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2016 Bridges to Translation II Awardees
Amy Arnold, PhD,
Assistant Professor, Neural and Behavioral Sciences, College of Medicine 
Project Title: 
“Protective Effects of Angiotensin (1-7) in Peripheral Arterial Disease”

David Conroy, PhD,  Professor, Kinesiology, College of Health and Human Development
Project Title: “Classifying Drinking Behavior from On-Body Sensor to Trigger Fluid Consumption Interventions in Patients with Urolithiasis”

Idan Shalev, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biobehavioral Health, College of Health and Human Development
Project Title: “Early-Life Adversity and Gene Expression Response to Acute Psychological Stress”

Jane Schubart, PhD, Associate Professor, Surgery, College of Medicine
Rebecca Bascom, MD, Professor, Medicine, College of Medicine
Project Title: “Establishing Translational Research in Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes, Rare Heritable Diseases of Connective Tissue”

Gregory Yochum, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, College of Medicine
Project Title: “Viral Involvement in the Pathogenesis of Diverticulitis”

2016 Bridges to Translation I Awardees
Christopher Engeland, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biobehavioral Health, College of Health and Human Development
Project Title: “Hyperglycemia and impaired healing in medically complex surgical patients”

Mark Feinberg, PhD, Professor, College of Health and Human Development
Project Title: “Mindfulness Intervention to Promote Health Aging: A Pilot at the Village at Penn State”

Weihua Guan, PhD, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering
Project Title: “Portable and Field-Deployable Malaria Molecular Diagnostic Systems”

Kenneth Keiler, PhD, Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Eberly College of Science
Project Title: “Nanojacket Delivery of Novel Antibiotics”

Harriet Nembhard, PhD, College of Engineering
Conrad Tucker, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Engineering
Project Title: “Precision Health for Parkinson’s Disease: Advancing Translation with Medical Devices and Technology”

Nancy Olsen, MD, Professor, Medicine, College of Medicine
Project Title: “Translational Studies in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus”

David Stewart, MD, Assistant Professor, Surgery, College of Medicine
Project Title: “Dequalinium Analogues are Effective Transporters of Anti-sense Morpholinos in C. difficile

2016 Community Engagement Pilot Awardees
Nicole Etter, PhD, Assistant Professor, Communications Sciences and Disorders, College of Health and Human Development
Project Title: “Chat Pack: Communication Support Group for Individuals with Stroke and their Caregivers”

Rhonda Belue, PhD, Associate Professor, Health Policy and Administration, College of Health and Human Development
Project Title: “The Health Corner Store Initiative”

2015 Big Data Pilot Awardees
Anne-Marie Chang, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biobehavioral Health, College of Health and Human Development
Project Title: “Complex interactions of behavior, genes and environment in the multi-system characterization of the effects of sleep loss on health, cardio-metabolic disease risk, cognition and the epigenome”

Gary Clawson, MD, PhD, Professor, Pathology, College of Medicine
Project Title: “RNASeq Analysis of individual circulating Macrophage-Tumor cell Fusions (MTFs_ cultured from blood of patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC)”

Sergei Grigoryev, PhD, Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, College of Medicine
Project Title: “Genome-wide epigenomic resource for identification of epigenetic changes associated with chromosomal instabilities and progression of AML”

Frank Hillary, PhD, Associate Professor, Psychology, College of Liberal Arts
Project Title: “Big Data and Brain Science: Novel Methods for modeling recovery and decline after traumatic brain injury”

Guodong Liu, PhD, Assistant Professor, Public Health Sciences, College of Medicine
Project Title: “A Patient-oriented Data Access Model for Large Claims Database in Clinical and Translational Science Research”

Kateryna Makova, PhD, Professor, Biology, Eberly College of Science
Project Title: “Age-dependent accumulation of mutations in mitochondrial DNA in germ-line and somatic tissues; Collecting and Harnessing Big Data”

Michelle Vigeant, PhD, Assistant Professor, Acoustics
Project Title: “Piloting a Data and Metadata Hierarchy for Use around United States Cities and Airports For Future Work to Assess Noise Impacts on Cardiovascular Disease”

Feng Yue, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, College of Medicine
Project Title: “Investigating molecular mechanisms underlying bladder cancer occurrence after upper-tract urothelial carcinoma (UTUC)”

Lijun Zhang, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, College of Medicine
Project Title: “Parkinson’s Twin Study with Imaging Genetics Analysis”

2015 Community Engagement Pilot Awardees
Christopher Sciamanna, MD, MPH, Professor, Medicine, Public Health Sciences, College of Medicine
Andrew Mowen, PhD, Associate Professor, Recreation, College of Health and Human Development
Project Title: “Increasing family physical activity through social physical play in community parks and playgrounds”

Mark Feinberg, PhD, Professor, College of Health and Human Development
Project Title: “Dissemination of Family Foundations via State Title V Administrators”

Lori Francis PhD, Associate Professor, Biobehavioral Health, College of Health and Human Development
Project Title: “Engaging Rural Communities in Efforts to Prevent Childhood Obesity”

Eugene Lengerich, VMD, MS, Professor, Public Health Sciences, College of Medicine
Project Title: “Dissemination of a faith-based cancer prevention intervention to reduce obesity and cancer risk in Appalachian Pennsylvania”

Kristin Buss, PhD, Professor, Psychology, College of Liberal Arts
Karen Bierman, PhD, Professor, Psychology, Human Development and Family Studies, College of Liberal Arts
Project Title: “Engaging Families in an Anxiety Prevention Program for Young Children in a High-risk Urban Community”

Matt Muller, PhD, Assistant Professor, Medicine, College of Medicine
Project Title: “Engaging Vascular Surgery Patients in Basic Science Research”

Nilam Ram, PhD, Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, College of Health and Human Development
Project Title: “See, Hear and Feel Your Health: Engagement through Visual, Sonic and Haptic Representations of Personalizes Data Streams”

Lauren Van Scoy, MD, Assistant Professor, Medicine, College of Medicine
Project Title: “Development of a community engagement activity for advanced care planning”

2014 Pilot Awardees
Judith Hupcey, EdD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, Professor, Nursing, College of Nursing
Project Title: “Improving Palliative Care Coordination in Heart Failure: A Systems-Based Approach”

2014 Community Engagement Pilot Awardees
Janice Penrod, PhD, Professor, Nursing, College of Nursing
Project Title: “Establishing Community Based Research Networks”

Jennifer Kraschnewski, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Medicine, Public Health Science, Pediatrics, College of Medicine
Project Title: “Feasibility and Acceptability of an Online Interactive Body Mass Index Parental Notification Letter (e-BMI)”

2014 Novel Methodologies Pilot Awardees
Francesco Costanzo, PhD, Professor, Engineering Science and Mechanics, College of Engineering
Project Title: “Computational Modeling of Clot Fracture Mechanics for the Surgical Therapy of Acute Stroke”

Mark Greenberg, PhD, Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, College of Health and Human Development
Project Title: “Using Innovative Methods to Study the Effect of Mindfulness Training on the Health and Well-Being of First Year College Students”

Phillip Haouzi, PhD, Professor, Medicine, College of Medicine
Project Title: “Prophylaxis of H2S toxicity by hydroxocobalamin in rural communities chronically exposed to hydrogen sulfide gas: proof of concept using a novel preclinical model”

Kathleen Keller, PhD, Assistant Professor, Nutritional Sciences, College of Health and Human Development
Project Title: “Developing novel method to teach children to recognize internal signals of hunger and fullness”

Richard Legro, MD, Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, College of Medicine
Project Title: “Self-Monitoring of Carbon Monoxide to Enhance Reproductive Outcomes in Women”

Gregory Lewis, PhD, Assistant Professor, Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, College of Medicine
Project Title: “Mobile Monitoring of Fracture Healing”

Kateryna Makova, PhD, Professor, Biology, Eberly College of Science
Project Title: “Oral and gut microbiome in childhood obesity”

Jennifer Savage Williams, PhD, Associate Director, Center for Childhood Obesity Research
Project Title: “Dynamical Systems in Modeling to Understand Fetal Growth in Response to an Individual-Tailored Prenatal Weight Gain Intervention”

Ming Wang, PhD, Assistant Professor, Public Health Sciences, College of Medicine
Project Title: “Novel Spatial-temporal survival analysis on Prostate Cancer in Pennsylvania”

Siyang Zheng, PhD, Assistant Professor, Bioengineering, College of Engineering
Project Title: “Nanomaterial Integrated Microfluidic Platform for Point-of-care Blood Preparation and Infectious Disease Diagnosis”

2013 Community Engagement Pilot Awardees 
Cynthia Chuang, MD, MSc, Professor, Medicine and Public Health Sciences, College of Medicine
Project Title: “Development of a Smartphone Intervention to Prevent Gestational Weigh Gain”

Danielle Symons Downs, PhD,  Professor, Kinesiology, College of Health and Human Development
Project Title: “Feasibility of Integrating Innovative Mobile Phone Technology for Delivering the Strong Health Women Preconceptional Intervention to Overweigh and Obese Women in Underserved Rural and Urban Central Pennsylvania Communities”

Martin Sliwinski, PhD, Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, College of Health and Human Development
Project Title: “The Pennsylvania Adult Rural Health Study”

2013 Pilot Funding Awardees 
David Proctor, PhD, Professor, Kinesiology and Physiology, College of Health and Human Development
Project Title: “Instrumentation for Assessing Arterial Stiffness”

Jonathan Foulds, PhD, Professor, Public Health Sciences, College of Medicine
Project Title: “Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science – Preliminary Data”

Leslie Parent, MD, Professor, Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, College of Medicine
Project Title: “Proteomic Interactome of Retroviral Gag Proteins”

Dhimant Desai, PhD, Associate Professor, Pharmacology, College of Medicine
Project Title: “Quantification of Maritoclax”

Kathleen Keller, PhD, Assistant Professor, Nutritional Sciences, College of Health and Human Development
Project Title: “Neural Mechanisms Underlying Mother and Child Responses to Food Portion Size and Energy Density”

2013 CTSI BENI Pilot Awardees 
Duanping Liao, PhD, Professor, Public Health Sciences, College of Medicine
Project Title: “Modifiable Risk Factors and Cardiovascular Health – Penn State Hershey Cohort Study”

Erika Poole, PhD
Project Title: “Development of a Virtual Reality Simulation for Childhood Obesity Prevention”

Christopher Sciamanna, MD, MPH, Professor, Medicine, Public Health Sciences, College of Medicine
Project Title: “Enhancing the Sustainability of Weight Loss and Health Diet of Low Income Pennsylvania Residents through Mobile Phone-enabled Social Interactions”

Nilam Ram, PhD, Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, College of Health and Human Development
Lee Giles, PhD, Professor, Information Sciences and Technology, College of Information Sciences and Technology
Project Title: “Predictive Modeling of Health and Disease using Behavioral, Exercise and Nutrition Time Series Data: Mining Influence through Sparsity”

2012 Community Engagement Pilot Awardees
Mark Feinberg, PhD, Professor, College of Health and Human Development
Project Title: “Preventing Obesity Through a Developmentally-Informed Approach to Self-Regulation in Early Childhood”

Janet Welsh, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Health and Human Development
Project Title: “Community-Based Approaches to Child Obesity Prevention”

2012 CTSI and Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Pilot Awardees 
Conrad Tucker, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Engineering
Project Title: “A Geospatial, Social Media Framework For the Prediction and Prevention of Patient Illness”

Erika Poole, PhD, College of Information Science and Technology
Project Title: “Participatory Design of Youth-Oriented Mobile Interventions for Chronic Disease Self-Management”

Jonathan Foulds, PhD, Professor, Public Health Sciences, College of Medicine
Project Title: “Pilot Randomized Trial of Brief Automated Smoking Cessation Intervention and Evaluation for Smokers Discharged from Hospitals”

2012 CTSI, Cancer Institute and Social Science Research Institute Awardees
Steven Branstetter, PhDAssistant Professor, Biobehavioral Health, College of Health and Human Development
Project Title: “Discovering Barriers to Smoking Cessation Among Cancer Patients”

Charles Geier, PhD, Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, College of Health and Human Development
Project Title: “Examining the Influence of Incentives on Inhibitory Control in Adolescent Smokers”

Patricia Miranda, PhDAssistant Professor, Health Policy Administration, College of Health and Human Development
Project Title: “Patterns of Modifiable Behavior for Cancer Prevention Among US and Foreign-born Vulnerable Populations”

Stephen Wilson, PhDAssistant Professor, Psychology, College of Liberal Arts
Project Title: “Blood Nicotine Absorption, Subjective and Neurocognitive Effects of Different Types of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Devices in Current Daily Users”

2012 Pilot Funding Awardees 

Rebecca Volpe, PhDAssistant Professor, Department of Humanities, College of Medicine
Project Title: “Assessing the Negative Impact of Organizational Cynicism on Healthcare Providers and their Patients”

Bing Li, PhD, Professor, Statistics, Eberly College of Sciences
Project Title: “Regression for Samples with Alternating Predictors and its Application to Psychometric Charts”

Lan Kong, PhD, Associate Professor, Public Health Sciences, College of Medicine
Project Title: “Prognostic Tool for Alzheimer’s Diseases Using a Joint Latent Class Model”

2011 Pilot Awardees
Robert Aronoff, MD, Physician, Assistant Professor, College of Medicine
Project Title: “Using high-dimensional models to predict 30-day readmission after heart failure”

Thomas Loughran, MD, College of Medicine
Project Title: “Sequencing the LDL leukemia retrovirus genome”

Mark Kester, PhD, College of Medicine
Project Title: “Sphingolipid-based therapeutics for AML”

Sean Stocker, PhD, Professor, Cellular and Molecular Physiology, College of Medicine
Project Title: “Neurogenic actions of dietary salt on sympathetic-cardiovascular regulation”

Scott Bunce, PhD, Associate Professor, Psychiatry, College of Medicine
Project Title: “Biomarkers and hedonic correlates of systemic dysregulation in recently detoxified opiate addicts