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Meet the Scholars

Translational Research Scholars Program Cohorts

Meet the Scholars

The Program supports up to 10 scholars per cohort. The Translational Research Scholars represent the diversity of translational and clinical research within the WWAMI region.

2018-2019 Cohort

2018-2019 Cohort

James Becker, PhD
Assistant Professor, Health and Human Development
Montana State University Bozeman

Project Title: Intrinsic foot muscle strengthening to improve foot function and balance control during dynamic tasks.


Kimberly McKeirnan, BS, PharmD
Clinical Associate Professor, Pharmacotherapy
Washington State University

Project Title: Understanding patient opinions about utilizing smart-phone technology to improve medication adherence and health outcomes.


Ryan Mizner, MPT, PhD
Associate Professor, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
University of Montana

Project Title: Jump training with body weight support after ACL reconstruction to enhance functional recovery and preserve knee cartilage health.


Sarah Nash, MPH, PhD
Affiliate Assistant Professor, Health Sciences
University of Alaska

Project Title: A comprehensive, community-engaged study of risk and protective factors for colorectal cancer among Alaska Native people.


Nicole Poole, MD, MPH
Fellow in Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Seattle Children’s Hospital

Project Title: Development of a novel parent decision aid to decrease inappropriate antibiotic prescribing for children in family medicine clinics.


Jie Sun, MD
Acting Instructor, Radiology
University of Washington

Project Title: Performance of a simultaneous vessel wall T1/T2 mapping technique for image quality and quantitative measurements of plaque burden and lipid content.


Dong Xu, MS, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Science
Idaho State University

Project Title: Screening and repurposing of FDA-approved drugs as novel anti-toxins for Clostridium sordellii infection.

2017-2018 Cohort

2017-2018 Cohort

Jie An, PhD
Acting Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology
University of Washington

Project Title: Screen and test the surrogate disease biomarkers and drug candidates for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) and Rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Jie An, PhD

Eeeseung Byun PhD, RN
Assistant Professor
University of Washington School of Nursing

Project Title: Mechanisms of Symptoms in Subarachnoid Hemorrhage: Sleep Disturbance, Fatigue and Impaired Cognition

Eeeseung Byun, PhD, RN

Brad Dieter, PhD
Foundation Research Fellow
Providence Medical Research Center

Project Title: Serum Amyloid A as a Prognostic, Predictive, and Actionable Biomarker for Diabetic Kidney Disease

Brad Dieter, PhD

Clare Fitzpatrick, PhD
Assistant Professor, Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering
Boise State University

Project Title: Musculoskeletal adaptation mechanisms in healthy and pathological subjects

Clare Fitzpatrick, PhD

Sandeep Khot, MD,MPH
Associate Professor, Neurology
Harborview Medical Center/University of Washington

Project Title: Maximizing use of continuous positive airway pressure in stroke patients with obstructive sleep apnea during inpatient rehabilitation

Sandeep Khot, MD,MPH

Allison Lambert, MD
Adjunct Clinical Instructor, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
University of Washington

Project Title: The Role of the Antimicrobial Peptide Cathelicidin in Acute Exacerbation of COPD

Allison Lambert, MD

Holly Martinson, PhD
Assistant Professor, Molecular Biology
University of Alaska Anchorage

Project Title: Molecular Causes and Mechanistic Underpinning of Alaska Native breast cancer

Holly Martinson, PhD

Amy Navratil, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology and Physiology
University of Wyoming

Project Title: JNK 1/2 in Regulation of Fertility

Amy Navratil, PhD

Kathleen Ramos, MD, MS
Senior Fellow/Acting Instructor, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
University of Washington

Project Title: Predicting survival and planning for lung transplantation in severe cystic fibrosis

Kathleen Ramos, MD, MS

Nathaniel Williams, PhD
Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
Boise State University

Project Title: Testing an organizational culture intervention to improve routine outcome monitoring implementation in usual care

Nathaniel Williams, PhD
2015-2017 Cohort

2015-17 Cohort

Joseph M. Cerimele, MD, MPH
Acting Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
University of Washington

Project Title: Primary Care Clinicians’ Experiences Treating Patients with Bipolar Disorder

Brian D. Cherrington, MS, PhD
Assistant Professor, Zoology and Physiology
University of Wyoming

Project Title: Peptidylarginine Deiminase Inhibitors as Epidrugs for Pituitary Tumors

Allison Cole, MD, MS
Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
University of Washington

Project Title: Facilitators and Barriers to Implementation of a Proactive Colorectal Cancer Screening Program across the WWAMI Region

Cynthia L. Curl, PhD, MS
Assistant Professor, Community and Environmental Health
Boise State University

Project Title: Pilot Study to Measure the Effect of an Organic Diet during Pregnancy

Haiwei Gu, PhD
Acting Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
University of Washington

Project Title: Breast Cancer Metabolite Biomarker Discovery Using Global Profiling Multiple Reaction Monitoring Transitions

Kirk E. Hevener, PharmD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Idaho State University

Project Title: Drug Repurposing Screening Against C. difficile Enoyl-ACP Reductase (FabK)

Sara T. Kover, PhD
Assistant Professor, Speech and Hearing Sciences
University of Washington

Project Title: Establishing Word Learning Tasks for Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Stephanie E. McCalla, PhD
Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Montana State University

Project Title: Probing the Specificity of Digital Isothermal Amplification for the Detection of Small RNA Heart Attack Biomarkers

Rebecca O’Connor, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor, Family and Child Nursing/Nursing Research Faculty, CCTR
University of Washington/Seattle Children’s

Project Title: A Pilot Feasibility Study of the Community-Engaged Clinical Research Model in East African Immigrant Black Youth with Type 1 Diabetes

Sujata Pradhan, PT, PhD
Assistant Professor, Rehabilitation Medicine – Physical Therapy
University of Washington

Project Title: Defining Physical Activity Levels and Their Relation to Physical Function in Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease

Sherene Shalhub, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Surgery-Vascular Surgery
University of Washington

Project Title: Factors Influencing Dissection Related Early Aneurysmal Degeneration

Susan S. Tavernier, PhD, CNS, RN, AOCN(R)
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Idaho State University-Meridian

Project Title: Impact of Patient Voice on Outcomes

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