We have a lot of great accomplishments to celebrate as 2014 comes to a close. Check out a few NICHD Division of Intramural Research (DIR) highlights below!
- NICHD DIR researchers authored over 250 publications
- Twenty-two NICHD fellows received the Fellows Award for Research Excellence
- Dr. Elias Leiva-Salcedo received NICHD fellow Mentor of the Year
- Dr. Brant Weinstein received NICHD investigator Mentor of the Year
- The first-ever NICHD “Three-minute Talk” (TmT) winners for 2014 include:
- Alex Ritter (Lippincott-Schwartz lab), 1st place
- Eva Szarek, Ph.D. (Stratakis lab), 2nd place
- Monica Gupta, Ph.D. (Ozato lab), people’s choice award
- NICHD graduate students Caitlin Younts (Chitnis lab), Bennett Waxse (Lippincott-Schwartz lab), and Alex Ritter (Lippincott-Schwartz lab) swept the Biochemistry/Genetics/Cell & Molecular Biology Graduate Student Research Awards (GSRA), winning three of the coveted honors at the tenth annual NIH Graduate Student Research Symposium on January 14, 2014.
- Postbacs Andrea Attenasio (Marini lab), Jeffery Head (Chitnis lab), Joan Nambuba (Pacak lab), and Daniela Reyes-Capo (Han lab) received OITE Overall Best Poster Awards at the 2014 NIH Postbac Poster Day. The NICHD-selected "best postbac poster" winners for 2014 were Andrea Attenasio (Marini lab), Garrett Cheung (Ahn lab), Alicia Johns (Albert lab), and Maya Sangesland (Levin lab).
- The NICHD DIR held the Tenth Annual Meeting of Postdoctoral, Clinical, and Visiting Fellows and Graduate Students at the beautiful National Museum of the American Indian with keynotes by Dr. Eric Wieschaus of Princeton University, a Nobel Prize Winner, and Dr. Sherri Bale, co-founder of GeneDx. Dr. Ian Williams (Porter lab) won the 2014 Fellows Retreat Image competition with his image “Degeneration in cerebellum: brain sections from our NPC1 mouse model” (see image at right)
- Dr. Shvetha Zarek received a President’s Presenter Award for her paper entitled, “Telomere Lengths Are Reduced in Women with Primary Ovarian Insufficiency Due to Fragile X Premutation Compared to Age Matched Controls.” This paper was selected by the 2014 SGI Scientific Program Committee to receive one of 25 top awards at the SGI meeting from a field of >1000 abstracts.
- Dr. Ryan Heitmann was recipient of the 2014 Bailey K Ashford Award for Walter Reed Hospital, receiving top honors in the laboratory category for his paper entitled, “Depletion of T regulatory cells leads to decreased litter sizes via a defect in implantation in a murine model.” This is the second year in a row that NIH Reproductive Endocrine fellows have won top honors in the competition.
- William Long, summer intern in the Weinstein lab, placed in the top five at the International Science Olympiad, a worldwide competition for high school students. His accomplishment made the news, as a correspondent for Fox 5 interviewed William in the zebrafish facility on campus. The interview aired on Fox 5 news, Wednesday, July 30.
- The NICHD Bioviz team collaborated with Wired Magazine to produce a video of the new 3D Print Exchange. Check it out! http://www.wired.com/2014/06/science-graphic-week-3d-print/
Please submit your accomplishments for publication in the newsletter throughout the year to Shana.Spindler@gmail.com.