Congrats to NICHD Graduate Partnership Program (GPP) Graduates

Every year, GPP graduates are recognized at the annual NIH-wide Graduate Student Research Symposium. At this year’s Graduate Ceremony event on February 16, 2023, NICHD graduate students Connie Mackenzie-Gray Scott and Ondrej Uher, received certificates for the successful completion of their dissertation research.

  • Dr. Connie Mackenzie-Gray Scott studied under the mentorship of Dr. Chris McBain, NICHD, and Dr. Andrew Trevelyan, Newcastle University.
    Thesis title: “Feedback mechanisms in the interactions between cortical interneurons and pyramidal cells”
  • Dr. Ondrej Uher studied under the mentorship of Dr. Karel Pacak, NICHD, and Drs. Jindrich Chmelar and Jan Ženka, University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice.
    Thesis title: “Study of cancer immunotherapy mechanisms in pancreatic adenocarcinoma and pheochromocytoma murine models”

Wei-Lun Huang Wins Graduate Student Elevator Pitch Competition

Congratulations to NICHD’s Wei-Lun Huang, graduate student researcher in the Gandjbakhche laboratory, on his Elevator Pitch Competition award at the 19th Annual NIH Graduate Student Research Symposium on February 15.
Wei-Lun studies “skin lesion matching and correspondence localization in total body photography” under the guidance of Amir Gandjbakhche, PhD, NICHD Section on Translational Biophotonics, and Mehran Arman, PhD, Johns Hopkins University.
This was the 7th annual elevator pitch competition. Graduate students from across NIH were assessed on their ability to describe their research to a general audience in less than two minutes, and a total of three students were selected to receive the award.

The Porter Book Club is Hosting its Inaugural Event on March 10

The Porter Book Club is a new literary series at NIH to get people thinking and talking about interesting books covering science, health, and society. All are welcome to join the book club on March 10 at 1 p.m. in GG607, Building 35, for the inaugural event.

Kenneth C. Catania, PhD, Stevenson Professor of Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University, will speak about his book Great Adaptations: Star-Nosed Moles, Electric Eels, and Other Tales of Evolution's Mysteries Solved,* which chronicles his life’s research into the specialized sensory systems, brain organization, and behavior of unusual animals.

If you are interested in meeting with Dr. Catania, please email Fellows and anyone with an interest in science communication are encouraged to reach out.

* Catania, K. (2021). Great adaptations: Star-nosed moles, electric eels, and Other tales of evolution's mysteries solved. Princeton University Press.

Expand Your Clinical Research Knowledge Base in 2023

If you’re interested in learning more about clinical research, please consider the following opportunities:

Introduction to The Principles and Practice Of Clinical Research (IPPCR) Course

This free, self-paced, online course (40 lectures, ranging from 15 to 90 minutes each) is open for registration until June 30, 2023. Graduate students, clinical fellows and post-doctoral fellows are encouraged to enroll now.

If you have any questions, please contact

Principles of Clinical Pharmacology (PCP) Course

The PCP course is a free, self-paced, online lecture series covering the fundamentals of clinical pharmacology as a translational scientific discipline focused on rational drug development and utilization in therapeutics. The course will be of interest to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and clinical fellows interested in expanding their pharmacology knowledge base.

For additional information on the course, please visit the website above or contact

Clinical Research Curriculum Certificate (CRCC)

Are you interested in a career in clinical or translational research? Do the “Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research” and “Principals of Clinical Pharmacology” courses sound intriguing to you? If you answered yes, consider the NIH Clinical Research Curriculum Certificate (CRCC) program.

The NIH Office of Clinical Research will issue a formal certificate to those who successfully complete the required components of the Clinical Research Curriculum. If you have any questions about fulfilling the requirements for the certificate, please email

SAVE THE DATE: Postbac Poster Days (Hybrid)

Postbac Poster Days provides an opportunity for NIH postbacs to discuss their research projects and at the same time develop their communication and networking skills. For more information, please visit

The in-person poster day is scheduled for April 20. More information coming soon!

NIH UNITE: Ending Structural Racism (ESR) Activities

The NIH UNITE initiative was established to identify and address structural racism within the NIH-supported and the greater scientific community.

The ESR Intranet includes various resources like the ToolkitNewsletterFAQs, and other information.

UNITE Milestones and Progress and the Co-Chairs Corner (public ESR webpages) are other avenues to stay informed on UNITE efforts.