2016/2017 Research Grant Awards 

Stergios Katsiougiannis, PhD
Assistant Project Scientist
Center for Oral/Head & Neck Oncology Research
UCLA School of Dentistry
System Analysis of Mouse Models for Sjögren’s Syndrome Pathogenesis
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Nancy McNamara, OD, PhD & Jes Kristen Klarlund, PhD (emeritus co-investigator)
Associate Professor
School of Optometry
The Regents of the University of California, Berkeley
A New Generation of Eye Drops to Treat the Ocular Manifestations of Sjögren’s Syndrome
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Xaralobos Varelas, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biochemistry
Boston University School of Medicine
Defining Epithelial Cues Contributing to Sjögren’s Syndrome
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2015/2016 Research Grant Awards

Marit Hoeyberg Aure, PhD     
Postdoctoral fellow
Center for Oral Biology
University of Rochester
Cell lineage analysis in lacrimal gland maintenance and repair
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Alan Nathaniel Baer, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Department of Medicine (Rheumatology)
John Hopkins University School of Medicine
Comprehensive analysis of antibodies in Sjögren’s using phage immunoprecipitation sequencing
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Maria C. Edman, PhD*
Research Associate
Department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of Southern California, School of Pharmacy
Tear fluid and serum levels of Cathepsin S and its endogenous inhibitor Cystatin C as biomarkers for Sjögren’s 
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Markus Hardt, PhD*
Assistant Member of the Staff
Department of Applied Oral Sciences
The Forsyth Institute
Identification of proteolytic profiles diagnostic of Sjögren’s
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Petros Papagerakis, DDS, PhD
Assistant Professor of Dentistry
Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry
Clinical Significance of Circadian Rhythms Disruption in Sjögren’s Pathogenesis
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* - Signifies grants that were first awarded in 2015 and have been renewed for a second year in 2016.