Graduate Diversity Enrichment Program

Application Deadline:

Jun 15, 2023





Now Accepting Applications

Eligibility & Application Process:

Please see the Request for Proposals.

Request for Proposals

Grant Recipients


Duke University

Austin Maduka Defining Novel Roles of Ubiquitin Accumulation during the Mammalian Oxidative Stress Response

North Carolina A&T State University

Shunafrica White The Effects of Diabetes on the Mechanical Properties of Patellar Tendon

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Ashley Aguillard Elucidating the role of ankyrin-B in brown adipose tissue function and energy balance

David Aponte Diaz Membrane and lipidome dynamics during Enterovirus infection

Danielle Brathwaite Emergency Department-Based Psychiatric Services for Children and Adolescents: An In-depth Investigation of Care in North Carolina

Danielle Chappell Characterizing the impact of a cellular deubiquitinase on the lifecycle of Kaposi's Sarcoma-associated Herpesvirus

Jeliyah Clark Nutritional modulation of fetal susceptibility to prenatal inorganic arsenic exposure

Marta Cruz Cisneros Genetic Regulation of Antibody Response to Adjuvanted Vaccination

Carmen Marable The Role of the Placenta-Brain-Axis in Children's Neurodevelopment

Jamshaid Shahir Cell Cycle Remodeling During Human Embryonic Stem Cell Differentiation

Ellysa Vogt Developing an extremophile yeast model for new insights into septin assembly at the membrane


Duke University

Alejandro Antonia Host-Directed Therapy to Circumvent Immune Evasion by Leishmania major

Dalton Nathaniel Hughes Network Dynamics of Negative and Positive Valence Systems in Decision Making

Luis Alexander Navarro Guided Adsorption of Protein-Bottlebrush Hybrids for Functional Surface Coatings

Estefany Yamilet Reyes Mechanism to evade host immunity by Mucorales fungi

Blanca Victoria Rodriguez Characterizing the association of RNA with bacterial membrane vesicles and their delivery to host cells

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

LaKeya Charmaine Hardy Using STALs to exploit CD22 on peanut-specific memory B cells to induce tolerance

Juanita Limas A Novel Way of Blocking Origin Licensing and Recapitulating Early Oncogene Activation

Shenee Chantel Martin Examining the molecular consequences of sleep disruption in Alzheimer's disease onset and progression

Kia Zolee Perez-Vale Defining the molecular mechanisms underlying apical-basal polarity establishment and morphogenesis

Ricardo Rivera-Soto Characterizing the role of the PI3K/Akt/mTOR pathway in KSHV-associated malignancies

Tamara Vital Exploring the mechanism underlying a small molecule inhibitor of chromatin accessibility


Grace Renee Anderson Duke University Exploiting collateral sensitivity to target kinase inhibitor-resistant lung cancers

Manuella Rossette Clark-Cotton Duke University Mechanisms of cell fusion during mating in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

David Rafael Martinez Duke University Identifying placental factors that modulate maternal IgG transplacental transfer

Joseph Njoroge Mwangi Middle College at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro Using ion mobility mass spectrometry to identify multiple isomeric RNA disease biomarkers

Christine Emily Psaltis East Carolina University Identifying the role of prohibitin in preserving organ function during sepsis

Christine Vazques Duke University Defining how a tyrosine within the hepatitis C virus protease regulates antiviral innate immunity

Award Timeline

Jun 15, 2023

Application Deadline

Sep 15, 2023

Notice of Award

Nov 01, 2023

Award Start Date

Aug 30, 2025

Award End Date

Program Contacts

Alfred Mays

Senior Program Officer


Samantha Moore

Program Associate