The AASM Foundation congratulates the 24 early career researchers selected to participate in the 13th annual Young Investigators Research Forum, taking place virtually February through August 2021. This unique research training program provides intense career-building and networking opportunities to top early career sleep investigators in the nation.

This year’s cohort of trainees come from a diverse array of scientific backgrounds. Trainees will gain the necessary skills for a productive and successful research career by learning about various funding opportunities, refining their research ideas to mold them into fundable projects, learning the ins and outs of the grant review process, and gaining the confidence needed for thriving in academia and sleep research careers. By working alongside luminaries in the field of sleep research, Young Investigators Research Forum trainees will develop a deeper understanding of their role in shaping the future of sleep mechanisms and creating sleep health solutions from the bench to be implemented at the bedside and beyond.

Congratulations to the Young Investigators Research Forum 2021 Trainees!

The following trainees were selected to receive a scholarship by the AASM Foundation to participate in the Young Investigators Research Forum 2021:

Christian Agudelo, MD
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Sarah Burkart MPH, PhD
University of South Carolina

Eileen Condon, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC
Yale University

Lauren Castner, DO
Children’s Wisconsin Milwaukee

Makayla Cordoza, PhD, RN, CCRN-K
University of Pennsylvania

Fusun Doldur Balli, PhD
University of Pennsylvania

Jacqueline Geer, MD
Yale University

Sadia Ghani, MD
University of Arizona

Gita Gupta, MD
University of Michigan

Alisa Huskey, PhD
University of Arizona

Vlad Ianus, MD, MPH
University of New Mexico 

Matthew Lehrer, PhD
University of Pittsburgh 

Peng Li, PhD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Elizabeth Mahanna Gabrielli, MD
University of Miami

Jennifer Miller, PhD, APRN-NP
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Ann Revill, PhD
Midwestern University

Christine St Laurent, MS, MPH, PhD
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Melanie Stearns, PhD
University of Missouri

Pahnwat Taweesedt, MD
Corpus Christi Medical Center

In collaboration with the AASM Foundation, the following trainees were selected to receive a scholarship by the SRS Foundation to participate in the Young Investigators Research Forum 2021:

Sarah Emert, PhD
The University of Arizona

Ashley Ingiosi, PhD
Washington State University

Daniel Joyce, PhD
University of Nevada, Reno

Mairead Moloney, PhD
University of Kentucky

Michelle Stepan, PhD
University of Pittsburgh

The AASM Foundation thanks Avadel Pharmaceuticals for becoming the Lead Sponsor for the Young Investigators Research Forum 2021.


The mission of the AASM Foundation is to promote discoveries that advance the understanding of sleep for healthier lives. Contributions directly support the AASM Foundation’s programs, including the Young Investigators Research Forum, that are expanding the pipeline of sleep scientists by providing research training for early career investigators. Join our annual campaign for sleep health and donate today.