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Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE)

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Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE)

Fellows' Career Development

Fellow Award for Research Excellence winners
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FARE is the acronym for the Fellows Award for Research Excellence, begun in 1995 to recognize the outstanding scientific research performed by intramural postdoctoral fellows.

The award is sponsored by the NIH Fellows Committee, the Scientific Directors, and the NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education, and is funded by the Scientific Directors. Fellows submit an abstract of their research, which is peer reviewed in a blind study section competition.

  • The authors of the 25% of abstracts that receive the highest scores are recognized as FARE winners.
  • Winners of FARE awards will each receive a $1000 stipend to attend a scientific meeting at which they will present their abstract, either as a poster or an oral presentation.*
  • FARE winners serve as judges for the following year's FARE competition.

*NHLBI Fellows do not receive a $1000 travel grant, as NHLBI policy is that fellows should attend all meetings that are necessary for their career development, and that meeting attendance should not depend upon winning a travel award

FARE applications are accepted every year in February and March. For more information on the application process, including eligibility criteria, please see the Rules and Regulations.

(Source: NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education)

NIEHS FARE Winners

FARE 2016 Winners

Amanda E Conway

Amanda Conway, Ph.D., a member of Jothi's Systems Biology Group, was recognized for her research project, "GABPa Positively Regulates Transcriptional Circuitry Controlling ESC Identity by Direct Hindrance of a Repressive Chromatinmodifying Complex." Conway was also a 2014 winner of the Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) Program fellowship from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

Shannon L. Farris

Shannon Farris, Ph.D., won a FARE for her work on "Plasticity in Hippocampal Area CA2: Lost in Translation?" She is a member of the Synaptic and Developmental Plasticity Group headed by Serena Dudek, Ph.D., and a 2014 Society for Neuroscience Early Career Policy Fellow.

Kristin Gabor, Ph.D.

Kristin Gabor, Ph.D., is a member of Fessler's Clinical Investigation of Host Defense Group. Her award-winning study was titled "Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome Reveals Requirement for Sterol Biosynthesis in the Innate Immune Response."

Bo He, Ph.D.

Bo He, Ph.D., mentored by Molecular Endocrinology Group head John Cidlowski, Ph.D., reported that "Human Glucocorticoid Receptor Beta (hGRbeta) Has Unique Transcriptional Activity in Mouse Liver."

Ashutosh Kumar

Ashutosh Kumar, Ph.D., completed his study, "Formation and Implications of Alpha-synuclein Radical Formed in Maneb- and Paraquat-induced Models of Parkinsons Disease," as part of the Free Radical Metabolism Group led by Ronald Mason, Ph.D. Kumar presented his work at the 2014 Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine meeting, in Seattle, where he was honored with a Young Investigator Award.

Rui Liu, Ph.D., explored "Ambient Air Pollution Exposure and Risk of Parkinson Disease," a project mentored by Honglei Chen, M.D., Ph.D., head of the Aging and Neuroepidemiology Group.

Julie Lowe, Ph.D.

Julie Lowe, Ph.D., the second FARE winner from Fessler's group, was recognized for her study, "The Novel p53 Target Tumor Necrosis Factor-induced Protein 8 Variant 2 Is Increased in Human Cancers and Can Offset p53-dependent Tumor Suppression."

Vijay More

Vijay More, Ph.D., won for his study, "A Lipid-sensing Transcription Factor, Peroxisome Proliferator Activated Receptor Alpha, Regulates Blood-brain Barrier Efflux Transporter Expression and Transport Activity," completed while he was a member of the Intracellular Regulation Group headed by David Miller, Ph.D.

Barbara Nicol, Ph.D.

Barbara Nicol, Ph.D., working in the Reproductive Developmental Biology Group headed by Humphrey Yao, Ph.D., completed her second award-winning study, "New Insights into the Maintenance of Somatic Cell Identity in the Mouse Fetal Ovary." She was also the winner of one of just three 2014 Women Scientist Advisors Committee Scholar Awards.

Clinton Orebaugh

Clinton Orebaugh, Ph.D., mentored by Thomas Kunkel, Ph.D., head of the DNA Replication Fidelity Group, won a FARE for his study, "Repair of Ribonucleotides Incorporated into the Nascent Lagging Strand."

Sonika Patial, Ph.D.

Sonika Patial, D.V.M., Ph.D., demonstrated that "Genetic Deletion of an Instability Motif in the 3'-untranslated Region of Tristetraprolin (TTP) mRNA Increases TTP mRNA Stability and Protein Expression and Protects Against Immune-Mediated Inflammatory Diseases." Patial was also recognized by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in January 2015, when she was the winner of a Postdoctoral Travel Award. Her mentor, Perry Blackshear, M.D., D.Phil., is head of the Post-Transcriptional Gene Expression Group.

Matthew Schellenberg, Ph.D.

Matthew Schellenberg, Ph.D., completed his project, a "Poly-ubiquitin Driven Activation of the DNA Repair Protein Tyrosyl-DNA Phosphodiesterase 2," as a member of the Genome Stability Structural Biology Group headed by Scott Williams, Ph.D. In 2013, the Southeast Regional Collaborative Access Team honored Schellenberg with its Young Investigator Award.

Alisa Suen was the only predoctoral fellow from NIEHS honored this year with a FARE. A member of the Reproductive Medicine Group led by Carmen Williams, M.D., Ph.D., she determined that "Aberrant Uterine SIX1 Expression May Promote Uterine Adenocarcinoma Following Neonatal Xenoestrogen Exposure." Suen won best oral presentation at this year's meeting of the Triangle Consortium for Reproductive Biology.

Seddon Y. Thomas, Ph.D.

Seddon Thomas, Ph.D., received a FARE for her work, "Dendritic and Epithelial Cell Crosstalk in the Lung: The Impact of Cell-specific MyD88 Expression on Chromatin Accessibility in Dendritic Cells and Consequent Immune Responses to Allergens." She is a member of the Immunogenetics Group headed by Don Cook, Ph.D. Thomas also won a best poster award at the 2012 NIEHS Science Day competition.

Pengyi Yang, Ph.D.

Pengyi Yang, Ph.D., the second winner from Jothi's System Biology group, was recognized for his study, "Reconstruction of Signaling Networks From Time-series Phosphoproteomics Data."

Xiaofeng Zheng

Xiaofeng Zheng, Ph.D., received his second FARE for the study, "Cnot3 Maintains the Pluripotent State in Early Embryos and Embryonic Stem Cells." He was mentored by Guang Hu, Ph.D., head of the Stem Cell Biology Group.

FARE 2015 Winners

Margaret A. Adgent, Ph.D.

Margaret Adgent, Ph.D., is a member of the Pediatric Epidemiology Group, headed by Walter Rogan, M.D., and author of "Urinary triclosan and enterolactone: a cross sectional study of environmental influence on gut microbiome function."

Georgia M. Alexander, Ph.D.

Georgia Alexander, Ph.D., authored "Neuronal activity in hippocampal area CA2 during spatial processing." She is a member of the Synaptic and Developmental Plasticity Group, headed by Serena Dudek, Ph.D.

Qing Chen

Qing Cheng, Ph.D., a member of the Ion Channel Physiology Group, headed by Jerrel Yakel, Ph.D., was recognized for "Activation of a7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors increased intracellular cAMP levels in cultured hippocampal neurons."

Senthilkumar Cinghu, Ph.D.

Senthilkumar Cinghu, Ph.D., was honored for "Nucleolin regulates the homeostatic balance between self-renewal and differentiation in embryonic stem cells." He is a member of the Systems Biology Group headed by Raja Jothi, Ph.D.

Quaker Harmon

Quaker Harmon, M.D., Ph.D., was recognized for "Risk of fetal death with preeclampsia." She is a member of the Reproductive Epidemiology Group, headed by Allen Wilcox, M.D., Ph.D.

Mallikarjuna Metukuri

Mallikarjuna Metukuri, Ph.D., is a member of the Metabolism, Genes, and Environment Group, headed by Xiaoling Li, Ph.D. He is the author of "Deletion of intestinal SIRT1 activates Paneth cells, enhances intestinal inflammation, and alters gut microbiota."

Thuy-Ai Nguyen, Ph.D.

Thuy-Ai Nguyen, Ph.D., a member of the Chromosome Stability Group, headed by Dr. Michael Resnick, was recognized for her study, "The p53 protein interactome is also a p53-regulated cistrome."

Barbara Nicol, Ph.D.

Barbara Nicol, Ph.D., is a member of the Reproductive Developmental Biology Group, headed by Humphrey Yao, Ph.D. She authored "Uncovering new paradigm in testis differentiation using mouse genetic models."

Andrew Oldfield, Ph.D.

Andrew Oldfield, Ph.D., was recognized for "NF-Y specifies cell identity by promoting chromatin accessibility for master transcription factors at active enhancers." He is also a member of Dr. Raja Jothi's Systems Biology Group.

Matthew Quinn

Matthew Quinn, Ph.D., is part of the Molecular Endocrinology Group, headed by John Cidlowski, Ph.D. He authored "Imbalance of endogenous glucocorticoids and estrogen leads to the development of autoimmune hepatitis-like symptoms in mice."

Sivapriya Ramamoorthy, Ph.D.

Sivapriya Ramamoorthy, Ph.D., was recognized for her gene expression study, "Glucocorticoid receptor isoform knock-in mice have unique responses to glucocorticoids." She is also a member of the Molecular Endocrinology Group headed by John Cidlowski, Ph.D.

Portrait of Deirdre Robinson

Deirdre Robinson authored "Assessing early developmental and pubertal effects in CD-1 mice following in utero exposure to bisphenol (BP) analogs." She is a member of the NTP Laboratory Reproductive Endocrinology Group, headed by Suzanne Fenton, Ph.D.

Natasha Steinckwich-Besancon, Ph.D.

Natasha Steinckwich-Besancon, Ph.D., is a member of the Calcium Regulation Group, headed by James Putney, Ph.D. She was recognized for "Role of the calcium sensor protein, STIM1, in neutrophil chemotaxis and infiltration into psoriatic inflamed skin."

Percy P. Tumbale, Ph.D.

Percy P. Tumbale, Ph.D., is author of "Molecular mechanism of the aprataxin-linked neurodegenerative disorder ataxia with oculomotor apraxia type 1 (AOA1)." She is a member of the Genome Stability Structural Biology Group, headed by Scott Williams, Ph.D.

Erica Ungewitter, Ph.D.

Erica K. Ungewitter, Ph.D., recognized for her study, "Gli-similar 3 is a master regulator of retrotransposon silencing in male fetal germ cells." She is also a member of the Reproductive Developmental Biology Group headed by Humphrey Yao, Ph.D.

Qingshan Wang, Ph.D.

Qingshan Wang, M.D., a member of the Neuropharmacology Group headed by Jau-Shyong Hong, Ph.D., is author of "Ultra-low dose of diphenyleneiodonium attenuates progressive dopaminergic neurodegeneration and motor deficits in multiple rodent Parkinson's disease models."

Pengyi Yang, Ph.D.

Pengyi Yang, Ph.D., is also part of Systems Biology Group headed by Raja Jothi, Ph.D. He was recognized for "Master transcription factors establish cell type-specific transcription attenuators for rheostat control of gene expression."

FARE 2014 Winners

Christopher R. Campos, Ph.D.

Christopher Campos, Ph.D., authored "Transient barrier disruption increases transport function at the blood-brain barrier." He is a member of the Intracellular Regulation Group, headed by David Miller, Ph.D.

Senthilkumar Cinghu, Ph.D.

Senthilkumar Cinghu, Ph.D. was recognized for "Meta-analysis identifies key determinants of embryonic stem cell identity and homeostasis." He is a member of the Systems Biology Group, headed by Raja Jothi, Ph.D.

Huaixin Dang, Ph.D.

Huaixin Dang, Ph.D., a member of the Cell Biology Group, headed by Anton Jetten, Ph.D., was recognized for "TAK1/TR4 regulates cold induced thermogenesis by inhibiting CREB-PGC1a pathway."

Neal A. Englert

Neal Englert, Ph.D. was recognized for "Epigenetic Modification of Histone (H3) and CYP2C9 Regulation: Involvement of Med25 as the Key Regulator. His mentor is Joyce Goldstein, Ph.D.

Bret Freudenthal, Ph.D.

Bret Freudenthal, Ph.D., was recognized for "The Polymerase Reaction Exposed: Observing a DNA Polymerase Choose Right from Wrong." He is a member of the DNA Repair & Nucleic Acid Enzymology Group, headed by Samuel Wilson,M.D.

George Fromm, Ph.D.

George Fromm, Ph.D., is a member of the Transcriptional Responses to the Environment Group, headed by Karen Adelman, Ph.D. He is the author of "Pausing of RNA Polymerase II Regulates Mammalian Developmental Potential."

Bonnie R. Joubert, Ph.D.

Bonnie Joubert, Ph.D., a member of the Genetics, Environment & Respiratory Disease Group, headed by Stephanie London, M.D., Dr.P.H., was recognized for her study, "Maternal smoking and DNA methylation in newborns: An in utero effect or epigenetic inheritance?"

Mahita Kadmiel, Ph.D.

Mahita Kadmiel, Ph.D., is a member of the Molecular Endocrinology Group, headed by John Cidlowski, Ph.D.. She authored "Glucocorticoid receptor action at the interface with the environment."

Nevzat Karzgan, Ph.D.

Nevzat Kazgan, Ph.D., was recognized for "Intestine-specific deletion of SIRT1 alters systemic lipid and bile acid homeostasis in mice." He is also a member of Dr. Xiaoling Li's Metabolism, Genes, and Environment Group.

YuanYuan Li

YuanYuan Li, Ph.D., is part of the Molecular Endocrinology Group, headed by Leping Li, Ph.D. She authored "T-KDE: A method for analyzing genome-wide protein binding patterns from ChIP-seq data."

Kristin Lichti-Kaiser, Ph.D.

Kristin Lichti-Kaiser, Ph.D., was recognized for her study, "Transcription Factor Glis3 Plays a Critical Role in the Development of Functional Pancreatic betacells and Diabetes." She is also a member of the Cell Biology Group headed by Anton Jetten, Ph.D.

Ngome Makia

Ngome Makia, Ph.D., authored "Activator Protein 1 Regulation of Human CYP2C9 Expression by Electrophilic Stress Involves MAPK Activation and DNA Looping." He is a member of the Human Metabolism Group, headed by Joyce Goldstein, Ph.D.

Stela Palii, Ph.D.

Stela Palii, Ph.D., is a member of the Environmental Stress and Cancer Group, headed by Richard Paules, Ph.D. She was recognized for "Combined disruption of ATM and CHK1 functionalities reveals redundancies in the DNA damage response pathways and results in synthetic growth inhibition following gamma-irradiation."

Sabrina E. Robertson, Ph.D.

Sabrina Robertson, Ph.D., is author of "Developmental origins of central norepinephrine neuron diversity." She is a member of the Developmental Neurobiology Group, headed by Patricia Jensen, Ph.D.

Lindsay Smith

Lindsay Smith, Ph.D., recognized for her study, "Glucocorticoid Receptor Regulation of P-glycoprotein at the Blood-Brain and Blood-Spinal Cord Barriers." She is also a member of the Intracellular Regulation Group headed by David Miller, Ph.D.

Erica Ungewitter, Ph.D.

Erica Ungewitter, Ph.D., a member of the Reproductive Developmental Biology Group headed by Humphrey Yao, Ph.D., is author of "GLI-similar 3 Maintains Sexually Dimorphic Germ Cell Development in Mouse Embryos."

Qingshan Wang, Ph.D.

Qingshan Wang, M.D., a member of the Neuropharmacology Group headed by Jau-Shyong Hong, Ph.D., is author of "Endogenous substance P regulates microglial density in substantia nigra through neurokinin-1 receptor/NADPH oxidase axismediated chemotaxis."

Jeremy Weaver, Ph.D.

Jeremy Weaver, Ph.D., is part of Systems Biology Group headed by Stephen Shears, Ph.D. He was recognized for "Kinetic evaluation of an inositol pyrophosphate kinase reveals its signaling credentials." 

Gary T. ZeRuth, Ph.D.

Gary ZeRuth, Ph.D., is part of Cell Biology Group headed by Anton Jetton, Ph.D. He was recognized for "The Krppel-like protein Gli-similar 3 (Glis3) functions as a key regulator of insulin transcription."

FARE 2013 Winners

Kin Chan, Ph.D.

Kin Chan, Ph.D., authored "A reporter system for identifying mutagens acting preferentially on single-strand DNA." He is a member of the Mechanisms of Genome Dynamics Group, headed by Dmitry Gordenin, Ph.D.

Georgette Charles

Georgette Charles, Ph.D., was recognized for "Regulation of APA site choice in the maintenance of ES cells." She is a member of the Stem Cell Biology Group, headed by Guang Hu, Ph.D.

Tracy M. Clement, Ph.D.

Tracy Clement, Ph.D., a member of the Gamete Biology Group, headed by Mitch Eddy, Ph.D., was recognized for "Testis expressed actin-like 7b (Actl7b) is required for mouse spermatid morphogenesis and male fertility."

Jacqueline de Marchena, Ph.D.

Jacqueline de Marchena Powell, Ph.D., was recognized for "A novel approach to isolate the function of the galanergic subpopulation of the locus coeruleus. Her mentor is Patricia Jensen, Ph.D.

Swati Ghosh, Ph.D.

Swati Ghosh, Ph.D., was recognized for "An integrated approach reveals that Tet1 maintains mouse embryonic stem cell identity partly by regulating LIF dependent Stat3-mediated gene activation." She is a member of the System Biology Group, headed by Raja Jothi, Ph.D.

Zhenglin Gu, Ph.D.

Zhenglin Gu, Ph.D., is a member of the Ion Channel Physiology Group, headed by Jerrel Yakel, Ph.D. He is the author of "Cholinergic coordination of pre- and postsynaptic activity induces time-dependent hippocampal synaptic plasticity."

Brant Hamel, Ph.D.

Brant Hamel, Ph.D., a member of the Molecular Endocrinology Group, headed by John Cidlowski, Ph.D., was recognized for his study, "The N-terminus of the glucocorticoid receptor regulates its nucleocytoplasmic localization"

Bonnie R. Joubert, Ph.D.

Bonnie Joubert, Ph.D., a member of the Genetics, Environment & Respiratory Disease Group, headed by Stephanie London, M.D., Dr.P.H., was recognized for her study, "Epigenome-wide association study identifies DNA methylation differences in cord blood related to in utero tobacco smoke exposure."

Fumin Lin, Ph.D.

Fumin Lin, Ph.D., is a member of the Cell Biology Group, headed by Anton Jetten, Ph.D. He authored "Role of GLIS3 in the generation of pancreatic beta cells from ES and iPS cells."

Julie Lowe, Ph.D.

Julie Lowe, Ph.D., was recognized for "An unexpected role for p53 in NF-kappaB-mediated inflammatory response." She is also a member of Dr. Michael Resnick's Chromosome Stability Group.

Steven Roberts, Ph.D.

Steven Roberts, Ph.D., is part of the Mechanisms of Genome Dynamics Group, headed by Dmitry Gordenin, Ph.D. He authored "A permanent record of transient hyper-mutation associated with single-strand DNA in human cancers."

Maria Shatz

Maria Shatz, Ph.D., was recognized for her study, "p53 cooperates with MAP kinase and NFkB signal transduction pathways to potentiate human immune/inflammatory response." She is also a member of the Chromosome Stability Group headed by Michael Resnick, Ph.D.

Lindsay Smith

Lindsay Smith, Ph.D. authored "Glucocorticoid Receptor Regulation of P-glycoprotein at the Blood-Brain Barrier." She is a member of the Intracellular Regulation Group, headed by David Miller, Ph.D.

Dan Su, Ph.D.

Dan Su, Ph.D., is a member of the Environmental Genomics Group, headed by Douglas Bell, Ph.D. She was recognized for "Chromatin state primes stress specific p53-regulated gene responses."

Darshini Trivedi, Ph.D.

Darshini Trivedi, Ph.D., is author of "The deficiency of beta-arrestin2 attenuates abdominal aortic aneurysm formation in mice." She is a member of the Metabolism & Molecular Mechanisms Group, headed by Robert Langenbach, Ph.D.

Kirsten Verhein, Ph.D.

Kirsten Verhein, Ph.D., recognized for her study, "Differential susceptibility to ozone-induced lung inflammation maps to mouse chromosome 17: Role of Notch receptors." She is also a member of the Environmental Genetics Group headed by Steven Kleeberger, Ph.D.

Staton Wade, Ph.D.

Staton Wade, Ph.D., a member of the Chromatin & Gene Expression Group headed by Trevor Archer, Ph.D., is author of "MicroRNA-mediated regulation of the BRG1 chromatin remodeling complex underlies the balance between pluripotency and differentiation in human embryonic stem cells."

Qingshan Wang, Ph.D.

Qingshan Wang, M.D., a member of the Neuropharmacology Group headed by Jau-Shyong Hong, Ph.D., is author of "Endogenous substance P regulates microglial density in substantia nigra through neurokinin-1 receptor/NADPH oxidase axismediated chemotaxis."

Xiaofeng Zheng, Ph.D.

Xiaofeng Zheng, Ph.D., is part of Systems Biology Group headed by Guang Hu, Ph.D. He was recognized for "Identification of a novel component of the self-renewal circuitry conserved in mouse and human ES cells."

FARE 2012 Winners

Joseph Burgents

Joseph Burgents, Ph.D., authored "CD103+ and CD11b+ pulmonary dendritic cells display distinct migratory properties during steady-state and following allergic sensitization." He is a member of the Immunogenetics Group, headed by Donald Cook, Ph.D.

Nisha A. Cavanaugh, Ph.D.

Nisha Cavanaugh, Ph.D., was recognized for "New Insights into Ribonucleotide Discrimination by DNA Polymerase Beta." She is a member of the DNA Repair & Nucleic Acid Enzymology Group, headed by Samuel Wilson, M.D.

Xiaoging Chang, Ph.D.

Xiaoqing Chang, Ph.D., a member of the NTP Biomolecular Screening Branch, headed by Ray Tice, Ph.D., was recognized for "A Physiologically Based Pharmacokinetic Model of Micro and Nano Sized Fluorescent Polystyrene Spheres in Rats."

Saurabh Chatterjee, Ph.D.

Saurabh Chatterjee, Ph.D., was recognized for "Leptin signaling synergizes environmental bromodichloromethane exposure-induced post translational protein oxidations, antigen presentation and exacerbation of steatohepatitis of obesity. His mentor is Ronald Mason, Ph.D.

Saiful M. Chowdhury, Ph.D.

Saiful Chowdhury, Ph.D., was recognized for "Proteomic analysis of lipid rafts from ATP Binding Cassette Transporter A1-deficient macrophages reveals novel regulatory events in the innate immune response." He is a member of the Clinical Investigation of Host Defense Group, headed by Michael Fessler, M.D.

Johannes M. Freudenberg, Ph.D.

Johannes M. Freudenberg, Ph.D., is a member of the System Biology Group, headed by Raja Jothi, Ph.D. He is the author of "A meta-analysis reveals novel regulators required for mouse embryonic stem cell self-renewal."

Huiming Gao, Ph.D.

Huiming Gao, M.D., Ph.D., a member of the Neuropharmacology Group, headed by Jau-Shyong Hong, Ph.D., was recognized for her study, "HMGB1 (high-mobility group box 1) acts on microglia Mac1 (macrophage antigen complex 1) to mediate chronic neuroinflammation that drives progressive neurodegeneration."

Jill E. Hesse, Ph.D.

Jill Hesse, Ph.D., a member of the Environmental Stress and Cancer Group, headed by Richard Paules, Ph.D., was recognized for her study, "Identification and Discovery of DNA Damage-Induced microRNA Expression Changes by Microarray and Next-Generation Sequencing in Wild-Type and ATM-Deficient Human Mammary Epithelial Cells."

Anne Lai, Ph.D.

Anne Lai, Ph.D., is a member of the Eukaryotic Transcriptional Regulation Group, headed by Paul Wade, Ph.D.. She authored "DNA methylation primes the memory B cell epigenome for plasma cell differentiation."

Hong Li, Ph.D.

Hong Li, M.D., was recognized for "Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) Negatively Regulates IL-9+/CD4+ T cells (Th9) Differentiation during Allergic Lung Inflammation through down-regulation of IL-17RB." He is a member of Dr. Darryl Zeldin's Environmental Cardiopulmonary Disease Group.

Kristin Lichti-Kaiser, Ph.D.

Kristin Lichti-Kaiser, Ph.D., is part of the Cell Biology Group, headed by Anton Jetten, Ph.D. She authored "The Role of Glis3 in the Development of Functional Pancreatic Beta-cells and Diabetes."

Narlikar, Leelavati

Leelavati Narlikar, Ph.D., was recognized for her study, "Genome-wide characterization of CTCF's role as an enhancer-blocker." She is also a member of the System Biology Group headed by Raja Jothi, Ph.D.

Kosuke Saito, Ph.D

Kosuke Saito, Ph.D., authored "The role of the potassium channel KCNK1 in the sexual dimorphic centrilobular hypertrophy induced by phenobarbital in mouse liver." He is a member of the Pharmacogenetics Group, headed by Masahiko Negishi, Ph.D.

Yukimasa Takeda, Ph.D.

Yukimasa Takeda, Ph.D., is a member of the Cell Biology Group, headed by Anton Jetten, Ph.D.. He was recognized for "Retinoic acid-related orphan receptor gamma, RORgamma, coordinates the circadian regulation of energy homeostasis through the control of hepatic lipid and glucose metabolism."

Percy P. Tumbale, Ph.D.

Percy Tumbale, Ph.D., is author of "Structural Basis of DNA Ligase Proofreading by Aprataxin with insights into AOA1 Neurodegenerative Disease." She is a member of the Genome Stability Structural Biology Group, headed by Scott Williams, Ph.D.

Kirsten Verhein, Ph.D.

Kirsten Verhein, Ph.D., recognized for her study, "Candidate susceptibility genes in a murine model of RSV-induced bronchiolitis." She is also a member of the Environmental Genetics Group headed by Steven Kleeberger, Ph.D.

Huanchen Wang, Ph.D.

Huanchen Wang, Ph.D., a member of the Inositol Signaling Group headed by Stephen Shears, Ph.D., is author of "Substrate Specificity and Catalysis Mechanism of Inositol Pyrophosphate Kinase."

Xueqian (Shirley) Wang, Ph.D.

Xueqian (Shirley) Wang, M.D., a member of the Intracellular Regulation Group headed by David Miller, Ph.D., is author of "Nuclear Factor E2-Related Factor-2 (Nrf2) Regulates P-glycoprotein Expression at the Blood-Brain Barrier (BBB) by Acting Through p38 MAP Kinase."

Wipawee Winuthayanon, Ph.D.

Wipawee (Joy) Winuthayanon, Ph.D., is part of Receptor Biology Group headed by Kenneth Korach, Ph.D. She was recognized for "Role of epithelial estrogen receptor alpha in the oviduct during fertilization and embryo development."

Mengyuan (Tracy) Xu

Mengyuan (Tracy) Xu, Ph.D., is mentored by Leping Li, Ph.D.. She was recognized for "coMOTIF: A Mixture Framework for Identifying Transcription Factor and a Co-regulator Motifs in ChIP-seq Data."

Zhengyu Yin

Zhengyu Yin, Ph.D., is part of the Cell Biology Group headed by Anton Jetten, Ph.D. He was recognized for "RAP80 Plays a Critical Role in Maintaining Genomic Stability and Tumor Suppressing."

FARE 2011 Winners

Amy Abdulovic

Amy Abdulovic, Ph.D., authored "Mechanisms of Mutagenesis in vivo due to Imbalanced dNTP Pools." She is a member of the DNA Replication Fidelity Group, headed by Tom Kunkel, Ph.D.

Jim Aloor, Ph.D.

Jim Aloor, Ph.D., was recognized for "Leucine Rich Repeats and Calponin Homology Containing Protein 4 (Lrch4), a New Regulator of Lipopolysaccharide Signaling." He is a member of the Host Defense Group, headed by Mike Fessler, M.D.

Amy Beckley, Ph.D.

Amy Beckley, Ph.D., a member of the Molecular Endocrinology Group, headed by John Cidlowski, Ph.D., was recognized for "Stress-activated, Hormone-independent Glucocorticoid Receptor Phosphorylation at Serine 134 Preconditions Cells and Alters Their Transcriptional Response to Glucocorticoid Hormones."

Saurabh Chatterjee, Ph.D.

Saurabh Chatterjee, Ph.D., was recognized for "Leptin-redox Stress Synergy Exacerbates Steatohepatitis of Obesity in Environmental Carbon Tetrachloride (CCL4) Exposure." He is a member of the Free Radical Metabolism Group headed by Ron Mason, Ph.D.

Alejandro Colaneri, Ph.D.

Alejandro Colaneri, Ph.D., was recognized for "A New Perspective on the Mammalian Genome Bimodal Methylation Pattern." He is a member of the Transmembrane Signaling Group, headed by Lutz Birnbaumer, Ph.D.

Huaixin Dang, Ph.D.

Huaixin Dang, Ph.D., is a member of the Cell Biology Group, headed by Anton Jetten, Ph.D. She is the author of "The Nuclear Orphan Receptor TAK1/TR4 Plays a Critical Role in the Development of Obesity, Insulin Resistance, and Inflammation."

David Draper

David Draper, Ph.D., a member of the Host Defense Group, headed by Mike Fessler, M.D., was recognized for his study, "The Cholesterol Transporter ATP Binding Cassette G1 Regulates Adaptive Immunity in the Lung."

Rajesh Kasiviswanathan, Ph.D.

Rajesh Kasiviswanathan, Ph.D., a member of the Mitochondrial DNA Replication Group, headed by Bill Copeland, Ph.D., was recognized for his study, "Translesion Synthesis Past Acrolein-derived DNA Adduct, Gamma-hydroxypropano-deoxyguanosine, by the Human Mitochondrial DNA Polymerase Gamma."

Erica Lannan

Erica Lannan, Ph.D., is a member of the Molecular Endocrinology Group, headed by John Cidlowski, Ph.D.. She authored "Identification of a Novel Synergistic Gene Regulation Between Glucocorticoid and Cytokine Signaling."

Hideki Nakano, Ph.D.

Hideki Nakano, Ph.D., was recognized for "Lung Resident CD103+ Dendritic Cells Selectively Prime Th2 Responses to Inhaled Antigens." He is a member of Dr. Don Cook's Immunogenetics Group.

Sergei Nechaev, Ph.D.

Sergei Nechaev, Ph.D., is part of the Transcriptional Responses to the Environment Group, headed by Karen Adelman, Ph.D.. He authored "Distribution and Dynamics of Promoter-proximal RNA Polymerase II Stalling Based on Global Sequencing of Short RNAs."

Jennifer Nichols

Jennifer Nichols, B.S., was recognized for her study, "Identifying Candidate Susceptibility Genes in a Murine Model of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia." She is also a member of the Environmental Genetics Group headed by Steve Kleeberger, Ph.D.

Javier Revollo, Ph.D.

Javier Revollo, Ph.D., authored "Derepression of Gene Expression by the Glucocorticoid Receptor: Silencing of Hes1 is Necessary for the Glucocorticoid Receptor." He is a member of the Molecular Endocrinology Group, headed by John Cidlowski, Ph.D.

Ramendra Saha, Ph.D.

Ramendra Saha, Ph.D., is a member of the Synaptic and Developmental Plasticity Group, headed by Serena Dudek, Ph.D.. He was recognized for "Promoter Proximal RNA Polymerase II Stalling May Determine Temporal Expression Kinetics of Neuronal Immediate Early Genes."

Stephen Simons

Stephen Simons, Ph.D., is author of "A Novel Mechanism for Caffeine-induced Cognitive Enhancement." He is a member of the Synaptic and Developmental Plasticity Group, headed by Serena Dudek, Ph.D.

Lindsay Smith

Lindsay Smith, Ph.D., was recognized for her study, "Dysregulation of microRNA Expression and Processing During Glucocorticoid-induced Apoptosis of Lymphocytes." She is also a member of the Molecular Endocrinology Group headed by John Cidlowski, Ph.D.

Jana Stone

Jana Stone, Ph.D., a member of the DNA Replication Fidelity Group headed by Tom Kunkel, Ph.D., is author of "DNA Polymerase Zeta Can Bypass UV Photoproducts Without Assistance from Another Polymerase."

Xueqian (Shirley) Wang, Ph.D.

Xueqian (Shirley) Wang, M.D., a member of the Intracellular Regulation Group headed by David Miller, Ph.D., is author of "Activating PKCbeta1 at the Blood- Brain Barrier (BBB) Reverses Induction of P-glycoprotein (Pgp) Activity by AhR and Restores Drug Delivery to the CNS."

Rhonda Wilson, Ph.D.

Rhonda Wilson, Ph.D., is part of the cImmunogenetics Group headed by Don Cook, Ph.D. She was recognized for "Reversible Suppression of Ongoing Th2 and Th17 Responses in the Lung by ICOS - ICOS-ligand Interactions."

Sailu Yellaboina, Ph.D.

Sailu Yellaboina, Ph.D., is mentored by Raja Jothi, Ph.D. in the Biostatistics Branch. He was recognized for "Computational Prediction and Experimental Validation of Novel Genes Essential for Embryonic Stem Cell Maintenance and Self- renewal."

Gary T. ZeRuth, Ph.D.

Gary ZeRuth, Ph.D., is part of the Cell Biology Group headed by Anton Jetten, Ph.D. He was recognized for "Suppressor of Fused Interacts with Gli-similar 3 (Glis3), Inhibits Glis3 Activation of Insulin, and Protects Glis3 Against Speckle Type POZ Protein/Cullin 3-mediated Degradation."

FARE 2010 Winners

Jim Aloor, Ph.D.

Jim Aloor, Ph.D. was recognized for "HIV-1 envelope protein gp41 triggers pro-inflammatory responses in the macrophage through toll like receptors-2 and -4 and their adaptors." He is a member of the Host Defense Group, headed by Mike Fessler, M.D.

Omari Bandele

Omari Bandele, Ph.D., a member of the Environmental Genomics Group, headed by Douglas Bell, Ph.D., was recognized for "Single nucleotide polymorphisms alter sequence-specific p53-DNA binding to gene regulatory elements."

Abee Boyles, Ph.D.

Abee Boyles, Ph.D., was recognized for "Maternal alcohol consumption and infant clefts: the role of alcohol metabolism gene variants." She is a member of the Reproductive Epidemiology Group headed by Allen J. Wilcox, M.D., Ph.D.

Ryan Dackor

Ryan Dackor, Ph.D., was recognized for "Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) protects murine lungs from bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis and lung dysfunction." He is a member of the Environmental Cardiopulmonary Disease Group, headed by Darryl C. Zeldin, M.D.

David Draper

David Draper, Ph.D., a member of the Host Defense Group, headed by Mike Fessler, M.D., was recognized for his study, "ABCG1 is a Negative Regulator of Pulmonary Host Defense."

Dana B. Hancock, Ph.D.

Dana Hancock, Ph.D., is a member of the Genetics, Environment and Respiratory Disease Group, headed by Stephanie London, M.D., Dr.P.H. She is the author of "Chromosome 9q21.31 as a novel susceptibility locus for childhood asthma: evidence from a genome-wide association study in Mexicans."

Andrew Kraft

Andrew Kraft, Ph.D., a member of the Neurotoxicology Group, headed by Jean Harry, Ph.D., was recognized for his study, "The neurites of striatal neurons expressing mutant huntingtin protein are sites of microglial association and proliferation, which facilitates the progression of degenerative phenotypes."

Erica Lannan

Erica Lannan, Ph.D., is a member of the Molecular Endocrinology Group, headed by John Cidlowski, Ph.D.. She authored "Identification and Classification of Inflammatory Genes Co-regulated by Dexamethasone and TNF-Alpha."

Andreas Larrea

Andreas Larrea, Ph.D., was recognized for "Scrunching during DNA replication." He is a member of Dr. Thomas Kunkel's DNA Replication Fidelity Group.

Hideki Nakano, Ph.D.

Hideki Nakano, Ph.D., is part of the Immunogenetics Group, headed by Don Cook, Ph.D.. He authored "The impact of surface ALDH1a2 on pulmonary dendritic cells for generation of regulatory T cells leading to immunotolerance to inhaled antigens."

Aparna Purushotham

Aparna Purushotham, Ph.D., was recognized for her study, "Hepatocytespecific deletion of SIRT1 alters fatty acid metabolism and results in hepatic steatosis and inflammation." She is also a member of the Metabolism, Genes, and Environment Group headed by Xiaolin Li, Ph.D.

Li Qian, Ph.D.

Li Qian, Ph.D., authored "Potent neuroprotective effects of long-acting beta2-adrenergic receptor agonists: a potential new therapeutic indication through a novel mechanism." She is a member of the Neuropharmacology Group, headed by JauShyong Hong, Ph.D.

Ritu Rana, Ph.D.

Ritu Rana, Ph.D.,is author of "Mediator 25 (Med25) functions as an essential coactivator for HNF4alpha and recruits RNA Pol II to initiate the human CYP2C9 gene expression." She is a member of the Human Metabolism Group, headed by Serena Dudek, Ph.D.

Rongqin Ren

Rongqin Ren, Ph.D., was recognized for her study, "Mechanisms of glucocorticoid dependent cardiac hypertrophy." She is also a member of the Molecular Endocrinology Group headed by John Cidlowski, Ph.D.

Ramendra Saha, Ph.D.

Ramendra Saha, Ph.D., is a member of the Synaptic and Developmental Plasticity Group, headed by Serena Dudek, Ph.D.. He was recognized for "Rapid induction of neuronal arc is mediated by a promoter proximal RNA polymerase-II stalling mechanism."

Thaddeus Schug, Ph.D.

Thaddeus Schug, Ph.D., is author of "SIRT1 regulates NF-kB-dependent transcription and attenuates macrophage-mediated inflammation." He is a member of the Metabolism, Genes, and Environment Group, headed by Xiaoling Li, Ph.D.

Jeremy Smyth

Jeremy Smyth, Ph.D., recognized for his study, "Phosphorylation of the endoplasmic reticulum calcium sensor STIM1 underlies suppression of store-operated calcium entry during mitosis." He is also a member of the Calcium Regulation Group headed by James W. Putney Jr, Ph.D.

Jeffrey Stumpf, Ph.D.

Jeffrey Stumpf, Ph.D., a member of the Mitochondrial DNA Replication Group headed by William Copeland, Ph.D., is author of "Yeast homologues of eighteen disease mutations in DNA Polymerase Gamma cause mtDNA depletion and mutagenesis."

Jeffrey Sunman

Jeffrey Sunman, Ph.D., is part of Immunogenetics Group headed by Don Cook, Ph.D. He was recognized for "The hemopexin domain of matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) induces a pro-migratory phenotype in human melanoma cells independent of MMP-9 catalytic activity."

Xueqian (Shirley) Wang, Ph.D.

Xueqian (Shirley) Wang, Ph.D., a member of the Intracellular Regulation Group headed by David Miller, Ph.D., is author of "The aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) regulates P-glycoprotein at the blood-brain barrier (BBB)."