OCTRI Scholars

Career development awardees at OHSU and the Portland VA Medical Center

OCTRI scholars are anyone at OHSU or the Portland VA who has a current or past career development award. This includes VA CDA, NIH K awards, and career development awards available through professional or funding groups like the American Heart Association or American Cancer Society. 

Listed by year awarded.


Chadderdon, Scott, "Physical Activity and Obesity," (KL2, NCATS (OCTRI)).

Holley, Amy, "Chronic Pain in Pediatric Primary Care" (K23, NIH/NICHD).


Chattergoon, Nathasha, "The unique role of B-RAF in murine cardiac development and postnatal function" (K01, NIH/NHLBI).

Cherala, Ganesh, “Prenatal growth programs oral contraceptive metabolism and effectiveness” (K12 BIRCWH).

Doggett, J. Stone, "Development of the potent anti-malarial and anti-Toxoplasma drug, ELQ-316 (VA BLR&D CDA-2).

Heintzman, John, "The primary care medical home and preventive service use in Latino immigrants" (K08 AHRQ).

Hinson, Holly, "Fever and inflammation in Neuro Trauma (FAINT)" (K12, Emergency Medicine).

Holtan, Shernan, “Sex-Based Differences in Allogeneic Immune Responses” (K12 BIRCWH).

Lee, Christine, “Metformin and Muscle in Insulin-resistant Older Veterans” (VA CDA-2).

Mackiewicz Seghete, Kristen, "Neural Mechanisms of Cognitive Inhibition in Trauma-exposed Adolescents'' (KL2, NIH/NCATS (OCTRI)).

Quinones, Ana, "Complex Chronic Care Needs of Ethnically Diverse Older Americans" (CDA, American Diabetes Association).

Stecker, Eric, "Influence of pre-existing cardiovascular disease on response to cardiac arrest resuscitation (K12, Emergency Medicine).


Billings, Curtis, “Effects of speech-in-noise training on physiology & perception” (VA CDA-2).

Boone-Heinonen, Janne, “Obesity Disparities” (K12 BIRCWH).

Chang, Anna Marie, “The variability of services provided in emergency care using the Oregon All Payers All Claims Database” (K12 Emergency Medicine).

Dao, Kim-Hien, “Beta-Catenin is a molecular target of the Fanconi Anemia core complex” (K08 NIH/NHLBI).

Gibbs, Summer, “Nerve specific near infrared fluorescent contrast agents for image-guided surgery” (K01 NIH/NIBIB).

Hibbs, Ryan, “3D structure and function of neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors” (K99 NIH/NINDS).

Hinson, Holly, “Quantifying Paroxysmal Sympathetic Hyperactivity in Traumatic Brain Injury” (CDA - American Academy of Neurology).

Huang, Hai, “Ion channels and presynaptic function of an auditory synapse” (K99 NIH/NIDCD).

Hugos, Lucinda, “Randomized trial of a group program for fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis” (First R01 equivalent - VARR&D).

King, Laurie, “Balance and mild TBI” (KL2 NIH/NCATS (OCTRI)).

Lin, Phoebe, “The effect of the microbiome on the development and severity of uveitis” (K08 NIH/NEI).

Marshall, Nicole, “Maternal Body Composition” (KL2 NIH/NCATS (OCTRI)).


Rowell, Susan, “TEG and TBI Progression” (K12 Emergency Medicine).

Soumyanath, Amala, “Preparing for a clinical trial of Centella asiatica in cognitive impairment” (Reentry into Biomedical Research Careers - Supplement to P30 OADC).

Traer, Elie, “Extrinsic Mechanisms of Kinase Resistance” (KL2 NIH/NCATS (OCTRI)).

Tyner, Jeffrey, “ROR1 as a Therapeutic Target in Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia” (R00 NIH/NCI).

Wilhelm, Clare, “Role of Neuroinflammation in Behavioral Deficits Resulting from Chronic Alcohol” (VA CDA-2).

Xu, Jing, “Anti-Müllerian Hormone in Primate Folliculogenesis and Fertility Preservation” (K12 BIRCWH).

Zuckerman, Katharine, “Reducing Barriers to Autism Care for Latino Children” (K23 NIH NIMH).


Adler, Eric, “Profiling Inherited Cardiomyopathies Using Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Derived Cardiomyocytes” (K23 NIH/NHLBI).
Agarwal, Anupriya, “Role of p27 in chronic myeloid leukemia and its potential as a therapeutic target” (K99 NIH/NCI).

Bogan, Randy, “The Primate Corpus Luteum: Functional Regression and Cardiovascular Impacts” (K99 NIH/NICHD).

DeBarber, Andrea, “Newborn Screening for Cerebrotendinous Xanthomatosis; A Paradigm for Screening in Newborns with Bile Acid Synthesis Disorders” (KL2 NIH/NCATS (OCTRI)).

Dugan, Jae, “Characterization of the NOD2 NBD Domain and Role in Chronic Inflammation” (VA CDA-2).

El Youssef, Joseph, “Glucagon-Insulin-Glucose Physiology Study” (K23 NIH/NIDDK).

Fair, Damien, “Functional circuits as endophenotype in ADHD” (R00 NIH/NIMH).

Harriff, Melanie, “Mtb Uptake and Antigen Presentation in Human Lung Epithelial Cells” (VA CDA-2).

Hutchens, Michael, “Sex Difference in Renal Injury After Cardiac Arrest:Mechanisms of Estrogen Action” (K08 NIH/NIDDK).

Jacobs, Peter, “Integrating Auditory and Visual Information to Improve Hearing Aids” (VA CDA).

Lee, Christine, “The Role of Insulin Resistance in Sarcopenia” (K12 BIRCWH).

McBride, Jodi, “RNAI Therapy for Huntingtons Disease: Safety and Efficacy in the Nonhuman Primate” (R00 NIH/NINDS).

Mist, Scott, “Traditional Chinese Medicine for Fibromyalgia: A Whole Systems Trial.” (K23 NIH/NCCAM).

O'Neal, Seth, “Taenia solium Thai-Burma border” (KL2 NIH/NCATS (OCTRI)).

O'Tierney-Gin, Perrie, “Maternal obesity depresses essential fatty acid transport in the placenta” (K99 NIH/NICHD).

Pennesi, Mark, “Serotonin Receptor Modulation of Neurotrophic Factors in the Retina” (K08 NIH/NEI).


Schnell, Eric, “Neuroligin Involvement in Synapse Formation During Adult Neurogenesis” (VA CDA-2).

Slatore, Christopher, “Lung Cancer Evaluation: Associations between Communication & Health” (VA CDA-2).

Sproat, Richard, “NLP for Augmentative and Alternative Communication in Children and Adults” (K25 NIH/NIDCD).

Starmer, Amy, “The Comparative Effectiveness of Strategies to Improve Physician Handoffs of Care” (K12 Comparative Effectiveness Research).

Tanyi, James, “Effects of Transcytolemmal Water Exchange in Pharmacokinetic Analysis of DCE-MRI Data” (CDA - Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Research & Education Foundation).



Adler, Eric, “Profiling Inherited Cardiomyopathies Using Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Derived Cardiomyocytes” (KL2 NIH/NCRR (OCTRI)).

Bender, Kevin, “Function and regulation of action potential bursts in the auditory system” (K99 NIH/NIDCD).

Block, Rebecca, “Fertility Decisions among Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer” (K12 BIRCWH).

Cameron, Michelle, “Mechanisms of Imbalance in MS” (VA CDA-2).

Carlson, Kathleen, “TBI and PTSD Comorbidity in OEF/OIF Veterans: Prevalence and Predictors” (VA CDA-2).

Cottrell, Erika, “Policy, practice and the role of patient preferences surrounding elective induction of labor prior to 39 weeks gestation” (K12 Comparative Effectiveness Research).

Erten-Lyons, Deniz, “Genetics and Healthy Brain Aging” (VA CDA-2).

Fair, Damien, “Functional circuits as endophenotype in ADHD” (K99 NIH/NIMH).

Friedlander, Joel, “Improving Pediatric Informed Consent and Assent Through Shared Decision Making” (K12 Comparative Effectiveness Research).

Hartung, Daniel, “Comparative Effectiveness of Atypical Antipsychotic Drug Policies” (K12 Comparative Effectiveness Research).

King, Laurie, “Effects of Physical Therapy in Chronic Neurologic Populations” (First R01 equivalent Foundation for Physical Therapy).

Konrad-Martin, Dawn, “Determinants of Word Recognition Speed in Older Listeners” (VA CDTA).

Kruer, Michael, “Novel gene discovery to characterize fundamental mechanisms of neurodegeneration” (CDA - American Academy of Neurology Clinical Research Training Fellowship).

Lancioni, Christina, “MTB directly regulates human CD4+ T cell activation” (K08 NIH/NIAID).

Lee, Christopher, “Gender Differences in Multi-Dimensional Symptoms Experienced by Adults with Heart Failure” (K12 BIRCWH).

Lin, Mike, “Endothelial SK3 Channel Modulation of EDHF is Estrogen Regulated” (K99 NIH/NHLBI).

McBride, Jodi, “RNAI Therapy for Huntingtons Disease: Safety and Efficacy in the Nonhuman Primate” (K99 NIH/NINDS).

Naugler, Willscott, “Role of Bile Acids in Initiation of Liver Regeneration” (K08 NIH/NIDDK).

Nielson, Carrie, “Urine-Plasma-Serum Pyrophosphate Pilot Study” (K12 BIRCWH).

Peterson, Amie, “The Effects of Vitamin D on Balance in Parkinson's Disease” (VA CDA).

Salinthone, Sonemany, “Anti-inflammatory role of LA in MS” (VA CDA-2).

Shafran, Izhak, “Assessing Brain Function and Engagement” (K25 NIH/NIA).

Simpson, Eric, “Prevention study for atopic dermatitis” (K23 NIH/NIAMS).

Spain, Rebecca, “Lipoic acid for neuroprotection in secondary progressive MS” (VA CDA-2).

Tyner, Jeffrey, “ROR1 as a Therapeutic Target in Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia” (K99 NIH/NCI).

Weiss, Jessica, “Characterization and Management of Chronic Kidney Disease in the Very Elderly” (K12 Comparative Effectiveness Research).

Wilson (Long), Anna, “Parent and Teen Health Study” (K23 NIH/NICHD).


Anderson, Valerie, “Quantitative Measurement of Cerebrovascular Permeability in Early Dementia” (K25 NIH/NIA).

Barnes, Anthony, “The Role of LKB1 in the Specification of Neuronal Polarity” (K01 NIH/NIMH).

Billings, Curtis, “Neural Encoding of Signals in Noise Effects of Hearing Impairment” (VA CDA-1).

Broberg, Craig, “Heart Failure in Congenital Heart Disease” (K23 NIH/NHLBI).

Dodge, Hiroko, “Patterns and Predictors of Normal Cognitive Aging” (K01 NIH/NIA).

Ford, Christopher, “Mechanisms of Dopamine Transmission in the VTA.” (K99 NIH/NIDA).

Grigsby, Peta, “Compartmental analysis of proteomic biomarkers during intra-uterine infections” (R00 NIH/NICHD).

Jonker, Sonnet, “Transfusion During Pregnancy: Fetal Cardiovascular Recovery Following Chronic Anemia” (K12 BIRCWH).

Kalpathy-Cramer, Jayashree, “Clinical Image Retrieval: User needs assessment, toolbox development & evaluation” (K99 NIH/NLM).
Kim, Antony, “The Evolution of Endocardial Thrombosis in Heart Failure” (K08 NIH/NIHLBI).

Lewis, Michele, “Spouse's effect on counseling to improve patient satisfaction with hearing aids” (VA CDA-2).

Li, Geng-Lin, “Auditory coding at the hair cell ribbon synapse” (K99 NIH/NIDCD).

MacDonald, Kelvin, “Pre-Clinical Assay of Prostone Compounds in Cystic Fibrosis” (K12 Oregon Child Health Research Center).

Matthews, Annette, “Smoking and bipolar disorder” (VA CDA-2).

Morgan, Terrence, “Elevated Angiotensinogen Expression and Fetal Programming in Mice” (K12 BIRCWH).

Nonas, Stephanie, “The Role of Cyclooxygenase 2 in Mechanical Stress-Indused Lung Injury” (K08 NIH/NHLBI).

Purdy, Georgiana, “Mycobacterial genes mediating resistance to bactericidal ubiquitin peptides” (K22 NIH/NIAID).

Roepke, Troy, “Estrogen regulation of channels involved in the control of energy homeostasis” (K99 NIH/NIDDK).


Bowman, Gene, “Platform for nutrition therapy in Alzheimer's” (K23 NIH/NCCAM).

Broberg, Craig, “Heart Failure in Congenital Heart Disease” (CDA - American Heart Association).

Buckley, David, “Cancer Control for Disabled Adults in Rural Primary Care” (CDA - American Cancer Society).

Chadderdon, Scott, “Assessing Vascular Imaging & Remodeling w/Molecular Imaging on Obese Primates” (CDA - American Heart Association).

Chang, Bill, “To Understand the Mechanisms of Resistance and to Develop New Targets for Therapy in Pediatric Ph+ Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia?” (K12 Oregon Child Health Research Center).

Chia, Dennis, “Mechanisms of IGF-I gene transcriptional activation by growth hormone signaling” (K12 Oregon Child Health Research Center).

Chu, Cong-Qiu, “Positive and Negative Regulation of IL-17 in Experimental Arthritis” (K08 NIH/NIAMSD).

Darnall, Beth, “Pain and Immunity” (K12 BIRCWH).

Grigsby, Peta, “Compartmental analysis of proteomic biomarkers during intra-uterine infections” (K99 NIH/NICHD).

Litvack, Jamie, “Role of Depression in the Outcomes of Endoscopic Sinus Surgery” (CDA - American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head/Neck Surgery Foundation).

Loftis, Jennifer, “Prophylactic Antidepressant Treatment” (VA CDA-2).

McCormick, James, “Analysis of distal convoluted tubule function in vivo” (K01 NIH/NIDDK).

McGregor, Jessina, “Antibiotic resistance surveillance to improve empiric therapy in outpatients” (KL2 NIH/NCRR (OCTRI)).

Messamore, Erik, “Niacin Subsensitivity as a Schizophrenia Endophenotype” (VA CDA-2).

Molis, Michelle, “Improving Vowel Perception by Hearing-Impaired Listeners” (VA CDA).
Morasco, Benjamin, “Chronic Pain and Hepatitis C” (K23 NIH/NIDA).

Nolt, Dawn, “Characterization of the phagosome during Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection” (K08 NIH/NIAID).

Nyendak, Melissa, “Definition of Human Immunodominant CD8 Antigens in Tuberculosis” (KL2 NIH/NCRR (OCTRI)).

Obhrai, Jagdeep, “Activation of the alloimmune response” (K08 NIH/NIAID).

O'Rourke, Robert, “Tissue Inflammation and Immunologic Function in Human Obesity” (K08 NIH/NIDDK).

Poehlein, Christian, “Characterizing and Regulating Tumor-induced Regulatory T Cells” (K22 NIH/NCI).

Rieckmann, Traci, “Adoption of Evidence-Based Practices in Substance Abuse Treatment” (K23 NIH/NIDA).

Shin, Jung Bum, “Dynamics of Hair Bundle Proteins” (K99 NIH/NIDCD).

Singh, Satinder, “Transport and Inhibition in a Biogenic Amine Transporter” (K99 NIH/NIMH).

Taylor, Jason, “Genetic modification of macaque T-cells w/foamy viral vectors for HIV model” (K08 NIH/NIAID).

Wahbeh, Helane, “Mechanistic pathways for mindfulness meditation in PTSD” (K01 NIH/NCCAM).

Winthrop, Kevin, “Mycobacterial disease prevention: pharmacovigilance and inflammatory disease” (K08 AHRQ).

Wu, Wendy, “Ovarian hormone deficiency reduces intrinsic excitability and abolishes acute estrogen sensitivity in hippocampal CA1 pyramidal neurons.” (K12 BIRCWH).


Alumkal, Joshi, “The Elucidation of Clinically Significant Mechanisms of Gene Silencing” (KL2 NIH/NCRR (OCTRI)).

Barrett, Thomas, “Expression of GRK3 and Association with Bipolar Disorder” (K08 NIH/NINDS).

Chia, Dennis, “Mechanisms of IGF-I gene transcriptional activation by growth hormone signaling” (K08 NIH/NIDDK).

Ford, Matthew, “Nicotine Modulation of Ethanol Consumption and Discrimination” (K01 NIH/NIAAA).

Frias, Antonio, “Maternal high-fat diet disturbs uteroplacental hemodynamics and increases the frequency of stillbirth in a nonhuman primate model of excess nutrition.” (K12 WRHR).

Gallun, Frederick, “Modeling Auditory Integration in People with Impaired Hearing” (VA CDA-2).

Gold, Marielle, “Lung Epithelial Cell Immunity to Mycobacterium Tuberculosis.” (VA CDA).

Gregg, Jessica, “Health Beliefs, Acculturation, Pap Smears among Latinos from Mexico” (KL2 NIH/NCRR (OCTRI)).

Huckans, Marilyn, “Cognitive and Cortical Effects of Hepatitis C and Interferon Therapy” (VA CDA).

Korthuis, Philip, “Quality Outcomes for Patients with Drug Abuse and HIV” (K23 NIH/NIDA).

Newgard, Craig, “Improving Prehospital Trauma Triage: cost-effective and efficient mechanism” (CDA - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation).

Nguyen-Huynh, Anh, “Meniere's Disease” (KL2 NIH/NCRR (OCTRI)).


Chung, Kathryn, “Quantification of Levodopa Induced Dyskinesia in Parkinson Disease” (VA CDA).
DeVoe, Jennifer, “Oregon Children's Access to Healthcare Survey (CAHS)” (K08 AHRQ).

Erten-Lyons, Deniz, “Genetics and Healthy Brain Aging” (VA RCD).

Gillingham, Melanie, “Fatty Acid Oxidation Disorders & Body Weight Regulation” (K01 NIH/NIDDK).

Goy, Elizabeth, “Parkinson Disease at the end of life: Symptoms, Needs, and Mortality” (VA CDA).

Haney, Elizabeth, “Clinical Implications of Serotonin in Bone” (K23 NIH/NIAMS).

Klopfenstein, Bethany, “Cortisol Regulation in PCOS” (K23 NiH/NCRR).

Konrad-Martin, Dawn, “Determinants of Word Recognition Speed in Older Listeners” (VA ARCD).

McEvoy, Cynthia, “In-Utero Smoke, Vitamin C and Newborn Lung Function” (K23 NIH/NHLBI).

Nagel, Bonnie, “Neurocognition and Brain Development in Youth” (K08 NIH/NINDS).

Wisdom, Jennifer, “Adolescent Recovery from Drug Abuse” (K23 NIH/NIDA).

Zhang, Zili, “IL-23, ThIL-17, and Uveitis” (K08 NIH/NEI).


Bryant, Damani, “Estrogen Receptor Ligands and Neuroprotective Therapy” (K12 BIRCWH).

Dobscha, Steven, “Co-occurring Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders in Primary Care” (VA CDA).

Dorr, David, “Enhancing Guidelines with Collaborative Care Agents” (K22 NIH/NLM).

Elsas, Siegward, “Complementary behavioral treatment approaches to epilepsy” (K23 NIH/NCCAM).

Fromme, Erik, “Systematic Approaches to Supportive Care in Prostate CA” (K07 NIH/NCI).

Gold, Jeffrey, “Role of CD40 in sepsis induced lung injury” (K08 NIH/NIHLBI).

Kurre, Peter, “Genetic targeting of proviral integration in stem cells” (K08 NIH/NHLBI).

Landry, Gregory, “Functional Outcome of Critical Limb Ischemia” (K23 NIH/NHLBI).

Lewis, Michele, “Spouse's effect on counseling to improve patient satisfaction with hearing aids” (VA RCC).

Madison, Dana, “Transcriptional Repression by CtBP at the p21 Promoter” (K08 NIH/NCI).

Meyers, Gabrielle, “Clonal Evolution and Dominance in PNH” (K23 NIH/NCRR).

Nemecek, Eneida, “Radioimmunotherapy of high-risk AML in first remission” (K23 NIH/NCI).

Nicolaidis, Christina, “Developing an Abuse-Sensitive Depression Care Model” (K23 NIH/NIMH).

Song, Howard, “Interventions to Improve Cardiovascular Surgical Outcomes” (K12 BIRCWH).

Tshala-Katumbay, Daniel, “Toxic Probes of Axonopathy.” (K01 NIH/NINDS).

Yadav, Vijayshree, “Lipoic acid in MS” (K23 NIH/NCCAM).


Edelman, Alison, “Oral Contraceptive Efficacy and Body Weight” (K12 WRHR).

Jobe, Blair, “Screening for Barrett's Esophagus in Otolaryngology Patients” (K23 NIH/NIDDK).

Kuehl, Kerry, “Health Promotion Intervention:Sedentary Care Patients” (K23 NIH/NCRR).

LeBlanc, Erin, “Estradiol Fluctuation pilot” (K23 NIH/NCRR).

Lee, Ellen, “In vivo imaging of corneal inflammation” (K08 NIH//NEI).

Mansberger, Steven, “The Northwest Tribal Vision Project” (K23 NIH/NEI).

Misra, Sahana, “Influence of Mood State on Capacity to Consent to Research in Bipolar Patients” (VA RCD).

Pereira, Leonardo, “Proteomic Analysis of Maternal Serum for Prediction of Preterm Delivery” (K12 WRHR).

Shinto, Lynne, “Fish oil as therapy for depression in MS” (K23 NIH/NCCAM).

Silbert, Lisa, “Effects of White Matter Change on Cognitive Processing Speed” (K23 NIH/NIA).


Emens, Jonathan, “Circadian Genetics of Sighted Morning and Evening Types and Blind Free Runners” (K23 NIH/NCRR).

Le, Dai-Trang, “The Role of Adenosine in Chronic Ischemic Cardiomyopathy” (K08 NIH/NHLBI).

Shannon, Jackilen, “Dietary fatty acid intake, COX-2 expression and risk of prostate cancer” (K22 NIH/NCI).


Selden, Nathan, “Purinergic control of medullary pain modulation” (K08 NIH/NINDS).


Updated 07/01/2013