PHA/AHA Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award Winners

Through the efforts of dedicated patients and caregivers within the PH community, PHA’s Research Program began in 2000 by supporting postdoctoral researchers in their quest to understand more about pulmonary hypertension, develop treatments for the disease and ultimately, a cure.

In 2010, PHA formed a new partnership with the American Heart Association (AHA). This program helps to support researchers in the beginning of their careers delve into the pulmonary hypertension field.

*The PHA/AHA Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award is not being offered in 2012.

2011

 
Salina Gairhe, BSC, MSc, MSc

Salina Gairhe, BSC, MSc, MSc, PhD

Sphingosine 1 Phosphate Mediates Sustained Vasoconstriction in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2013
University of South Alabama, Mobile
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2010

 
Swapnil Sonkusare, PhD

Swapnil Sonkusare, PhD

“TRPV4 and pressure modulation of calcium signaling in vascular endothelium”
July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2012
University of Vermont, Burlington
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2009

 
Ravathi Rajkumar

Revathi Rajkumar, PhD

“Genetic Mechanisms of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension”
July 1 2009 - June 30, 2010
University of Pittsburgh
Sponsor: Ahmad Ferhaan, MD, PhD

Gregg Stashenko, MD

Gregg Stashenko, MD

“Gene Expression Profiles in Patients with CTEPH Compared to Patients with IPAH”
July 1 2009 - June 30, 2010
Duke University Durham
Sponsor: Loretta Que, PhD

2008

 
Metin Aytekin, PhD

Metin Aytekin, PhD

“Hyaluron in Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension”
July 1, 2008 – June 30, 2010
Cleveland Clinic Foundation, OH
Sponsor: Raed A. Dweik, MD
Dr. Yinzhong Zhang

Yinzhong Zhang, MD, PhD

“Role of Macrophage Migration Inhibiting Factor (MIF) in Hypoxia-Induced Pulmonary Vascular Remodeling”
July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2010
The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, NY
Sponsor: Edmund J. Miller, PhD
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2007

 

Yinglin Liu, PhD

Yinglin Liu, PhD

"Smooth Muscle Cell Signaling by Seratonin in Pulmonary Hypertension"
Term: July 1, 2007 - June 30, 2009
Tufts-New England Medical Center, MA
Sponsor: Barry Fanburg, MD 

2006

 
Brian Hawkins, PhD

Brian Hawkins, PhD

"Role of Thrombin in Pulmonary Endothelial Mitochondrial Function"
Term: July 1, 2006 – June 30, 2008
University of Pennsylvania, PA
Sponsor: Aron Fisher, MD
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Michelle Beutz, MD

Michelle Beutz, MD

"Sphingosine-1-Phosphate and Hypoxic Pulmonary Hypertension"
Term: July 1, 2006 – June 30, 2008
University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center, CO
Sponsor: Ivan McMuntry, PhD
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2005

 
George El Ferzli, MD

George El Ferzli, MD

"Lung Assist Device in Neonatal Porcine Respiratory Failure: Effect on Pulmonary Histopathology and Lung Mechanics"
Term: July 1, 2005 - July 1, 2006
University of Alabama, AL
Sponsor: Namasivayam Ambalavanan, MD
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Cristhiaan Ochoa, MD

Cristhiaan Ochoa, MD

"Thrombospondin-1 in Hypoxic Pulmonary Vascular Remodeling"
Term: July 1, 2005 - June 30, 2007
Massachusetts General Hospital, MA
Sponsor: Charles Hales, MD
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2004

 
Georg Hansmann, MD, PhD

Georg Hansmann, MD, PhD

"Bone Morphogenetic Protein Receptor Mediated Gene Regulation in the Pathobiology of Pulmonary Hypertension"
Term: July 1, 2004 - June 30, 2006
Stanford University School of Medicine, CA
Sponsor: Marlene Rabinovitch, MD
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Anita Umesh, PhD

"Integrin-Mediated Intracellular Signaling in Pulmonary Arterial Smooth Muscle Cells under Normoxia and Chronic Hypoxia"
Term: July 1, 2004 - June 30, 2006
Johns Hopkins University, MD
Sponsor: James Sham, PhD

2003

 
 Edda Frauke Spiekerkoetter, MD

Edda Frauke Spiekerkoetter, MD

"Stromal Derived Factor Modulates Homing and Differentiation of Stem Cells in Pulmonary Hypertension"
Term: July 1, 2003 - June 30, 2005
Stanford University, CA
Sponsor: Marlene Rabinovitch, MD
Ying Yu, MD, PhD

Ying Yu, MD, PhD

"Roles of TRPC6 Channel in Pulmonary Artery Smooth Muscle Cell Proliferation and Primary Pulmonary Hypertension"
Term: July 1, 2003 - June 30, 2005
University of California at San Diego
Sponsor: Jason X.J. Yuan, MD, PhD
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2002

 
 

Wai Patrick Wong, PhD

"Molecular Studies of Primary Pulmonary hypertension Gene Identification and Functional Analysis"
Term: October 1, 2002 - September 30, 2004
Columbia University, NY
Sponsor: James A. Knowles, MD, PhD
Hideyuki Beppu, MD, PhD

Hideyuki Beppu, MD, PhD

"The Genetic Basis of PH - Studies in Genetically Modified Mice"
Term: July 1, 2002 - June 30, 2004
Massachusetts General Hospital
Sponsor: En Li, PhD
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2001

 
Todd Bull, MD

Todd Bull, MD

"Characterization of Circulating Endothelial Cells in Severe Pulmonary Hypertension"
Term: July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2003
University of Colorado, Denver
Sponsor: Norbert Voelkel, MD
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Nesrine El-Bizri, PhD

"Mts 1 and Pathobiology of Pulmonary Vascular Disease"
Term: Sept. 1, 2001 - August 31, 2002
Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto
Sponsor: Marlene Robinovich, MD
 

Dominador Manalo, PhD

"Role of HiF-1 in Mice in Regulation of Endothelin-1 Expression During Hypoxia-Induced Pulmonary Hypertension"
Term: July 1, 2000 - June 30, 2001
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Sponsor: Gregg L. Samenza, MD, PhD
Dr. Manolo received the Gabrielle Miyara and Rachel Hoyt Memorial Research Fellowship. This award was funded by the Primary Pulmonary Hypertension Research Fund (PPHRF) which merged into the Pulmonary Hypertension Association in 2000.

 

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