DRC P&F Awardees

Pilot and Feasibility Projects in Endocrinology & Diabetes
Pilot & Feasibility Program, Director: Peter Tontonoz

On behalf of the UCSD/UCLA Diabetes Research Center Pilot and Feasibility Grant Committee, the UCSD/UCLA DRC Center is delighted to announce that we have awarded 7 outstanding projects for seed funding in 2018 out of 38 superb applications. The number and quality of the applications is clear evidence for the remarkable scientific environment that exists in our universities for supporting diabetes research especially among promising young scientists. The UCSD/UCLA DRC funds four grantees per year at approximately $40,000-$50,000.

THE UCSD/UCLA DRC is Proud to Announce the 2018 P&F AWARDEES:

Junior Faculty Developmental Award winner:

Timothy O’Sullivan, PhD, UCSD, for the proposal “Determining the contribution of adipose-resident dendritic cells to obesity-associated inflammation and insulin resistance.”

P&F awardees:

  • Celine Riera, PhD, CEDARS-SINAI, for the proposal “Nociceptor sensory neurons modulate immune responses in obesity and diabetes to control metabolism.” 
  • Ty D. Troutman, PhD, UCSD, for the proposal “Comparative Assessment of Human and Mouse Hepatic Myeloid Cell Diversity During Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.” 
  • Jeramie Watrous, PhD, UCSD, for the proposal “Microbial contributions to the development of human type 2 diabetes mellitus.” 
  • Stephanie Correa, PhD, UCSD/UCLA, for the proposal "Bypassing estrogen to manipulate a neural circuit that controls body weight.” 
  • Zhenqi Zhou, PhD, UCLA, for the proposal "The impact of dynamin-related protein (Drp)1 on muscle metabolism and insulin action.” 
  • Eiji Yoshihara, PhD, SALK INSTITUTE for the proposal “Immune tolerance induction by transcriptional memory in hiPSC derived mature human islets like organoids.” 

Please join us in congratulating these promising young investigators!

See a full history of our P&F awardees here: History of successful applications

Final report and presentation at the annual retreat
A report on each pilot and feasibility study conducted will be provided at the end of the study period and an update will be provided yearly for four years after the completion of the award. These brief reports will contain professional career status at the time of the award and at the time of the report; an overview of the project including its significance and salient results; a list of resulting publications; and peer-reviewed subsequent funding in the same or related areas. Funded P&F investigators will attend the annual DRC retreat as well as a meeting of Regional P&F awardees, and present the results of their work in the year immediately following their award. Travel to these meetings will be charged to the individual P&F awards.