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2014 Research Awards Program Recipients


2014 Liver Scholar

New England Run for Research Liver Scholar

Andrew Cox, PhD

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Boston, MA

Role of the hippo pathway in cell fate determination and cancer

Mentor: Wolfram Goessling, MD, PhD


2014 Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Charles Trey, MD Memorial Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Marta Skowronska, PhD

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Miami, FL

Role of endothelial NMDA Receptors in the Pathogenesis of Hepatic Encephalopathy

Mentor: Michael Norenberg, MD


Herman Lopata Memorial Hepatitis Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Nicholas Van Buuren, PhD

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Suppression of drug-resistance during antiviral therapy against HCV

Mentor: Karla Kirkegaard, PhD


Hepatitis Fund for the Cure Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Doan Dao, MD

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Dallas, TX

Determination of Host Factor(s) Creating a Self-tolerant Milieu and Enforcing the “Immune Tolerance” Phase of Chronic Hepatitis B Virus Infection

Mentor: Bruce A. Beutler, MD


Congressman John Joseph Moakley Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Yoon Seok Noh, PhD

University of California, San Diego

La Jolla, CA

The role of Gp130 in Tak1-mediated pathogenesis of Hepatocellular carcinoma

Mentor: Ekihiro Seki, MD, PhD


PSC Research Fund Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Sumera Rizvi, MD

Mayo Clinic, Rochester

Rochester, MN

PDGF Sensitization of Cancer-Associated Fibroblasts to Apoptosis Confers a Chemopreventive and Chemotherapeutic Effect in Cholangiocarcinoma

Mentor: Gregory Gores, MD


John M. Vierling, MD Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Raymond Hickey, PhD

Mayo Clinic, Rochester

Rochester, MN

Autologous cell and gene therapy for liver disease

Mentor: Scott Nyberg, MD, PhD


Thomas F. Nealon, III Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Honoring Zachery Rue

Cafer Ozdemir, PhD

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Boston, MA

Thioesterase Superfamily Member 1 (Them1) Promotes Hepatic Steatosis and Metabolic Inflammation

Mentor: David Cohen, MD, PhD


Roger L. Jenkins, MD Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Davide Povero, PhD

University of California, San Diego

La Jolla, CA

Hepatocyte-derived microparticles as pro-fibrogenic modulators and potential biomarkers for early diagnosis and therapy of NAFLD and NASH.

Mentor: Ariel Feldstein, MD


Dean Thiel Memorial Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Zenobia Cofer, PhD

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA

Epigenetic regulation of Hedgehog signaling in biliary atresia disease progression and development

Mentor: Randolph Matthews, MD, PhD


Thomas E. Starzl, MD Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Lena Tomkoetter, PhD

NYU School of Medicine

New York, NY

The Role of Dectin-1 in Liver Fibrosis

Mentor: George Miller, MD


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2014 ALF Research Awards Participants

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Page updated: October 31st, 2014