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 six 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:


2018 HHMI-HHWF Fellowship Recipients

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

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.

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.

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

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).

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


2017 HHMI-HHWF Fellowship Recipients

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


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.