2020 G.E.R.M. Awardees

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2020-2021 G.E.R.M. AWARDEES

Medical students from around the U.S. submitted their applications to receive a $4,000 stipend for their ID/HIV research projects and receive mentorship through the IDSA Foundation’s G.E.R.M. program. Each of the 41 awardees brings a unique perspective and skill to the field of ID research.

MEET THE AWARDEES

Alexis Green

Mentor: Anthony Harris

Institution: University of Maryland School of Medicine

Project Title: Pseudomonas aeruginosa Bacteremia and the Need for Follow-up Blood Cultures

Alison Smith

Mentor: Henry Blumberg, MD

Institution: Emory University School of Medicine

Project Title: Impact of Dysglycemia on Risk of Infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis among Household Contacts of Active Tuberculosis Cases in Ethiopia

Allen Roberts

Mentor: Ruanne Barnabas

Institution: University of Washington

Project Title: Geographic risk scoring tools for predicting HIV incidence in South Africa

Amelia Davis

Mentor: Kristine Erlandson, MD

Institution: University of Colorado School of Medicine

Project Title: Models of Care for Older Adults Living with HIV

Anna Sanford

Mentor: John Schieffelin

Institution: Tulane University School of Medicine

Project Title: Trends in Clinical Sequelae of Ebola Survivors in Sierra Leone

Anne Davidson

Mentor: Michael G. Ison

Institution: Feinberg Northwestern Medical School

Project Title: Human Metapneumovirus Infection in Hospitalized Adult Patients: A Single Center, Retrospective Study

Austin Jones

Mentor: Jeffery Percak, MD

Institution: Tulane University

Project Title: Predicting Retention in Hepatitis C Treatment Following Emergency Department Screening

Camille Morgan

Mentor: Jonathan Parr

Institution: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Medicine

Project Title: Spatial epidemiology of hepatitis B transmission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Cate Hendren

Mentor: Ross Boyce, MD

Institution: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Project Title: HIV Mapping in Western Uganda 

Eden Altwies

Mentor: Dr. Julie Dombrowski

Institution: University of Washington

Project Title: Characterizing Comorbidities and Evaluating Service Receipt for Substance Use and Psychiatric Diagnoses Among Patients at a Low-Barrier HIV Clinic in Seattle, Washington

Elizabeth Okafor

Mentor: David Boulware

Institution: University of Minnesota

Project Title: NK cell cytotoxicity against Cryptococcus neoformans

Elizabeth Tremblay

Mentor: Kartikeya Cherabuddi, MD, FACP

Institution: Florida State University College of Medicine

Project Title: Development and validation of a clinical calculator for the differentiation of NTM from TB when assessing the need for inpatient airborne isolation

Emily Huebner

Mentor: Kristina Adams Waldorf

Institution: University of Washington School of Medicine

Project Title: Virulence Factors in Group B Streptococcus Isolates from Pregnant Women and Neonates with Invasive Infections

Emma Office

Mentor: Egon Ozer, MD, PhD

Institution: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Project Title: Characterization of the molecular epidemiology of Group A Streptococcus

Emma Thompson

Mentor: Michael Saag

Institution: University of Alabama School of Medicine

Project Title: Exploring Persistent HIV/AIDs Related Stigma in Birmingham, AL

Faisal Ahmad

Mentor: William H. McCoy IV, MD, PhD

Institution: Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

Project Title: Targeting microbial nanomachines to prevent indwelling medical device infections

Francesca Goodstein

Mentor: Marcel Curlin, MD 

Institution: Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Project Title: Epidemiology and serological evaluation of flavivirus infection in Thailand 

Fred Heller

Mentor: Ana Weil

Institution: Duke University School of Medicine

Project Title: Impact of Microbiome on Development of Long-Term Oral-Cholera-Vaccine-Mediated Protective Immunity

Helena Drolshagen

Mentor: Atul Kothari, MD

Institution: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Project Title: Changing Trends in Antimicrobial Susceptibility of Enterococci and Role of Antibiotic Usage in Patients with Cancer

Holden Richards

Mentor: Christina Lancioni, MD

Institution: Oregon Health and Science University

Project Title: Boosting Babies’ Immunity through Toll-like Receptor-2 

James Goodman

Mentor: Jay Nelson, MD

Institution: Oregon Health and Science University

Project Title: Elucidating the effect of Zika Virus mutations on neural tropism

Jessica Rhee

Mentor: Mariam Aziz, MD

Institution: Rush Medical College

Project Title: Impact of Intimate Partner Violence in HIV+ Women in Chicago

John Ryan

Mentor: Stephan Jordan

Institution: Indiana University School of Medicine

Project Title: Metabolic pathways associated with natural clearance of Chlamydia trachomatis infection in women

John Sanchez

Mentor: Anne J. Blaschke, MD

Institution: University of Utah

Project Title: Identifying Novel Virulence Factors in Invasive Streptococcus pneumoniae Causing Meningitis

Justin Klucher

Mentor: Ryan Dare

Institution: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Project Title: Blood Culture Contamination in the Emergency Department: A Risk Factor Analysis

Krista Moore

Mentor: Emily Blumberg, MD

Institution: Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Project Title: Impact of Deceased Organ Donor Substance Use on Infectious Outcomes in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients

Kyle Robinson

Mentor: Claudia Libertin, MD

Institution: Mayo Clinic

Project Title: Expanding Screening and Treatment of HIV and other STI’s in Rural Northwestern Madagascar

Manasa Bhatta

Mentor: Jessica Castilho

Institution: Vanderbilt School of Medicine

Project Title: Factors Associated with Contraceptive Method Use Among Women Living with HIV

Mariam Ebeid

Mentor: Roberto Santos, MD

Institution: University of Mississippi Medical Center

Project Title: Improving HIV screening of adolescents and young adults in Mississippi using electronic reminder (EPIC – best practice alert) and electronic learning module

Megan Meyer

Mentor: Paul Drain, MD

Institution: University of Washington 

Project Title: Identifying Sociodemographic Factors Associated with HIV-related Stigma and Measuring Change in Stigma Levels from 2013-2020 in Umlazi Township, South Africa

Nicole Robertson

Mentor: James Zachary Porterfield , MD

Institution: University of Kentucky College of Medicine

Project Title: The Influence of post-tuberculosis exposure status on lung function, respiratory symptoms, and quality of life in low and middle-income countries

Rachael Mahle

Mentor: Ephraim Tsalik, MD

Institution: Duke University School of Medicine

Project Title: The impact of immunocompromise on the host response to bacterial vs. viral infection

Rachel Kupferman

Mentor: Tine Vindenes, MD

Institution: Tufts University School of Medicine

Project Title: Assessment of Tufts Medical Center’s Latent Tuberculosis Infection Care Cascade

Sabahat Rahman

Mentor: Steven Hatch, MD

Institution: University of Massachusetts Medical School

Project Title: Identifying Etiologies and Risk Factors for Serious Bacterial Illness in Liberian Children age 6-59 months 

Samantha Herbert

Mentor: Susanne Doblecki-Lewis

Institution: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Project Title: Evaluation of Access to Sexual Health Services Among Recent US Immigrants

Sara Briker

Mentor: Keith Hamilton

Institution: Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Project Title: The Influence of Sociobehavioral Factors on the Implementation of Antimicrobial Stewardship Interventions

Tejas Kumar

Mentor: Shital Patel, MD MSc

Institution: Baylor College of Medicine

Project Title: Development and Implementation of Rapid ART Initiation Programs in Houston

Theodora Bruun

Mentor: Peter Kim

Institution: Stanford University

Project Title: In search of a small-molecule inhibitor of the HIV-1 gp41 hydrophobic pocket

Travis Nielsen

Mentor: Fritzie S. Albarillo MD

Institution: Stritch School of Medicine and Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health at Loyola University Chicago

Project Title: Expanding Antimicrobial Stewardship into the Outpatient Setting

Tyler Rapp

Mentor: Jessica Lin, MD, MSCR

Institution: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Project Title: Understanding how geographic factors shape the submicroscopic malaria reservoir in Bagamoyo, Tanzania

 

Zheyi Han

Mentor: Abhishek Deshpande

Institution: Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University

Project Title: Impact of Clostridioides difficile Infection on Patient Quality of Life

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2019 G.E.R.M. Awardees

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