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Ludwig Family Scholars Award

I am pleased to announce our continued partnership with Dr. Carol Ludwig and the Honorable Eugene Ludwig. The Ludwig Family Foundation will be funding a second group of Ludwig Scholars for FY22. Please see the below RFA.

I would like to thank and applaud our inaugural group of Ludwig Family Scholars for their outstanding work. They are:

Dr. Michael Chattergoon, assistant professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, who studies “Targeting Inflammasomes to Control HIV Pathogenesis”

“Support from the Ludwig Scholarship allowed me to complete ongoing projects in HIV immunology and quickly adapt the techniques we developed to study SARS-CoV2.”



Dr. Melanie Dispenza, assistant professor in the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, who studies “Novel Strategies for the Prevention of Anaphylaxis”

“Funds from the Ludwig Family Foundation have helped me start up my research laboratory at Johns Hopkins and have provided support for pilot projects that were otherwise unfunded. I am incredibly grateful for their generous support and hope that our research can improve the quality of life for people with life-threatening allergies.”


Dr. Subhash Kulkarni, assistant professor in the Division of Gastroenterology who studies "Understanding the Enteric Origins of Parkinson’s Disease”

“As junior faculty, funds from the Ludwig Family Foundation were invaluable for my fledgling lab as they provided the financial support I needed to hire a technician and perform key experiments for my now funded R01 application.”


Dr. Ramana Sidhaye, associate professor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine who studies “Understanding the Lung Epithelium in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease”

“The Ludwig Scholarship was invaluable to my progress in the lab. The funds allowed me to hire a technician in the lab to oversee the progress of several of my experiments. This was particularly critical this year, as I was pulled to cover additional clinical time given the current pandemic. In addition, I was able to use the funds to start a new direction of research in the lab to investigate cellular metabolism.”

Ludwig Family Scholars Award Request for Applications

We are delighted to announce the second round of Ludwig Family Scholars Award Request For applications. This award will be supporting grants to young physician scientists in the Department of Medicine. The objective of these grants is to provide the “seed money” needed to develop preliminary data that can be used to apply for larger, project-sustaining grants from the National Institutes of Health and other funding agencies.

We envision funding two new projects at a level of $50K for one year. Projects should focus on using fundamental research tools to discover mechanisms and pathways important for causing disease.

Proposals must be two pages or less and include the following sections:

  • Hypothesis
  • Specific Aim(s)
  • Methods (please provide sufficient detail for reviewers to understand the approach)

Projects will be reviewed and ranked by an advisory committee that includes Dr. Mark Anderson, Dr. Carol Ludwig and Dr. Diana Shineman. Acceptance of an award will require a progress report at six months and one year.

Proposals are due on Friday, May 28.

Funding decisions should be made by the end of June for an anticipated start date of July 1, 2021. Submit applications to Donna Bolin at:

Click here for a PDF version of this RFA.


Mark Anderson