Foundation Researcher

Innovation through early-career scientific research and education grants

The AABB Foundation supports innovation through its early-career scientific research grants, which help to advance AABB’s mission of improving lives by making transfusion medicine and biotherapies safe, available and effective worldwide. Since 1983, the Foundation’s Scientific Research Grants Program has funded more than 200 investigators – many of whom are now leaders in the field.

Grant Program and Recognition

AABB Foundation - Early-Career Scientific Research Grant
AABB Foundation - Early-Career Scientific Research Grant Scholar
AABB Foundation - Innovative Research Award
AABB Foundation - Hall of Fame

Foundation-funded projects that have helped to advance the field.

Karina Yazdanbakhsh, PhD

An understanding that specific CR1 derivatives can act as anti-hemolytic agent to inhibit red cell hemolysis both in the test tube as well as in small animal models.
Karina Yazdanbakhsh, PhD

Stella T. Chou, MD

Generating novel red blood cell reagents from induced pluripotent stem cells engineered to express combinations of blood group antigens that are rare or never found, allowing for rapid identification of antibodies.
Stella T. Chou, MD

Jill R. Storry, PhD

Identifying the SMM1 protein on the red blood cell membrane and confirming its absence or presence in red blood cells from Vel-negative and Vel-positive donors.
Jill R. Storry, PhD

Steven L. Spitalnik, MD

Development of mouse models of acute and delayed HTRs that mimic the complications seen in humans following a blood transfusion.
Steven L. Spitalnik, MD

Paul D. Mintz, MD

Confirming the reversibility of the platelet shape change during storage.
Paul D. Mintz, MD

Jeanne E. Hendrickson, MD

Understanding the impact of the inflammatory status of transfusion recipients on RBC alloantibody formation.
Jeanne E. Hendrickson, MD

Christopher Silliman, MD, PhD

Development of a TRALI alternate pathophysiology and two-event model.
Christopher Silliman, MD, PhD

Cheryl Lobo, PhD

Fruitful collaborations with industry partners resulting in the development of diagnostic and blood screening assays, in addition to serving as a testing platform for pathogen inactivation strategies.
Cheryl Lobo, PhD

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