We are happy to welcome new fellows to the NICHD family. If you arrived recently to 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.

Hyo Won Ahn with short hair, red lipstick, and a white blouse

Hyo Won Ahn

Postdoctoral Fellow

Hometown: South Korea

PhD institution: University of Georgia

NICHD mentor: Dr. Henry Levin

Area of research: I study the impact of retrotransposons in neurological diseases.

Leah Joy Greenspan in a pink sleeveless knit top, in front of a red brick wall

Leah Joy Greenspan

Postdoctoral Fellow

Hometown: North Babylon, New York

PhD institution: Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine

NICHD mentor: Dr. Brant Weinstein

Area of research: I study the cellular dynamics and molecular mechanisms that drive endothelial regeneration after injury in Zebrafish blood vessels.

Hyungchul Lee in a restaurant, wearing a yellow hooded jacket

Hyungchul Lee

Postdoctoral Fellow

Hometown: Busan, South Korea

PhD institution: Korea University, Seoul, South Korea

NICHD mentor: Dr. Karl E. Pfeifer

Area of research: I study H19 function in myotube differentiation.

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Rakesh Kumar Pathak 

Postdoctoral Fellow

Hometown: Rewa, India

PhD institution: VP Chest Institute, Delhi University, Delhi, India 

NICHD mentor: Dr. Henry Levin 

Area of research: I study the molecular mechanism involved in the genome-wide binding  of LEDGF/p75,  a chromatin binding factor that positions the integration of HIV1. We examine the role of LEDGF/p75 in genome-wide transcription using the HEK293T cells.

Hemant Prajapati standing in front of trees and a silver double helix sculpture

Hemant Kumar Prajapati

Postdoctoral Fellow

Hometown: Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

PhD institution: IIT Bombay

NICHD mentor: Dr. David Clark

Area of research: I am studying the mechanism behind genome accessibility using budding yeast as a model organism. 

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Anna Dorothea Senft

Postdoctoral Fellow

Hometown: Mannheim, Germany

PhD institution: University Oxford, UK

NICHD mentor: Dr. Todd Macfarlan

Area of research: I explore roles of zinc finger proteins and endogenous retroviruses during early embryonic and extra-embryonic cell fate specification in mammals.

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Chelsie Temmen

Postdoctoral Fellow

Hometown: Westphalia, Missouri

PhD institution: University of Nebraska-Lincoln 

NICHD mentor: Dr. Bruce Simons-Morton 

Area of research: I study how social and contextual factors influence adjustment and the development of risk-taking behaviors during adolescence and early adulthood.