Alavi-Dabiri Postdoctoral Award

The Alavi-Dabiri Postdoctoral Fellowship Award was established in 1997 and is supported by an endowment fund through the generosity of Drs. Abass and Jane Alavi. The award has two goals:

  1. To support a young investigator who has demonstrated excellence in research related to intellectual and developmental disabilities. Individuals with a PhD, MD, DVM or combined degree are eligible to apply.

  2. To honor Mr. Ramin Dabiri, nephew of the Alavi’s who was born with a disability, as well as Ramin’s parents, Maryam Alavi and John Dabiri.

We annually solicit all IDDRC users to nominate potential recipients. The selectee receives the award at the Alavi Lectureship of the IDDRC.





Project Title


Olga Zelenaia, PhD

Pharmacology/ M. Robinson

Regulation of Glutamate Transporter GLT-1


Rodney Guttmann, PhD

Pharmacology/ D. Lynch

Regulation of NMDA Receptor Function by the Calcium-Dependent Protease Calpain


Deborah Watson, PhD

Pathobiology/ J. Wolfe

Lentiviral Vectors for Therapeutic Gene Transfer to the Central Nervous System in the Mucopolysaccharidosis Type VII Mouse Model of Mental Retardation


Lee Ligon, PhD

Veterinary Medicine/ E. Holzbaur

Drosophila as a Model System for Lissencephaly


Gregory Carlson, PhD

Neurology/ D. Coulter

Role of the Limbic System in Autism and other Pervasive Developmental Disorders

Ginam Cho, PhD

Neuropathology/ J. Golden

Development of a Mouse Model for Mental Retardation by Engineering Transgenic Mice Conditionally Deleted for lis1 in a Restricted area of the Neocortex


Sara Sarabi, PhD

Pharmacology/ J. Eberwine

Differential Regulation of Neural Stem Cell Specific Genes

Marco Gonzalez, PhD

Pharmacology/ M. Robinson

Regulation of the Glutamate receptor, EAAC1, by Protein Kinase C


Joel Bish, PhD

Child Development/ T. Simon

Cognitive and Functional Neuroimaging Investigation of Executive Control Dysfunction in Children with Chromosome 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome

Eric Marsh, MD, PhD

Neurology/ A. Brooks-Kayal

Gene Expression Profiling during Non-radial Migration in the Developing Mouse Cortex


Sabrina Smith, MD, PhD

Neurology/ A. Chatterjee

Characterization of Spatial Neglect and Language in Children Following Focal Brain Injury

Marcelo Wood, PhD

Biology/ T. Abel

The Use of HDAC Inhibitors to Ameliorate Memory Deficits and Developmental Abnormalities in a Mouse Model of Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome

Jerome Swinny, PhD

Pediatrics/ R. Valentino

The Role of Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein in Locus Coeruleus Neuronal Development and Function: Possible Interactions with Stress Related Corticotropin Releasing Factor Proteins and Rho GTPases


Jinglan Liu, PhD

Genetics/ I. Krantz

Genome Wide Study to Identify Downstream Targets of Cohesin Regulation in Cornelia de Lange Syndrome


Enrico Danzer, MD

Surgery/ A. Flake

Metabolite Profile and Brain-Specific Proteins in Amniotic Fluid as Predictors of Severity of Spinal Cord Injury in Fetal Rats with Retinoic Acid Induced Myelomeningocele

Matthew Deardorff, MD, PhD

Genetics/ I. Krantz

The Cohesin Complex and Mental Retardation


Kai Wang, PhD

Genetics/ M. Bucan

Copy Number Variation in Mental Retardation Genes

Tae-Ju Park, PhD

Pathology/ T. Curran

Study of Reelin Signaling in Brain Development and Neuropsychiatric Disorders


James Munoz, PhD

Neuroscience/ M. Dalva

Ephrin-B/EphB signaling controls migration of neural progenitor cells


Darren Goffin, PhD

Genetics/ Z. Zhou

Role of MeCP2 in GABAergic Interneurons


Lauren Beslow, MD

Neurology/R. Ichord

Optical Measurement of Cerebral Hemodynamics in Patients with Acute Ischemic Stroke


Joshua G. Jackson, PhD

Pediatrics/M. Robinson

Regulation of Mitochondrial Mobility in Astrocytes

Julia Parish-Morris, PhD

Pediatrics/B. Yerys

A Dimensional Approach to Attention Deficits in Autism and ADHD


Elizabeth Bhoj, MD, PhD

Pediatrics/H. Hakonarson

Enriched Novel Gene Discovery of Syndromic Neurodevelopmental Syndromes

Nicola Grissom, PhD

Pharmacology/T. Reyes

Interaction between Prenatal and Postnatal Diet in a Mouse Model of Attention Deficit

Matthew Kayser, MD, PhD

Neuroscience/A. Sehgal

Interaction between Prenatal and Postnatal Diet in a Mouse Model of Attention Deficit

Duygu Kuzum, PhD

Neurology/B. Litt

Transparent Neural Probes for Mapping of Brain Circuits