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Samira Musah

Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering

Awards & Honors

NIH Director's New Innovator Award (DP2)

National NIH/NIDDK · 2023 The New Innovator Award is part of the NIH Common Fund's High-Risk, High-Reward Research program and supports exceptionally creative early career investigators proposing innovative, high-impact research. The $2.4 million award will support research in the Musah Lab focused on developing new therapeutic strategies for degenerative glomerulopathies. More about this award

Genentech Research Award

National Genentech · June 2021

Featured, "Women to Watch" series on RegMedNet

National RegMedNet · 2021 More about this award

George O’Brien Kidney Center Pilot Grant

National The George M. O'Brien Kidney Translational Core Center at the University of Michigan (P30 DK081943) · 2021 The George M. O'Brien Kidney Translational Core Centerat the University of Michigan (P30 DK081943) invites proposals for pilot and feasibility (P&F) grants involving the pathophysiology, basic mechanisms, therapeutic approaches, translational studies and clinical outcomes of chronic kidney diseases. The intent of this pilot program is to provide seed monies for researchers to obtain subsequent extramural funding. More about this award

Functional & Molecular Genomics Core Facility Voucher Program Award

University Duke University · January 2020

Duke Incubation Fund

University Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative · January 2020 The Incubation Fund, run by Duke’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative (I&E), supports early-stage ideas from Duke’s innovation ecosystem with the potential to go to market. Whereas many resources exist at Duke to support research and commercialization, the Incubation Fund is among the only opportunities for innovations still in the ideation stage. The Fund is made possible by a gift from I&E advisory board member Jeffrey Citron and his wife, Suzanne. One goal of the Fund is to foster innovation in all corners of Duke. While previous awards have supported faculty, staff, and students representing schools and departments ranging from the Nicholas School, to the School of Nursing, all the way to the Dance Program, this year’s awardees represent the Department of Pathology, the Duke Human Vaccine Institute, the Department of Radiology, the Department of Chemistry, and the Department of Biomedical Engineering. More about this award

MEDx (Medicine & Engineering) Biomechanics of Injury and Injury Repair Grant

University Duke MEDx Initiative · 2020 More about this award

100 inspiring black scientists in America

National Cell Press, Cell Mentor · 2020 A few months ago, an African-American colleague of mine was speaking with an undergraduate student. During the conversation, the student raised two poignant questions: (1) are there any other black science professors, and (2) if they do exist, why aren’t we learning about their accomplishments in our curriculum? Conversation like this are all too common, and if we don’t this perception, young black scientists won’t realize the amazing legacy they come from. When Dr. Saboor raised this conversation with me, I immediately acted. There’s a plethora of black scientists who make significant contributions to science, but many of them are unknown to the masses. It’s imperative that young black scientists know about the myriad accomplished scientists from African, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latinx, and African-American backgrounds in the fields of life sciences, chemistry, engineering, and physics. To provide some revelation and encouragement to existing and forthcoming generations of scientists, I worked with my colleagues Zer Vue and Haysetta Shuler to compile a list of 100 inspiring black scientists. We’ve included 75 established investigators that range from tenure track Assistant Professors to Associate Professors and Full Professors. The last 25 scientists included are those that we consider rising stars. Our hope is that this resource will have a significant and long-lasting effect on all members of the scientific community and continue to emphasize the need for diversity in the academy. Please keep in mind that there are many more black scientists in the United States, but this list provides an example for what universities, societies, and nonacademic institutions should take the initiative to do. More about this award

Whitehead Scholarship in Biomedical Research

School Whitehead Foundation · 2020

Chair's Research Award

School Department of Medicine, Duke University · April 2019 Each year, the Department of Medicine provides resources through the Chair’s Research Award to fund junior investigators in the Department of Medicine who are making the transition to becoming independent scientists and planning for their first extramural funding. Grants are for one year of funding up to $95,000.

Dr. Samuel M. Nabrit Early Career Scholar

National Brown University · 2019

Early Career Investigator Travel Award

National Keystone Symposia · 2019

CPRIT Scholar

Scholarly Society Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas · 2018 More about this award


Other Keystone Symposia Fellowship · 2017

Baxter Young Investigator Award, First-Tier

National Baxter International Inc. · 2017

NIH/NIDDK Nephrology Research Fellowship

National NIH-BIDMC · 2016

MIT Rising Stars in Biomedical Engineering and Science

National Massachusetts Institute of Technology · 2016

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Postdoctoral Enrichment Fellowship

National Burroughs Wellcome Fund · 2015

UNCF-Merck Postdoctoral Science Research Fellowship

National UNCF & Merck Foundation · 2014

First Prize, Novartis Institute for BioMedical Research Postdoctoral Award

National Novartis Institute for BioMedical Research · 2014

Dean's Postdoctoral Fellowship

School Harvard University · 2014

NIH Chemical-Biology Interface Training Grant

National NIH · 2011

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

National NSF · 2007

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