2019 IDDRC Pilot Grants

The MIND Institute IDDRC conducts an annual pilot research grant program designed to support promising new IDDRC investigators and research initiatives, ensure that the IDDRC cores remain cutting edge, and promote interdisciplinary collaboration. Applications will be accepted from current IDDRC investigators, as well as from any UC Davis faculty member whose research aligns with IDDRC priorities and criteria described in the annual call for proposals. The foci of applications, eligibility criteria, number of awards to be made, and priorities for the program may change each year. Projects are funded from financial gifts to the MIND Institute.

2018 IDDRC Pilot Grant Recipients

Jill Silverman, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UC Davis School of Medicine

Development of a Rat Model for Fragile X-associated Disorders

Phone:  916-734-8531
Email:  jsilverman@ucdavis.edu

Cheryl Walker, M.D.Research Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, UC Davis School of Medicine
Translational Methylomic Analysis of Cell-Free Fetal DNA: Towards a Noninvasive Biomarker of Autism Spectrum Disorder Risk
Phone: 530-752-6430
Email: ckwalker@ucdavis.edu

2017 IDDRC Pilot Grant Recipients

Sustained Maternal Immune Response: Impact on Social and Cognitive Development

Melissa BaumanAssociate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UC Davis School of Medicine
Phone: 916-703-0377
Email: mdbauman@ucdavis.edu

 

Judy Van De Water, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, Allergy, and Clinical Immunology, UC Davis School of Medicine
Phone: 530-752-2154
Email: javandewater@ucdavis.edu

2016 IDDRC Pilot Grant Recipients

Kathleen Angkustsiri, M.D.Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, UC Davis School of Medicine

Exploring the Social Phenotype in 22q11.2 deletion syndrome and idiopathic autism spectrum disorder

Phone:  916-703-0278
Email:  kangkustsiri@ucdavis.edu

Megan Y. Dennis, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, UC Davis School of Medicine, UC Davis Genome Center

Using Zebrafish to Test Genes Mutated in Children with Autism

Phone:  530-752-1357
Email:  mydennis@ucdavis.edu

2015 IDDRC Pilot Grant Recipients

Melanie Gareau, Ph.D.Associate Adjunct Professor and Researcher, Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology

Early Microbial Colonization and Development of the Microbiota-Gut-Brain Axis

Phone:  530-754-0605
Email:  mgareau@ucdavis.edu

Alexander Nord, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UC Davis School of Medicine

Initial characterization of a new loss-of-function mouse model of the autism susceptibility gene Chd8

 Email: asnord@ucdavis.edu

David J. Segal, Ph.D.Associate Director, UC Davis Genome Center, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, Pharmacology, MIND Institute, UC Davis School of Medicine

Injectable Regulators of ASD-relevant Genes

Phone:  530-754-9134
Email:  djsegal@ucdavis.edu

Jill Silverman, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UC Davis School of Medicine

Development and Characterization of a Model of Early Life Pesticide Exposure

Phone:  916-734-8531
Email:  jsilverman@ucdavis.edu

Mu Yang, Ph.D.

Mu Yang, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UC Davis School of Medicine

Identifying environmental and epigenetic factors behind cognitive and social deficits in 16p11.2 deletion mouse

 

2014 IDDRC Pilot Grant Recipients

Melissa BaumanAssistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UC Davis School of Medicine

A Novel Animal Model to Evaluate Social Development Following Prenatal Immune Challenge

Phone:  916-703-0377
Email:  mdbauman@ucdavis.edu

Rebecca J. Schmidt, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, UC Davis MIND Institute, Department of Public Health Sciences, UC Davis School of Medicine

Perinatal Iron and Autism

Phone:  530-752-3226
Email:  rjschmidt@ucdavis.edu

Andrea Schneider, Ph.D.Assistant Research Scientist, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, Fragile X Research & Treatment Center

Event-related Oscillatory Brain-Activity as Outcome Measure for Targeted Treatment Trials in Fragile-X Syndrome

Phone:  916-703-0202
Email:  anschneider@ucdavis.edu

Verónica Martínez Cerdeño, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Institute for Pediatric Regenerative Medicine, 
Shriners Hospital of Northern California

Prenatal Exposure to Autism-specific Maternal Autoantibodies Alters Prenatal Neurogenesis

Phone:  916-453-2163
Email:  vmartinezcerdeno@ucdavis.edu