The new NICHD Division of Intramural Research (DIR) Tenure-Track Investigator Symposium Series, beginning this month, is an important opportunity for NICHD fellows to gain exposure to cutting-edge areas of science. Each month, a tenure-track investigator within NICHD DIR will have the opportunity to organize a virtual mini-symposium showcasing their field of research. These symposia are open to all faculty, trainees, and staff at the NIH.

May 2022 Symposium: Utilizing Single Cell Technologies to Understand Brain Development

Tim Petros, PhD

“A comprehensive spatial epigenome atlas of the embryonic mouse brain”

Timothy J. Petros, PhD

Investigator, Unit on Cellular and Molecular Neurodevelopment
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, National Institutes of Health

Maria Lehtinen, PhD

“Signals making a splash: Choroid plexus—cerebrospinal fluid contributions to brain development”

Maria K. Lehtinen, PhD

Hannah C. Kinney, MD, Chair in Pediatric Pathology Research, Boston Children’s Hospital
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

Flora M. Vaccarino, MD

“Organoid modeling of gene regulatory events during forebrain development”

Flora M. Vaccarino, MD

Professor, Child Study Center and Department of Neuroscience, Yale School of Medicine

Bing Ren, PhD

“Single cell epigenome atlases of the brain”

Bing Ren, PhD

Member of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research (LICR)
Director of the Center for Epigenomics, Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of California, San Diego

Arnold Kriegstein, MD, PhD

“Development and evolution of the human brain revealed by single cell transcriptomics”

Arnold Kriegstein, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurobiology, University of California, San Francisco

We encourage all NICHD trainees to attend these mini-symposia to welcome new tenure-track investigators, expand your breadth of knowledge, and form strong networks and collaborations within the community. Symposia will be held one Thursday a month beginning at 1 p.m. Dates and topics are listed below.

DateTitleTenure-Track Investigator Host
May 12Utilizing Single Cell Technologies to Understand Brain Development Hosted by Timothy Petros, PhD
June 9Regulation of genome structure and expression: untangling functions and mechanismsHosted by Pedro Rocha, PhD
July 14Genomics research bridging early and later life health outcomesHosted by Fasil Tekola-Ayele, PhD
August 11Biophysics of lipids in development and diseaseHosted by Alex Sodt, PhD
September 8The logic and illogic of cell fate decisionsHosted by Jeff Farrell, PhD
October 13Decoding developmental signalingHosted by Katherine Rogers, PhD
November 10Cryo-electron microscopy: A powerful tool in the field of structural biologyHosted by Doreen Matthies, PhD
December 8Impact of social disadvantage on children’s diet and eating behaviorHosted by Bobby Cheon, PhD
January 12, 2023Shared mechanisms in neurodegenerative disordersHosted by Claire Le Pichon, PhD
February 9, 2023Consequences of fetal growth restriction: child neurodevelopmental and postnatal growth outcomesHosted by Katie Grantz, MD, MS
March 9, 2023To Be AnnouncedHosted by Sarah Sheppard, MD, PhD, MSTR
April 13, 2023To Be AnnouncedHosted by Jamie Morton, PhD