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Presenting the 2016 Three-minute-Talk (TmT) finalists

TmT 2016 logo

The Three-minute-Talk (TmT) competition is a science communication training and awards program that teaches fellows how to explain their research, in three minutes or less, in a way that’s meaningful to a broad scientific audience. This year, six NICHD fellows are finalists and will compete in the competition on Tuesday, June 14, with fellows from NHGRI and NIDCR. Congratulations to all on your hard work.

The NICHD TmT finalists and semifinalists (in no particular order):


Alex Szatmary

Afrouz Anderson

Jeremy Weaver

Parmit Singh

Miranda Broadney

Courtney Kurtyka

Edra London

Pushpanathan Muthuirulan

Santosh Verma

Gulcan Akgul

Neda Sadeghi

Vasilisa Aksenova

Saroj Regmi

Uma Neelathi

Congrats to the NICHD 2016 Best Postbac Poster winners

During the 2016 Postbac Poster Day on April 20, 2016, NICHD postdocs selected the three top postbac poster presentations from our institute. The judging criteria were based on the fellow’s knowledge of the lab’s research, the fellow’s ability to describe the project clearly, and the design and layout of the poster, highlighting hypothesis-driven questions.

Congratulations to the NICHD 2016 “best” postbac poster winners!

  • Alessandro Albano (Delaney lab)
  • Marci Rosenberg (Chitnis lab)
  • Lauren Wooddell (Suomi lab)

Postbac Poster Day 2016 awards, NIH-wide

Congratulations to our postbacs who received an Outstanding Poster Award during the NIH-wide competition, hosted by the Office of Intramural Training and Education, during the 2016 Postbac Poster Day. Teams of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows, and staff scientists/staff clinicians collaborated to judge the posters. The following NICHD postbacs authored posters that scored in the top 20 percent of all posters presented. Congratulations to all!


  • Michal Ad
  • Yared Bayleyen
  • Nikhita Chahal
  • Vy Duong
  • Daniel Flores
  • Elena Ghanaim
  • Alexander Haddad
  • Nicolas Johnson
  • Katrina Koon
  • Nabil Saleem
  • Katherine Thompson

To see award recipients from other institutes, please visit

NICHD postbacs accepted into prestigious professional schools

We are pleased to announce that our postbacs will attend a large collection of professional schools this coming school year. Big congratulations to our postbacs on a job well done. Check out where they will be heading:




University of Pittsburgh

Pennsylvania State University

Georgetown University

Yale School of Medicine

Emory University

Florida International University

Tufts University

University of California, Berkeley

Oregon Health and Science University

Johns Hopkins University

Vanderbilt University

University of California, San Francisco

Stop by for “Resume Hour” with Yvette Pittman!

Every Wednesday, 1–2 p.m.
Building 31, Room 1B44

Are you flustered when you have to describe yourself on paper? Learn how to perfect your resume or CV during Yvette Pittman’s weekly office hours, every Wednesday from 1–2 p.m. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to review your resume or CV in great detail with Yvette.

You will:

  • Learn about keywords
  • Review formatting
  • Establish what to include—and not to include
  • Identify your target audience

And much more!

Check out the NICHD Advisory Committee—a great opportunity to serve

The advisory committee works with the NICHD Office of Education to develop and initiate academic support programs for the institute. The committee meets the last Thursday of every month, from 3:30–4:30 p.m. Both domestic and visiting fellows are needed. We want to achieve broad representation, culturally and academically, so we can address the needs of all our trainees at NICHD. 

Some potential topics for our committee are how to:

  • Increase the participation for training activities
  • Expose fellows to various careers in science
  • Identify teaching opportunities, and internal and external research funding mechanisms
  • Establish a structure for sharing scientific and career resources within the institute

Please contact Yvette Pittman at if you are interested in joining the committee.

NIH Research Festival poster abstracts due June 15, midnight

This is a call for poster abstracts for the 2016 NIH Research Festival, to be held from September 14 to 16, Wednesday through Friday. The Research Festival is the annual showcase of NIH intramural research. All members of the NIH Intramural Research Program are encouraged to participate, but each individual is limited to a single poster as a first author in order to allow as many people as possible to present their work.

To submit a poster abstract:

  1. Visit
  2. Enter poster information.
  3. Submit form by 11:59 p.m., June 15, 2016.