The Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation partners with professional societies to generate greater awareness of and interest in Sjögren’s on the part of students pursuing careers in medical and scientific research. 

Student Fellowship Recipients

2015-2016

SSF-American Association for Dental Research (AADR) Award Winner

Annie Chou, DDS, PhD
University of California, San Francisco

Genetic Associations wiht Germinal Center-Like Formation in Sjögren’s Syndrome  


2013-2014

SSF-Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists (CLAO) Award Winner

Scott D. Walter, MD 
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute 
Targeted Lipidomic Analysis of Tear Film Endocannibinoids 

SSF-American Association for Dental Research (AADR) Award Winner

Kerry Leehan, PhD(c)

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation 

Markers and gentic mechanism of fibrosis in Primary Sjögren’s syndrome

SSF-ACR Fellowship Award Winner

Alice Baker, MPH 
University of California, San Francisco
Investigation of DNA Methylation Patterns in Sjögren’s. 


2012-2013

SSF-Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists (CLAO) Award Winner

He Li, PhD-Candidate
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Novel Biomarkers for Ocular Disease in Sjögren's Syndrome

SSF-American Association for Dental Research (AADR)
Award Winner

Adrienne Gauna, DDS, PhD, Post-PhD

University of Florida, College of Dentistry

The role of differentially expressed co-stimulatory molecules on the T cell responses of Sjögren’s syndrome

SSF-ACR Fellowship Award Winner

Miguel-Angel Gutierrez,Pre-PhD
University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
The Role of Dendritic Cells in the Initiation and Progression of Dry Eye in Sjögren’s.


2011-2012

SSF-CLAO ERF Fellowship Award Winner

Quianta Moore, MD-Candidate
Baylor College of Medicine,
Cullen Eye Institute
Houston, Texas
Effect of low humidity on women with Sjögren’s Syndrome

Abstract

 
SSF-AADR Fellowship Award Winner

Page Linae Collymore, DMD-Candidate
Southern Illinois University,
 School of Dental Medicine 
Alton, Illinois
Cytoarchitecture of salivary gland acini as related to loss of function in Sjogren's Syndrome
Abstract

SSF-ACR Fellowship Award Winner

Amanda A. McCulloch, PHD-Candidate
Temple University Medical School
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Effects of FTY-720 on a murine model of Sjögren's syndrome
Abstract


2010-2011

SSF-CLAO ERF Fellowship Award Winner

Niral Gandhi, MD-Candidate
Baylor College of Medicine
Cullen Eye Institute
Houston, Texas
Activation of TGF-ß on the ocular surface in dry eye
Abstract


SSF-AADR Fellowship Award Winner Sheede Khalil, DMD-Candidate
Boston University,
 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology
 Goldman School of Dental Medicine,
Boston, Massachusetts
Examining the molecular genetic changes in the etiology of Sjögren’s Syndrome
Abstract

SSF-ACR REF Fellowship Award Winner

Amanda A. McCulloch, PhD-Candidate
Temple University Medical School
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Effects of FTY-720 on a murine model of Sjögren's syndrome
Abstract


2009

Paola Higham, DDS
Resident in Oral Medicine & Geriatrics,
  MPH-Candidate
University of Pennsylvania,
  School of Dentistry
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Impact and clinical significance of changes in salivary flow on quality of life in Sjogren’s syndrome
Abstract

Amirala Pasha, DO-candidate
University of New England,
  Dept of Physiology
College of Osteopathic Medicine
Biddeford, Maine
The effects of corneal cooling on tear production, blink rate and sensation
Abstract

Jagdeep Kour Raince, MD-candidate
Baylor College of Medicine,
  Ophthalmology Dept
Houston, Texas
Regulated expression of IL-13 receptor by T cell cytokines modulates conjunctival goblet cell density
Abstract

Shi (Ben) Xu, PhD-candidate
University of Southern California
  School of Pharmacy
Los Angeles, California
Rab11a in the transcytosis of polymeric immunoglobulin receptor (plgR) in lacrimal gland acinar cells
Abstract


2008

Aileen Chang
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center,
  University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Integration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in the diagnosis and treatment of Sjögren’s syndrome
Abstract

Shirley Mathews
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation,
  Arthritis and Immunology Program
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Free radical-mediated oxidative damage in the lacrimal and salivary glands of an animal model of Sjögren’s syndrome
Abstract

Cindy Tsau
The Neurosciences Institute
San Diego, California
Regulation of lacrimal gland development and function by homeodomain transcription factor Barx2
Abstract


2007

Lilian Chiang
University of Southern California,
  School of Pharmacy
Modulation of tear protein secretion in the lacrimal gland
Abstract

James Roger, DDS
  and PhD candidate

University of Rochester,
  School of Medicine and Dentistry
Autoantibody characterization in salivary glands B cells in primary Sjögren's syndrome
Abstract

Lytia Fisher
University of Pennsylvania
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
Sjögren's syndrome research database
Abstract


2006

Virginia Carroll, PhD candidate
University of Virginia
MCMV-Induced Sjögren’s Syndrome-like Disease
Abstract


2005

Yaser Dorri
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
Oklahoma City, OK
Characterization of 4-hydroxy 2-nonenal modified proteins in Sjögren’s syndrome patient sera using two dimensional gel electrophoresis.
Abstract


2004

Lisa Carol Olmos
Baylor College of Medicine
Dallas, TX
Effect of Pro-Inflammatory Cytokines on Junctional Complex Proteins in Cultured Human Corneal Epithelium

Dry eye is associated with the breakdown in the function of the corneal epithelial barrier, but the mechanism for this breakdown has not been established. Olmos, a candidate for M.D. at Baylor, will investigate the potential role of inflammation-producing cytokines and enzymes called matrix metalloproteinases.


1999

Ali Fahimi
University of Southern California
School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA
The mechanisms of lacrimal dysfunction in autoimmune dacryoadenitis

Susie Kalinian
Tufts University
School of Dental Medicine
Boston, MA
The effectiveness of various toothbrush heads in reducing bacteria and increasing salivary flow in patients with normal salivary flow and in Sjögren's patients with dry mouth

Bruno West
University of Connecticut Health Center
School of Medicine at Farmington
Is autoimmune thyroid disease an early presentation in patients destined to develop Sjögren's syndrome?


1998

Ryan Grover
University of Southern California
School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA
The effect of prolactin on lacrimal gland function and development of Sjögren's syndrome following removal of androgen support.

Ramzi Azzam
University of Southern California
School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA
Role of phospholipase D and protein kinase C in membrane trafficking


1997

Lisa Lu
Temple University
School of Dentistry
Philadelphia, PA
Cytotoxicity against salivary glands of 2 CD8+ clones isolated from NOD mice salivary glands

Brittany Nguyen
University of Chicago
School of Medicine
Chicago, IL
The role of Ig-gamma in BCR signaling


1996

Jared Shore
University of Pennsylvania
School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA
Use of salivary scintigraphy as a diagnostic aid for Sjögren's syndrome

Ann Kvasnicka
University of Southern California
School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA
The La (SSB) antigen in lacrimal gland acinar cells


1995

Maurice Berkowitz
University of Southern California
School of Medicine
Los Angeles
The Effects of Androgens on Lacrimal Cell Acini In Vitro

Justin Burk
Montefiore Medical Center/
  Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bronx, NY
Calreticulin involvement in nuclear transport in human endothelial cells

Joshua Hickman
University of North Carolina
  at Chapel Hill
School of Medicine
The exocrine and hepatic dysfunction in Sjögren's syndrome and chronic graft versus host disease

Howard Kim
University of Michigan
  Medical School
Ann Arbor, MI
Identification of putative CD6 ligands on peripheral blood and tissue antigen presenting cells