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J.R. & Inez Jay Fund Awardees

Congratulations to all J.R. & Inez Jay Fund awardees! The J.R. and Inez Jay Research Fund was established in 1977 and has been providing annual awards every year. Below is the list of awardees for the past ten years.

2023 Awardees

Awardee(s)Project TitleAward Amount
Scott Hefty"Pilot vaccine (Borrelia and Chlamydia)"$60,000
Liang Xu"Improving Breast Cancer Immunotherapy by Targeting RNA-Binding"$60,000

2022 Awardees

Awardee(s)Project TitleAward Amount
Brian Ackley"Ultrastructural Analysis of Synaptic Degeneration in Rapidly Developing AD Model"$20,000
David Davido"Identifying Regions in HSV-1 that Contribute to Neuroinvasiveness"$20,000
Anthony Fehr"Discovery and Optimization of SARS-CoV-2 Mac1 Inhibitors"$20,000

2021 Awardees

Awardee(s)Project TitleAward Amount
Michael Johnson"Light-Initiated Zinc Signaling in Parkinson’s disease"$25,000
William Picking"Applying novel approaches to obtain the molecular structures of difficult T3SS proteins"$25,000
Shyam Sathyamoorthi"Development of New Antibacterial Agents: A Synthesis of the Antibiotic Enacyloxin IIa for the Generation of Therapeutic Analogues"$25,000

2020 Awardees

Awardee(s)Project TitleAward Amount
Mike Hageman"Translation of Injectable-to-Oral Pharmacotherapy: Application of E- Cadherin Binding Peptides as Oral Permeation Enhancers"$20,000
Frank Schoenen"Design, synthesis, analytical characterization, eAMDE, formulation, sub-chronic MTD and in vivo PK of ML329 Prodrugs"$20,000
Jingxing Wang "Mechanistic study of RNA splicing modulation by small molecules"$20,000

2019 Awardees

Awardee(s)Project TitleAward Amount
Mark P. Farrell and Adam Smith"Sugar coated vaccines for the treatment of opioid use disorder"$30,000
Mark Richter"Continuous monitoring of histamine in the brain"$30,000

2018 Awardees

Awardee(s)Project TitleAward Amount
Josephine Chandler"Blocking quorum sensing to potentiate antibiotics in Pseudomonas aeruginosa"$30,000
Kristi Neufeld"Novel function of APC tumor suppressor in DNA Topoisomerase II-mediated cell cycle checkpoint"$30,000

2017 Awardees

Awardee(s)Project TitleAward Amount
Wendy Picking"Mechanistic study of RNA splicing modulation by small molecules"$30,000
Michael Wang"Blood Exosomal Drug-Metabolizing Enzymes for Individualized Medicine"$30,000
Liqin Zhao"ApoE2 as a therapeutic shield against Alzheimer’s disease: a proof-of-concept study"$30,000

2016 Awardees

Awardee(s)Project TitleAward Amount
Kristin Bowman-James"Soft Pyrazine-based Gels as Antimicrobials Targeting Surgical Site Infections"$20,000
Nancy Muma"SUMOylation in the Treatment of Depression"$20,000
Frank Schoenen"Bioenergetic Manipulation for the Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease"$20,000

2015 Awardees

Awardee(s)Project TitleAward Amount
Laird Forrest"Mechanistic understanding of oxidation of therapeutic proteins after subcutaneous administration"$30,000
Mario Rivera"Validating the Bacterioferritin/Bfd protein-protein interaction as target for antibiotic development"$30,000
Jeff Staudinger"SUMOylation of Bag3 in Hepatocytes and Hepatoma Cell Line"$20,000

2014 Awardees

Awardee(s)Project TitleAward Amount
John Karanicolas"Identifying stabilizers of p53 using pocket complementarity"$28,000
Yong Zeng"Microfluidic Molecular Analysis of Tumor-Derived Exosomes"$30,000

2013 Awardees

Awardee(s)Project TitleAward Amount
Jane Aldrich"Novel Compounds With Anticancer Activity"$30,000
Marco Bortolato"Developmental Role of Glutamate in Antisocial Personality Traits"$30,000

2012 Awardees

Awardee(s)Project TitleAward Amount
Eric Deeds"Deadlock in Proteasome Core Particle Assembly"$30,000
Xinkun Wang"MicroRNA-Regulated Gene Network in Selective Neuronal Vulnerability"$30,000