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Freed Lab Awards


Intramural AIDS Research Fellowship Awards

    Melissa Fernandez received an Intramural AIDS Research Fellowship (IARF) Award in 2018 from the NIH Office of AIDS Research, Office of Intramural Research, and Office of Intramural Research & Training to support her proposed research project on "Mechanism of HIV-1 Env Trafficking to the Virological Synapse." IARF awards include full stipend support to successful candidates who demonstrate outstanding scientific potential through both an imaginative and thoughtful research plan and a well thought out career development plan.

    The following postdoctoral fellows in the Freed Lab received IARF Awards in previous years:

    Mariia Novikova: "Characterization of Antiretroviral Activity of Second-Generation Maturation Inhibitors and Mechanisms of Resistance" (2017)

    Rachel Van Duyne: "Challenging the Paradigm for Antiretroviral Resistance through the Study of Non-Canonical HIV-1 Escape Mutants" (2017)

    Emiko Urano:  "Development of Potent and Broadly Active HIV-1 Maturation Inhibitors" (2016)

    Mariia Novikova:  "Mechanisms of HIV-1 Gag Lattice Formation and Env Incorporation" (2016)

    Rachel Van Duyne:  "Characterizing the Host Cell Factors Involved in HIV-1 Gag Trafficking to Sites of Virus Assembly" (2015)

    Robert Buckheit:  "The Effect of Host Antiviral Restriction Factors on Viral Budding and Maturation" (2014)

    Lillian Kuo:  "Characterizing the Role of HIV-1 p6-Alix Binding in HIV-1 Cell-to-Cell Infectivity" (2012 and 2011)

    Philip Tedbury:  "HIV-1 Gag in Assembly and Release: Interactions with gp41 and Cellular Host Factors" (2012 and 2011)

NIH Postbac Poster Day Awards

    Phuong Pham received an Outstanding Poster Award at the NIH Postbac Poster Day in 2018. Her presentation on "Progress in Developing Broadly Active and Highly Potent HIV-1 Maturation Inhibitors" was recognized as one of the best among the 772 posters presented by the NIH postbacs this year. Members of the Freed Lab who received Outstanding Poster Awards at the NIH Postbac Poster Day in previous years include Nishani Kuruppu and Justin Kaplan (2016).

Travel Awards, HIV DRP Think Tank Meeting

    Rachel Van Duyne received a $1000 travel award from the HIV DRP for one of the two best presentations by NCI fellows at the 2018 and 2017 HIV DRP Think Tank Meetings. Members of the Freed Lab who received travel awards in previous years include Mariia Novikova (2016), Emiko Urano (2015), Kayoko Waki (2011), and Muthukumar Balasubramaniam (2010).

New Investigator Scholarships, Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections

    Phuong Pham and Rachel Van Duyne were awarded New Investigator Scholarships to present their research findings at the 2018 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI). CROI scholarship awardees in previous years include Justin Kaplan (2017), Rachel Van Duyne (2017), Mariia Novikova (2017 and 2016), Emiko Urano (2016 and 2014), Lillian Kuo (2013), and Catherine Adamson (2007).

Travel Awards, Fall HIV/AIDS & Cancer Virology Think Tank Meeting

    Mariia Novikova won a $1000 travel award for her outstanding talk at the 2017 Fall HIV/AIDS & Cancer Virology Think Tank Meeting.  This annual Think Tank meeting on the NIH-Bethesda campus provides a venue for students, postdoctoral fellows, and staff scientists to present emerging work and hypotheses in the field of cancer virology.  The Think Tank travel awards are provided by the Center of Excellence in HIV/AIDS & Cancer Virology, Center for Cancer Research, NCI.  Members of the Freed Lab who received travel awards in previous years include Mariia Novikova and Rachel Van Duyne (2016), Philip Tedbury (2014), Angelica Martins (2013), and Emiko Urano (2013).

Poster Awards, Spring Research Festival

    Maya Swiderski was awarded "Outstanding Poster - Infectious Pathogens and Epidemiology" for her presentation at the 2016 Spring Research Festival, which is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute at Frederick and the other eight agencies of the National Interagency Confederation for Biological Research. Maya's presentation highlighted the research she conducted as a student trainee in the Freed Lab over the past year. Other members of the Freed Lab who won poster awards at the Spring Research Festival in previous years include Megan Mounts (2014), Scott MacDonald (2013), Darren D'Souza (2012), and Nishani Kuruppu (2011). All five of these award recipients were undergraduate students or Werner H. Kirsten student interns under the mentorship of Abdul Waheed.

Research Highlights Award at 2016 NCI Scientific Retreat

    In 2016, Eric Freed received a Research Highlights Award for his presentation on "Development of Potent and Broadly Active HIV-1 Maturation Inhibitors" at the NCI Annual Intramural Scientific Retreat.

Sallie Rosen Kaplan Postdoctoral Fellowship for Women Scientists

    Melissa Fernandez was selected for the Sallie Rosen Kaplan (SRK) Postdoctoral Fellowship for Women Scientists at the National Cancer Institute in 2015.  The SRK Fellowship is a highly competitive annual program that provides additional mentoring opportunities, networking, seminars, and workshops to help prepare NCI’s female postdoctoral fellows for the competitive nature of the job market and help them to transition to independent research careers.  The highlight of this selective program is a 30-week course entitled "Career Building for Women in Science," which includes two day-long workshops.  The SRK Fellowship also includes mentoring opportunities with successful women scientists from government, industry, and academia.

    In 2014, Rachel Van Duyne and Mariia Novikova were selected for SRK Fellowships (2nd and 4th from left in photo below).

    Photo of Rachel Van Duyne and Mariia Novikova with other SRK Fellows in 2015

    2015 SRK Fellows

NIH Fellows Awards for Research Excellence

    Rachel Van Duyne won a 2015 NIH Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE) for travel to attend and present her work at a scientific meeting in the U.S.  This award, which acknowledges outstanding scientific research performed by intramural postdoctoral fellows, is sponsored by the NIH Fellows Committee, Scientific Directors, and Office of Intramural Training and Education and is funded by the Scientific Directors.  FARE awards are based on scientific merit, originality, experimental design, and overall quality/presentation of the abstracts.  Members of the Freed Lab who were FARE awardees in previous years include Lillian Kuo (2012), Kayoko Waki (2012), Angelica Martins (2012), Muthukumar Balasubramaniam (2010), Benjamin Luttge (2010), Catherine Adamson (2009), and Karine Gousset (2007).

2014 Outstanding Science Alumni Award, Penn State University

    Eric Freed was selected by the Eberly College of Science to receive the 2014 Outstanding Science Alumni Award at Penn State University.  This award recognizes alumni who have a record of significant professional achievements in their field and are outstanding role models for the current students in the college.

Award for Outstanding Scientific Presentation, 9th International Retroviral Nucleocapsid Protein and Assembly Symposium

    Philip Tedbury received an award for one of the best posters at the 2013 International Retroviral Nucleocapsid Protein and Assembly Symposium in Montreal, Canada.  His presentation on "Identification of a matrix mutation that globally rescues Env incorporation defects: implications for matrix structure and Env recruitment" highlighted the latest findings from his research project supported by an Intramural AIDS Research Fellowship.

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

    Emiko Urano was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship from 2013 to 2015 by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. The fellowship program sponsored by this society supports meritorious biomedical research projects undertaken in NIH laboratories by Japanese postdoctoral researchers. Fellowships are awarded after a competitive review of research proposals.

Special Recognition as a Top Peer Reviewer for the Journal of Virology

    In 2011, Eric Freed merited special recognition as one of the 25 top peer reviewers (among 1570 reviewers) for the Journal of Virology.  This recognition was based on his outstanding attention to a high number of manuscripts during the year, providing insightful reviews within an exceptionally short time frame.

2010 NCI Mentor of Merit Award

    Eric Freed was selected as an NCI Mentor of Merit in 2010 for excellence in mentoring and guiding the careers of trainees in cancer research.  Dr. Freed was nominated by present and past trainees who view his mentorship as outstanding.  NCI Director Harold Varmus presented the Mentor of Merit citation to him at the NCI Director's Awards ceremony in November 2010.

    Photo of NCI Director Harold Varmus with Eric Freed and other 2010 Mentor of Merit awardees

2010 Multi-Investigator Award Sponsored by Center for Cancer Research (CCR) and Office of AIDS Research (OAR)

    In 2010, Eric Freed and Vineet KewalRamani of the HIV DRP, NCI-Frederick, and Sriram Subramaniam of the Laboratory of Cell Biology, NCI-Bethesda, successfully competed for a $150,000 CCR/OAR-sponsored multi-investigator award with their research proposal "Catching HIV in the act: Structural studies of HIV transport from antigen-presenting cells into the T-cell nucleus."  In total, four CCR/OAR-sponsored awards were made to 11 investigators within and between the Frederick and Bethesda campuses of the National Cancer Institute.

Young Investigator Award, 2008 International Feline Retrovirus Research Symposium

    Benjamin Luttge was awarded the Young Investigator Award for his oral presentation at the 2008 International Feline Retrovirus Research Symposium in Vienna, Austria.

Travel Award, 2008 NCI-Frederick Spring Research Festival Symposium

    Benjamin Luttge won a travel award for the best oral presentation at the 2008
    NCI-Frederick Spring Research Festival Symposium on "Virology: from Genetic Vehicles to Human Pathogens."

2006 Travel Fellowship, HIV & Cancer Virology Faculty, Center for Cancer Research

    In 2006, Catherine Adamson won one of the three available travel fellowships awarded by the HIV & Cancer Virology Faculty, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute.


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