AHPBA Research Development Grant

The purpose of this award is to provide the opportunity for Junior faculty to perform research during one academic year. Junior Faculty is defined as less than 7 years from fellowship training graduation. Exceptions to time from training and meeting attendance will be considered for leaves of absence during initial faculty appointment including but not limited to personal or family illness, military deployment, maternity leave, or others considered on a case-by-case basis. The research can be clinical, outcomes, translational, or basic science, but must focus on the liver, pancreas, or biliary system. Applicants must have a minimum of 20% protected time verified by dept chair to conduct said research, and the project must be feasible to complete within the one-year award time frame. The amount of the award is $30,000.





Jonathan Sham MD

University of Washington

Novel Drug-eluting Biopolymer Reduce Pancreatic Fistula After Pancreatic Surgery


Rory Smoot MD, MSE

Mayo Clinic

Nanovesicle-mediated Targeting of YAP Activation in Cholangiocarcinoma to Enhance Chemotherapy Sensitivity


Joshua Leinwand MD, MSE

NYU Langone

The Microbiome and Regulation of Hepatic Immunity

Lawrence Delrosario MD

University of Michigan

Diabetes-Mediated Enhancement of Pancreatic Tumorigenesis: Exploring The Role of Adipocyte-Cancer Crosstalk


Bradley A. Krasnick MD

Washington University/ Barnes Jewish Hospital

A Humanized Mouse Model of Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma

Mohammad Raheel Jajja MD

Emory University

Peptide Nanoprobes For Multi-Receptor-Targeting and Optical Imaging of Colorectal Liver Metastases


Alexander Gaidarski, MD

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Role of p16 in Sensitivity to MEK Inhibition in Pancreatic Cancer

Georgios Gemenetzis, MD

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Circulating tumor cells in pancreatic adenocarcinoma: effect of cancer-directed therapy and ex vivo modeling

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Derek J. Erstad, MD

Massachusetts General Hospital

Molecular MR imaging of Desmoplasia after Neoadjuvannt Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer

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Nicholas G. Berger, MD

Medical College of Wisconsin

Determination of Xanthohumol inhibits Notch signaling in vivo and increases the survival and reduces tumor progression in HCC liver xenograft

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Samer Tohme, MD

University of Pittsburgh

The Role of Neutrophil Extracellular Traps in Liver Sterile Inflammation

Supported By: AHPB Foundation

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Ashton Connor, MD

University of Toronto

Genomic and Transcriptomic Characterization of Pancreatic Cancer

Supported By: AHPBA

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Jonathan Hernandez, MD

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Characterization of Dormancy and Outgrowth for Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer in the Liver

Supported By: AHPBA

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Physiology/Biology Research Grant
Stephanie Greco, MD

New York University School of Medicine - Department of Surgery

Regulation of Acute Pancreatitis by C-type Lectin Receptors

Supported By: AHPBA

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Oncology Research Grant
Kevin Soares, MD

Johns Hopkins Hospital Surgery

Combinatorial Immunotherapy and the Manipulation of Tumor Microenvironment in the Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer

Supported By: AHPBA

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Oncology Research Grant
Michele Babicky, MD

University of California, San Diego Medical Center

Targeting the RON Tyrosine Kinase Receptor in Pancreatic Cancer

Supported By: AHPBA


Surgical Technology Assessment and Outcomes Research Grant
Peter Nau, MD

The Ohio State University Medical Center Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery

Development of a Novel Repair Technique for latrogenic Common Bile Duct Injuries with a Biosynthetic Absorbable Graft

Supported By: Covidien and AHPBA

Physiology/Biology Research Grant
Kendra D. Conzen. MD

Washington University

The Role of HMGB1 in Steatotic Livers following Ischemia/Reperfusion

Supported By: Ethicon, Inc. and AHPBA

Oncology Research Grant
Wigdan Al-Sukhni

University of Toronto

An analysis of germline genomic copy-number variation to identify disease-associated gene(s) in familial pancreatic cancer

Supported By: Sanofi Aventis and AHPBA


Covidien Surgical Technology Assessment
Lia Roque Assumpcao, MD

Johns Hopkins University Hospital

Application of Novel, High Resolution, and Freehand Ultrasound Elasticity Imaging in Liver Surgery

Sanofi-anventis HPB Oncology
Bedabrata Sarkar, MD

University of Michigan Medical School

Characterization of Pancreatic Cancer Stem Cells

Ethicon HPB Physiology/Biology
Lee Ocuin, MD

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Immune Activation of Human Liver Dendritic Cells


Ethicon HPB Physiology/Biology
Luis Garcia, MD

The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Targeted Inhibition of VEGF Prevents Development of Tumor Antigen-Specific T-Cell Tolerance in the Murine Liver

Sanofi-aventis HPB Oncology
Jon Cardinal, MD

University of Pittsburgh

Crossroad in Cancer Signaling: Regulation of Human iNOS Expression by the WNT B-Catenin Path


Ethicon HPB Physiology/Biology
Sunil K. Geevarghese, MD

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

The Role of Mitochondrial Calcium Management in Hepatic Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury following Syngeneic Rat Liver Transplantation

Sanofi-aventis HPB Oncology
Jon Dorfman, MD

Massachusetts General Hospital

Positron Emission Tomography to Monitor HSV-2 Viral Oncolysis


Ethicon HPB
Jennifer Lynn Irani, MD

Brigham and Women's Hospital

The Role of CEACAM6 in Pancreatic Cancer Invasion


Ethicon HPB
Shiva Sarraf-Yazdi, MD

Duke University Medical Center

Anti-angiogenic Therapy of Murine Liver Metastases by Tie2 Inhibition


Ethicon HPB
Charles M. Vollmer, MD

University of Toronto

Characterization of a Novel Translocation Breakpoint in Pancreatic Cancer


Ethicon HPB
Nicole Chandler, MD

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Overcoming Chemoresistance in Human Pancreatic Cancer