Burroughs Wellcome Fund Names 2020 Postdoctoral Enrichment Program Fellows

"Diversity Driving Discovery"

19 May 2020

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is pleased to announce the 2020 Fellows of the Postdoctoral Enrichment Program. This program recognizes outstanding underrepresented minority biomedical researchers in the U.S. and Canada.

The Postdoctoral Enrichment Program (PDEP) provides a total of $60,000 over three years to support the career development activities for underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellows in a degree-granting institution in the United States or Canada whose training and professional development are guided by mentors committed to helping them advance to careers in biomedical research.

“Diversity drives discovery,” said Fund President and CEO Dr. Louis Muglia. “Through fostering innovation and creativity and providing a strong mentoring element this program enables recipients to become part of a strong and growing network of postdoctoral researchers who are making successful transitions to independent careers.”

The 2020 Postdoctoral Enrichment Program Fellows are:

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

Shayna T. J. Bradford, PhD | Washington University
Targeting failed proximal tubule repair to spur kidney regeneration

Rachel Ashley Burga, PhD | Northwestern University
Gene Silencing and NK Cell Therapy as a Nano-Immunotherapy for Glioblastoma

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

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

Nisan Michael Hubbard, PhD | University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Lymphatic Development Response During Implantation

Clifford A Kapono, PhD | University of Hawaii - Hilo
Multi-omic Characterization of Coral Mucus During Sediment Disturbances

Maria Liberti, PhD | Rockefeller University
Metabolic signatures and limiting nutrients that govern breast cancer metastasis

Jessica Renee Queen, M.D., PhD | Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Fusobacterium Nucleatum Pathogenicity and Carcinogenesis in Colorectal Cancer

Valeria Marie Reyes Ruiz, PhD | Vanderbilt University
Defining the battle for manganese between Staphylococcus aureus and the host

Andrew Santiago-Frangos, PhD | Montana State University
Regulatory mechanisms of CRISPR evolution and expression

Chelsey Cierra Spriggs, PhD | University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
The role of cellular motors in polyomavirus nuclear entry

Jessica Rene Thomas, PhD | Vanderbilt University
Somatosensory function in mice with CaMKII mutations linked to autism

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