In 2020, we launched the inaugural Distinguished Scholars Program, which invites assistant professors with independent research programs to apply for internal funding that can help them maintain momentum as they integrate family caretaking responsibilities into their careers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

For more information about our scholars to-date watch our brief videos on each of our talented scholars.


Kara Simone Bagot, MD, Psychiatry: “ALLY: A digital platform for adjunctive adolescent cannabis use disorder treatment.” Learn more.

Silvia De Rubeis, PhD, Psychiatry: “Decoding sex-specific drivers of intellectual disability.” Learn more.

Rebecca LR Powell, PhD, Medicine (Infectious Diseases): “Evaluation of the capacity of human milk IgA exhibiting high-titer SARS-CoV-2-specific binding and neutralization to prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection or reduce viral loads in Syrian hamsters”. Learn more.

Xiang Xu, PhD, Diagnostic, Molecular and Interventional Radiology: “Simultaneous evaluation of glucose uptake and glymphatic function in Alzheimer’s disease using dynamic glucose-enhanced MRI.” Learn more.


Denise Cai, PhD, Neuroscience: “Brain optimization of capacity and efficiency for memory storage.” Learn more.

Sarah Stanley, MD, PhD, Medicine (Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone Disease): “The role of CNS glucose-inhibited neurons in glucose regulation.” Learn more.

Talia Swartz, MD, PhD, Medicine (Infectious Diseases): “Understanding purinergic receptors to reduce HIV infection and inflammation in human lymphoid 2022.” Learn more.