Developmental Awards

Award Description and Purpose

The members of the ASTDA Executive Committee have, after serious consideration, voted to temporarily put a hold on Developmental Awards, which means there will be no award in 2015. The Executive Committee recognizes the value of this program and continues to congratulate the following awardees.

Previous Developmental Award Winners


Brandie_Taylor_320_216Brandie Taylor, PhD, MPH

Positions: Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health at Texas A&M University.

ASTDA Funded Research Project Title: Host Genetic Susceptibility to Chlamydia-Associated Reproductive Morbidity


Jennifer Balkus, PhD, MPH Jennifer Balkus, PhD, MPH

Positions: Staff Scientist, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Affiliate Instructor, Department of Global Health, University of Washington.

ASTDA Funded Research Project Title: Incidence and Natural History of Mycoplasma genitalium infection among Kenya and U.S Women


Renata SandersRenata Sanders, MD

Positions: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

ASTDA Funded Research Project Title:
Impact of STD Diagnosis on First Same-Sex Sexual Satisfaction and Behavior in Young African American MSM

Yonatan GradYonatan Grad, MD

Positions: Instructor in Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

ASTDA Funded Research Project Title:
Genomic epidemiology of Neisseria gonorrhoeae with elevated MICs to cefixime


Christina MuznyChristina Muzny, MD

Positions: Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine

ASTDA Funded Research Project Title:
Sexually Transmitted Infections Among African American Women Who Have Sex with Women

Vanessa Schick, PhDVanessa Schick, PhD

Positions: Assistant Research Scientist, Applied Health Science Department, Indiana University Bloomington

ASTDA Funded Research Project Title:
Sexual Risk Factors amongst Women who have Sex with Men and Women


Lorenzo GiacaniLorenzo Giacani, PhD

Positions: Acting Instructor, Department of Medicine, Allergy, and Infectious Diseases, University of Washington

ASTDA Funded Research Project Title:
T. pallidum envelope stress response

Ank Nijhawan, MD

Ank Nijhawan, MD, MPH

Positions: Instructor, Harvard Medical School, Div of General Medicine and Primary Care, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Adjunct Instructor in Medicine, Alpert Medical School of Brown University

ASTDA Funded Research Project Title:
The Prevalence and predictors of trichomonas infection in incarcerated women

Bree Weaver, MDBree Ashley Weaver, MD

Positions: Assistant Research Professor of Medicine/Part-time Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and Pediatrics/Dept of Internal Medicine, Div of Infectious Diseases /Dept of Pediatrics, Section of Adolescent Medicine Indiana University School of Medicine

ASTDA Funded Research Project Title:
Acquisition of Genital and Oral Human Papillomavirus in Adolescent Males


Eric BuhiEric Buhi, MPH, PhD

Positions: Assistant Professor, Dept of Community and Family Health/College of Public Health, University of South Florida

ASTDA Funded Research Project Title:
Internet sex-seeking behaviors and associated STD risks among youth visiting publicly funded teen health clinics


Alia Al-Tayyib, PhD, MSPH

Positions: Assistant Research Scientist, HIV/STI Prevention and Control, Denver Public Health Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Colorado School of Public Health

ASTDA Funded Research Project Title:
Detecting Chlamydial and Gonococcal Infection Using Respondent Driven Sampling

Loida Bonney, MD, MPHLoida Bonney, MPH, MD

Positions: Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine
Assistant Professor, Rollins School of Public Health

ASTDA Funded Research Project Title:
Identifying Barriers and Facilitators of HPV Vaccination of Minority Women