Past Early Career Award Recipients

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"