Graduate Student Elissa Moller Wins Best Speaker Award

Elissa Moller

Elissa Moller

Elissa Moller, a graduate student in the laboratory of Doreen Matthies, Ph.D., Stadtman Investigator in the Unit on Structural Biology, won the best student speaker award at the SMALP meeting

 on March 12, 2024. SMALP meetings bring together experts across the fields of biology, chemistry, and physics to discuss new tools and models for exploring membrane operation and manipulation.

Ms. Moller, who joins NICHD from her studies at the Institute for Physical Science and Technology at the University of Maryland, presented her work using cryo-EM and polymers to resolve structures of mechanosensitive channels.

Please join us in congratulating Ms. Moller on this outstanding achievement!

NIH-Wide National Minority Health Month Activities

April is National Minority Health Month (NMHM), a time to raise awareness about the importance of improving the health of racial and ethnic minority communities and reducing health disparities. The 2024 NMHM theme, Be the Source for Better Health: Improving Health Outcomes Through Our Cultures, Communities, and Connections, focuses on two topics critical to advancing health equity: Social Determinants of Health and Cultural Competency and Humility.

NIMHD is sponsoring events for NIH-wide participation:

  • Minority Health 5K Walk/Run/Roll: Thursday, April 11, 2024, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. NIH Main Campus, Bldg 1 front lawn.
    Register at
  • SPONSOR a Water Station on the Minority Health 5K Route! Show your office/lab spirit and camaraderie by sponsoring a water station and supporting the race participants. For more information, email Seppi Sami at  
  • NIMHD Fireside Chat with the Honorable Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., President Emeritus, Morehouse School of Medicine and Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Monday, April 22, 2024, 1:30–2:30 p.m.
    Videocast only. Learn more at:

NIH'S 30th Annual Take Your Child to Work Day and Earth Day Celebration

Thursday, April 25, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
In-person and virtual activities for an educational day of discovery

The annual NIH-wide Take Your Child to Work Day (TYCTWD) event provides children grades 1–12 an opportunity to see how your efforts contribute to the NIH and inspire them to explore career paths in science and public service. The Office of Research Services is the primary sponsor of TYCTWD 2024.

For more information, please visit the TYCTWD website or email questions and comments to

Save the Dates

Three-minute Talk (TmT) Competitions, May 31 and June 27

Every year, ICs across the NIH come together to host a speaking competition that showcases their fellows’ research in short format talks. The dates for our internal semi-final and the NIH-wide final competition are now set!

  • NICHD Three-minute Talk (TmT) Competition
    • Friday, May 31, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • NIH Three-minute Talk (TmT) Competition
    • Thursday, June 27, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Postbac Poster Days, May 1–2

Registration opens this month!

Postbac Poster Days provides an opportunity for NIH postbacs to discuss their research projects while simultaneously developing their communication and networking skills. To learn more and register, please visit the Postbac Poster Day website.

NIH Career Symposium, May 14–17 (All Virtual)

The NIH Career Symposium is scheduled for Tuesday, May 14, through Friday, May 17. Mark your calendars now—this is a great event that highlights the diversity of career choices available to biomedical researchers!