Skip to main contentSkip to footer content

The long-term goal of the LA CaTS Pilot Grants Program is to develop a critical mass of senior scientists and promising young investigators trained in translational research. Below are the projects and investigators supported through the LA CaTS Center Pilot Grants Program and other LA CaTS Center Cores or Resources.

Annual Pilot Grants

Round 10 Pilot Projects

Round 9 Pilot Projects

Round 8 Multi-Institutional Projects

Round 7 Pilot Projects

Round 6 Pilot Projects

Round 5 Pilot Projects

Round 4 Pilot Projects

Round 3 Pilot Projects

Round 2 Pilot Projects

Round 1 Pilot Projects

Special or Theme Focused Pilot Grant Awards

Multi-Institutional Projects

INBRE Collaborative Projects

Other Pilot Projects

KCA Initiated Projects

Research Action for Health Network (REACHnet) Projects

Other Awards

NIH Supplements

Cycle Round PI Name Institution Project Title
Cycle 2 Round 10  (2021-2022) Yilin Yoshida Tulane Role of comorbidities, sex hormones, inflammatory biomarkers, and socio-demographic factors in sex differences of COVID-19 outcomes
Cycle 2 Round 10  (2021-2022) Vance Albaugh PBRC Intestinal Glucose Utilization Drives the Weight Loss Benefits of Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
Cycle 2 Round 10  (2021-2022) Ibolya Rutkai Tulane Role of mitochondrial quality control in vascular aging
Cycle 2 Round 10  (2021-2022) Maria Sanchez-Pino LSUH-NO Epigenetic signature of obese-induced MDSC: decoding the link with increased risk for Cancer
Cycle 2 Round 10  (2021-2022) Larissa Sweeny LSUH-NO Understanding the Impact of Human Papillomavirus on Immune Response in Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma Tumors
Cycle 2 Round 10  (2021-2022) Timothy Allerton PBRC The Role of Hydrogen Sulfide in Adipose Tissue Microvascular Function in Obesity-Associated Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction
Cycle 2 Round 10  (2021-2022) Prachi Singh PBRC Addressing health disparities in African Americans – exploring sleep and developing interventions
Cycle 2 Round 10  (2021-2022) Yinghua Jiang Tulane Preclinical Screening of Therapeutic Compounds for Treating Ischemic Stroke Complication in A Mouse Model Mimicking Chronic HIV-cART state
Cycle 2 Round 9  (2020-2021) Janet McCombs Tulane Engineering T cells to target Klebsiella pneumoniae infections
Cycle 2 Round 9  (2020-2021) Amy Feehan Ochsner Developing a bile acid biomarker to predict the efficacy of fecal microbiota transplantation in overt hepatic encephalopathy 
Cycle 2 Round 9  (2020-2021) Ana-Maria Dragoi LSUHSC-S The role of macrophages colonization by Neisseria gonorrhoeae (N.g) during gonorrhea development
Cycle 2 Round 9  (2020-2021) Sruti Chandra Tulane Epigenetic analysis of regulation of the inflammosome-activating NLRP3 gene in monocytes from atrial fibrillation patients and controls 
Cycle 2 Round 9  (2020-2021) Louis Krane Tulane Assessing the Role of Transferable Exosomal PD-L1 in Renal Cell Carcinoma
Cycle 2 Round 9  (2020-2021) Shengmin Yan Tulane The role of BID in NAFLD-related metabolic changes of hepatic macrophages
Cycle 2 Round 9  (2020-2021) Kristin Hoddy PBRC Community opinion of technology supported dietary pattern interventions (CoopTech)
Cycle 2 Round 8/Special Round: Diabetes Focused (2019-2020)

David McDougal (Lead PI)

Vivian Fonseca (Co-PI



Evaluating glial acetate metabolism as a biomarker of hypoglycemic complications in patients with type 1 diabetes: A proof of concept study.
Cycle 2 Round 8/Multi-Institutional Projects (2019-2020)

Peter Katzmarzyk (Lead PI)

Jovanny Zabeleta (Co-PI)



Obesity, Health Disparities and Cancer Risk in Louisiana
Cycle 2 Round 8/Multi-Institutional Projects (2019-2020)

David Welsh (Lead PI)

Lauren Richey (Co-PI)

John Apolzan (Co-PI)

John Vanchiere (Co-PI)





Confluent Disparities in Modifiable Health Behaviors in People Living with HIV throughout Louisiana
Cycle 2  Round 7  (2018-2019) Catherine Burnette (McKinley) Tulane  The Development of a Culturally Grounded Evidenced-Based Intervention for Native Americans of the Southeast: Promoting Cardiovascular Health and Well-Being While Addressing Health Disparities
Cycle 2  Round 7  (2018-2019) Robert Siggins, R. LSUHSC-NO Alcohol Use in People Living with HIV: Impact on Mitochondrial DNA Damage and T-cell Immunosenescence
Cycle 2  Round 7  (2018-2019) Claudia Leonardi, C. LSUHSC-NO Feasibility of Electronic Health Records to Study Social Determinants of Health Disparities in Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Louisiana.
Cycle 2  Round 7  (2018-2019) Kara Marlatt PBRC The Role of Estrogen in Adipocyte Remodeling Following Surgical Menopause
Cycle 2  Round 7  (2018-2019) Aaron Klinger Ochsner The role of extracellular vesicle carried miRNA on colorectal cancer metastasis
Cycle 2  Round 7  (2018-2019) John Seal Ochsner Real-time Mass Spectrometry and Lipidomic Analysis in Liver Transplantation
Cycle 2  Round 7  (2018-2019) Muralidharan Anbalagan Tulane  Disruption of the circadian melatonin signal by dim light at night promotes bone lytic breast cancer metastases
Cycle 2  Round 7  (2018-2019) Tewodros Godebo Tulane  Arsenic and Other Toxicants in Private Wells and Human Health in Southern Louisiana
Cycle 2  Round 6  (2017-2018) Christopher Marrero LSUHSC-NO Biological Predictors of Poor Surgical Outcomes Associated with Total Knee Arthroplasty
Cycle 2  Round 6  (2017-2018) Koji Tsumagari Tulane Molecular signature in whole blood RNA: Novel biomarker for treatment decision of castration resistant prostate cancer
Cycle 2  Round 6  (2017-2018) Elizabeth Martin LSU Evaluation of Obese Derived Adipose Stem Cell Matrix in the Induction of Luminal B Breast Cancer Endocrine Resistance
Cycle 2  Round 6  (2017-2018) Fohkrul Hossain LSUHSC-NO Obesity and Triple Negative Breast Cancer in Louisiana: Linking Health Disparities and Cancer Biology
Cycle 2  Round 6  (2017-2018) Sanbao Ruan LSUHSC-NO Human Validation of Novel Vaccines and Monoclonal Antibodies to Prevent or Treat Pneumocystis Pneumonia
Cycle 2  Round 6  (2017-2018) John Apolzan/Ursula White PBRC The effects of alcohol consumption on central adiposity and testosterone following weight loss in humans
Cycle 2  Round 6  (2017-2018) Candida Rebello PBRC Effect of Naringenin on Glucose Metabolism and Insulin Sensitivity: Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial
Cycle 2  Round 6  (2017-2018) Qiuyang Zhang Tulane Targeting Inflamm-aging in Preventing Prostate Carcinogenesis
Cycle 2  Round 6  (2017-2018) Dragana Lovre Tulane Molecular Mechanisms of a Tissue Selective Estrogen Complex (TSEC) on Muscle and Adipose Tissue in Postmenopausal Women.
Cycle 1 Round 5 (2016-2017) Bruce Bunnell Tulane Adipose stromal cells from obese donors promote tumorigenesis and metastasis of breast cancer
Cycle 1 Round 5 (2016-2017) Lydia Bazzano
(Co-PI O. Carmichael, PBRC)
Tulane & PBRC Lifespan cardiovascular exposures and risk of brain injury in the Bogalusa Heart Study
Cycle 1 Round 5 (2016-2017) Emily Harville Tulane Cross-generational cardiovascular risk factors: Bogalusa Daughters
Cycle 1 Round 5 (2016-2017) Stephanie  Brolyes
(Co-PI Newton, Robert)
PBRC Using a Community-Favored Alternative Research Design to Study How Neighborhoods May Be Promoting Health Disparities
Cycle 1 Round 5 (2016-2017) Tekeda Ferguson LSUHSC-NO A Pilot Study to Improve Patient Outcomes Among Breast Cancer Patients by Increasing Early Detection and Intervention of Cardiotoxicity
Cycle 1 Round 5 (2016-2017) Zhiqiang Qin LSUHSC-NO Developing new ceramide analogs as therapeutic agents against AIDS-related lymphomas
Cycle 1 Round 5 (2016-2017) David Krzywanski LSUHSC-S Clinical Impact of Ethnic Variation in Mitochondrial Function on Hypertension
Cycle 1 Round 5 (2016-2017) Randall Mynatt
(Co-PI E. Ravussin)
PBRC Can carnitine supplementation suppress fructose-induced de novo lipogenesis?
Cycle 1 Round 5 (2016-2017) Daniel Hsia PBRC & UAB Assessment of Unmethylated Insulin DNA with Droplet Digital PCR in Adolescents with Type 2 Diabetes Compared to Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes and without Diabetes
Cycle 1 Round 4 (2015-2016) Marie ("Tonette") Krousel-Wood Tulane Overcoming Immunity to Change: A feasibility study of a new method to promote medication adherence among older adults with hypertension
Cycle 1 Round 4 (2015-2016) Jing Chen Tulane Effect of Combination Therapy with Sodium Nitrite and Isoquercetin on Endothelial Function and Inflammation among Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
Cycle 1 Round 4 (2015-2016) Anne Gilmore/Leanne Redman PBRC Unintentional overfeeding of formula fed infants
Cycle 1 Round 3 (2014-2015) Mark Sarzynski PBRC Predicting the Response of Lipoproteins to Exercise using Clinical and Genetic Data
Cycle 1 Round 3 (2014-2015) Jennifer Lentz LSUHSC-NO Molecular Epidemiology and Natural History of Acadian Usher Syndrome
Cycle 1 Round 3 (2014-2015) Elizabeth Norton Tulane Vaccine Efficacy in Diabetic and Elderly Patients
Cycle 1 Round 3 (2014-2015) Matthew Woolard LSUHSC-S Lipin-1 Lipid Synthesis Regulates CVD Inflammation
Cycle 1 Round 3 (2014-2015) Matthew Lammi LSUHSC-NO Endothelial microparticles in COPD: Effect of vascular-targeted therapy
Cycle 1 Round 3 (2014-2015) Paulo Rodriguez LSUHSC-NO Myeloid-derived Suppressor Cells (MDSC) are major modulators of chronic inflammation and insulin resistance in obese patients
Cycle 1 Round 3 (2014-2015) David McDougal PBRC Testing glial pathways to HAAF in human subjects using 13C magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
Cycle 1 Round 3 (2014-2015) Jordan Karlitz Tulane Detection of Hereditary Colorectal Cancer Mutations in Cajuns
Cycle 1 Round 3 (2014-2015) T.Cooper Woods Tulane Plaque destabilization via shear stress and vascular strain induced changes in non-coding RNA
Cycle 1 Round 2 (2013-2014) Timothy Foster LSUHSC - NO Evaluation of peg-Arginase I as a Therapeutic for Virus-Mediated Ocular Diseases
Cycle 1 Round 2 (2013-2014) Eva Morava-Kozicz Tulane Screening for glycosylation disorders and study galactose intake in PGM1-CDG
Cycle 1 Round 2 (2013-2014) Guangdi Wang Xavier Boron-based 4-hydroxytamoxifen and endoxifen prodrugs for treatment of breast cancer
Cycle 1 Round 2 (2013-2014) Erich Conrad LSUHSC - NO Assessing and Reducing Risk of Violent Re-injury among Victims of Urban Violence
Cycle 1 Round 2 (2013-2014) Jesus Lovera
(Deidre Devier, Co-PI)
LSUHSC - NO Targeted microRNA analysis in Multiple Sclerosis associated cognitive decline
Cycle 1 Round 2 (2013-2014) Rebecca Fisher LSUHSC - NO HPV and EBV Serum Antibodies as Prognostic Markers for Cervical Cancer
Cycle 1 Round 2 (2013-2014) Yan Cui LSUHSC - NO Contribution of a specialized human myeloid population in mobilized peripheral blood stem cell specimens to accelerating post-transplant immune recovery and clinical outcomes
Cycle 1 Round 2 (2013-2014) Bridgette Collins-Burow Tulane Selective targeting of the metastatic-invasive phenotype of triple-negative breast carcinoma
Cycle 1 Round 2 (2013-2014) Jerome Maderdrut Tulane Development of a PACAP Analog as a Therapeutic for Contrast-Induced Nephropathy
Cycle 1 Round 2 (2013-2014) Malwina Czarny-Ratajczak Tulane Investigation of novel genetic factors predisposing to multiple epiphyseal dysplasia and osteoarthritis
Cycle 1 Round 2 (2013-2014) Cooper Woods Tulane Plaque Destabilization through Shear Stress Mediated Decreases in miR-221/222
Cycle 1 Round 2 (2013-2014) Zhen Lin Tulane Analysis of the Pathogenesis of HIV/EBV associated DLBCL
Cycle 1 Round 1 (2012-2013) Daniel Hsia PBRC Metabolic Effects of Short Term Sugarcane Bagasse Supplementation
Cycle 1 Round 1 (2012-2013) Eric Lazartigues LSUHSC NO Evaluation of ACE2 as a Biomarker for Neurologic Hypertension
Cycle 1 Round 1 (2012-2013) Gary Sander Tulane Relationship of uAGT to Blood Pressure and Response to Antihypertensive Therapy
Cycle 1 Round 1 (2012-2013) Jovanny Zabaleta LSUHSC NO Transcriptional Profiling of gastritis progression Using High Throughput Sequencing of Tissue MicroRNA
Cycle 1 Round 1 (2012-2013) Francesca Peruzzi LSUHSC NO Using Serum microRNAs as Biomarkers for Cognitive Impairment in HIV Patients
Cycle 1 Round 1 (2012-2013) Suresh Alahari LSUHSC NO MicroRNAs as Prognostic Markers of Breast Cancer
Cycle 1 Round 1 (2012-2013) Zakaria Abd-Elmageed Tulane Discovering the Role of Putative MicroRNAs in Prostate Tumorigenesis
Cycle 1 Round 1 (2012-2013) Minolfa Prieto Tulane Urinary Excretion of Renin and Soluble Prorenin Receptor in Hypertension
Cycle 1 Round 1 (2012-2013) Courtney Peterson PBRC Time Restricted Feeding to Improve Insulin Sensitivity and Vascular Function
Cycle 1 Round 1 (2012-2013) Mark Sarzynski PBRC Predicting the Response of Lipoproteins to Exercise using Clinical and Genetic Data
Cycle 1 Multi-institutional (2014) Michael Hagensee LSUHSC-NO (Co-PIs from Tulane, LSUHSC-S, PBRC & LSUHSC-NO) Cervical Cancer Prevention in Louisiana
Cycle 1 Multi-institutional (2014) Christopher Kevil LSUHSC-S (Co-PIs from LSUHSC-NO & Tulane) Hydrogen Sulfide Metabolism in Critical Limb Ischemia
Cycle 1 Multi-institutional (2014) Franck Mauvais-Jarvis Tulane (Co-PI from PBRC) Novel Tissue Selective Estrogen Complex with Bazedoxifene and the Prevention of Metabolic Dysfunction in Post-Menopausal Women
Cycle 1 Community Pilot Project Peter Katzmarzyk PBRC Community-Wide Health Assessment for West Carroll Parish
Cycle 1 INBRE Urska Cvek/J. Steven Alexander LSU Shreveport & LSUHSC-Shreveport Neurolymphatic Biomarker Analysis in Multiple Sclerosis
Cycle 1 INBRE Prerna Dua La Tech & PBRC A predictive modeling framework for studying disparity in colorectal screening 
Cycle 1 Other Jean-Pyo Lee Tulane Effects of Aging in Delayed Antithrombotic tPA Treatment and Stem Cell Therapy against Ischemic Stroke
Cycle 1 Other Lisa Morici Tulane Activation of Innate & Cellular Immunity by Outer Membrane Vesicles
Cycle 1 Other Cindy Morris Tulane Establishing a Congenital Zika Virus Infection Model