Current Fellows

Current Fellowship Recipients

The 2016 Helen Hay Whitney Foundation fellowships have been granted to:

Tslil Ast, Ph.D. For training at the Broad Institute with Dr. Vamsi Mootha. Dissecting mitochondrial heterogeneity within the cell.

Pau Creixell, Ph.D. For training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Drs. Michael B. Yaffe and Rama Ranganathan. Comprehensive Characterization of Mutant Subclones Driving Oncogenic Transformation and Resistance to Therapy at Amino-Acid Level Resolution.

Kayvon P. Daie, Ph.D. For training at HHMI Janelia Farm Research Campus with Dr. Karel Svoboda. Probing network mechanisms underlying persistent activity in a short-term memory circuit.

Maria Ellen De Obaldia, Ph.D. For training at The Rockefeller University with Dr. Leslie Vosshall. Modeling mosquito attraction to human skin microbiota in mice.

Lihui Feng, Ph.D. For training at Washington University in St. Louis with Dr. Jeffrey Gordon. Characterizing the molecular mechanisms of gut microbiota development and its relevance to childhood undernutrition.

Kevin J. Forsberg, Ph.D. For training at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center with Dr. Harmit Malik. Revealing the Hidden World of CRISPR-Cas Antagonists.

Xiaojing J. Gao, Ph.D. For training at the California Institute of Technology with Dr. Michael Elowitz. Bottom-up analysis of Eph signaling in single cells and cell populations.

Andrew R. Gehrke, Ph.D. For training at Harvard University with Dr. Mansi Srivastava. The Regulatory Landscape of Whole-Body Regeneration.

Arielle D. Glatman Zaretsky, Ph.D. For training at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases with Dr. Yasmine Belkaid. Long term impact of infection on lymphatic function and repair.

Fatma Ezgi Hacisuleyman, Ph.D. For training at the University of California, San Francisco with Dr. Jonathan Weissman. Regulation of pioneering translation through ribosome localization.

Mark A. Herzik Jr., Ph.D. For training at the Scripps Research Institute with Dr. Gabriel Lander. Interrogating the Role of Mitochondrial Protein Import Pathways in Disease Progression.

Joshua H. Jennings, Ph.D. For training at Stanford University with Dr. Karl Deisseroth. A rapid brain-wide search for a neural clock of aging.

Ann Kennedy, Ph.D. For training at the California Institute of Technology with Dr. David Anderson. Dissecting the neural population code underlying social behaviors.

Chi Nguyen, Ph.D. For training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Dr. Cathy Drennan. Flipping the Anaerobic Switch: The Structural Characterization of the E. coli Fumarate-Nitrate-Reductase Regulator (FNR) and FNR Regulatory Complexes.

Tomas Pluskal, Ph.D. For training at the Whitehead Institute with Dr. Jing-Ke Weng. A multi-omics platform for exploring and exploiting plant chemodiversity.

Teniel S. Ramikie, Ph.D. For training at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School with Drs. Kerry Ressler and Vadim Bolshakov. Estrogenic Regulation of PAC1Rs and its Psychoprotective Effects on Fear Behavior.

Arpiar B. Saunders, Ph.D. For training at Harvard Medical School with Dr. Steve McCarroll. Deciphering adolescent brain development using high-throughput single-cell sequencing.

Jian Shu, Ph.D. For training at the Broad Institute with Dr. Eric Lander. Pluripotency: A precarious balance of different lineage specifying forces.

Grzegorz Sienski, Ph.D. For training at the Whitehead Institute with Dr. Susan Lindquist. Elucidating the Role of APOE4 in Dysfunctions Underlying Alzheimer’s Disease.

Lu Sun, Ph.D. For training at Stanford University with Dr. Ben Barres. Molecular and Genetic Decoding of the Organization Principle for Central Nervous System Glia.

Xuebing Wu, Ph.D. For training at Whitehead Institute with Dr. David Bartel. Genome-wide discovery of mRNAs with noncoding functions.

Xiaofei Yu, Ph.D. For training at The Rockefeller University with Dr. Jeffrey Friedman. Remotely controlled immunotherapy for obesity-associated insulin resistance.

Olena Zhulyn, Ph.D. For training at Stanford University with Dr. Maria Barna. Ribosomes in regeneration: rapid translational activation in wound healing and repair.

The 2015 Helen Hay Whitney Foundation fellowships have been granted to:

Michael E. Birnbaum, Ph.D. For training at Stanford University with Dr. Carla Shatz. Characterization and manipulation of the PirB-ABeta interaction, a novel pathway in Alzheimer’s Disease.

Emily Jordan Capra, Ph.D. For training at the California Institute of Technology with Dr. Michael Elowitz. Notch signaling from the bottom up: mapping directionality and specificity of intercellular signaling.

Colin C. Conine, Ph.D. For training at the University of Massachusetts Medical School – Worcester with Dr. Oliver Rando. The role of paternally-transmitted small RNAs in reprogramming preimplantation development.

Rachel A. Duffié, Ph.D. For training at Columbia University with Dr. Stavros Lomvardas. Regulatory Noncoding RNAs in the Olfactory Sensory Epithelium.

Ellen R. Edenberg, Ph.D. For training at the Whitehead Institute with Dr. David Sabatini. Tuning Translation to Environmental Changes.

Alexander P. Fields, Ph.D. For training at the University of California, San Francisco with Dr. Jonathan Weissman. Systematic search for protein moonlighting functions.

Andrew J.P. Fink, Ph.D. For training at Columbia University with Dr. Richard Axel. Innate and learned odor representations in olfactory cortical networks.

Hidehiko Inagaki, Ph.D. For training at the HHMI Janelia Farm Research Campus with Dr. Karel Svoboda. Neuronal mechanism of choice selective short term memory in the mouse premotor cortex.

Joseph G. Jardine, Ph.D. For training at the Scripps Research Institute with Dr. Dennis Burton. Guiding rational vaccine design by antibody repertoire analysis.

Chengcheng Jin, Ph.D. For training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Dr. Tyler Jacks. Dissecting the role of innate immunosurveillance in regulating pre-emergent tumor cells.

Vignesh Kasinath, Ph.D. For training at the University of California, Berkeley with Dr. Eva Nogales. Protein-RNA mediated epigenetic regulation of gene expression.

Aleksandar D. Kostic, Ph.D. For training at the Broad Institute with Dr. Ramnik Xavier. Identifying and characterizing gut microbial pathways and products that contribute to type 1 diabetes.

James A. Kraemer, Ph.D. For training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Dr. Michael Laub. Toxin-antitoxin systems coordinate the response to proteotoxic stress in E. coli.

Evgeny Kvon, Ph.D. For training at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory with Drs. Axel Visel and Len Pennacchio. Functional in vivo exploration of mammalian distant-acting enhancer-promoter interactions.

Ya-tang Li, Ph.D. For training at the California Institute of Technology with Dr. Markus Meister. Neural Circuit Dynamics in Superior Colliculus Underlying Innate Defensive Behaviors.

Yanxin Liu, Ph.D. For training at the University of California, San Francisco with Dr. David Agard. Molecular mechanism of client protein remodeling by the Hsp90 molecular chaperone.

Matthew R. Lovett-Barron, Ph.D. For training at Stanford University with Dr. Karl Deisseroth. Whole-brain neuromodulatory dynamics underlying internal state.

David B. Lyons, Ph.D. For training at the University of California, Berkeley with Dr. Daniel Zilberman. The Role of Histone H1 in the Regulation of Transposable Elements.

Maxim B. Prigozhin, Ph.D. For training at Stanford University with Dr. Steven Chu. Biogenesis of bacterial outer membrane vesicles.

Arthur Prindle, Ph.D. For training at the University of California, San Diego with Dr. Gurol Suel. Drug Resistance as a Collective Phenomenon.

Michal Rabani, Ph.D. For training at Harvard University with Dr. Alexander Schier. Post-transcriptional regulation during early development.

Mingxuan Sun, Ph.D. For training at the University of California, Berkeley with Dr. Carlos Bustamante. Structural Dynamics and Intersubunit Coordination of a Homomeric Ring ATPase.

Albert Tsao, Ph.D. For training at Stanford University with Dr. Mark Schnitzer. Probing the mechanisms for insight-based learning through continuous large-scale optical recordings.

Lamia A. Wahba, Ph.D. For training at Stanford University with Dr. Andrew Fire. Probing the Function and Evolution of piRNAs.

Fengzhu Xiong, Ph.D. For training at the Harvard University with Drs. Olivier Pouquie and L. Mahadevan. The physical, cellular and molecular mechanisms of symmetrical development.

The 2014 Helen Hay Whitney Foundation fellowships have been granted to:

Vinayak Agarwal, Ph.D. For training at the University of California, San Diego with Dr. Bradley S Moore. If halogens could kill – understanding bacterial synthesis of polyhalogenated human toxins.

Daniele Canzio, Ph.D. For training at Columbia University with Dr. Tom Maniatis. Mechanisms of Protocadherin pre-mRNA Splicing in the Mammalian Brain.

Mark P. Chao, M.D., Ph.D. For training at the Stanford University with Dr. Joseph Wu. Generation of induced pluripotent stem cells from myeloproliferative neoplasms for disease modeling and drug discovery.

Eleanor J. Clowney, Ph.D. For training at the Rockefeller University with Dr. Vanessa Ruta. Evolution of a neural circuit in Drosophila.

Christine M. Constantinople, Ph.D. For training at Princeton University with Dr. David Tank Carlos Brody. Imaging neural dynamics during working memory in behaving rats.

Steven DeLuca, Ph.D. For training at the Carnegie Institute of Washington with Dr. Allan Spradling. How does an organism defend itself from an invasion by a new transposable element?

Wulan Deng, Ph.D. For training at the Janelia Farm Research Campus, HHMI with Dr. Robert Singer. Direct Imaging of long-range enhancer-promoter interactions and transcription in live mammalian cells.

Yejin Eun, Ph.D. For training at Harvard University with Dr. Ethan Garner. Building a mechanistic model for regulation of cell wall growth rate in bacteria.

Christopher B. Ford, Ph.D. For training at the Broad Institute with Dr. Aviv Regev. Quantitative analysis of the evolution of C. albicans host-pathogen interactions.

Naomi Habib, Ph.D. For training at the Broad Institute with Dr. Feng Zhang. Elucidating the cell-type specific transcription of coding and non-coding RNAs following neural activity and learning, by single-nuclei RNA-seq.

Elliott J. Hagedorn, Ph.D. For training at Children’s Hospital, Boston with Dr. Leonard Zon. Intercellular Communication that Guides Homing and Niche Engraftment of Hematopoietic Stem Cells.

Nicholas T. Hertz, Ph.D. For training at the Rockefeller University with Dr. Marc Tessier-Lavigne. Identification and characterization of caspase substrates that regulate axon degeneration in development and disease.

Lishi Li, Ph.D. For training at the Rockefeller University with Dr. Elaine Fuchs. Exploring Crosstalk Between Skin Stem Cells and the Sensory Nervous System.

Tania J. Lupoli, Ph.D. For training at Weill Cornell Medical College, NY with Dr. Carl Nathan. Determining the molecular players involved in asymmetric division as a mechanism of oxidative stress resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

Nicholas A. Lyons, Ph.D. For training at Harvard Medical School with Dr. Roberto Kolter. Molecular Basis of Kin Discrimination in Bacillus subtilis.

Priyanka Narayan, Ph.D. For training at the Whitehead Institute with Dr. Susan Lindquist. Profiling the interactome of clusterin in neurodegeneration and cancer.

Candice E. Paulsen, Ph.D. For training at the University of California, San Francisco with Dr. David Julius. Uncovering the mechanism of TRPA1 activation by agonists.

Ho Sung Rhee, Ph.D. For training at Columbia University with Dr. Hynek Wichterle. ChIP-print: Genome-wide Mapping of Transcription Factor Interactions during Stem Cell to Motor Neuron Programming.

Jeremy M. Rock, Ph.D. For training at Harvard School of Public Health with Dr. Sarah Fortune Eric Rubin. The evolution of drug resistance in M. tuberculosis.

David M. Schneider, Ph.D. For training at Duke University with Dr. Richard Mooney. Neural circuit mechanisms for predicting the acoustic consequences of movement.

Nilesh Vaidya, Ph.D. For training at Princeton University with Dr. Cliff Brangwynne. FG/RGG mediated nucleolar assembly and its impact on the growth dynamics of C. elegans.

Amy M. Weeks, Ph.D. For training at the University of California, San Francisco with Dr. James Wells. Identification of membrane protein interaction partners via proximity-based enzymatic tagging.

Xin Xiong, Ph.D. For training at the University of California, San Francisco with Dr. Wendell Lim. Optogenetic manipulation of neuronal morphology: synthetic biology interrogation of neuronal morphogenesis and regeneration.

Shu Zhu, Ph.D. For training at Yale University with Dr. Richard Flavell. The functions of long noncoding RNAs in T helper 17 cell mediated autoimmunity.

Elizabeth Zuniga-Sanchez, Ph.D. For training at the University of California, Los Angeles with Dr. Stephen L. Zipursky. Synaptic Determinants of the Vertebrate Retina.

The 2013 Helen Hay Whitney Foundation fellowships have been granted to:

Cristian Boboila, Ph.D. For training at Columbia University with Dr. Richard Axel. Imparting behavioral specificity on cortical representations.

Lauren N. Booth, Ph.D. For training at Stanford University with Dr. Anne Brunet. The Diversification and Evolution of Longevity.

Margaret F. Carr, Ph.D. For training at Stanford University with Dr. Mark Schnitzer. Dynamics of hippocampal ensemble representations during the formation of long-term memories.

Teresa Davoli, Ph.D. For training at Harvard Medical School with Dr. Stephen Elledge. Genetic screening to identify vulnerabilities associated with cancer-related PI3K mutations.

Michel J. DuPage, Ph.D. For training at the University of California, San Francisco with Dr. Jeffrey Bluestone. Temporal dissection of Ezh2 activity in regulatory T cell plasticity and function.

Margaret S. Ebert, Ph.D. For training at The Rockefeller University with Dr. Cori Bargmann. Peptide Neuromodulators and the Evolution of Behavior.

Stephen N. Floor, Ph.D. For training at the University of California, Berkeley with Dr. Jennifer Doudna. Global analysis of the effect of 5 UTR regulatory elements on mammalian translation initiation.

Louise R. Giam, Ph.D. For training at Stanford University with Dr. Thomas Sudhof. Systematic High-throughput Screen to Understand the Roles of Transmembrane Protein Families in Neurons and to Quantify their Effects on Calcium Signaling Events.

Saher Sue Hammoud, Ph.D. For training at the University of Utah with Dr. David Jones. The role of retinoic acid in intestinal cell fating.

Zachary B.Hill, Ph.D. For training at the University of California, San Francisco with Dr. James Wells. Affinity-directed post-translational modification for identifying the protein targets of small-molecule drugs.

Weizhe Hong, Ph.D. For training at the California Institute of Technology with Dr. David Anderson. Functional Mapping of Neural Circuits Underlying Aggressive Behaviors.

Michael B. Lazarus, Ph.D. For training at the University of California, San Francisco with Dr. Kevan Shokat. Chemical tools to investigate alpha kinases.

Anna B. Loveland, Ph.D. For training at Brandeis University with Dr. Nikolaus Grigorieff and Dr. Melissa J. Moore. Single-particle electron cryo-microscopy reconstruction of  pre- and post-second step spliceosomes.

Juan L. Mendoza, Ph.D. For training at Stanford University with Dr. K. Christopher Garcia. Diversifying interferon functions through combinatorial and structural biology.

Joseph Andrew Miri, Ph.D. For training at Columbia University with Dr. Tom Jessell. The microcircuitry of motor cortical firing dynamics.

Amy Pandya-Jones, Ph.D. For training at the University of California, Los Angeles with Dr. Kathrin Plath. Mechanisms of epigenetic silencing of the X chromosome.

Anupam Patgiri, Ph.D. For training at The Rockefeller University with Dr. Tarun Kapoor. A Chemical Genetic Approach to Unravel Mechanisms of Ribosome Biogenesis.

Elena Piskounova, Ph.D. For training at the University of Texas, Southwestern with Dr. Sean Morrison. Role of Lyn Kinase signalling cascade in melanoma metastasis.

Vidhya Ramachandran, Ph.D. For training at the University of California, Berkeley with Dr. Andrew Dillin. Role of neuronal signaling in cell non-autonomous unfolded protein response.

Omri Wurtzel, Ph.D. For training at the Whitehead Institute with Dr. Peter Reddien. Unbiased discovery of regulators of planarian regeneration by massive RNAi screening.