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Howard Hughes Medical Institute Awards 151 Fellowships for Graduate Education, Medical Student Research Training

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Awards 151 Fellowships for Graduate Education, Medical Student Research Training

Summary

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has awarded 151 fellowships to enable some of the world's most promising young scientists to receive advanced training in biomedical research.

Eighty of the fellowships are five-year awards for graduate students pursuing doctoral degrees in the biological sciences. The other 71 fellowships will enable medical students to take a year off from their medical studies to pursue research full time, or to resume their medical studies after a year of research.

"We expect many of these outstanding students to be at the forefront of fundamental research in the years ahead," said HHMI President Purnell W. Choppin. "The fellows are an important investment in the future."

HHMI, the nation's largest private philanthropy, now supports 455 students at 66 academic institutions through these two programs. A third fellowship program enables physicians with clinical experience to receive training in basic research for three years. Altogether, HHMI has provided $95 million in fellowship support since 1988 to 1,400 outstanding students and physician-scientists.

"The presentations each spring by fellows from these programs illustrate the broad range of important questions they are addressing, in the laboratories of superb mentors," said Joseph G. Perpich, HHMI's vice president for grants and special programs. "We look forward to the significant new insights that will emerge from the work of the new fellows."

Information about the fellowship programs is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.hhmi.org/fellowships/ .

Predoctoral Fellowships in Biological Sciences 

The Predoctoral Fellowships in Biological Sciences support students for up to five years while they pursue full-time study toward a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree. The program now supports 356 predoctoral students at an annual cost of more than $10 million.

Each $28,500 predoctoral award includes an annual stipend of $14,500 and a $14,000 cost-of-education allowance, which goes to the fellowship institution. Eligible fields include biochemistry, biophysics, biostatistics, cell biology, developmental biology, epidemiology, genetics, immunology, mathematical and computational biology, microbiology, molecular biology, neuroscience, pharmacology, physiology, structural biology and virology. This year's 80 new fellows, including 46 men and 34 women, are planning graduate study at 30 academic institutions in the United States and 2 in the United Kingdom. Eleven of the fellows are from minority groups underrepresented in the sciences. The group includes 63 U.S. citizens and 4 fellows from China, 3 each from Canada and India, and 1 each from Belize, Chile, Russia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and United Kingdom.

Research Training Fellowships for Medical Students

The Research Training Fellowships for Medical Students will enable 58 medical students to conduct biomedical research full time in a laboratory of their choice for one year. The 42 men and 16 women selected this year will study at 24 institutions. Eight of the fellows are from minority groups underrepresented in the sciences. Each $24,500 award includes a $14,500 stipend, a $5,000 research allowance and a $5,000 allowance to the fellowship institution.

In addition to these new fellowships to medical students, HHMI also announced that it would provide continued support to seven men and six women who received fellowships last year, bringing the overall program to an annual level of more than $2.5 million. Two of these "continued fellows" will pursue a second year of training in research. The other 11 are returning to school to complete their medical studies and will receive a stipend and education allowance totaling $24,500 each year for up to two years.

Contact:
Barbara Filner (301) 215-8884
fellows@hhmi.org
4000 Jones Bridge Road
Chevy Chase, MD 20815-6789

Predoctoral Fellowships in Biological Sciences 1996 Fellows

 

Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Mathematical Biology

Name

Undergraduate Institution,
Year of Graduation

Fellowship Institution

Andrea Linn Graham

Mount Holyoke College, 1992

Cornell University

Jorge Eduardo Lopez

University of California - Davis, 1995

University of Chicago

Susan Elizabeth Ptak

Villanova University, 1996

Stanford University

Roberto Jaime Sanchez

Concepcion University (Chile), 1993

Rockefeller University

Jovonne Williams

Bennett College, 1996

Harvard University



Cell and Developmental Biology

Name

Undergraduate Institution,
Year of Graduation

Fellowship Institution

Pamela Lynn Bradley

University of Virginia, 1995

Johns Hopkins University

Brian Andrew Davies

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1995

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

Julie Ann Gates

University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1991

University of Utah

Zemer Gitai

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1996

University of California - San Francisco

Arash Komeili

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1996

University of California - San Francisco

Richard Chin-Hung Kuo*

Johns Hopkins University, 1991

Stanford University

Yilun Liu

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1995

Yale University

Jeffrey Meier Marcus*

Cornell University, 1995

Duke University

Madhubonti Mitra Mustaphi

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1996

Stanford University

Christina Adrianna Onufryk

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1996

University of California - San Francisco

Andrei Georgievich Petcherski

Moscow State University (Russia), 1995

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Victoria Anne Smith

College of William and Mary, 1995

Indiana University at Bloomington

Jue Wang

McGill University (Canada), 1995

University of California - San Francisco

* Award deferred from 1995



Genetics and Molecular Biology

Name

Undergraduate Institution,
Year of Graduation

Fellowship Institution

Mary Catherine Alexander

Villanova University, 1996

Princeton University

Jessica Sarah Blumstein

Johns Hopkins University, 1996

University of California - San Francisco

Christopher Ryan Brodie

University of Georgia, 1992

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Bin Chen

Beijing University (People's Republic of China), 1995

University of Chicago

Shane Patrick Crotty

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1996

University of California - San Francisco

Ridgley McLean Fisk

Princeton University, 1995

Harvard University

Samantha Lee Gray

University of Kansas Main Campus, 1996

Rockefeller University

Emmanuel Jerry Green

Regis University, 1989

Catholic University of America

Carolyn Mary Hutter

Brown University, 1994

Cornell University

Benjamin Simon Leader

University of California - Berkeley, 1995

Harvard University

Cathyryne Kapiolani Manner

University of California - Davis, 1996

University of California - San Diego

Sean Gregory Megason

University of Texas at Austin, 1996

Harvard University

Carolyn Nicole Pettibone

Santa Clara University, 1996

Harvard University

Zhe Qian

Wilson College, 1996

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Daniel Rene Richards

Carnegie Mellon University, 1995

Stanford University

Sheldon Stanley Rowan

McMaster University (Canada), 1995

Harvard University

Alvaro Sagasti

Williams College, 1996

University of California - San Francisco

Marc Adam Suchard*

University of California - Berkeley, 1995

University of Oxford (United Kingdom)

Emily Cecile Walsh

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1995

University of California - San Francisco

* Award deferred from 1995



Immunology and Microbiology

Name

Undergraduate Institution,
Year of Graduation

Fellowship Institution

Alexander Jude Adduci

College of William and Mary, 1993

Georgetown University

Suneet Agarwal

Brown University, 1993

Harvard University

Doris Renee Brown

University of Texas at San Antonio

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Dina Sharon Gould

Harvard University, 1996

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Raquel Eugenia Izumi

University of California - Santa Barbara, 1993

University of California - Los Angeles

Aaron Jacob Kelly

Indiana University at Bloomington, 1995

Harvard University

John Michael Lyle

Bates College, 1995

Stanford University

John Cranston Randell

University of Iowa, 1996

Harvard University

Navin Rao

University of Puget Sound, 1996

Harvard University

Daniel Nathan Shriner

University of Maryland College Park, 1995

University of Washington

Patrick Joseph Stern

Louisiana State University and A&M; College, 1995

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Yu Xia

Beijing University (People's Republic of China), 1995

Stanford University



Neuroscience and Physiology

Name

Undergraduate Institution,
Year of Graduation

Fellowship Institution

Stephen Alexander Baccus

University of Miami, 1983

University of Miami

Michelle Lyn Cunningham

University of Dayton, 1995

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Joe Chao-Peng Hao

University of California - Berkeley, 1995

University of California - Berkeley

James Matthew Kittelberger

Harvard University, 1990

Duke University

Melissa Gail Kramer*

Pennsylvania State University Main Campus, 1995

Washington University

David Douglas Laws

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1995

University of California - Berkeley

Albert Kimin Lee

Harvard University, 1994

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Kenneth Rajan Leslie

Waterloo University (Canada), 1991

Brandeis University

Clare Risa Ozawa

Stanford University, 1995

Stanford University

Kit Erica Purdy

Trinity University, 1995

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Devesh Raj

Angelo State University, 1995

Yale University

Hemaka Anthony Rajapakse

Macalester College, 1996

Harvard University

Jack Schonbrun

University of California - Santa Cruz, 1994

University of California - San Francisco

Kurt Stephen Thorn

Princeton University, 1996

University of California - San Francisco

Yvonne Michelle Ulrich

Harvey Mudd College, 1994

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Yongping Wang

Yale University, 1995

Dartmouth College

Julie Lynn Wilsbacher

Purdue University Main Campus, 1995

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

Noa Zerangue

Reed College, 1995

University of California - San Francisco

* Award deferred from 1995



Structural Biology and Biochemistry

Name

Undergraduate Institution,
Year of Graduation

Fellowship Institution

Jessica Lee Blazyk

Ohio University Main Campus, 1996

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Kartik Chandran

Lafayette College, 1995

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Tara Rena Evans

Rhodes College, 1995

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Victor Fernando Holmes

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1995

University of California - Berkeley

Colin James Loweth

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1995

University of California - Berkeley

Angela Robin Newhoff

University of California - Santa Cruz, 1995

University of California - San Francisco

Megan Elizabeth Nunez

Smith College, 1996

California Institute of Technology

Randall Theodore Peterson

Brigham Young University, 1995

Harvard University

Steven Cary Rothman

University of California - Los Angeles, 1995

University of California - Berkeley

Raymond Courtney Trievel

University of Delaware, 1995

University of Pennsylvania

Jeffrey Gilbert Varnes

Franklin and Marshall College, 1996

California Institute of Technology

Kira Juliet Weissman

Stanford University, 1995

University of Cambridge, Churchill College (United Kingdom)

Inn Huam Yuk

California Institute of Technology, 1996

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

* Award deferred from 1995



Research Training Fellowships For Medical Students 1996 Fellows

Initial Awards--First Year of Research

 

Continued Awards

 

Cell and Developmental Biology

Name

Fellowship Institution

Research Mentor

Department

Ron Alexander Birnbaum

University of California - San Francisco

Kevin M. Shannon, M.D.

Pediatrics

Aamer Zahid Farooki

Duke University

David L. Epstein, M.D.

Ophthalmology

John Phillip Forman

Yale University

Albert B. Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D.

Internal Medicine

L. April Gago

University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
(University of California - San Diego*)

Ernest E. Moore, M.D.

Surgery

Heather Elizabeth Gibson

Harvard University

Merton Bernfield, M.D.

Pediatrics

Timothy Eugene Graham

 

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