Calls for Proposals Early-stage FY 2022 Sixty Early Career Investigators are selected for the FY 2022 Interstellar Initiative program


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AMED called for proposals for the 2021-2022 Interstellar Initiative from early-career investigators in Japan and overseas. The evaluation committee discussed and identified 60 highly meritorious applicants (See the following tables of the awardees).

Awardees in Japan

No. Name(Last Name-First Name) Affiliation Position
1 ADACHI Noritaka Tokyo Medical and Dental University Assistant Professor
2 AMITA Hidetoshi Kyoto university Assistant Professor
3 ARIMA Yuichiro Kumamoto University Associate Professor
4 DIRISALA Anjaneyulu Innovation Center of NanoMedicine (iCONM), Kawasaki Institute of Industrial Promotion Research Scientist
5 GUO Yuanyuan Tohoku University Assistant Professor
6 HIROSE Kentaro National cerebral and cardiovascular center Senior researcher
7 INAGAKI Emi Keio University, School of Medicine Appointed lecturer
8 INOUE Asuka Tohoku University Professor
9 MARUYAMA Kazuaki Mie University Associate professor/lecturer
10 MIYABE Yoshishige St.Marianna University School of Medicine Professor
11 NISHIZONO Hirofumi Kanazawa Medical University Associate Professor
12 OGATA Kosuke Kyoto University Assistant Professor
13 OHASHI Ayaka St. Marianna University School of Medicine Specially Appointed Assistant Professor
14 OUCHI Takehito Tokyo Dental College Assistant Professor
15 RYOKE Rie Tohoku University Assistant Professor
16 SAKAMOTO Hirokazu Chiba University Assistant Professor
17 SATO Yoshitaka Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine Associated Professor
18 SUGITA Junichi The University of Tokyo Hospital Doctor
19 TSUBOI Masafumi The University of Tokyo, School of Engineering Assistant Professor
20 YURA Yoshimitsu Nagoya University Assistant Professor

Overseas awardees

No. Name(First Name-Last Name) Affiliation Position Country or Region 
1 Adeel Razi Monash University Associate Professor Australia
2 Alexander Cartagena-Rivera National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Tenure-Track Principal Investigator United States
3 Alexandru Flaviu Tabaran University of Agricultural Sciences And Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca Professor Romania
4 Alexey Soshnev University of Texas at San Antonio Assistant Professor United States
5 Ana Maria Orellana University of São Paulo Collaborating Professor Brazil
6 Ankur Jain Whitehead Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Assistant Professor United States
7 Appu Singh IIT Kanpur Assistant Professor India
8 Ashley Kopec Albany Medical College Assistant Professor United States
9 Carla Basualto Universidad de Aysén Assistant Professor Chile
10 Carlos Talavera-Lopez Institute of Computational Biology - Helmholtz Munich Junior Group Leader Germany
11 Covadonga Vara Institute of Genetics and Cancer Research fellow United Kingdom
12 Daisy Shu Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School Instructor United States
13 Donald Vinh McGill University Health Centre Associate Professor Canada
14 Eleftherios Michailidis Emory University Assistant Professor United States
15 Enver Izgu Rutgers University, New Brunswick Assistant Professor United States
16 Estefanía Tarifeño Universidad de Concepción Assistant Professor Chile
17 Fangyuan Ding UC Irvine Assistant Professor United States
18 Francesca Santoro Forschungszentrum Juelich Professor Germany
19 Gregory Way University of Colorado Anschutz Assistant Professor United States
20 Hugh Nakamura Department of Chemistry, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Assistant Professor (PI) Hong Kong SAR
21 Janelisa Musaya Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme/Kamuzu University of Health Sciences Associate Professor Malawi
22 Juliet Igbo Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research Research Scientist Nigeria
23 Leonardo Yuji Tanaka University of São Paulo School of Medicine Associate Researcher Brazil
24 Mariana Hamer Instituto de Ciencias, UNGS - CONICET Assistant Researcher Argentina
25 Mobin Karimi SUNY Upstate Medical University Assistant Professor of Immunology and Microbiology United States
26 Naoto Hori University of Nottingham Nottingham Research Fellow United Kingdom
27 Nitipol Srimongkolpithak National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Researcher Thailand
28 Robert Matthew University of California, San Francisco Assistant Professor United States
29 Samira Asgari Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Assistant Professor United States
30 Stephen Wallace University of Edinburgh Associate Professor United Kingdom
31 Steven Frese University of Nevada, Reno Assistant Professor United States
32 Suvi Linna-Kuosmanen University of Eastern Finland / Massachusetts Institute of Technology Academy Research Fellow Finland
33 Vijayavenkataraman Sanjairaj New York University Assistant Professor United Arab Emirates
34 Vikas Pejaver Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Assistant Professor United States
35 Xu Zhou Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School Assistant Professor United States
36 Xue Gao Rice University Assistant Professor United States
37 Yana Safonova Johns Hopkins University Assistant Professor United States
38 Zainab Alsayed Lebanese International University Assistant professor Lebanon
39 Zamani Cele Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Research Scientist South Africa
40 Zeeshan Ahmed Rutgers The State University of New Jersey Assistant Professor of Medicine – Tenure Track United States

Evaluation Process

Call open 10 March 2022 - 25 May 2022
Evaluation committee 13 July 2022
  Number of Proposals Number of proposals reviewed Number of Awardees
Researchers in Japan 27 27 20
Overseas researchers 113 113 40


Last updated 09/07/22