Fariha Kamran, MD
Fariha completed medical school and obtained her M.B.B.S degree from King Edward Medical University in Lahore, Pakistan. Shortly thereafter, while obtaining her ECFMG certification in the US, she volunteered as a research assistant at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. She then started residency at NUMC in Long Island, New York. During her residency, she studied the significance of Hemoglobin Fast Variant. In addition, Fariha studied the hormone dependent effects on COX-2 inhibition of 27-hydroxylase and ABCA1. After completing her pediatric residency, she started a fellowship in the department of Pediatric Endocrinology at NICHD in the summer of 2009. As a clinical fellow, she is now involved in a basic science project studying the role of microRNAs as regulators of growth.
Emily King, PhD
Emily King finished her Ph.D. in mathematics in August 2009 from the University of Maryland after earning a B.S./M.S. in mathematics at Texas A&M University. The following month, she began an IRTA Postdoc in the Laboratory of Integrative and Medical Biophysics under Dr. Bob Bonner. Her dissertation was in theoretical mathematics, so she has learned a lot during her short tenure at NIH. She is currently working on projects in retinal image processing and analysis of RNA pseudoknots. In February, she will leave for Germany, where she will be a Humboldt Fellow working with the Applied Analysis Group (Angewandte Analysis Gruppe) at the University of Osnabrück and the Institute of Numerical Simulation (Institut für Numerische Simulation) at the University of Bonn. She enjoys running, dancing, cooking, and drinking good beer.
Kris Langlais, PhD
Kristofor Langlais is a postdoctoral fellow at the NICHD, where he studies epigenetic mechanisms responsible for the establishment of complex body structure during development. He devised an innovative experimental system that makes use of transgenic fruit flies expressing tagged Polycomb Group (PcG) proteins to examine the role of PcG proteins in the regulation of key developmental genes. Early in his tenure at NICHD, Kris became interested in the intersection of science, health, and public policy. In fall of 2010, he served in a three-month detail as an International Health Analyst at the Office of Global Health Affairs of DHHS, where he discovered a deep interest in international health capacity building and biomedical research collaboration. Prior to arriving at NICHD, Kris followed his passion for teaching for three years, serving as an adjunct professor at Oregon and Vermont community colleges, a visiting faculty member at Middlebury College, and a high school science teacher at Okemo Mountain School. He also held a postdoctoral research position at Middlebury College, where he studied mouse mutations affecting meiosis. Dr. Langlais obtained his Ph.D. in Molecular and Developmental Biology from Oregon Health and Science University in 2005.
Jason Riley, PhD
Jason Riley received his Ph.D. in "light transport in diffusing domains containing non-scattering spaces" (some maths for neo-natal brain imaging with light) at University College London in London, UK. In 2005, Jason joined the Section on Biomedical Stochastic Physics (now the Section on Analytical and Functional Bio-photonics) at the NICHD to develop inverse algorithms for the Lifetime Fluorescence Imaging problem (for breast cancer monitoring with light) under the direction of Dr. Amir Gandjbakhche. Currently his primary research is in functional brain imaging using Near Infra Red Light, however he enjoys solving any theoretical quantitative imaging/analysis problems thrown in his general direction. In his spare time, Jason enjoys family, hill walking, rock climbing, reading, and music - as well as ignoring light whenever possible....