Current Fellows

Current Fellowship Recipients

The 2023 Helen Hay Whitney Foundation fellowships have been granted to:

Aleena L. Patel, Ph.D.
For training at Stanford University with Dr. Alistair Boettiger. How genome architecture mediates gene regulatory interactions in Drosophila.
Alessio Caruso, Ph.D.
For training at Harvard University with Dr. Daniel Kahne. Using Natural Products as Tools to Study Lipopolysaccharide Transport.
Amelia J. Christensen, Ph.D.
For training at the Washington University in St. Louis with Dr. Adam Kepecs. The neural circuit mechanisms underlying confidence guided time-investment.
Boya Wang, Ph.D.
For training at the California Institute of Technology with Dr. Lulu Qian. Rapid, robust, and parallel synthetic nucleic-acid circuits.
Daniel S. Saxton, Ph.D.
For training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Dr. Michael Laub. Identify and characterize phage defense systems derived from the microbiome.
Eddy Albarran, Ph.D.
For training at Columbia University with Drs. Rui Costa and Darcy Peterka. A Synaptic Basis for Reinforcement Learning.
Elizabeth C. Eck, Ph.D.
For training at Yale University with Dr. Antonio Giraldez. Revealing the dynamic regulation of transcription by pioneer factors and chromatin restructuring during zygotic genome activation.
Elizabeth M. Hart, Ph.D.
For training at Harvard Medical School with Dr. Thomas Bernhardt. Elucidating the mechanisms of mycomembrane protein assembly.
Fanny Matheis, Ph.D.
For training at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine with Dr. Jonas Schluter. Investigation of epigenetic inheritance as a mediator of host-microbiome co-evolution.
Helen T. Hobbs, Ph.D.
For training at the University of California, Irvine with Dr. Chang Liu. Investigation of the maintenance and emergence of allostery in tryptophan synthase.
Jasper Phelps, Ph.D.
For training at the EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland with Dr. Pavan Ramdya. Reverse engineering limb motor control in Drosophila.
Jineun Kim, Ph.D.
For training at the California Institute of Technology with Dr. David Anderson. Dissecting body-to-brain neural principles of competing motivational drives underlying innate behaviors.
Joshua C. Cofsky, Ph.D.
For training at Harvard Medical School with Dr. Andrew Kruse. Molecular mechanisms of nutrient sensing in bacterial spores.
Joshua M. Ames, Ph.D.
For training at the University of Washington with Dr. Andrew Oberst. Death or dysfunction: Neurons that survive infection as a source of chronic inflammation.
Juan Carvajal Garcia, Ph.D.
For training at Vanderbilt University with Dr. Houra Merrikh. Role of oxidative damage in the evolution of antibiotic resistance.
KeHuan K. Edmonds, Ph.D.
For training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Dr. Feng Zhang. A systematic, high-throughput approach to discover and apply new transcriptional regulators of mitochondrial physiology.
Lyle E. Kingsbury, Ph.D.
For training at Harvard University with Dr. Naoshige Uchida. Neural Mechanisms of Flexible Foraging Strategies in Prefrontal Cortex.
Martin I. McLaughlin, Ph.D.
For training at Stanford University with Dr. Michael Fischbach. Discovery of novel genome-modifying machinery by large-scale genome and metagenome mining.
Mikal A. Woods Acevedo, Ph.D.
For training at the University of Pittsburgh with Dr. Terence Dermody. Microbiota Regulation of Viral Neuropathogenesis.
Mroj S. Al Assaf, Ph.D.
For training at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center with Dr. Akhila Rajan. Fat-brain energy coupling: a possible novel role for mitochondrial particles as adipokines.
Nipun S. Basrur, Ph.D.
For training at Harvard Medical School with Drs. Stephen Liberles and Ruslan Medzhitov. Sensing homeostatic sleep drive through the interoceptive nervous system.
Rikki M. Garner, Ph.D.
For training at Harvard Medical School with Dr. Sean Megason. Cell-mechanical regulation of patterning in the developing neural tube.
Shelly Kalaora, Ph.D.
For training at Harvard Medical School with Dr. Steven Gygi. New approaches to understanding cancer drivers via protein interaction networks of mutated genes.
Shuonan He, Ph.D.
For training at Harvard University with Dr. Hopi Hoekstra. The genetic basis of hair morphology evolution driven by altitudinal adaptation in the deer mouse Peromyscus maniculatus.

The 2022 Helen Hay Whitney Foundation fellowships have been granted to:

Aditi Shukla, Ph.D.
For training at the Whitehead Institute with Dr. Sebastian Lourido. Control of chronic Toxoplasma infection by translational regulation.
Anna Yoney, Ph.D.
For training at Columbia University with Dr. Kristin Baldwin. The identity, stability and decay of cell intrinsic neuronal attractor states.
Bradley M. Wierbowski, Ph.D.
For training at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research with Dr. David Bartel. Molecular Determinants of mRNA Stabilization by Decapping Resistance.
Caitlin Hanna Kowalski, Ph.D.
For training at the University of Oregon with Drs. Matthew Barber and Brendan Bohannan. Antimicrobial activity of skin-associated fungi alters pathogen adaptation.
Danielle N. Gallagher, Ph.D.
For training at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich with Dr. Jacob Corn. Understanding and Controlling Chromatin Structure to Advance CRISPR-Cas9 Gene Editing.
Diana P. Valverde, Ph.D.
For training at Duke University with Dr. Seok-Yong Lee. Structural and physiological studies on the human equilibrative nucleoside transporter 3.
Janet Song, Ph.D.
For training at Boston Children’s Hospital with Dr. Christopher A. Walsh. Genomic approaches toward understanding human brain evolution.
Jason W. Millington, Ph.D.
For training at Stanford University with Drs. Lucy O’Brien and Kerwyn Huang. Inner conflict: The starvation-induced transition from host-microbe mutualism to antagonism in the Drosophila gut.
Jason Z. Zhang, Ph.D.
For training at the University of Washington with Dr. David Baker. De novo designed tools to map the activity and function of endogenous and oncogenic Ras signaling.
Jingyi Chi, Ph.D.
For training at Harvard Medical School with Dr. Stephen Liberles. Neural Control of Liver Metabolism.
Kali M. Pruss, Ph.D.
For training at Washington University in St. Louis with Dr. Jeffrey Gordon. Defining immunometabolic mechanisms of intergenerational transmission of environmental enteric dysfunction by the small intestinal microbiota.
Kelsey L. Hickey, Ph.D.
For training at the Harvard Medical School with Dr. Wade Harper. Early intervention: Elucidating cellular kinetic response mechanisms during toxic protein aggregation.
Kevin A. Guttenplan, Ph.D.
For training at the Oregon Health and Science University with Dr. Marc Freeman. How do astrocytes regulate neuronal circuits?
Kyu Hyun Lee, Ph.D.
For training at the University of California, San Francisco with Dr. Loren Frank. Brain-wide dynamics during hippocampal non-local representations.
Lu Xu, Ph.D.
For training at Columbia University with Drs. Maria Tosches and Elizabeth Hillman. Systematic investigation of odor representation in Pleurodeles waltl.
Luke W. Koblan, Ph.D.
For training at the Whitehead Institute with Dr. Jonathan Weissman. Tracking cell state across time using multichannel molecular recorders and counters.
M.M.Gayani K. Senevirathne, Ph.D.
For training at Harvard University with Dr. Terence Capellini. Development of the Human and mouse pelvis using genetics and genomic approaches.
Mark Dombrovskiy, Ph.D.
For training at the University of California, Los Angeles with Dr. S. Lawrence Zipursky. Towards understanding mechanisms of precise synaptic connectivity in sensorimotor neural circuits.
Max E. Wilkinson, Ph.D.
For training at the Broad Institute with Dr. Feng Zhang. Structural and functional characterisation of an RNA-guided nuclease found in transposons.
Munyaradzi Tambo, Ph.D.
For training at Washington University in St. Louis with Dr. Carolina Lopez. Not so defective viral genomes: Resolving copyback Defective Viral Genome functional heterogeneity in Sendai virus infection.
Oscar A. Campos, Ph.D.
For training at the University of California, San Francisco with Dr. Wendell Lim. Synthetic epigenetic differentiation circuits: engineering signal induced fate changes and bifurcation.
Sai Harsha Krovi, Ph.D.
For training at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital with Dr. Vijay Kuchroo. Elucidating the Role of Chronic Inflammatory Cues in Driving Autoimmunity.
Sean E. McGeary, Ph.D.
For training at Harvard Medical School with Dr. Allon Klein. Uncovering the Cell-Cell Adhesion Code in Vertebrate Development.
Sierra S. Marable, Ph.D.
For training at the California Institute of Technology with Dr. Marianne Bronner. Comparative Analysis of Gene Regulatory Networks Guiding Cranial & Trunk Neural Crest Formation.
Tamanash S. Bhattacharya, Ph.D.
For training at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center with Dr. Harmit Malik. Identifying viral elements involved in overcoming immune restriction during host-switching.
Teja Pratap Bollu, Ph.D.
For training at the Salk Institute with Dr. Martyn Goulding. Role of cutaneous and proprioceptive feedback systems in the control of skilled movement.
Zhaoyue Zhang, Ph.D.
For training at the Rockefeller University with Dr. Jeffrey Friedman. Towards understanding the mTOR regulation of leptin resistance.

The 2021 Helen Hay Whitney Foundation fellowships have been granted to:

Almudena Chaves, Ph.D.
For training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center with Dr. Scott Lowe. Dissecting the role of radiation-induced senescence in pancreatic therapy resistance.
Arda Mizrak, Ph.D.
For training at Harvard School of Public Health with Drs. Tobias Walther and Robert Farese. Bridge traffic: Protein trafficking from the endoplasmic reticulum to lipid droplets through membrane bridges.
Bojan Milic, Ph.D.
For training at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute with Dr. David Pellman. The impact of intracellular contractile force on the epigenetic state of chromatin.
Daisy X. Ji, Ph.D.
For training at Harvard School of Public Health with Dr. Eric Rubin. In vivo mechanisms of gene regulation by PhoP, a master regulator of virulence in M. tuberculosis.
Erika C. Anderson, Ph.D.
For training at the University of California, San Francisco with Dr. Elphege Nora. Unraveling cohesin loading to manipulate chromosome architecture.
Frederick A. Rubino, Ph.D.
For training at the New York University School of Medicine with Drs. Ruth Lehmann and Gira Bhabha. The mechanisms of Wolbachia infection.
Hailing Shi, Ph.D.
For training at the Broad Institute with Dr. Xiao Wang. Visualizing epitranscriptome in the 3D brain by in situ sequencing.
Harleen Saini, Ph.D.
For training at Harvard Medical School with Dr. Danesh Moazed. Molecular mechanism of transcriptional adaptation in response to mRNA degradation.
Javier Valdes Aleman, Ph.D.
For training at the University of California, Los Angeles with Dr. Larry Zipursky. Development of specificity in neuronal connectivity in Drosophila melanogaster.
Jeffrey N. Carey, V.M.D., Ph.D.
For training at the University of Washington with Drs. Matthew Parsek and Ajai Dandekar. Evolution and impact of social cheating in structured bacterial communities.
Jodi S. Kraus, Ph.D.
For training at Princeton University with Dr. Sabine Petry. How are microtubules generated to find kinetochores during cell division?
Linlin Fan, Ph.D.
For training at Stanford University with Dr. Karl Deisseroth. Probing synaptic and circuit plasticity mechanisms underlying learning with all-optical electrophysiology.
Mable Lam, Ph.D.
For training at Stanford University with Drs. Brad Zuchero and Michael Bassik. Determining the mechanisms of myelin membrane expansion.
Marielena Sosa, Ph.D.
For training at Stanford University with Dr. Lisa Giocomo. Flexible encoding of goals in the brain’s cognitive map.
Nandan S. Gokhale, Ph.D.
For training at the University of Washington with Dr. Ram Savan. The Architectural Role of RNA in Innate Immune Signaling Complexes.
Oscar M. Arenas Sabogal, Ph.D.
For training at the University of California, Berkeley with Dr. Ellen Lumpkin. Cellular and Molecular Basis for Mechanoreception in a Primitive Nervous System.
Paul Ogongo, Ph.D.
For training at the University of California, San Francisco with Dr. Joel Ernst. High resolution analysis of human Mycobacterium tuberculosis specific T cells.
Piero Lamelza, Ph.D.
For training at the University of Pennsylvania with Drs. Michael Lampson and Mia Levine. Testing the functional consequences of rapid centromeric DNA and protein evolution.
Robert L. McPherson, Ph.D.
For training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Dr. Laura Kiessling. Human Intelectin-1 in Host-Microbe Interactions.
Rui Yan, Ph.D.
For training at Harvard Medical School with Drs. Clifford Tabin and L. Mahadevan. Resolving the physical and cellular mechanisms of tracheoesophageal separation through quantitative live imaging.
S. John Calise, Ph.D.
For training at the University of Washington with Dr. Justin Kollman. Structure and function of the purinosome, a multi-enzyme membraneless compartment.
Stephanie L. Tsai, Ph.D.
For training at the Massachusetts General Hospital with Dr. Jenna Galloway. Achieving perfect regeneration of matrix-rich tissues with proper Wnt modulation.
Stephen C. Thornquist, Ph.D.
For training at The Rockefeller University with Dr. Gaby Maimon. Biochemical principles for computation in the Drosophila central complex.
Tristan A. Bell, Ph.D.
For training at Massachusetts General Hospital with Dr. Luke Chao. Structure and molecular function of Prominin-1/CD133 in photoreceptor membrane homeostasis.
Xuyu Qian, Ph.D.
For training at Boston Children’s Hospital with Dr. Christopher Walsh. Charting Cell Type-Specific Enhancer Activities of Human Accelerated Regions (HARs) In Brain Development.
Zebulon G. Levine, Ph.D.
For training at the Whitehead Institute with Dr. Jonathan Weissman. Examining Ribosome Damage, Repair, and Removal by Temporal Ribosome Labeling.

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