Our basic science representative is a postdoctoral fellow who serves on the NIH Fellows Committee (FelCom) on behalf of the institute's fellow population. In general, most institutes have one basic science representative and one clinical representative. Representative appointments last for 12 months and can be renewed for an additional year.
Responsibilities of the institute’s representative include attending all scheduled FelCom meetings, participating on a subcommittee, disseminating information to the fellows in their institute, communicating fellows’ concerns to the committee, and coordinating the distribution of information via subcommittees. In NICHD, our representatives also work closely with the Office of Education to plan events for all NICHD postdoctoral trainees.
If you would like more information about serving as a basic science or clinical postdoctoral representative, please contact Dr. Erin Walsh (firstname.lastname@example.org) and for information about serving on a FelCom subcommittee, contact one of the committee chairs directly.
I am originally from New Delhi, India, where I received my bachelor’s degree in biotechnology. I then moved to the United States in 2008 and graduated with my PhD from the University of South Carolina, where I studied metal biology in plants. I currently work with Dr. Tracey Rouault at NICHD, where I am studying the Fe-S cluster biogenesis pathways in humans, with a focus on establishing the mechanism of Fe-S cluster transfer to mitochondrial proteins.
In my spare time, I like to work with my three-year-old daughter making picture collages and doing craft projects. In addition to research, I am passionate about teaching as well as organizing and managing career development events for fellows. I am an active member of the NICHD Fellows Advisory Committee, serving as chair of the 15th annual NICHD Fellows’ Retreat. Additionally, I served as the co-chair of the mentoring subcommittee at FelCom from 2018-2019.
I strongly encourage our fellows to join the Fellows Advisory Committee at NICHD as well as FelCom. Both provide great leadership and networking opportunities, as well as an excellent platform to voice your opinions and/or concerns, and to find suitable resources that are available on campus to help you towards your progress and development.