Previously Awarded Seed Grants to UCLA Faculty


Joshua Hyong-Jin Cho, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA; Marta Epeldegui, PhD, Assistant Professor-in-Residence, Obstetrics and Gynecology, UCLA;  Richard Olmstead, PhD, Research Scientist, UCLA; Otoniel Martinez-Maza, PhD, UCLA Departments of MIMG and Epidemiology, UCLA; Roger Detels, PhD, Distinguished Research Professor of Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases, UCLA School of Public Health“Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of Digital Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia in HIVInfected Individuals”
Michelle Craske, PhD; Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Biobehavioral Sciences; Julie Bower, PhD, Professor, Health Psychology and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences PhD; and Steve Cole, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences“Treatment for Affective Dimensions and Inflammation: Effects of Positive and Negative Affect Treatments on Inflammatory Activity”
Joshua Hyong-Jin Cho, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences; Jonathan Jacobs, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine; Sungeun Melanie Lee, MD, PhD, UCLA Psychiatry Resident"Insomnia and Microbiome in a Human Experimental Model of Depression using Endotoxin"
Julienne Bower, PhD, Professor, Health Psychology and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA / Chloe Boyle, Graduate Student“Stress, Inflammation and Reward Processing: Implications for Major Depressive Disorder”
Jennifer Silvers, PhD Assistant Professor, Development and Social Psychology“Neuroinflammatory markers of early life stress during adolescent development”
Yonca Bulut, MD, Professor of Pediatrics; Denise Purdie, Assistant Professor of PediatricsImpact of Mindful Awareness Practices in Pediatric Residency Training
Kharah Ross, PhD / UCLA Health Psychology
Co-Investigators: Judith E. Carroll, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Deparmtnet fo Psychiatry; Steve Cole, PhD; Professor, Department of Medicine;  Chris Dunkel Schetter, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology
"Preconception and Prenatal Stress, Dried Blood Spot Gene Expression, and Birth Outcomes"
Adriana Galvan, Ph.D. Department of Psychology; Andrew Fuligni, Ph.D; Department of Psychiatry; Jessica Chiang, Graduate Student Department of Psychology Prosocial Behavior and Inflammation During Adolescence
Julie Bower, PhD / Associate Professor, Health Psychology and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA "Effects of Cancer Treatment on Markers of Cellular Aging and Behavioral Symptoms in Women with Breast Cancer"
Jennifer Kruse, MD / Clinical Instructor, Associate Director of C/L Psychiatry, UCLA  "BeVITAL: Behavior, Vitality, Inflammation, Thought and Leukemia/Lymphoma"
Andrew Fuligni, PhD / Professor Departments of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Department of Psychology, UCLA "Early Family Stress and Inflammation: Underlying Biological and Psychosocial Mechanisms"
Joan Asarnow, PhD / Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Director, UCLA Youth Stress & Mood Program "Suicide & Self-Harm Prevention in Adolescents: Understanding Mofiable Risk Processes"
Teresa Seeman, PhD, Professor of Medicine & Epidemiology in the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA "MESA Telomere  project "
Elizabeth Breen, PhD, Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA “Neuroinflammation and Chronic Pain”
Marissa Caudill, MD, Child Psychiatry Research track Fellowship, UCLA “Effect of sleep disturbance intervention on dendritic cell function and SNS tone in older adults”
Hyong Jin Cho, MD, PhD, Cousins Center for PNI Fellowship, UCLA “Sleep Disturbance as a Vulnerability Factor for Inflammation-Induced Depressed Mood”
Naomi Eisenberger, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology, UCLA and
 Steve W. Cole, PhD, Professor of Medicine, UCLA
“Giving thanks: Is ‘giving’ key to the health benefits of gratitude?”
 Martie Hselton, PhD, Professor, Departments of Psychology, Communication, and Institute for Society and Genetics, UCLA
University of California, Los Angeles and
Steve W. Cole, PhD, Professor of Medicine, UCLA
“The human transcriptional response to intense social bonds: Immune-related gene expression in new love”,
James A. Waschek, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA and Michael Fanselow, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology, UCLA “Sympathetic PACAP signaling in a model of post-traumatic stress disorder:  Effect on stress hormone and cytokine responses”
David Miklowitz, PhD / Professor of Psychiatry in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute “Proinflammatory Cytokines and Upstream Signaling in Early-Onset Bipolar Disorder”  
Randall Espinoza, MD, MPH / Clinical Professor in the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA) Co-Investigator(s): Katherine Narr, PhD (Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA) “PNI and Brain Imaging Biomarkers of ECT Response in Major Depression” 
Julienne Bower, Ph.D. /  Assistant Professor, Health Psychology and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA "Predictors of inflammation in community sample of young adults: Stress, depression, and inflammatory risk factor" 
Naomi Eisenberger, Ph.D. / Assistant Professor, UCLA Social Psychology "Neural and immunological mechanisms linking social rejection and depression"
Teresa Seeman, Ph.D. / Professor, Medicine, Epidemiology, UCLA;  Judith Carroll, Ph.D. / NPI / Semel Institute Dept. of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences "Late life social isolation, sleep disturbance and telomerase activity"
Mary-Frances O'Connor, Ph.D. / NPI / Semel Institute Dept. of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences "Complicated grief and gene expression in human leukocytes"
Steven W. Cole, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry / Hematology-Oncology, UCLA “Neuroendocrine regulation of cytotoxic T cell response to cancer”
Hector F. Myers, PhD, Department of Psychology UCLA “Biobehavioral Effects of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in HIV-Positive Adults”
Andrew J. Fuligni, PhD, NPI / Semel Institute Dept. of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences “Allostatic Load among Latino Adolescents”
2002 - 03  
Shelley E. Taylor, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology, UCLA “Family Environment and Biobehavioral Stress Responses“
Jennifer L. Pike, PhD, Assistat Professor, NPI / Semel Institute “Tai Chi Chih in the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis“
Bruce D. Naliboff, Ph.D., NPI / Semel Institute, Leah Fitzgerald, Ph.D., School of Nursing “Plasma and Cerebrospinal Fluid Cytokine Concentrations in Women with Diarrhea Predominant Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)”
Shelly L. Gable, Ph.D., Psychology “Social Evaluation, Fear of Rejection, and Proinflammatory Cytokine and Cortisol Responses to Stress”
Daniel Furst, M.D., Medicine – Rheumatology, Sarosh Motivala, Ph.D. NPI / Semel Institute “Sleep and Cytokines in Rheumatoid Arthritis: An Examination of the Effects of Enbrel on Objective Measures of Sleep, and Self-Reported Morning Stiffness, Pain and Fatigue”
Chris J. Evans, Ph.D. & Edwin Cooper, Ph.D., Sc.D., NPI / Semel Institute & BRI “Zebrafish as a Potential Model for Analyzing Neuroimmune Mechanisms”
Gayle C. Baldwin, Ph.D., Hematology & Oncology “Cocaine: Making the Connection between Nervous System Stimulation and Immune Dysfunction“
Michael Irwin, M.D., NPI / Semel Institute;  Co-Investigator(s): Patti Ganz, M.D., Julie Bower, PhD, Steve Cole, PhD “Cancer Related Symptoms and Immune Activation in Breast Cancer” / Co-funded Interdisciplinary Cancer Research Grant with Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, UCL


Mentored Seed Grants (2001 to present): 
Chloe C Boyle, PhD (Irwin- & Bower-Psychiatry & Psychology) "Inflammation and Reward Processing Across Middle and Late Adulthood"
Kelly Rentscher, PhD (Carroll-Psychiatry) "Stress and Aging Biology: Couples’ We-ness as a Protective Factor"
Mona Moieni, PhD (Eisenberger-Psychology) "Can an Anti-Inflammatory Medication Reduce Loneliness?"
Dominique Piber, MD, PhD (Irwin-Psyciatry) "Insomnia as a Vulnerability Factor for Inflammation-Related Depression in Older Subjects: An Experimental Biobehavioral Approach"
Yvette Milazzo, MD (Irwin-Psychiatry) "Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Insulin-like-growth Factor-I"
Michael Jarcho, PhD (Cole- Medicine) "An Investigation of Possible Mechanisms Linking Social Rejection and Depression: Hormonal, Neuronal and Immunological"
David Black, PhD (Irwin- Psychiatry) "RCT of Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) to Treat Sleep Problems in Older Adults: Impact on Sleep and Inflammation"
Judith E Carroll, PhD (Seeman – Geriatrics) “Subjective Social Isolation and Late Life Vulnerability To Inflammation and Cellular Aging”
Donald Lamkin, PhD (Sloan – Psychiatry) “Molecular mechanisms of stress effects on leukemia”
Hyong Jin Cho, MD (Irwin - Psychiatry) “Inflammatory markers and risk of depression recurrence”
George Slavich, PhD (Eisenberger - Psychology) “Psychoneuroimmunology of life stress, social rejection, and depression”
Michael Hoyt, Ph.D (Stanton, Psychology) “Biobehavioral Factors and Quality of Life in Men with Prostate Cancer”
David Creswell, PhD (Lieberman - Psychology) “Effects of mindfulness training on neural responses to stress in older adults”
Mary Hamby, PhD (Sofroniew - Neuroscience “Elucidation of the epigenetic modifications present in untreated and TGF-β1-treated astrocytes and microglia”
Lavinia Fiorentino, PhD (Alessi - Psychology) “Developing a new behavioral treatment for insomnia: Effects on sleep and the immune system”
KaMala Thomas, PhD (Bower – Psychology / Psychiatry) “Prostate cancer caregivers' health and quality of life”
Stephan Gold, PhD (Voskhul - Neuroscience) “Neuroprotective and immunomodulatory effects of testosterone treatment in multiple sclerosis”
Mary-Frances O’Connor, PhD (Wellish & Stanton - Psychiatry) “Complicated grief in older adults: Physiological underpinnings of emotion regulation”
Naomi Eisenberger, PhD (Irwin - Psychiatry) “An FMRI Study of Cytokine-Associated depression and social pain”
Leah Fitzgerald, PhD (Martinez Maza - Obstetrics & Gynecology) “Cytokine genetics and cancer”
Sarosh Motivala, PhD (Irwin - Psychiatry) “Autonomic stress reactivity and depression in rheumatoid arthritis”
Arnaud Lacoste, PhD (Evans – NPI / BRI) “Catecholaminergic immunoregulation: new perspectives come out of a shell”
Erica Sloan, PhD (Cole - Psychiatry / Hematology & Oncology) “Autonomic nervous system regulation of HIV replication”
Alicia Collado-Hidalgo, PhD (Cole - Psychiatry / Hematology & Oncology) “Inflammatory processes in breast cancer survivors: Implications for fatigue”
Roberta Mancuso, PhD (Kemeny & Dunkel Schetter - Social Psychology) “Effects of emotion on neuroendocrine processes”
Anna Beylin, PhD (Fanselow & Taylor - Psychology / Neuroscience) “Classical conditioning of immune responses”
Erin Jacobs, PhD (Campagnoni & Voskhul - Neuroscience) “Regulation of a myelin protein gene in the immune and nervous systems: implications for multiple sclerosis”
Jonas Hannestad, MD, PhD (Licinio – Psychiatry) “Molecular markers of inflammation in depression”
Julienne Bower, PhD (Ganz – Psychology) “Psychosocial factors in the treatment of malignancies: Coping and fatigue”