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Awards, Honors, and Grants

July 27, 2021

Davies, Herman Honored with Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Grants

Leela Davies, MD, PhD Jonathan Herman, MD, PhD

Leela Davies, MD, PhD, and Jonathan Herman, MD, PhD, both of the Division of Infectious Diseases, were awarded the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s (DDCF) Doris Duke Physician Scientist Fellowship grant.

This award provides subspecialty fellows with the opportunity to conduct additional years of research to enhance their skills and knowledge as clinician investigators. This year, due to the high volume of research proposals received, the DDCF nearly doubled their grants through the program.

Davies is receiving the grant for her research, “Predictive Antibody Signatures of Tuberculosis Progression,” which seeks to use a system serology platform to define pathogen-specific biomarkers that can predict tuberculosis (TB) progression. More broadly, her research interests include using the humoral immune response to bacterial carbohydrates to develop new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for TB.

Herman is receiving the grant for his research, “Whole Proteome Antibody Correlates of Protection from Malaria,” which will study how antibodies elicited by a specific malaria vaccine could explain its protection from malarial disease with new unprecedented tools and big data approaches. He is an infectious disease fellow at the Brigham, focusing on COVID-19 convalescent plasma and antibody immunology of malaria.

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation seeks to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants funding medical research, performing arts, environmental studies, child well-being and more.