We are happy to welcome our new fellows to the NICHD family. If you arrived recently at the NICHD and would like us to introduce you in our quarterly “Meet Our New Fellows” column, please contact our editor, Dr. Shana Spindler, at Shana.Spindler@gmail.com.

Sam Choudhury

Saumitra Dey Choudhury (Sam)

Postdoctoral Fellow

Home city: Karimganj, Assam, India

Graduate school: Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Bhopal

NICHD mentor: Dr. Mihaela Serpe

Area of research: I am interested in understanding the developmental events leading to synapse assembly and stability using the Drosophila neuromuscular junction as the model system.

Areg Peltekian

Areg Peltekian

Postbac Fellow

Home city: Los Angeles, California, USA

Bachelor’s degree institution: University of California, San Diego

NICHD mentor: Dr. Peng Loh

Area of research: I study the role of protein Carboxypeptidase E as a trophic factor that mediates neuroprotection, neurodevelopment, and metastasis in cancer using various mouse models and cell lines.