Postdoctoral Enrichment Program

Grant Recipients


Osama M Ahmed, PhD 
Princeton University
Neural Mechanisms underlying Locomotor Modulation of Complex Behavior

Cierra A Birch, PhD
University of California-San Diego
Regulation of PAR4 expression and function by F2RL3 methylation

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

Alex J Guseman, PhD 
University of Pittsburgh
Cataracts, a blinding attraction between crystallin proteins

Nadia Herrera, PhD
University of California-San Francisco
Investigating the role of ESX-1 in Cell-Cell communication of Mycobacteria

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fabian Rivera, PhD
Harvard University
The role of cholera toxin in promoting transmission of V. cholerae by modulation of host gut metabolism

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


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
Mentor:  Lilach Lerman, MD, PhD

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.