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Howard Hughes Medical Institute Awards 159 Fellowships for Graduate Education, Medical Student Research Training

Summary

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has awarded 159 fellowships to enable some of the world's most talented young scientists to receive advanced training in biomedical research.

Eighty-eight 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.

"These outstanding students represent the future of fundamental research," said HHMI President Purnell W. Choppin. "Under the guidance of superb mentors, the fellows are on the path to leadership in the study of basic biological processes and disease mechanisms. We anticipate that they will make many pivotal discoveries in the years ahead, as they pursue careers in science and medicine."

HHMI, one of the nation's largest philanthropies, now supports 489 students at 81 academic institutions through these two programs. A third fellowship program enables physicians with clinical experience to receive training in basic research for three years. Since 1988 HHMI has made payments totaling $123 million in fellowship support for 1,750 outstanding students and physician scientists.

"Through their progress reports and presentations at an annual meeting, we see the fellows' rigor, creativity, and enthusiasm as they deal with the challenges at the leading edge of biomedical research," said Joseph G. Perpich, HHMI's vice president for grants and special programs. "We are pleased that the meetings and 'Fellows and Their Research' on our homepage on the World Wide Web are helping them build associations within and across their research fields."

Information about fellows, their research, and 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 392 predoctoral students at an annual cost of more than $11 million.

Each $30,000 predoctoral award includes an annual stipend of $15,000 and a $15,000 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 88 new fellows, including 49 men and 39 women, are planning graduate study at 28 academic institutions in the United States, 2 in the United Kingdom, and 1 in Germany. Nine of the fellows are from minority groups underrepresented in the sciences. The group includes 76 U.S. citizens and 5 fellows from People's Republic of China, 2 each from Canada and United Kingdom, and 1 each from Croatia, Germany, and Venezuela.

Research Training Fellowships for Medical Students
The Research Training Fellowships for Medical Students will enable 57 medical students to conduct biomedical research full time in a laboratory of their choice for one year. The 40 men and 17 women selected this year will study at 24 institutions. Eight of the fellows are from minority groups underrepresented in the sciences. Each $26,000 award includes a $15,000 stipend, a $5,500 research allowance, and a $5,500 allowance to the fellowship institution.

In addition to these new fellowships to medical students for a research year, HHMI also announced that it would provide continued support to 11 men and 3 women who received fellowships last year, bringing the overall program to an annual level of more than $2.5 million. The 14 continued fellows are returning to school to complete their medical studies and will receive a stipend and education allowance totaling $30,000 each year for up to two years.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute is a medical research organization that employs scientists in cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, and structural biology. Hughes investigators conduct medical research in HHMI laboratories at 72 outstanding academic medical centers and universities nationwide. Through its complementary grants program, HHMI supports science education in the United States and a select group of researchers abroad.

Predoctoral Fellowships in Biological Sciences 1998 Fellows

Cell and Developmental Biology

Name

Undergraduate Institution,
Year of Graduation

Fellowship Institution

Roy Auty

University of Oxford (United Kingdom), 1998

Harvard University

Rebecca Lynne Berdeaux

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997

University of California-Berkeley

Sujata Bhattacharyya

University of Bombay (India), 1996

California Institute of Technology

Tala Villaruel De Los Santos

Mount Holyoke College, 1997

Stanford University

Adam Graeme Eldridge

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1998

Stanford University

Karen Shau-Chin Fang*

Rice University, 1997

Harvard University

Christine Elizabeth Horak

Cornell University, 1997

Yale University

Karen Kustedjo

California Institute of Technology, 1996

Scripps Research Institute

Timothy M. Lehman

Clemson University, 1997

Case Western Reserve University

Natalie Claudine Shukov

Stanford University, 1995

University of Colorado at Boulder

Kryn Stankunas

University of British Columbia (Canada), 1997

Stanford University

Aurelio Amilcare Teleman

Harvard University, 1998

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (Heidelberg, Germany)

*Award deferred from 1997



Genetics and Molecular Biology

Name

Undergraduate Institution,
Year of Graduation

Fellowship Institution

Carlos Daniel Bustamante

Harvard University, 1997

Harvard University

Neeraj Chugh

University of Georgia, 1998

University of California-Berkeley

Melissa Anne Garcia

Texas A&M; University, 1994

Yale University

Heidi Cook Green

Southern Methodist University, 1991

Yale University

Kyle Alan Gurley

University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1998

Stanford University

Cheng Huang

Fudan University (People's Republic of China), 1997

Washington University

Evan Harris Hurowitz

California Institute of Technology, 1998

Stanford University

Greg Stephen Jefferis

University of Cambridge (United Kingdom), 1998

Stanford University

Samuel Goddard Katz

Yale University, 1995

Harvard University

Stephanie Jae Lawlis

State University of New York at Binghamton, 1997

Harvard University

Eric Chienwei Liao

Stanford University, 1995

Harvard University

Erik Jay Miller

Tulane University, 1998

University of California-Berkeley

Lucia Arlis Nurman

Rice University, 1998

University of Washington

Anne Carpenter Nye

Purdue University, 1997

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Lisa Erin Olson

Baylor University, 1998

Johns Hopkins University

Eric M. Ostertag

University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1995

University of Pennsylvania

Aaron Corydon Shaver

Rice University, 1997

University of Pennsylvania

Nicholas Stavropoulos

Harvard University, 1997

Harvard University

Lars Michael Steinmetz

Yale University, 1997

Stanford University

Jared Lee Strasburg

University of Missouri-Rolla, 1997

Washington University

Moriah Louise-Teresa Szpara

Pennsylvania State University Main Campus, 1998

University of California-Berkeley

Brian Robert Thornton

University of California-Davis, 1994

University of California-San Francisco

Annie Ening Tsong

Harvard University, 1998

University of California-San Francisco

Leslie McCue Turner

Barnard College, 1997

Duke University

Pei-Yun Wu

Harvard University, 1998

Harvard University

James Francis Zawada

University of Notre Dame, 1997

Stanford University



Immunology and Microbiology

Name

Undergraduate Institution,
Year of Graduation

Fellowship Institution

Caroline Donna V. A. Bishop

Bryn Mawr College, 1998

University of California-Berkeley

Charles Chunghun Kim

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997

Stanford University

Stacie Lynn Lambert

Marquette University, 1997

Stanford University

Jason L. Leduc

Western Michigan University, 1997

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Michele P. Lutz

Haverford College, 1997

University of Pennsylvania

Carrie Rae Steele

Northwestern University, 1997

University of London, United Medical and Dental Schools (United Kingdom)



Mathematical Biology and Epidemiology

Name

Undergraduate Institution,
Year of Graduation

Fellowship Institution

Seronda Arlette Jackson

Clark Atlanta University, 1998

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Minhee Kang

Brown University, 1993

Harvard University

Robert Charles Kaplan

Brown University, 1993

University of Washington

Robert Jared Klein

Harvard University, 1998

Washington University

Benjamin Henry Strauss

Yale University, 1995

University of Washington

Hua Tang

Harvard University, 1997

Stanford University



Neuroscience and Physiology

Name

Undergraduate Institution,
Year of Graduation

Fellowship Institution

Qing Cao

University of Beijing (People's Republic of China), 1992

Duke University

Tija Carey

University of Texas at Austin, 1996

University of California-Berkeley

Michael Tri Hoang Do

Georgetown University, 1998

Harvard University

Kevin Erreger

State University of New York at Buffalo, 1998

Emory University

Sunil P. Gandhi

Stanford University, 1998

University of California-San Diego

Giovanna Guerrero

University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras Campus, 1997

University of California-Berkeley

Katherine Anne Henzler

Cornell University, 1998

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Anne Elizabeth Hodges

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 1998

University of California-San Francisco

Hailan Hu

University of Beijing (People's Republic of China), 1996

University of California-Berkeley

Mimi H. F. Kao

Stanford University, 1994

University of California-San Francisco

Irwin Hubert Lee

Harvard University, 1995

Harvard University

Daniel Noah Lerman

Brown University, 1996

University of Chicago

Jeremy Edward McLean

Princeton University, 1997

Brandeis University

Kristi Luella Montooth

University of California-Irvine, 1998

Pennsylvania State University Main Campus

Kevin Richard Neville

California Institute of Technology, 1996

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Michael Brian Orger

University of Cambridge (United Kingdom), 1998

University of California-San Francisco

Robert Jacob Peters

University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1995

California Institute of Technology

Isabel Katherine Reichardt

Harvard University, 1998

Harvard University

Javid Sadr

Simon Fraser University (Canada), 1996

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

James Matthew Schummers

Oberlin College, 1995

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Andrew David Straw

University of Southern California, 1997

University of Washington

Andrew Yong-Yi Tan

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1998

University of California-San Francisco

Elise Temple

University of Oregon, 1997

Stanford University

Bojan Zagrovic

Harvard University, 1997

Stanford University



Structural Biology and Biochemistry

Name

Undergraduate Institution,
Year of Graduation

Fellowship Institution

Richard Arthur Bonneau, Jr.

Florida State University, 1996

University of Washington

Joe I. Budman

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1997

Stanford University

Adam Guy Cassano

Case Western Reserve University, 1997

Case Western Reserve University

Douglas K. Crawford

University of Washington, 1998

University of California-San Francisco

Sarah Ruth Green

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 1997

University of California-San Francisco

David Riggs Halpin

University of California-Davis, 1996

Stanford University

Brian Eric Nordin

University of California-Berkeley, 1997

Scripps Research Institute

Lucy Perez

Harvard University, 1998

Harvard University

Armando Chapin Rodriguez*

Duke University, 1997

University of Cambridge, Churchill College (United Kingdom)

Michael Timothy Sykes

University of Alberta (Canada), 1998

Stanford University

Laura Ann Tomky

Colorado State University, 1998

Mayo Foundation-Mayo Graduate School

Peng-Chu Benjamin Tu

Harvard University, 1998

University of California-San Francisco

Elizabeth Hope Williams

Cornell University, 1998

California Institute of Technology

Ann Marie Winter-Vann

Duke University, 1992

Duke University

*Award deferred from 1997



Research Training Fellowships For Medical Students 1998 Fellows

Initial Awards—First Year of Research

Continued Awards

Cell and Developmental Biology

Name

Fellowship Institution

Research Mentor

For More Information

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