Dr. Shreeta Chakraborty Named Best Platform Presentation Winner

Shreeta Chakraborty, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in the Rocha laboratory, received the best platform presentation award by a trainee at the 44th annual David W. Smith Workshop on Malformations and Morphogenesis at the end of August. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Chakraborty on this wonderful achievement.
Shreeta Chakraborty, PhD


Dr. Leah Greenspan Featured as Development Pathway to Independence Fellow

Leah Greenspan, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in the Weinstein laboratory, was featured as a Pathway to Independence Fellow in the September 2023 issue of Development. In an interview with the journal, Dr. Greenspan describes her NICHD research and future career plans. We encourage NICHD fellows to check out Dr. Greenspan’s interview to learn more!

Leah Greenspan, PhD


Let Us Know About Your Recent Accomplishments

We’d love to recognize your great news from 2023—from winning a poster award to landing a new job! Please email a brief description of your accomplishment(s) to our editor, Dr. Shana Spindler (shana.spindler@nih.gov), and we will include them in our December issue.


NICHD Annual Postbac Seminar Series: Professional Development and Career Exploration

The next cycle of our Annual Postbac Seminar Series begins this month!

Currently there are approximately 80 postbacs conducting clinical and basic science research in our intramural laboratories. During your one or two years of training here at the NICHD, we want you to have an enriched research experience, while at the same time growing more prepared and excited about your chosen career path.

The year’s series will take place on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. The intent is to create a comfortable environment within a small group of peers to help postbacs improve their analytical skills as scientists, while expanding their knowledge of biomedical research and its relevance to human health.

This course also focuses on professional development:

  • Learning how to present your science
  • Exploring different career trajectories
  • Meeting physicians and scientists from various clinical or research settings
  • Preparing for the medical or graduate school application cycle (including interviews!)

Upcoming sessions (to take place from 1 to 2 p.m. unless otherwise indicated):

DateSpeakerTopicLocation
October 24Public Speaking Coach, Scott MorganSpeaking About Science: Giving Scientific PresentationsBldg. 35, Room 610
November 7Public Speaking Coach, Scott MorganInterviewing for Professional SchoolBldg. 45, F1/F2 Conference Room

Additional sessions will be announced in upcoming newsletter issues, and via email.

If you are interested in joining the class, please email Ms. Veronica Harker (veronica.harker@nih.gov) to receive the Google Doc link for registration.


NCI Technology Transfer Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications

Deadline to apply is Wednesday, November 1

The NCI Technology Transfer Ambassadors Program (TTAP) is open to NIH postdoctoral trainees, staff scientists, staff clinicians, graduate students, and postbacs at specific Institutes and Centers, including NICHD.

TTAP is a hybrid training/mentoring program that offers participants the opportunity to augment their current research activities with 5–8 hours per week of hands-on training in biomedical invention development, commercialization, and entrepreneurship. Find more information for the program at https://techtransfer.cancer.gov/aboutttc/ambassadors.


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.