STAIR Grant previous awardees

Previous STAIR and DIAL Grant Awardees

The Science Translation and Innovative Research (STAIR*) and Data, Informatics and Application Launch (DIAL*) grant programs are designed to provide funding to support translational science and innovative research performed by UC Davis researchers.  Previous winners by year are shown below.

STAIR Grant 2019-20:

  • Xinbin Chen, Professor, Surgical & Radiological Sciences, Veterinary Medicine
    Novel Therapeutic Strategy to Enhance p53 Expression for the Treatment of Hematological Cancers
  • Jorge Dubcovsky, Distinguished Professor, Department of Plant Sciences
    Commercialization of Triticale with Enhanced Baking Performance
  • Annaliese Franz, Professor, Department of Chemistry
    Developing an Algae Ruminant Feed Additive to Reduce Methane Emissions
  • Yoshihiro Izumiya, Professor, Department of Dermatology
    Development of Novel Cancer Drug from Viral Protein Sequence
  • Joseph Tuscano, Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
    An Optimized, Humanized Antibody to Promote Natural Killer Cell Activity in Cancer Immunotherapy

DIAL Grant 2019-20:

  • Hao Cheng, Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Sciences
    Novel Diagnostic Platform to Detect Canine Heart Disease on Thoracic Radiograph
  • Heather Marie Siefkes, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
    Automated Critical Congenital Heart Disease Screening with Non‐Invasive Oxygenation and Perfusion

STAIR Grant 2018-19:

  • Peter Havel, professor, Department of Nutrition and Molecular Biosciences
    Validation and Development of Natural Products as Triglyceride Lowering and Cardiovascular Protective Therapeutics
  • Stuart Meyers, professor, Department of Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Cell Biology
    A Novel Method to Improve Salmonid Aquaculture
  • Alyssa Panitch, Edward Teller Professor and executive associate dean, Department of Biomedical Engineering                                                                                            Therapeutic Development to Improve Outcomes Following Myocardial Infarction
  • Jamie Peyton, chief of service, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
    Novel Fish Skin Bandages for Treatment of Partial and Full Thickness Wounds
  • Venkatesan Sundaresan, professor, Department of Plant Biology
    Developing Clonal Hybrid Seeds in Maize
  • Allen Van Deynze, director of research at the Seed Biotechnology Center and associate director of the Plant Breeding Center, Department of Plant Sciences
    Enabling Mechanical Harvesting of Peppers

STAIR Grant 2017-18:

  • Anne Britt, Professor, Plant Biology, College of Biological Sciences:  A novel method for rapid and efficient genome editing in tomato (funding provided by TechAccel, with additional funding from the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences)
  • Robert Fairclough, Emeritus Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, Novel antigen-specific myasthenia gravis (MG) therapeutic biologics
  • Soheil Ghiasi, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering:  Restoring the sense of bladder fullness for individuals living with spinal cord injury
  • Chen Gilor, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine & Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine:  Oral delivery of insulin encapsulated in synthetic HepE nanoparticle
  • Dennis Hartigan-O’Connor, Associate Professor, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine:  Viral IL-10 deleted RhCMV vectors for cancer immunotherapy
  • Yoshikazu Takada, Professor, Department of Dermatology, School of Medicine:  Development of antagonistic CD40L mutants as therapeutics for chronic inflammation

DIAL Grant 2016-17:

  • Abhijit Chaudhari, Associate Professor, Department of Radiology, School of Medicine:  Development and Validation of a Texture Analysis Plugin for OsiriX
  • Maurice Pitesky, Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension, Department of Population Health & Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine:  Linking Poultry Food Safety, Production Efficiency, Poultry Welfare and the Internet of Things via a Novel Web-App

STAIR Grant 2016-17 (more information the recipients can be found here):

  • Johnathon Anderson, Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine:  Novel Therapeutic Platform to Treat Inflammatory Diseases
  • Paul Henderson, Associate Adjunct Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine:  Improvement of Chemotherapy with Oomnicoxib
  • Lee Miller, Associate Professor, Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, College of Biological Sciences:  Clinical Feasibility of Patent-Pending EEG Assessment in Hearing Impaired Listeners
  • David Olson, Assistant Professor, Chemistry, College of Letters & Science:  Dimethyltryptamine-Levoamphetamine Hybrids as Plasticity-Promoting Treatments for Neuropsychiatric Diseases
  • Lin Tian, Assistant Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Medicine, School of Medicine:  Illuminating Conformation Dynamics of GPCRs:  A Novel GPCR Drug Discovery Paradigm
  • Yu-Jui Yvonne Wan, Professor and Vice Chair of Research, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, School of Medicine:  Combined Retinoid and HDAC Inhibitors in Metabolic Disease Treatment

DIAL Grant 2016-17 (more information the recipients can be found here):

  • Petr Janata, Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Letters & Science:  Music-Evoked Autobiographical Memory Central (MEAMCentral)
  • Nelson Max, Distinguished Professor, Department of Computer Science, College of Engineering:  Augmented Reality Multi-Player Quadcopter Game System
  • Lisa Miller, Professor, Human Ecology, College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences:  Gamification of an Educational Tool to Increase Nutrition Literacy Skills and Promote Healthy Food Choices

STAIR Grant 2015-16 (more information the recipients can be found here):

  • Gino Cortopassi, Professor, Molecular Biosciences, School of Veterinary Medicine: Small molecule Shc inhibitors to combat pediatric NAFLD and diabetes
  • Richard Levenson, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, School of Medicine:  Snap-shot spectral camera with applications in bio-medicine, agriculture, manufacturing and remote sensing
  • Kai Liu, Professor, Department of Physics, College of Letters & Sciences:  Magnetic skyrmions for future nanoelectronics
  • Tony Simon, Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Science, School of Medicine:  Expanding and evaluating the prototype of a neurotherapeutic video game

STAIR Grant 2014-15 (more information about the recipients can be found here):

  • Wenbin Deng, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine:  A Drug Candidate for the Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis
  • Richard Levenson, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine:  Deep UV Surface Excitation Microscopy (MUSE)
  • Tingrui Pan, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering:  Wearable Pressure Sensor for the Management of Chronic Venous Disease
  • John Voss, Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine:  A Novel Approach for Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Aijun Wang, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery:  A Sutureless Artificial Graft for Arterial Replacement

STAIR Grant 2013-14:

  • Dr. Kyria Boundy-Mills, Department of Food Science and Technology:  Structure and activities of biosurfactants produced through a renewable, yeast-based, reduced cost process
  • Dr. Charles Hunt, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering:  Low-Cost, High-Quality Energy-Efficient Light Sources using FEL
  • Dr. Mark Mascal, Department of Chemistry:  Simple, High-Yield Production of Gasoline and Renewable Polymers from Biomass
  • Dr. Jared Shaw, Department of Chemistry:  A New Class of Antibiotics for Treating Infections Resistant to Current Therapies


For information about the 2018-19 STAIR Grant program, please click here.

For information about the 2017-18 DIAL Grant program, please click here.

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