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    AAMC MOSAIC 2022 Cohort Scholars

    AAMC’s MOSAIC Program Scholars are select National Institute of Health (NIH)-K99/R00 awardees who hail from diverse backgrounds, for example from groups underrepresented in research, as they transition from postdoctoral appointments into academic research faculty positions.

    Eric N. Anderson, PhD

    Eric N. Anderson, PhD

    Project Title: Investigating the Role of Traumatic Injury in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Dementia (ALS/FTD)
    Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
    Institution: University of Pittsburgh
    Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Institute on Aging
    Grant ID: K99AG075363

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    Kynon Jade Benjamin

    Kynon Jade Benjamin, PhD

    Project Title: Comprehensive Computational Analysis of Genetic and Regulatory Differences Between Individuals With African and European Ancestries Across Four Brain Regions
    Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
    Institution: Lieber Institute, Inc.
    Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
    Grant ID: K99MD016964

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    Ganga S. Bey, PhD, MPH

    Ganga S. Bey, PhD, MPH

    Project Title: Identity Influences on Psychosocial Traits, Biologic Age, and Cardiovascular Disease Disparities
    Position: Assistant Professor
    Institution: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Institute on Aging
    Grant ID: R00AG075327

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    Kyle A. Cottrell

    Kyle A. Cottrell, PhD

    Project Title: Identifying Determinants of ADAR-Dependency in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
    Position: Assistant Professor
    Institution: Purdue University
    Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
    Grant ID: R00MD016946

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    Mateo P. Farina

    Mateo P. Farina, PhD

    Project Title: Epigenetic Mechanisms Linking Lifetime Social and Environmental Exposures to Cognitive Aging
    Position: Assistant Professor
    Institution: University of Texas at Austin
    Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Institute on Aging
    Grant ID: K99AG076964

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    Daysha Ferrer-Torres, PhD

    Daysha Ferrer-Torres, PhD

    Project Title: Utilizing a Human Stem Cell Model of the Esophagus to Understand Racial Disparities During Injury Repair
    Position: Research Investigator
    Institution: University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
    Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    Grant ID: K99DK133804

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    Leandra K. Figueroa-Hall

    Leandra Figueroa-Hall, PhD, MS

    Project Title: In Vivo Inflammatory Challenge to Elucidate the Role of the Toll-Like Receptor 4 Pathway in Depression
    Position: Associate Investigator
    Institution: Laureate Institute for Brain Research
    Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Institute on Mental Health
    Grant ID: K99MH126950

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    Melissa Flores

    Melissa Flores, PhD

    Project Title: Toward Accurate Cardiovascular Disease Prediction in Hispanics/Latinos: Modeling Risk and Resilience Factors
    Position: Assistant Professor
    Institution: University of Arizona
    Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    Grant ID: R00HL157611

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    Cherice N. Hill, PhD

    Cherice N. Hill, PhD

    Project Title: Tissue Structure and Mechanical Function Relationships of the Human Temporomandibular Lateral Capsule-Ligament: Investigation of Sexual and Racial Dimorphisms
    Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
    Institution: Clemson University
    Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
    Grant ID: K99DE031345

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    Amanda M. Hunter, PhD, MPH

    Amanda M. Hunter (Yoeme), PHD, MPH

    Project Title: Native Spirit: Culturally Grounded Substance Use Prevention for Indigenous Adolescents
    Position: Postdoctoral Scholar
    Institution: Northern Arizona University
    Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Institute on Drug Abuse
    Grant ID: K99DA056842

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    Mijin Kim, PhD

    Mijin Kim, PhD

    Project Title: Machine Perception Nanosensor Array Platform to Capture Whole Disease Fingerprints of Early Stage Pancreatic Cancer
    Position: Assistant Professor
    Institution: Georgia Tech
    Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
    Grant ID: R00EB033580

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    Vivian S. Lee-Kim, PhD

    Vivian S. Lee-Kim, PhD

    Project Title: Tspan14 Expression and Function in Cardiovascular Disease
    Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
    Institution: Brigham and Women's Hospital
    Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    Grant ID: K99HL163411

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    Gabriela López, PhD

    Gabriela López, PhD

    Project Title: Event-level Antecedents of Heavy Drinking Among Bisexual and Heterosexual Women With and Without Histories of Sexual Assault
    Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
    Institution: Brown University
    Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    Grant ID: K99AA030079

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    Erica L. O’Brien

    Erica L. O’Brien, PhD

    Project Title: Pathways Linking Negative Self-Views of Aging to Physical Activity in Daily Life: An Intensive Within-Person Approach
    Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
    Institution: Pennsylvania State University
    Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Institute on Aging
    Grant ID: K99AG075259

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    Maria Mora Pinzon

    Maria Mora Pinzon, MD, MS, FACPM

    Project Title: Improving Access to Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Care Services for Latinx Individuals at Community Health Clinics. A Multiphase Mixed Methods Study.
    Position: Assistant Professor
    Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Institute on Aging
    Grant ID: K99AG076966

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    Mitali Ray, PhD, RN

    Mitali Ray, PhD, RN

    Project Title: Allostatic Load and Race: Implications for Cardiovascular Health in Pregnancy and Beyond
    Position: Postdoctoral Scholar
    Institution: University of Pittsburgh
    Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Institute of Nursing Research
    Grant ID: K99NR020215

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    Carleara Weiss, RN, MS, PhD

    Carleara Weiss, PhD. MS, RN

    Project Title: The Benefits of Nicotinamide Riboside Upon Cognition and Sleep in Older Veterans
    Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
    Institution: State University of New York at Buffalo
    Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Institute on Aging
    Grant ID: K99AG079117

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    Sonya J. Wolf-Fortune, PhD

    Sonya J. Wolf-Fortune, PhD

    Project Title: Role of IFN Kappa in Psoriasis-Mediated Diabetes Development
    Position: Research Fellow
    Institution: University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
    Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    Grant ID: K99DK133828

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