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School of Medicine Young Investigators' Day Award Recipients

Friday, Feb. 11, 2005

The Young Investigators' Day Committee has announced the recipients of Research Prizes for Students and Postdoctoral Fellows for the 28th Annual Young Investigators' Day at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. All awardees will present their research at the Young Investigators' Day celebration to be held in Mountcastle Auditorium, Thursday, April 14, starting at 4 p.m. Congratulations to all of this year's award recipients and applicants.

Student Awardees:

The Michael A. Shanoff Research Award
Jeffrey S. Han
Project: L1 retrotransposons – massaging and manipulating mammalian genomes
Candidate for the Degree of Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy, Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology Graduate Program
Sponsor: Jef Boeke, Ph.D.
Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

The Nupur Dinesh Thekdi Research Award
Joseph T. Rodgers
Project: Nutrient control of gluconeogenesis through PGC-1a/SIRT1 deacetylase complex
Candidate for the Degree Doctor of Philosophy, Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology Graduate Program
Sponsor: Pere Puigserver, Ph.D.
Department of Cell Biology

The Hans Joaquim Prochaska Research Award
Kara G. Lassen
Project: Mechanism of HIV-1 latency
Candidate for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Graduate Immunology Program
Sponsor: Robert F. Siliciano, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Medicine

The David Israel Macht Research Award
Christopher L. Brett
Project: pHome, Na+/H+ exchange and vesicle trafficking
Candidate for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Cellular and Molecular Medicine Graduate Program
Sponsors: Rajini Rao, Ph.D., Department of Physiology, and
Mark Donowitz, M.D., Department of Medicine

The Martin and Carol Macht Research Award
David B. Kantor
Project: The axon guidance cue Semaphorin 5A is functionally regulated by sulfated proteoglycans: Implications for development and regeneration
Candidate for the Degree of Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy, Graduate Program in Neuroscience
Sponsor: Alex L. Kolodkin, Ph.D.
Department of Neuroscience

The Alicia Showalter Reynolds Research Award
Luisa Cochella
Project: Active role for tRNA in signaling its own acceptance into the ribosome
Candidate for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology Graduate Program
Sponsor: Rachel Green, Ph.D.
Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

The Mette Strand Research Award
David Maag, Jr.
Project: The mechanism of start site selection during eukaryotic protein synthesis
Candidate for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology Graduate Program
Sponsor: Jon Lorsch, Ph.D.
Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry

The Paul Ehrlich Research Award
Vikas Bhandawat
Project: Elementary response of olfactory receptor neurons to odorants
Candidate for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Neuroscience Graduate Program
Sponsor: King-Wai Yau, Ph.D.
Department of Neuroscience

The Paul Ehrlich Research Award
Yanhua H. Huang
Project: Glutamate uptake at excitatory synapses by astroglial transporters
Candidate for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Neuroscience Graduate Program
Sponsor: Dwight E. Bergles, Ph.D.
Department of Neuroscience

The Paul Ehrlich Research Award
Shin Lin
Project: EATDT: A novel algorithm for genomewide disease mapping
Candidate for the Degree of Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy, Postdoctoral Program in Human Genetics
Sponsors: Aravinda Chakravarti, Ph.D. and David J. Cutler, Ph.D.
McKusick – Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine

The Paul Ehrlich Research Award
Lisa Philipose
Project: Validating imaging results using acute stroke patients
Candidate for the Degree Doctor of Medicine
Sponsor: Argye Hillis, M.D.
Department of Neurology

Postdoctoral Fellow Awardees:

The Helen B. Taussig Research Award
Rejji Kuruvilla, Ph.D.
Project: Local and retrograde signaling by target-derived neurotrophins in neuronal development
Postdoctoral Fellow
Sponsor: David Ginty, Ph.D.
Department of Neuroscience

The W. Barry Wood, Jr. Research Award
Chenghua Gu, Ph.D.
Project: Molecular mechanisms of axon and vascular guidance
Postdoctoral Fellow
Sponsor: David Ginty, Ph.D.
Department of Neuroscience

The Daniel Nathans Research Award
Sunil S. Karhadkar, M.D.
Project: Roles for Hedgehog signaling in cancer – of brains, gut(s) and stem cells
Postdoctoral Fellow
Sponsor: Philip A. Beachy, Ph.D.
Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

The Alfred Blalock Research Award
Stephen J. Freedland, M.D.
Project: Predicting prostate cancer specific mortality following biochemical recurrence after radical prostatectomy
Postdoctoral Fellow
Sponsor: Alan W. Partin, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Urology

The Albert Lehninger Research Award (shared)
Damian B. van Rossum, Ph.D.
Project: Phospholipase C-g1 controls surface expression of TRPC3 via an inter-molecular PH domain
Postdoctoral Fellow
Sponsor: Solomon H. Snyder, M.D.
Department of Neuroscience

The Albert Lehninger Research Award (shared)
Natasha E. Zachara, Ph.D.
Project: Increased glycosylation in response to stress, a survival mechanism of cells
Postdoctoral Fellow
Sponsor: Gerald W. Hart, Ph.D.
Department of Biological Chemistry

The A. McGehee Harvey Research Award
WenYong Chen
Project: Molecular mechanisms of HIC1 in tumor suppression
Postdoctoral Fellow
Sponsor: Stephen B. Baylin, M.D.
Tumor Biology Laboratory
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center

 

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