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Pathak Lab Awards


NIH Fellows Awards for Research Excellence

    Mohamed Husen Munshi received a 2020 NIH Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE) for travel to attend and present his 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 and presentation of the abstracts.

    Members of the Pathak lab who were FARE awardees in previous years include Sanath Kumar Janaka (2017), Tobias Paprotka (2012), Narasimhan Jayanth Venkatachari (2012), Wei Bu (2010), Jessica Smith (2010), Rebecca Russell (2009), Krista Delviks-Frankenberry (2008), Yeshitila Friew (2007), Patricia Henry (2007), and Galina Nikolenko (2007).


New Investigator Scholarships, Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections

    Mohamed Husen Munshi was awarded a New Investigator Scholarship to present his research findings at the 2019 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI). CROI scholarship awardees in previous years include Belete Desimmie (2017) and Taisuke Izumi (2013).


Travel Award, CCR and DCEG Staff Scientist and Staff Clinician Retreat

    Krista Delviks-Frankenberry received a $1,500 travel award for the best oral presentation at the 14th Annual CCR and DCEG Staff Scientist and Staff Clinician Retreat in April 2018.


Norman P. Salzman Memorial Poster Award in Virology

    Photo of Belete Desimmie Belete Desimmie won a 2016 Norman P. Salzman Memorial Poster Award in Virology for his work on APOBEC3 inhibition of HIV-1 replication. This annual NIH-wide award is given to three postdoctoral fellows per year to recognize outstanding research in the field of virology under the mentorship of an NIH, CBER, or Leidos scientist. Postdoctoral fellows from all NIH campuses, including Bethesda and Frederick, can apply for the award. Dr. Desimmie presented his poster at the 18th Annual Norman P. Salzman Virology Symposium in November 2016 and received a cash award for his achievement.


Intramural AIDS Research Fellowships

    The following Postdoctoral Fellows in the Pathak lab received Intramural AIDS Research Fellowship (IARF) awards from the Office of AIDS Research, Office of Intramural Research, and Office of Intramural Research & Training in the National Institutes of Health to support their proposed research projects:

    Belete Desimmie: "Identification of Novel Class of HIV Replication Inhibitors Targeting the HIV-1 Vif-A3G Interactions" (2014)

    Narasimhan Jayanth Venkatachari: "Identification of Small Molecule Inhibitors of Vif-A3G and Vif-A3F Interactions as Novel Antiviral Agents for the Treatment of HIV-1 Infection" (2010, 2011)

    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.


Poster Awards, Spring Research Festival at NCI-Frederick

    Taisuke Izumi won a poster award for his presentation at the 2013 NCI-Frederick Spring Research Festival. Members of the Pathak lab who won poster awards at the Spring Research Festival in previous years include Tobias Paprotka (2011), Krista Delviks-Frankenberry (2007), Rebecca Russell (2007), Patricia Henry (2006), Galina Nikolenko (2006), and Hongzhan Xu (2006).


2013 Awards from Frederick County Science & Engineering Fair

    Photo of Maria Hamscher with 2013 Frederick County Science & Engineering Fair Awards

    In 2013, Catoctin High School senior Maria Hamscher presented the research she has been conducting in the lab of Dr. Vinay K. Pathak at the 32nd Annual Frederick County Science & Engineering Fair in Frederick, Maryland. Maria won the 2nd Place Award in Cellular & Molecular Biology, High School Division and also a Distinguishing Achievement 2nd Place Award, given by the Commissioned Officers Association of the U.S. Public Health Service, for her research entitled "Testing the P2A Cleavage System for Gene Therapy Vectors." Since July 2012, she has been working as a Werner H. Kirsten Student Intern in the Pathak lab under the mentorship of Dr. Krista Delviks-Frankenberry. 



NIH Asian and Pacific Islander American Organization Award

    Vinay Pathak was the recipient of the 2012 NIH Asian and Pacific Islander American Organization (APAO) Award for outstanding accomplishments in biomedical research. Each year, the APAO honors two outstanding individuals in the NIH Asian and Pacific American community: one for Scientific Achievement, recognizing scientists who have made significant accomplishments in biomedical research; and the second for Leadership Excellence, recognizing non-scientists who exemplify leadership excellence by example, mentorship, and empowerment of Asian and Pacific Americans to promote diversity and support the overall mission of NIH. Dr. Pathak received his Scientific Achievement award at the NIH APAO annual awards ceremony in December 2012.

    Pathak APAO award 2012 photo

    NIH APAO Award for Scientific Achievement — December 10, 2012

    Shown from left to right: Drs. Eric Zhou (Vice President of APAO 2012),
    Vinay Pathak, and Rashmi Gopal-Srivastava (Chair, APAO Award Committee)


Award from U.S.-Russia Joint Working Group on Biomedical Research Cooperation

    In 2012, Vinay Pathak was the recipient of one of the five grants that the U.S.-Russia Joint Working Group on Biomedical Research Cooperation awarded to National Cancer Institute intramural investigators for their highly meritorious research applications. Dr. Pathak is the Principal Investigator on a project focused on characterizing broadly neutralizing antibodies by phage display peptide libraries.


Norman P. Salzman Memorial Award in Virology

    Photo of Tobias Paprotka Tobias Paprotka won the 2011 Norman P. Salzman Memorial Award in Virology for his work on XMRV. This annual NIH-wide award is given to only one postdoctoral fellow per year to recognize outstanding research in the field of virology under the mentorship of an NIH, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, or SAIC scientist. Postdoctoral fellows from all NIH campuses, including Bethesda and Frederick, can apply for the award. Dr. Paprotka presented his research at the Thirteenth Annual Norman P. Salzman Memorial Symposium in Virology on November 10, 2011 and received a plaque and a cash award for his achievement. As Dr. Paprotka's mentor, Vinay Pathak also received a plaque at the Symposium.



Postdoctoral Fellowship, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

    Taisuke Izumi was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship from 2011 to 2013 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.


Scholarship Award, Keystone Symposia on HIV Pathogenesis

    Rebecca Russell was awarded a travel scholarship to present her research findings at the 2008 Keystone Symposia on HIV Pathogenesis.


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

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


Last modified: 27 June 2019


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