School of Medicine Faculty Win 2022 DST Launch Seed Grants

Five School of Medicine faculty were among the recipients of funding from the inaugural Duke Science and Technology (DST) Launch Seed Grant Program. The Duke Office for Research & Innovation awarded grants to eight interdisciplinary projects, selected from among 61 finalist proposals for high-impact projects that could lead to additional external funding.  

“The quality of innovative ideas our faculty have for advancing collaborative research projects continues to set Duke apart,” said Jenny Lodge, Duke’s vice president for Research & Innovation. “This year’s DST Launch Seed Grants winners represent the strength of our different schools’ and distinct disciplines’ scientific research — each with the potential of making significant contributions to the region and nation.” 

Projects involving School of Medicine faculty that received DST Launch Seed Grants were: 

Direct-Printed On-Skin Electronic Drug-Delivery (Dosed) for GLP-1RA Therapy  

Engineering + Medicine 


Jonathan Campbell, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine 
Aaron Franklin, PhD, Addy Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering 
Fan Yuan, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Engineering 

This team will study an electronic “tattoo” device to continuously deliver drugs to treat type 2 diabetes through the skin. The printed device will be tested on skin samples to demonstrate its functionality. 

Duke Registry for Equitable Access to Medicine (DREAM) 

Sara LeGrand, PhD; Carly E. Kelley, MD, MPH
Sara LeGrand, PhD; Carly E. Kelley, MD, MPH

Global Health + Medicine + Public Policy + Social Sciences 


Sara LeGrand, PhD, Associate Research Professor of Global Health 
Carly E. Kelley, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine 
Kathryn Whetten, PhD, Professor of Public Policy 
Gabriel Rosenberg, PhD, Associate Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies 

Expanding on an initial infrastructure built under previous funding, this multidisciplinary team is going to assess structural inequities faced by transgender and non-binary people as they seek health care, including gender-affirming care. A patient population built from Duke Health and the Mayo Clinic will be regularly assessed to answer long-term mental and physical health questions about this population. The hope is that this resource can attract further funding and expand once it has been built. 

Using Wearables for Perioperative Surgical Patient Monitoring 

Shelley Hwang, MD, MPH; Jessilyn Dunn, PhD
Shelley Hwang, MD, MPH; Jessilyn Dunn, PhD

Engineering + Medicine 


Shelley Hwang, MD, MPH, Mary and Deryl Hart Distinguished Professor of Surgery
Jessilyn Dunn, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Assistant Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics 

This team will use wearable devices to monitor up to 50 patients before and after surgery to track surgical recovery. Inexpensive, unobtrusive monitoring of post-operative physiology may help identify early complications after surgery and reduce costly hospital readmissions. 

To learn more about the Duke Science and Technology (DST) Launch Seed Grant winners, visit