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X-Grants Program

What is the X-Grants program?

As part of the President's Excellence Fund, X-Grants is an interdisciplinary program designed to bring faculty together across disciplines. The program's goal is to unlock creative and imaginative ideas that will address important problems in areas that will significantly impact the most important challenges facing global society. Its over-arching themes will reflect Texas A&M's research strengths and, in many cases, will emphasize sustainable research excellence beyond initial funding. Seven million dollars will be broken out into a mix of one-year planning projects, pilot projects or large multi-year awards.

What is the Health Science Center doing to advance these proposals?

The Health Science Center is working diligently to find and support grant development and seed grants to support X-Grant proposals that have advanced in the University competition, but were not selected for final award. The Health Science Center Office of Faculty Development will be available for consultation for the upcoming submission year, helping faculty identify teams and topics for future X-Grant competitions.

The Senior Vice President of the Health Science Center has also set aside $100,000 to support the Health Science Center-led X-Grants reviewed and selected for 5-page applications and not selected for final awarding.

How do you get more information?

Please contact Dr. Emily Wilson for additional details.

The X-Grants program has selected the One-Pagers that will advance to Step 3 – Submission of Preliminary Proposals, below are the faculty included in these proposals:

Health Science Center Faculty who advanced to Step 4

Faculty team leaders

  1. Carl Gregory, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Molecular and Cellular Medicine
    A Scalable Platform for the Manufacture of Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Other Adherent Cell Types for Cytotherapeutic Applications
  2. Marcia Ory, PhD, School of Public Health, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
    Understanding and reducing untoward effects of the opioid epidemic
  3. Jon Skare, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology
    Ensuring dogs remain man's best friend: Understanding how Staphylococcus pseudintermedius infects people and dogs

Research team members

  1. Joy Alonzo, RPH, M.Engineering, PharmD, College of Pharmacy
  2. Helene Andrews Polymenis, DVM, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology
  3. Pooneh Bagher, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Medical Physiology
  4. Mark Benden, PhD, CPE, School of Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  5. Jane Bolin, RN, JD, PhD, School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy Management
  6. Steven D. Brown, MD, College of Medicine
  7. Carrie L. Byington, MD, College of Medicine
  8. Timothy Callaghan, PhD, School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy Management
  9. Carolyn Cannon, MD, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology
  10. Michael Ellis, DDS, College of Dentistry, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  11. Alva O. Ferdinand, DrPH, JD, School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management
  12. Gang Han, PhD, School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatstics
  13. Magnus Höök, PhD, Institute of Biosciences and Technology
  14. Carrie Ann Johnson, DNP, RN, FNP-C, College of Nursing
  15. Mansoor Kahn, PhD, College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  16. Debra Kellstedt, MPH, School of Public Health, Center for Population Health and Aging
  17. Ryang Hwa Lee, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Molecular and Cellular Medicine
  18. Carly McCord, PhD, School of Public Health, Department of Health Promotion & Community Health Sciences
  19. Ranjana Mehta, PhD, School of Public Health, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
  20. Michael J. Miller, RPh, DrPH, FAPhA, College of Pharmacy
  21. Cheryl Pullium, MSN, RN, ACNS, College of Nursing
  22. Ziyaur Rahman, PhD, College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  23. Likith V. Reddy, MD, College of Dentistry, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  24. Mendell Rimer, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics
  25. Matthew Lee Smith, PhD, MPH, School of Public Health, Center for Population Health and Aging
  26. Rahul Srinivasan, MBBS, PhD, College of Medicine, Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics
  27. David Threadgill, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Molecular and Cellular Medicine
  28. Samuel D. Towne, PhD, MPH, CPH, School of Public Health, Department of Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences
  29. W. Jay Treat, PhD, Texas A&M University Health Science Center, Center for Innovation in Advanced Development & Manufacturing
  30. Bree Watzak, PharmD, BCPS, College of Pharmacy
  31. Meredith Williamson, PhD, College of Medicine 
  32. Emily Wilson, PhD, College of Medicine
  33. Lixian Zhong, PhD, College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Health Science Center faculty who advanced to Step 3

Faculty team leaders

  1. Sanjukta Chakraborty, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Medical Physiology
    Multidimensional approaches to target cancer metastasis: Integrating molecular, engineering, pharmacological and statistical modalities
  2. Paul Defigueiredo, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology
    Effecting cures: combatting human, animal and plant diseases with pathogen-derived effector proteins
  3. Jian Q. Feng, PhD, College of Dentistry, Department of Biomedical Sciences
    Astonishing roles of tendon in skeleton formation and regernation of a “new knee” in vivo
  4. William Griffith, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience & Experimental Therapeutics
    Engineering approaches to neuroscience challenges: Adaptive Targeted Neuroplasticity Treatment (ATNT) for pain, neurological diseases, and brain aging
  5. Carl Gregory, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Molecular and Cellular Medicine
    A Scalable Platform for the Manufacture of Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Other Adherent Cell Types for Cytotherapeutic Applications
  6. Matthew J. Kesterke, PhD, College of Dentistry, Department of Biomedical Sciences
    A novel system for diagnosis and treatment of ororfacial dysfunction: from baseline modeling to AI-aided individualized rehabilitation
  7. Marcia Ory, PhD, School of Public Health, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
    Understanding and reducing untoward effects of the opioid epidemic
  8. Allison Rice-Ficht, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Molecular and Cellular Medicine
    Filling the Gap: Product Development in Therapeutics
  9. Virender K. Sharma, PhD, FRSC, School of Public Health, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
    A Research Planning Grant Advancing Liquid Ferrate Technology for Applications in Population Health, Agriculture, Water, and Related Industries
  10. Jon Skare, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology
    Ensuring dogs remain man's best friend: Understanding how Staphylococcus pseudintermedius infects people and dogs
  11. Feng Tao, PhD, College of Dentistry, Department of Biomedical Sciences
    The role of gut-brain crosstalk in migraine headache

Research team members

  1. Joy Alonzo, RPH, M.Engineering, PharmD., College of Pharmacy
  2. Gianfranco Alpini, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Medical Physiology
  3. Helene Andrews-Polymenis, DVM, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology
  4. Pooneh Bagher, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Medical Physiology
  5. Mark Benden, PhD, CPE, School of Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  6. Steven D. Bender, DDS, College of Dentistry, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  7. Ritesh Bhattacharjee, College of Dentistry, Departments of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Biomedical Sciences
  8. Jane Bolin, RN, JD, PhD, School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management
  9. Steven D. Brown, MD, College of Medicine
  10. Carrie L. Byington, MD, College of Medicine
  11. Timothy Callaghan, PhD, School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management
  12. Carolyn L. Cannon, MD, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology
  13. Mahua Choudhury, PhD, College of Pharmacy
  14. Jeffrey Cirillo, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology
  15. Peter J. A. Davies, MD, PhD, Institute of Biosciences and Technology
  16. Dustin W. DuBois, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience & Experimental Therapeutics
  17. David J. Earnest, PhD, College of Medicine Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics
  18. Michael Ellis, DDS, College of Dentistry, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  19. Alva O. Ferdinand, DrPH, JD, School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management
  20. Anatoliy Gashev, MD, PhD, DMSci, College of Medicine, Department of Medical Physiology
  21. Cédric G. Geoffroy, College of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience & Experimental Therapeutics
  22. Shannon S. Glaser, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Medical Physiology
  23. Daikwon Han, PhD, School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
  24. Magnus Höök, PhD, Institute of Biosciences and Technology
  25. Jun-yuan Ji, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Molecular and Cellular Medicine
  26. Chetan Jinadatha, MD, MPH, College of Medicine
  27. Carrie Ann Johnson DNP, RN, FNP-C, College of Nursing
  28. Bita A. Kash, PhD, MBA, FACHE, School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management
  29. Mansoor Khan, PhD, College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  30. Dongin (Donoven) Kim, PhD, College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  31. Koichi Kobayashi, MD, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology
  32. Narendra Kumar, PhD, College of Pharmacy
  33. Lih Kuo, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Medical Physiology
  34. Ryang Hwa Lee, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Molecular and Cellular Medicine
  35. Fei Liu, PhD, College of Medicine, Molecular & Cellular Medicine
  36. Ravikumar Majeti, PhD, College of Pharmacy
  37. Carly McCord, PhD, School of Public Health, Department of Health Promotion & Community Health Sciences
  38. Alistair McGregor, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology
  39. Cynthia J. Meininger, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Medical Physiology
  40. Michael J. Miller, RPh, DrPH, FAPhA, College of Pharmacy
  41. Rajesh C. Miranda, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics
  42. Karienn Montgomery PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics
  43. Mariappan Muthuchamy, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Medical Physiology
  44. Vincent Nathan, PhD, MPH, School of Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  45. Lynne Opperman, PhD, College of Dentistry, Department of Biomedical Sciences
  46. Hongjiao Ouyang, DDS, PhD, DMD, College of Dentistry, Department of Endodontics
  47. Kristin Patrick, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology
  48. Cheryl Pullium, MSN, RN, ACNS, College of Nursing
  49. Ziyaur Rahman, PhD, College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  50. Andrew Read-Fuller, MD, College of Dentistry, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  51. Indra K. Reddy, PhD, College of Pharmacy
  52. Likith V. Reddy, MD, College of Dentistry, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  53. Mendell Rimer, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics
  54. Joseph M. Rutkowski, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Medical Physiology
  55. James Samuel, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology
  56. Emet Schneiderman, PhD, College of Dentistry, Department of Biomedical Sciences
  57. Ashok K. Shetty, PhD, College of Medicine, Molecular & Cellular Medicine
  58. Raquel Sitcheran, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Molecular and Cellular Medicine
  59. Jack Smith, MD, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology
  60. Farida Sohrabji, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics
  61. Rahul Srinivasan, MBBS, PhD, College of Medicine, Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics
  62. Yanlong Sun, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology
  63. David Threadgill, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Molecular and Cellular Medicine
  64. Carl Tong, MD, PhD, FACC, College of Medicine, Department of Medical Physiology
  65. Gerard Toussaint, MD, College of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics
  66. Samuel D. Towne, PhD, MPH, CPH, School of Public Health, Department of Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences
  67. W. Jay Treat, PhD, Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing
  68. Fen Wang, PhD, Institute of Biosciences & Technology
  69. Jun Wang, MD, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics
  70. Qian Wang, PhD, College of Dentistry, Department of Biomedical Sciences
  71. Robert O. Watson, PhD, MPH, College of Medicine, Department of Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology
  72. Bree Watzak, PharmD, BCPS, College of Pharmacy
  73. Erxi Wu, PhD, College of Pharmacy
  74. Xiaohui Xu, PhD, School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  75. Preeti Zanwar, PhD, MPH, MS, School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
  76. Lixian Zhong, PhD, College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  77. Lin Zhu, PhD, College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  78. Roger Zoh, PhD, School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics