Department of Pediatrics - Research

T32 Fellowship Training Grant “Pediatric Research: Bench to Bedside to Curbside” and Dean's Fellowship

Bench to BedsideThe program’s primary focus is career development of outstanding pediatric subspecialists with M.D. or D.O. degrees dedicated to training in basic, clinical, or translational research. Applicants should be interested in advancing the understanding of developmental and childhood origins of chronic disease throughout the lifespan. Its specific aims are to:

  1. Provide fellows the opportunity to engage in high quality, interdisciplinary clinical, basic science, and/or healthcare systems research aimed at understanding developmental precursors of chronic disease;
  2. Support fellows in developing thinking skills and a knowledge base that will allow them to apply basic analytical principles to understanding developmental precursors of chronic disease;
  3. Foster fellows’ academic careers by providing guidance and a framework necessary for them to conduct scientifically sound, ethical, and clinically relevant research in pediatrics and developmental human biology.

This program is uniquely designed to prepare subspecialty fellows for careers in academic medicine that emphasize biomedical and biobehavioral research. The mentoring, career guidance, and research opportunities provided exceed the ABP requirement for scholarly activity for subspecialty board eligibility.

T32 Fellows are allotted 80% protected research time and benefit from individualized research and career guidance by the internal Program Executive Committee and the external Program Advisory and Oversight Committees, in addition to their discipline-specific Scholarship Oversight Committees and research mentors.

Dean's fellows can be foreign nationals and are allowed more clinical time than the T32 fellows. They follow the same reporting and presentation guidelines as the T32 fellows and receive the same mentoring and committee feedback.

Eligibility / Selection

Fellows who will have successfully completed one year of training in one of the following Pediatric Fellowship Programs by the following July are eligible to apply between January and March of their first fellowship year.

  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Critical Care
  • Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics
  • Gastroenterology & Nutrition
  • Hematology-Oncology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Neonatology
  • Nephrology
  • Pulmonology
  • General Pediatrics

Applicants submit a research proposal to the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics during the early spring of their first year. Proposals are reviewed and recipients are chosen by the Program Executive Committee and announced in late spring. We encourage potential applicants to discuss applying for this prestigious award with their Program Director prior to beginning their fellowship or during their first few months of training.

Awardees and Research Projects

  • Fariba Rezaee, M.D.
    Pulmonology - T32
    7/2010 - 6/2011
    Mentor: Steven Georas, M.D.
    "Regulation of the Airway Epithelial Barrier by Particulate Matter"
  • Amy-Lee Bredlau, M.D.
    Hematology/Oncology - Dean's
    7/2010 - 6/2012
    Mentor: Craig Mullen, M.D., Ph.D.
    "Oral Ketamine as a Treatment for Pain in Pediatric Cancer Patients"
  • Rebecca Barnett, D.O.
    Neonatology - T32
    7/2010 - 6/2012
    Mentor: David Dean, Ph.D.
    "Surfactant Protein B Deficiency"
  • Diana Chua Go, M.D.
    Pulmonology - T32, Dean's
    7/2011 - 12/2013
    Mentor: Gloria Pryhuber, M.D.
    "Tracheal Aspirate Connective Tissue Mast Cells and Associated Peptidases Predict Development of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia"
  • Dana Work, D.O.
    Nephrology - T32
    7/2011 - 6/2013
    Mentor: George Schwartz, M.D.
    "Assessment of Renal Reserve by Iohexol Plasma Clearance in Children After Recovery From Acute Kidney Injury as a Result of Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome"
  • Prita Mohanty, M.B.B.S.
    Gatroenterology, Dean's
    7/2011 - 6/2013
    Mentor: Marilyn Brown, M.D.
    "To determine the prevalence of Anti- Tissue Transglutaminase antibodies in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder"
  • Echezona Maduekwe, M.B.
    Neonatology - T32
    7/2011 - 6/2013
    Mentor: Michael O’Reilly, Ph.D.
    "Modeling Cumulative Oxygen Exposure in Neonatal Mice"
  • Vibha Sood, M.B.B.S.
    Gastroenterology - T32, Dean's
    7/2012 - 8/2014
    Mentor: Michelle Dziejman Ph.D.
    "Study of Type Three Secretion System mediated pathogenesis of V. cholerae"
  • Syed Shad, M.D.
    Neonatology - T32
    7/2012 - 6/2014
    Mentor: Gloria Pryhuber, M.D.
    "Correlation of Cord Blood Regulatory T Cell Number and Function with Premature Birth and Severity of Lung Disease Prior to Discharge"
  • Kunal Gupta, M.D.
    Neonatology - Dean's
    7/2012 - 6/2014
    Mentor: Sanjiv Amin, M.B.B.S.
    "Evaluate if cumulative amount of lipid intake is a causative risk factor for parenteral nutrition associated cholestasis"
  • Manvi Bansal, M.B.B.S.
    Pulmonary - Dean's
    7/2012 - 6/2014
    Mentor: Clement Ren, M.D.
    "Physiologic Mechanism of Feeding Desaturations in Preterm Infants"
  • Srujana Rallabandi, M.B.B.S., M.P.H.
    Neonatology - Dean's
    7/2013 - 6/2015
    Mentor: Sanjiv Amin, M.B.B.S.
    "Effect of Neonatal Jaundice on Retinopathy of Prematurity in Neonates Born at Less Than 31 weeks Gestational Age"
  • Pratik Parikh, M.B.B.S.
    Neonatology - T32
    7/2013 - 6/2015
    Mentor: David Dean, Ph.D.
    " Gene Therapy for the Treatment of Patent Ductus Arteriosus"
  • Abigail Kroening, M.D.
    Neurodevelopmental Behavioral Pediatrics - T32
    9/2013 - 8/2014
    Mentor: Susan Hyman, M.D.
    "Developmental and Behavioral Screening of Refugee Children"
  • Robert Nutt, M.D.
    Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics - T32, Dean's
    4/2014 - 5/2016
    Mentor: Susan Hyman, M.D.
    "Differences Across States and Territories of Services for Families following Results of the Newborn Hearing Screening"
    "Parental Decision-Making following Results of the Newborn Hearing Screening"
  • Christina Sollinger, M.D.
    Neonatology - T32
    7/2014 - 6/2016
    Mentor: Kate Ackerman, M.D.
    "Development of the Cardiac Microvasculature in Mice and Humans with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia"
  • Sana Usmani, D.O.
    Hematology/Oncology - T32
    7/2014 - 6/2016
    Mentor: Craig Mullen, M.D., Ph.D.
    "Identification of Bone Marrow Stroma Derived Factors that Support Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Cells"
  • Jayson Lingan, M.D.
    Neonatology - Dean's
    7/2014 - 6/2016
    Mentor: George Porter, M.D., Ph.D.
    "Closure of the Mitochondrial Permeability Transition Poer (mPTP) in the Neonatal Heart and its Effects on Mitochondrial Structure and Function and Cardiac Myocyte Differentiation"

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