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Awards & Honors

Brittney Williams, MD

  • August 25, 2020- Brittney Williams, MD awarded the Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award. Her project entitled "Role of miRNA-TLR7 Signaling in Platelet Activation and Dysfunction in Sepsis" was approved for funding by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Dr. Williams stated she was very pleased with the new NIH support and that her work in the next 3-5 years will focus on delineating platelet signaling pathways involved in immune-mediated thrombotic complications in sepsis.

Kerri Lopez, MD

  • July 28, 2020Kerri Lopez, MD awarded the SHOCK Society Diversity Enhancement Award for her abstract entitled "Impact of Hypobaric Exposure on Inflammation and Organ Injury in a Non-Hemorrhagic Mouse Model of Polytrauma". Dr. Lopez is a PGY-3 surgical resident and has just completed her two-year research training in the Anesthesiology Translational Research Program working on a research project funded by the US Air Force.

Kerri Lopez, MD

  • 2020Kerri Lopez, MD awarded third place in the University of Maryland Department of Surgery Annual Charles Getz Research Retreat for her oral presentation titled “Transport after Traumatic Injury – the Effects of Hypobaria.”

Brittney Williams, MD

  • 2019- Brittney Williams, MD awarded the Mentored Research Training Grant (MRTG) by the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) for her research project titled "Role of TLR7 in Platelet Activation and Dysfunction in Sepsis". The award, $250,000 over two years, helps physician-scientists develop the skills, preliminary data for subsequent grant applications, and research publications needed to become independent investigators. In 2019, FAER received 58 high-quality applications for research training grants. Dr. Williams was selected as one of the 5 recipients of this prestigious award. Click Here for more information on this award. 

Briana Shimada, PhD


Wei Chao, MD, PhD and Lin Zou, MD, PhD

  • 2019Wei Chao, MD, PhD, Junfang Wu, PhD, and Lin Zou, MD, PhD R01 funded grant titled "Targeting Brain Inflammation and Neurocognitive Dysfunction in Sepsis" from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Click Here for more information. 

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Andrew Suen, MD

  • 2019Andrew Suen, MD awarded first place in the Univerisity of Maryland Department of Anesthesiology 2019 Research Retreat for his basic science poster titled Circulating Plasma MiRNAs Trigger Innate Immune Activation in a Mouse Model of Polytrauma”

Brittney Williams, MD

  • 2019- Brittney Williams, MD awarded first place in the Univerisity of Maryland Department of Anesthesiology 2019 Research Retreat for her basic science presentation titled "Molecular Link Between Inflammation and Coagulation Dysfunction in Polymicrobial Sepsis" 

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Wei Chao, MD, PhD

  • 2018- Wei Chao, MD, PhD, named the recipient of the prestigious 2018 Frontiers in Anesthesia Research Award, given by the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS). This $750,000 award is only given by the IARS once every three years. Dr. Chao will use this funding to support his research into the molecular pathogenesis of sepsis. 

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Andrew Suen, MD

  • 2018- Andrew Suen, MD for being awarded the Association of University Anesthesiologists (AUA) Resident Travel Award for his oral presentation titled "Extracellular miRNAs and Innate Immune Activation Following Polytraumatic Injury" during the 2018 IARS, AUA, and SOOCA Annual Meetings.

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Lin Zou, MD, PhD

  • 2017Lin Zou, MD, PhD received R35 funded grant titled "Function and Mechanisms of extracellular microRNAs in sepsis-induced lung injury" from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Click Here for more information. 

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Lin Zou, MD, PhD

  • 2017- Lin Zou, MD, PhD awarded the prestigious Faculty Research Award from the Shock Society. The award is given in support of a faculty member at his/her early career stage to develop research in the areas related to trauma, shock, and sepsis, and who has the intent to become an outstanding independent investigator.