SBUR Travel Awards

A primary goal of SBUR is to provide travel grants/stipends to researcher trainees. These grants are in the form of $500 payments to support travel to/from the annual meeting each fall. Award recipients must be a SBUR member for at least six (6) months and a recipient is not allowed to receive the award in two consecutive years.


Muqing Li
University of Massachusetts

Dong Han, PhD
University of Massachusetts

Nora M Haney, MD, MBA
Johns Hopkins University

Han Zhang, MS
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Hannah Miles, BA
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Meng Zhang, PhD
University of California at San Francisco

Dallin Lowder, BS
Baylor College of Medicine

Teresa Liu, PhD
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Hannah Powell, BS
Baylor College of Medicine

Kinza Rizwan, BSChE
Baylor College of Medicine

Richa Singh, PhD
Weill Cornell Medicine

José Valentín López, BSc
University of Minnesota

Kirsten Krieger, BS
University of Illinois at Chicago

Yingli Shi, PhD
LSU Health Shreveport

Su Deng, PhD
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Mindy Kim Graham, PhD
Johns Hopkins University

Emily Stanczak, BA
Indiana University School of Medicine

Wang Liu, PhD
Kansas University Medical Center

Kiel Tietz, PhD
University of Minnesota

Brenna Kirkpatrick, BS
University of Chicago


Shih-Bo Huang, PhD
Weill Cornell Medicine

Lourdes Brea, BD
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Shiv Verma, PhD
Case Western Reserve University, Department of Urology

Connor Forbes, MD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Shiqin Liu, MD, PhD
Stanford University

Sarah Athans, BS
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

Mamatha Kakarla, PhD
Northshore University HealthSystem

Alexis Adrian, BA
University of Wisconsin, Madison


Diya Binoy Joseph, Ph.D
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Tianfang Ma
Tulane University

Shu Ning
University of California Davis

Alan Lombard, Ph.D.
University of California, Davis

Steve Kregel, Ph.D.
University of Michigan

Jason Garcia, Ph.D.
University of Illinois Chicago

Ralph White III
University of Minnesota

Jaimie Gray, M.S.
The Ohio State University

En-Chi Hsu, Ph.D.
Stanford University

Sajad A Wani, Ph.D.
The Ohio State University

Katherine Morel, Ph.D.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard University

Sridhar Narla, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh

Shekha Tahsin, Ph.D.
University of Arizona

Anne E Turco
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Merve Aslan
Stanford Medical School

Qiou Wei, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Kentucky

Morgan Zenner
University of Illinois at Chicago

Wei Chen, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh

Renee E. Vickman, Ph.D.
NorthShore University HealthSystem

Sanghee Lee, Ph.D.
University of California San Diego

Asmaa El-Kenawi, Ph.D.
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center/University
of South Florida


Diya Binoy Joseph
UT Southwestern Medical CenterKa-Wing Fong
Northwestern UniversityWanting Han
University of Massachusetts BostonPetra Popovics
University of Wisconsin-MadisonAhmed A. Moustafa
Tulane UniversityTeresa T Liu
University of Wisconsin- MadisonNicholas Brady
Weill Cornell MedicineJenna M. Buckwalter
Penn State Hershey College of MedicineCameron Armstrong
UC DavisDongxia Ge
Tulane UniversityLiang Wang
University of California, Los AngelesSarah Kohrt
Case Western Reserve UniversityMathilde Bonnemaison
University of Massachusetts BostonYang Yi
Northwestern UniversityAnindita Ravindran
Baylor College of MedicineElena Beketova
Purdue UniversityVictor Pham
University of California, IrvineQin Gao
University of Texas at El PasoShih-Bo Huang
University of Texas Health Science Center at San AntonioPraveen Kumar Jaiswal
Louisiana State University Health Science Center- Shreveport


Mark Cadena
University of Wisconsin-MadisonMichael Fiandalo, PhD
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer CenterJason Garcia
University of Illinois at ChicagoGervaise Henry
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Sanghee Lee, PhD
University of California San DiegoAlan Lombard, PhD
University of California, Davis
Darryl Martin, PhD
Yale University School of Medicine
Tara McCray
University of Illinois, Chicago
Dalton McLean
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Meghan Rice, PhD
Stanford University
Mirja Rotinen, PhD
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Hannah Ruetten
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Anne Turco
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Fengtian Wang
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Kyle Wegner
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Haixia Xu, PhD
The University of Kansas Medical Center
Yezi Zhu, PhD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


Aymen Alqazzaz, BS
University of Maryland School of Medicine Jason Van Batavia, MD
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Bethany Baumann, PhD
University of IllinoisZachary Connelly, BS
LSU Health Sciences Center, ShreveportMetsiel Donate, MA
School of Pharmacy of University of Puerto Rico and Comprehensive Cancer Center UPRArsheed Ganaie, PhD
The Hormel Institute University of MinnesotaSourik S. Ganguly, PhD
Van Andel Research InstituteNeeraj KapurPhD
Morehouse School of MedicineChen Hao Lo, MS
Moffitt Cancer CenterJeremy McGuire, BS
Moffitt Cancer CenterKrizia Rohena Rivera, PhD
Cedars-Sinai Medical CenterKenny Roman, PhD
Northwestern UniversityMirja Rotinen, PhD
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Michael Freeman LabCatherine Seager, MD
Boston Children’s HospitalGauri Shishodia, PhD
LSU Health Sciences CenterSamuel Thomas, BS
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Zongwei Wang, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical SchoolYadong Xu, BS
UPMC ShadysideYi Yin, MD, PhD
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical CenterMingming Zhong, PhD
UMPC Shadyside


Sinead Aherne, PhD
Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa

Himanshu Arora, PhD
University of Miami

Hannah Brechka, BA
University of Chicago

Mark T. Cadena
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Justin Cotellessa
University of Massachusetts, Boston

Dibash K. Das, MA
Hunter College & CUNY Graduate Center

Sander B. Frank, PhD
University of Arizona Cancer Center

Praveen K. Jaiswal, PhD
LSU Health Science Center

Diya B. Joseph, BS
University of Wisconsin

Alan Lombard, PhD
UC Davis

Erin McAuley, BS, MS
University of Chicago

Dalton McLean
University of Wisconsin

Xiangqi Meng, PhD
Van Andel Research Institute

Petra Popovics, PhD
University of Miami

Swathi Ramakrishnan, PhD
Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Fengtian Wang
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center


Karen Aitken, MD
SickKids HospitalCameron Armstrong, PhD
University of California, Davis

Zarine Balsara, MD, PhD
Boston Children’s Hospital

Daniela Carreno, PhD
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Timothy Gauntner, MS
University of Illinois at Chicago

Oh-Joon Kwon, PhD
Baylor College of Medicine

Seok Joo Kwon, PhD
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Shyama Majumdar, PhD, MBA
University of Illinois at Chicago

David McIlwain, PhD
Indiana University School of Medicine

Kathryn Pellegrini, PhD
Emory University

Krizia Rohena-Rivera, BS
University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus

Kai Sha, PhD
Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Eswar Shankar, PhD
Case Western Reserve University

Aisha Siebert, MPH
University of Rochester

Bethany Smith, PhD
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Suman Suman, PhD
University of Louisville

Sam Thomas, BSC
University of Wisconsin

Jordan Vellky, BS
University of Wisconsin

Renee Vickman, PhD Candidate
Purdue University

Latanya Williams, PhD
University of Illinois

Lishi Xie, PhD
University of Illinois


Arturo Araujo, PhD
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer CenterDavid Austin
Vanderbilt UniversityMelissa A. Babcook, PhD
Case Western Reserve University School of MedicineSara A. Colopy, DVM, PHD, DACVS
University of Wisconsin-MadisonJennifer A. Doll
University of Wisconsin MilwaukeeLeigh Ellis, PhD
Roswell Park Cancer InstituteDaniel E. Frigo, PhD
University of HoustonNaihsuan C. Guy, MS, PhD
University of Texas at El PasoMichael W. Hance, PhD
Medical University of South CarolinaChristina A. M. Jamieson, PhD
University of California, San DiegoKimberly P. Keil
University of Wisconsin MadisonChengfei Liu, MD, PhD
University of California, DavisLu Miao, PhD
UT Southwestern Medical CenterLiu Che-Ming
China Medical UniversityAmy Pan
University of California, DavisPreethi Ravindranathan, MS
UT Southwestern Medical CenterKenny Roman, PhD
Northwestern UniversityMirja Rotinen, PhD
Cedars-Sinai Medical CenterLiang Wang, MS
Indiana University Purdue University IndianapolisHironobu Yamashita, PhD
Penn State University College of Medicine


Nathan A. Damaschke, PhD
University of Wisconsin-MadisonKurtis Eisermann, PhD
University of PittsburghRongbin Ge, MD, PhD
Massachusetts General HospitalPranav Gupta, PhD
Morehouse School of MedicineSubhash Haldar
Cedars Sinai Medical CenterPeter C. Hollenhorst, PhD
Indiana UniversityBinod Kumar, PhD
Johns Hopkins School of MedicineGeuntaek Lee, PhD
Rutgers, the Cancer Institute of New JerseyXue Sean Li, PhD
Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical SchoolBrittany Mihelich, BS
University of Illinois at ChicagoMichael R. Miller, BS
University of IowaNishit K. Mukhopadhyay, PhD
Cedars Sinai Medical CenterStephen F. Murphy, PhD
Northwestern UniversityEmuejevoke Olokpa, BS
Meharry Medical CollegeFerenc G. Rick, MD, PhD
Miami VA Medical CenterNeha G. Sabnis, PhD
Roswell Park Cancer InstituteAshleigh B. Theberge, PhD
University of Wisconsin-MadisonZunyi Wang, MD, PhD
University of Wisconsin-Madison


Lisa Abler, PhD
University of Wisconsin – MadisonCarmen Banuelos, PhD
Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences CenterJason Van Batavia, MD
Columbia UniversityArun Bhardwaj, PhD
University of South AlabamaNathaniel Brennan, PhD
Johns HopkinsJoanne Collazo
University of KentuckyMehrnaz Gharaee-Kermani, DVM, MPH, PhD
University of MichiganMagdalena Grabowska, PhD
Vanderbilt UniversityDonald Vander Griend, PhD
University of ChicagoIawen Hsu, MS
University of RochesterSudeh Izadmehr, MS
Mount Sinai School of MedicineYeon Suk Jung, PhD
University of Medicine and Dentistry New JerseyQi Lei
University of PennsylvaniaScott Manson, PhD
Washington University in St. LouisKhalid Masoodi, PhD
University of PittsburghTristan Nicholson
University of RochesterMishra Rajeev, PhD
Cedars Sinai Medical CenterShancheng Ren, MD, PhD
Shanghai Changhai HospitalDouglas Strand, PhD
Vanderbilt UniversityLifang Yang, MD, PhD
Eastern Virginia Medical School


Alyssa Cates, BS
University of MichiganIrina Grishina, PhD
New York University School of MedicineSimon Haile, PhD
Genome Sciences Center, BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver, BCWenyang Hu, PhD
University of Illinois at ChicagoChangxue Lu
Johns Hopkins UniversityLarisa Nonn, PhD
University of Illinois at ChicagoLaura Pascal, PhD
University of PittsburghChen Shao, MD, PhD
Cedars-Sinai Medical CenterIran Tavakoli, BSc
Genome Sciences Centre, BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver, BCJindan Yu, PhD
Northwestern UniversityQiuyang Zhang, PhD
Tulane University


David Barron, BS
Baylor College of MedicineSachin Bhusari, PhD
University of WisconsinLiquan Cai, PhD
University of PittsburghGina CY Chu
Georgia State University; Cedars-Sinai Medical CenterDavid DeGraff, PhD
Vanderbilt UniversityOmar Franco
Underserved Minority Travel Award
Vanderbilt UniversityKalyan Gangavarapu, PhD
Roswell Park Cancer InstituteJessica Havercamp
Purdue UniversityTanisha Hutchinson, MS
Medical University of South CarolinaShareen Iqbal
Emory UniversityMichelle Jones, BS
Johns Hopkins University School of MedicineCongxing Lin, PhD
Washington UniversityFreddie Pruitt
Underserved Minority Travel Award
Vanderbilt UniversityAruna Ramachandran, PhD
Children’s Hospital BostonChiuan-Ren Yeh, PhD
University of RochesterHifzur Siddique, MS, PhD
University of MinnesotaBrian Simons, DVM
Johns Hopkins University School of MedicineConrad Valdez, BS
Underserved Minority Travel Award
University of MichiganZongwei Wang, PhD
Massachusetts General HospitalKaijie Wu, MD, PhD Candidate
UT SouthwesternJelani Zarif
Underserved Minority Travel Award
Michigan State Unversity


Tunde Akinyeke, BS
Meharry Medical CollegeHelal Biswas, PhD
University of Massachusetts Medical SchoolDiogo Escudero, BS
University of MiamiDiego Iglesias Gato, PhD
Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, SwedenDongxia Ge, MD
Tulane University; Sichuan University, Chengdu, ChinaRongbin Ge, MD, PhD
Massachusetts General HospitalDevangini Gandhi, MS
Columbia UniversityKristi Hoffman
Baylor College of MedicinePetra Massoner, PhD
Medical University Innsbruck, AustriaTravis Jerde, PhD
Indiana University School of MedicineSathish Kasina, PhD
University of MichiganRaj Kumar, PhD
University of KentuckyZhiyong Liao, PhD
Thomas Jefferson UniversityTristan Nicholson, BS
University of Rochester Medical CenterMatthew Tanner, PhD
Ordway Research InstituteGerald Verhaegh, PhD
Radboud University, Nijmegen, The NetherlandsShuanzeng Wei, BM, PhD
Johns Hopkins HospitalDaxing Xie, MD, PhD
UT SouthwesternYu Zeng, PhD, MD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


Govindaraj Anumanthan, PhD
Vanderbilt UniversityMing Chen, MS
University of RochesterDolores Di Vizio, MD, PhD
Children’s Hospital-BostonDavid S. Finley, MD
UC IrvineRongbin Ge, MD, PhD
Massachusetts General HospitalKathryn M. Gonyea
University of PittsburghSimon Haile, PhD
Genome Sciences Centre, British Columbia Cancer Research CentreSazzad Hassan, MD, PhD
University of Massachusetts Medical SchoolRoger Jackson, PhD
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer CenterSrinivas Koduru, PhD
University of KentuckyNagalakshmi Nadiminty, PhD
UC Davis Medical CenterSanjeev Shukla, PhD
University Hospitals Case Medical CenterHana Odeh, PhD
University of Michigan Medical SchoolHong Pu, PhD
University of KentuckyJudit Ribas, PhD
Johns Hopkins University School of MedicineVictoria L Robinson, PhD
University of ChicagoShyh-Han Tan, PhD
Center for Prostate Disease ResearchManisha Tripathi, MS
Vanderbilt UniversitySuresh Veeramani, PhD
University of Nebraska Medical CenterVeronica Yao, PhD
University of PittsburghXiang Zhang, PhD
University of Cincinnati


Adebusola Alagbala, BS
Roswell Park Cancer InstituteMingfang Ao, PhD
Lawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryBeverly Barton, PhD
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New JerseyBekir Cinar, PhD
Children’s Hospital – BostonLara Collier, MD
University of MinnesotaBarbara Comuzzi, PhD
Genome Sciences CenterDavid DeGraff, BS
University of DelawareVivian Fu, MS
University of Wisconsin-MadisonArundhati Ghosh, PhD
Cleveland Clinic FoundationKenichiro Ishii, PhD
Mie University Graduate School of Medicine, Mie, JapanMarilyn Lamm, PhD
Children’s Memorial Research CenterGeun Taek Lee, PhD
Division of Urologic Oncology, The Cancer Institute of New JerseyJonathan Levitt, PhD
Baylor College of MedicineHongyun Li MD, PhD
Center for Prostate Disease ResearchAbdo Najy, BS
University of MichiganSrinivas Nandana, MS
Vanderbilt UniversityFreddie L. Pruitt, III
University of DelawareVeronica Placencio, BS
Vanderbilt UniversityDouglas Strand, BS
Baylor College of MedicineJ. Erin Tillman, BS
Vanderbilt University