AURI Research Awards

Each year in the Fall, we take the time to recognize Augusta University faculty members who have contributed significantly to research in the following categories:

  • Emerging Scientist Award
  • Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity Award
  • Distinguished Research Award(s)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

 

2020 Recipients  Previous Recipients

2020 Recipients

award icon Emerging Scientist Award

photo of Kenneth Sang-Ho Kwon, PhD

Kenneth Sang-Ho Kwon, PhD

  • Medical College of Georgia
  • Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy

Education

PhD, Physiology, Pathology, Johns Hopkins University, 2005

Research Interests

  • Exosome biogenesis in epithelial cells
  • Exosomes in kidney injuries
photo of Kumar Vaibhav, PhD

Kumar Vaibhav, PhD

  • Medical College of Georgia
  • Department of Neurosurgery

Education

PhD, Toxicology, Hamdard University, 2013

Research Interests

  • Brain injury induced neuroinflammation
  • Heterogeneous nature of TBI and stroke
  • Mechanism behind TBI-induced inflammation and subsequent injury progression

award icon Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity Award

photo of Mary-Kate Lizotte, PhD

Mary-Kate Lizotte, PhD

  • Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
  • Department of Social Sciences

Education

PhD, Political Science and Government, State University of New York, Stony Brook, 2009

Research Interests

  • Political science and government

award icon Distinguished Researcher Award

photo of Yuqing Huo, PhD

Yuqing Huo, PhD

  • Medical College of Georgia
  • Department of Vascular Biology

Education

PhD, Biomedical Sciences, Peking University, 1998

Research Interests

  • Examination of metabolic effect on leukocyte recruitment and activation
  • Fibroblast activation
  • Activation and proliferation of vascular cells in animal models of atherosclerosis
  • Thrombosis
  • Diabetes/obesity
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Retinopathy
  • Cardiac hypertrophy and renal fibrosis
photo of Nahid F. Mivechi, PhD

Nahid F. Mivechi, PhD

  • Georgia Cancer Center
  • Department of Radiology and Imaging

Education

PhD, Cell Biology, Genetics, Radiation Biology, Florida State University, 1981

Research Interests

  • Musculoskeletal biology and aging
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Anatomical sciences

award icon Lifetime Achievement Award

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David Munn, MD

  • Georgia Cancer Center
  • Department of Pediatric Oncology

Education

MD, Medical College of Georgia, 1984

Research Interests

  • Tumor immunology and the molecular mechanisms of immune suppression and tolerance in the tumor microenvironment
  • Regulation of anti-tumor T cell activation by tolerogenic dendritic cells and regulatory T cells (Tregs) in the setting of cancer
  • Activation of suppressive tumor-associated Tregs via the PTEN lipid-phosphatase pathway
  • Regulation of the dendritic cell (DC) population in tumors and the choice between tolerogenic vs. immunogenic DCs
  • Tolerance-induction to dying tumor cells mediated via the enzyme indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) and PTEN+ Tregs
photo of Sylvia Smith, PhD, FARVO

Sylvia Smith, PhD, FARVO

  • Medical College of Georgia
  • Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy

Education

PhD, Basic Medical Science, University of South Alabama, 1987

Research Interests

  • Diseases that affect retinal neurons including ganglion cells (diabetic retinopathy) and photoreceptor cells
    (retinitis pigmentosa, RP)
  • Retinal degeneration

Previous Recipients

  • Emerging Scientist Award
    Dr. Teal W. Benevides
    Dr. Sangeetha Sukumari Ramesh
  • Distinguished Researcher Award
    Dr. Wendy B. Bollag
    Dr. Mark W. Hamrick
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
    Dr. Ruth B. Caldwell
    Dr. R. William Caldwell
  • Emerging Scientist Award
    Dr. Gabor Csanyi
  • Distinguished Scientist Award
    Dr. Rudolf Lucas
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
    Dr. Cheryl Newman
  • Emerging Scientist Award
    Dr. Megan McGee-Lawrence
  • Distinguished Research Award
    Dr. Ruth Harris
    Dr. Satish Rao
  • Distinguished Research Award
    Dr. Paul McNeil
  • Emerging Scientist Award
    Dr. Nilkantha Sen
  • Mahesh Distinguished Research Award
    Dr. Eric Belin de Chantemele
  • Distinguished Research Award
    Dr. David J. Fulton
  • Emerging Scientist Award
    Dr. II-Man Kim
  • Mahesh Distinguished Research Award
    Dr. Wen-Cheng Xiong
  • Distinguished Research Award
    Dr. Lin Mei
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
    Dr. Clinton Webb
  • Emerging Scientist Award
    Dr. Ryan Harris
  • Mahesh Distinguished Research Award
    Dr. Adviye Ergul
  • Distinguished Research Award
    Dr. Javier Stern
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
    Dr. Darrell Brann
  • Emerging Scientist Award
    Dr. Brian Miller
  • Mahesh Distinguished Research Award
    Dr. David Munn
  • Distinguished Research Award
    Dr. Katherine "Katie" Davis
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
    Dr. Dennis Ownby
  • Emerging Scientist Award
    Dr. Jay Hegde
  • Mahesh Distinguished Research Award
    Dr. Gregory Harshfield
  • Distinguished Research Awards
    Dr. Avid Hess
    Dr. Martha Tingen
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
    Dr. Gary Whitford
  • Emerging Scientist Award
    Dr. Jennifer Sullivan
  • Mahesh Distinguished Research Award
    Dr. William Rainey
  • Distinguished Research Awards
    Dr. Carlos Isales
    Dr. Jin-Xiong She
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
    Dr. David Pashley
  • Emerging Scientist Award
    Dr. Arun Sreekumaar
  • Mahesh Distinguished Research Award
    Dr. David Stepp
  • Distinguished Research Awards
    Dr. Edward Inscho
    Dr. David Pollock
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
    Dr. Robert Yu
  • Mahesh Distinguished Research Award
    Dr. Darrell Brann
  • Distinguished Research Awards
    Dr. R. Clinton Webb
    Dr. Gregory Harshfield
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
    Dr. George S. Schuster
  • Emerging Scientist Awards
    Dr. Kalu Ogbureke
    Dr. Haidong Zhu
    Dr. Jeannette Andrews
  • Mahesh Distinguished Research Award
    Dr. Sylvia B. Smith
  • Lifetime Achievement Awards
    Dr. William B. Strong
    Dr. Paul G. McDonough
  • Emerging Scientist Award
    Dr. Yanbin Dong
  • Mahesh Distinguished Research Award
    Dr. Robert Yu
  • Distinguished Research Awards
    Dr. David Pashley
    Dr. John Catravas
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
    Dr. Virendra Mahesh