Research Awardees

Current CFRI-Funded Cystic Fibrosis Researchers

New Horizons Research


Stephen Aller, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham: Role of CFTR Arginine-933 in Folding, Gating and Potentiator Drug Binding





Steven Jonas, MD, PhD, University of California Los Angeles: Developing Nanotechnology-Enabled Gene Therapy Solutions to Correct CFTR Mutations in Airway Stem Cells: Toward a One-Time Cure for Cystic Fibrosis





Xiaopeng Li, PhD, Michigan State University: Targeting V-type ATPase in Human Small Airways for CF Lung Disease Treatment





Matthew Porteus, MD, PhD, Stanford Medical Center: Identifying Biomaterials that Enable the Transplantation of Gene Corrected Airway Stem Cells to Treat Cystic Fibrosis


Elizabeth Nash Memorial Fellowship


Suzanne Fleiszig, PhD (PI) and Naren Gajenthra Kumar, PhD (Post-Doctoral Fellow), University of California Berkeley: Characterizing the Intracellular Diversification of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in Chronic Lung Infections



2019 – 2021 CFRI-Funded Cystic Fibrosis Researchers

New Horizons Research

Martina Gentzsch, PhD: Physiological Models of Cystic Fibrosis Airway Cultures that Mimic the In Vivo Environment for Therapeutic Testing; Principal Investigator, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Lucas Hoffman, MD, PhD: Bacterial Community-Level Susceptibility Testing for CF Lung Infections; Principal Investigator, University of Washington, Seattle and Seattle Children’s Hospital

Elizabeth Kramer, MD, PhD: The Role of TGF in Driving Airway Hyperresponsiveness and Smooth Muscle Dysfunction in Cystic Fibrosis; Principal Investigator, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Forest Rohwer, PhD: Development of tailocins against microbial infections in cystic fibrosis lungs; Principal Investigator, San Diego State University

Kenichi Okuda, MD, PhD: Regional regulation of CFTR and ionocyte expression in airways; Principal Investigator, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill


Elizabeth Nash Memorial Fellowship

Cynthia B. Silveira: Bacteriophage-Mediated Spread of Virulence Factors in Cystic Fibrosis Microbiomes; Postdoctoral Fellow, San Diego State University (Forest Rowher, PhD, Principal Investigator)

Keehoon Lee, PhD: A Multi-‘Omic Approach to Evaluate Concurrent Sinus and Pulmonary Disease in Cystic Fibrosis; Post-Doctoral Fellow, Northern Arizona University (Elizabeth Cope, PhD, Principal Investigator)