Meet the Scholars


Current KL2 Scholars

Cohort 10

Anastasia-Stefania Alexopoulos, MBBS, MHS
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Nutrition
Project Title:  Improving care and reducing healthcare disparities of an overlooked and dangerous diabetes complication: non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
Primary Mentor:  Matthew Crowley, MD

Michael Lidsky, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Surgical Oncology
Project Title:  Leveraging patient-derived models to improve therapeutic efficacy in FGFR2 fusion-positive intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma
Primary Mentor:  Kris Wood, PhD

Cohort 9

Giselle Lopez, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology
Project Title: Hypercellular Nodules in the Oligodendroglioma Tumor Microenvironment, and Their Impact on Prognosis
Primary Mentor: David Ashley, PhD, MBBS


Melissa Kay, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health
Project Title:  Using digital health technologies to prevent obesity among infants of low-income women receiving nutrition assistance benefits
Primary Mentor:  Gary Bennett, PhD

Kai Sun, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology
Project Title: Intervention to Improve Medication Adherence in Chronic Rheumatic Diseases
Primary Mentor:  Megan Clowse, MD, MPH

Cohort 8

Josh Thaden, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
Project Title:  A novel bacterial virulence factor associates with increased patient mortality in E. coli bacteremia
Primary Mentor: Vance C. Fowler, MD, MHS

Michelle White, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Hospital Medicine
Project Title:  A Place-Based Intervention to Reduce Child Obesity Disparities
Primary Mentor:  Eliana Perrin, MD, MPH

Cohort 7

Amanda Eudy, PhD
Assistant Professor in Medicine, Rheumatology and Immunology
Project Title: "Utilizing qualitative and quantitative methods to understand a new model of Type 1 and 2 systemic lupus erythematosus"
Primary Mentor: Megan E. B. Clowse, MD, MPH

Kevin Southerland, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Vascular
Project Title: "The Role of Notch Signaling in Determining the Clinical Manifestations of Critical Limb Ischemia"
Primary Mentor: Christopher D. Kontos, MD

Sarahn Wheeler, MD
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal Fetal Medicine
Project Title: "INCORPorate 17-P: Engaging the Community to Reduce Pre-Term Birth using 17-P"
Primary Mentor: Geeta Swamy, MD

Cohort 6

Noreen Bukhari-Parlaturk, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurology, Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders
Project Title: "Plasticity Rectifying Therapy of Task-Specific Dystonia Using Noninvasive Neuromodulation"
Primary Mentor: Nicole Calakos, MD, PhD

Stacey Ann Maskarinec, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health
Project Title: "Host-Pathogen Interactions of Straphylococcus aureus Cardiac Device Infections"
Primary Mentor: Vance C. Fowler, MD, MHS

Carlene D. Moore, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurology, Headache and Pain
Project Title: "Molecular & Cellular signaling mechanisms of TRPV4 in skin: a therapeutic target for pain & itch"
Primary Mentor: Wolfgang Liedtke, MD, PhD

Lavanya Vasudevan, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor in Family Medicine and Community Health, Duke Global Health Institute
Project Title: "VISTA: Vaccinator-Initiated Screening and TAilored counseling for reducing vaccine hesitancy"
Primary Mentor: John Bartlett, MD

KL2 Alumni Scholars

Cohort 5

Oluwadamilola Motunrayo Fayanju, MD, MPHS
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Surgical Oncology
Project Title: "Using Modifiable Risk Factors to Address Disparities after Breast Cancer Diagnosis: the BRISC Model"
Primary Mentor: E. Shelley Hwang, MD

Andrada Delia Neacsiu, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Clinical Translational Neurosciences
Project Title: "Establishing the Therapeutic Target for CBT-Enhanced Neuromodulation for Transdiagnostic Emotion Dystonia"
Primary Mentor: Kevin LaBar

Cohort 4

Michael Paul Cary, PhD
Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Healthcare in Adult Populations
Project Title: "Multiple chronic conditions associated with hospital readmission among hip fracture patients discharged from inpatient rehabilitation"
Primary Mentor: Cathleen Colon-Emeric, MD

Kathryn C. Dickerson, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Clinical Translational Neurosciences
Project Title: "Instructed Activation of the Human Dopaminergic Midbrain using Real-Time fMRI and PET Neuroimaging"
Primary Mentor: R. Allison Adcock

Rasheeda Hall, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine
Project Title: "Understanding Functional Disability in Older Dialysis Patients"
Primary Mentor: Cathleen Colon-Emeric, MD

Cohort 3

Terrence Allen, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Women's Anesthesia/Anesthesiology
Project Title: "Role of Progestins and PGRMC1 in Fetal Membrane Remodeling"
Primary Mentor: Amy Murtha, MD

Anthony Sung, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Hematologic Malignancies and Cellular Therapies
Project Title: "In-home Allogeneic stem cell transplantation to preserve the gut microbiota and improve outcomes"
Primary Mentor: Nelson Chao, MD

Kanecia Zimmerman
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Pediatrics
Project Title: "Improving Safety of Drug Administration to Critically Ill Children"
Primary Mentor: P. Brian Smith, MD

Cohort 2

Ranee Chatterjee, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, General Internal Medicine
Project Title: "The Effects of Potassium on Glucose Metabolish and Diabetes Risk in African Americans"
Primary Mentor: David Edelman, MD

Zhi-De Deng
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Brain Stimulation & Neurophysology
Project Title: "Individualized Optimal Targeting for Seizure Therapy"
Primary Mentor: Andrew Krystal, MD

Kevin Hill, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology
Project Title: "Improving Radiation Safety During Cardiac Catheterization"
Primary Mentor: Jennifer Li, MD

Cohort 1

Genevieve G. Fouda Amouou, MD, PhD
Associate Professor in Pediatrics, Duke Human Vaccine Institute
Project Title: "Estimating the Impact of Infant Passive Immunization on Postnatal HIV Acquisition"
Primary Mentor: Sallie Permar, MD, PhD

Bryan C. Batch, MD, MHS
Associate Professor of Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism
Project Title: "Targeting Weight Loss Management to Enhance Outcomes in Women Veterans"
Primary Mentor: Hayden Bosworth, PhD

Paul Lantos, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, General Internal Medicine/Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Project Title: "Improving the Diagnosis of Lyme Disease in the Southeastern United States"
Primary Mentor: William Pan, PhD