Clinical & Translational Science Institute 2024 Pilot Awardees

We are pleased to announce the recipients of our 2024 CTSI Pilot Awards. We awarded 4 Clinical and Translational Science awards and 5 Translational Research awards. Congratulations to each of our recipients!


2024 Clinical and Translational Science Recipients

Ashish Khanna, MD, FCCP, FCCM, FASA 

Ashish Khanna, MD


Precision-Based Renin Assessment in Septic Shock Outcomes
*Awarded a $10,000 supplement from the Wake Forest Center for Artificial Intelligence

Jaime M. Hughes, PhD

Jaime Hughes, PhD, MPH, MSW

Implementation Science

Engaging Rural Older Adults and Communities in the Refinement And Implementation of Walkon!“ 

Halley Alexander

Halley Alexander, MD


Applying the Multiphase Optimization Strategy Framework (MOST) to physical activity interventions for neurological populations
Amy McMichael.


Amy McMichael, MD


Identifying Genetic Risk Factors for Traction Alopecia in African Americans
*co-funded by The Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity


2024 Translational Research Recipients

Reto Asmis, PhD 

Reto Asmis, PhD

Molecular Medicine

Role of Hematopoietic Monoamine Oxidase A in Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis (EAE)
 Jeffrey Scott Willey, PhD  

Jeffrey Willey, PhD

Radiation Oncology

“Osteoclast and Neuronal Crosstalk as a Mechanism for Chest Wall Pain in Lung Cancer Patients Receiving Thoracic Radiosurgery”
*co-funded by The Comprehensive Cancer Center
 Jared A. Weis, PhD  

Jared Weis, PhD

Biomedical Engineering

“Clinical Translation of Photoacoustic Imaging for Assessing Infant Intestinal Health and Necrotizing Enterocolitis”
 Rohan Mahabaleshwarkar, PhD.  

Rohan Mahabaleshwarker, MD

Implementation Science

“Validation of a Pharmacy Risk Score in Patients with Diabetes and Hypertension”
*co-funded by the Center on Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism
*Awarded a $10,000 supplement from the Wake Forest Center for Artificial Intelligence
 John M. Salsman, PhD  

John Salsman, PhD

Social Sciences and Health Policy

“Supporting Spirituality in Young Adults with Cancer Using a Digital Health Approach: A Feasibility Study”
*co-funded by The Comprehensive Cancer Center