2018 Pilot Feasibility Awardees 

Hongtao Wang, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine - “Targeting nuclear receptor LRH-1 in treating IBD”
Tae Jin, Ph.D., University of Texas Health Science Center - "Role of miR-155 in human hepatocellular carcinoma"
Beatrice Bissig-Choisat, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine - “Role of PNPLA3 polymorphism in NAFLD using humanized mice”
Emily Mace, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine - “Gut microbiome and innate immune cell development”
Bo Hu, Ph.D., University of Texas Health Science Center - “Structure of Helicobacter pylori Cag type IV System”
Zheng Sun, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine - “Central circadian clock controls liver metabolism”
Sasirekha Ramani, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine - “Human Milk Oligosaccharides as Norovirus Antivirals”
Yun Nancy Huang, Ph.D., Texas A&M University - “Epigenetic regulation of Tregs during IBD pathogenesis”
Faith Ihekweazu, M.D., Baylor College of Medicine - “Bacteroides ovatus’ Role during Epithelial Inflammation”
Melinda Engevik, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine - “Serotonin in GI physiology”

2017 Pilot Feasibility Awardees

Jessica Bowser, Ph.D., The University of Texas Health Science Center - “Adenosine A2B receptor signaling protects chromosome stability in inflammatory bowel disease: a therapeutic target for improving mucosal healing?”
Xiaohong Bi, Ph.D., University of Texas Health Science Center - "The Role of Mucus Phosphatidylcholine in the Pathogenesis of Ulcerative Colitis"
Jian Chen, Ph.D., MD Anderson Cancer Center - “Deregulated TGF-β signaling in stem cell-associated liver injury”
Silke Paust, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine - “Generation Of A Novel Humanized Mouse Model To Evaluate The Human Microbiome – Immune Response Relationship”
Geoffrey Preidis, M.D., Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine - “Persistent Epigenetic Changes in Early Undernutrition”
Allison Speer, M.D., The University of Texas Health Science Center - “Optimizing the Motility of Tissue-Engineered Intestine”
Aaron Thrift, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine - “Application of Natural Language Processing to Identify Dysplasia among a National Cohort of Veterans with Barrett’s Esophagus”

2016 Pilot Feasibility Awardees

David Durgan, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine - “Examining effects of sympathetic stimulation of the gut on OSA-induced hypertension”
Geoffrey Preidis, M.D., Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine - "The Malnourished Microbiome, Steatosis, and Metabolism"
Sarah Blutt, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine - “Role of microbial factors on in vitro enterohepatic signaling”
Hamed Jafar-Nejad, M.D., Baylor College of Medicine - “Negative regulation of JAG1 by glycosylation:towards a mechanism-based therapy for Alagille syndrome”
Jennifer Auchtung, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine - “Effects of the microbiome on gastrointestinal homeostasis”
Jun-ichi Abe, M.D., Ph.D., The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center - “The role of MAGl1 in inflammatory bowel disease”
Venugopal Venna, Ph.D., The University of Texas Health Science Center - “The forgotten GI infection: the aging microbiota”

2015 Pilot Feasibility Awardees

Jennifer M. Bailey, M.A., Ph.D., UT-Houston Medical School - “Critical Mechanisms Underlying Pancreatic Regeneration: A Unique Purpose For p120 Catenin.”
Sue Crawford, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology, Baylor College of Medicine - "Chylomicron Alteration by Enteric Pathogens."
Gretchen Diehl, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Alkek Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research, Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology, Baylor College of Medicine - “Identifying a role for mononuclear phagocyte sensing of microbiota species to promote intestinal healing.”
David Durgan, Ph.D., Instructor, Baylor College of Medicine, Dept. of Anesthesiology - “Role of the gut microbiome in the development of hypertension associated with obstructive sleep apnea.”
Jason Heaney, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine - “A transcriptional role for IL-33 in intestinal epithelial cell tissue repair response.”
Kendal Hirschi, Ph.D., Professor, Pediatrics-Nutrition, Baylor College of Medicine - “Gut Permeability determines Dietary miRNA absorption.”
Jennifer K. Spinler, Ph.D., Instructor, Baylor College of Medicine, Scientist, Microbial Genetics & Genomics, Texas Children's Microbiome Center - “Reuterin – Investigation of a novel signaling mechanism in gut-microbial health.”
Yuxiang Sun, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center - “The role of the ghrelin receptor in dietary insult-induced steatohepatitis.”
Melissa Suter, Ph.D., Instructor, OB/GYN Department, Baylor College of Medicine - “Investigating the incidence of metabolic endotoxemia associated with gestational diabetes.”
M. Elizabeth Tessier, M.D., Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Fellow, Baylor College of Medicine/ Texas Children's Hospital - “Enterohepatic autocrine signals in gut microbial pathogenesis.”
Daoyan Wei, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department Gastroenterology Hepatology & Nutrition, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center - “The role  and mechanisms of Kruppel-like factor 4 in pancreatic Injury.”

2014 Pilot Feasibility Awardees

Joseph Alcorn, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Pediatrics-Neonatology, UT Medical School, UTHSC
Rohan Bhavane, Ph.D., Sr. Research Scientist, Pediatrics, Radiology, Baylor College of Medicine - Texas Children's Hospital 
Emily Corse, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Immunology, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Xinfu Guan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, CNRC, Baylor College of Medicine
Jason Hou, M.D., Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine
Ergun Sahin, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Baylor College of Medicine, Huffington Center on Aging
Jennifer Spinler, Ph.D., Instructor, Pathology-Immunology, Baylor College of Medicine - Texas Children's Hospital
Ruth Wooton-Kee, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Associate, Molecular and Cellular Biology,Baylor College of Medicine
Seung-Hee Yoo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, UTHSC, Altered Gut Microbiota and GI, Physiology In Circadian Clock Deficient Mice

2013 Pilot Feasibility Awardees

Rebecca Berdeaux, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center
Charles Darkoh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Center for Infectious Diseases, School of Public Health, Division, University of Texas Health Science Center
Moreshwar Desai, M.D., Assistant Professor, Pediatrics - Critical Care, Baylor College of Medicine
Jeremy Schaefer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences, UTHSC School of Dentistry
Robert Tsai, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Institute of Biosciences and Technology, Texas A&M University System Health Science Center
Xiangcang Ye, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Cancer Biology, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Yong Zhou, Instructor, Integrative Biology and Pharmacology, The University of Texas Health Science Center
Donna L. White, Ph.D., M.P.H, Assistant Professor, Medicine - Health Services Research & Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Baylor College of Medicine

2012 Pilot Feasibility Awardees

Karl-Dimiter Bissig, M.D., Ph.D., Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Center, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Baylor College of Medicine
Zheng Jake Chen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UTHealth
Yeonseok Chung, Ph.D., Center for Immunology and Autoimmune Diseases, Institute of Molecular Medicine, UTHealth, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston
Sanjiv Harpavat, M.D., Ph.D., Clinical Postdoctoral Fellow, Pediatrics - GI, Liver, & Nutrition, Baylor College of Medicine
Joe Hyser, Ph.D., Instructor, Molecular Virology & Microbiology, Baylor College of Medicine
Fasiha Kanwal, M.D., MSHS, Associate Professor, Medicine - Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Baylor College of Medicine
Yuying Liu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics – Gastroenterology, UTHealth
Anthony Maresso, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Molecular Virology and Microbiology, Baylor College of Medicine
Oluyinka O. Olutoye, M.D, Ph.D., Co-Director, Texas Children's Fetal Center, Co-Surgical Director, Neonatal ECMO Program, Associate Professor of Surgery, Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Baylor College of Medicine
Xin Xie, Ph.D., Instructor, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Baylor College of Medicine

2011 Pilot Feasibility Awardees

Joseph M. Hyser, Ph.D., Pediatric GI Post-Doctoral Fellow, Estes Laboratory, Baylor College of Medicine
Hongzhen Hu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Sun Kuk Kwon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Center for Molecular Imaging, Institute of Molecular Medicine, The University of Texas Health Science Center
Muralidhar Premkumar, MBBS, DCH, DNB, MRCPCH, Assistant Professor, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Section of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine
Kimberly S. Schluns, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept. of Immunology, Unit 901, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
Heidi Karpen, M.D., Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital

2010 Pilot Feasibility Awardees

Yongde Luo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Center for Cancer and Stem Cell Biology, Texas A&M Health Science Center
Paula Hertel, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, GI, Hepatology, and Nutrition, Texas Children’s Hospital Liver Center, Baylor College of Medicine
Bin He, Ph.D., Instructor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Baylor College of Medicine
Yongcheng Song, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Baylor College of Medicine
Michael Lorenz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, UT Health Science Center at Houston
Alexander Kots, Ph.D.Instructor, Cell Signaling, UT-Houston Institute of Molecular Medicine
Ryan Himes, M.D., GI Fellow, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine
Donna L. White, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Professor, Sections of Health Services Research & GI and Hepatology, Baylor College of Medicine
Shumei Song, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, GI, Hepatology & Nutrition, U.T. MDACC
Shujuan Pan, Ph.D., Instructor, Department of Pathology, Baylor College of Medicine
Richard Kellermayer, M.D., Ph.D., Instructor, Pediatric GI, Hepatology & Nutrition, Baylor College of Medicine

2009 Pilot Feasibility Awardees

Junlan Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, GI, Hepatology and Nutrition, UT Medical School at Houston 
Bruno P. Chumpitazi, M.D., MPH, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine
Yuko Mori-Akiyama, M.D., Assistant Professor, Pathology, Baylor College of Medicine
Stacey Moore-Olufemi, M.D., Pediatric Surgery Fellow, UT Medical School at Houston
Yuying Liu, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Pediatric GI, UT Medical School at Houston.

2008 Pilot Feasibility Awardees

Nicola Brunetti-Pierri, M.D., Assistant Professor, Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine
Yuko Mori-Akiyama, M.D., Assistant Professor, Molecular Genetics, UT-MD Anderson Cancer Center
Karen S. Uray, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Pediatric Surgery, UT Medical School at Houston.
Sushovan Guha, M.D., Ph.D.Assistant Professor, GI-Hepatology, & Nutrition, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
Anne M. Hutson-Walker, Ph.D., Instructor, Pediatrics – GI Hepatology & Nutrition, Baylor College of Medicine
Shumei Song M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, GI Medicine & Nutrition, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
Sharmila Anandasabapathy, M.D., Assistant Professor. GI, Hepatology and Nutrition, UT-MD Anderson Cancer Center

2005 Pilot Feasibility Awardees

Charles S. Cox, Jr., M.D., Pediatric Surgery, UT-Houston Medical School  
Romi Ghose, Ph.D., Pediatrics-Gastroenterology & Nutrition, Baylor College of Medicine
W.A. Hoogerwerf, M.D., Internal Medicine, UT Medical Branch, Galveston
Noah Shroyer, Ph.D., Molecular & Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine
Christina Thaller, MSc, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Baylor College of Medicine
Alfredo Torres, Ph.D., Microbiology & Immunology; Pathology, UT Medical Branch, Galveston
Ming Zhang, Ph.D., Assistant Molecular & Cellular Biology, Baylor College of Medicine

2004 Pilot Feasibility Awardees

Sarah Blutt, Ph.D., Molecular Virology and Microbiology, Baylor College of Medicine 
Hashem El-Serag, M.D., MPH, Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, VAMC 
Michael Helmrath, M.D., Pediatric Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine 
Milan Jamrich, Ph.D., Molecular & Cellular Biology, Baylor College of Medicine

2003 Pilot Feasibility Awardees

Emily Robinson, M.D., Surgery, UT-Houston Medical School
Jiaren Sun, M.D., Ph.D., Microbiology, UT Medical Branch, Galveston
LuAnn Thompson-Snipes, Ph.D., Pathology, Baylor College of Medicine
James Versalovic, M.D., Ph.D., Pathology, Baylor College of Medicine
Sundararajah Thevananther, Ph.D., Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine
Xiao-Feng Yang, M.D., Ph.D., Medicine-Rheumatology, Baylor College of Medicine

2002 Pilot Feasibility Awardees

Benny Chang, Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology, Baylor College of Medicine
Li Fang, Ph.D., Neuroscience, UT Medical Branch, Galveston
Charles Madden, Ph.D., Molecular Virology and Microbiology, Baylor College of Medicine
Pauline Ward, Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology, Baylor College of Medicine
Yoshio Yamaoka, M.D., Ph.D., Medicine-GI, Baylor College of Medicine

2001 Pilot Feasibility Awardees

Michael Barry, Ph.D., Human and Molecular Genetics and Center for Gene Therapy, Baylor College of Medicine
Max Ciarlet, Ph.D., Molecular Virology and Microbiology, Baylor College of Medicine
John F. Di Mari, Ph.D., Medicine-GI, UT Medical Branch, Galveston
Sunghoon Kim, M.D., Surgery, UT Medical Branch, Galveston
Chantal A. Rivera, Ph.D., Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine
Mei X. Wu, M.D., Ph.D., Pathology, Baylor College of Medicine

2000 Pilot Feasibility Awardees

Mariella De Biasi, Ph.D., Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine
Hala El-Zimaity, M.D., Medicine-GI, Baylor College of Medicine
Ka Bian, M.D., Ph.D., Integrative Biology and Pharmacology, UT-Houston Medical School
Krishna Rajarathnam, Ph.D., Biological Chemistry and Genetics and Center for Structural Biology, UT Medical Branch, Galveston

1999 Pilot Feasibility Awardees

Russel Broaddus, M.D., Ph.D., Pathology, Baylor College of Medicine
Antonella Casola, M.D., Pediatrics, UT Medical Branch, Galveston
Andrew P. Morris, Ph.D., Integrative Biology & Pharmacology, UT-Houston Medical School 
Antonia R. Sepulveda, M.D., Ph.D., Medicine-GI and Pathology, Baylor College of Medicine