Past Early Career Award Recipients

2018

AES Junior Investigator Awards
AES Research Training Fellowship for Clinicians
AES Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
AES Predoctoral Research Fellowships

AES Junior Investigator Awards

MacKenzie Howard, PhD
Mechanisms of altered dendritic excitability and plasticity in Dravet syndrome
The University of Texas, Austin

Tristan Shuman, PhD
Mechanisms of epilepsy rescue with transplantation of interneuron precursor
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Shennan Weiss, MD, PhD
Utilizing High-Frequency Oscillation Properties to Identify Epileptogenic Brain
Thomas Jefferson University

AES/EF Junior Investigator Award (fully funded by the Epilepsy Foundation and administered by AES)
David Auerbach, PhD
Mechanisms for Seizures in Long QT Syndrome Type 2
University of Rochester

AES/WFE Junior Investigator Award (This award was partially funded by Wishes for Elliott and administered by AES)
Jacy Wagnon, PhD
Role of microRNA-mediated regulation of gene expression in epilepsy
University of Michigan

AES Research Training Fellowship for Clinicians

Anteneh Feyissa, MD
Evaluating Glutamatergic Alterations using HFOs in Glioma-Related Seizures
Mayo Clinic Jacksonville
Mentors: Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa and R. Gregory Worrell

Angelica Lee, DO
Use of non-linear information transfer on stereo-EEG
University of Pennsylvania
Mentor: Dr. Brian Litt

AES/EF Research Training Fellowship for Clinicians (This award was fully funded by the Epilepsy Foundation and administered by AES)
Garnett Smith, MD
Using Biomarkers to Construct Spatial Models of the Epileptic Network
University of Michigan,
Mentor: Dr. William Stacey

AES Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Subhrajit Bhattacharya, PhD
Role of GRIN2A mutations in epileptic encephalopathy
Emory University
Mentors: Dr. Stephen Traynelis and Dr. Raymond Dingledine

Fikri Birey, PhD
In vitro assembly of forebrain spheroids to study excitation/inhibition
Stanford University
Mentor: Dr. Sergiu Pasca

Rabab Charafeddine, PhD
Doublecortin and Microtubule + Tip Complexes in Human Neuromorphogenesis
University of California, San Francisco
Mentor: Dr. Torsten Wittmann

AES Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (Supported by the Lennox & Lombroso Fund for Research & Training)
Xiao-Song He, PhD
Track Down Surgical Prognosis with Network Neuroscience: A Multimodal Study
Thomas Jefferson University
Mentors: Joseph Tracy and Dr. Danielle Bassett

Lalitha Kurada, PhD
Low Frequency Stimulation of the Anterior Piriform Cortex in Epilepsy
The George Washington University
Mentor: Dr. Mohamad Koubeissi

Parul Varma, PhD
Chronic ablation of aberrant hippocampal neurogenesis to prevent epilepsy
University of Texas at San Antonio
Mentor: Dr. Jenny Hsieh
(This award is partially funded by the AES Lennox and Lombroso Trust for Research and Training)

AES Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
Bryan Higashikubo, PhD
Gamma rhythms as a predictor and treatment target in Dravet Syndrome
The J. David Gladstone Institutes
Mentors: Dr. Jeanne Paz and Dr. Daniel Lowenstein

Lena Nguyen, PhD
mTORC1-dependent translational control in developmental epilepsy
Yale University
Mentor: Dr. Angelique Bordey

Predoctoral Fellowships

Kristin Gunnarsdottir, MSE
A Novel Tool for Localizing the Epileptogenic Zone
Johns Hopkins University
Mentors: Dr. Sridevi Sarma and Dr. Jorge Gonzalez-Martinez

Sung-Soo Jang, MS
STEP as a Novel Regulator of Neuronal Excitability in Seizures
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Mentor: Dr. Hee Jung Chung

Seok Kyu Kang, MS
Characterization of KCNB1 variants associated with infantile epilepsy
Northwestern University
Mentored: Dr. Jennifer Kearney
Funded by an educational grant from LivaNova, PLC.

Allison Kirchner
DUSP4: endogenous MAPK inhibitor and potential target for epilepsy therapy.
University of Illinois at Chicago
Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Loeb
Funded by an educational grant from LivaNova, PLC.

2017

AES Junior Investigator Awards
AES Research Training Fellowship for Clinicians
AES Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
AES Predoctoral Research Fellowships
Epilepsy Study Consortium MiniGrant
Epilepsy Foundation Clinical Research Apprenticeship Award


AES Junior Investigator Awards


Omar Ahmed, PhD
Autonomous temporal lobe epilepsy therapy using bioluminescent optogenetics
University of Michigan
Funded by an educational grant from LivaNova, PLC

Jayeeta Basu, PhD
Establishing the dynamics and role of neurons born in adulthood in epilepsy
NYU School of Medicine

Anli Liu, MD
Boosting sleep-dependent memory consolidation in epilepsy patients
NYU School of Medicine

AES/EF Junior Investigator Award (supported by the Epilepsy Foundation)
Gemma Carvill, PhD
Expanding epilepsy genetics beyond the exome
Northwestern University

AES Research Training Fellowship for Clinicians


Leah Blank, MD
Risk factors for readmission after seizure in a nationally representative sample
University of Pennsylvania

Joanna Gan, MD
Developing a somatic awareness scale for psychogenic nonepileptic seizures
University of California, San Francisco

AES/TS Research and Training Alliance Fellowship for Clinicians (Supported by both the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance and AES)
Taha Gholipour, MD
Functional connectivity MRI for predicting outcomes in epilepsy surgery
The Brigham and Women's Hospital

AES/EF Research and Training Fellowship for Clinicians (supported by the Epilepsy Foundation)
Luca Bartolini, MD
Research study on viral and inflammatory causes of epilepsy
NINDS

Adam Numis, MD
An inflammatory molecular profile in treatment response of infantile spasms
University of California, San Francisco

AES Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Wu Chen, PhD
Genetic rescue of a mouse model of epileptic encephalopathy in adulthood
Baylor College of Medicine

Barna Dudok, PhD
Cannabinoid regulation of hippocampal inhibition in epilepsy
Stanford University

Katarzyna Glanowska, PhD
Synaptic innervation of adult-generated dentate granule cells in TLE
University of Michigan

Durgesh Tiwari, PhD, MPharm
Regulation of neuroprotective factors by miR-324-5p in epilepsy
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Jennifer Wong, PhD
Evaluating Huperzine A as a treatment for SCN1A-derived epilepsy
Emory University

AES Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (Supported by the Lennox & Lombroso Fund for Research & Training)
Alison Muir, PhD
Novel approaches to genetic discovery in epilepsy
University of Washington

Maria Perez-Ramirez, PhD
Structural and functional alterations induced by focal status epilepticus
Stanford University

AES/Wishes for Elliott Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (Supported by both Wishes for Elliott and AES)
Chad Frasier, PhD
Novel mechanisms of SUDEP in SCN8A-EIEE13 patients, Postdoctoral Fellowship
University of Michigan

AES Predoctoral Research Fellowships

Huijie Feng
Mechanisms of GNAO1 Encephalopathy
Michigan State University

Surobhi Ganguly
Investigating functional consequences of SCN2A mutations in epilepsy
Northwestern University

Fu-Shan Kuo
Role of respiratory control in Dravet syndrome
University of Connecticut

Yvonne Moore
Increasing KCC2 function as a strategy for the treatment of seizures
Tufts University

Irene Vuu
Allopregnanolone as initial status epilepticus therapy: canine epilepsy studies
University of Minnesota

AES/Wishes For ElliottPredoctoral Fellowship (Supported by both Wishes for Elliott and AES)
Mariya Chavarha
Voltage imaging for rapid characterization of SCN8A mutant neuronal phenotypes
Stanford University

Epilepsy Study Consortium MiniGrant

Alendia Hartshorn, MD
Effect of antiepileptic drugs on balance and reaction time  
Dartmouth College

Epilepsy Foundation Clinical Research Apprenticeship Award

Lu Lin, MD, PhD
Assessing efficacy and adverse events of new AEDs in hospitalized patients
The Brigham & Women’s Hospital

2016

AES Junior Investigator Research Award
AES/EF Junior Investigator Research Award (supported by the Epilepsy Foundation)
AES Research and Training Fellowship for Clinicians
AES Predoctoral Research Fellowships
AES Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
AES/Wishes for Elliott Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (supported by AES and Wishes for Elliott: Advancing SCN8A Research)
AES/DSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (supported by AES and the Dravet Syndrome Foundation)

 

AES Junior Investigator Research Award

Rafeed Alkawadri, M.D. 
Real-Time and Passive Mapping of Brain Functions Based on Electrocorticograph
Yale University

Beth Lopour, Ph.D. 
Data-driven Detection and Temporal Evolution of High Frequency Oscillations
University of California, Irvine

Amy Brewster, Ph.D. 
The Role of C1q of the Classical Complement Pathway in Epileptogenesis
Purdue University

AES/EF Junior Investigator Research Award (supported by the Epilepsy Foundation)
Christine Baca M.D. 
Understanding Pediatric to Adult Epilepsy Transition Care Gaps
University of California, Los Angeles

Kevin Murane, Ph.D. 
A Nanotechnology Approach to Developing New Treatments for Epilepsy
Mercer University

AES Research and Training Fellowship for Clinicians
Juliet Knowles M.D., Ph.D. 
Impact of Recurrent Seizures upon Myelin Structure and Plasticity 
Stanford University
Mentors: Michelle Monje M.D., Ph.D., and John Huguenard, Ph.D.

AES/EF Research and Training Fellowship for Clinicians (supported by the Epilepsy Foundation)
Dario Englot, M.D., Ph.D. 
Defining Subcortical-Cortical Connectivity Disturbances in Focal Epilepsy 
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Mentors: Victoria Morgan, Ph.D., Bassel Abou-Khalil, M.D., and Peter Konrad M.D., Ph.D.

AES Predoctoral Research Fellowships
John Blair, MSc. 
A Human Neuronal Model of Tuberous Sclerosis 
University of California, Berkeley
Mentor: Helen Bateup, Ph.D.

Kamesh Krishnamurthy, B.S. 
TrkB and Epileptogenesis 
Duke University 
Mentor: James McNamara, M.D.

Bryan Barker, B.A. 
Role of T-Type Calcium Channels in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy 
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Mentor: Manoj Patel, Ph.D.

Meagan Siehr, B.S. 
Mechanisms Underlying Pathology and Antiepileptogenic Therapy in a Model of ISSX 
Baylor College of Medicine 
Mentor: Jeff Noebels M.D., Ph.D.

AES Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
Zane Lybrand, Ph.D. 
Chemogenetic and Molecular Approaches to Probe Seizure-Induced New Neurons 
UT Southwestern Medical Center 
Mentor: Jenny Hsieh, Ph.D.

Candace Myers, Ph.D. 
G-protein Signaling in Epileptic Encephalopathy 
University of Washington
Mentor: Heather Mefford, M.D., Ph.D.

Megan Wyeth, Ph.D. 
Inhibition of Interneurons in a Model of Temporal Lobe Epilepsy 
Stanford University 
Mentor: Paul Buckmaster, DVM, Ph.D.

Bin Gu, Ph.D. 
Cell Type-specific Contributions of UBE3A Loss to Epilepsy 
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
Mentor: Ben Philpot, Ph.D.

Martial Dufour, Ph.D. (supported by LivaNova) 
Exploring the Role of Adult Neurogenesis in Epilepsy 
New York University School of Medicine 
Mentors: Jayeeta Basu, Ph.D., and Helen Scharfman, Ph.D.

AES/Wishes for Elliott Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (supported by AES and Wishes for Elliott: Advancing SCN8A Research)
Andrew Tidball, Ph.D. 
Mechanisms and Drug Discovery in SCN8A Patient iPSC-Derived Neurons 
University of Michigan
Mentors: Jack Parent, M.D., and Lori Isom, Ph.D.

Christopher Makinson, Ph.D. 
3D Human Culture Platform to Test SCN8A Epilepsy Mechanisms and Therapies 
Stanford University
Mentors: John Huguenard, Ph.D., and Sergiu Pasca, M.D.

AES/DSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (supported by AES and the Dravet Syndrome Foundation)
Stefanie Makinson, Ph.D. 
The Therapeutic Potential of the Thalamus in Dravet Syndrome 
University of California, San Francisco 
Mentors: Jeanne Paz, Ph.D., and Dan Lowenstein, M.D.

 

2015

Predoctoral Fellowships
Postdoctoral Fellowships
Susan Spencer Clinical Research Training in Epilepsy
Junior Investigator
Clinical Research and Training Fellowship

Predoctoral Fellowships

Andrew Hooper, B.A.
Tufts University
"The Role of Hippocampal CRH Neurons in Stress and Seizure Susceptibility"

Dipan Patel, M.S.
University of Utah
"Role of TNFa System in Causing Hyperexcitation in Hippocampus"

Stephanie Villalba, M.S.
LSU Health Sciences Center
"Pharmacogenetic Interactions in the Kcna1-null Mouse Model of SUDEP"

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Armen Abramian, Ph.D.
Stanford University
"Secretion of endozepines: Helping the brain help itself control seizures"

Isabella Ferando, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles
"Silencing epileptogenic circuits during the latent phase of epilepsy"

Lindsey Gano, Ph.D.
University of Colorado, Denver
"Sirtuin 3 Dysregulation in Epileptogenesis"

Donald Joseph, Ph.D.
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
"The Aristaless homeobox transcription factor is PV cell maturation"

Balu Krishnan, Ph.D.
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
"Noninvasive Focus Localization via Connectivity Analysis of Interictal Data"

Sudhir Sivakumaran, Ph.D.
Tufts University
"Role of chloride plasticity in seizure progression and pharmacoresistance"

Susan Spencer Clinical Research Training in Epilepsy

Leigh N. Sepeta, Ph.D.
Children’s National Health System 
"Temporal lobe epilepsy in pediatric patients"

Junior Investigator

Jacqueline Burre, Ph.D.
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
"Dysfunction of STXBP1 in infantile epileptic encephalopathies"

Patrick Forcelli, Ph.D.
Georgetown University
"Optogenetic control of seizures via superior colliculus"

Christos Papadelis, Ph.D.
Boston Children's Hospital
"Propagation of high frequency oscillations as biomarker of epilepsy"

Clinical Research & Training Fellowship

Kristina Julich, M.D.
Children's Hospital Boston
"Molecular Markers in Tuberous Sclerosis Complex"

AES Junior Investigator Awards

MacKenzie Howard, PhD

Mechanisms of altered dendritic excitability and plasticity in Dravet syndrome

The University of Texas, Austin

 

Tristan Shuman, PhD

Mechanisms of epilepsy rescue with transplantation of interneuron precursor

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

 

Shennan Weiss, MD, PhD

Utilizing High-Frequency Oscillation Properties to Identify Epileptogenic Brain

Thomas Jefferson University

 

AES/EF Junior Investigator Award (fully funded by the Epilepsy Foundation and administered by AES)

David Auerbach, PhD

Mechanisms for Seizures in Long QT Syndrome Type 2

University of Rochester 

 

AES/WFE Junior Investigator Award (This award was partially funded by Wishes for Elliott and administered by AES)

Jacy Wagnon, PhD

Role of microRNA-mediated regulation of gene expression in epilepsy

University of Michigan

 

AES Research Training Fellowship for Clinicians

Anteneh Feyissa, MD

Evaluating Glutamatergic Alterations using HFOs in Glioma-Related Seizures

Mayo Clinic Jacksonville

Mentors: Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa and R. Gregory Worrell

 

Angelica Lee, DO

Use of non-linear information transfer on stereo-EEG

University of Pennsylvania

Mentor: Dr. Brian Litt

 

AES/EF Research Training Fellowship for Clinicians (This award was fully funded by the Epilepsy Foundation and administered by AES)

Garnett Smith, MD

Using Biomarkers to Construct Spatial Models of the Epileptic Network

University of Michigan,

Mentor: Dr. William Stacey

 

AES Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Subhrajit Bhattacharya, PhD

Role of GRIN2A mutations in epileptic encephalopathy

Emory University

Mentors: Dr. Stephen Traynelis and Dr. Raymond Dingledine

 

Fikri Birey, PhD

In vitro assembly of forebrain spheroids to study excitation/inhibition

Stanford University

Mentor: Dr. Sergiu Pasca

 

Rabab Charafeddine, PhD

Doublecortin and Microtubule + Tip Complexes in Human Neuromorphogenesis

University of California, San Francisco

Mentor: Dr. Torsten Wittmann

 

AES Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (Supported by the Lennox & Lombroso Fund for Research & Training)

 

Xiao-Song He, PhD

Track Down Surgical Prognosis with Network Neuroscience: A Multimodal Study

Thomas Jefferson University

Mentors: Joseph Tracy and Dr. Danielle Bassett

 

Lalitha Kurada, PhD

Low Frequency Stimulation of the Anterior Piriform Cortex in Epilepsy

The George Washington University

Mentor: Dr. Mohamad Koubeissi

 

Parul Varma, PhD

Chronic ablation of aberrant hippocampal neurogenesis to prevent epilepsy

University of Texas at San Antonio

Mentor: Dr. Jenny Hsieh

– This award is partially funded by the AES Lennox and Lombroso Trust for Research and Training

 

AES Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

 

Bryan Higashikubo, PhD

Gamma rhythms as a predictor and treatment target in Dravet Syndrome

The J. David Gladstone Institutes

Mentors: Dr. Jeanne Paz and Dr. Daniel Lowenstein

 

Lena Nguyen, PhD

mTORC1-dependent translational control in developmental epilepsy

Yale University

Mentor: Dr. Angelique Bordey

 

Predoctoral Fellowships

 

Kristin Gunnarsdottir, MSE

A Novel Tool for Localizing the Epileptogenic Zone

Johns Hopkins University

Mentors: Dr. Sridevi Sarma and Dr. Jorge Gonzalez-Martinez

 

Sung-Soo Jang, MS

STEP as a Novel Regulator of Neuronal Excitability in Seizures

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Mentor: Dr. Hee Jung Chung

 

Seok Kyu Kang, MS

Characterization of KCNB1 variants associated with infantile epilepsy.

Northwestern University

Mentored: Dr. Jennifer Kearney

Funded by an educational grant from LivaNova, PLC.

 

Allison Kirchner

DUSP4: endogenous MAPK inhibitor and potential target for epilepsy therapy.

University of Illinois at Chicago

Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Loeb

Funded by an educational grant from LivaNova, PLC.