Through the Research Institute Fellows program, Saint Louis Univerity is able to recruit
and retain researchers of the highest caliber.
The program builds off of the fourth goal of the Research Institute. It enables SLU to recruit and retain persons whose research productivity will add
significantly to the eminence and impact of the University's scholarship and research
The Research Institute Fellows Committee reviews requests from deans and makes recommendations to the provost and vice president
for research to use funds provided by the Research Institute to support faculty hires. Individuals
selected will be designated as fellows.
This process supplements, but does not replace, existing processes at the University
for faculty hires. Non-faculty Research Institute fellows are appointed by the president,
provost and vice president for research in consultation with the Research Institute Fellows Committee.
The Fellows Committee is appointed by the provost and made up of a small number of
eminent researchers across the University. More information on the Fellows Committee,
including an up-to-date roster of members, can be found here.
The Inaugural Class
The following seven individuals were selected ahead of the 2019-2020 academic year
as the first class of RI fellows.
Assistant Professor, Educational Policy and Equity
School of Education
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellow
Cameron Anglum received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He pursues
an interdisciplinary line of research in economics of education, school finance, and
urban public policy focused particularly on policy effects experienced by disadvantaged
students and the communities that serve them. In particular, Angelum uses quasi-experimental
methods of analysis to examine how American governments at the local, state, and federal
levels invest in inputs to K-12 public education, the largest public expenditure at
the state and local levels.
His prior work has examined equity and adequacy considerations in school finance reforms,
technology integration in urban schools, and reforms to school discipline policies.
His dissertation research examines school district debt issuance, credit constraints
and their relationships with school capital investments, investments which have been
shown to improve a range of important public policy outcomes. In addition to his outstanding
academic credentials, he worked in the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office, learning how to
connect academic research to school policy.
Edwin Antony, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
School of Medicine
Ph.D., Wesleyan University Post-doctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University Post-doctoral Fellow, Washington University School of Medicine
Edwin Antony comes to SLU from Marquette University, where he is an enzymologist and a rising
star in the field of DNA metabolism and repair. His research broadly aims at understanding
the mechanism of action of enzymes. He uses a combination of pre-steady state kinetics,
single molecule methods, structural and biophysical approaches to build quantitative
models of enzyme activity to understand how they function in the cell. Currently,
his work focuses on enzymes that function in two distinct biological phenomena: DNA
repair and recombination and electron transfer.
Antony is highly funded, immediately increasing SLU’s overall research portfolio with
two R01 grants, worth more than $600k per year and other projects in the pipeline.
His spouse will join the Department of Biology with her own NIH grant.
Ryan Bailey, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy
Doisy College of Allied Health
Ph.D., Washington University
Postdoc, Washington University
Fellowship, Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Ryan Bailey comes to SLU in his first faculty job. For his dissertation, he developed a novel
methodology to quantify upper limb activity using wrist-worn accelerometry, which
has been applied to chronic stroke populations. His research program has to do with
stroke recovery and prevention, specifically identification of health risk factors
that lead to second strokes in some populations. His connections to nursing and public
health, as well as a strong publication record, indicate that he has a promising trajectory
as an early career scientist. His work has already been funded by Washington University’s
CTSA. His ongoing collaborations with faculty at Washington University and Emory (the
top program in his field) position him well for future funding from the NIH and other
Denise Cote-Arsenault, Ph.D.
Irene Riddle Endowed Professor of Nursing
Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing
Ph.D. Nursing, University of Rochester
Postdoc, University of Washington
Saint Louis University's Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing has recruited Denise Cote-Arsenault for an endowed chair designed to increase the research output in that
Cote-Arsenault is a NIH-funded investigator who studies lethal fetal diagnoses (LFD),
a complication in approximately 2% of pregnancies, translating to 125,000 mothers/year
in the U.S. alone. The diagnosis points to several conditions that make it unlikely
or impossible for the fetus to survive outside the uterus. Unfortunately, health care
providers have few evidence-based resources on how to provide support to parents and
caregivers and the reasons for the LFDs are not well understood. Cote-Arsenault’s
extensive research and publication record seeks to provide an evidence base that will
support health care services for this population, ensure that providers have data
about parents’ experiences, needs and responses. She combines qualitative and quantitative
methodologies, connecting medical science with anthropological observations.
James Edwards, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Chemistry
College of Arts & Sciences
PhD University of Michigan
Postdoc University of Michigan
Edwards is an analytical chemist whose research focuses on the development of novel
separation (LC and CE) and mass spectrometry methods to investigate diabetic complications.
He is a widely regarded expert on use of mass spectrometry methods for metabolomics.
His research area of liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, metabolomics and studying
diabetic complications is an extremely hot area. Edwards is recognized as an international
expert, with leading experts in the field recognizing him as on the cutting edge of
Yi Li, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Nutrition and Dietetics
Doisy College of Allied Health
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University
Postdoc Duke Medical Center
Li joins SLU from Texas A&M Kingsville. SLU's Doisy College of Health Sciences set
growing research as a strategic prioirity and sought to attract NIH-funded investigators
with a strong laboratory background. Li’s research focuses on using cellular and molecular
techniques to investigate the influence of nutritional factors including glucose,
lipids, amino acids, and antioxidants on epigenetic mechanisms involved in the development
of obesity and type 2 diabetes. The planned projects will focus on identifying epigenetic
biomarkers associated with obesity by using human blood samples, cultured animal cells
and mouse models.
Li has NIH funding from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney
Diseases where he currently uses nutritional genomics approaches to investigate gene
regulation mediated by epigenetic modifications in adipocytes and muscle cells during
onset of obesity/type-2 diabetes. Nutritional genomics is a new interdisciplinary
research area that studies “hidden” influences on the genes that are not a part of
the DNA structure. This new line of inquiry has the potential to resolve questions
in chronic diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and
Abby Stylianou, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Computer Science
College of Arts & Sciences
Ph.D., Washington University
Postdoc George Washington University
Stylianou is a computer scientist with a background in geosciences and remote sensing.
Her work focuses on deep machine learning for improved image processing and analysis.
She has done this with humans (for the study of of human trafficking and, patterns
of pedestrians in urban areas) and more recently with plants, studying tree growth
and forest health and automated plant pheonotyping. Overall, she is an expert at building
tools for the geocalibration and validation of outdoor imagery, as well as building
large systems like AMOS and applications like rePhoto. Stylianou will become an immediate
asset to GeoSLU and other ongoing partnerships between SLU and the NGA. She has a
relationship with the Danforth Plant Science Center, where she is the P.I. on a Department
of Energy grant, and her work has potential applications in medical imagery.