RESEARCH GRANT RECIPIENTS

2019 - 2020 Research Program Awardees

The ATS Foundation is pleased to announce the grant and award recipients for the 2019 grant cycle. The support of our members, donors, and partners make these awards possible—thank you!


Partner Grants

The ATS Foundation partners with other nonprofit organizations and pharmaceutical companies to maximize the number of grants we can support. The ATS reviews all grants and assumes all costs associated with administrating the grants.

Nicholas Arger

Nicholas Arger, MD
University of California, San Francisco
ATS Foundation/Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research Grant - $80,000
Single Cell RNA Sequencing of High T-bet-expressing T Cells to Determine Their Role in Sarcoidosis

Jason Boehme

Jason Boehme, MD
University of California, San Francisco
Pulmonary Hypertension Association Barst Fund Grant - $50,000
Pulmonary Vascular Smooth Muscle Metabolic Reprogramming in Congenital Heart Disease

*Fully funded by the Pulmonary Hypertension Association

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Claude Farah, MBBS, PhD
The Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, Australia
ATS Foundation/ResMed Research Award in Remote Monitoring and Management of COPD - $100,000
Home Telemonitoring and Predictive Analytics of Lung Function for Management of COPD

Lynn Fussner

Lynn Fussner, MD
The Ohio State University
ATS Foundation/Alpha-1 Foundation Research Grant - $80,000
Impact of Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Genotype on Anti-PR3 IgG Epitope Specificity and Activity

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Rahul Kumar, PhD
University of California, San Francisco
ATS Foundation/Pulmonary Hypertension Association Research Fellowship - $80,000
Crosstalk Between Bone Marrow Compartment and Inflamed Lungs in Hypoxic Pulmonary Hypertension

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Donald Sullivan, MD
Oregon Health & Science University
ATS Foundation/American Lung Association - $100,000
Improving Decision Making in Lung Cancer: A Low-literacy Conversation Tool

Ke Yuan

Ke Yuan, PhD
Boston Children's Hospital
The Aldrighetti Research Award
for Young Investigators - $80,000

Pericytes as a Source of Smooth Muscle Cells in PAH:
Role of HIF2a/CXCL12 Signaling

*Sponsorship for this award is provided by
Actelion Pharmaceuticals US, Inc. through
a partnership with the Pulmonary
Hypertension Association.

ATS Foundation Nursing Research Award - $8,000

The ATS Foundation Nursing Award is the first research award specifically for nurses. It provides support for licensed, register nurses who have completed a PhD and have research interests in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. This award was made possible through a generous donation from Leslie A. Hoffman, PhD. Awardee to be announced soon.

ATS Foundation Unrestricted Research Grants - $40,000

The ATS Foundation funds unrestricted research grants representing the three pillars of the American Thoracic Society: pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. Awards span basic, clinical, and translational research in adult and pediatric medicine. Applicants consider how their research will provide novel approaches to challenging lung diseases, foster health care equality, and improve patient outcomes.

Deepthi Alapati

Deepthi Alapati, MBBS
Nemours/Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children
2019 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Pulmonary
Optimizing Airway Delivery of CRISPR-Cas9 Gene Editing Reagents Using Non-viral Vectors

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Maurizio Chioccioli, PhD
Yale University
2019 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Pulmonary
A quantitative framework for diagnosing ciliary beating defects in Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia

Raghu Chivukula

Raghu Chivukula, MD, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital
2019 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Pulmonary
Mechanistic Analysis of Dysfunctional Lysosomes in Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome

Alex Gileles-Hillel

Alex Gileles-Hillel, MD
Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel
2019 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Sleep
Counteracting Intermittent Hypoxia-Induced Adipose Tissue Dysfunction via VEGF-Mediated Angiogenisis

Robert Guzy

Robert Guzy, MD, PhD
University of Chicago
2019 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Pulmonary
FGF Regulation of Myofibroblast Differentiation in Pulmonary Fibrosis

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Mark Hepokoski, MD
University of California, San Diego
2019 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Critical Care

Extracellular Mitochondrial DNA in ARDS Due to Sepsis

Edy Kim

Edy Kim, MD, PhD
Brigham and Women's Hospital
2019 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Critical Care
mTOR Drives Post-Sepsis Immunosuppression

Jinho Kim

Jinho Kim, PhD
Stevens Institute of Technology
2019 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Pulmonary
Regeneration of Donor Lungs Refused for Transplantation Through Targeted Cell Replacement

Sydney Montesi

Sydney Montesi, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital
2019 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Pulmonary
Collagen-targeted PET Imaging in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Crystal North

Crystal North, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital
2019 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Pulmonary
Environmental Influences on Respiratory Disease: Interactions between Air Pollution and HIV

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Sarah O'Beirne, MD, PhD
Weill Cornell Medicine
2019 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Pulmonary
Small Airway Biology Underlying Enhanced Female Susceptibility to Smoking-Related Lung Disease

Franziska Rosser

Franziska Rosser, MD, MPH
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
2019 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Pulmonary
Air Quality Index and Childhood Asthma: An Intervention

Christopher Schmickl

Christopher Schmickl, MD, PhD
University of California, San Diego
2019 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Pulmonary
Rescuing OSA Patients Unable to Tolerate CPAP Using Endotype-Targeted Drug Therapy (RESCUE-Drug)

Daniel Schneider

Daniel Schneider, MD, PhD
University of Michigan
2019 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Pulmonary
Influenza Modulates the Host Defense Function of Alveolar Macrophage-derived Extracellular Vesicles

Anna Volerman

Anna Volerman, MD
University of Chicago
2019 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Pulmonary
An RCT of Virtual Teach-to-Goal versus Brief Instruction for Children with Asthma in Clinics

Gary Weissman

Gary Weissman, MD
University of Pennsylvania
2019 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Critical Care
Human and System Factors Contributing to Delays in Antibiotics for Patients Suspected of Sepsis

Matt Zinter

Matt Zinter, MD
University of California, San Francisco
2019 ATS Foundation Unrestricted Grant: Pulmonary
Metatranscriptomic Evaluation of Lung Health in Pediatric Hematopoietic Cell Transplant Candidates

MECOR Research Awards - $5,000

ATS Foundation MECOR Research Awards provide funding for outstanding graduates of the ATS Methods in Epidemiological, Clinical, and Operational Research (MECOR) Program to allow them to transition from trainees to investigators. MECOR graduates hail from developing countries around the globe, including Africa, Latin America, China, India, Indonesia, Turkey, and Vietnam. Learn more about MECOR.

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Ignacio Esteban, MD
Hospital Garrahan, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2019 ATS Foundation MECOR Award - $5,000
Survival of Pediatric Patients with Spinal Muscular Atrophy in a Low and Middle-income Country


Learn about past Research Awardees:
2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014

The 2020 ATS Foundation Research Program grant cycle opens in April.
You can learn more about applying to the program here.

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