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Howard Hughes Medical Institute Awards 166 Fellowships for Graduate Education, Medical Student Research Training

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Awards 166 Fellowships for Graduate Education, Medical Student Research Training

Summary

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has awarded 166 fellowships to enable some of the world's most promising young scientists to receive advanced training in biomedical research.

Eighty-five of the fellowships are five-year awards for graduate students pursuing doctoral degrees in the biological sciences. The other 81 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.

"The fellowship awards to these outstanding students are an important investment in the future of fundamental research," said HHMI President Purnell W. Choppin. "We look forward to their future careers as independent scientists and physician-scientists who will make significant contributions to our understanding of basic biological processes and disease mechanisms."

HHMI, the nation's largest private philanthropy, now supports 475 students at 67 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 $115 million in fellowship support since 1988 to 1,600 outstanding students and physician-scientists.

"These remarkable students will work with superb mentors who are committed to helping them learn the challenge, rigor, and excitement of fundamental research," said Joseph G. Perpich, HHMI's vice president for grants and special programs. "Each spring, through their progress reports and presentations at our annual meetings of fellows, we see evidence of the fellows' creativity and productivity at the leading edge of biomedical research."

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 375 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 85 new fellows, including 42 men and 43 women, are planning graduate study at 29 academic institutions in the United States and one in the United Kingdom. Ten of the fellows are from minority groups underrepresented in the sciences. The group includes 69 U.S. citizens and 5 fellows from Canada, 3 from People's Republic of China, 2 from Russia, and 1 each from Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, and New Zealand.

Research Training Fellowships for Medical Students
The Research Training Fellowships for Medical Students will enable 60 medical students to conduct biomedical research full time in a laboratory of their choice for one year. The 39 men and 21 women selected this year will study at 21 institutions. Six 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, HHMI also announced that it would provide continued support to 14 men and 7 women who received fellowships last year, bringing the overall program to an annual level of more than $2.5 million. Five of these "continued fellows" will pursue a second year of training in research. The other 16 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. 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. A medical research organization, HHMI is the nation's largest philanthropy. It 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 grants program, HHMI supports science education in the United States and a select group of researchers abroad.



Cell and Developmental Biology

Name

Undergraduate Institution,
Year of Graduation

Fellowship Institution

Simon R. Chan

University of Auckland (New Zealand), 1996

University of California-San Francisco

Anna Lvovna Goodman

University of Florida, 1996

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Maxwell G. Heiman

Yale University, 1997

University of California-San Francisco

Eurie Lee

Stanford University, 1996

University of Chicago

Kendall Sue Powell

College of William and Mary, 1997

University of California-San Diego

Chad Alan Rappleye

University of Utah, 1996

University of California-San Diego

Julie Hayner Simpson

Princeton University, 1995

University of California-Berkeley

Victoria Elizabeth Wang

Stanford University, 1995

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Justin Charles Yarrow

Texas A&M; University, 1995

University of California-San Diego



Genetics and Molecular Biology

Name

Undergraduate Institution,
Year of Graduation

Fellowship Institution

Zachary Charles Baquet

Vassar College, 1993

University of Colorado at Boulder

Joseph John Binder

University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1995

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jennifer Ann Brisson

Kansas State University, 1997

Washington University

Wen Chen

College of New Rochelle, 1996

Harvard University

Phuongan Huu Dam

California State University-Fullerton, 1996

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Eric Hunter Ekland

Amherst College, 1994

University of California-San Francisco

Katharine Heather Eklof

Rice University, 1996

Stanford University

Rachael Louise French

University of California-Davis, 1995

University of Washington

Andrew William Grimson

University of Dublin, Trinity College (Ireland), 1997

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Charles Ray Holst

Lawrence University, 1997

University of California-San Francisco

Cynthia Louise Hughes

University of California-Berkeley, 1995

Indiana University at Bloomington

Tonia Marie Korves

Duke University, 1994

University of Chicago

Michael Travis Laub

University of California-San Diego, 1997

Stanford University

Kristie Acuna Mather

Beloit College, 1997

University of California-Berkeley

Gael-Christophe Garth McGill

Swarthmore College, 1995

Harvard University

Karen Joyce Nutt

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1994

University of California-Berkeley

Lev Zalman Osherovich

University of California-Berkeley, 1997

University of California-San Francisco

Jennifer R. Powell

Hendrix College, 1997

University of California-Berkeley

Avital Adah Rodal

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1997

University of California-Berkeley

Adisetyantari Suprapto

Swarthmore College, 1996

Rockefeller University

Debrah Michele Thompson

Michigan State University, 1997

Baylor College of Medicine

Matthew Tudor

Cornell University, 1995

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jing Wang

University of California-Berkeley, 1997

Harvard University

Eileen Lisa Whiteman

Pennsylvania State University Main Campus, 1996

University of Pennsylvania



Immunology and Microbiology

Name

Undergraduate Institution,
Year of Graduation

Fellowship Institution

Karl Mark Ansel

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1996

University of California-San Francisco

Scott Dexter Boyd

University of Manitoba (Canada), 1992

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Benjamin Elison Gewurz

Stanford University, 1995

Harvard University

Karen So-pu Huang

Princeton University, 1997

Harvard University

Alfred Ian Lee

Stanford University, 1994

Yale University

Daniel Matthew Miller

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 1994

Ohio State University Main Campus

Gary Chai-Li Pien

Brown University, 1995

Brown University

Lauren Ilyse Richie

Yale University, 1997

Stanford University

Peter von Dassow

University of Washington, 1997

University of California-San Diego

David LeRoy Wensel

Bucknell University, 1997

Harvard University



Mathematical Biology and Epidemiology

Name

Undergraduate Institution,
Year of Graduation

Fellowship Institution

Nathan Andrew Baker

University of Iowa, 1997

University of California-San Diego

Rajalakshmi Balasubramanian

Mount Holyoke College, 1996

Harvard University

Kristin L. Cobb

Dartmouth College, 1995

Stanford University

Robin DeAnne Dowell

Texas A&M; University, 1997

Washington University

Julie E. Goodman

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1996

Johns Hopkins University



Neuroscience and Physiology

Name

Undergraduate Institution,
Year of Graduation

Fellowship Institution

Crista Lee Barberini

University of Oregon, 1994

Stanford University

Brian Richard Bettencourt

University of Massachusetts, 1996

University of Chicago

Lisa Anne Catapano

Dartmouth College, 1992

Harvard University

Dennis Chung-Ping Chang

Queen's University at Kingston (Canada), 1997

Harvard University

Lara Shayne Collier

University of Virginia, 1996

Stanford University

Bradley F. Dickey

Haverford College, 1996

University of Kentucky

Jennie Beth Dorman

University of California-Berkeley, 1992

University of Washington

Mark Monroe Emerson

Oberlin College, 1997

Harvard University

Ki Ann Goosens

University of Virginia, 1995

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Karen Louise Gross

University of Chicago, 1993

University of Vermont

Mark Erno Hauber

Yale University, 1996

Cornell University

Nicholas John Justice

University of California-Berkeley, 1995

University of California-San Francisco

Julie Shi-Lan Mak

Stanford University, 1995

Stanford University

Steven Andrew McCarroll

Stanford University, 1993

University of California-San Francisco

Jason Robert Meyers

Williams College, 1997

University of Virginia

Lornie James Phillips, II

University of Southern California, 1996

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Kevin Michael Pilz

Hampshire College, 1994

Cornell University

Margaret Pizer

University of Chicago, 1997

State University of New York at Stony Brook

Tenaya Megan Rodewald

University of California-Berkeley, 1997

University of California-San Diego

Samuel K. Sia

University of Alberta (Canada), 1997

Harvard University

Sen Song

University of Mississippi, 1996

Brandeis University

Richard Torres

Stanford University, 1994

Yale University

Laura Marie Wickline

University of California-San Diego, 1996

Washington University

Kristen Lee Williams

Southwest Missouri State University, 1996

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill



Structural Biology and Biochemistry

Name

Undergraduate Institution,
Year of Graduation

Fellowship Institution

Angela DePace

Yale University, 1996

University of California-San Francisco

Gretchen Marie Ehrenkaufer

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1995

University of California-San Francisco

Rachel Megan Fry

Carleton College, 1996

University of Colorado at Boulder

Jeff E. Janes

Michigan Technological University, 1996

University of California-Berkeley

Alla Yu Karpova

University of Chicago, 1997

Harvard University

Judith Hendrike Klein

University of Cologne (Germany), 1995

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jeffrey C. Miller

California Institute of Technology, 1997

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Kenneth Vincent Mills

Loyola College, 1996

Harvard University

Joseph Benjamin Rayman

Pennsylvania State University Main Campus, 1994

Harvard University

Armando Chapin Rodriguez

Duke University, 1997

University of Cambridge, Churchill College (United Kingdom)

David Thomas Rutkowski

University of Delaware, 1997

University of California-San Francisco

Joanna Aileen Weinstein

University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1997

Northwestern University

Jon Foote Wilkins

Harvard University, 1993

University of Wisconsin-Madison



Research Training Fellowships For Medical Students 1997 Fellows
Initial Awards--First Year of Research