The NICHD Connection would like to introduce NICHD’s new postbac IC representatives, Annie Altschul and Jackie Picache. Postbac IC reps serve on the NIH-wide Pre-IRTA Committee on behalf of the institute’s postbac fellow population. They also work closely with the Office of Education in NICHD to plan events of interest to the postbacs, whether academic or social. NICHD currently has over ## postbacs who are conducting both clinical and basic science research.
Meet Annie Altschul:
I grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, and I graduated from the University of North Carolina (UNC) Chapel Hill in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health in Nutrition. My interest in research began as an undergraduate, during which time I was an intern at the UNC Center for Excellence in Eating Disorders. During my first year out of college, I worked as a study coordinator and research assistant at the UNC Diabetes Care Center in Durham, North Carolina. I now assist with two protocols in Dr. Jack Yanovski’s lab in the Section on Growth and Obesity. The first study—Children’s Growth study—is a 15-year longitudinal study exploring how children gain weight over time. The goal of the second study is to find the right dose of niacin, a B vitamin, to decrease circulating free fatty acids in overweight children.
I am excited for the opportunity to serve the postbac community as a postbac representative for the NICHD. I look forward to planning events for postbacs and to delivering information about various career development and volunteer opportunities available on campus. If you have any questions about ways to get involved or if you have suggestions for postbac gatherings or activities, please reach out to me or Jackie Picache (the other Postbac Representative). We are here to serve you! (Annie’s e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Meet Jackie Picache:
Hello! I grew up in Fort Lee, New Jersey, which is five minutes outside of New York City. Though I consider myself a city girl, I graduated from the University of Notre Dame and have come to think of the Midwest as another place to call home. At Notre Dame, I majored in Science Preprofessional Studies and minored in Science, Technology, and Values. During my undergraduate career, I became heavily involved at Notre Dame’s Boler-Parseghian Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases. It was there that I got a taste of translational research. I followed this interest to the NICHD, where I now work in Dr. Forbes Porter’s lab in the Section on Molecular Dysmorphology. We investigate the molecular mechanistic changes, symptom manifestations, and potential therapies of the rare diseases Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) and Smith-Lemli-Opitz (SLO) Syndrome. In the few short months I’ve been here, I’ve already learned so much.
The opportunities here are incredible, but sometimes it’s difficult to navigate them all. Annie and I are here to help out! As an NICHD postbac representative, I will be spearheading the ExploreINN volunteer program in which postbacs can spend an hour a week playing with and teaching fun science experiments to children staying at the NIH Children’s Inn. Annie and I also have other great opportunities for NICHD postbacs in the works, like career development, social events to get to know other postbacs, and more. If you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to reach to me at email@example.com. Cheers!