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Research in the Department of Medicine A female scientists uses a pipette.

Johns Hopkins University is America’s first research university, and the Department of Medicine has been at the forefront of that research from the very beginning. The department was awarded more than 400 grants for over $150 million in funding last year alone, and we consistently rank among the top departments of medicine in annual funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

We facilitate an environment of innovation and collaboration to support novel approaches to the understanding, treatment and prevention of human disease. With some of the greatest basic and clinical scientists from across the globe, we promote an atmosphere of discovery and collaboration across the Department of Medicine and University divisions in fundamental, clinical and translational science that aides in the successes shared by our passionate faculty and staff.


Sub-Specialty Research

  • Research focus: attitudes toward patients with addiction; buprenorphine treatment; clinical excellence; contingency management; integrated HIV and hepatitis C treatment

  • Research focus: peripheral nervous system in healthy and inflamed tissue; nerve inflammation interactions; airway refluxes; mechanisms of signal transduction; genetic epidemiology; gene environment and functional genetics; medical product and environmental allergy testing; urticaria and angioedema; primary immunodeficiency diseases (PID)

  • Research focus: cardiac imaging; electrophysiology and arrhythmia; myocardial and heart failure; preventive cardiology and cardiovascular epidemiology; regenerative biology

  • Research focus: anti-HIV pharmacology; anti-infective pharmacology; anti-malarial pharmacology; anti-TB pharmacology; anti-trypanosome pharmacology; hospital system drug utilization

  • Research focus: adrenal glands; endocrine bone disease; diabetes mellitus; reproductive endocrinology; metabolism; parathyroid; pituitary and hypothalamus glands; thyroid

  • Research focus: early detection of pancreatic cancer; extracellular matrix (ECM) biology; GI biomarkers; inflammatory bowel disease and autoimmune liver diseases; inflammatory bowel disease genetics

  • Research focus: bioethics; cancer; cardiovascular disease; chronic kidney disease; depression and other mental illness; diabetes mellitus; health disparities; HIV/AIDS; hypertension; medical education; obesity; pharmacoepidemiology; substance abuse

  • Research focus: biology of healthy aging; aging and health (COAH); health services; older Americans independence

  • Research focus: aplastic anemia; sickle cell disease; myeloproliferative disorders; thrombotic disorders; blood diseases in young adults; venous thromboembolism; hematologic malignancies; hemophilia and other coagulation disorders

  • Research focus: AIDS; antibiotic management and resistance; environmental infectious diseases; hospital epidemiology and infection control; microbiome; sexually transmitted diseases and infections; transplant and oncology infectious diseases; tuberculosis; viral hepatitis

  • Research focus: epigenetic cause of human disease; epigenetics of cancer; addressing chance in the genome using mathematics; The Twins Study

  • Research focus: glomerulonephritis; polycystic kidney disease; retroperitoneal fibrosis; kidney stones; HIV infection and kidney disease; secondary hypertension; thrombotic microangiopathy; lupus

  • Research focus: acute lung injury/sepsis/critical care; adherence research; asthma; auto-immunity; COPD; cystic fibrosis; environmental exposures; epithelial biology; global health; health care disparities; HIV-related pulmonary disease; interstitial lung disease; interventional pulmonology; lung and airway mechanics; lung transplantation; mucosal immunology; pulmonary hypertension; respiratory failure associated with ALS and other neuromuscular disorders; sarcoidosis; sleep disordered breathing; vascular biology

  • Research focus: arthritis; scleroderma; vasculitis; general rheumatology; Sjogren’s syndrome; myositis; lupus; lyme disease; flow cytometry; bioassay


Vice Chairs for Research 

For a full list of Department of Medicine Vice Chairs, click here.

Research Administration

The Department of Medicine Research Administration & Support Team (RAST) is a resource for sponsored research that maintains compliance and integrity in award management, ensures excellent customer service and provides sponsored research training.
  • Becky Hanst

    Grants & Contracts Administrator
    Becky Hanst
  • Sagar Bhagwat

    Grants & Contracts Manager
    Clinical Pharmacology
    Infectious Diseases
    Sagar Bhagwat
  • Christopher Blackledge

    Grants & Contracts Manager
    Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
    Christopher Blackledge
  • Julius Esguerra

    Grants & Contracts Manager
    Clinical Pharmacology
    Infectious Diseases
    Julius Esguerra
  • Lori Kahl

    Grants & Contracts Manager
    Geriatric Medicine & Gerontology
    Lori Kahl
  • Megan Martin

    Grants & Contracts Manager
    Megan Martin
  • Rachel Morales

    Grants & Contracts Manager
    Rachel Morales
  • Diana Reynolds

    Grants & Contracts Manager
    Gastroenterology & Hepatology
    Diana Reynolds
  • Rose Rizza

    Grants & Contracts Manager
    Clinical Immunology
    Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
    Rose Rizza
  • Elaine Thomas

    Grants & Contracts Manager
    Elaine Thomas
  • Erica Wolfe

    Grants & Contracts Manager
    Clinical Pharmacology
    Infectious Diseases
    Erica Wolfe

RAST Responsibilities

We partner with central administration offices, such as the Office of Research Administration and Sponsored Projects Shared Services, to ensure award processes run smoothly.

    • Review sponsored research applications and all sponsored awards forwarded to the Research Administration & Support Team (RAST)  for accuracy and compliance
    • Submit grant applications and other submissions directly to sponsor or forward to the Office of Research Administration for further review/submission to sponsor, depending on proposal type and sponsor
    • Act as a final point of contact with departmental faculty and sponsored staff relating to pre-award activity including grant/contract applications
    • Provide hands-on training on pre-award submissions
    • Act as a resource to answer pre-award questions on compliance
    • Provide pre-award coverage for divisions that have vacancies or for faculty who do not have assigned sponsored support
    • Act as a final point of contact with departmental faculty and sponsored staff relating to post-award activity including post-award administration of sponsored accounts and interaction with federal sponsors
    • Post-award management of grants that come through the director’s office
    • Provide post-award coverage for divisions that have vacancies or for faculty who do not have assigned sponsored support
    • Provide post-award reports to make sure that divisions maintain focus on post-award project even during heavy deadline periods
    • Analyze accounts and work with divisions and shared services to find solutions
    • Effort Compliance Manager directs effort process and monitoring for the entire department
    • Act as resource for effort compliance, provides training on effort, finds solutions to effort issues in divisions
    • Ensure grant administrators are informed of University, governmental and sponsor compliance policies to maintain fiscal responsibility of awards
    • Facilitate Department of Medicine working groups and participate in School of Medicine working groups targeting specific sponsored issues and areas
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