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As of September 1, 2009, the NHLBI has supported hundreds of principal investigators (PIs) with American Recovery and Reinvestment (the Recovery Act) funds, using existing mechanisms, such as expansion of the research paylines from 2008 and 2009, as well as new programs created specifically for the Recovery Act, including Challenge Grants, and Grand Opportunities (GO) grants. Learn more about the scientists who are directing projects or programs supported by grants.

Below are profiles of Recovery Act-funded scientists who provided their photographs to the NHLBI. To find out more about their projects or to see all the NHLBI-funded Recovery Act projects, use the search tool on the right. If you are a PI, please consider sharing your Recovery Act story and photograph for publication on these Web pages.

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Photo of Bruce Sachais, M.D., Ph.D.
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Bruce Sachais, M.D., Ph.D.
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Director of Transfusion Services, HUP, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Division of Transfusion Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Proatherogenic Properties of Platelet Factor 4
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Blood Diseases and Resources, Thrombosis and Hemostasis Branch
FY 2009 Recovery Act Funding: $170,374
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Photo of Monika M. Safford, M.D.Monika M. Safford, M.D.
Associate Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama
REGARDS - MI Study
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Cardiovascular Sciences , Epidemiology Branch
FY 2009 Recovery Act Funding: $24,539
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REGARDS - MI Study
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Cardiovascular Sciences , Epidemiology Branch
FY 2009 Recovery Act Funding: $291,741
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Total funding: $316,280
Photo of Umadevi S. Sajjan, Ph.D.Umadevi S. Sajjan, Ph.D.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Co-Infections of Rhinovirus and Bacteria in Chronic Lung Disorders
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Lung Diseases, Airway Biology and Disease Branch
FY 2009 Recovery Act Funding: $192,522
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Photo of Kathleen Miho Sakamoto, M.D., Ph.D.Kathleen Miho Sakamoto, M.D., Ph.D.
Principal Investigator, University of California Los Angeles, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, Los Angeles, California
Molecular and Cellular Characterization of Myeloproliferative Disease
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Blood Diseases and Resources, Transfusion Medicine and Cellular Therapeutics Branch
FY 2009 Recovery Act Funding: $46,200
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Molecular and Cellular Characterization of Myeloproliferative Disease
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Blood Diseases and Resources, Transfusion Medicine and Cellular Therapeutics Branch
FY 2010 Recovery Act Funding: $46,200
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Total funding: $92,400
Photo of Kathryn L. Sandberg, Ph.D.Kathryn L. Sandberg, Ph.D.
Director, Georgetown University, Washington, District of Columbia
Posttranscriptional Regulation of Angiotensin Receptors
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, Vascular Biology and Hypertension Branch
FY 2009 Recovery Act Funding: $19,034
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Photo of Philip L. Sannes, Ph.D.Philip L. Sannes, Ph.D.
Professor of Cell Biology, North Carolina State University Raleigh, Raleigh, North Carolina
Differentiation of Alveolar Epithelium in Pulmonary Fibrosis
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Lung Diseases, Lung Biology and Disease Branch
FY 2009 Recovery Act Funding: $74,459
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Differentiation of Alveolar Epithelium in Pulmonary Fibrosis
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Lung Diseases, Lung Biology and Disease Branch
FY 2010 Recovery Act Funding: $74,500
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Total funding: $148,959
Photo of Rashmin C. Savani, M.B., Ch.B., Ph.D.Rashmin C. Savani, M.B., Ch.B., Ph.D.
Professor and William Buchanan Chair in Pediatrics, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Dallas, Dallas, Texas
ABCA3 and the Response to Lung Injury
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Lung Diseases, Lung Biology and Disease Branch
FY 2009 Recovery Act Funding: $200,415
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ABCA3 and the Response to Lung Injury
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Lung Diseases, Lung Biology and Disease Branch
FY 2009 Recovery Act Funding: $15,700
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Total funding: $216,115
Photo of Frank A. J. Scheer, Ph.D.Frank A. J. Scheer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
New Faculty in Sleep Medicine
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Lung Diseases, Airway Biology and Disease Branch
FY 2009 Recovery Act Funding: $372,480
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Photo of Robert Schneider, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.B.M.R.Robert Schneider, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.B.M.R.
Director, Institute of Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management; Dean, Maharishi College of Perfect Health, Maharishi University of Management, Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa
Usefulness of Stress Reduction in the Secondary Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease in African Americans
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, Clinical Applications and Prevention Branch
FY 2009 Recovery Act Funding: $498,918
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Usefulness of Stress Reduction in the Secondary Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease in African Americans
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, Clinical Applications and Prevention Branch
FY 2010 Recovery Act Funding: $499,588
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Total funding: $998,506
Photo of David A. Schwartz, M.D.David A. Schwartz, M.D.
Director, Center for Genetics and Therapeutics, National Jewish Center, Denver, Colorado
Lung Genomics Research Consortium
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Lung Diseases, Airway Biology and Disease Branch
FY 2009 Recovery Act Funding: $5,987,215
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Photo of Frank C. Sciurba, M.D.Frank C. Sciurba, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Lung Genomic Research Consortium
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Lung Diseases, Airway Biology and Disease Branch
FY 2009 Recovery Act Funding: $5,987,215
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Photo of Craig Selzman, M.D., F.A.C.S.Craig Selzman, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Associate Professor, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
Mechanisms of Myocardial Recovery
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, Heart Failure and Arrhythmia Branch
FY 2009 Recovery Act Funding: $359,901
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Photo of Shey-Shing Sheu, Ph.D.Shey-Shing Sheu, Ph.D.
Professor, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York
Student and/or teacher summer research experiences
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, Heart Failure and Arrhythmia Branch
FY 2009 Recovery Act Funding: $17,610
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Photo of Paula K. Shireman, M.D.Paula K. Shireman, M.D.
Associate Professor and Staff Physician, University of Texas Health Sciences Center San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
Chemokines and Immune Cells in Hind Limb Ischemia
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, Vascular Biology and Hypertension Branch
FY 2009 Recovery Act Funding: $166,273
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Photo of Joanne Hetzler Shorter, Ph.D.Joanne Hetzler Shorter, Ph.D.
Principal Scientist, Aerodyne Research, Inc., Billerica, Massachusetts
Breath Analysis Using Quantum Cascade Lasers
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Lung Diseases, Lung Biology and Disease Branch
FY 2009 Recovery Act Funding: $14,821
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Photo of Edwin Silverman, M.D., Ph.D.Edwin Silverman, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
Unclassified Spirometric Abnormalities: Radiology, Epidemiology, and Genetics
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Lung Diseases, Airway Biology and Disease Branch
FY 2009 Recovery Act Funding: $499,878
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Photo of Dan Sorescu, M.D.
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Assistant Professor, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
Nox4 and Cardiac Fibrosis
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Lung Diseases, Lung Biology and Disease Branch
FY 2009 Recovery Act funding: $273,118
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Photo of John Spertus, M.D., M.P.H.John Spertus, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor of Medicine, University of Missouri School of Medicine, Kansas City, Missouri
Transforming PCI Informed Consent into an Evidence-based Decision-making Tool
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, Clinical Applications and Prevention Branch
FY 2009 Recovery Act Funding: $2,121,454
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Photo of Robert C. Speth, Ph.D.Robert C. Speth, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Brain Specific NON-AT1, NON-AT2 Angiotensin Binding Site
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, Vascular Biology and Hypertension Branch
FY 2009 Recovery Act Funding: $197,044
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Brain Specific NON-AT1, NON-AT2 Angiotensin Binding Site
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, Vascular Biology and Hypertension Branch
FY 2010 Recovery Act Funding: $15,611
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Brain Specific NON-AT1, NON-AT2 Angiotensin Binding Site
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, Vascular Biology and Hypertension Branch
FY 2010 Recovery Act Funding: $46,099
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Brain Specific NON-AT1, NON-AT2 Angiotensin Binding Site
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, Vascular Biology and Hypertension Branch
FY 2010 Recovery Act Funding: $172,199
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Brain Specific NON-AT1, NON-AT2 Angiotensin Binding Site
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, Vascular Biology and Hypertension Branch
FY 2010 Recovery Act Funding: $15,611
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Brain Specific NON-AT1, NON-AT2 Angiotensin Binding Site
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, Vascular Biology and Hypertension Branch
FY 2010 Recovery Act Funding: $6,866
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Total funding: $453,430
Photo of Avrum Elliott Spira, M.D., M.Sc.Avrum Elliott Spira, M.D., M.Sc.
Associate Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts
Lung Genomic Research Consortium
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Lung Diseases, Airway Biology and Disease Branch
FY 2009 Recovery Act Funding: $5,987,215
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Photo of Gregory L. Stahl, Ph.D., F.A.H.A.Gregory L. Stahl, Ph.D., F.A.H.A.
Paul Allen Distinguished Professor of Anesthesiology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
Innate Immunity, Biomarkers, and Myocardial Infarction
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, Heart Failure and Arrhythmia Branch
FY 2009 Recovery Act Funding: $494,636
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Photo of Martin H. Steinberg, M.D.Martin H. Steinberg, M.D.
Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, Pathology, and Laboratory Medicine; Director of the Center of Excellence in Sickle Cell Disease, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston
Genetic Diversity of Sickle Cell Anemia
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Blood Diseases and Resources, Blood Diseases Branch
FY 2009 Recovery Act Funding: $1,796,727
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Photo of Troy Stevens, M.S., Ph.D.Troy Stevens, M.S., Ph.D.
Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama
Student and/or teacher summer research experiences
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Lung Diseases, Lung Biology and Disease Branch
FY 2009 Recovery Act Funding: $16,202
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Photo of Victor Stevens, Ph.D.Victor Stevens, Ph.D.
Senior Investigator, The Center for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Research Institute, Portland, Oregon
Analysis of Five Year Follow-Up Data from the Weight Loss Maintenance Trial
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, Clinical Applications and Prevention Branch
FY 2009 Recovery Act Funding: $499,546
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Photo of David Stevenson, M.D.David Stevenson, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, California
Therapeutic Use of Heme Analogs: Absorption in Intestine
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Blood Diseases and Resources, Blood Diseases Branch
FY 2009 Recovery Act Funding: $14,006
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Photo of Kerry J. Stewart, Ed.D.
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Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
Diet and Exercise in Type 2 Diabetes
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, Atherothrombosis and Coronary Artery Disease Branch
FY 2009 Recovery Act Funding: $612,415
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Diet and Exercise in Type 2 Diabetes
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, Atherothrombosis and Coronary Artery Disease Branch
FY 2010 Recovery Act Funding: $797,675
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Two Diets with Exercise in Abdominal Obesity: Cardiovascular Effects
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, Atherothrombosis and Coronary Artery Disease Branch
FY 2009 Recovery Act Funding: $785,169
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Two Diets with Exercise in Abdominal Obesity: Cardiovascular Effects
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, Atherothrombosis and Coronary Artery Disease Branch
FY 2010 Recovery Act Funding: $806,472
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Total funding: $3,001,731
Photo of Jay F. Storz, Ph.D.Jay F. Storz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska School of Biological Sciences, Lincoln, Nebraska
Mechanisms of Hemoglobin Adaptation to Hypoxia in High-Altitude Rodents
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Blood Diseases and Resources, Blood Diseases Branch
FY 2009 Recovery Act Funding: $220,774
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Photo of Bela Suki, Ph.D.Bela Suki, Ph.D.
Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
Effects of Mechanical Forces on Lung Injury and Repair
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Lung Diseases, Lung Biology and Disease Branch
FY 2009 Recovery Act Funding: $496,539
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Additional Funding:
Effects of Mechanical Forces on Lung Injury and Repair
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Lung Diseases, Lung Biology and Disease Branch
FY 2010 Recovery Act Funding: $494,887
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Total funding: $991,426
Photo of Mark Sussman, Ph.D.Mark Sussman, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Biology, San Diego State University, San Diego, California
Engineering Cardiac Progenitor Cells to Enhance Myrocardial Regeneration
Administered by the NHLBI Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, Advanced Technologies and Surgery Branch
FY 2009 Recovery Act Funding: $500,000
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Last Updated: March 16, 2010





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