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Home Research Research Funding AUA Funding Research Scholar Awards 2019 2020 Research Scholars

2019–2020 Research Scholars

Jathin Bandari, MD

Jathin Bandari, MD

Project Title: "Evaluating the Impact of the BCG Drug Shortage"

Institution: University of Pittsburgh

Mentors: Bruce Jacobs, MD, MPH; Benjamin Davies, MD; and Jonathan Yabes, PhD

Sponsor: AUA Northeastern Section

Samir Derisavifard, MD

Samir Derisavifard, MD

Project Title: "Catheter-free Ambulatory Cystometry: A Feasibility Study"

Institution: Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Mentors: Margot Damaser, PhD and Howard Goldman, MD

Sponsor: Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction Hari Badlani Research Scholar Award

Sriram Eleswarapu, MD, PhD

Sriram Eleswarapu, MD, PhD

Project Title: “Engineering Novel Biomimetic Hydrogels for Tunica Albuginea Regeneration in Peyronie's Disease and Penile Injury”

Institution: University of California, Los Angeles

Mentors: Ali Khademhosseini, PhD, Jess Mills, MD, and Jacob Rajfer, MD

Sponsor: Endo Pharmaceuticals

Siobhan M. Hartigan, MD

Siobhan M. Hartigan, MD

Project Title: "Functional Neuroimaging of the Spine in Patients with Overactive Bladder"

Institution: Vanderbilt University Medical Center 

Mentors: W. Reynolds, MD, MPH; Roger Dmochowski, MD, MMHC; and Seth Smith, PhD

Sponsor: AUA Southeastern Section

Naveen Kachroo, MD, PhD

Naveen Kachroo, MD, PhD

Project Title: "Elucidating the Microbial Mechanisms Associated with Urinary Stone Disease"

Institution: Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Mentors: Aaron Miller, PhD and Manoj Monga, MD

Sponsor: Endourological Society Raju Thomas, MD Research Scholar Award

Xiaosong Meng, MD, PhD

Xiaosong Meng, MD, PhD

Project title: “Detection of Invasive Renal Cell Carcinoma with Targeted Molecular Imaging”

Institution: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Mentors: Vitaly Margulis, MD; Hans Hammers, MD, PhD and Xiankai Sun, PhD

Sponsor: Society of Urologic Oncology Research Scholar Award for Specialized Programs of Research Excellence

Nahid Punjani, MD, MPH

Nahid Punjani, MD, MPH

Project Title: "Epigenetic Regulation of MSH5 in Men with Spermatogenic Failure"

Institution: Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Mentors: Dolores Lamb, PhD, HCLD; Marc Goldestein, MD; and Peter Schlegel, MD;  and 

Sponsor: Indian American Urological Association Sakti Das, MD Research Scholar Award

Weranja Ranasinghe, MBChB, PhD

Weranja Ranasinghe, MBChB, PhD

Project Title: "Targeting Hypoxia Pathways to Improve Efficacy of Immune Checkpoint Therapies in Advanced Prostate Cancer"

Institution: University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Mentors: Brian Chapin, MD and Sumit Subudhi, MD, PhD

Sponsor: AUA South Central Section

Joseph D. Shirk, MD

Joseph D. Shirk, MD

Project Title: "3D, Virtual Reality Imaging for Robotic Prostatectomy"

Institution: University of California, Los Angeles

Mentors: Christopher Saigal, MD, MPH

Sponsor: Robert J. Krane, MD Research Scholar Award

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