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Congrats to Dr. Mikolaj Sulkowski, 2015 Image Competition winner

Dr. Mikolaj Sulkowski’s three images of 3D structured illumination microscopy of the Drosophila neuromuscular junction won the NICHD Image Competition at the Eleventh Annual Meeting of Postdoctoral, Clinical and Visiting Fellows, and Graduate Students. To browse all of the Image Competition entries, please visit

Mik Sulkowski image 1
Mik Sulkowski image 2
Mik Sulkowski image 3

Congrats to the NICHD Postbac winners from 2015 Postbac Poster Day

Congratulations to all of our postbacs who presented a poster at the 2015 Postbac Poster Day. We are excited to announce that eight NICHD postbacs received a top 20 percent award during the poster competition. Check back later this summer to learn more about our NICHD postbacs’ winning work.

Announcing our top 20 percent winners for best poster from the overall competition:

  • Megan Bannon (Lilly lab)
  • Nicket Dedhia (Yanovski lab)
  • Vy Duong (Pfeifer lab)
  • Daniel Flores (Pfeifer lab)
  • Robyn Kalwerisky (Schisterman & Mumford lab, DIPHR)
  • Jung Park (Hoffman lab)
  • Maya Sangesland (Levin lab)

Announcing our top three winners from the internal NICHD competition:

  • Vy Duong (Pfeifer lab)
  • Jung Park (Hoffman lab)
  • Nathan Thomas (Cashel lab)

SAVE THE DATE! Summer grant writing workshop

“Write Winning NIH Grant Proposals”
9:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
July 14, 2015

This workshop will address both practical and conceptual aspects that are important to the proposal writing process. Attendees will receive the “Grant Writer’s Workbook”—an invaluable, up-to-date reference tool for those who intend to write NIH grant proposals. It includes topics from how to prepare a compelling Specific Aims page to insights into which review criteria are most important.

If you would like to register, please email Yvette Pittman at

There are only 25 slots for NICHD fellows.

Welcome, summer trainees!

The NICHD Connection would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our NICHD summer trainees. Please do not hesitate to ask lots of questions—to your mentor, your lab mates, fellow trainees, the NICHD Office of Education, and even to this newsletter! If you have any topics you’d like covered in The NICHD Connection during your summer visit, please feel free to contact Brenda Hanning (, Yvette Pittman (, or Editor Shana Spindler ( Enjoy your time with us; be safe in the lab; and welcome!