HHMI-sponsored fellows

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

HHMI is a science philanthropy whose mission is to advance biomedical research and science education for the benefit of humanity.

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In 2009, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute announced that it would expand collaborations with various foundations, including The Helen Hay Whitney Foundation, in order to increase support for outstanding postdoctoral researchers. HHMI now provides each organization with support for eight postdoctoral fellows a year. For more information about this program, visit: HHMI News.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is one of the world’s largest philanthropies, with laboratories across the United States and grants programs throughout the world. The Institute is a nonprofit medical research organization that employs hundreds of leading biomedical scientists working at the forefront of their fields. HHMI investigators work in Hughes laboratories at more than 60 universities, medical centers, and other research institutions throughout the United States. In a complementary program at HHMI’s Janelia Farm Research Campus in Loudoun County, Virginia, leading scientists are pursuing long-term, high-risk, high-reward research in a campus specially designed to bring together researchers from disparate disciplines. In addition, through its grants program and other activities, HHMI is helping to enhance science education at all levels and maintain the vigor of biomedical science worldwide. Its headquarters are located in Chevy Chase, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C


Current HHMI-Sponsored Fellows:


2016 HHMI-HHWF Fellowship Recipients

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


2015 HHMI-HHWF Fellowship Recipients

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.


2014 HHMI-HHWF Fellowship Recipients

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.


2013 HHMI-HHWF Fellowship Recipients

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.


2012 HHMI-HHWF Fellowship Recipients

Dmitriy Aronov, Ph.D. For training at Princeton University with Dr. David Tank. Cortical inputs mediating hippocampal remapping during navigation in virtual reality.

Andrés Bendesky, M.D., Ph.D. For training at Harvard University with Drs. Hopi Hoekstra and Catherine Dulac. The neurobiology and genetics of pair-bonding behavior in Peromyscus mice.

Eliezer Calo-Velazquez, Ph.D. For training at Stanford University with Dr. Joanna Wysocka. Elucidating the role of insulator elements during mammalian development.

Daniel J. Dickinson, Ph.D. For training at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with Dr. Bob Goldstein. Physical and cellular mechanisms of gastrulation in C. elegans.

Sergei Doulatov, Ph.D. For training at the Children’s Hospital, Boston with Dr. George Daley. Genetic requirements for the generation of transplantable hematopoietic stem cells from pluripotent stem cells.

Richard K. Hite Jr., Ph.D. For training at The Rockefeller University with Dr. Roderick MacKinnon. Lipid regulation of voltage-dependent potassium channels.

Richard N. McLaughlin, Ph.D. For training at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center with Dr. Harmit Malik. Genetic Conflicts between TREX1 and Endogenous Retrolements.

Nathan W. Pierce, Ph.D. For training at Stanford University with Dr. Maxence Nachury. Dissecting the Role of Ubiquitylation in BBSome Governed Cilia Trafficking.


2011 HHMI-HHWF Fellowship Recipients

Eiman Abdel-Azim, Ph.D. For training at Columbia University with Dr. Thomas Jessell. Spinal circuits for skilled forelimb movement.

Joshua J. Bayes, Ph.D. For training at the University of California, Berkeley with Dr. Abby Dernburg. An evolutionary framework for understanding meiotic processes.

Stephen G. Brohawn, Ph.D. For training at The Rockefeller University with Dr. Roderick MacKinnon. The structural and functional basis of resting membrane potential generation and modulation by two-pore domain potassium ion channels.

Jeremiah Y. Cohen, Ph.D. For training at Harvard University with Dr. Naoshige Uchida. Dopamine neural circuits in decision making.

Evan H. Feinberg, Ph.D. For training at Harvard University with Dr. Markus Meister. How the brain reads the retinal code.

Lillian K. Fritz-Laylin, Ph.D. For training at the University of California, San Francisco with Dr. R. Dyche Mullins. Characterization of novel cell motility genes identified via phylogenetic profiling.

Karen E. Kasza, Ph.D. For training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, NY with Dr. Jennifer Zallen. Mechanical Regulation of Actomyosin Contractility in Morphogenesis.

Xin Zhang, Ph.D. For training at the Scripps Research Institute with Dr. Jeffery Kelly. Rendering protein evolution more efficient by adapting the proteostasis network.