Funded Scholars 2020-2021


Venkadesh Sarkarai Nadar, M.Sc., PhD

Project Title: A potential novel arsenic-containing anti-cancer drug for triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC)



Natalia Bourguignon, PhD

Project Title: Development of Lab on Chip devices to evaluate trypanocidal drug activity individually and/or combined for the treatment of Chagas Disease


Sheila Clemens, PT, MPT, PhD

Project Title: Examining racial/ethnic disparities in functional outcomes of people with dysvascular lower limb amputation and the effect of socioenvironmental factors



Bret Eschman, M.S., PhD

Project Title: The role of socioeconomic status in predicting language, social, and cognitive outcomes: New insights from multisensory attention skills



Nicole M. Fava, PhD, MSW

Project Title: Developing a trauma-informed measure of youth sexual health



Funded Scholars 2019-2020



Shanna Burke, PhD, MSW, MPH

Project Title: The differential impact of apolipoprotein E genotype on cognitive and mental health among minorities with HIV and HCV



Melissa Ward-Peterson

Melissa Ward, PhD, MPH

Project Title: Examining barriers to accessing medication-assisted treatment among women with opioid use disorder: A mixed-methods pilot study


Michael Tobia, PhD, MA

Project Title: Olfactory function and brain connectivity as biomarkers for senescent racial/ethnic health disparities


Veronica Del Prete Perez, MD

Project Title: Brain-based mechanisms for risk and resilience in postpartum recovery among Hispanic/Latina women

Funded Scholars 2018-2019



Sabrina Sales Martinez, MS, PhD, RDN

Project Title: Effect of Cocaine Use on the Intestinal Microbiome and Metabolome and Inflammation in HIV-Infected Adults in the Miami Adult Studies in HIV (MASH) Cohort


Hui Huang, MSW, PhD

Project Title: Substance-using parents’ needs and receipt for ancillary services, their relationship to substance use treatment compliance and new child maltreatment reports


Karina Villalba, MPH, PhD

Project Title: Effects of childhood abuse on emotion and cognition and health-risk behaviors among alcohol using women of color at risk for HIV


José Félix Colón Burgos, BA, MS, DrPH

Project Title: Examining the Syndemic of drug use and HIV among Latino MSM who work in the Tourism sector of South Florida

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