikh, MD, and Nigel Key, MD, ChB, CRCP, with local biotech company EpiCypher, have received a National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases grant to develop and commercialize a novel blood-based assay that can be used to study and diagnose a range of diseases, from rheumatoid arthritis and lupus to cancer-associated venous thromboembolism.The total award to EpiCypher® is $3m over three years, with just under a $1m sub-award to UNC. More here.


Congratulations to our faculty and fellows who have secured new grants in the UNC Department of Medicine, January 15, 2020-February 14, 2020.

Division of Hematology and Oncology

  • Kirsten Nyrop, PhD, has received a one-year, $50,000 award to study interventions for racial disparities in breast cancer survival from the Integrated Approach to Breast Health Equity Competitive Grant Program, a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and Pfizer. Read more.
  • The Anticoagulation Forum’s Ansell Fellowship Program has awarded the UNC School of Medicine with a grant that will fund one year of fellowship training in vascular medicine. Stephan Moll, MD, professor of medicine in the division of hematology and oncology, is principal investigator.

Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology

  • Onyinye Iweala, MD, PhD, was granted the three-year Faculty Development Award by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI). The focus of her research will be: “Glycolipids and Invariant Natural Killer T Cells in Alpha-gal Syndrome.” Read more.

Congratulations to our faculty and fellows who have secured new grants in the UNC Department of Medicine, December 15, 2019-January 15, 2020.

Division of Hematology and Oncology

  • Erica Sparkenbaugh, PhD, and Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics fellow Robert Lee, PhD, have been selected to receive Scholar Awards from the American Society of Hematology’s (ASH). Sparkenbaugh received a $125,000 award to support her research into the mechanisms of thrombin generation and end-organ failure in sickle cell disease. Read more.

Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine

  • Silvia M Kreda, PhD, won the NC Biotech Translational Research Grant with UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Anthony Hickey, PhD. The project, “Nucleic Acid Aerosol Delivery by a Novel Evaporation-Condensation Method from a Coated Filament,” was awarded $100K.

Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology

  • Amanda Nelson, MD, MSCR, RhMSUS, received a $365K, two-year grant from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases to study advanced methodologies of osteoarthritis phenotyping. Read more.

Congratulations to our faculty and fellows who have secured new grants in the UNC Department of Medicine, November 15-December 15, 2019.

Division of Hematology and Oncology

  • Catherine Coombs, MD, received the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s Young Investigator Award, which awarded $225,000 across three years to study whether genetic mutations that accumulate in the blood over time are linked to worse outcomes for prostate cancer. Read more.
  • Natalie Grover, MD, was awarded a three-year Lymphoma Research Foundation Career Development Award, for “CD30-Directed CAR-T Cells Co-Expressing CCR4 in Relapsed/Refractory Hodgkin Lymphoma.”

  • Kirsten A. Nyrop, PhD, (PI) and co-Investigators Marjory Charlot, MD, MPH, MSc, and Hyman B. Muss, MD, won a $50,000 one-year grant from Pfizer/American Cancer Society Quality Improvement Grant for a clinic-based “Patient-Centered Communication  about Healthy Weight” (PCC-HW) in a Diverse Sample of Women with Early Breast Cancer.
  • Matthew Painschab, MD, received an NIH K Career Development award in September 2019 to lead research dedicated to improving treatment for multicentric Castleman disease in Malawi. Read more.

Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine

  • Eduardo Lazarowski, PhD, received a $135,000 grant from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for “Ecto-ATPase inhibitors restore airway mucus hydration in CF.” 

Congratulations to our faculty and fellows who have secured new grants in the Department of Medicine, October 15-November 15, 2019.

Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

  • Carla M. P. Ribeiro, PhD, was awarded a $250,000 grant from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to study novel targets for CF airway mucus production.

Division of General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology

Division of Nephrology and Hypertension

  • Kiri Bagley, MD, MPH, received a Carolina for the Kids Foundation grant for a quality improvement project that will provide disaster ready education and prevention resources for pediatric dialysis patients.

Division of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology

  • Kelli Allen, PhD will lead the study, “Precision Medicine to Inform Rehabilitation and Exercise Therapies for Knee Osteoarthritis,” a pilot grant awarded to generate evidence of precision medicine approach. Learn more.

October 16, 2019

Congratulations to our faculty who have secured new grants in the UNC Department of Medicine, September 1-October 15, 2019.

Division of Geriatric Medicine

  • Laura Hanson, MD, MPH, will lead NIA’s new IMPACT Collaboratory’s Patient and Caregiver Reported Outcomes (PCRO) Core, funded by a five-year, $1.4 million grant. Learn more.

Division of Hematology/Oncology

  • Lisa Carey, MD, will receive $400,000 from Susan G. Komen to study how HER2+ tumors respond to HER2-targeted therapies. She is one of three UNC School of Medicine researchers to receive funding which include Charles Perou, PhD, and Hector Franco, PhD. Learn more.

Division of Infectious Diseases

  • UNC’s Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases (IGHID) has been awarded a 5-year contract to house the North Carolina HIV Training & Education Center (NCHTEC) through 2024. The team includes Christopher Hurt, MD, Cassandra Durham, MA/MS, and Ben Clack. Learn more.
  • The IGHID has been awarded a three-year, $3M grant to launch a large epidemiological study led by David Margolis, MD of Lassa fever in Liberia by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI).

Division of Pulmonary Diseases & Critical Care Medicine

  • Jennifer Goralski, MD received a Clinical Research Scholars Program grant through the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics Development Network. Learn more.
  • Carla Maria Pedrosa Ribeiro, PhD, was awarded a $250,000 grant from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to study “IRE1beta Domains: Novel Targets for CF Airway Mucus Production.”

Division of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology

 


Congratulations to our faculty who have secured new grants in the UNC Department of Medicine, July 1 – September 1, 2019.

Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Division of General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology

Division of Geriatric Medicine

  • The UNC Center for Aging and Health has received a five-year, $3.75 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to provide geriatrics training throughout North Carolina. Read more.

Division of Hospital Medicine

  • Michael Craig, MD, MPH, SFHM has a UNC IHQI grant for “Reducing Low-Value Care Through Syncope Standardization.”
  • Rick Hobbs, MD won the 2019 Felix C Harvey Award for $75K and the 2019 Kickstart Venture Services Award for $50K for the development of an augmented reality game to mobilize hospitalized children and eventually adults. Learn more.

Division of Infectious Diseases

  • Fellow Emily Ciccone, MD, MHS, was awarded $26.8K  from the Thrasher Research Fund for the “STewardship for Acute Respiratory Illness (STAR): Expanding Access to Rapid Biomarker Testing” project.
  • Jonathan Juliano, MD, MSPH, (PI) was awarded $58.7K from RTI International for “Understanding National Malaria Trends Using High Throughput Molecular Analysis.”
  • David Margolis, MD, (PI) received a supplementary award for the Collaboratory of AIDS Researchers for Eradication for $197K from the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
  • J. Victor Garcia-Martinez, PhD (PI) won a three-year $2.9 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for “Ultra-long acting in-situ forming implant (ISFI) for antiretroviral drug delivery, incl. EFdA.”
  • Sonia Napravnik, PhD (PI) received a $209.5K award from the University of Pittsburgh for “Evaluation of the Efficacy and Mechanisms of a Novel Intervention for Chronic Pain Tailored to People Living with HIV.”
  • David van Duin, MD, PhD, (PI) received a four-year $400K grant from the National Marrow Donor Program for the “Modulation of CAR-T Cell Therapy Efficacy by the Intestinal Microbiome in Patients with Leukemia and Lymphoma.”

Division of Pulmonary Diseases & Critical Care Medicine

  • Robert S. Hagan, MD, PhD, received a Discovery Grant from the Department of Defense for “CRISPR Screen to Identify Neutrophil Regulators of Interferon-Gamma; Signaling in Acute Lung Injury.”  Dr. Hagan also received a K08 award for “Macrophage and Monocyte TBK1 Function in Host Defense against Influenza.”
  • Christine L. Vigeland, MD, won a K08 award for “Targeting Glutamine Metabolism during the Development and Resolution of Acute Lung Injury.”

Division of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology