Congratulations to the following recipients of the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute FY2023 Fellow Research Scholar Awards. Each Principal Investigator will receive a $5,000 award to support their research project.


  • Deirde Bartlett, MD, Pediatric Nephrology Fellow (2021–2024)
    Project title:
    Development of Post-operative AKI in Children Receiving Heart Transplants
    Mentor: Alexander J. Kula, MD, Attending Physician, Nephrology (Kidney Diseases)

  • Carlos Becerril-Romero, MD, Pediatric Nephrology Fellow (2021–2024)
    Project title:
    Understanding Substance Use in Adolescent and Young Adult Kidney Transplant Recipients to Improve Long Term Graft Survival
    Mentor: Debora Matossian, MD, MS, Attending Physician, Nephrology (Kidney Diseases)

  • Christine Nguyen Clarke, DO, MA, Pediatric Hematology Oncology Fellow (2021–2024)
    Project title: Examining the Role of SIN1 as a Regulator of IRF-2 in Leukemogenesis
    Mentor: Leonidas C. Platanias, MD, PhD, Director, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center; Jesse, Sara, Andrew, Abigail, Benjamin and Elizabeth Lurie Professor of Oncology; Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology) and Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

  • Abigayil Dieguez, MD, Pediatric Endocrinology Fellow (2021–2024)
    Project title:
    Identifying Genetic Determinants of Disorders of Glucose Metabolism in Children from the Hyperglycemia and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes Follow-up Study
    Mentor: Jami L. Josefson, MD, Attending Physician, Pediatric Endocrinology

  • Jordan Nicole Drawbridge, MD, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellow (2021–2024)
    Project title:
    A Multi-Center Retrospective Review of the Characteristics of Pediatric Patients with Ethics Consults
    Mentor: Kelly N. Michelson, MD, MPH, Attending Physician, Critical Care

  • Nabgha Farhat, MD, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellow (2021–2024)
    Project title:
    Genomic Characterization of Invasive and Colonizing ESBL-Producing Enterobacterales in Young Infants
    Mentors: Leena Mithal, MD, Attending Physician, Infectious Diseases, and Mehreen Arshad, MD, MBBS, Attending Physician, Infectious Disease

  • Jillian Gorski, MD, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellow (2021–2024)
    Project title:
    Under-Triage of Trauma in the Pediatric Emergency Department: Evaluating the Effect of Racial Disparities on Outcomes for Pediatric Trauma Patients
    Mentor: Sriram Ramgopal, MD, Attending Physician, Emergency Medicine

  • Alazar Haregu, MD, Pediatric Cardiology Fellow (2021–2024)
    Project title:
    Echocardiographic Evidence of Diastolic Dysfunction is Associated with Histopathological Evidence of Fibrosis and Microvessel Disease in Pediatric Heart Transplant Recipients
    Mentor: Nazia Husain, MPH, MBBS, Attending Physician, Cardiology