Welcome New Employees

Employee Title PI
Derayvia Grimes Research Technician II Clemens
Megan Mader Clinical Research Coord I Hayashi
Danielle Van Liefde Coord Research Implementation Manary
Justin Buland Assistant Professor Cole
Sourav Bhattacharya Postdoc Research Associate Dinauer
Lauren Michelle Bendesky WU Student Schuettpelz
Zhaohua Wang Research Assistant Good
Sabina Alisic Clinical Research Coord I Bacharier

Funded Awards

Employee Title PI
Bacharier, Leonard NIH/U01/University of Pittsburgh Vitamin D to Prevent Severe Asthma Exacerbations in Hi...
Bubeck Wardenburg, Juliane NIH/R01 Role of Staphylococcus aureus Alpha-hemolysin in Disea...
Hayashi, Robert SLCH Foundation/Research Grant Neuro-Oncology and Investigational New Drug Support
Michelson, Peter CFF Award for Mental Health Coordinator
Pittman, Jessica Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics, Inc./Screening Improvement Program (SIP)/Indiana University Therapeutics Development Center - Infant and Preschool...
Rusconi, Brigida Swiss National Science Foundation The Role of Host Lipids in the Onset of Necrotizing En...
Storch, Gregory CDC/City of St. Louis HIV Prevention Intervention for Targeted Populations a...

Funding Opportunities


R01 Series – new: June 5
U01 – new: June 5
K Series – new: June 12
R03, R21, R33, R21/R33, R34, R36, UH2, UH3, UH2/UH3 – new: June 16
R15 – new, renewal, resubmission, revision: Jun 25

NIH Due Dates

Washington University Internal Competitions -
Federal Sources

Washington University Internal Competitions -
Private Funding Sources

Faculty Feature

Julie Bubeck Wardenburg, MD, PhD
Division Chief - Critical Care Medicine

Julie Bubeck Wardenburg grew up in south suburban Chicago in a town called Country Club Hills, which had neither a country club or hills. As the daughter of a tool-and-die maker and the eldest of three girls, she learned all of the things that an oldest son would need to learn – lathe and milling machine operation, hanging wallpaper, laying flooring, splitting wood, repairing cars, home appliances, and other broken items, and delighting in a trip to the hardware store to find a new (and often non-essential) tool. Julie studied biology during her first two years of college before meeting her husband, Ross, and following him to St. Louis; this move kicked off her love for Washington University. Realizing that it was hard for a married couple to survive without a job between them, Julie began to work in a laboratory studying T cell signal transduction. This experience catalyzed her interest in bench research, and prompted her matriculation into the Washington University MD/PhD program.

As Julie completed her PhD in Immunology and returned to medical school coursework, pediatrics became a field of interest for the first time owing to the birth of Kate – Ross and Julie’s eldest child. (Documenting the passage of time, Kate is now a WashU undergrad.) Julie moved to Chicago, completed Pediatric residency at the University of Chicago and became interested in both S. aureus and critical care following a rotation in the Pediatric ICU. Realizing that the combination of critical care training and a post-doctoral fellowship would leave Julie close to 40 years old by the time that she finished ‘training’, the end of residency and the start of fellowship brought the births of 2 more children, Samuel and Gwen.

Julie chose to spend her ‘on call’ time in the hospital and the lab rather than warming bottles and changing diapers; a responsibility that Ross valiantly and lovingly took on at home. Julie began to study S. aureus in the laboratory of Dr. Olaf Schneewind, where she discovered the essential role of a bacterial toxin in the pathogenesis of lethal infection. This finding led to a broader focus of investigation within the laboratory to understand the precise mechanisms by which this toxin causes cellular and tissue injury and leads to host disease. Rather than be just a one-toxin gal, Julie developed an interest in the study of the B. fragilis toxin – a protein that bears an unexpected functional similarity to the S. aureus toxin. The investigation of these two toxins by the laboratory has provided a wealth of insight on the host-pathogen interface, defined new approaches to preventing disease, and has recently led to novel insights on how toxins may shape host immunity.

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Pediatrics Weekly Forum

Tuesdays 4:00pm in NWT Room 10A

March 7, 2017

Blythe Burkhardt, Esq.
Title: Issues in Academic-Industry Research Partnerships

March 14, 2017

Michael Muskus, PhD
Leena Prabhu, PhD
Title: The Office of Technology Management at WU

March 14, 2017

Phil Tarr, MD

March 28, 2017

Nicholas Davidson, MD

April 4, 2017

Stephanie Fritz, MD
Ana Maria Arbelaez, MD
Title: Clinical Research - Project Design, Study Strategy and Resource Accrual

Pediatrics Molecular Medicine Seminar (PMMS) Series

Thursdays 4:00 P.M. in SLCH, 3rd Floor Auditorium


Ann Guggisberg (Odom John Lab)
Ronald Tong (Druley Lab)


No Conference


Phil Tarr


Christina Hickey


Pediatric Diabetes Research Symposium (1-5) @ EPNEC

Research News:

2017 Cycle 1 - Request for Applications (RFA) The Siteman Investment Program (SIP) funds internal cancer-related research projects biannually. This pilot funding is designed to support investigators in producing preliminary data that will provide the basis for future NIH or other nationally competitive funding. The 2017 Cycle 1 is open.
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Federal Human Subjects Protection Final Rule Published
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Human Research Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement Program Update
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McDonnell Center for Systems Neurosciences, Call for Small Grant Proposal, Application Deadline: Friday, March 24, 2017
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Financial Services is launching financialservices.wustl.edu, a new unified website!
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Phasing out the use of the Certification of Grant Study Correspondence Form (CGSCF)
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OSRS Small Business Subcontracting Plan Workshop, Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 12 - 1 p.m., Farrell Learning & Teaching Center, Holden Auditorium
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Registration is now open! Necessary Elements in the Fundamentals of Human Research
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Conflict of Interest (COI) Development Update | February 2017
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Pediatric Research - “What You Need to Know Wednesdays” Series

March 8, 11:30AM – 12:30PM, NWT – 10A

Topic: FDA and Internal Audits
Presented by: Andrea Morris, BA, CCRC
QA/QI Analyst-WU Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR)

Pediatric Translational Immunology Conf.

Case Presentation: Dr. Amir Orandi, Peds Rheumatology
Research Talk: Dr. Kory Lavine, Cardiology

March 3, 1:00-2:00, CSRB-NT Room 801

Pediatric Research Retreat – St. Louis Zoo

The 2017 Washington University Department of Pediatrics Annual Research Retreat will be Friday, April 7 at the River Camp Facility in the St. Louis Zoo in Forest Park.

Pediatric Research Summer Party

Cardinals vs. Brewers, May 4th, 12:45
More details coming soon.


The much anticipated link connecting employee parking with the hospitals will open March 1. Connecting four garages encompassing nearly 6,000 employee parking spaces, the link will provide a safe, secure and out-of-the-elements route to and from the garages.

Did You Know?

You can add your photo to your email account so that when you send an email the person that is receiving it sees a small thumbnail photo of you next to your name. Instructions below:

  1. Go to https://email.wustl.edu/
  2. Log in to O365 with your WUSTL key
  3. In the top right corner, there should be a circle with a gray human figure  click here (and a drop down menu will appear)
  4. Click “change”
  5. Upload photo from your pic

NOTE: This change is not immediate, may take 24 hours to update.