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Research Institute Fellows

Through the Research Institute Fellows program, Saint Louis University 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 portfolios.

The Process

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 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. 

Cameron Anglum, Ph.D.
Cameron Angelum
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.
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.
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 federal agencies. 

Denise Cote-Arsenault, Ph.D.
Denise Cote-Arsenault, Ph.D.
Hemak Endowed Professor of Maternal Child 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 school. 
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.
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 its development.
Yi Li, Ph.D.
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 priority 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 cancer.
Abby Stylianou, Ph.D.
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 phenotyping. 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.