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Please join The NICHD Connection in welcoming the following fellows to the NICHD family:

Marina wearing a hat, scarf, and sunglasses in the snow

Marina Venero Galanternik

Postdoctoral fellow

Hometown: Lima, Peru but just moved from Kansas City, Missouri

PhD institution: The University of Utah 

NICHD mentor: Dr. Brant Weinstein

Area of research: I study the molecular factors and signals that regulate Zebrafish vascular development.

Laura smiling in front of her research poster

Laura Gorrell

Graduate student

Hometown: Cockeysville, MD

College: Clemson University, B.S. degrees in Genetics and Bioengineering

PhD institution: Current Graduate Partnerships Program student with NIH and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Biomedical Engineering 

NICHD mentor: Dr. Sergey Leikin

Area of research: Use genome editing tools to look at collagen trafficking and secretion in wild type and osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) models.

Raghu in a red sweater

Raghuveer Kavarthapu

Postdoctoral fellow

Hometown: Hyderabad, India

PhD institution: University of Hyderabad, PhD in Animal Sciences

NICHD mentor: Dr. Maria L. Dufau

Area of research: Endocrine-related breast cancer focusing on role of Prolactin hormone and transcriptional regulation of its receptor in breast cancer progression.

Vivek in academic regalia

Vivek Mahadevan

Postdoctoral fellow

Hometown: Chennai, India

PhD institution: University of Toronto

NICHD mentor: Dr. Christopher McBain

Area of research: I study the molecular rules underlying the circuit integration of distinct hippocampal interneurons, during animal behavior

If you are new to the NICHD and would like to be introduced in this newsletter, please send your name, home country or state, College/PhD/MD institution, NICHD mentor, and area of research to our Editor, Shana Spindler, at