Research Grants Awarded

July 2017
Resham Bhattacharya, Ph.D.-University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center-$140,000-Research to study cancer stem cells.
David J.Forsthoefel, Ph.D.-Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation-$112,000-Research to determine the genes required to repair injured intestinal cells.
Gary Gorbsky, Ph.D.-Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation-$142,269-Research to study the genetic basis of stem cell regeneration.
Timothy M. Griffin, Ph.D.-Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation-$112,000-Research to study how aging effects stem cell generation in cartilage.
Lorin E. Olson, Ph.D.-Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation-$168,000-Research related to bone forming stem cells.
Sathish Srinivasan, Ph.D.-Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation-$168,000-Research to study lymphatic stem cells.
Matthew S. Walters, Ph.D.-University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center-$161,261 -Research to study airway stem cells. 

January 2017
Willard M.Freeman, Ph.D.-University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center-$119,529-Research to study neural stem cells and the potential ability to increase memory in older adults.
Judith A. James, MD, Ph.D.-Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation-$168,000-Research to study the role of stem cells in inflammation and the forming of autoimmune disease.
Ralf Janknecht, Ph.D.-University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center-$168,000-Research to study a method of suppressing breast cancer stem cells.
Susan Kovats, Ph.D.-Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation-$157,242-Research to study how blood stem cells become lung cells which could have implications for treatment of lung disease.
Yun Z. Le, Ph.D.-University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center-$168,000-Research to study how stem cells can be used to treat vision loss.
Chuanbin Mao, Ph.D.-University of Oklahoma-$168,000-A new approach is being developed for producing stem cells.
Susannah Rankin, Ph.D.-Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation-$159,095-Research to study how specialized stem cells are reprogrammed into nonspecialized cells.
Tanaka Tanaka, Ph.D.-University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center-$134,400-Research to study how cancer stem cells are generated.

July 2016
Heather D. Gappa-Fahlenkamp,Ph.D.-Oklahoma State University-$104,355-Research to create a 3D tissue engineered model to study allergic diseases.
Gary Gorbsky,Ph.D.-Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation-$158,913-Research to study the genetic basis of stem cell regeneration.
Lin Liu,Ph. D.-Oklahoma State University -$168,000-Research to explore the use of stem cells to treat influenza virus infection.
Christopher L. Sansam, Ph.D. –Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation-$159,900-Research to study the methods of reprogramming mature cells to iPS cells.
Sathish Srinivasan,Ph.D.
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation-$168,000-Research to study stems cells and the ability to repair valves that are associated with lymphedema.
Leonidas Tsiokas,Ph.D.
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center-$168,000-Research to study the effect of drugs on bone marrow stem cells and cilia.
Lijun Xia,Md. Ph.D.
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation-$168,000-Research to study intestinal stem cells and their function.
Xin Zhang,Ph.D.
Stephenson Cancer Center-$168,000-Research to study stem cells that promote fat cells.

January 2016
Daniel Carr, Ph.D.-University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center-$119,112-Research to study the role of cornea stem cell.
Yun Le, Ph.D.-University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center-$168,000-Research to study how stem cells can be used to treat vision loss.
Roberto Pezza, Ph.D.-Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation-$113,585-Research to study how DNA repair and cancer stem cells.
Susannah Rankin, Ph.D.-Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation-$146,493-Research to study how specialized stem cells are reprogrammed into nonspecialized cells.
Tanaka Takemi, Ph.D.-University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center-$68,318-Research to study how cancer stem cells are generated.
Lauren Zenewicz, Ph.D.-University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center-$102,880-Research to study stem cells that help fight infection.

July 2015
David A. Jones, Ph.D.  – Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation- $168,000- Study of requirements for intestinal stem cells.
Lin  Liu, Ph. D. – Oklahoma State University Department of Physiological Sciences,- $168,000- Research to study a method for treating COPD in mice.
Chuanbin  Mao, Ph.D. – University of Oklahoma- $168,000- A new approach is being developed for producing neuronal stem cells.
Mary B. Humphrey, MD – University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center- $112,000- Research on a method to convert normal cells into stem cells.
Muna L Naash, Ph.D. – University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center- $168,000- Research to examine the ability of stem cells to become retinal neurons.
Xiao-Hong Sun, MD, Ph.D. – Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation- $168,000- Knowledge of a protein made by stem cells could have implications for leukemia treatment.
Leonidas Tsiokas, Ph.D. – University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center- $168,000- Stem cell characteristics may depend on a critical protein.
Lijun Xia, Md. Ph.D. – Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation- $168,000- Research with mice that could lead to treatment and/or prevention of some colon disorders.

January 2015
Jose Alberola-lla,Ph.D. – Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation- $168,000-Research to understand the qualities of hematopoietic stem cells.
Patrick Gaffney,MD – Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation- $167,191 -Research to study a gene that has been found to be associated with Lupus.
Lorin Olson,Ph.D. – Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation- $168,000-Research to study fibrosis to better understand scar formation.
Christopher Sansam,Ph.D. – Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation- $159,057 -Research to study how a gene affects the replication and the timing of a cell.
Sathish Srinivasan,Ph.D. – Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation- $168,000-Research to study lymphatic cells that may have implications for repairing lymphatic cells.
Xin Zhang,Ph.D. – Stephenson Cancer Center- $168,000-Research to study a certain protein, tetraspanin, to determine how it affects cancer metastatis.
Alana Welm,Ph.D. – Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation- $63,500-Equipment grant to analyze proteins in stem cells to understand their function in cancer, developmental biology, and tissue regeneration.
Christopher Sansam,Ph.D. – Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation- $38,000-Equipment grant to detect mutations with better quality and speed than current methods.
David Jones, Ph.D. – Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation- $20,953- Equipment needed to rapidly study adult stem cell genes.

July 2014
David Jones,Ph.D. -Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation-$150,000-Research to study a tumor suppressor in colon cancer.
Gary Gorbsky, Ph.D.-Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation-$18,015-Equipment upgrade to a high resolution microscope.
Christopher Sansam, Ph.D.-Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation-$7,100-Enabling grant for a devise that enables easy and rapid collection of cells.
Daniel Carr, Ph.D.-University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center-$90,889-Research to study the role of neural stem cells in inflamation of the cornea.
Pamela Lloyd, Ph. D.-Oklahoma State University Department of Physiological Sciences-$100,000-Research to study the role of an engineered stem cell in repairing or replacing damaged lung tissue in COPD.
Augen Pioszak, Ph.D.-University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center-$100,000-Research to study the use of stem cell growth factors that may provide information for therapies for intestinal disorders and cancer.
Gary Gorbsky, Ph.D.-Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation-$144,143-Research to study specific cancer stem cells to improve cancer therapy.
Yun Le, Ph.D.-University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center-$150,000-Research to study an adult retinal stem cell in preventing degeneration of the retina.
Lin Liu, Ph. D.-Oklahoma State University Department of Physiological Sciences,-$150,000-Research to study the ability of an engineered stem cell on lung cells damaged by smoking.
Chuanbin Mao, Ph.D.-University of Oklahoma-$150,000-Research to study induced pluripotent stem cells and the effect on bone formation.
David Jones,Ph.D. -Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation-$88,410-Equipment grant for equipment to identify stem cells at various stages more efficiently and effectively.
Roberto Pezza, Ph.D.-Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation-$100,644-Research to study spermatogonial stem cells and their effect on chromosomal cell division.

January 2014
Alex Cohen, MD, Ph.D.-University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center-$123,200-Research to study how a protein affects corneal stem cells with implications for treatment of corneal blindness.
Lorin Olson, Ph.D.-Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation-$168,000-Research to determine how stem cells for fat can be controlled in health and disease.
Susannah Rankin, Ph.D.-Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation-$117,882 -Basic research that will reveal how adult cells of a given type can be turned more efficiently into other tissues.
Christopher Sansam, Ph.D.-Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation-$162,215 -Research to determine what is special about the division of stem cells.
Xiao-Hong Sun, Ph.D.-Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation-$168,000-Research to determine how normal blood forming cells differ from cancer stem cells, thus suggesting new therapies.
Weidong Wang, MD, Ph. D.-Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation-$168,000-Stem cell lines will be prepared from patients with genetically determined diabetes so that defects can be identified.

July 2013
Patrick Gaffney,MD-Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation-$112000-Research to examine cells that play a large role in the Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE).
Gary Gorbsky,Ph.D.-Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation-$119,513-Research to determine if certain cancer stem cell genes are responsible for cancer coming back after treatment.
Timothy Griffin,Ph.D.-Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation-$47,788-Shared equipment grant to purchase a gas chromatography-mass spectrometry system that will enhance the ability to study the state of stem cells.
Mary Humphrey,MD-University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center-$112,000-Research to study the process of taking arthritic cartilage cells, “resetting” them and then turning them in to normal cartilage. This could have implication for many orthopedic conditions.
Augen Pioszak,Ph.D.-University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center-$168,000-Research to determine how growth factors bind to adult stem cells of the intestine, stomach, colon, hair, and skin.
Sathish Srinivasan,Ph.D.-Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation-$168,000-Research to study the stems cell of the lymphatic vasculature that could lead to treatment options for people with lymphedema (swelling of tissues).

January 2013
Jana Barlic-Dicen,Ph.D.-Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation-$123,200-Research to determine how stem cells can effect atherosclerosis.
Hong Chen,Ph.D.-Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation-$168,000-Research to study intestestinal stem cells which could lead to therapies for gastrointestinal disorders or cancers.
Alex Cohen,MD, Ph.D.-University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center-$123,200-Research to study how a protein effects corneal stem cells.
Lin Liu,Ph. D.-Oklahoma State University Department of Physiological Sciences,-$112,000-Research to determine how stem cell therapy can repair or replace damaged lung tissues.
Pamela Lloyd,Ph. D.-Oklahoma State University Department of Physiological Sciences -$112,000-Research to determine how stem cells and growth factors effect chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Florea Lupu,Ph.D.-Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation-$112,000-Research to study how a protein effects stem cell transformations which could have implications for weight loss and atherosclerosis.
Chuanbin Mao,Ph.D.-University of Oklahoma-$134,400-Research to study how stem cells can be created to improve tissue regeneration.
Xiao-Hong Sun,Ph.D.-Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation-$168,000-Research to determine how blood forming cells differ from cancer cell which could lead to better therapy for blood cancer.
Leonidas Tsiokas,Ph.D.-University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center-$168,000-Research to study how stem cells can effect bone formation which could lead to interventions to prevent bone loss.
Xin Zhang,Ph.D.-Stephenson Cancer Center-$168,000-Research to study breast cancer stem cells which could increase our understanding of metastasis.
$20,000 in grants for researchers to attend scientific conferences.
 

July 2012
Dan Carr, Ph.D., – Dean McGee Eye Institute- $158,008 – Research to understand better the effect of a specific brain infection on stem cells in the central nervous system.
Florea Lupu, Ph.D.– Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation- $56,000- Enabling technology to generate mice that will help to understand better the difference between “good” and “bad” fat.
Lorin Olson, Ph.D.– Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation- $168,000- Research to understand better the role of adult stem cells in wound repair.
Augen Pioszak, Ph.D.– University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center- $112,000- Research to develop a better understanding of how growth factor stimulate adult stem cells growth.
Weidong Wang, MD, Ph.D.– Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation- $168,000- Research using technology and cell profiling to understand the activities of the beta cells in the pancreas.
Carol Webb. Ph.D.– Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation- $157,246- Research to determine methods of creating adult stem cells in adult humans that could accelerate adult stem cell research.
 

January 2012
Jose Alberola, Ph.D. Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation- $120,000-Research to study how low grade infections affect stem cells which could have implications for preventing or reducing some effects of aging.
Myron Hinsdale, Ph.D. Oklahoma State University-$72,800-Research to determine if stem cells can heal lung disease and to explore the potential of therapies.
Lin Liu, Ph.D.– Oklahoma State University- $72,800- Research to test if stem cells can be used to cure chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Pamela Lloyd, Ph.D.– Oklahoma State University-$72,800-Research to test if stem cells repair or replace damaged lung tissue which will have implications for a potential treatment for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease.
Chuanbin Mao, Ph.D.University of Oklahoma$112,000-Research to study how to how adult stem cells can become bone forming cells.
Daniel Carr, Ph.DUniversity of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center- $2,000–Education grant to work in a lab at the University of California-Irving to learn how to identify and change brain and nerve cells in mice.
Muna Naash, Ph.D  University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center- $112,000– Research to test the timing and effectiveness of treatment with eye stem cells for those with retinitis pigmentosa.
Florea Lupu, Ph.D.Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation-$112,000-Research to determine if stem cells modified to have more of a specific protein could have implications for preventing obesity and fat deposits in blood vessels.

July 2011
Carol Webb, Ph.D., $112,000 at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation to determine methods of creating adult stem cells in adult humans that could accelerate development of more effective tissue replacement therapies.
Leonidas Tsiokas, Ph.D., $112.000 at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center to determine how calcium “improves” bone formation which could result in a better treatment for osteoporosis.
Weidong Wang, Ph.D.,$112,000 at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation to determine a different way of creating adult stem cells without using potentially tumor-causing viruses.
Jana Barlic-Dicen, Ph.D., $112,000 at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation to study a mechanism that increases the number of fat cells which could advance development of anti-obesity therapies.

January 2011
Lin Liu,Ph.D.- Oklahoma State University-$62,638- Equipment grant to allow investigators to monitor animals’ response to stem cell therapy for COPD and other breathing conditions. Enhances previously awarded OCASCR grant.
Florea Lupu, Ph.D.-Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation-$70,038- Equipment grant to allow investigators to see how molecules interact on the surface of stem cells. It enhances a previous OCASCR grant.
Muna Naash, Ph.D.- University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center-$112,000- Research to study the role of eye stem cells to improve the structure and function of the retina.
Xiao-Hong Sun,  Ph.D. Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation-$112,000- Research to study the role of mesenchymal stem cells in replenishing blood cells.
Courtney Houchen, MD– University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center-OUHSC-$112,000-Research to study the potential of pancreatic stem cells being converted to insulin producing cells and to replace damaged pancreatic tissues that causes Diabetes.
Lijun Xia,MD, Ph.D.- Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation-$104,800-Research to improve appropriate stem cell movement to replace damaged brain tissues.
 

July 2010
Myron Hinsdale, Ph.D., at Oklahoma State University,$72,800 for research into using adult stem cells to heal lung disease.
Courtney Houchen, M.D., $192,215 (two grants) at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center for equipment to test how adult stem cells respond to different drugs and compounds.
Lin Liu, Ph.D., $72,800 at Oklahoma State University to test if stem cells can be used to cure chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Pamela Lloyd, Ph.D., $72,800 at Oklahoma State University for research on the repair of damaged lung capillaries which could have implications for treatment of emphysema.
Leonidas Tsiokas, Ph.D., $56,654 at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center for research into using stem cells to combat osteoporosis and other bone loss diseases.
Linda Thompson, Ph.D., $123,950 at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation for equipment to increase the ability of researchers to identify and study stem cells.
Carol Webb, Ph.D., $114,311 at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation to improve a method of generating better stem cells that may increase the pace of research and accelerate development of therapies.