Fellowships and Opportunities

2021 OFD/BTREC/CTREC Faculty Career Development Fellowships ANNOUNCEMENT (13 Awards) 

Sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Research Committees (BTREC and CTREC)

Important update: Thanks to support from the Harvard Catalyst and Institutional Centers for Clinical & Translational Research (ICCTR), investigators proposing clinical or clinical/translational research projects can ask for $25,000 per year in direct costs for two years in addition to the $50,000 per year for two years provided by the OFD/BTREC/CTREC Fellowship. These funds are restricted to cover the cost of a Clinical Research Coordinator and/or Clinical Research Project Manager. For more details see the links below.

Deadline for applications: 3 p.m. Thursday, February 11, 2021

Applications (in one PDF document, with the applicant’s last name in the file title) should be emailed to OFDFellowships@childrens.harvard.edu.

Endorsers’ letters from chairs and mentors should be given a title with the applicant’s last name and the endorser’s last name, emailed separately from either the endorser or their AA (not the applicant) to OFDFellowships@childrens.harvard.edu.

Purpose of the Career Development Fellowships

The purpose is to provide transitional funding for Instructors and assistant professors to enhance research productivity during the early critical years of an academic research career. The awards will support resources for research including supplies, salary (PI and/or research assistant), or other requests, upon review, that will contribute to the individual’s academic career development. Junior faculty who belong to a racial/ethnic population underrepresented in medicine and science (UiM) are encouraged to apply.

The Career Development Fellowships (13 awards)

Each of the Career Development Fellowships provides $50,000 per year in direct costs for two years: 

  • Four awards are designated to junior faculty who belong to a racial/ethnic population underrepresented in medicine and science (UiM) OR who have family responsibilities such as being the primary caregiver for children and/or parents.
  • Nine awards are unrestricted and open to all junior faculty who meet eligibility guidelines.

Those applying under the restricted category are also eligible for the unrestricted awards.

The awards are funded 75 percent by the hospital and 25 percent by the division, department, or program.

Eligibility

  • MD, PhD, or equivalent; current primary academic appointment at Boston Children’s Hospital and receiving salary/benefits from Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) or a Boston Children's foundation or be a member of the joint BCH/DFCI Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Program [Instructor or Assistant Professor at HMS (by July 1, 2021)]
  • demonstrated excellence in research training, productivity, and a well-defined focus in clinical, translational, or basic research, but without substantial independent support

Not eligible to apply are faculty:

  • who have received a BTREC/CTREC recruitment package within the past four years
  • with a fundable score on their R01 application
  • who are previous awardees of an OFD/BTREC/CTREC Faculty Career Development

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Previous Career Development Faculty Fellowship Recipients

2020

  • Banu Ahtam, DPhil; Instructor in Pediatrics, Newborn Medicine, Fetal Neonatal Neuroimaging and Developmental Science Center (FNNDSC) — How seizure activity affects brain connectivity in the immature brain
  • Andrea Bauer, MD; Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery — Growing Up with a Plexus Injury
  • Alex Cuenca, MD, PhD; Assistant Professor of Surgery — The role of group 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2) in allograft tolerance
  • Ryan Fame, PhD; Instructor in Pathology — Interaction between metabolism and ion transport in the CSF niche
  • Dongwon Lee, PhD; Instructor in Pediatrics, Nephrology —Cell-type-specific cis-regulatory element maps for kidney genomic discovery
  • Hojun Li, MD, PhD; Instructor in Pediatrics, Hematology-Oncology — Mechanistic underpinnings of progenitor cell proliferative potential
  • Sarah Morton, MD; Instructor in Pediatrics, Newborn Medicine — Computational Prioritization of Coding and Non-Coding Variants in Congenital Heart Disease
  • Amy O’Connell, MD, PhD; Instructor in Pediatrics, Newborn Medicine — The Role of WNT2B in Intestinal Hypoxic Injury
  • Yifeng Peng, PhD; Instructor in Pediatrics, Cardiology — Real-time Non-Invasive Monitoring of Intravascular and Intracardiac Pressure using Caged Microbubbles as Novel Ultrasound Acoustic Reporters
  • David Shulman, MD; Instructor in Pediatrics, DFCI Pediatric Oncology — Evaluation of targeted therapy and precision biomarkers in patients with Ewing sarcoma
  • Margaret Stefater, MD, PhD; Instructor in Pediatrics, Endocrinology — Role of Intestinal Luminal and Epigenetic Factors to Mediate Intestinal Metabolic Remodeling After Gastric Bypass Surgery
  • Mary Whitman, MD, PhD; Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology — Early synaptic signaling in development of eye movement circuitry
  • Kee Kiat Yeo, MD; Instructor in Pediatrics, DFCI Pediatric Oncology — Genomic Landscape, Clinicopathological Feature and Outcome of Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Central Nervous System (CNS) Tumors

2019

  • Dusica Bajic, MD, PhD; Assistant Professor of Anaesthesia — Impact of Infant Rat Morphine Administration on Immediate and Longterm In-Vivo Brain Size Using MRI
  • Johanna Calderon, PhD; Assistant Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry — Autism Spectrum Traits in Congenital Heart Disease: Impact of Neuropsychiatric Morbidities and Modifiable Risk Factors
  • Avika Dixit, MBBS, MPH; Instructor in Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases — Insights into the geographical distribution of drug resistant tuberculosis using large scale genomic data
  • Zhongjie Fu, PhD; Instructor in Ophthalmology — Metabolic Support for Photoreceptor Health
  • Eric Gaier, MD, PhD; Clinical Fellow in Ophthalmology (Instructor appointment 7/1/2019) — Exploiting Principles of Timing-Dependent-Synaptic Plasticity to Treat Amblyopia
  • Lakshmi Ganapathi, MBBS; Instructor in Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases — Determinants of Risk Behaviors and Utilization of HIV Prevention Services Among Young People in High-Risk Populations in India
  • Peng Guo, PhD; Instructor in Surgery, Vascular Biology — Engineering CD24 antibody-drug conjugate for metastatic osteosarcoma
  • Laura Lehman, MD; Assistant Professor of Neurology — Imaging and Cognitive Biomarkers in Children with Moyamoya
  • Loretta Li, MD; Instructor in Pediatrics, DFCI-Pediatric Oncology — Mechanisms of Resistance to Type I and Type II JAK2 Inhibitors in B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (B-ALL)
  • Kenneth Michelson, MD, MPH; Instructor in Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine — Delayed Diagnosis of Serious Pediatric Emergency Conditions
  • Nora Renthal, MD, PhD; Instructor in Pediatrics, Endocrinology — Translating Human Height Genetics to Skeletal Biology by Functional Genomics of the Growth Plate
  • Jennifer Snaman, MD, MS; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, DFCI — MyPref: A Communication and Decision-Making Tool for Adolescent and Young Adults with Advanced Cancer
  • Yunhao Tan, PhD; Instructor in Pediatrics, GI-Nutrition — Synthetic Immunology and Anti-tumor Immune Responses

2018

  • Christina Astley, MD, ScD; Instructor in Pediatrics, Endocrinology — Immunologic Signatures of Type 1 Diabetes Onset and Temporary Remission
  • Melissa Burns, MD; Instructor in Pediatrics, Hematology-Oncology — Therapeutic Targeting of the Hedgehog Pathway in T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
  • Lillian Guenther, MD; Instructor in Pediatrics, Hematology-Oncology — Interrogation of CITED2 as Novel Target in Ewing Sarcoma
  • Lauren Henderson, MD; Instructor in Pediatrics, Immunology — Th1 Reprogramming of Regulatory T Cells in Oligarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
  • Lisa Mahoney, MD; Instructor in Pediatrics (7/1/2018), GI-Nutrition — Exhaled Breath Condensate Metabolomic Biomarkers of Extraesophageal Reflux
  • Kiran Maski, MD, MPH; Assistant Professor of Neurology — Cognitive Effects of Disrupted Nighttime Sleep in Pediatric Narcolepsy
  • Sarah Nelson, PhD; Instructor in Anesthesia (7/1/2018), Pain Treatment — Biomarkers of Allostatic Load: the Phenomenology and Association with Pain-related and Psychosocial Outcomes in Youth with Chronic Pain
  • Anne O’Donnell, MD, PhD; Instructor in Pediatrics, Genetics — Evaluating How the Altered Epigenetic Landscape in Mendelian Chromatin Disorders Contributes to Phenotype
  • Jodie Ouahed, MD; Instructor in Pediatrics, GI-Nutrition — Role of Interferon Lambda Signalling in Mucosal Homeostasis and Infantile-Onset Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Maxim Pimkin, MD, PhD; Instructor in Pediatrics, Hematology-Oncology — Divergent Core Transcriptional Circuities Highlight Context-Specific Vulnerabilities in AML
  • Craig Platt, MD, PhD; Instructor in Pediatrics, Immunology — Mechanisms of the COPI Complex in Mediating Humoral Immunity and Viral Control
  • Stephanie Roberts, MD; Instructor in Pediatrics, Endocrinology; Elucidating the Mechanism of Mkrn3 Action through Overexpression in the Mouse Hypthalamus: a Key Player of Pubertal Timing in Children
  • Christopher Yuskaitis, MD, PhD; Instructor in Neurology — The Critical Role of Nutrient Sensing in the Developing Brain: Implications for Epileptogenesis and Brain Malformations

2017

  • Thea Brennan-Krohn, MD; Instructor in Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases — Antimicrobial Synergy for Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae
  • Juan Manuel Leyva Castillo, PhD; Instructor in Pediatrics, Immunology — Regulation of Skin-derived Dendritic Cell Functions by Innate IL-4
  • Peter Davis, MD; Instructor in Neurology — Brain Network Biomarkers of Epilepsy Development in Tuberous Sclerosis Complex
  • Angela Feraco, MD, MMSc; Instructor in Pediatrics, Hematology-Oncology — The Day 100 Talk: A Pilot Feasibility Study of a Communication Intervention Targeting the Early Treatment Period in Pediatric Oncology
  • Katie Greenzang, MD, EdM; Instructor in Pediatrics, Hematology-Oncology — Parental Worries and Consideration of Late Effects of Pediatric Cancer Treatment
  • Pui Lee, MD, PhD; Instructor in Pediatrics, Immunology — Mechanism of Inflammation in Systemic Vasculitis Caused by Deficiency of Adenosine Deaminase 2
  • Yang Li, PhD; Instructor in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, PCMM — Elucidating the Mechanisms of NLRP3 Inflammsome Assembly and Regulation
  • Yangming Ou, PhD; Instructor in Pediatrics, Newborn Medicine — Developing Neonatal Brain Atlases to Standardize MRI Interpretation of Neonatal Brain Injury
  • R. Grant Rowe, MD, PhD; Instructor in Pediatrics, Hematology-Oncology — Modeling Splicing Factor Mutations in Myelodysplastic Syndrome Using Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells
  • Ye Sun, MD, PhD; Instructor in Ophthalmology — A Novel Inflammatory Regulator Controls Retinopathy of Prematurity
  • Jay Thiagarajah, MD, PhD; Instructor in Pediatrics, GI-Nutrition — The Regulation of Aquaporin-3 Signaling in the Colonic Epithelium
  • Jorge Velarde, MD, PhD; Instructor in Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases — Structure and Function Studies of LL-37 Binding to CsrS of Group A Streptococcus
  • Jennifer Yeh, PhD; Member of the Faculty (pending appointment Assistant Professor of Pediatrics), General Pediatrics — Evaluating the Future Impact of Precision Medicine in Pediatric Oncology

2016

  • Vassilios Bezzerides, MD, PhD; Instructor in Pediatrics, Cardiology — Use of iPSCs and Optogenetics for Risk Stratification of Patients with CPVT
  • Catherine Brownstein, MPH, PhD; Instructor in Pediatrics, Genetics — Genetic Basis of Rare Mendelian Disorders with Application to Sudden Unexplained Death in Pediatrics and Interstitial Cystitis
  • Grace Chan, MD, MPH, PhD; Instructor in Pediatrics,* Medicine Critical Care — Fetal Stress and Preterm Birth in Tanzania
  • Julia Chu, MD, MPH; Instructor in Pediatrics, Hematology-Oncology — Development of a Gene Therapy Model for DOCK8 Deficiency
  • Natalie Collins, MD, PhD; Instructor in Pediatrics, Hematology-Oncology — Molecular Mechanisms of Immune Evasion
  • Andrew Hong, MD; Instructor in Pediatrics, Hematology-Oncology — Elucidating Mechanisms Driving Renal Carcinomas to Deliver a Rational Approach to Cancer Directed Therapy
  • Alisa Khan, MD, MPH; Instructor in Pediatrics, General Pediatrics — FACES—Family Activation and Communication around Errors and Safety
  • Ji Miao, PhD; Instructor in Pediatrics,* Endocrinology — Targeting Nuclear Receptor Co-Regulator for the Treatment of Metabolic Disorders
  • Sang Won Park, PhD; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Endocrinology — BRD7’s Role in the Development of Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes
  • Gayle Pouliot, MD, PhD; Instructor in Pediatrics, Hematology-Oncology — Investigating the Fanconi/BRCA Pathway in T-ALL
  • Sari Reisner, ScD; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics — Advancing US Transgender Health Research
  • Lauren Wisk, PhD; Instructor in Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine — Building an Empirically-Derived Screen to Detect Vulnerability to High Health Care Burden for Youth with Chronic Medical Conditions

* — promoted to Assistant Professor of Pediatrics 3/1/16

2015

  • David Bickham, PhD; Instructor in Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine — Investigating How Adolescents Use Electronic Media and Communication Technologies as a Strategy for Coping with Symptoms of Depression
  • Heon Yung Gee, MD, PhD; Instructor in Pediatrics, Nephrology — Mutations in FAT1 Cause a Glomerotubular Nephropathy
  • Rachael Grace, MD; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Hematology-Oncology — Biomarkers of Clinical Severity and Treatment Response in Pyuvate Kinase Deficiency
  • Junne Kamihara, MD, PhD; Instructor in Pediatrics, Hematology-Oncology — Understanding the Genetic Predisposition of Pediatric Thyroid Cancer
  • Kristen Leeman, MD; Instructor in Pediatrics, Newborn Medicine — Regulation of Lung Stem Cell Differentiation in Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia
  • Enid Martinez, MD; Instructor in Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine (Critical Care Medicine) — Optimizing Measures of Gastric Emptying in Mechanically Ventilated Children
  • Maitreyi Mazumdar, MD, MPH; Assistant Professor of Neurology — Why Does Environmental Arsenic Disease Decrease the Effectiveness of Folic Acid in Neural Tube Defect Prevention? Investigating Gene-Environment Interaction
  • Yana Pikman, MD; Instructor in Pediatrics, Hematology-Oncology — Targeting Mitochondrial One-Carbon Folate Metabolism for Novel Acute Myeloid Leukemia Therapy
  • Camilla Richmond, MD; Instructor in Pediatrics, GI-Nutrition — The Regenerative Role of Intestinal Stem Cells in Inflammation
  • Ruobing Wang, MD; Instructor in Pediatrics, Pulmonary Medicine — Targeting the Complement Anaphylatoxin C5a Receptor in Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) Pneumonia
  • Fan Zhang, PhD; Instructor in Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases; Multiple Antigen Presenting System for Eliciting Optimal B- and T-cell Immunity Against Staphylococcus Aureus
  • Special Recognition: Jonathan Mansbach, MD; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine and General Pediatrics — Prospective Study of the Airway Microbiota in Technology Dependent Children Before, During, and After Lower Respiratory Infection

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