Karen Agaronyan

Project Title: The molecular mechanisms of the initiation of type 2 immunity – how allergens are sensed

Fellowship Mentor: Ruslan Medzhitov

Affiliation:Yale University

Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Email: karen.agaronyan {at} yale.edu

2019

Juan Alvarez Dominguez

Project Title: Dissecting β-cell differentiation regulatory networks through epigenetic footprinting

Fellowship Mentor: Douglas Melton

Affiliation:Harvard University

Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Email: juanralvarez {at} fas.harvard.edu

2017

Lior Artzi

Project Title: Nutrient Sensing and Spore Germination

Fellowship Mentor: David Rudner

Affiliation:Harvard Medical School

Sponsor: Simons Foundation (The)

Email: lior_artzi {at} hms.harvard.edu

2019

Daniel Bear

Project Title: Learning to See the Physical World with Biologically-Inspired Recurrent Neural Networks

Fellowship Mentor: Daniel Yamins

Affiliation:Stanford University

Sponsor: Biogen Idec

Email: dbear9887 {at} gmail.com

2019

Daniel Blanco Melo

Project Title: The role of alternative splicing in the innate immune response against viral infections

Fellowship Mentor: Benjamin tenOever

Affiliation:Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Sponsor: Open Philanthropy Project

Email: dblan003 {at} gmail.com

2018

Christopher Brown

Project Title: Structures and mechanisms for unusual ribosomes from ubiquitous, but little-known Candidate Phyla Radiation bacteria

Fellowship Mentor: Jamie H.D. Cate

Affiliation:University of California, Berkeley

Sponsor: Agouron Institute

Email: ctb {at} berkeley.edu

2017

Joseph Bruckner

Project Title: Microbial modulation of forebrain development and social behavior

Fellowship Mentor: Judith Eisen and Philip Washbourne

Affiliation:University of Oregon

Sponsor: Open Philanthropy Project

Email: jjbruck {at} uoregon.edu

2019

Adrian Brueckner

Project Title: Single cell assembly of a metazoan chemical defense system

Fellowship Mentor: Joseph Parker

Affiliation:California Institute of Technology

Sponsor: Simons Foundation (The)

Email: adrian.brueckner {at} gmail.com

2018

Jonathan Chekan

Project Title: Biosynthesis of the Marine Neurotoxins Domoic Acid and Kainic Acid, Important Neurological Tools and Environmental Toxins

Fellowship Mentor: Bradley S. Moore

Affiliation:Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Sponsor: Simons Foundation (The)

Email: jchekan {at} ucsd.edu

2018

Guangbo Chen

Project Title: Neutrophil count as a drug response predictor and novel drug target for autoinflammatory diseases in human

Fellowship Mentor: Purvesh Khatri

Affiliation:Stanford University

Sponsor: Lilly Research Laboratories

Email: guangbo {at} stanford.edu

2018

Ching-Chieh Chou

Project Title: Direct Neuronal Reprogramming for Determining Molecular and Genetic Mechanisms of Protein Homeostasis in Alzheimer's Disease

Fellowship Mentor: Judith Frydman

Affiliation:Stanford University

Sponsor: Open Philanthropy Project

Email: cchou6 {at} stanford.edu

2019

Kurt Dahlstrom

Project Title: The Role of Phenazines in Modulating Root-Associated Microbial Biofilm Communities

Fellowship Mentor: Dianne Newman

Affiliation:California Institute of Technology

Sponsor: Simons Foundation (The)

Email: kdahlstr {at} caltech.edu

2017

Clarice Demarchi Aiello

Project Title: Unraveling in vivo magnetoreception

Fellowship Mentor: Manu Prakash

Affiliation:Stanford University

Sponsor: Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (The)

Email: caiello {at} stanford.edu

2018

Hany Dweck

Project Title: Oviposition preference in the invasive agricultural pest Drosophila suzukii

Fellowship Mentor: John R. Carlson

Affiliation:Yale University

Sponsor: Merck Research Laboratories

Email: hany.dweck {at} yale.edu

2018

Hanieh Falahati

Project Title: Molecular and Functional Characterization of the Enigmatic Spine Apparatus of Synapses

Fellowship Mentor: Pietro De Camilli

Affiliation:Yale University

Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Email: hanieh.falahati {at} yale.edu

2018

Hannah Frank

Project Title: Immune evolution and function in bats

Fellowship Mentor: Scott Boyd

Affiliation:Stanford University

Sponsor: Open Philanthropy Project

Email: hkfrank {at} stanford.edu

2019

Dipon Ghosh

Project Title: Determining mechanisms of neuronal regulation of stress responses in non-neuronal tissues

Fellowship Mentor: H. Robert Horvitz

Affiliation:Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Email: dipon {at} mit.edu

2018

Jonathan Green

Project Title: Scalable methods for investigating the roles of cortical cell types in decision-making

Fellowship Mentor: Christopher Harvey

Affiliation:Harvard Medical School

Sponsor: Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Email: jonathan_green {at} hms.harvard.edu

2019

Serge Gueroussov

Project Title: Engineering CRISPR effector proteins for programmable regulation of RNA splicing in research and therapeutics

Fellowship Mentor: Feng Zhang

Affiliation:Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Sponsor: Mark Foundation for Cancer Research (The)

Email: sguerous {at} broadinstitute.org

2018

Alex Guseman

Project Title: Avoiding Fatal Attraction - Crystallin proteins in crowded lens-like environments

Fellowship Mentor: Angela Gronenborg

Affiliation:University of Pittsburgh

Sponsor: Merck Research Laboratories

Email: ajg150 {at} pitt.edu

2019

Yang Hai

Project Title: Elucidating the programming rule of fungal nonlinear modular nonribosomal peptide synthetase SidC involved in biosynthesis of siderophore ferricrocin

Fellowship Mentor: Yi Tang

Affiliation:University of California, Los Angeles

Sponsor: Mark Foundation for Cancer Research (The)

Email: yanghai62 {at} ucla.edu

2017

Sur Herrera Paredes

Project Title: Population genetics of the human microbiota

Fellowship Mentor: Hunter Fraser

Affiliation:Stanford University

Sponsor: Simons Foundation (The)

Email: sur00mx {at} gmail.com

2018

Gary Heussler

Project Title: Mechanisms and Impact of Horizontal Gene Transfer in a Model Microbial Community

Fellowship Mentor: Rachel Dutton

Affiliation:University of California San Diego

Sponsor: Simons Foundation (The)

Email: gary.heussler {at} gmail.com

2018

Joshua Horwitz

Project Title: Structural analysis of polymerase functionality in rhabdoviruses

Fellowship Mentor: Sean Whelan

Affiliation:Harvard Medical School

Sponsor: Amgen

Email: jhorwitz {at} crystal.harvard.edu

2017

Diana Iovan

Project Title: Targeting new cancer-related metalloproteins through chemoproteomics

Fellowship Mentor: Christopher Chang

Affiliation:University of California, Berkeley

Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Email: dianaiovan {at} berkeley.edu

2018

Hui Jing

Project Title: Mechanistic studies of neuroimmunological lipid pathways in Alzheimer’s disease

Fellowship Mentor: Benjamin Cravatt

Affiliation:The Scripps Research Institute

Sponsor: Biogen

Email: huijing {at} scripps.edu

2019

Stephanie Jones

Project Title: Bacteria versus phage: exploring new strategies in an ancient arms race

Fellowship Mentor: Michael Laub

Affiliation:Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Email: stephanie.erin.jones {at} gmail.com

2019

Diana Klompstra

Project Title: Glial control of sensory organ development and function

Fellowship Mentor: Shai Shaham

Affiliation:Rockefeller University

Sponsor: Rockefeller University Women & Science

Email: dklompstra {at} rockefeller.edu

2017

Ayano Kohlgruber

Project Title: High-Throughput Identification of CD8+ T Cell Antigens in Cancer

Fellowship Mentor: Stephen Elledge

Affiliation:Brigham & Women's Hospital - Harvard Medical School

Sponsor: Mark Foundation for Cancer Research (The)

Email: akohlgruber {at} bwh.harvard.edu

2019

Kiran Kurmi

Project Title: Nitrogen Recycling in Pancreatic Cancer Cells and its Role in Anti-Tumor Immunity

Fellowship Mentor: Marcia C. Haigis

Affiliation:Harvard Medical School

Sponsor: Gilead Sciences

Email: kiran_kurmi {at} hms.harvard.edu

2019

Erkin Kuru

Project Title: New non-standard amino acid based protein labeling technologies to illuminate bacterial cell division in high resolution

Fellowship Mentor: George Church

Affiliation:Harvard Medical School

Sponsor: Shurl and Kay Curci Foundation (The)

Email: erkin_kuru {at} hms.harvard.edu

2017

Minsuk Kwak

Project Title: Deconstructing and decoding the working mechanisms of T cell receptors with single cell nanotechnology tools

Fellowship Mentor: Young-wook Jun

Affiliation:University of California San Francisco

Sponsor: Shurl and Kay Curci Foundation (The)

Email: sukgi333 {at} gmail.com

2018

Corinne Lee-Kubli

Project Title: Sonogenetics: Developing a tool to interrogate neural circuits with ultrasound

Fellowship Mentor: Sreekanth Chalasani

Affiliation:Salk Institute for Biological Sciences

Sponsor: Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Email: cleekubli {at} salk.edu

2018

Alexander Leydon

Project Title: A synthetic approach to understanding establishment and relief of transcriptional repression

Fellowship Mentor: Jennifer L. Nemhauser

Affiliation:University of Washington

Sponsor: Simons Foundation (The)

Email: leydon.alexander {at} gmail.com

2018

Yiding Li

Project Title: Cellular mechanisms of context dependent feature selectivity: inputs and plasticity

Fellowship Mentor: Jeffrey Magee

Affiliation:Baylor College of Medicine

Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Email: yidingl {at} bcm.edu

2019

Chenshu Liu

Project Title: Analysis of forces underlying homologous chromosome recognition during meiosis

Fellowship Mentor: Abby Dernburg

Affiliation:University of California - Berkeley

Sponsor: Walter Group (The)

Email: chenshu.liu {at} berkeley.edu

2018

Di Liu

Project Title: Approaching RNA Structural Biology with cryo-EM

Fellowship Mentor: Peng Yin

Affiliation:President & Fellows of Harvard College

Sponsor: Merck Research Laboratories

Email: di.liu {at} wyss.harvard.edu

2018

Junjie Liu

Project Title: Structural analysis of HIV1-related lncRNA using cryo-EM

Fellowship Mentor: Eva Nogales

Affiliation:University of California - Berkeley

Sponsor: Pfizer Global Research and Development

Email: liujunjie0801 {at} berkeley.edu

Notes:Co-mentor - Jennifer Doudna

2018

Eric Lubeck

Project Title: Development of Therapeutic Microbiota by Synthetic Ecology

Fellowship Mentor: Michael Fischbach

Affiliation:Stanford University

Sponsor: Simons Foundation (The)

Email: eric.lubeck {at} gmail.com

2017

Anila Madiraju

Project Title: CRTC1 and its essential role in the regulation of adipogenesis, inflammation and metabolic homeostasis

Fellowship Mentor: Marc Montminy

Affiliation:The Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Sponsor: Gilead Sciences

Email: anila.madiraju {at} gmail.com

2017

Christopher Madl

Project Title: Decoupling the Effects of Matrix Mechanics and Composition on Muscle Stem Cell Function with Aging

Fellowship Mentor: Helen Blau

Affiliation:Stanford University

Sponsor: Open Philanthropy Project

Email: cmadl {at} stanford.edu

2019

Ameya Mashruwala

Project Title: Quorum-sensing-mediated interactions between human cells and commensal microbiota and the consequences for intestinal health

Fellowship Mentor: Bonnie Bassler

Affiliation:Princeton University

Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Email: ameyam {at} princeton.edu

2019

Ryan Melnyk

Project Title: Characterization of bacterial fitness, niche, and competition in the Arabidopsis rhizosphere

Fellowship Mentor: Venkatesan Sundaresan

Affiliation:University of California - Davis

Sponsor: Simons Foundation (The)

Email: ramelnyk {at} ucdavis.edu

2017

Heather Meyer

Project Title: Investigation of intrinsically disordered proteins as possible thermosensors to time flowering in Arabidopsis thaliana

Fellowship Mentor: David Ehrhardt

Affiliation:Carnegie Institute for Science

Sponsor: Simons Foundation (The)

Email: hmeyer {at} carnegiescience.edu

2018

Louise Moncla

Project Title: Quantifying the genetic and environmental determinants of H5N1 cross-species transmission

Fellowship Mentor: Trevor Bedford

Affiliation:Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Sponsor: Open Philanthropy Project

Email: lhmoncla {at} gmail.com

2019

Ryan Nett

Project Title: Discovering the biosynthesis of plant alkaloids for the treatment of neurological disease

Fellowship Mentor: Elizabeth S. Sattely

Affiliation:Stanford University

Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Email: rnett {at} stanford.edu

2019

Manuel Ortega

Project Title: Structural and functional insights of gut microbial enzymes involved in the metabolism of therapeutic and diet derived xenobiotics

Fellowship Mentor: Catherine Drennan

Affiliation:Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sponsor: Merck Research Laboratories

Email: maortega {at} mit.edu

2017

Gonzalo Perez Mitta

Project Title: Unraveling the functional implications of membrane protein dynamics on the GPCR-GIRK channel signaling pathway. Towards a comprehensive model of GPCR activation

Fellowship Mentor: Roderick MacKinnon

Affiliation:Rockefeller University

Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Email: gperez {at} rockefeller.edu

2019

Afroditi Petsakou

Project Title: Investigating the regenerative potential of cholinergic enteric innervations in the gut

Fellowship Mentor: Norbert Perrimon

Affiliation:Harvard Medical School

Sponsor: Good Ventures

Email: Afroditi_Petsakou {at} hms.harvard.edu

2017

Edith Pierre-Jerome

Project Title: Synthetic Programming of Combinatorial Gene Regulation in Development

Fellowship Mentor: Philip Benfey

Affiliation:Duke University

Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Email: edith.pierre.jerome {at} duke.edu

2017

Maros Pleska

Project Title: Emergence and maintenance of non-genetic diversity in bacterial populations

Fellowship Mentor: Stanislas Leibler

Affiliation:Rockefeller University

Sponsor: Simons Foundation (The)

Email: maros.pleska {at} rockefeller.edu

2019

Sara Prescott

Project Title: Novel rare populations of sensory neurons that sense visceral cues and regulate homeostasis

Fellowship Mentor: Stephen Liberles

Affiliation:Harvard Medical School

Sponsor: Open Philanthropy Project

Email: Sara_Prescott {at} hms.harvard.edu

2018

Mira Pronobis

Project Title: Bioactive peptides as modulators of tissue regeneration

Fellowship Mentor: Kenneth Poss

Affiliation:Duke University

Sponsor: Astellas Pharma, Inc

Email: mip11 {at} duke.edu

2017

Xiaofeng Qi

Project Title: Study on the molecular mechanism of the Hedgehog signaling pathway

Fellowship Mentor: Xiaochun Li

Affiliation:University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Sponsor: DDBrown Fellowship

Email: xiaofeng.qi {at} utsouthwestern.edu

2019

Allison Roberts

Project Title: Inflammatory signaling during Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection of macrophages

Fellowship Mentor: Jeffery Cox

Affiliation:University of California - Berkeley

Sponsor: Open Philanthropy Project

Email: aroberts {at} berkeley.edu

2018

Andrew Santiago-Frangos

Project Title: Interplay between innate and adaptive immune systems in bacteria

Fellowship Mentor: Blake Wiedenheft

Affiliation:Montana State University

Sponsor: Simons Foundation (The)

Email: andrew.santiagofrangos {at} gmail.com

2019

Saima Shahid

Project Title: Initiation of Epigenetic Silencing - how does the cell know what to silence?

Fellowship Mentor: R. Keith Slotkin

Affiliation:Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Sponsor: Simons Foundation (The)

Email: saimashahid.du {at} gmail.com

2019

Neta Shlezinger

Project Title: Programmed cell death in host defense against invasive fungal disease

Fellowship Mentor: Tobias M. Hohl

Affiliation:Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Sponsor: Gilead Sciences

Email: shlezinn {at} mskcc.org

2018

Michael Smith

Project Title: How individual and collective movement patterns predict task allocation and developmental state in honey bee colonies

Fellowship Mentor: Iain D. Couzin

Affiliation:Max Planck Institute for Ornithology

Sponsor: Simons Foundation (The)

Email: msmith {at} orn.mpg.de

2017

Tara Stewart Merrill

Project Title: How among- and within-species variation in parasite competence affects the dynamics of infectious disease

Fellowship Mentor: Pieter Johnson

Affiliation:University of Colorado - Boulder

Sponsor: Simons Foundation (The)

Email: tarastewart86 {at} gmail.com

2019

Amy Strom

Project Title: Nuclear Organization in Metastatic Potential

Fellowship Mentor: Clifford Brangwynne

Affiliation:Princeton University

Sponsor: Mark Foundation for Cancer Research (The)

Email: amystrom23 {at} gmail.com

2019

Matthew Swaffer

Project Title: Determining how cell size and growth control global transcription

Fellowship Mentor: Jan Skotheim

Affiliation:Stanford University

Sponsor: Simons Foundation (The)

Email: mpswaffer {at} gmail.com

2017

Sirimuvva Tadepalli

Project Title: Harnessing Dendritic Cells for Personalized Cancer Immunotherapies

Fellowship Mentor: Juliana Idoyaga

Affiliation:Stanford University

Sponsor: Merck Research Laboratories

Email: stade {at} stanford.edu

2019

Jonathan (Chung Yiu) Tang

Project Title: Neural dynamics and circuitry underlying initiation of specific actions

Fellowship Mentor: Rui Costa

Affiliation:Columbia University

Sponsor: Merck Research Laboratories

Email: deftobin {at} msn.com

2017

Alexandra Tayar

Project Title: Flagella beating, from the single organelle to collective self-organization.

Fellowship Mentor: Zvonimir Dogic

Affiliation:UC Santa Barbara

Sponsor: Simons Foundation (The)

Email: alexandra.tayar {at} weizmann.ac.il

2018

David Tourigny

Project Title: Integrated approach to temperature compensation in biological oscillations

Fellowship Mentor: Rae Silver & Helen Causton

Affiliation:Columbia University

Sponsor: Simons Foundation (The)

Email: dst2156 {at} cumc.columbia.edu

2017

Morgan Truitt

Project Title: VDR-driven reprogramming of immune cell fate and function: a novel strategy for revoking immune privilege in pancreatic cancer

Fellowship Mentor: Ronald Evans

Affiliation:The Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Email: mtruitt {at} salk.edu

2017

Lena Veit

Project Title: Context-dependent modification of syllable sequence in birdsong

Fellowship Mentor: Michael Brainard

Affiliation:University of California, San Francisco

Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Email: lena.veit {at} gmail.com

2018

Caroline Wagner

Project Title: Modeling the impact of complex drivers on infectious disease dynamics and control

Fellowship Mentor: Bryan Grenfell

Affiliation:Princeton University

Sponsor: Open Philanthropy Project

Email: cewagner {at} princeton.edu

2019

Ray Yu-Ruei Wang

Project Title: Uncovering the molecular principles of client activation/regulation by the Hsp90 chaperone machinery

Fellowship Mentor: Yifan Cheng

Affiliation:University of California, San Francisco

Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Email: wangyr {at} msg.ucsf.edu

2017

Brant Webster

Project Title: Controlling the quality of the extracellular proteome

Fellowship Mentor: Andrew Dillin

Affiliation:University of California, Berkeley

Sponsor: Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Email: webster {at} berkeley.edu

2017

Sebastian Weingaertner

Project Title: Endogenous Controllability of Functional Classes of Neurons in Parietal and Prefrontal Cortex of Nonhuman Primate

Fellowship Mentor: Tirin Moore

Affiliation:Stanford University

Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Email: sweingae {at} umn.edu

2017

Brandon Weissbourd

Project Title: Establishing a novel model organism for systems neuroscience research

Fellowship Mentor: David Anderson

Affiliation:California Institute of Technology

Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Email: bweissb {at} gmail.com

2017

Daniel Woods

Project Title: Dissection of the Short Day Vernalization pathway in temperate grasses

Fellowship Mentor: Dr. Jorge Dubcovsky

Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Email: danielwoods715 {at} gmail.com

2018

Jacob Yates

Project Title: Neural mechanisms of perceptual inference

Fellowship Mentor: Jude Mitchell

Affiliation:University of Rochester

Sponsor: Open Philanthropy Project

Email: jyates7 {at} ur.rochester.edu

2018

Boxuan Zhao

Project Title: Connectome-seq: Mapping Brain Connectivity by High-throughput Sequencing

Fellowship Mentor: Alice Ting and Liqun Luo

Affiliation:Stanford University

Sponsor: Shurl and Kay Curci Foundation (The)

Email: simenhomer {at} gmail.com

2019

Stephanie Zimmerman

Project Title: Developing Proteomic Methods to Determine the Effect of Mutations on Protein Function

Fellowship Mentor: Stanley Fields

Affiliation:University of Washington

Sponsor: Washington Research Foundation

Email: scmz {at} uw.edu

2017

Abdelrahim Zoued

Project Title: Proteomic interrogation of the host-pathogen interface during infection

Fellowship Mentor: Matthew Waldor

Affiliation:Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Email: azoued {at} bwh.harvard.edu

2018