Research Projects & Grants

  • Stem cell therapy in necrotizing enterocolitis, Role: Investigator, (06/2024 - 06/2027) Status: Approved
  • Vagal nerve stimulation to reduce incidence of necrotizing enterocolitis in the neonatal population, Role: PI, (09/2022 - 09/2025) Status: Approved
  • The role of miRNA regulation in early inflammatory signals induced by hypoxia in neonates through a two-model approach., Role: PI, (01/2022 - 01/2025) Status: Approved
  • Automated Feeding Machine for Necrotizing Enterocolitis, Role: Investigator, (05/2022 - 05/2025) Status: Approved


  • Brain Oxygenation - II, Role: Investigator, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, (07/2022) Status: Approved
  • Serotonin deficiency and nicotine exposure during development: Effects on postnatal maturation of cardiorespiratory control, Role: PD/PI, College of New Jersey, (04/2020 - 08/2022) Status: Closed
  • Assessing Sudaxine as a safer alternative to opioid analgesics, Role: Principal Investigator, Case Western Reserve University, (01/2016 - 12/2017) Status: Closed


  • Molecular, cellular, and integrative analysis of cerebrovascular aging and Alzheimer's disease, Role: Investigator, National Institutes of Health/DHHS, (05/2024 - 05/2027) Status: Approved
  • Mapping Early Trauma-Dependent Changes in a Novel Gut-Brain Circuit for Binge Eating, Role: Investigator, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases/NIH/DHHS, (11/2023 - 11/2026) Status: Approved
  • Acquisition of a Zeiss LSM 900 confocal microscope with Airyscan 2 for an Imaging and Microscopy Core, Role: Major User, National Institutes of Health/DHHS, (05/2023 - 05/2024) Status: Awarded
  • Unravelling lung interoception and its functional consequence in the developing ovine lung, Role: PD/PI, National Institutes of Health/DHHS, (09/2021 - 08/2024) Status: Awarded
  • A novel APP-driven mechanism of neuroprotection in Alzheimer's disease, Role: Co-Investigator, National Institutes of Health/DHHS, (03/2020 - 02/2023) Status: Closed
  • A systems-biology approach to assessing the impact of a centrifugation model of spaceflight on cross-system communication, Role: Co-Investigator, National Aeronautics & Space Administration, (07/2019 - 05/2023) Status: Closed
  • Vagus nerve stimulation modulates neuroinflammation in developing rats, Role: PD/PI, National Institutes of Health/DHHS, (07/2018 - 07/2020) Status: Closed


  • Characterization of Nrf-2 activation in fetal and newborn Sprague Dawley rat pups, Role: Investigator, LLU Dept. of Pediatrics, (07/2016 - 07/2017) Status: Completed
  • Predictor analysis of post ligation syndrome in percutaneous transcatheter closure of patent ductus arteriosus in premature neonates, Role: Investigator, LLU Dept. of Pediatrics, (04/2023) Status: Approved
  • Investigation into Physiologic Mechanisms of Intraneural Facilitation™, Role: Investigator, LLU Dept. of Allied Health Studies, (12/2022) Status: Approved
  • Quantifying fetal reprogramming in preeclampsia-induced placental insufficiency for neonatal outcome correlation, Role: PI, LLU Dept. of Pediatrics, (05/2021) Status: Approved
  • Metabolomic and histological characterization of Necrotizing Enterocolitis of the newborn, Role: Investigator, LLU Dept. of Pediatrics, (02/2021) Status: Approved
  • Oxidative Stress Markers in the Setting of lower Extremity Fracture Blisters, Role: Investigator, LLU Dept. of Orthopedic Surgery, (09/2020) Status: Approved
  • Near-infrared spectroscopy to evaluate feeding tolerance in infants with NEC, Role: Investigator, LLU Dept. of Pediatrics, (12/2019) Status: Approved
  • aEEG screening of neonates with congenital heart disease (CHD), Role: Investigator, LLU Dept. of Pediatrics, (08/2023 - 08/2024) Status: Approved
  • Investigation into Potential Biological Mechanisms Influenced By Intraneural Facilitation Treatment of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy, Role: PD/PI, LLU - GRASP, (01/2022 - 12/2024) Status: Awarded
  • Role of Heparin-binding EGF-like growth factor (HB-EGF) in prevention of Necrotizing enterocolitis and modulation of brain-gut interactions, Role: PD/PI, LLU School of Medicine, (01/2020 - 12/2024) Status: Awarded
  • AMPK epigenetically modulates respiratory pattern response to oxidative stress, Role: PD/PI, LLU - GRASP, (01/2015 - 12/2018) Status: Closed
  • Human cell reprogramming for functional genetics of Alzheimer's disease, Role: Other Significant Contributor, LLU School of Medicine, (01/2014 - 05/2016) Status: Closed