The NICHD Office of the Scientific Director (OSD) proudly announces the recipients of the 2024 NICHD Career Development Awards for Staff Scientists & Staff Clinicians and the 2024 NICHD Early Career Awards. These internal awards foster professional growth in basic, clinical, and translational sciences.

The following eligible postdoctoral fellows, research fellows, and clinical fellows from NICHD Divisions of Intramural Research and Population Health Research were selected for the Early Career Awards based on criteria including research experience, projected career impact, scientific merit of the proposal, and mentor commitment.

Early Career Award Recipients:

  • Aoshu Zhong (Storz Lab)
  • Avik Dutta (Love Lab)
  • Joyce Thompson (Rocha Lab)
  • Zhenyu Zuo (Rocha lab)
  • Adriana Golding (Bonifacino Lab)
  • Tesfa Habtewold (Tekola Ayele Lab)
  • Chandra Shekhar Kumar (Banerjee Lab)
  • Louis Tung Faat Lai (Matthies Lab)
  • Ganesh Shelke (Bonifacino Lab)
  • Abhilash Appu (Mukherjee Lab)
  • Kirtal Hansdah (Baron Lab)
  • Teri Hatzihristidis (Love Lab)
  • Aurora Kraus (Weinstein Lab)
  • Selvaraj Maria Thomas (Rogers Lab)
  • Jong Park (Weinstein Lab)
  • Julia Porth (Cheon Lab)
  • Hemant Prajapati (Clark Lab)
  • Geoffrey Vargish (McBain Lab)

The following recipients of the Career Development Awards for Staff Scientists & Staff Clinicians were selected based on evaluation criteria including applicant credentials, projected career impact, and scientific merit.

Career Development Award Recipients:

  • Vasilisa Aksenova (Dasso Lab)
  • Nicole Ellis (Machner Lab)
  • Julian Lui (Baron Lab)
  • Kenneth Pelkey (McBain Lab)
  • Diane Putnick (Yeung Lab)
  • Raffaella de Pace (Bonifacino Lab)
  • Miranda Marvel (Weinstein Lab)
  • Alejandro Alvarez Prats (Balla Lab)
  • Lin Lin (Hoffman Lab)
  • Dawn Watkins-Chow (Macfarlan Lab)

Early Career Award Selection Committee:

We extend our thanks to the following committee members for their efforts.

  • Alexei Arnaoutov, PhD, Staff Scientist, Division of Intramural Research
  • Anirban Banerjee, PhD, Senior Investigator, Division of Intramural Research
  • Jeff Baron, MD, Senior Investigator, Division of Intramural Research
  • Bobby Cheon, PhD, Stadtman Investigator, Division of Population Health Research
  • Mary Dasso, PhD, Senior Investigator, Division of Intramural Research
  • Marina Venero Galanternik, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Utah
  • Matthias Machner, PhD, Senior Investigator, Division of Intramural Research
  • Mary Lilly, PhD, Senior Investigator, Division of Intramural Research
  • Fasil Tekola Ayele, PhD, Senior Investigator, Division of Population Health Research
  • Jack Yanovski, MD, PhD, Senior Investigator, Division of Intramural Research
  • Jason Wester, PhD, Assistant Professor, Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Sara Young-Baird, PhD, Assistant Professor, Uniformed Services University
  • Brant Weinstein, PhD, Senior Investigator, Division of Intramural Research