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Dr. Yvette Pittman

To support the Office of Education, and her career goals, Dr. Yvette Pittman from the laboratory of Dr. Thomas Dever is going to be doing a part-time rotation in the office beginning in March. So you will see a number of emails coming to you in her name—about upcoming events (read on), our May retreat, and our Summer Internship Program. This will ensure that we continue to be responsive to your needs and interests.

For those of you who have not met Yvette, she was the course director this past year for our annual postbac course, Becoming an Effective Scientist. She’s also helped on the steering committee to plan our annual retreats. In addition, Yvette is the spirit behind our Fellows Recruitment Incentive Award (FRIA), designed to stimulate recruitment of a diverse population of postdoctoral scientists to our intramural labs. More information will be issued on this soon.

Yvette completed her undergraduate degree in biology at Delaware State University, then her PhD in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology in 2008 at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Her current research focuses on the molecular mechanism by which start codon context directs translation initiation.

I am grateful for Yvette’s assistance, as we work together on your behalf! —Brenda Hanning