Merkin Center Research Grant Recipients

The Merkin Peripheral Neuropathy and Nerve Regeneration Center is proud to announce its latest grants, awarded to nine researchers. Learn more about the recipients and their work below:

Ayobami Ward, M.D., Sc.M.

Resident Physician, Neurosurgery
Post-Doctoral Researcher
University of Michigan

Topic: Age-Dependent Nerve Regeneration Mechanisms: Focus of the Human Repair Schwann Cell Phenotype

Aysel Fisgin, Ph.D.

Research Associate
Johns Hopkins University

Topic: Inhibition of TNIK is a promising therapeutic approach for PIPN

Jeremy Sullivan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Johns Hopkins University

Topic: Molecular mechanisms of TRPV4-mediated motor axon degeneration

Jesse Stokum, M.D., Ph.D.

Surgery Fellow
Johns Hopkins University

Topic: Enhanced Peripheral Neural Regeneration with Limb Lengthening

Kathryn Moss, Ph.D.

Research Associate
Johns Hopkins University

Topic: Exploring Functional Demyelination Pathomechanisms for CMT1A and HNPP Caused by Node of Ranvier Defects

Sachin Gadani, M.D., Ph.D.

Neuroimmunology Fellow 
Johns Hopkins Hospital

Topic: Exploring the role of alarmins on immune recruitment after peripheral nerve injury

Wonjin Yun, Ph.D.

Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Johns Hopkins University

Topic: Modeling CMT1A with a novel macrophage-integrated neural crest organoids (MINOs) and interrogating cell therapy efficacy of hypoimmunogenic induced human Schwann cells.

Xuewei Wang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
University of South Florida

Topic: Elucidating the mechanisms by which H3K27me3 maintains normal axon regeneration.

Yu Su, M.D., Ph.D.

Research Fellow
Johns Hopkins University

Topic: Targeting Glutamate Carboxypeptidase II (GCPII) to Enhance Nerve Remyelination and Recovery Following Peripheral Nerve Injury in Aged Mice

2022 Awardees

  • Ashley Kalinski, Ph.D.
    Topic: Elucidating the cell-autonomy of SARM1 for injury induced axon regeneration, nerve inflammation, and Schwann cell reprogramming
  • Atul Rawat, Ph.D.
    Topic: Modulating macrophage phenotype in peripheral nerve injury to accelerate nerve regeneration and functional recovery
  • Baohan Pan, M.D., Ph.D.
    Topic: Cutaneous Sensory Innervation in Human and Mouse and Its Implications in Neuropathic Pain
  • Christopher Cashman, Ph.D.
    Topic: Mitochondrial genome mutations and respiratory dysregulation as effectors of diabetic neuropathy
  • Hyun Sung, Ph.D.
    Topic: Deciphering the role of autophagy in the pathogenesis of peripheral neuropathy
  • Masnsen Cherief, Ph.D.
    Topic: Preventing diabetic bone disease using a neuroprotective agent
  • Pabitra Sahoo, Ph.D.
    Topic: Establishing the kinetics for failure of axonal protein synthesis in chronic nerve injury
  • Qin Zheng, M.D., Ph.D.
    Topic: In-vivo characterization of chemotherapy-induced neuropathy using large scale calcium imaging
  • Simone Thomas, M.S.
    Topic: Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN) Assessment

2021 Awardees

  • Sarah Berth, M.D., Ph.D.
    Topic: Genetic Screen for Axonal Degeneration Modifiers
  • Aysel Fisgin, Ph.D.
    Topic: MAP4K4 Inhibition to Prevent CIPN
  • Sang-Min Jeon, Ph.D.
    Topic: Sprouting Mediated Skin Reinnervation
  • Ying Liu, M.D., Ph.D.
    Topic: Evaluating the effect of SARM1 deficiency on peripheral neuropathy in db/db mouse model of type 2 diabetes.
  • Brett McCray, M.D., Ph.D.
    Topic: TRVP4 in Nerve Injury
  • Kathryn Moss, Ph.D.
    Topic: Development of a CMT1A/CIPN Mouse Model
  • Bipasha Mukherjee-Clavin, M.D., Ph.D.
    Topic: KIF16B-CMT2
  • Seong-Hyun Park, Ph.D.
    Topic: CMT PNSorganoid Model
  • Sami Tuffaha, M.D.
    Topic: Gene Expression Changes with Schwann Cell Denervation
  • Eric Villalón Landeros, Ph.D.
    Topic: DRG Neuroproteasome Signaling Peptides