Previous DFSA Awardees

 

Activation Awardees 2018-2021
Activation Awards represent a critical component of the funding program and are intended to support idea generation for junior faculty.

Activation 2020

Jessica Cohen, Associate Professor, Global Health and Population
Evidence-Based Policy for Maternal Health: A Quasi-Experimental Evaluation of the Impact of Innovative Medicaid Policies on Women’s Use of Effective Postpartum Contraception and Safe Birth Spacing

Carmen Messerlian, Assistant Professor, Nutrition
The Preconception Intervention Program for Healthy Reproduction (PIPER) Project

Shoba Ramanadhan, Assistant Professor, SBS
New measures and professional development opportunities to promote evidence-based cancer prevention and control in underserved communities 

Activation 2019

Kevin Croke, Assistant Professor, Global Health and Population
The political origins of Ethiopia’s primary health care expansion

Lindsay Jaacks, Assistant Professor, Global Health and Population
Empowering consumers to reduce their exposures to environmental chemicals

Zac Nagel, Assistant Professor, Environmental Health
Genomic integrity mechanisms underlying disparities in age-related disease risk

Activation 2018

Joseph Allen, Assistant Professor, Environmental Health
The Case for Healthy Buildings

Margaret McConnell, Assistant Professor, Global Health and Population
The Human Element of Low-Quality Care: A Behavioral Economics Approach to Improving Postpartum Care in Kenya

Christopher Sarosiek, Assistant Professor, Environmental Health
Mapping Cell Death Regulation in the Lung to Address Global Health Challenges

Incubation Awardees 2018-2020
Incubation Awards represent a critical component of the funding program and are intended to support innovative ideas of particular promise.

Incubation 2020

Curtis Huttenhower, Professor, Biostatistics/Immunology and Infectious Diseases
Machine learning for population-scale viral discovery and monitoring in the human microbiome (AI/Machine Learning and Causal Inference)

William Hanage, Associate Professor, Epidemiology
Lineage calling for outbreak detection and molecular epidemiology of Klebsiella pneumoniae using rapid nanopore sequencing

Incubation 2019

Barbara Burleigh, Professor, Immunology and Infectious Diseases
New tricks with old drugs: Improving Chagas disease therapeutics

David Hemenway, Professor, Health Policy and Management
Improving Firearm Injury Surveillance Systems: A Road Map

Karestan Koenen, Professor, Epidemiology
The Gut Microbiome and PTSD in Women

Michael Mina, Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
High-throughput surveillance of immune histories for the simultaneous construction of longitudinal cohorts and comprehensive epidemic detection

Incubation 2018

Sara Bleich, Professor, Health Policy and Management
Evaluating the Impact of Bike Sharing in Low-Income Populations: A Novel Discount Program in Metro-Boston

Jacqueline Bhabha, Professor, Global Health and Population
Tackling Violence against Children: A Radical Approach

Wafaie Fawzi, Professor, Global Health and Population
Assessing food systems for optimal health and environmental sustainability in Ethiopia

Peter Kraft, Professor, Epidemiology
The Genetic Architecture of Breast Parenchymal Textural Features and its Implications for Breast Cancer Risk

John Spengler, Professor, Environmental Health
Children’s developmental status in relation to solid fuel use in low and middle income countries

 

Acceleration Awardees 2018-2020
Acceleration Awards represent a critical component of the funding program and are intended to nurture collaborations in research, develop platforms, and support educational projects.

Acceleration 2020 – General

Marcia Castro, Professor, Global Health and Population
Fires, smoke exposure, and public health in Brazil: Assessment of the health impacts of Amazonian fires

Karestan Koenen, Professor, Epidemiology
COVID-19, Social Unrest, and Health in the Harvard Cohorts

Acceleration 2020 – COVID
In 2020, a portion of the Acceleration Award funds were targeted to projects submitted in response to a Special COVID-19 RFA. In order to award funds quickly, the timeline and proposal content was condensed.

Michael Barnett, Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management
Measuring the Resilience of Nursing Homes Facing COVID-19

Jin Ah Park, Assistant Professor, Environmental Health, Phyllis Kanki, Professor, Environmental Health/Immunology and Infectious Diseases
Pathogenesis of SARS-CoV-2 infection in primary human airway epithelial cells: Role of age

Acceleration 2019

Yonatan Grad, Professor, Immunology and Infectious Diseases
Defining the factors driving spatiotemporal variation in antibiotic prescribing

Laura Kubzansky, Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences
Using Smartphone Measurement Bursts in an Established Epidemiologic Cohort to Capture Psychological Well-being and Health Behaviors

David Williams, Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences
Reducing Stress and Overweight and Obesity-related Chronic Diseases through Big Data and Digital Phenotyping

Acceleration 2018

Sonia Hernandez Diaz, Associate Professor, Epidemiology
Evidence-Based Teaching: Using Technology and Data to Create More Effective and Inclusive Classrooms

James Mitchell, Associate Professor, GCD
Limiting Dietary Protein Improves Markers of Healthspan: Accelerating Mechanistic and Translational Advances

Jukka-Pekka Onnela, Associate Professor, Biostatistics
Augmentation of the Beiwe Platform for Smartphone-based Digital Phenotyping

Giovanni Parmigiani, Professor, Biostatistics
Inherited Cancer Risk Knowledge Base