Current Fellows

Current Fellowship Recipients

The 2018 Helen Hay Whitney Foundation fellowships have been granted to:

Lina Marcela Carmona, Ph.D. For training at Columbia University with Dr. Thomas Jessell. Molecular Signatures of Motor Cortical Diversity During Learning.

Rory T. Coleman, Ph.D. For training at The Rockefeller University with Dr. Vanessa Ruta. Evolutionary adaptation of a neurally encoded internal state in Drosophila.

Scott M. Coyle, Ph.D. For training at Stanford University with Dr. Manu Prakash. How cells flex: defining the molecular principles of centrin-based cellular contractile materials.

D’Juan T. Farmer, Ph.D. For training at the University of Southern California with Dr. Gage Crump. Tracing the origin of craniosynostosis to early defects in progenitor cell maintenance.

Longhua Guo, Ph.D. For training at the University of California, Los Angeles with Dr. Leonid Kruglyak. Quantitative genetic analysis of human health-related traits in sexual planarians.

Diane L. Haakonsen, Ph.D. For training at the University of California, Berkeley with Dr. Michael Rape. Formation and role of branched ubiquitin chains in protein quality control and neurodegeneration.

Leigh K. Harris, Ph.D. For training at the University of California, Berkeley with Dr. David Bilder. Mechanically driven coordination of proliferation in an intact 3D organ.

David M. Hershey, Ph.D. For training at the University of Chicago with Dr. Sean Crosson. Building the surface of a bacterial cell.

Stephen M. Hinshaw, Ph.D. For training at Harvard Medical School with Drs. Nikolaus Grigorieff and Stephen Harrison. Regulation of kinetochore assembly by the Ctf19 complex/CCAN.

Helen X. Hou, Ph.D. For training at Columbia University with Dr. Nathaniel Sawtell. Neural Principles of Distinguishing Self from Non-self.

Amanda J. Lea, Ph.D. For training at Princeton University with Dr. Joshua Akey. Evolutionary and functional genomics of the Turkana people: signatures of past selection and responses to modern urbanization.

Pengpeng Li, Ph.D. For training at Boston Children’s Hospital with Dr. Christopher Walsh. Mapping Human Brain Neurogenesis by Single-Cell Combined DNA&RNA Analysis.

Huaijin Ken Leon Loh, Ph.D. For training at The Rockefeller University with Dr. Jeffrey Friedman. Molecular and physiological roles of leptin signaling in lipolysis of fat.

Kyla S. Ost, Ph.D. For training at the University of Utah with Dr. June Round. Elucidating the role of a bacterial-inducible fungal prion in the intestinal microbiome.

Alexander J. Paul, Ph.D. For training at The Rockefeller University with Dr. Daniel Kronauer. The Molecular Basis of Complex Social Behavior.

Lauren J. Rajakovich, Ph.D. For training at Harvard University with Dr. Emily Balskus. Deciphering gut microbial vitamin biosynthesis and its contribution to host nutrition.

Kimberly E. Reinhold, Ph.D. For training at Harvard Medical School with Dr. Bernardo Sabatini. The neural substrate of learned habits.

Noah H. Rose, Ph.D. For training at Princeton University with Dr. Carolyn McBride. Using natural variation to uncover the genomic basis of preference for human hosts in the Zika and Dengue Fever mosquito Aedes aegypti.

Matthew J. Shurtleff, Ph.D. For training at the University of California, San Francisco with Dr. Jonathan Weissman. Functional Dissection of the Endoplasmic Reticulum Membrane Protein Complex (EMC).

Yulia Shwartz, Ph.D. For training at Harvard University with Dr. Ya-Chieh Hsu. Beyond Goose Bumps: Elucidating the Role of Mechanical Forces in Hair Follicle Stem Cell regulation.

Anthony J. Szempruch, Ph.D. For training at the California Institute of Technology with Dr. Mitchell Guttman. Mechanisms of lncRNA-Mediated Spatial Regulation of Gene Expression.

Jadiel A. Wasson, Ph.D. For training at the Biozentrum at the University of Basel with Dr. Susan Mango. Mechanistic elucidation of RNAi enhancement via maternal chemosensation.

Kristopher Ian White, Ph.D. For training at Stanford University with Dr. Axel Brunger. Structural studies of the NSF reaction coordinate.

Xiaoxue (Snow) Zhou, Ph.D. For training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Dr. Angelika Amon. Dissecting the logic of signal processing in the Yeast Mitotic Exit Network.

The 2017 Helen Hay Whitney Foundation fellowships have been granted to:

Mor Ben-Tov, Ph.D. For training at Duke University with Dr. Richard Mooney. Representation of self and other in mirror neurons in the song sparrow.

Chia-Wei Cheng, Ph.D. For training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Dr. Omer Yilmaz. Single Cell Circuitry of Diet-mediated Intestinal Tumorigenesis.

Benjamin M. Deen, Ph.D. For training at The Rockefeller University with Dr. Winrich Freiwald. Investigating the neural basis of social reasoning in nonhuman primates.

Ryan G. Gaudet, Ph.D. For training at Yale University with Dr. John MacMicking. Non-classical Immunity: Delineating Host Defense Networks in Non-Immune Cells.

Iris Grossman-Haham, Ph.D. For training at the University of California, San Francisco with Dr. Ron Vale. Regulation of the Motor Protein Dynein by Accessory Protein Complexes in Cilia and Flagella.

Andrew Brantley Hall, Ph.D. For training at The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT with Dr. Ramnik Xavier. Is the production of immunomodulatory zwitterionic polysaccharides ubiquitous among gut Bacteroides?

Evan R. Heller, Ph.D. For training at Harvard University with Dr. Xiaowei Zhuang. From the nanoscale organization of the cytoskeleton to neural circuits: super-resolution imaging of neural architecture in animal behavior.

Lydia Herzel, Ph.D. For training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Dr. Gene-Wei Li. Harnessing Transcriptome Heterogeneity to Reveal the Life Cycle of mRNA.

Saumya Jain, Ph.D. For training at the University of California, Los Angeles with Dr. S. Lawrence Zipursky. Elucidation of the genetic programs determining neuronal function and connectivity in the Drosophila visual system.

Elaine C. Kirschke, Ph.D. For training at the University of California, San Francisco with Dr. Keith Yamamoto. Dynamics of Transcriptional Regulatory Complexes: Mechanism and Function.

Lingyun Li, Ph.D. For training at the California Institute of Technology with Dr. David Anderson. Hypothalamic neural circuits underlying decision-making in innate defensive behavior.

Jesse D. Marshall, Ph.D. For training at Harvard University with Dr. Bence Ölveczky. Computational principles underlying mammalian motor sequence learning.

Megan L. Martik, Ph.D. For training at the California Institute of Technology with Dr. Marianne Bronner. Identifying neural crest gene network changes associated with neuroblastoma.

Alexander J. Meeske, Ph.D. For training at The Rockefeller University with Dr. Luciano Marraffini. Discovery and Molecular Dissection of Unusual CRISPR/Cas Systems.

Anders M. Nelson, Ph.D. For training at Columbia University with Dr. Thomas Jessell. Coordination of structure and function in motor output pathways.

Tatsuo Okubo, Ph.D. For training at Harvard Medical School with Dr. Rachel Wilson. Neural mechanisms of odor-gated anemotaxis in Drosophila.

Melissa E. Robinson, Ph.D. For training at Harvard Medical School with Dr. Thomas Bernhardt. Elucidating pathways of β-lactam resistance in Staphylococcus aureus.

Shengyi Sun, Ph.D. For training at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas with Dr. David Mangelsdorf. Identification of a missing molecular link in bile acid metabolism.

Jared Winkelman, Ph.D. For training at Rutgers University with Dr. Richard Ebright. The mechanism of phenotypic resistance to RNA polymerase inhibitors in Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

Siheng Xiang, Ph.D. For training at the University of California, Berkeley with Dr. Douglas Koshland Barbara Meyer. Molecular Basis and Functions of SMC Oligomerization.

Lauren M. Zasadil, Ph.D. For training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Dr. Angelika Amon. Mechanisms of aneuploidy clearance in vivo.

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.