Four physician scientists awarded Doris Duke Charitable Foundation grants to further research impacted by COVID-19

The Ohio State University College of Medicine is an important leader in the broader effort to retain and support early-career physician scientists, support women and underrepresented faculty and address racism in the academic environment.  The institution recently received funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation — in concert with the American Heart Association, the Burroughs Welcome Fund, the John Templeton Foundation, the Rita Allen Foundation, and the Walder Foundation — to specifically support physician scientists whose research and careers have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Ginny L. Bumgardner, MD, PhD, professor of Surgery and associate dean for Physician Scientist Education and Training at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Rebecca Jackson MD, professor of Medicine, and director of the OSU Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences are the Principal Investigators of this $550,000 grant.

Dr. Bumgardner and Dr. Jackson shared that four early career faculty members at the college were recently awarded this unique funding support aimed at preventing derailment of physician scientist careers impacted by COVID-19 and other such stressors.

“This grant acknowledges a cultural shift. In order to do your best at an institution, you need to have support when ‘life’ happens, and a recognition that life now not only includes family caregiving responsibilities, but also other unexpected pressures like those associated with COVID-19,” Dr. Bumgardner says. “There are times when a safety net is needed—institutional support— so that early career clinician scientists don’t get derailed.” Read full article here.

Author: Kelli Trinoskey

Top Read

The Bumgardner Lab recently submitted the article “Invariant NKT cells promote the development of highly cytotoxic multipotent CXCR3+CCR4+CD8+ T cells that mediate rapid hepatocyte allograft rejection”, the article has been selected by Editors as a Top Read for the December 15, 2021, issue of the  Click here to view.

Jason M. Zimmerer, Bryce A. Ringwald, Sachi R. Chaudhari, Jing Han, Chelsea M. Peterson, Robert T Warren, Madison M. Hart, Mahmoud Abdel-Rasoul, Ginny L. Bumgardner. “Invariant NKT cells promote the development of highly cytotoxic multipotent CXCR3+CCR4+CD8+ T cells that mediate rapid hepatocyte allograft rejection”.

Lab Member Updates

Congratulations to Sachi Chaudhari who was recently awarded an undergraduate research scholarship for her project Titled: “Investigating the trafficking patterns and cellular targets of antibody suppressor CD8+ cytotoxic T cells”

Welcome Newest Lab Members Kavya Koneru and Nadia Rajab! 

“I am a second-year undergraduate pharmaceutical science major at the Ohio State College of Pharmacy. As a part of the Bumgardner Lab, I hope to learn more about immunology and how current research in the field can impact transplant surgery. I am excited to grow as a researcher and learn how to effectively investigate various research questions.”






“I’m a sophomore at Ohio State University, with a major in Health Sciences and a minor in International Relations and Diplomacy. My goal is to work in health equity and help decrease global health disparities. I believe understanding immunology is critical for this, as understanding the immune system helps us understand how we fight diseases, no matter who or where we are. In the Bumgardner lab, I hope to learn more about the intricacies of T cells’ functions and am excited to study the immune systems of living specimen.”

Leadership announcement: Medical Scientist Training Program

On May 14, 2021 Ginny Bumgardner, MD, PhD, and Rama Mallampalli, MD, were announced as directors for the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). Carol Bradford, MD, MS, FACS – Dean, College of Medicine was quoted as saying “I am excited to see their leadership of this important program in the years to come.” Please join us in congratulating Dr. Bumgardner and Dr. Mallampalli on their new roles!