Merck-sponsored fellows

Merck is in the business to meet the health needs of society through the discovery and development of innovative medicines. Our commitment to scientific innovation helps advance the health care, technology, and economies in the countries where we do business. But our mission doesn’t end there. Merck also is committed to helping address important societal needs through our philanthropic outreach around the world.

Merck’s corporate philanthropy program is guided by four strategic priorities: (1) improving healthcare access and appropriate use of medicines; (2) advancing education and research in key areas: biomedical sciences, engineering and technology, precollege science education; (3) enabling environments that support innovation, economic growth and development in a fair and ethical context; and (4) strengthening and investing in communities through philanthropic outreach and fostering employee volunteerism.

One program initiative for advancing education and research in the biomedical sciences is our sponsorship of Helen Hay Whitney Foundation fellowships. These sponsorships are made on behalf of the Merck Research Laboratories (MRL), a Division of Merck & Co., Inc. MRL is responsible for the discovery and development of products for the prevention and treatment of diseases in human and animal health.


Current Merck-Sponsored Fellows:

 

Pau Creixell, Ph.D.

Fellowship Date: 4/1/2016 – 3/31/2019
Fellowship Location: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mentor: Drs. Michael B. Yaffe and Rama Ranganathan
Title of Proposed Research: Comprehensive Characterization of Mutant Subclones Driving Oncogenic Transformation and Resistance to Therapy at Amino-Acid Level Resolution.
Email: creixell@mit.edu


 

Jian Shu, Ph.D.

Fellowship Date: 4/1/2016 – 3/31/2019
Fellowship Location: Broad Institute
Mentor: Dr. Eric Lander
Title of Proposed Research: Pluripotency: A precarious balance of different lineage specifying forces.
Email: jianshu@broadinstitute.org


Chengcheng Jin, Ph.D.

Fellowship Date: 4/1/2015 – 3/31/2018
Fellowship Location: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mentor: Dr. Tyler Jacks
Title of Proposed Research: Dissecting the role of innate immunosurveillance in regulating pre-emergent tumor cells.
Email: ccjin@mit.edu


Colin C. Conine, Ph.D.

Fellowship Date: 4/1/2015 – 3/31/2018
Fellowship Location: University of Massachusetts Medical School – Worcester
Mentor: Dr. Oliver Rando
Title of Proposed Research: The role of paternally-transmitted small RNAs in reprogramming preimplantation development.
Email: kostic@broadinstitute.org


Amy M. Weeks, Ph.D.

Fellowship Date: 4/1/2014 – 3/31/2017
Fellowship Location: University of California, San Francisco
Mentor: Dr. James Wells
Title of Proposed Research: Identification of membrane protein interaction partners via proximity-based enzymatic tagging.
Email: weeksam@gmail.com


Mark P. Chao, M.D., Ph.D.

Fellowship Date: 7/1/2014 – 6/30/2017
Fellowship Location: Stanford University
Mentor: Dr. Joseph Wu
Title of Proposed Research: Generation of induced pluripotent stem cells from myeloproliferative neoplasms for disease modeling and drug discovery.
Email: mpchao@stanford.edu