2022 - 2024 Research Scholars

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Kait Al, PhD

Project Title: “The Role of Toxic Xenobiotics and the Gut Microbiota in Kindey Stone Formation”
Institution: The University of Western Ontario
Mentor: Jeremy Burton, PhD
Sponsor: AUA Northeastern Section


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Firoj Alom, PhD

Project Title: “Development of an Optogenetic-Based Strategy for Controlling the External Urethral Sphincter”
Institution: University of Florida
Mentor: Aaron Mickle, PhD
Sponsor: Indian American Urological Association Sakti Das, MD, Award


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Nathalia Amado, PhD

Project Title: “Mechanism of Interaction of FLNA and MYOCD on Smooth Muscle Development and Association with Prune Belly Syndrome”
Institution: UT Southwestern Medical Center
Mentor: Linda Baker, MD
Sponsor: Societies for Pediatric Urology Sushil Lacy, MD, Award


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Asmaa El-Kenawi, PhD

Project Title: “Identifying Immune Tumor Cell Metabolic Dependencies in Prostate Cancer”
Institution: H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
Mentor: Kosj Yamoah, MD, PhD
Sponsor: AUA Southeastern Section


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Joshua Halpern, MD

Project Title: “The Role of Low Testosterone in Perioperative Surgical Outcomes”
Institution: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Mentor: Robert Brannigan, MD
Sponsor: AUA North Central Section


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Juan Javier-DesLoges, MD

Project Title: “A Pilot Study to Improve Germline Testing in At-Risk Patients with Prostate Cancer”
Institution: University of California San Diego Health System
Mentor: Rana McKay, MD
Sponsor: Bristol Myers Squibb


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Weiping Li, PhD

Project Title: “Harnessing Ferroptosis in Treating Advanced Prostate Cancer”
Institution: Columbia University 
Mentor: Michael Shen, PhD
Sponsor: Chesapeake Urology Associates Sanford J. Siegel, MD, Prostate Cancer Research Scholar Award


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Nnenaya Mmonu, MD

Project Title: “Development of Patient Reported Outcome Measures for Genital Gender-Affirming Surgery”
Institution: New York University School of Medicine
Mentor: Danil Makarov, MD
Sponsor: Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction Hari Badlani Award


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Robert Potter, PhD

Project Title: “Genomic Diversity Driving the Commensal-Pathogen Axis in the Urogenital Tract”
Institution: Washington University School of Medicine
Mentor: David Hunstad, MD
Sponsor: Endourological Society


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Nirmish Singla, MD

Project Title: “Tumor Evolution of Brain-Specific Tropism in Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma”
Institution: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Mentor: Chetan Bettegowda, MD, PhD
Sponsor: Indian American Urological Association Anupam Ted Kedia Award

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