Early Investigator Awards

March 25, 2024

These awards provide monetary support to assist in the development of early career investigators and recognition of their accomplishments in areas of general endocrinology. Recipients will receive a $1,000 monetary award after presenting at ENDO, complimentary meeting registration, one-year of free membership to the Society, and public recognition of research accomplishments in various Society platforms.  

Our 2024 application period is now closed.

Note: Please wait to register for ENDO until you receive a notification. Winners will receive complimentary ENDO 2024 registration. 
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Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be a member of the Endocrine Society. Join Now or renew your membership for 2024!
  • Hold an MD, DO, PhD, or MD/PhD, or an international equivalent MBBS, MB, BM
  • Be a 3rd or 4th year post-doctoral fellow or a newly-appointed faculty within 10 years from the terminal degree granting date
  • Only one nomination per research mentor
  • Willingness to write an article for a future edition in Endocrine News and/or volunteer for other opportunities within the Endocrine Society
  • In-person attendance at ENDO is required to receive the award.

Please Note: Members are eligible to receive one travel award or travel reimbursement per meeting. If you are selected for more than one travel award you will receive the higher monetary value.

Application Process

  • Complete the online application form (Please indicate area of research on the application form)
  • Verification of training status (i.e. copy of degree or certificate)
  • Nominee's CV or Biosketch
  • Summary of the endocrine-related research conducted by the nominee (2 page maximum) and copy of top publications
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from research mentor and department chair


Please scan all supporting documents into one PDF file when submitting your application.

Award Winners



Leen Antonio, MD, PhD 
University Hospitals Leuven in Leuven, Belgium

Dr. Antonio is an endocrinologist/andrologist at University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium, and an assistant professor in the Department of Chronic Diseases and Metabolism (CHROMETA) of KU Leuven, Belgium. Her research interests include male hypogonadism, male infertility and pituitary disorders. She leads clinical research projects in andrology, male reproductive endocrinology and steroid hormones.

Kleiton Borges, PhD 
Boston Children’s Hospital in Boston, Mass.

Dr. Borges is an instructor in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School with over 15 years of experience in cancer biology. His general research focus is the understanding of the cellular and molecular basis of adrenocortical tissue homeostasis and tumor development. His main research program applies functional genomics to improve the understanding of adrenocortical carcinoma (ACC) immunology using genetically engineered mouse models that closely recapitulate the human ACC tumor.

Maria Camilletti, PhD
National Scientific and Technical Research Council in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Dr. Camilletti is a research assistant currently working in the Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences, at the University of Buenos Aires (FCEyN-UBA) and in the Institute of Neurosciences (INEU, FLENI, Escobar). Her research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of pituitary development and the identification of the genetic cause of hormonal deficiencies.

Cintia Citterio, PhD
Chapman University School of Pharmacy in Irvine, Calif.

Dr. Citterio is an assistant professor of biomedical sciences who teaches molecular biology and genetics to pharmacy and graduate students. She has mentored, advised or co-advised several interns, undergraduate and graduate students on their research projects. Citterio's research focuses on the molecular mechanisms leading to thyroid disorders and the biochemistry behind thyroid hormone formation with the goal of understanding the molecular basis of disease to improve diagnosis and treatment.

Francesca Galbiati, MD
Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass.

Dr. Galbiati is a fourth-year clinical research fellow in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension at Brigham and Women's Hospital. She went to medical school at the Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca Facoltà di Medicina e Chirurgia in Monza, Italy, and did her residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Recipient Background

Kotaro Sasaki, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Penn. 

Dr. Sasaki is an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and of Laboratory Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. Sasaki’s research is focused on the development of human germline and urogenital organs. His lab’s research discoveries help lay the foundation for understanding the molecular basis of human infertility, reproduction and endocrinology.

Louise Gregory, Ph.D., of University College London Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (ICH) in London, U.K.  

Dr. Gregory is a postdoctoral research scientist at ICH in genetics and genomic medicine, where she is continuing her research into congenital hypopituitarism and related disorders. She is currently investigating novel genes and pathways associated with congenital hypopituitarism, identified through next generation sequencing of her team’s patient cohort. 

Laura Hernandez-Ramirez, M.D., Ph.D., of the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico

As an associate researcher at her university, Dr. Hernandez-Ramirez focuses on translational research in neuroendocrinology and human genetics. Her lab seeks to develop platforms for affordable genetic testing to identify the type, frequency and associated outcomes of multiple genetic drivers, and to uncover potential therapeutic targets.   

Michael Kalwat, Ph.D., of the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute in Indianapolis, Ind. 

Dr. Kalwat is an assistant investigator in the Lilly Diabetes Center of Excellence within the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute's Diabetes Center and a member of the Indiana University School of Medicine's Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases. Kalwat investigates the molecular mechanisms of regulated secretion and the use of genetic and pharmacological tools for this purpose. His lab bridges small molecule and genetic high-throughput screening with target and pathway identification in dedicated secretory cell types. 

Peter van Dijk, M.D., Ph.D., of The University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) in Groningen, The Netherlands

Dr. van Dijk is a clinical academic endocrinologist who specializes in diabetes and general endocrinology. He is passionate about creating customized treatment plans that are focused on his patients’ specific well-being and quality of life. In addition to providing the best care to his patients, he conducts research focused on diabetes mellitus and innovations in technology that advance the treatment of type 1 diabetes. 




Omar Bello-Chavolla

Instituto Nacional de Geriatría

Fernando Bril

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Lawrence Kazak

McGill University

Estelle Everett

University of California Los Angeles

Tim Korevaar

Erasmus MC



Recipient Institution
Himanshu Arora University of Miami
Ana Aulinas Hospital de Sant Pau
Athanasios Bikas Brigham and Women's Hospital
Juan Brito Mayo Clinic
Manuel D. Gahete University of Cordoba



Recipient Institution
Mehmet Furkan Burak   Harvard School of Public Health
Dionysios Chartoumpekis Lausanne University Hospital
Hisham Mohammed University OF ADELAIDE
Hongxia  Ren Indiana University
Domenico Trico  University of Pisa 



Recipient Institution
Caroline Gorvin University of Birmingham
Joanna Spencer-Segal University of Michigan
Mary Ellen Vajravelu Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Monica Laronda Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Subhamoy Dasgupta Roswell Park Cancer Institute



Recipient Institution
Aaron Leong Massachusetts General Hospital
Jarrad Scarlett University of Washington
Jose Cordoba-Chacon University of Illinois at Chicago
Krystle Frahm University of Pittsburgh
Matthew Sikora University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus



Recipient Institution
Amin Ardestani University of Bremen
Andrea Palermo University Campus Bio-Medico, Roma
Anne Bantle University of Minnesota
Bharath Mani Univerisity of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Charu Baskaran Massachusetts General Hospital
Emily Sims Indiana University School of Medicine
Ernesto Maddaloni University Campus Bio-Medico, Rome
Kavaljit Chhabra University of Michigan
Konstantinos Toulis AHEPA University Hospital
Kyoung MIn Kim Seoul National University Bundang Hospital
Laura Ditchell Massachusetts General Hospital
Marc Gregory Yu Phillipine General Hospital
Marco Medici Erasmus Medical Center
Maria Perez Millan CONICET
Marlene Chakhtoura American University of Beirut-Lebanon
Matthew Lynes Joslin Diabetes Center
Mauricio Dorfman UW Medicine at South Lake Union
Natalie Shaw NIEHS
Petter Bjornstad Children's Hospital Colorado
Phillip Wong Hudson Institute of Medical Research
Teresa Mezza Catholic University, Rome
Vibha Singhal Massachusetts General Hospital



Recipient Institution
Jose Donator Jr, PhD USP
Melanie Schorr, MD Massachusetts General Hospital
Shannon Stephens, PhD University of California San Diego
Yi Fan, DDS Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Abby Fleisch Boston Children's Hospital
Ada Cheung Austin Health
Adina Turcu University of Michigan
Ashley Shoemaker Vanderbilt University
Christine Swanson University of Colorado
Deepak H. Balani Massachusetts General Hospital
Giovanna Muscogiuri, MD, PhD Federico II University
Grace Huang Brigham and Women's Hospital
Hanne Hoffmann UCSD
Jeffrey Roizen The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Jessica Devin, MD Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Joanne Ngeow National Cancer Centre Singapore
Kalpana Acharya Duwaidi, PhD Wellesley College
Kanakadurga Singer, MD University of Michigan
Kelly Lauter Roszko, MD, PhD Massachusetts General Hospital
Kristen Vella Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Lynn Yee Northwestern University
Matthew Quinn, PhD NIH-NIEHS
Melanie Cree Green Children's Hospital Colorado
Nisha Nigil Haroon, DM Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Samar El Khoudary Graduate School of Public Health University of Pittsburgh
Shruthi Mahalingaiah Boston University School of Medicine
Suman Srinivasa, MD, MS Massachusetts General Hospital
Wojciech Blogowski Department of Internal Medicine, University of Zielona Gora



Recipient Institution
Ana Paula Abreu, MD, PhD Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Anand Vaidya, MD, MMSc Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Andre Faria, MD, PhD Hospital das Clinicas, University of Sao Paulo Medical School
Angela Leung, MD UCLA
Aritro Sen, PhD University of Rochester
Aviva Sopher, MD, MS Columbia University Medical Center
Brian DeBosch, MD, PHD Washington University
Christopher Coss, PhD The Ohio State University
Juan Nicola, PhD National University of Córdoba, Argentina
Kristin Stanford, PhD Joslin Diabetes Center/Harvard Medical School
Laura Torchen, MD Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Luke Remage-Healey, PhD University of Massachusetts Amherst
Marla Lujan, PhD Cornell University
Ramakrishna Kommagani, PhD Baylor College of Medicine
Zeynep Madak Erdogan, PhD University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign



Recipient Institution
Andrew Dauber Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Houda Benlhabib University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Lily Chao Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Mathieu Ferron Institut de recherches cliniques de Montreal
Sheng Wu Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine



Recipient Institution
Brian J Feldman, MD, PhD Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
Hideo Makimura, MD, PhD Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Massachussetts General Hospital
Jennifer Hill, PhD University of Toledo College of Medicine
Joshua Thaler, MD, PhD University of Washington
Michael T Sellix, PhD University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Richard D Wainford, PhD, FAHA Boston University School of Medicine
Shivatra Chutima Talchai, PhD Chulalngkorn University
Victor Navarro, PhD Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Zhaoyu Li, PhD Mayo Clinic



Recipient Institution
Kathleen Page, MD University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
Kevin Pfleger, PhD Western Australian Institute for Medical Research and The University of Western Australia



Recipient Institution
Madson Q. Almeida, MD, PhD Clinics Hospital and Cancer Institute of Sao Paulo, University of Sao Paulo Medical School


Endocrine News

Researchers Roundtable: Talking to the 2022 Early Investigator Award Winners

Every year the Endocrine Society recognizes endocrinologists who are in the early stages of their research careers with the Early Investigator Awards. Endocrine News spoke to the five researchers from around the world to find out more about their award-winning research, the award’s potential impact, as well as the biggest challenges facing them today.

Every year the Endocrine Society recognizes endocrinologists who are in the early stages of their research careers with the Early Investigator Awards. Endocrine News spoke to the five researchers from around the world to find out more about their award-winning research, the award’s potential impact, as well as the biggest challenges facing them today.


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