Congratulations to all fellows who received the annual Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE) for the 2022 competition. FARE is an NIH-wide competition that recognizes the important research of intramural fellows. We extend sincere congratulations to our 15 winners as well as a special thanks to all NICHD fellows who submitted an abstract and shared their research with the intramural community.

Announcing the 2022 NICHD FARE recipients (and their NICHD mentors):

  • Richard Elliot Murphy, PhD (Banerjee) – “Biochemical characterization of viral substrate recognition by DHHC protein acyltransferases”
  • Vinay Sharma, PhD (Loh) – “A novel mechanism requiring neurotrophic factor-α1 interaction with serotonin receptor HTR1E to protect cells against cytotoxicity via β-arrestin/ERK-BCL2 signaling”
  • Shreeta Chakraborty, PhD (Rocha) – “The Sox2 locus is resistant to disruptions in CTCF-Cohesin mediated looping during early mouse development”
  • Miranda Marvel, PhD (Weinstein) – “Epigenetic regulation of zebrafish neurodevelopment via the lysine-specific histone demethylase Kdm4ab”
  • Abhinav Sur, PhD (Farrell) – “Simultaneous profiling of transcriptional cascades during zebrafish embryogenesis using single cell RNA sequencing: Insights into molecular regulation of endodermal fate decisions”
  • Pablo Vidal-Ribas Belil, PhD (Gilman) – “Examining the Fetal Origins of Suicide Mortality in a Large U.S. Pregnancy Cohort”
  • Sonia Robinson, PhD (Yeung) – “Age of juice introduction and childhood weight status at 7–9 years old”
  • Abhisek Saha, PhD (Sundaram) – “A multi-pollutant assessment of preconception persistent endocrine disrupting chemicals and human fecundity”
  • Maziar Rahmani, MD, PhD (Weinstein) – “A novel in vivo screen in zebrafish identifies circadian clock gene network as molecular mediators of glycemic memory in diabetic vasculopathy”
  • Guillaume Gaud, PhD (Love) – “An unexpected inhibitory role of CD3zeta ITAMs in TCR signaling”
  • Philip Adams, PhD (Storz) – “RNA-mediated regulation in the Lyme-disease pathogen Borrelia burgdorferi
  • Mor Alkaslasi, BS (Le Pichon) – “Single nucleus RNA-sequencing defines unexpected diversity of cholinergic neuron types in the adult mouse spinal cord”
  • Avisek Mondal, PhD (Mukherjee) – “Dysregulated lysosomal Ca++-homeostasis impairs autophagy contributing to neurodegeneration in INCL mouse model”
  • Insung Kang, PhD (Porter) – “An iPSC-derived, inducible neuronal model of Niemann-Pick disease, type C1”
  • Megan Parker, MS (Yanovski) – “State Negative Affect in Relation to Loss-Of-Control Eating among Youth in the Natural Environment”

NICHD 2022 SIG Awardees

The Scientific Interest Group (SIG) Awards provide an opportunity for fellows to showcase their research to the wider scientific community. Participating Scientific Interest Groups select an abstract from the FARE competition that they deem of high scientific merit and invite the winning fellows to present their work at one of the SIG meetings.

Congratulations to our two NICHD fellows who received SIG awards during the FARE 2022 competition!

Shreeta Chakraborty, PhD (Rocha lab)

Shreeta Chakraborty

Developmental Biology Scientific Interest Group

“The Sox2 locus is resistant to disruptions in CTCF-Cohesin mediated looping during early mouse development”

Abhinav Sur, PhD (Farrell lab)

Abhinav Sur

Single-Cell Genomics Interest Group

“Simultaneous profiling of transcriptional cascades during zebrafish embryogenesis using single cell RNA sequencing: Insights into molecular regulation of endodermal fate decisions”