Postdoctoral Enrichment Program

Grant Recipients


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
Structural basis of HIV-1 envelope trimer conformational changes induced by receptors and antibodies
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

Antonia Dominguez, Ph.D.
Stanford University 
Functional analysis of C9orf72 mutations in ALS via targeted genome engineering

Simmie Foster, M.D., Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School
Neuroimmune interactions in inflammatory pain

Walter Gonzalez, Ph.D.
California Institute of Technology    
Neuronal Dynamics and Behavioral Robustness in Motor Control

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

Samantha Lewis, Ph.D.
University of California-Davis 
Functional dissection of the mitochondrial DNA nucleoid complex

Hiruy Meharena, Ph.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
Deciphering the Role of Eukaryotic Protein Kinases in Down's Syndrome

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

Diana Monsivais, Ph.D.
Baylor College of Medicine 
SMAD1/5 signaling in the female reproductive tract 

Anthony Olarerin-George, Ph.D.
Weill Cornell Medical College
Characterizing the transcriptome-wide location and function of 8oxoG

Jihan Khara Osborne, Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School 
Investigation of the role of the Lin28 paralogs during lung branching morphogenesis

Edwin Reyes, Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School
The Contribution of CD8+ Treg to Anti-Tumor Immunity

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

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

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


Ishmail Abdus-Saboor, Ph.D. 
University of Pennsylvania
Determining the function of touch-sensing neurons in acute and chronic pain

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

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

Laura M. K. Dassama, Ph.D.
Northwestern University
Functional and structural characterization of a methanobactin transporter

David M. Garcia, Ph.D.
Stanford University School of Medicine
Heritable protein aggregation affecting RNA regulation

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

Michael John Mitchell, Ph.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
A nanoparticle platform for siRNA delivery to bone marrow endothelium to disrupt bone metastasis formation

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

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

Elenoe Cheddena Smith, Ph.D.
Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School
DNA elements within BCL11a and its target sequences in hemoglobin switching

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


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.