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NIEHS Fellow Grant Winners

Fellows' Career Development

NIEHS Fellow Grant Winners

Fellows' Career Development

Ramendra Saha, Ph.D and  Serena Dudek, Ph.D.
Melike Caglayan

Melike Caglayan, Ph.D., a visiting fellow in the Mechanisms of DNA Synthesis Group, headed by Samuel Wilson, M.D., won the coveted National Institutes of Health (NIH) Pathway to Independence Award, also known as the K99/R00 award.

Kin Chan, Ph.D.

Kin Chan, Ph.D., a member of the Chromosome Stability Group, headed by Michael Resnick, Ph.D., won an NIH Pathway to Independence Award, or K99/R00 grant from the NIEHS. He will continue to work on on studies aimed at understanding the molecular basis of mutations in cancer.

Tracy M. Clement, Ph.D.

Tracy Clement, Ph.D., a member of the Gamete Biology Group led by Mitch Eddy, Ph.D., won an NIH Pathway to Independence Award, or K99/R00 grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She studied the role of an actin-related protein (ARP) in spermatid development and male fertility.
NIEHS fellows set record for Pathway to Independence Awards

Amanda E Conway

Amanda Conway, Ph.D., an NIEHS Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) fellow, was selected for a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) Program fellowship from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). The program provides 3 years of funding for postdoctoral researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Conway’s term, which begins Oct. 1, will allow her to continue doing research at NIEHS under the mentorship of Raja Jothi, Ph.D., head of the Systems Biology Group.Conway’s term will allow her to continue doing research at NIEHS under the mentorship of Raja Jothi, Ph.D., head of the Systems Biology Group.

Bret Freudenthal, Ph.D.

Bret Freudenthal, Ph.D., a member of the DNA Repair and Nucleic Acid Enzymology Group, led by Samuel Wilson, M.D., won an NIH Pathway to Independence Award, or K99/R00 grant from the NIEHS. His research is on utilizing advanced macromolecular crystallography to study DNA polymerases in DNA repair.
Two more trainees enter their pathway to independence

Dr. Natalie Gassman

Natalie Gassman, Ph.D., a member of the DNA Repair and Nucleic Acid Enzymology Group, headed by Samuel Wilson, M.D., won the National Institutes of Health Pathway to Independence (PI) Award, also known as the K99/R00 program, to continue her studies on DNA damage and repair.
NIEHS postdocs awarded NIH K99 grants

Anne Marie Z. Jukic

Anne Marie Jukic, Ph.D., a member of the Reproductive Epidemiology Group led by Allen Wilcox, M.D., Ph.D., won an NIH Pathway to Independence Award, or K99/R00 grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Her research is on the effects of vitamin D on fertility and early development.
NIEHS fellows set record for Pathway to Independence Awards

Lee Langer

Lee Langer, Ph.D., won the prestigious Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) Program fellowship from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. The fellowship began Sept. 1, 2016. Langer will receive three years of financial support, and travel funds to further pursue his postdoctoral research in stem cell biology. He is a member of the Chromatin and Gene Expression Group headed by Trevor Archer, Ph.D.

Ramendra Saha, Ph.D.

Ramendra Saha, Ph.D., a member of the NIEHS Synaptic and Developmental Plasticity Group, headed by Serena Dudek, Ph.D., won the prestigious NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) from the National Institute of Mental Health. He is going to continue studying immediate early gene transcription induced by neuronal activity.
Hardworking postdoc receives prestigious Pathway to Independence Award

Shannon D. Whirledge, Ph.D.

Shannon Whirledge, Ph.D., a member of the Molecular Endocrinology Group, led by John Cidlowski, Ph.D., won the National Institutes of Health Pathway to Independence (PI) Award, also known as the K99/R00 program, to continue her study on the interaction between estrogens and glucocorticoids in the uterus. 
NIEHS postdocs awarded NIH K99 grants