The LA CaTS Pilot Grants Program is pleased to announce the awardees of the Round 10 Pilot Grants Funding Opportunities. Abstracts for each project can be found on our Pilot Projects page: /research-funding/pilot-projects/. Congratulations to the following awardees:

Round 10 Pilot Grants Projects



Project Title

Yilin Yoshida, PhD

Tulane University

Sex Differences in COVID-19 Outcomes: Role of Sex Hormones, Inflammatory Biomarkers, Comorbidities, and Socio-demographic Factors

Vance L. Albaugh, MD, PhD

Pennington Biomedical

Intestinal Glucose Utilization Drives the Weight Loss Benefits of Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Rutkai Ibolya, PhD

Tulane University

Role of mitochondrial quality control in vascular aging

Timothy Allerton, PhD

Pennington Biomedical

The Role of Hydrogen Sulfide in Adipose Tissue Microvascular Function in Obesity-Associated Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction

Prachi Singh, PhD

Pennington Biomedical

Addressing health disparities in African Americans – exploring sleep and developing interventions

Larissa Sweeny, MD

LSU Health New Orleans

Characterizing Immune Response in Viral and Non-Viral Mediated Oropharyngeal Carcinomas

Maria Sanchez-Pino, PhD

LSU Health New Orleans

Epigenetic signature of obese-induced MDSC: decoding the link with increased risk for Cancer

Yinghua Jiang, MD, PhD

Tulane University


Preclinical pharmacological evaluation of novel therapeutic compound itaconate for treating ischemic stroke complication in HIV Tg26 mice