Postdoctoral Diversity Enrichment Program

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Grant Recipients


Ismail Abd Al Azim Ahmed, PhD New York University Oxytocin Neuromodulation of Maternal Behavior Mentor: Robert Froemke, PhD

Sada M Boyd, PhD University of California-Los Angeles Examining the evolution and interaction of antibiotic and copper resistance in bacteria Mentor: Pamela Yeh, PhD

Simone Andrea Douglas-Green, PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology Characterization and Biological Manipulation of The Protein Corona to Improve Delivery of Cartilage-Penetrating Nanocarriers Mentor: Paula Hammond, PhD

Daniel Luis Gonzales, PhD Purdue University A Soft, Nanoscale Neural Interface for Mapping Subcellular Activity Mentor: Krishna Jayant, PhD

Keisha Nicole Hardeman, PhD University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center-Dallas The Role of Hepatic Zonation and Metabolic Dysfunction in NAFLD Mentor: Shawn Burgess, PhD

Corine M. Jackman, PhD Carnegie Mellon University Demonstrating cell-cell communication in droplets to identify antimicrobials for streptococcal infection Mentor: Shelley Anna, PhD

Alberto Jose Lopez, PhD Vanderbilt University Characterizing epigenetic regulation of cocaine-induced neuronal activity and behavioral dysfunction Mentor: Erin Calipari, PhD

Nikea Pittman, PhD University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Defining the complete RclC pathway for Detoxifying Oxidative Stress Mentor: Saskia Neher, PhD

Maureen McGuirk Sampson, PhD Emory University Astrocyte Neuroprotection and Inflammation in Developmental Lead (Pb) Exposure Mentor: Steven Sloan, MD, PhD

Ninecia Scott, PhD University of Alabama-Birmingham Host-bacterial determinants of cardiac damage and invasive pneumococcal disease Mentor: Carlos Orihuela, PhD

Kaela S. Singleton, PhD Emory University Molecular Mechanisms of Pediatric Neurodegeneration Mentor: Victor Faundez, MD, PhD

Dylan James Suvlu, PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology Plasmon Enhanced Quantum Sequencing of DNA Mentor: Adam Willard, PhD

Tigist Tamir, PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology Elucidating the role of tyrosine phosphorylation of metabolic enzymes in hepatocellular carcinoma Mentor: Forest White, PhD

Christine Vazquez, PhD University of Pennsylvania Dissecting the mechanisms of EV-D68 neuronal pathogenesis and dissemination Mentor: Kellie Jurado, PhD

Junior West, PhD Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Using mammary organoids to study the apical junctional complex during morphogenesis and breast cancer Mentor: Andrew Ewald, PhD


Tyler Alexander, PhD  St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Brain volume loss after intrathecal methotrexate and oral dexamethasone in a juvenile mouse model of childhood ALL chemotherapy Mentor: Kevin Krull, PhD

Shayna T. J. Bradford, PhD Washington University Targeting failed proximal tubule repair to spur kidney regeneration Mentor: Benjamin Humphreys, MD, PhD

Adrian Sergio Enriquez, PhD Tulane University Mapping of Lassa Virus Polyclonal Antibody Response in Humans and Rodents using Rapid Electron Microscopy Mentor: Erica O. Saphire, PhD

Ebony Flowers, PhD University of Southern California PPAR-regulated Fatty Acid Oxidation and ROS detoxification in Breast Cancer CTCs during Lung Metastasis Mentor: Min Yu, MD, PhD

Monica Gutierrez, PhD Northwestern University Defining an epigenomic signature of myeloid skewing in hematopoietic stem cells as a risk factor for disease in aging Mentor:  Deborah Winter, PhD

Joshua Hooks, PhD Johns Hopkins University Determining the presence and functions of monocyte subpopulations in biomaterial influenced wound environments using single cell RNA-seq Mentor: Jennifer Elisseeff, PhD

Nisan Michael Hubbard, PhD   University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Lymphatic Development Response During Implantation Mentor: Kathleen Caron, PhD

Clifford A Kapono, PhD University of Hawaii - Hilo Multi-omic Characterization of Coral Mucus During Sediment Disturbances Mentor: John Burns, PhD

Jessica Renee Queen, MD, PhD Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Fusobacterium Nucleatum Pathogenicity and Carcinogenesis in Colorectal Cancer Mentor: Cynthia Sears, MD

Valeria Marie Reyes Ruiz, PhD  Vanderbilt University Defining the battle for manganese between Staphylococcus aureus and the host Mentor: Eric Skaar, PhD

Andrew Santiago-Frangos, PhD  Montana State University Regulatory mechanisms of CRISPR evolution and expression Mentor: Blake Wiedenheft, PhD

Chelsey Cierra Spriggs, PhD University of Michigan-Ann Arbor The role of cellular motors in polyomavirus nuclear entry Mentor: Billy Tsai, PhD

Jessica Rene Thomas, PhD  Vanderbilt University Somatosensory function in mice with CaMKII mutations linked to autism Mentor: Roger Colbran, PhD

Brittany Nicole Williams, DPhil, PhD  University of North Carolina Chapel-Hill Base Editing Approaches to Treat Retinitis Pigmentosa Mentor: Benjamin Philpot, PhD


Osama M Ahmed, PhD  Princeton University Neural Mechanisms underlying Locomotor Modulation of Complex Behavior Mentor:  Mala Murthy, PhD

Cierra A Birch, PhD University of California-San Diego Regulation of PAR4 expression and function by F2RL3 methylation Mentor:  JoAnn Trejo, PhD, MBA

Korey Brownstein, PhD  University of Chicago Discovery of Defense Metabolites and Their Regulatory Effects in Plants Mentor:  Jean Greenberg PhD

Alex J Guseman, PhD  University of Pittsburgh Cataracts, a blinding attraction between crystallin proteins Mentor:  Angela Gronenborn, PhD

Nadia Herrera, PhD University of California-San Francisco Investigating the role of ESX-1 in Cell-Cell communication of Mycobacteria Mentor:  Oren Rosenurg, MD, PhD

Barbara Juarez, PhD  University of Washington Establishing the pathophysiology of gating charge mutations in neuronal dysfunction and behavioral disruption Mentor:  Larry Zweifel, PhD

Andrew Kekupa'a Knutson, PhD  University of Hawaii Regulation of the hypoxic response by chromatin factors in the mouse heart Mentor:  Ralph Shohet, MD

Laramie Denise Lemon, PhD Emory University Links between chromatin status and 3' end mRNA processing Mentor:  Anita Corbett, PhD

David Rafael Martinez, PhD  University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Defining Zika virus-specific neutralizing and disease-enhancing IgG responses. Mentor:  Ralph Baric, PhD

Michaelle Ntala Mayalu, PhD  California Institute of Technology Modeling and Implementation of Paradoxical Signaling Components in Bacteria using Control Theoretic Techniques Mentor:  Richard Murray, PhD

Aaron Lavel Moye, PhD  Harvard University Role of epithelial-mesenchymal cross talk during early-stage lung cancer Mentor:  Carla Kim, PhD

Diane LaVern-Lygette Nelson, PhD  Carnegie Mellon University Mechanisms of Molecular Transport in Drug-loaded Water-in-Perfluorocarbon Emulsions Mentor:  Robert Tilton, PhD

Nancy Padilla Coreano, PhD  Massachusetts Institute of Technology Neural circuits underlying social dominance in mice Mentor:  John Mekalanos, PhD

Brittany Louise Taylor, PhD University of Pennsylvania Therapeutic Potential of Extracellular Vesicles for Tendon Injury Repair and Maintenance Mentor:  Louis Soslowsky, PhD


Oscar Alberto Aguilar, PhD University of California-San Francisco Investigating pathogen-driven evolution of the human Natural Killer (NK) receptor, NKR-P1A Mentor: Lewis Lanier, PhD

Kylie Ariel Bemis, PhD Northeastern University Scalable statistical analysis for multimodal mass spectrometry imaging experiments Mentor:  Olga Vitek, PhD

Oscar Carrasco-Zevallos, PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology Handheld two photon microscopy for rapid cancer margin assessment Mentor:  James Fujimoto, PhD

Sabena Conley, PhD Mayo Clinic-Rochester Mesenchymal stem cell senescence in obesity

D’Juan Tyree Farmer, PhD University of Southern California Long-term maintenance of skeletal stem cells in the vertebrate skull Mentor:  Gage Crump, PhD

Tikvah Katheryn Hayes, PhD Harvard University Systematic genomic and functional analysis of small cell lung cancer Mentor:  Matthew Meyerson, MD, PhD

Frankie Darryn Heyward, PhD Harvard Medical School Cell-type specific epigenomic profiles as a tool to identify novel transcriptional pathways regulating weight loss Mentor;  Evan Rosen, PhD

Francisco Jose Luongo, PhD California Institute of Technology Neuronal population codes for visual objects in rodents and tree shrews Mentor:  Doris Tsao, PhD

Melanie R. McReynolds, PhD Princeton University NAD+ flux in aged mice Mentor:  Joshua Rabinowitz, MD, PhD

Sean N. Natoli, PhD University of California-Berkeley Expanding catalytic amination by artificial metalloenzymes through cofactor design & directed evolution Mentor:  John Hartwig, PhD

Justin Shaun Arnold Perry, PhD University of Virginia Regulation of phagocyte physiology during cancer cell clearance Mentor:  Kodi Ravichandran, PhD

Elizabeth Marie Ransey, PhD Duke University Engineering gap junctions for the study and treatment of autism spectrum disorders Mentor:  Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD

Naima Gabriela Sharaf, PhD California Institute of Technology Transporters and the principles governing cellular membrane crossing Mentor:  Douglas Rees, PhD

Christina Marie Termini, Ph.D. University of California-Los Angeles Syndecan-2 regulation of hematopoietic stem/progenitor cell repopulation Mentor:  John Chute, M.D.

Michael Frederick Wells, PhD Harvard University Elucidation of the mechanisms governing defective human neuronal development in 16p11.2 deletion syndrome Mentor:  Kevin Eggan, PhD

Kimberly Sade Williams, PhD University of Pennsylvania SDG as a targeted therapeutic for HIV patients carrying a heme oxygenase-1 variation Mentor:  Kelly Jordan-Sciutto, PhD


Brian Aguado, Ph.D. University of Colorado-Boulder Development of a nanotherapy for aortic valve stenosis Mentor:  Kristi Anseth, Ph.D.

Christopher Barnes, Ph.D. California Institute of Technology Mentor:  Pamela Bjorkman, Ph.D.

Daniel Dominguez, Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Systematic analysis of RBPs in controlling drug response in cancer cells Mentor:  Christopher Burge, Ph.D.

Nicholas Gomez, Ph.D. Rockefeller University Stem cell reprogramming during oncogenesis and development Mentor:  Elaine Fuchs, Ph.D.

Theanne Dugger Griffith, Ph.D. Columbia University Neuropeptidergic signaling mechanisms in peripheral sensory neurons Mentor:  Ellen Lumpkin, Ph.D.

Antentor Hinton, Jr., Ph.D. University of Iowa Mechanisms for insulin-dependent regulation of skeletal muscle mitochondria by OPA1 Mentor:  Evan Abel, M.D., Ph.D.

Kellie Jurado, Ph.D. Yale University Type I interferon-mediated neuroimmunoprotection against Zika Virus Mentor:  Akiko Iwasaki, Ph.D.

Christopher Lopez, Ph.D. Vanderbilt University Medical Center Clostridium difficile responses to limited zinc during infection. Mentor:  Eric Skaar, Ph.D.

Ciera Martinez, Ph.D. University of California-Berkeley Revealing the underlying patterns and evolutionary pressures directing enhancer sequence divergence Mentor:  Michael Eisen, Ph.D.

Derrick Morton, Ph.D. Emory University Exploiting Drosophila to examine RNA exosome-linked disease Mentor:  Anita Corbett, Ph.D.

Shamsideen Ojelade, Ph.D. Baylor College of Medicine The Role of CD2AP in Alzheimer's Disease Mentor:  Joshua Shulman, M.D., Ph.D.

Manuel Ortega, Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Structural and functional insights of human gut microbial enzymes involved in xenobiotic metabolism Mentor:  Catherine Drennan, Ph.D.

Melody Smith, M.D. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center CD19 targeted donor T cells improve GVT activity and reduce GVHD Mentor:  Marcel Van den Brink, M.D., Ph.D.

Max Staller, Ph.D. Washington University Massively parallel analysis of transcription factor activation domains Mentor:  Barak Cohen, Ph.D.

Tomeka Suber, M.D., Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh Regulation of GSK3beta degradation and its role in acute lung injury Mentor:  Rama Mallampalli, M.D.


Kyle Daniels, Ph.D. University of California-San Francisco Using Synthetic Receptors to Map the T Cell Development Landscape Mentor:  Wendell A Lim, Ph.D.

Antonia Dominguez, Ph.D. Stanford University Functional analysis of C9orf72 mutations in ALS via targeted genome engineering Mentor:  Lei S Qi, Ph.D.

Simmie Foster, M.D., Ph.D. Harvard Medical School Neuroimmune interactions in inflammatory pain Mentor:  Clifford Woolf, M.B. Ch.B., Ph.D.

Walter Gonzalez, Ph.D. California Institute of Technology Neuronal Dynamics and Behavioral Robustness in Motor Control Mentor:  Dr. Carlos Lois

Nydiaris Hernandez-Santos, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison Role of airway epithelial cells in host defense against pulmonary fungal pathogens Mentor:  Bruce Klein, M.D.

Samantha Cleopatra Lewis, Ph.D. University of California-Davis Functional dissection of the mitochondrial DNA nucleoid complex Mentor:  Jodi Nunnari, Ph.D.

Hiruy Meharena, Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Deciphering the Role of Eukaryotic Protein Kinases in Down's Syndrome Mentor:  Li-Huei Tsai, Ph.D.

Nicholas Meyerson, Ph.D. University of Colorado-Boulder Rules of engagement between TRIM restriction factors and their viral targets Mentor:  Sara Sawyer, Ph.D.

Diana Monsivais, Ph.D. Baylor College of Medicine SMAD1/5 signaling in the female reproductive tract Mentor:  Martin M. Matzuk, M.D., Ph.D.

Anthony Olarerin-George, Ph.D. Weill Medical College of Cornell University Characterizing the transcriptome-wide location and function of 8oxoG Mentor:  Samie Jaffrey, M.D., Ph.D.

Jihan Osborne, Ph.D. Harvard Medical School Investigation of the role of the Lin28 paralogs during lung branching morphogenesis Mentor:  George Q. Daley, M.D., Ph.D.

Edwin Reyes, Ph.D. Harvard Medical School Contribution of CD8+ Treg to Anti-Tumor Immunity Mentor:  Harvey Cantor, M.D.

Jose Bernardo Saenz, M.D., Ph.D. Washington University School of Medicine Exploring the early events in Helicobacter pylori-induced gastric unit reorganization Mentor:  Jason Mills, M.D., Ph.D.

Max Villa, Ph.D. Duke University A high throughput platform for screening microbial interactions Mentor:  Lawrence David, Ph.D.

Carolyn Yrigollen, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania Modeling the FMR1 trinucleotide repeat in zebrafish for gene editing Mentor:  Beverly Davidson, Ph.D.


Ishmail Abdus_Saboor, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania Determining the function of touch-sensing neurons in acute and chronic pain Mentor:  Wenqin Luo, M.D., Ph.D.

Breann Brown, Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Elucidating key protein-protein interactions that control substrate selection by the Lon AAA protease Mentor:  Tania Baker, Ph.D.

Travis Chapa, Ph.D. University of California-Los Angeles School of Medicine Determine the mechanism underlying gamma-herpesvirus late transcription initiation Mentor:  Ren Sun, Ph.D.

Laura Dassama, Ph.D. Northwestern University Functional and Structural Characterization of a Methanobactin Transporter Mentor:  Amy Rosenzweig, Ph.D.

David Garcia, Ph.D. Stanford University School of Medicine Heritable protein aggregation affecting RNA regulation Mentor:  Daniel Jarosz, Ph.D.

Tamia Harris-Tryon, M.D., Ph.D. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center-Dallas Microbiota-immune system interactions in the skin Mentor:  Lora Hooper, Ph.D.

Michael Mitchell, Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology A Nanoparticle Platform for siRNA Delivery to Bone Marrow Endothelium to Disrupt Bone Metastasis Formation Mentor:  Robert Langer, D.Phil., D.Sc.

Samira Musah, Ph.D. Harvard University Directed differentiation of human iPS cells to reconstitute kidney glomerular function in vitro Mentor:  Donald Ingber, M.D., Ph.D.

Thomas Pohl, Ph.D. Princeton University Role of G4 sequences in rDNA transcription and ribosome biogenesis and/or function Mentor:  Virginia Zakian, Ph.D.

Elenoe Smith, Ph.D. Harvard Medical School DNA elements within BCL11A and its target sequences in hemoglobin switching Mentor:  Stuart Orkin, M.D.

David Ashley Van Valen, M.D., Ph.D. Stanford University Understanding host-virus interactions in bacterial systems at the single cell level Mentor:  Markus Covert, Ph.D.


Jonathan Abraham, M.D., Ph.D. Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School Structural/Molecular basis for passive immunotherapy against a Human Viral Hemorrhagic Fever

Albert Ernesto Almada, Ph.D. Harvard University Programming the muscle progenitor state

Sara Conard, Ph.D. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Role of IKKalpha in maintaining prostrate tumor initiating cells through regulation of androgen receptors

Oliver Isauro Fregoso, Ph.D. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center University of Washington Elucidating the role of the DNA damage response in lentiviral biology

Galo Garcia III, Ph.D. University of California-San Francisco Elucidating the Role of the Transition Zone in Ciliary Diseases

Courtney Rory Goodwin, M.D., Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Phospho-proteomic profiling of metastatic breast cancer

Dennis Jones, Ph.D. Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital Functional Analysis of Lymph Node Metastases

Markita Patricia Landry, Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Detection of Unlabeled Proteins from a Live Single Cell Using Synthetic Antibodies

Sonya Elina Neal, Ph.D. University of California-San Diego Discovering the machinery and mechanism of ERAD-M retrotranslocation

Adrianne Marie Rosales, Ph.D. University of Colorado-Boulder Role of Matrix Elasticity in Regulating Myofibroblast Activation of Valvular Interstitial Cells

Joshua Charles Saldivar, Ph.D. Stanford University DNA replication stress-induced primary cilia dysfunction in the formation of malignant breast cancer

Rosa Anna Uribe, Ph.D. California Institute of Technology Functional analysis of enteric neural crest cell migration and development


Mehabaw Derebe, Ph.D. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center-Dallas Retinoid binding function of serum amyloid A proteins

Kimberly A Kempadoo, Ph.D. Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons The role of dopamine in mediating hippocampal place cell stability and spatial learning

Daniel C Koch, D.Phil., Ph.D. Stanford University Unique cancer stem cell signature in MYC addicted progenitor cells

Carlos Ramon Ponce, M.D., Ph.D. Harvard Medical School Functional roles of V2 and V4 parallel input pathways in object recognition

Francisco Eduardo Robles, Ph.D. Duke University Novel molecular contrast mechanisms for biomedical applications using pump-probe nonlinear phase dispersion spectroscopy

Philip Romero, Ph.D. University of California-San Francisco Engineering therapeutic proteins via large-scale sequence-function mapping

Felipe H Santiago-Tirado, Ph.D. Washington University School of Medicine Mechanisms of brain infection by Cryptococcus neoformans

Racquel Kim Sherwood, Ph.D. Yale University Identification of Legionella pneumophila autophagy regulators

Sade Monique Spencer, D.Phil., Ph.D. Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine Investigating the role of astrocyte-secreted synaptogenic molecules in cocaine-induced synaptic plasticity and reinstatement behavior

Nikki Georgina Traylor-Knowles, Ph.D. Stanford University Some like it hot: the mechanisms of TNFR signaling in corals

Note:  Institution listed is from the time of the award.

Award Timeline

Oct 15, 2021

RFP Opens

Jan 12, 2022

Application Deadline

Jun 30, 2022

Notice of Award

Sep 01, 2022

Award Start Date

Aug 31, 2025

Award End Date

Program Contacts

Alfred Mays

Senior Program Officer


Tiffanie Taylor

Senior Program Associate