Celebrate our Researchers

In health care, research is the foundation for everything we do. SUNY Downstate faculty and staff contribute daily to knowledge that shapes our world.

Whether our researchers peer through a microscope or put a microscope on the practice of healthcare itself, our work changes the world.

Research at SUNY Downstate has yielded decades of innovation. Ongoing work in the basic sciences, translational research and clinical trials continue that legacy. And we continue to make advances, in public health studies, health information technology and evidence-based research on nursing.

The result: Medicine and healthcare as equitable as it is advanced.

New Awards Received in 2023

Submitting grant proposals is not easy, nor is the work itself. Therefore, we want to congratulate the following researchers for their hard work in achieving this - no small feat!  

Congratulations to the following researchers that have received a new award or competitive renewal in 2023. For more information on clinical trials open to enrollment, please visit our Clinical Trials website.


Tahir Ramzan / Marquez, Dr. Samuel

"Fellowship: SIR Foundation Culp Student Research Grant Agreement"

Sponsor: SIR Foundation
June 1, 2023 - July 31, 2023

William Chirico, Ph.D.

"Plasma Membrane Repair in the Lung"

Sponsor: Department of Defense
April 1, 2023 - March 31, 2025

Marcus Lambert, PhD

"Understanding the Science of Effective Mentorship Networks for Underrepresented Researchers (MIRA)"

Sponsor: National Institute of General Medical Sciences
September 1, 2023 - August 31, 2028

Jeannette Jakus, MD

Clinical Trial - Phase III
Sponsor: Pfizer Incorporated
July 20, 2023 - study end

Clinical Trial
Sponsor: Incyte Corporation
February 23, 2023 - study end

Marcus Lambert, Ph.D.; Wayne Riley, MD; Moro Salifu, MD; Carla Boutin-Foster, MD, MSC 


Sponsor: National Institute on Minority Health & Health Disparities
June 23, 2023  - May 31, 2028

Christian Amlang, MD

Clinical Trial

Sponsor: Bukwang Pharmaceutical Company Limited
January 3, 2023  - study end

Carla Boutin-Foster, MD / Marlene Camacho-Rivera DSC

"Health Equity Promotion Fellowship Program"

Sponsor: Health Research Inc.
April 1, 2023 - March 31, 2024

Jack DeHovitz, MD

"Keith Haring Foundation Support"

Sponsor: Keith Haring Foundation
April 1, 2023 - March 31, 2025

"Molecular Virology/Epidemiology HIV Training in Kazakhstan (MoVE-Kaz)"

Sponsor: Yale University
July 10, 2023 - March 31, 2028

"Ukraine HIV Research Training Program - Supplement"

Sponsor: Fogarty International Center
April 1, 2023 - March 31, 2028

Patrick Geraghty, MD

"Loss of Progenitor Function Accelerates Lung Aging"

Sponsor: National Jewish Health
June 15, 2023 - February 29, 2028

"Cathepsin S inhibition as a treatment for lung inflammation and lung damage in Chronic Lung Disease"

Sponsor: Queens University of Belfast
July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2025

Christopher Jimenez, MD

"High Risk Populations Project"

Sponsor: Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
September 30, 2023 - September 29, 2028

Rauno Joks, MD

Clinical Trial - Phase III
Sponsor: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP
March 1, 2023  - study end

Mohan Preet, MD

"Phase 2A Pilot Trial to test if three non-toxic, low-cost generic oral drugs - Metformin, Digoxin, Simvastatin - in combination with Gemcitabine will silence..."

Gift: Cure Alliance
April 21, 2023 - April 20, 2025

Christine Rucker, MD

"Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP)"

Sponsor: NYS Department of Health
January 1, 2023 - September 30, 2028


Subodh Saggi, MD

Clinical Trial
Alpine Immune Sciences Incorporated
March 14, 2023 - study end

Clinical Trial
Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Incorporated
January 12, 2023 - study end

Moro Salifu, MD

"Novel Peptide Drug to Treat Vascular Access Stenosis and Thrombosis in Kidney Failure Patients on Hemodialysis

Sponsor: TAF Corporate Funded
July 24, 2023 - September 30, 2024

Manisha Singh, MD

"Family Focused Health Care"

Sponsor: Health Research Inc.
July 1, 2023 - March 31, 2024

Thomas Wallach, MD

Clinical Trial- Phase III
Ardelyx Incorporated
February 13, 2023 - study end

Jessica Yager, MD, MPH

"Corrections to Health Initiative"

Sponsor: Health Research Inc.
April 1, 2023 - December 31, 2027

Steven Levine, MD

"Comparison of Anit-Coagulation and Anti-Platelet Therapies for intracranial Vascular Atherostenosis"

Sponsor: University of Florida 
June 1, 2023 - May 31, 2024

Jeffrey Birnbaum, MD

"PrEP Aware Week Collaboration"

Sponsor: Health Research Incorporated
April 1, 2024 - November 30, 2023

Stephan Kohlhoff, MD

Clinical Trial
Pfizer Incorporated
April 24, 2023 - study end

David Cano / Todd Sacktor (Mentor)

"Fellowship: Medical Scholars Research"

Sponsor: NYS Department of Health
July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024

Salvador Dura Bernal, PhD

"Institutional Support in Spinal Cord Research (Round 7)"

Sponsor: NYS Department of Health
July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2028

"Simulating and treating neurodevelopmental disorders with biophysically detailed neuronal models"

Sponsor: Regents of the University of California
April 1, 2023 - March 31, 2026

Alexandro Ramirez, PhD

"Understanding the Role of a Novel Cell Type in Triggering Voluntary Saccades"

Sponsor: National Eye Institute
September 30, 2023 - June 30, 2026

Henri Tiedge, PhD

"Therapeutic Prospects in Neuropsychiatric Systemic Lupus Erythematosus"

Sponsor: Rheumatology Research Foundation
July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2025

Roseann Peterson, MD

"Liability to Causality: Leveraging whole-genome approaches to elucidate major depression etiology"

Sponsor: Brain and Behavior Research Foundation
January 15, 2023 - January 14, 2024

Frederick Okoye / Jeffrey Weiss MD (Mentor)

Fellowship: "Detection of Vasopressin Receptors in Fruit Bat"

Sponsor: New York Academy of Medicine
June 1, 2023 - August 31, 2023

Sally Zhou / Abdo Kabarriti, MD (Mentor)

Fellowship: "Prevalence and associated risk factors of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms in Pregnant and Postpartum women"

Sponsor: New York Academy of Medicine
May 30, 2023 - August 29, 2023