WNPRC Pilot Project Awardees


Diane M. Duffy, Ph.D., Dept. of Physiological Sciences, Eastern Virginia Medical School, “Androgens Promote Fertilization of Primate Oocytes.” Working with David Abbott, Ph.D.

Helen N. Jones, Ph.D.,  Dept. of Pediatric General & Thoracic Surgery, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, “Nanoparticle-mediated placental therapy to prevent adverse pregnancy outcomes.”  Working with Jenna Kropp Schmidt, Ph.D. and Ted Golos, Ph.D.

Jennifer Juno, Ph.D., The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, The University of Melbourne. “Characterizing CD1-restricted T cells in SIV infection.” Working with Shelby O’Connor, Ph.D..

Ari Rosenberg, Ph.D., Dept. of Neuroscience, School of Medicine and Public Health, U.W. Madison. “A novel freely moving macaque preparation for studying the neural basic of navigation.” Dr. Rosenberg is an Affiliate Scientist of the WNPRC.

Raunak Sinha, Ph.D., Dept. of Neurosciences, U.W. Madison. “Photoreceptor function in primate fovea.”


Following are our 2018-2020 WNPRC pilot research project awardees and their project titles:

Marina E. Emborg, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Medical Physics, University of Wisconsin–Madison and Senior Scientist, WNPRC, “Nanoplatforms for targeted in vivo LRRK2 genomic editing in nonhuman primates.”

William D. Hopkins, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Neuroscience Institute, Georgia State University, “Novel model assessment for neural effects of differential infant care.”

Nathan J. Weyand, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Ohio University,  “Neisseria colonization of the female reproductive tract.”

Following are our 2017-2018 WNPRC pilot research project awardees and their project titles:

Xin Huang, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Neuroscience, University of Wisconsin–Madison, “Optical imaging of functional maps in the dorsal visual pathway of marmosets.”

Jenna Ann Kropp, Ph.D., assistant scientist, Wisconsin National Primate Research Center (WNPRC) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, “ZIKV infection on male macaque reproductive health.”

Matthew Robert Reynolds, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Pathobiological Sciences, University of Wisconsin–Madison, “Manipulating the initial size of the SIV reservoir in macaques.”

Yuri B. Saalmann, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin–Madison, “Chemogenetic manipulation of thalamo-cortical dynamics.”

Liang Shang, Ph.D., research associate, Microbiology & Immunology, University of Minnesota, “Vaccine to Induce Ab Production in Cervicovaginal Mucosa.”