The Shi Lab is on a Winning Streak!

Three NICHD fellows in the laboratory of Yun-bo Shi, PhD, Section on Molecular Morphogenesis, recently received recognition for their endocrinology research. Please join us in congratulating them on their impressive achievements!

Lingyu Bao, PhD, and Zhaoyi Peng, PhD, received an Outstanding Trainee Poster award at the American Thyroid Association Annual Meeting, September 27–October 1, in Washington D.C. Their abstracts were selected for the award by the American Thyroid Association Trainees and Career Advancement Committee as well as the Program Committee.

Dr. Bao presented “Defects in thyroid hormone transporter due to slc7a5 knockout causes Paneth cell dedifferentiation toward stem cells.”

Dr. Peng presented “Protein arginine methyltransferase 1, a coactivator for thyroid hormone receptor, regulates adult intestinal epithelial cell proliferation and enteroendocrine cell differentiation.”

Yuta Tanizaki, PhD, was one of two recipients of the 2023 Incentive Award from the Japanese Society of Comparative Endocrinology for his work “Study of thyroid hormone function in tissue/organ development.” Dr. Tanizaki will present his award-winning lecture after the award ceremony during a conference at Kyushu University later this year.

Lingyu Bao, PhD

Lingyu Bao, PhD

Zhaoyi Peng, PhD

Zhaoyi Peng, PhD

Yuta Tanizaki, PhD

Yuta Tanizaki, 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 (, and we will include them in our December issue.

The Fellows Editorial Board (FEB) is Recruiting New Members

What is FEB? FEB offers fellows a free, confidential scientific document-editing service to NIH and FDA fellows. If you are an NIH or FDA fellow, you are eligible for active membership on FEB. Joining the Board gives fellows editorial training and experience. Active members participate in all FEB activities including reviewing submitted documents, following an editorial process, preparing final reports, and weekly meetings.

If you are interested in becoming a member, please complete the membership registration form.

Visit our website or email for more information.

Feature Your Image on the Annual Report

The NICHD Division of Intramural Research (DIR) will feature exciting scientific images, from basic and clinical research laboratories, on the cover and web site of the 2023 DIR Annual Report. To submit images for consideration, please email your file to Nicki Swan ( or contact her if the file is too large to send by email. All entries are due by December 29, 2023!

Help Us Innovate: Join the Innovative Culture Advisory Committee (ICAC)

NICHD staff are a rich source of new ideas to advance our mission. To support an innovative culture as part of NICHD’s focus on improving administrative efficiency under its Strategic Plan, the Institute is forming the Innovative Culture Advisory Committee (ICAC). The ICAC will be the governing body responsible for overseeing the Institute’s strategic goals and activities to sustain and promote a culture of innovation. Members will help foster an environment where employees have opportunities to propose new ideas and are engaged in a culture of continuous improvement.

You must be passionate about innovation and have worked at NICHD full-time for a minimum of six months to apply for membership. Members will serve as key contacts for staff who seek to share and develop innovative ideas and promote administrative innovation across the institute. 

To nominate yourself or a colleague, please complete a brief application by close of business on December 1.

Please contact with any questions or concerns.

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.