University of Wisconsin–Madison

WNPRC Pilot Grant Winners Study Viruses, Pregnancy and More

Feb. 14, 2013 / by Jordana Lenon

Research on kidney transplantation, listeria in pregnancy, and HIV treatment are among five new pilot research projects the WNPRC has awarded for 2013-2015.

Vaiva Vezys, assistant professor of microbiology, Center for Immunology, University of Minnesota Medical School, received $50,000 for her project, ”Therapeutic Vaccination During SIV Infection.” Dr. Vezys will be working with Ashley Haase, co-investigator, University of Minnesota; Nancy Schultz-Darken, WNPRC assistant scientist, and Karla Nephew, WNRPC research specialist.

Shelby O’Connor, assistant professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison, received $49,820 for her project, “Lymph Nodes are Reservoirs for Increased Viral Diversity.”

Luis A. Fernandez, associate professor of surgery, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison, received $50,000 for his project, “A Strategy to Prevent Delayed Graft Function in Kidney Transplantation.” Dr. Fernandez will be working with Igor Slukvin, associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, and Saverio Capuano, associate director, WNPRC Animal Services.

Thaddeus G. Golos, WNPRC senior scientist and professor of comparative biosciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison, received $10,291 for his project, “Mechanisms of Listeria-induced Pregnancy Loss.” Dr. Golos will be working with Charles Czuprynski and Suresh Marulasiddappa, professors of pathobiological sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, UW-Madison, and Heather Simmons, WNPRC veterinary pathologist.

Heather Simmons, WNPRC veterinary pathologist, received $6,100 for her project, “Pancreatic Neoplasia in Nonhuman Primates.” Dr. Simmons will be working with Marina Emborg, WNPRC senior scientist and associate professor of medical physics, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Read more here about the WNPRC Pilot Awards Program.