2017 Awardees

Clinical Grant Recipient:

Dr. Gurdyal Kalsi

TissueGene, Inc. - Assessment of the Efficacy of Cell Therapy in Treating Synovitis Using Contrast Enhanced MRI in a Clinical Study of Knee Osteoarthritis

Dr. Joshua Hare

Longeveron LLC - Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy and Surgical Palliation for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)


Commercialization Grant Recipient:

Dr. Madhusudan Peshwa

MaxCyte, Inc. - Translational Development of Gene-Corrected Hematopoietic Stem Cells as Treatment for Sickle Cell Disease (SCD)

Dr. Chengkang Zhang

Propagenix Inc. - Building Commercial Path for EpiX™ Technology - A Breakthrough in Expanding and Utilizing Tissue -Resident Stem Cells

Dr. William Rust

Seraxis Inc. - Long-term Function of Stem Cell Grafts for Insulin-Dependent Diabetes

Dr. Ha Nam Nguyen

3Dnamics Inc. - Engineering Human Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Brain Organoids for Drug Screening and Toxicity Testing


Validation Grant Recipients:

Dr. Sharon Gerecht

Johns Hopkins University - Patient-Specific Small-Diameter Tissue Engineered Vascular Grafts

Dr. Yunqing Li

Hugo W. Moser Research Institute at Kennedy Krieger, Inc. - Lineage Reprogramming of human Fibroblasts into Oligodendrocyte Progenitor Cells

Dr. Sunjay Kaushal

University of Maryland - Baltimore - Neonatal Cardiac Stem Cells for Heart Regeneration


Discovery Grant Recipients:

Dr. Jeff Bulte

Johns Hopkins University - Non-Invasive Imaging of Hydrogel Scaffold Biodegradation and Cell Survival

Dr. Mingyao Ying

Hugo W. Moser Research Institute at Kennedy Krieger, Inc. - Highly Efficient Conversion of iPS Cells to Motor Neurons and Oligodendrocytes by Synthetic Modified mRNAs

Dr. David Kass

Johns Hopkins University - Conditional Power Switch for Stem Cell-Derived Cardiomyocytes

Dr. Linda Resar

Johns Hopkins University - Developing Stem Cell Technology for Tissue Repair and Goblet Cells for Ulcerative Colitis Patients

Dr. Michael Nestor

The Hussman Institute for Autism - Establishing a 3D Based High-Content Screening Platform for Cellular/Phenotypes in Autism

Dr. Linzhao Cheng

Johns Hopkins University - Human iPSC-Derived Extracellular Vesicles: Unique Properties & Potential for Tissue Regeneration

Dr. Piotr Walczak

Johns Hopkins University - Inducing Immunotolerance of Myelinating Progenitor Cells Transplanted into the Brain of Immunocompetent Mice

Dr. Ivy Dick

University of Maryland - Baltimore - Developing a Novel Treatment Strategy for Timothy Syndrome

Dr. Aaron James

Johns Hopkins University - Regional Specification of Bone-Associated Perivascular MSC

Dr. Brady Maher

Lieber Institute for Brain Development - Use Human Cellular Models of Pitt-Hopkins Syndrome to Study Neuronal Development and Validate Therapeutic Targets

Dr. Gabsang Lee

Johns Hopkins University - Pharmacological Cues to Expand Functional Human PAX7::GFP+ Skeletal Muscle Stem/Progenitor Cells


Post-Doctoral Fellowship Grant Recipients:

Dr. Marco Santoro

University of Maryland - College Park - Development of Tissue-Engineered Vascularized Scaffolds via 3D Printing of Endothelial/Stem Cells

Dr. Nikhil Panicker

Johns Hopkins University - Activation of the NLRP3 Inflammasome in Human Dopamine Neurons as a Consequence of Parkin Dysfunction

Dr. Dongwon Kim

Johns Hopkins University - Postdoctoral Training Towards Independence: Testing of Skin Stem Cells to Modify Skin Identity

Dr. Qin Bian

Johns Hopkins University - Direct Specification of Articular Chondrocytes from iPSC-Derived Lateral Plate Mesoderm

Dr. Congshan Sun

Johns Hopkins University - hiPSC Based Compound Screening for Treatment of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

Dr. Zhao Wei

Johns Hopkins University - 3D Printing Vascularized Cardiac Constructs

Dr. Aline Thomas

Johns Hopkins University - Development of Stem Cell Therapies for Multiple Sclerosis using Non-Invasive Biomarkers

Dr. Josephine Lembong

University of Maryland - College Park - Stem Cell Expansion and Differentiation in Bioreactors via Coupling of Substrate Curvature and Shear Stress

Dr. Joseph Mertz

Johns Hopkins University - Proteomic Approaches to Study Cell Death Mechanisms in Human Stem Cell-derived Retinal Ganglion Cell

Dr. Fahimeh Mirakhori

Johns Hopkins University - Establishment of All Human Schwann Cell In-Vitro Myelination