The Sleep Research Program for Advancing Careers (SOAR) is a research training program designed to support early career sleep and circadian investigators through a structured and mentored grant writing curriculum. At the end of the program, the early career investigators will be expected to have a completed grant application to submit for a federal or nonprofit career development grant. The goal of this program is to increase the number of early-career investigators who successfully apply for and secure external sleep research funding. Four SOAR Fellows were selected through a competitive application process and will work with a team of SOAR Faculty to develop their first National Institutes of Health career development grant application. We are pleased to introduce the AASM Foundation 2023-2024 SOAR Fellows.

Christian Agudelo, MD
Clinical Instructor
University of Miami School of Medicine
Dr. Christian Agudelo is a sleep neurologist and clinical instructor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He received a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Duke University. At the University of Pittsburgh, he obtained a medical degree and completed NIMH R25 and T32 fellowships, studying psychophysiology in Parkinson’s Disease and neuroimaging in late-life cognitive disorders, respectively. He completed residency and fellowship training in neurology and sleep medicine at the University of Miami.

Syed Moin Hassan, MD
Associate Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and
Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Hassan joined Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School in the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders in July 2023, after the end of his pulmonary critical care and sleep medicine fellowships. He is currently conducting advanced analytics – integrating data from clinical medicine, physiology, and genetics in large epidemiological and clinical databases- to reveal how OSA-related risk is influenced by its effects on pulmonary hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

Nancy H. Stewart, DO, MS
Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Kansas Medical Center
Dr. Nancy Stewart is a graduate of Kansas City University. She did her clinical training in Internal Medicine in Chicago at Advocate Lutheran General. She then completed the MERITS Medical Education Fellowship, Hospital Scholars Fellowship, and a master’s in public health studies at The University of Chicago. Following this she completed clinical training in Pulmonary/Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at Creighton University and University of Nebraska.

Eunjin Tracy, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar
University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Eunjin Tracy is currently a postdoctoral scholar who receives training in sleep and circadian rhythms at the University of Pittsburgh (primary mentor: Dr. Daniel Buysse. Secondary mentors: Drs. Brant Hasler & Martica Hall). Her research interest is the ways in which health-related stress, sleep and circadian rhythms, in the context of couple and family relationships, shape trajectories of healthy aging and disease. Dr. Tracy completed her PhD in human development and family studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her first postdoctoral training in developmental/health psychology at the University of Utah.