About Us

The Medical Research Foundation supports promising biomedical exploration and the development of research careers in clinical investigation in Oregon through a program of competitively awarded research grants. The foundation also presents awards to outstanding Oregon scientists and mentors.  

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MRF Research and Education Committee 2023-2024

Nancy L. Haigwood, Ph.D. 
Professor, Oregon National Primate Research Center
Director, Oregon National Primate Research Center
OHSU
Portland, OR

Robert Duvoisin, Ph.D.
Professor, Chemical Physiology and Biochemistry
OHSU
Portland, OR

Susan Gurley, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Medicine, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension
Division Head, Medicine, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, School of Medicine
Interim Chair, Department of Medicine
OHSU
Portland, OR

Jon D. Hennebold, Ph.D.
Professor and Chief, Division of Reproductive and Developmental Sciences
Adjunct Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
OHSU
Portland, OR

Emily Ho, Ph.D.
Director, Linus Pauling Institute
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR

Peter Mayinger, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension
OHSU
Portland, OR

Hector Olvera Alvarez, Ph.D., PE
Professor, School of Nursing 
Senior Associate Dean for Research, School of Nursing 
OHSU
Portland, OR  

Tamara J. Phillips Richards, Ph.D.
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience
Senior Research Career Scientist, VA Medical Center
Director, Portland Alcohol Research Center
Interim Chair, Behavioral Neuroscience
OHSU
Portland, OR 

Jason Podrabsky, Ph.D. 
Chair, Professor of Biology
Portland State University
Portland, OR

Kryn Stankunas, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Biology
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR

Scientific Review Committee 2023-2024

The Scientific Review Committee is a peer review group for research grant funding opportunities internal to OHSU and for outside organizations in Oregon such as the Medical Research Foundation. It reports to OHSU Research and Innovation.

Committee Chair
Robert M. Duvoisin, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemical Physiology and Biochemistry, School of Medicine

Andrew C. Adey, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Molecular and Medical Genetics, School of Medicine

Michelle Cameron, M.D., P.T., M.C.R. 
Professor of Neurology, School of Medicine

Monika Davare, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology and Oncology, School of Medicine

Victor R. DeFilippis, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor, VGTI-Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine
Assistant Professor, Oregon National Primate Research Center

Nathan Dieckmann, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor, School of Nursing 
Associate Professor, Secondary Appointment, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health

Nathalie Huguet, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, School of Medicine

Michael P. Hutchens, M.D., M.A. 
Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, School of Medicine

Alina Maloyan, Ph.D, FAHA 
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, School of Medicine
Joint Faculty, Biomedical Engineering, School of Medicine
Joint Faculty, Chemical Physiology and Biochemistry, School of Medicine
Faculty, Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences, School of Medicine

Martina Ralle, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Molecular and Medical Genetics, School of Medicine
Associate Professor of Molecular and Medical Genetics, School of Medicine
Director, USR Elemental Analysis Core

Lina A. J. Reiss, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, School of Medicine
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, School of Medicine
Associate Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, School of Medicine

Oleg Varlamov, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Oregon National Primate Research Center