Active NIH grants

Medicine faculty and trainees receive significant research and career-development support from the National Institutes of Health. The tables below list faculty with current grants from R and K mechanisms.

These tables were last updated February 2020.

Research Programs

Investigator Division Project Grant
Gerald S. Bloomfield Cardiology Pathways to cardiovascular disease prevention and impact of specialty referral in under-represented racial/ethnic minorities with HIV R01

Christopher Holley


The Role of RNA Modifications in Heart Failure


Christopher Holley

Cardiology SnoRNA-guided modifications of mRNA R01
Ravi Karra Cardiology Angiogenic Approaches to Stimulate Heart Regeneration R03
Robert J. Lefkowitz Cardiology Molecular Regulation of Cardiovascular 7 TM Receptors R01
Yongmei Liu Cardiology Obesity-Related Epigenetic Changes and Type-2 Diabetes​ R01
Francis Miller Cardiology Integrated MiRNA regulation of Nox4 and cellular redox in vascular disease R01
Manesh R. Patel Cardiology BEST-VIVA Registry (vCLI) R01

Sudarshan Rajagopal


Biasing CXCR3 Signaling to Modulate the Inflammatory Response

Howard A. Rockman Cardiology Mechanisms of Maladaptation in Heart Failure R01
Paul B. Rosenberg Cardiology STIM1 and metabolic flexibility  R01
Svati H. Shah Cardiology Clinical and Molecular Epidemiology of High Risk Coronary Plaque R01
Sudha Shenoy Cardiology Regulation of Vascular Inflammatory Signaling by the Deubiquitinase USP20 R01
Jonathan A. Stiber Cardiology Anti-Atherogenic Mechanisms of Drebrin R01
Mary E. Klotman Chair's Office

The Genitourinary Tract as a compartment and reservoir for HIV

S. Munir Alam DHVI Antigen recognition and activation of B-cell receptors of HIV-1 broadly neutralizing antibodies R01
Mattia Bonsignori DHVI Immunogen Design Strategies To Direct Hiv-1 Broadly Neutralizing Antibody Maturation By Probability-Based Targeting Of Critical Mutations R56
Wilton B. Williams DHVI Neonatal Immunity to novel TF SHIVs R01
Jonathan Campbell Endocrinology Mechanisms of insulin secretion mediated by alpha cells R01
David D'Alessio Endocrinology Incretion Action in Physiology and Diabetes  R01
Matthew D. Hirschey Endocrinology Studies on the Mechanisms by which SIRT5 Regulates Aging and Disease R01
Matthew D. Hirschey Endocrinology Post-Translational and Epigenetic Control of Branched-Chain Amino Acid Metabolism R01
Matthew D. Hirschey Endocrinology Determining the Sub-Cellular Organelles that Link Lipid Signaling and Epigenetics R21
Deborah Muoio Endocrinology Mechanisms of lipid-induced bioenergetic stress in muscle R01
Diego Bohorquez Gastroenterology The efferent synapse in enteroendocrine cells R21
Anna Mae Diehl Gastroenterology TNF Alpha and Recovery from Alcoholic Liver Injury R01
Anna Mae Diehl Gastroenterology Hedgehog Signaling and Adult Liver Regeneration R01
Katherine Garman Gastroenterology The role of gastrin in esophageal submucosal gland acinar ductal metaplasia R01
Rodger A. Liddle Gastroenterology Mechanisms of mechanically-induced acute pancreatitis R01
Rodger A. Liddle Gastroenterology The role of gut endocrine cells in Parkinson's Disease R01

Keisha Bentley-Edwards

General Internal Medicine

Religion, Spirituality and CVD Risks: A Focus on African Americans


Susanne B. Haga General Internal Medicine Pharmacogenetic Testing: Challenges of Clinical Integration R01

Susanne B. Haga

General Internal Medicine Summer Scholars Program in Genome Sciences and Medicine R25
Nia Mitchell General Internal Medicine Changes in Weight and Physical Function for Older African American Women in National, Peer-Led, Community-Based Weight Loss Program R01
Christopher B. Bowling  Geriatrics Sustained blood pressure control and progression of multimorbidity R01

Christopher B. Bowling 

Geriatrics Functional Limitations and Disability Among Middle-Aged Adults R01
Gregory A. Taylor Geriatrics Role of IRGM proteins in immunity to enteric bacteria R01
Nelson J. Chao Hematologic Malignancies and Cellular Therapy Patient-centered home-based hematopoietic stem cell transplantation R01
Sandeep Dave Hematologic Malignancies and Cellular Therapy Understanding the Context-Dependent Roles of Mutations in Lymphoma R01
Sandeep Dave Hematologic Malignancies and Cellular Therapy Defining the Functional Role of Mutations in Diffuse Large B cell Lymphoma R01
Yubin Kang Hematologic Malignancies and Cellular Therapy Targeting sphingosine kinase 2 for the treatment of multiple myeloma R01
Yubin Kang Hematologic Malignancies and Cellular Therapy Effects of PPAR agonists on response to immunomodulatory agents in patients with multiple myeloma R21
Stefanie Sarantopoulos Hematologic Malignancies and Cellular Therapy Pathological B Cells: Novel Strategies to Prevent and Treat Chronic GVHD R01
Dorothy Sipkins Hematologic Malignancies and Cellular Therapy Defining the Rules of Breast Cancer Cell Traffic Through Bone R01
Dorothy Sipkins Hematologic Malignancies and Cellular Therapy Defining and targeting a novel pathway for central nervous system leptomeningeal metastasis R01
Anthony D. Sung Hematologic Malignancies and Cellular Therapy Evaluating Effects of Age-related Microbiota Modulations in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Patients R21

Yiping Yang

Hematologic Malignancies and Cellular Therapy

Novel Strategies for Cancer Immunotherapy in Stem Cell Transplant

Gowthami Arepally Hematology Complement and CR2/CD21 in the Immune Pathogenesis of HIT R01
J. Brice Weinberg Hematology Nitric Oxide and Microvascular Dysfunction in Severe Malaria R01
Rahima Zennadi Hematology Role of RBC Reactive Oxygen Species and Their Vicious Cycle in Sickle Vasculopathy R01
Andrew Alspaugh Infectious Diseases Coordinated Regulation of Virulence Genes in C. neoformans R01
Vivian H. Chu Infectious Diseases Bridging the Gap to Enhance Clinical Research Program (BIGGER) R25
Vance G. Fowler Jr. Infectious Diseases Host Susceptibility to S. aureus R01
Feng Gao Infectious Diseases Dissection of polyreactivity and neutralization activity of HIV-1 Abs R01
Greg Gray Infectious Diseases Swine Influenza Virus Transmission in Confined Animal Feeding Operations, China R01
Thuy Le Infectious Diseases Making an early diagnosis of talaromycosis - an approach to reduce morbidity and mortality in advanced HIV disease in Southeast Asia R01
Micah T. McClain Infectious Diseases Host-derived biomarker signatures to differentiate acute viral, bacterial, and fungal infection R21
Susanna Naggie Infectious Diseases Identification of Novel Bioactive Lipid Metabolites for Predicting Liver-related Outcomes in Persons Co-Infected with HIV and HCV R01
John Perfect Infectious Diseases Pathobiology of C. neoformans in the Central Nervous System R01
John Perfect Infectious Diseases Evolution of Cryptococcus neoformans Strains from Patients with HIV/AIDS R01
Wendy A. Prudhomme - O'Meara Infectious Diseases Malaria diagnostic testing and conditional subsidies to target ACTs in the retail sector: the TESTsmART trial R01

Wendy A. Prudhomme - O'Meara

Infectious Diseases Once bitten: A longitudinal, observational study of successful malaria parasite transmission events between humans and mosquitos R01
Wendy A. Prudhomme - O'Meara

Infectious Diseases

Quantifying parasite importation in an epidemic-prone zone of northern Kenya R21
Steve Taylor  Infectious Diseases

Malaria chemoprevention in children with sickle cell anemia in Western Kenya

Steve Taylor Infectious Diseases Estimating the incremental benefits on active malaria case detection of high-sensitivity rapid diagnostic tests R03
Andrew Armstrong Medical Oncology Targeting convergent oncogenic signaling during AR inhibition to overcome metastasis and immune evasion in prostate cancer R01
Gerard C. Blobe Medical Oncology Role of ALK4 in Regulating Receptor Trafficking and Pancreatic Cancer Biology R01
Gerard C. Blobe Medical Oncology Role for TbetaRIII Shedding in the Tumor Microenvironment R01
Kevin C. Oeffinger Medical Oncology EMPOWER Study: Promoting BC Screening in Women Who Survived Childhood Cancer R01

Steven Patierno

Medical Oncology

Race-related alternative splicing: novel targets in prostate cancer

Allison E. Ashley-Koch Nephrology Transcriptomic, therapeutic and genetic investigations of sickle cell nephropathy R01
Thomas M. Coffman Nephrology Paracrine Control of Blood Pressure by Renal Intercalated Cells R01
Steven D. Crowley Nephrology The interleukin-1 receptor regulates crosstalk between myeloid and renal tubular cells in hypertension R01
Steven D. Crowley Nephrology Role of Dendritic Cell-mediated T Cell Activation in Salt-sensitive Hypertension R01
Mary H. Foster Nephrology Gene-Environment Collaboration in Autoimmune Disease R01
Xunrong Luo Nephrology Modeling concurrent cytomegalovirus infection and transplantation tolerance R01
Patrick H. Pun Nephrology Evaluating and Improving Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation Efforts in Hemodialysis Clinics R03
Julia Scialla Nephrology

Integrated Mineral Metabolism Treatment Strategies in Patients on Dialysis

Jens M. Titze Nephrology Lymphatic Regulation of Skin Electrolyte Metabolism and Blood Pressure R01
Christina M. Wyatt Nephrology Impact of early antiretroviral therapy on kidney disease outcomes R01

Christopher Cox

Pulmonary PCplanner: operationalizing needs-focused palliative care for older adults in intensive R01
Christopher Cox Pulmonary Needs and triggers: improving intensive care unit-based palliative care delivery R21
Christopher Cox Pulmonary Optimizing a self-directed mobile copying skills training intervention for improving cardiorespiratory failure survivors R34
Jennifer L. Ingram Pulmonary Mechanisms that Direct Airway Remodeling in Obese Asthma R01
Patty Lee Pulmonary TLR4-Mediated Epigenetic and Senescence Mechanisms in Emphysema R01
David M. Murdoch Pulmonary Pathogenesis of Neuroinflammation and Neurocognitive Impairment In HIV-infected Young Adult Cannabis Users R01
David M. Murdoch Pulmonary Magnetically directed single cell transcriptome analysis in HIV latency R01
David M. Murdoch Pulmonary A Systems Biology Approach to HIV-associated Neurocognitive Impairment: Role of Drug Abuse and Neuroinflammation R01
Claude A. Piantadosi Pulmonary

Mitochondrial quality control and alveolar damage resolution after acute lung injury 


Robert M. Tighe


CXCL10/CXCR3 regulation of ozone-induced epithelial permeability

Virginia B. Kraus Rheumatology and Immunology Qualification of Prognostic and Diagnostic Biomarkers of Knee Osteoarthritis R01
Virginia B. Kraus Rheumatology and Immunology Epigenetic Mechanisms Promoting Longevity R01
Virginia B. Kraus Rheumatology and Immunology Extracellular Vesicles and Their Role in Hallmarks of Aging R56

Career Development

Investigator Division Project Grant
Dennis M. Abraham Cardiology TREK-1 in fibroblast differentiation and cardiac fibrosis development K08
Robert W. McGarrah III Cardiology The Branched Chain Ketoacid Dehydrogenase Kinase-Phosphatase System as a New Regulatory Node in Mycocardial Fuel Section K08
Ann M. Navar  Cardiology Preventing Cardiovascular Disease through Improved Risk Prediction and Communication K01

James W. Wisler


Mechanistic studies of Mas receptor activation and its role in aortic aneurysm formation


Jatin Roper Gastroenterology The role of Mtss1 in Hedgehog-mediated intestinal cancer stem cell function K08
Nrupen Bhavsar General Internal Medicine Addressing Bias from Missing Data in EHR Based Studies of CVD K01
Cathleen Colon-Emeric Geriatrics Mentoring Intervention Development in Fall and Fracture Prevention​ K24
Juliessa M. Pavon Geriatrics Deprescribing Central Nervous System Medications in Hospitalized Older Adults K23
Grace M. Lee Hematology Biological Significance of Protamine/Heparin Antibodies K08
James White Hematology The AMPK/ULK1/p27Kip1 axis regulates autophagy and cell survival in aged satellite cells K01
Vance G. Fowler Jr. Infectious Diseases Mentoring Patient Oriented Research in Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria​ K24
Nwora L. Okeke Infectious Diseases A Clinic-Based Behavioral Intervention to Reduce Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Persons Living with HIV​ K23
Matthew P. Rubach Infectious Diseases Viral Zoonoses and Severe Febrile Illness in Northern Tanzania K23
L. Gayani Tillekeratne Infectious Diseases Novel Diagnostics to Improve Antimicrobial Stewardship for Acute Respiratory Tract Infections in Resource-Limited Settings K23
Brent A. Hanks Medical Oncology Melanoma-mediated Dendritic Cell Tolerization and Immune Evasion K08

Gentzon Hall


The Role of Interleukin-15 Receptor-alpha Variants in the Pathogenesis of FSGS


Rasheeda K. Hall Nephrology Deprescribing for Older Dialysis Patients K76
Laura P. Svetkey Nephrology Duke CTSA (KL2) KL2
Crystal C. Tyson Nephrology Diet and Hypertension Management in Chronic Kidney Disease K01
Bryan D. Kraft Pulmonary Role of S-nitrosothiols in Akt1 signaling and pneumonia resolution K08
Jamie L. Todd Pulmonary Immune Profiles to Better Understand Chronic Allograft Dysfunction and Successful Long-term Clinical Outcomes after Human Lung Transplantation K23
Yen Rei Yu Pulmonary Role of Resident Monocytes in the Pathogenesis of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension K08