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Postdoc Kudos Archive

Each month we will feature recent SOM postdoc accomplishments, such as high impact papers, awards, and grants.  Do you know a postdoc that should be featured? Email us to include them in next month's kudos at [email protected].

Spring 2023

  • Dhiman S. Pal, Ph.D., Cell Biology

    Dr. Pal published the paper “Spatiotemporal dynamics of membrane surface charge regulates cell polarity and migration”, Nature Cell Biology, October 2022,

    Dr. Pal was awarded the Lewis Travel Award from the Department of Cell Biology to present a talk and poster at the Gordon Research Seminar and Conference on Directed Cell Migration in Galveston, Texas January 7-13, 2023.

    Dhiman S. Pal, Ph.D.
  • Leah J. Elias, Ph.D., Neuroscience

    Dr. Elias published the paper “Touching neurons underlying dopaminergic pleasurable touch and sexual receptivity”, In the Journal Cell, January 13, 2023. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2022.12.034

    Leah J. Elias, Ph.D.
  • Ritu Yadav, M.B.B.S., Department Medicine, Cardiovascular Division

    Dr. Yadav has published her first author publication and two abstract publications.

    “Relationship between amiodarone response prior to ablation and 1-year outcomes of catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation”, Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology, February 2023,

    “Incidence, Characteristics and Predictors of Acute Percarditis After Afablation”, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, March 2023,

    “A Rare Case Of MRSA Pericarditis With Purulent Pericardial Effusion Leading To Uremic Kidney Failure From A Right, Necrotic Toe”, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, March 2023,

    Ritu Yadav, M.B.B.S.
  • Bashar Hassan, M.D., Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Center for Transgender and Gender Expansive Health

    Dr. Hassan has submitted 11 abstracts, out of which 11 were accepted for oral presentation. 4 from the Johns Hopkins Center for Transgender Health and 7 from the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. The Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Center for Transgender and Gender Expansive Health and R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center will have a strong presence at this year's American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting in Maryland on April.

    Bashar Hassan, M.D.

Winter 2023

Mahmoud El Baassiri, M.D., Pediatric Surgery

Dr. El Baassiri published the paper Infiltrating Anti-Inflammatory Monocytes Modulate Microglial Activation through TLR4-IFN Dependent Pathways following Traumatic Brain Injury in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, January 2023, doi: 10.1097/TA.0000000000003858

Dr. El Baassiri published the paper Pharmacologic TLR4 Inhibition Skews Toward a Favorable A1/A2 Astrocytic Ratio Improving Neurocognitive Outcomes following Traumatic Brain Injury in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, January 2023, DOI: 10.1097/TA.0000000000003887

Mahmoud El Baassiri, M.D.

Winter 2022

  • Dr. Kristal Lyn Brown, Ph.D., MSPH, Internal Medicine

    Dr. Brown published the paper “Eating to cope: Advancing our Understanding of the effects of exposure to racial discriminiation on maladaptive eating behaviors”, In the International Journal of Eating Disorders, October 2022

    Dr. Kristal Lyn Brown
  • Seema Banerjee, PhD, FAAO, Department of Ophthalmology-Glaucoma

    Seema was awarded as one of the top 200 young scientist participants at the Hong Kong Laureate forum 2022-2023 for her thesis work on Myopia and Neuroscience. Seema was also awarded as an international scientific fellow by the American Academy of Optometry as a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.

    Seema Banerjee, PhD
  • Jennifer Alejo, M.D., Department of Surgery

    Dr. Alejo is a recipient of the 2022 Career Impact Award. The Career Impact Award honors members of a wider JHU Community who have gone above and beyond to support the professional aspirations of their colleagues. Dr. Alejo will be honored at the Career Impact Award Ceremony on November 15, 2022.

    Jennifer Alejo, M.D.

August/September 2022

Congratulations! Two JHMI Postdoctoral fellows have been named Howard Hughes Medical Institute Hanna Gray Fellows.

Summer 2022

2022 Postdoctoral Research Accelerator Awardees

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is pleased to announce the 2022 Postdoctoral Research Accelerator Awardees. Please join us in congratulating them.
*Funded by a generous gift from the DuBose Fund

  • Vera Dunlock, PhD, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics
    Project: Mapping Signaling to Understand T-Cell Exhaustion in Cancer
    Faculty PI: Dr. Sergi Regot
  • Inês Godet, PhD, Department of Oncology
    Project: Leveraging Rapid Autopsy Data Reveals that Intratumoral Hypoxia Promotes Metastatic Liver-Organotropism in Breast Cancer
    Faculty PI: Dr. Daniele Gilkes
  • Hayden Hyatt, PhD, Department of Physiology
    Project: Differential Functions of SFXN1 and SFN4: The Unexplored Sides of Sideroflexins
    Faculty PI: Dr. Steven Claypool
  • Kanghoon Jung*, PhD, Neuroscience Department
    Project: Structural and Functional Plasticity of Cortical Axo-Axonic Synapses for Healthy Cognition
    Faculty PI: Dr. Hyungbae Kwon
  • Wathsala GH Liyange*PhD, Department of Ophthalmology
    Project: Development of Multi-Arm Anti-VEGF-Fab’/F(ab)2 for Regulation of VEGF Mediated Angiogenesis
    Faculty PI: Dr. Kannan Rangaramanujam
  • Alberto Marin-Gonzalez*, PhD, Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry
    Project: Dynamics of the 3D Genome during Double-Strand Break Repair
    Faculty PI: Dr. Taekjip Ha
  • Joscelyn Mejias*, PhD, Department of Ophthalmology
    Project: Age-Related Changes in the Immune Response to Synthetic Materials
    Faculty PI: Dr. Jennifer Elisseeff
  • Matthew Reid, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Project: Sleep as a Novel Biomarker to Predict Treatment Response to Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy
    Faculty PI: Dr. Patrick Finan
  • Sergio Vicencio-Jimenez*, PhD, Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
    Project: Elucidating the Role of Olivocochlear Efferents in Hearing Using Optogenetics
    Faculty PI: Dr. Amanda Lauer
  • JiaoJiao Xu, PhD, Department of Physiology
    Project: Uncovering the Sex-Specific Role of Olfactory Receptor 558 in Blood Pressure Regulation
    Faculty PI: Dr. Jennifer Pluznick
  • Yingchao Xue, PhD, Department of Dermatology
    Project: Defining the Contribution of Body-Wide Skin Stretch to Obesity-Related Inflammation
    Faculty PI: Dr. Luis Garza

April/May 2022

  • Dr. Kuldeep Gupta, Radiology and Radiological Sciences

    Dr. Gupta is the recipient of a Scholar-in-Training Award from the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). Dr. Gupta will receive the award at a special awards ceremony to be held at the Annual AACR meeting in April in New Orleans, Louisiana.

    Dr. Kuldeep Gupta
  • Dr. Naomi Dirckx, Orthopaedic Surgery

    Dr. Dirckx has recently been awarded an NIH Pathway to Independence K99/R00 award from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). Her NIAMS-funded research project is entitled: Mechanisms of impact of osteoblast “citration” on skeletal mineralization and global citrate homeostasis.

    Dr. Naomi Dirckx

February/March 2022

  • Dr. Ellen Boakye, Medicine (Cardiology)

    Dr. Boakye published the paper ‘Nativity-Related Disparities in Preeclampsia and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Among a Racially Diverse Cohort of US Women’ in the JAMA Network Open in December 2021.

    Dr. Ellen Boakye
  • Dr. Jennifer Alejo, Surgery

    Drs. Alejo, Mitchell and Chang co-authored the paper ‘Prevalence and Durability of SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies among Unvaccinated US Adults by History of COVID-19’ in JAMA in February 2022.

    Dr. Jennifer Alejo
  • Dr. Jonathan Mitchell, Surgery

    Drs. Alejo, Mitchell and Chang co-authored the paper ‘Prevalence and Durability of SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies among Unvaccinated US Adults by History of COVID-19’ in JAMA in February 2022.

    Dr. Jonathan Mitchell
  • Dr. Amy Chang, Surgery

    Drs. Alejo, Mitchell and Chang co-authored the paper ‘Prevalence and Durability of SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies among Unvaccinated US Adults by History of COVID-19’ in JAMA in February 2022.

    Dr. Amy Chang

January 2022

  • Dr. Elias Christodoulou, Oncology

    Dr. Christodoulou published the paper "Engineering CAR-NK cells to secrete IL-15 sustains their anti-AML functionality but is associated with systemic toxicities" in the Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer in December 2021

    Dr. Elias Christodoulou
  • Dr. Manoj Doss, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

    Dr. Doss published the paper "Psilocybin therapy increases cognitive and neural flexibility in patients with major depressive disorder" in Translational Psychiatry in November 2021

    Dr. Manoj Doss
  • Dr. Rajendra Kumar, Oncology

    Dr. Kumar published the paper "Supraphysiologic Testosterone Induces Ferroptosis and Activates Immune Pathways through Nucleophagy in Prostate Cancer" in Cancer Research in December 2021

    Dr. Rajendra Kumar

December 2021

  • Dr. Tiago J. Costa, Biological Chemistry

    Published the paper "Mitochondrial DNA and TLR9 activation contribute to SARS-CoV-2-induced endothelial cell damage" in Vascular Pharmacology in November 2021

    Dr. Tiago J. Costa
  • Dr. Paola Ghanem, Oncology

    Dr. Ghanem published the chapter "Immunotherapy for Lung Cancer and Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma" in Cancer Immunotherapy Principles and Practice, Second Edition” in October 2021

    Dr. Paola Ghanem
  • Dr. Anabel Gonzalez-Gil, Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences

    Dr. Gonzalez-Gil published the paper "Induction of the endogenous sialoglycan ligand for eosinophil death receptor Siglec-8 in chronic rhinosinusitis with hyperplastic nasal polyposis" in Glycobiology in August 2021

    Dr. Anabel Gonzalez-Gil

November 2021


October 2021


September 2021

  • Dr. MyungHyun Jo, Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry

    Dr. Jo published the paper "Molecular Nanomechanical Mapping of Histamine-Induced Smooth Muscle Cell Contraction and Shortening" in ACS Nano, July 2021

    Dr. MyungHyun Jo
  • Dr. Fabiana Pani, Medicine

    Dr. Pani published the paper "B cells modulate the expression of MHC-II on cardiac CCR2? macrophages" in the Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology, Aug 2021

    Dr. Fabiana Pani
  • Dr. Maame Sampah, Surgery

    Dr. Sampah published the paper "Prenatal Immunity and Influences on Necrotizing Enterocolitis and Associated Neonatal Disorders" in Frontiers in Immunology

    Dr. Maame Sampah

August 2021


July 2021

Congratulations to the winners of the Inaugural School of Medicine Postdoctoral Research Accelerator Award (listed alphabetically)

  • Dr. Abhijit Deb Roy, Department of Cell Biology

    Dr. Abhijit Deb Roy
  • Dr. Elena Jansen, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

    Dr. Elena Jansen
  • Dr. Ronan Mooney, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    Dr. Ronan Mooney
  • Dr. Joshua Raji, Department of Neuroscience

    Dr. Joshua Raji
  • Dr. Rui-Han Wei, Department of Biomedical Engineering

    Dr. Rui-Han Wei
  • Dr. Junior West, Department of Cell Biology

    Dr. Junior West
  • Dr. Nathan Zaidman, Department of Physiology

    Dr. Nathan Zaidman
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