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Faculty Pursuing Collaborative
Research Awardees

A message from Michael J. Stamos, MD, Dean, UC Irvine School of Medicine and Frank M. LaFerla, PhD, Dean, Hana and Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences

Dear colleagues,

The School of Medicine and the Ayala School of Biological Sciences are excited to announce the research projects that will receive funding through their joint pilot funding program. This pilot funding program aims to bring together faculty from the two schools to collaboratively initiate innovative research projects in novel areas of investigation, with the expectation that the work will lead to extramural funding proposals.

It was quite competitive. Thirty-nine submissions were received, all with good scientific merit, and following a diligent review, led to funding of 5 of the 39 proposals.

The following teams will receive up to $50,000 for their research projects:

M. Cristina Kenney (Professor, Ophthalmology Research)
Adriana Briscoe (Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)
Kimberly A. Jameson (Project Scientist, Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences)
Clinical and Behavioral Investigations of Human Photopigment Opsin Gene Variations and Age-related Macular Degeneration

Medha Pathak (Assistant Professor, Physiology and Biophysics)
Ian Parker (Professor, Neurobiology and Behavior)
Molecular and Imaging Approaches to Visualize Mechanotransduction in Human Neural Development

Stephen Mahler (Assistant Professor, Neurobiology and Behavior)
Gary Lynch (Professor, Anatomy and Neurobiology)
Contribution of Hippocampal Dopamine to the Excessive Persistence of Pathological Memories

Katrine Whiteson (Assistant Professor, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry)
Nimisha Parekh (Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology)
Microbial Community Composition following Fecal Transplant for Recurrent C. difficile Infection

James W. Hicks (Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)
Steven L. Small (Professor, Neurology)
Sports Related Concussion

We are pleased by the response to this initiative and hope to be able to offer pilot funding again in the future.


Michael J. Stamos, MD
Dean, UC Irvine School of Medicine

Frank M. LaFerla, PhD
Dean, Hana and Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences