The NICHD Division of Intramural Research is committed to train, support, and sustain a diverse cohort of individuals, including those from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in science.
Established in 2011, the NICHD Developing Talent Program provides a superlative research and mentoring experience to scholars while tailoring an academic and professional development plan to the needs of the individual. Read below to learn more about our current NICHD Developing Talent Program participants and each of their goals as a Developing Talent Scholar.
Photo courtesy of Rachel Dansereau
NICHD advisor: Dr. Ajay Chitnis
Undergraduate school: Colgate University
Specialty interests: developmental biology
Hobbies: reading, binge-watching TV shows
Rachel is generating various transgenic zebrafish lines to control the migration of the primordium.
She would love to continue her educational career by pursuing a PhD and eventually becoming a professor.
Photo courtesy of Kyla Roland
NICHD advisor: Dr. Henry Levin
Undergraduate school: Davidson College
Specialty interests: viral pathology, bacterial pathology, and genomics
Hobbies: reading, hiking and nature, cooking, and music
Kyla examines how the endogenous Tf2 transposable elements regulate gene networks in response to stress in S. Pombe. Her immediate plan is to go to graduate school following her postbac.
Jacob Olondo Kuba
Photo courtesy of Jacob Olondo Kuba
NICHD advisor: Matthias Machner, PhD
Undergraduate school: University of Maryland, College Park
Specialty interests: molecular/cell biology, neuroscience, molecular dynamic simulations, endocrinology
Hobbies: photography, cooking, soccer, weight training
Jacob is studying the host-pathogen interactions between Legionella pneumophila and Acanthamoeba castellani through an artificial evolution experiment. He is currently planning on applying to medical school next year (2021).
Photo courtesy of Esther Kwarteng
NICHD advisor: Dr. Jack Yanovski
Undergraduate school: Duke University
Specialty interests: child health, health disparities
Esther is studying the characterization of eating behaviors as well as understanding the interactions between psychological and social factors that result in the development and maintenance of obesity in youth. She plans to attend medical school following her postbaccalaureate research training.