2022 – 2023 Residency Research Award Recipients

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Domenique Escobar, MD

Project Title: "The Role of the Gut and Urinary Microbiome in Patients with Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer on BCG"
Institution: University of California, San Francisco
Mentor: Sima Porten, MD, MPH
Sponsor: Merck & Co.


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Sean Fletcher, MD

Project Title: "Evaluating Use of a Genetic Risk Score in a Diverse Population to Improve Risk Assessment for Men on Active Surveillance"
Institution: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Mentor: Christian Pavlovich, MD
Sponsor: Merck & Co.


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Noah Frydenlund, MD

Project Title: "Investigating the Molecular Features of Response to Intravesical Therapy in Stage T1 Bladder Cancer Using Digital Spatial Profiling"
Institution: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Mentor: Joshua Meeks, MD, PhD
Sponsor: The Kahlert Foundation


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Jenny Guo, MD

Project Title: "Usage of a Mobile Health Platform for Surveillance of Kidney Stone Formers: A Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial"
Institution: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Mentor: Amy Krambeck, MD
Sponsor: Russell Scott, Jr., MD, Urology Research Fund


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Lin Lin, MD, PhD

Project Title: "Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Renal Oncocytoma"
Institution: UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Mentor: Brian Shuch, MD
Sponsor: Russell Scott, Jr., MD, Urology Research Fund


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Sagar Patel, MD

Project Title: "Utilizing Gene Expression and Tumor Subtyping for Precision Therapy in Muscle-Invasive Bladder Cancer"
Institution: Baylor College of Medicine
Mentor: Seth Lerner, MD
Sponsor: The Kahlert Foundation


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Ashwin Ramaswamy, MD

Project Title: "Development of a Nerve-Sparing Assessment Tool (N-SAT) to Optimize Erectile Function after Robot-Assisted Radical Prostatectomy"
Institution: Weill Cornell Medical College
Mentor: Andrew Hung, MD
Sponsor: Robert J. Krane, MD, Urology Research Fund


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Rebecca Sager, MD, PhD

Project Title: "Regulation of CDK4 axis Signaling in Bladder Cancer"
Institution: SUNY Upstate Medical University
Mentor: Mehdi Mollapour, PhD
Sponsor: The Kahlert Foundation


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Ali Zahalka, MD, PhD

Project Title: "Neoadjuvant Long Acting Neuraxial Block of Periprostatic Nerves in the Treatment of High Risk Prostate Cancer"
Institution: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Mentor: Ashutosh Tewari, MBBS
Sponsor: Robert J. Krane, MD, Urology Research Fund