Congratulations to the Johns Hopkins University Winners of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Clinical Scientist Development Awards

The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and child well-being, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties.


This award supports physician scientists who are at the early stages of their profession to help them transition to independent research careers. These four doctors from Johns Hopkins will receive $495,000 over the course of 3 years to allow them to dedicate 75% of their professional time towards clinical research. To learn more about the foundation, visit


2020 Award Recipients


Justin B. Echouffo Tcheugui, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Project: Effects of Sodium-Glucose Cotransporter (SGLT)-2 Inhibition on Energy Metabolism and Function of the Failing Human Heart




Christa W. Habela, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Project: Using Human Neurons, in Vitro, to Investigate Novel Mechanisms of Altered Brain
Excitability in Patients with Epilepsy Susceptibility due to Deletion of the 15q11.2 Locus



Mira M. Sachdeva, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Project: Longitudinal Profiling of Retinal Neurovascular Abnormalities and Molecular Biomarkers
in Prediabetes and Early Diabetes: Establishing Novel Paradigms for Diabetic Retinopathy



Michael D. Kornberg, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Project: Pharmacologic and Dietary Approaches for Targeting Metabolism in Autoimmune Disease