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Postdoctoral Fellowship, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

    The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) awarded a 2020-2021 Research Fellowship to Yuta Hikichi (Freed lab) for his project "Mutations in the HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein contribute to HIV drug resistance." The fellowship program sponsored by this society supports meritorious biomedical research projects undertaken in NIH laboratories by Japanese postdoctoral researchers. HIV DRP postdoctoral fellows who received received JSPS Research Fellowships in previous years include Emiko Urano (Freed lab, 2013-2015), Taisuke Izumi (Pathak lab, 2011-2013), and Taichiro Takemura (KewalRamani lab, 2007-2009).

Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00)

    Melissa Fernandez (Freed lab) successfully competed for a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence (PI) Award from the National Institutes of Health in 2019. The PI Award Program establishes and maintains a strong cohort of new and talented, NIH-supported, independent investigators. This program is designed to facilitate a timely transition of outstanding postdoctoral researchers or clinician-scientists from mentored research positions to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions, and to provide independent NIH research support during the transition that will help these individuals launch competitive, independent research careers.

2019 NIH Director's Award

    Mary Kearney received a 2019 NIH Director's Award as a member of the Women Scientist Advisors (WSA) Executive Committee. Nominated by the NIH Office of the Director, the Executive Committee members received this team award for leadership of the WSA in promoting recruitment, retention, and recognition of women scientists and fair treatment with respect to salary and work environment.

Intramural AIDS Research Fellowships

    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 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.

    Alice Duchon (Hu lab) received an IARF award in 2019 to support her research project on "Understanding the Interplay between HIV-1 Gag and the Viral RNA Genome that Facilitates Virus Assembly."

    Cheng man (Bonnie) Lun (Freed lab) received an IARF award in 2019 to support her research project on "Mechanism of Viral Envelope Glycoprotein Targeting by Membrane-Associated RING-CH (MARCH) Proteins"

    Melissa Fernandez (Freed lab) received IARF awards in 2018 and 2019 to support her research project on "Mechanism of HIV-1 Env Trafficking to the Virological Synapse."

    The following HIV DRP postdoctoral fellows received IARF awards in previous years to support their research projects:

    Jonathan Rawson (Hu lab), 2017 and 2018: "Understanding the Pseudodiploid Nature of HIV-1"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Chris Case (KewalRamani lab), 2013 and 2014: "Innate Immune Detection of HIV-1"

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

    Humeyra Taskent (Le Grice lab), 2011 and 2012: "Incorporating Unnatural Photoactive Amino Acids into Viral Capsids to Look for Host Proteins with Which They Interact"

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

    Narasimhan (Jay) Venkatachari (Pathak lab), 2011 and 2012: "Identification of Small Molecule Inhibitors of Vif-A3G and Vif-A3F Interactions as Novel Antiviral Agents for the Treatment of HIV-1 Infection"

    Michelle Mitchell (Le Grice lab), 2009: "The Application of Small Angle X-ray Scattering to Define the Structure of the HIV-1 Rev Response Element (RRE)."

NIH Fellows Awards for Research Excellence

    Alice Duchon and Chijioke Umunnakwe (Hu lab), Chad Coomer (Compton lab), and Mohamed Husen Munshi (Pathak lab) received 2020 NIH Fellows Awards for Research Excellence (FARE) for travel to attend and present their 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.

    The following Fellows in the HIV DRP were FARE awardees in previous years:

        Guoli (Scarlett) Shi (Compton lab), 2019
        Jonathan Rawson (Hu lab), 2019
        Elizabeth Anderson (Maldarelli lab), 2018
        Sanath Kumar Janaka (Pathak lab), 2017
        Sheikh Abdul Rahman (Hu lab), 2016
        Luca Sardo (Hu lab), 2015
        Rachel Van Duyne (Freed lab), 2015
        Takashi Masaoka (Le Grice lab), 2014
        Ina O'Carroll (Rein lab), 2013
        Kari Dilley (Hu lab), 2012
        Lillian Kuo (Freed lab), 2012
        Angelica Martins (Freed lab), 2012
        Tobias Paprotka (Pathak lab), 2012
        Narasimhan Jayanth Venkatachari (Pathak lab), 2012
        Kayoko Waki (Freed lab), 2012
        Helene Mens (Kearney lab), 2011
        Muthukumar Balasubramaniam (Freed lab), 2010
        Wei Bu (Pathak lab), 2010
        Nancy P.Y. Chung (KewalRamani lab), 2008, 2010
        Benjamin Luttge (Freed lab), 2010
        Alok Mulky (KewalRamani lab), 2010
        Jessica Smith (Pathak lab), 2010
        Catherine Adamson (Freed lab), 2009
        Michael Moore (Hu lab), 2009
        Rebecca Russell (Pathak lab), 2009
        Yi Wang (Le Grice lab), 2009
        Michaela Wendeler (Le Grice lab), 2009
        Krista Delviks-Frankenberry (Pathak lab), 2008
        Mario P.-S. Chin (Hu lab), 2006, 2007
        Chandravanu Dash (Le Grice lab), 2007
        Yeshitila Friew (Pathak lab), 2007
        Karine Gousset (Freed lab), 2007
        Patricia Henry (Pathak lab), 2007
        Kazushi Motomura (Hu lab), 2007
        Galina Nikolenko (Pathak lab), 2007
        Olga Nikolaitchik (Hu lab), 2006

Poster Awards, Spring Research Festival

    Ahlam Majadly (Freed lab) was awarded "Outstanding Poster—Infectious Pathogens and Epidemiology" for her presentation at the 2019 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. Ahlam'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 Maya Swiderski (2016), Megan Mounts (2014), Scott MacDonald (2013), Darren D'Souza (2012), and Nishani Kuruppu (2011). All six of these award recipients were undergraduate students or Werner H. Kirsten student interns under the mentorship of Abdul Waheed.

    Other HIV DRP fellows and student trainees who have won poster awards in previous years for their presentations at the Spring Research Festival include:

        Taisuke Izumi (Pathak lab), 2013
        Barry Johnson (Hughes lab), 2012
        Tobias Paprotka (Pathak lab), 2011
        Michal Legiewicz (Le Grice lab), 2008
        Krista Delviks-Frankenberry (Pathak lab), 2007
        Bilguujin Dorjsuren (Derse lab), 2007
        Leslie Gee (Derse lab), 2007
        Michael Moore (Hu lab), 2007
        Samuel Rulli, Jr. (Rein lab), 2007
        Rebecca Russell (Pathak lab), 2007
        Michaela Wendeler (Le Grice lab), 2007
        Patricia Henry (Pathak lab), 2006
        Olga Nikolaitchik (Hu lab), 2006
        Galina Nikolenko (Pathak lab), 2006
        Hongzhan Xu (Pathak lab), 2006

Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology

    Eric Freed was elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM) in 2019. AAM Fellows are recognized as distinguished scientists who are "elected through a highly selective, annual, peer review process, based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology....Each elected Fellow has built an exemplary career in basic and applied research, teaching, clinical and public health, industry or government service."

New Investigator Scholarships, Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections

    Mohamed Husen Munshi (Pathak lab), Mariia Novikova (Freed lab), Phuong Pham (Freed lab), Chijioke (CJ) Umunnakwe (Hu lab), and Rachel Van Duyne (Freed lab) were awarded New Investigator Scholarships to present their research findings at the 2019 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI).

    The following HIV DRP fellows were CROI scholarship awardees in previous years:

        Camille Lange (Maldarelli lab), 2018, 2017, 2016
        Andrew Musick (Kearney lab), 2018, 2017
        Rachel Van Duyne (Freed lab), 2018, 2017
        Elizabeth Anderson (Maldarelli lab), 2018, 2017, 2015
        Phuong Pham (Freed lab), 2018
        Mariia Novikova (Freed lab), 2017, 2016
        Belete Desimmie (Pathak lab), 2017
        Justin Kaplan (Freed lab), 2017
        Emiko Urano (Freed lab), 2016, 2014
        Luca Sardo (Hu lab), 2015
        Sarah Watters (Maldarelli lab), 2015
        Chad Coomer (Kearney lab), 2014
        Francesco Simonetti (Maldarelli lab), 2014
        Taisuke Izumi (Pathak lab), 2013
        Lillian Kuo (Freed lab), 2013
        Catherine Adamson (Freed lab), 2007
        Zandrea Ambrose (KewalRamani lab), 2007, 2006

Scholarship Award, International Workshop on HIV Drug Resistance and Treatment Strategies

    Kristi Huik (Maldarelli lab) was awarded a scholarship to attend the 2018 International Workshop on HIV Drug Resistance and Treatment Strategies in South Africa and give an oral presentation on the latest findings of her research project ("Mechanism of Emergence of Resistance of T97A during Dolutegravir Therapy").

2018 KT Jeang Retrovirology Prize

    Eric Freed was awarded the 2018 KT Jeang Retrovirology Prize. This annual award recognizes mid-career investigators who have made outstanding contributions to the field of retrovirology.

NIH Summer Mentor Award

    Jonathan Rawson (Hu lab) received a 2018 NIH Summer Mentor Award. The NIH Summer Mentor Award Program provides for a centrally funded summer intern to train with qualified postdoctoral fellows, visiting fellows, clinical fellows, and graduate students. Dr. Rawson's trainee is Franck Mbuntcha Bogni, a student who is participating in the NIH Community College Summer Enrichment Program this year.

Young Scientist Sponsorship, 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

    Kristi Huik (Maldarelli lab) was awarded a full sponsorship by the Estonian Academy of Sciences to participate in the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in June 2018. She received this award based on her outstanding research on the role of host genetic factors in HIV acquisition, HIV drug resistance, and molecular epidemiology of other infections while she was a Ph.D. student at the University of Tartu before joining the Maldarelli lab. The annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting is a prestigious gathering of around 30 Nobel Laureates and 500-600 young scientists — including postdoctoral fellows, Ph.D. students, and undergraduates — who convene to communicate leading issues in physiology and medicine in a forum that includes lectures, panel discussions, poster sessions, master classes, Agora talks, and science walks.

NIH Postbac Poster Day Awards

    Phuong Pham (Freed lab) 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. Previous DRP postbac fellows who received Outstanding Poster Awards on NIH Postbac Poster Day include Nishani Kuruppu and Justin Kaplan (Freed lab) in 2016, Brian Ogendi (Le Grice lab) in 2014, and Tiffany Tanzosh (Maldarelli lab) in 2012.

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

    Krista Delviks-Frankenberry (Pathak lab) 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.

Travel Awards, HIV DRP Think Tank Meeting

    Rachel Van Duyne (Freed lab) and Elizabeth Anderson (Maldarelli lab) received $1000 travel awards from the HIV DRP for the two most meritorious talks by NCI fellows at the 2018 HIV DRP Think Tank Meeting. Recipients of the HIV DRP Think Tank Travel Awards in 2017 were Mauricio Comas-Garcia (Rein lab) and Rachel Van Duyne (Freed lab); in 2016, Mariia Novikova (Freed lab) and Mauricio Comas-Garcia (Rein lab); and in 2015, Yang Liu (Hu lab) and Emiko Urano (Freed lab) received these awards. Previous recipients of the HIV DRP Think Tank Travel Awards (provided by the Center of Excellence in HIV/AIDS & Cancer Virology, Center for Cancer Research, NCI) include Joanna Sztuba-Solinska (Le Grice lab) and Francesco Simonetti (Maldarelli lab), 2014; Joanna Sztuba-Solinska (Le Grice lab) and Chris Case (KewalRamani lab), 2013; Hyun Yu (KewalRamani lab), 2012; Kayoko Waki (Freed lab), 2011; and Muthukumar Balasubramaniam (Freed lab) and Michal Legiewicz (Le Grice lab), 2010.

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

    Paula Rote (Maldarelli lab) and Mariia Novikova (Freed lab) won $1000 travel awards for their outstanding talks 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 HIV DRP who received travel awards in previous years include Mariia Novikova and Rachel Van Duyne (Freed lab) in 2016, Ina O'Carroll (Rein lab) in 2015, Philip Tedbury (Freed lab) in 2014, and Angelica Martins and Emiko Urano (Freed lab) in 2013.

Norman P. Salzman Memorial Poster Award in Virology

    Photo of Belete Desimmie Belete Desimmie (Pathak lab) 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.


Diversity Career Development Program, NIH

    Camille Lange (Maldarelli lab) graduated from the Diversity Career Development Program (DCDP) at NIH in 2016. DCDP graduates were nominated and selected among a group of talented NIH staff for participation in this program.

Scholarship Award, 2016 Towards an HIV Cure Symposium and 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016)

    Elizabeth Anderson (Maldarelli lab) was awarded a scholarship to attend the 2016 Towards an HIV Cure Symposium and the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban, South Africa. She presented the latest findings of her research project ("Intra-patient, full length analysis of HIV gag genetic variation identifies regions of variability") at both meetings.

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.

2015 NCI Director's Awards

    Members of the NCI HIV Integration Sites Analysis (ISA) team received a group award at the NCI Director's Award ceremony in November 2015 "for discoveries on HIV survival during antiretroviral therapy, revealing the importance of integration site and clonal expansion." The ISA group award recipients included Stephen Hughes, Andrea Ferris, Shawn Hill, Mary Kearney, Frank Maldarelli, Wei Shao, and Jonathan Spindler (HIV DRP); Francesco Simonetti (University of Milan); John Coffin (Tufts University); John Mellors (University of Pittsburgh); and David Wells, Ling Su, and Xiaolin Wu (Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc.).

    Photo of NCI Integration Sites Analysis Group in Sept 2015
    Stephen Hughes received a second award at the 2015 NCI Director's Award ceremony as part of a group of NCI staff members who were recognized for "exceptional leadership and team work that allowed NCI to successfully conduct a comprehensive search for select agents and hazardous biological materials."

Sallie Rosen Kaplan Postdoctoral Fellowships for Women Scientists

    In November 2015, Melissa Fernandez (Freed lab) was selected for the Sallie Rosen Kaplan (SRK) Postdoctoral Fellowship for Women Scientists at the National Cancer Institute. 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.

    Rachel Van Duyne and Mariia Novikova (Freed lab) were selected for SRK Fellowships in 2014 (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

2014 Outstanding Science Alumni Award from 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.

2014 NICBR Collaborative Project Award

    Joanna Sztuba-Solinska (Le Grice lab) received a $10,000 award to work with USAMRID under the National Interagency Confederation for Biological Research (NICBR). The title of her research proposal is "Therapeutic targeting of structural motifs of the Dengue virus RNA genome."

2014 International Fellow of NCI at Frederick

    Studio photo of Joanna Sztuba-Solinska Joanna Sztuba-Solinska (Le Grice lab) was honored as one of five “International Fellows of NCI at Frederick” in 2014. She received this award in recognition of her achievements and contributions toward the mission of the NCI at Frederick community. As a postdoctoral fellow in the HIV DRP, she has focused her research on the exploration of RNA structural elements in the development of small-molecule therapeutic intervention of cancers and viral diseases. Details of her research interests and achievements are currently on display in the NCI at Frederick Conference Center. To read more about Dr. Sztuba-Solinska, go to the full Poster article on the NCI at Frederick website.


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

    Philip Tedbury (Freed lab) 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.

Award for Outstanding Scientific Presentation, Host Response to Disease Symposium, National Interagency Confederation for Biological Research

    Janani Varadarajan (Hughes lab) received a $500 travel award from the National Interagency Confederation for Biological Research (NICBR) for one of the best oral presentations by post-doctoral and post-baccalaureate fellows at the Host Response to Disease symposium in May 2013. This symposium was held in conjunction with the NICBR Spring Research Festival at Fort Detrick, Frederick, Maryland.

Travel Award, 2013 Experimental Biology Meeting

    Janani Varadarajan (Hughes lab) received a $1000 Graduate and Postdoctoral Travel Award from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to present her work on "Analyzing the Effects of Sub-Optimal Doses of Raltegravir on HIV-1 Integration" at the 2013 Experimental Biology Meeting.

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 (Pathak lab) 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 Krista Delviks-Frankenberry.

2013 Award from Heatley-Payne Exchange Program for Early Career Scientists

    In 2013, Barry Johnson (Hughes lab) won the U.S. award from the Heatley-Payne Exchange Program for Early Career Scientists. Offered jointly by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) in the U.S. and the Society for General Microbiology (SGM) in the U.K., this grant program supports the reciprocal exchange of one member of each society to present research at the other society’s main conference and make a short research visit to a laboratory in that country. The award is "designed to benefit young scientists in both countries by giving them the opportunity to present their work overseas and experience the best of microbiology in the partner country."

    After attending the SGM Spring Conference 2013 in Manchester, England, Dr. Johnson visited the laboratory of his collaborator Peter Cherepanov (Cancer Research UK, London Research Institute).

    Dr. Johnson's research used a structural model of the HIV-1 intasome — a tetramer of integrase (IN) subunits bound to two viral DNA (vDNA) mimics — that he developed based on recent crystal structures of the prototype foamy virus (PFV) intasome that were solved by Dr. Cherepanov and his group. These crystal structures and the model that Dr. Johnson developed both show distinct differences between the uninhibited intasome and inhibitor-intasome complexes. In the PFV co-crystals, the terminal adenosine of the vDNA is displaced from its stacking with the penultimate cytosine. Published reports show that IN strand transfer inhibitors (INSTIs) bind via a two-step mechanism in which the first step proceeds rapidly (subsecond time-scales) while the second step occurs more slowly (minute time-scales). Dr. Johnson proposed that the displacement of the terminal adenosine, which exposes the full INSTI binding pocket, constitutes the slower, second step of INSTI binding. To test this hypothesis, he introduced specific cysteine mutations into PFV IN and used modified nucleotides to cross-link the vDNA’s terminal adenosine in its catalytically active, nondisplaced conformation to PFV IN and determine co-crystal structures of INSTIs in their intermediate conformation (i.e., the subsecond binding event that occurs prior to adenosine displacement). These structures provide useful insight for designing compounds that overcome the energetic barrier that limits the second step of INSTI binding more efficiently. Preliminary modeling data suggest that several drug-resistant mutants may bind this adenosine more tightly than does wild-type IN. Therefore, these experiments could lead to the future development of new INSTIs that retain activity against mutants resistant to current therapies.

2012 SAIC Corporate Award

    Marion Bona (Le Grice lab) was one of four SAIC-Frederick employees who were recognized among the winners of the annual SAIC Corporate Science Technology Fellows Council awards for publications that are considered to represent the very best of SAIC technical publications in the past year. She and Eckart Bindewald (CCR Nanobiology Program) won in the Physical Sciences category for their article, “Correlating SHAPE Signatures with Three-dimensional RNA Structures,” published in RNA (17:1688–1696, Cold Spring Laboratory Press, 2011). In selecting Bindewald and Bona’s article, the council commented that their paper was a “well-written paper documenting a new approach to interpreting SHAPE data, which will lead to a better understanding of RNA structure.”

    Photo of Marion Bona and Eckart Bindewald accepting 2012 SAIC Corporate Award

Scholarship Awards, Keystone Symposia on HIV

    KyeongEun Lee (KewalRamani lab) was awarded a travel scholarship and her abstract was selected for oral presentation at the 2012 Keystone Symposia on Frontiers in HIV Pathogenesis, Therapy and Eradication; Dr. Lee was also awarded a travel scholarship to present her research findings at the 2006 Keystone Symposia on HIV Pathogenesis.

    Kayoki Waki (Freed lab) was awarded a travel scholarship and her abstract was selected for oral presentation at the 2012 Keystone Symposia on Frontiers in HIV Pathogenesis, Therapy and Eradication.

    Nancy P.Y. Chung (KewalRamani lab) was awarded a travel scholarship to present her research findings at the 2009 Keystone Symposia on HIV Immunobiology: From Infection to Immune Control.

    Taichiro Takemura (KewalRamani lab), Rebecca Russell (Pathak lab), and Michael Moore (Hu lab) were awarded travel scholarships to present their research findings at the 2008 Keystone Symposia on HIV Pathogenesis.

Norman P. Salzman Memorial Award in Virology

    Photo of Tobias Paprotka Tobias Paprotka (Pathak lab) 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.

Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship

    Andrea Galli (Hu lab) was awarded a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2011 by Copenhagen University. He is currently completing his postdoctoral training in the Hepatitis C Program at Hvidovre Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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.

Last modified: 12 November 2019