Current Awardees

Karen Agaronyan

Karen Agaronyan

2019

Project Title: The molecular mechanisms of the initiation of type 2 immunity – how allergens are sensed
Postdoc Mentor: Ruslan Medzhitov
Affiliation: Yale University
Award Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Email: karen.agaronyan {at} yale.edu

Lior Artzi

Lior Artzi

2019

Project Title: Nutrient Sensing and Spore Germination
Postdoc Mentor: David Rudner
Affiliation: Harvard Medical School
Award Sponsor: Simons Foundation (The)
Email: lior_artzi {at} hms.harvard.edu

 Daniel Bear

Daniel Bear

2019

Project Title: Learning to See the Physical World with Biologically-Inspired Recurrent Neural Networks
Postdoc Mentor: Daniel Yamins
Affiliation: Stanford University
Award Sponsor: Biogen Idec
Email: dbear {at} stanford.edu

Scott Biering

Scott Biering

2020

Project Title: Identifying host factors required for flavivirus NS1 endocytosis and endothelial dysfunction
Postdoc Mentor: Eva Harris
Affiliation: University of California – Berkeley
Award Sponsor: Open Philanthropy Project
Email: sbiering {at} berkeley.edu

Daniel Blanco Melo

Daniel Blanco Melo

2018

Project Title: The role of alternative splicing in the innate immune response against viral infections
Postdoc Mentor: Benjamin tenOever
Affiliation: Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Award Sponsor: Open Philanthropy Project
Email: daniel.blancomelo {at} mssm.edu

Cara Brand

Cara Brand

2020

Project Title: Maternally deposited proteins recurrently innovate to process paternal repetitive DNA in the embryo
Postdoc Mentor: Mia Levine
Affiliation: University of Pennsylvania
Award Sponsor: Shurl and Kay Curci Foundation (The)
Email: clbrand {at} sas.upenn.edu

Joseph Bruckner

Joseph Bruckner

2019

Project Title: Microbial modulation of forebrain development and social behavior
Postdoc Mentor: Judith Eisen and Philip Washbourne
Affiliation: University of Oregon
Award Sponsor: Open Philanthropy Project
Email: jjbruck {at} uoregon.edu

Adrian Brueckner

Adrian Brueckner

2018

Project Title: Single cell assembly of a metazoan chemical defense system
Postdoc Mentor: Joseph Parker
Affiliation: California Institute of Technology
Award Sponsor: Simons Foundation (The)
Email: adrian.brueckner {at} gmail.com

Arthur Charles-Orszag

Arthur Charles-Orszag

2020

Project Title: Unraveling the mechanisms of cell division in the thermophilic crenarchaeon Sulfolobus acidocaldarius
Postdoc Mentor: R. Dyche Mullins
Affiliation: University of California – San Francisco
Award Sponsor: Simons Foundation (The)
Email: arthur.charles-orszag {at} ucsf.edu

Guangbo Chen

Guangbo Chen

2018

Project Title: Neutrophil count as a drug response predictor and novel drug target for autoinflammatory diseases in human
Postdoc Mentor: Purvesh Khatri
Affiliation: Stanford University
Award Sponsor: Lilly Research Laboratories
Email: guangbo {at} stanford.edu

Ching-Chieh Chou

Ching-Chieh Chou

2019

Project Title: Direct Neuronal Reprogramming for Determining Molecular and Genetic Mechanisms of Protein Homeostasis in Alzheimer’s Disease
Postdoc Mentor: Judith Frydman
Affiliation: Stanford University
Award Sponsor: Open Philanthropy Project
Email: cchou6 {at} stanford.edu

Michael-John Dolan

Michael-John Dolan

2020

Project Title: Synapse-seq: Simultaneous acquisition of single-neuron transcriptome and neuroanatomy
Postdoc Mentor: Evan Macosko and Beth Stevens
Affiliation: Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard Medical School
Award Sponsor: Open Philanthropy Project
Email: mdolan {at} broadinstitute.org

Hany Dweck

Hany Dweck

2018

Project Title: Oviposition preference in the invasive agricultural pest Drosophila suzukii
Postdoc Mentor: John R. Carlson
Affiliation: Yale University
Award Sponsor: Merck Research Laboratories
Email: hany.dweck {at} yale.edu

Hanieh Falahati

Hanieh Falahati

2018

Project Title: Molecular and Functional Characterization of the Enigmatic Spine Apparatus of Synapses
Postdoc Mentor: Pietro De Camilli
Affiliation: Yale University
Award Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Email: hanieh.falahati {at} yale.edu

Dominic Frank

Dominic Frank

2020

Project Title: The neuronal foundation of social behavior in the ant
Postdoc Mentor: Daniel Kronauer
Affiliation: Rockefeller University
Award Sponsor: Open Philanthropy Project
Email: dominic.frank {at} rockefeller.edu

Dipon Ghosh

Dipon Ghosh

2018

Project Title: Determining mechanisms of neuronal regulation of stress responses in non-neuronal tissues
Postdoc Mentor: H. Robert Horvitz
Affiliation: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Award Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Email: dipon {at} mit.edu

Jonathan Green

Jonathan Green

2019

Project Title: Scalable methods for investigating the roles of cortical cell types in decision-making
Postdoc Mentor: Christopher Harvey
Affiliation: Harvard Medical School
Award Sponsor: Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Email: jonathan_green {at} hms.harvard.edu

Alex Guseman

Alex Guseman

2019

Project Title: Avoiding Fatal Attraction – Crystallin proteins in crowded lens-like environments
Postdoc Mentor: Angela Gronenborg
Affiliation: University of Pittsburgh
Award Sponsor: Merck Research Laboratories
Email: ajg150 {at} pitt.edu

Sur Herrera Paredes

Sur Herrera Paredes

2018

Project Title: Population genetics of the human microbiota
Postdoc Mentor: Hunter Fraser
Affiliation: Stanford University
Award Sponsor: Simons Foundation (The)
Email: surh {at} stanford.edu

Gary Heussler

Gary Heussler

2018

Project Title: Mechanisms and Impact of Horizontal Gene Transfer in a Model Microbial Community
Postdoc Mentor: Rachel Dutton
Affiliation: University of California San Diego
Award Sponsor: Simons Foundation (The)
Email: gheussler {at} ucsd.edu

Yue Huang

Yue Huang

2020

Project Title: Deciphering the impact of phages on bacterial functions in the human gut microbiome
Postdoc Mentor: Adam P. Arkin
Affiliation: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Award Sponsor: Astellas Pharmaceuticals
Email: yolandahuang {at} lbl.gov

Hui Jing

Hui Jing

2019

Project Title: Mechanistic studies of neuroimmunological lipid pathways in Alzheimer’s disease
Postdoc Mentor: Benjamin Cravatt
Affiliation: The Scripps Research Institute
Award Sponsor: Biogen
Email: huijing {at} scripps.edu

Stephanie Jones

Stephanie Jones

2019

Project Title: Bacteria versus phage: exploring new strategies in an ancient arms race
Postdoc Mentor: Michael Laub
Affiliation: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Award Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Email: sejones {at} mit.edu
Abhilasha Joshi

Abhilasha Joshi

2020

Project Title: Linking thoughts and actions through synchronization of sensory-motor and cognitive rhythms
Postdoc Mentor: Loren Frank
Affiliation: University of California – San Francisco
Award Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Email: abhilasha.joshi {at} ucsf.edu
Tosha Kelly

Tosha Kelly

2020

Project Title: Testing the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis as a mediator of resistance and tolerance to malaria infection
Postdoc Mentor: Christine Lattin
Affiliation: Louisiana State University
Award Sponsor: Merck Research Laboratories
Email: trkelly {at} lsu.edu
Cason King

Cason King

2020

Project Title: Using re-engineered influenza virus to probe for new host regulators of viral infection
Postdoc Mentor: Andrew Mehle
Affiliation: University of Wisconsin – Madison
Award Sponsor: Open Philanthropy Project
Email: cking29 {at} wisc.edu
Ayano Kohlgruber

Ayano Kohlgruber

2019

Project Title: High-Throughput Identification of CD8+ T Cell Antigens in Cancer
Postdoc Mentor: Stephen Elledge
Affiliation: Brigham & Women’s Hospital – Harvard Medical School
Award Sponsor: Mark Foundation for Cancer Research (The)
Email: akohlgruber {at} bwh.harvard.edu
Jessica Kotov

Jessica Kotov

2020

Project Title: Long-lived plasma cell positioning and survival in the bone marrow
Postdoc Mentor: Jason Cyster
Affiliation: University of California – San Francisco
Award Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Email: jessica.kotov {at} ucsf.edu
Kiran Kurmi

Kiran Kurmi

2019

Project Title: Nitrogen Recycling in Pancreatic Cancer Cells and its Role in Anti-Tumor Immunity
Postdoc Mentor: Marcia C. Haigis
Affiliation: Harvard Medical School
Award Sponsor: Gilead Sciences
Email: kiran_kurmi {at} hms.harvard.edu

Erkin Kuru

Erkin Kuru

2017

Project Title: New non-standard amino acid based protein labeling technologies to illuminate bacterial cell division in high resolution
Postdoc Mentor: George Church
Affiliation: Harvard Medical School
Award Sponsor: Shurl and Kay Curci Foundation (The)
Email: erkin_kuru {at} hms.harvard.edu

Minsuk Kwak

Minsuk Kwak

2018

Project Title: Deconstructing and decoding the working mechanisms of T cell receptors with single cell nanotechnology tools
Postdoc Mentor: Young-wook Jun
Affiliation: University of California – San Francisco
Award Sponsor: Shurl and Kay Curci Foundation (The)
Email: minsuk.kwak {at} ucsf.edu

Alexander Leydon

Alexander Leydon

2018

Project Title: A synthetic approach to understanding establishment and relief of transcriptional repression
Postdoc Mentor: Jennifer L. Nemhauser
Affiliation: University of Washington
Award Sponsor: Simons Foundation (The)
Email: aleydon {at} uw.edu
Yiding Li

Yiding Li

2019

Project Title: Cellular mechanisms of context dependent feature selectivity: inputs and plasticity
Postdoc Mentor: Jeffrey Magee
Affiliation: Baylor College of Medicine
Award Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Email: yidingl {at} bcm.edu

Susan Liao

Susan Liao

2020

Project Title: Deciphering the embryonic stem cell splicing code
Postdoc Mentor: Jef Boeke and Oded Regev
Affiliation: New York University
Award Sponsor: Additional Ventures
Email: susan.liao {at} nyulangone.org
Chenshu Liu

Chenshu Liu

2018

Project Title: Analysis of forces underlying homologous chromosome recognition during meiosis
Postdoc Mentor: Abby Dernburg
Affiliation: University of California – Berkeley
Award Sponsor: Walter Group (The)
Email: chenshu.liu {at} berkeley.edu
Di Liu

Di Liu

2018

Project Title: Approaching RNA Structural Biology with cryo-EM
Postdoc Mentor: Peng Yin
Affiliation: Harvard University
Award Sponsor: Merck Research Laboratories
Email: di.liu {at} wyss.harvard.edu
Christopher Madl

Christopher Madl

2019

Project Title: Decoupling the Effects of Matrix Mechanics and Composition on Muscle Stem Cell Function with Aging
Postdoc Mentor: Helen Blau
Affiliation: Stanford University
Award Sponsor: Open Philanthropy Project
Email: cmadl {at} stanford.edu
Anastasia Manesis

Anastasia Manesis

2020

Project Title: Unraveling the metallo-mystery pair: the role of MbnP and MbnH in bacterial copper transport
Postdoc Mentor: Amy Rosenzweig
Affiliation: Northwestern University
Award Sponsor: Simons Foundation (The)
Email: anastasia.manesis {at} northwestern.edu
Ameya Mashruwala

Ameya Mashruwala

2019

Project Title: Quorum-sensing-mediated interactions between human cells and commensal microbiota and the consequences for intestinal health
Postdoc Mentor: Bonnie Bassler
Affiliation: Princeton University
Award Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Email: ameyam {at} princeton.edu
Heather Meyer

Heather Meyer

2018

Project Title: Investigation of intrinsically disordered proteins as possible thermosensors to time flowering in Arabidopsis thaliana
Postdoc Mentor: David Ehrhardt
Affiliation: Carnegie Institute for Science
Award Sponsor: Simons Foundation (The)
Email: hmeyer {at} carnegiescience.edu
David Morgens

David Morgens

2020

Project Title: The link between viral DNA replication and late gene transcription in KSHV
Postdoc Mentor: Britt Glaunsinger
Affiliation: University of California – Berkeley
Award Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Email: dmorgens {at} berkeley.edu
Ryan Nett

Ryan Nett

2019

Project Title: Discovering the biosynthesis of plant alkaloids for the treatment of neurological disease
Postdoc Mentor: Elizabeth S. Sattely
Affiliation: Stanford University
Award Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Email: rnett {at} stanford.edu
Gonzalo Perez Mitta

Gonzalo Perez Mitta

2019

Project Title: Unraveling the functional implications of membrane protein dynamics on the GPCR-GIRK channel signaling pathway. Towards a comprehensive model of GPCR activation
Postdoc Mentor: Roderick MacKinnon
Affiliation: Rockefeller University
Award Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Email: gperez {at} rockefeller.edu
Maros Pleska

Maros Pleska

2019

Project Title: Emergence and maintenance of non-genetic diversity in bacterial populations
Postdoc Mentor: Stanislas Leibler
Affiliation: Rockefeller University
Award Sponsor: Simons Foundation (The)
Email: maros.pleska {at} rockefeller.edu
Sara Prescott

Sara Prescott

2018

Project Title: Novel rare populations of sensory neurons that sense visceral cues and regulate homeostasis
Postdoc Mentor: Stephen Liberles
Affiliation: Harvard Medical School
Award Sponsor: Open Philanthropy Project
Email: Sara_Prescott {at} hms.harvard.edu
Asher Preska-Steinberg

Asher Preska-Steinberg

2020

Project Title: Phenotypic heterogeneity and concomitant spatial structure as a microbial survival strategy
Postdoc Mentor: Edo Kussell
Affiliation: New York University
Award Sponsor: Simons Foundation (The)
Email: apsteinberg {at} nyu.edu
Xiaofeng Qi

Xiaofeng Qi

2019

Project Title: Study on the molecular mechanism of the Hedgehog signaling pathway
Postdoc Mentor: Xiaochun Li
Affiliation: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Award Sponsor: DDBrown Fellowship
Email: xiaofeng.qi {at} utsouthwestern.edu
Kavita Rangan

Kavita Rangan

2020

Project Title: The role of RNA recoding in intracellular transport
Postdoc Mentor: Samara Reck-Peterson
Affiliation: University of California – San Diego
Award Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Email: krangan {at} ucsd.edu
Allison Roberts

Allison Roberts

2018

Project Title: Inflammatory signaling during Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection of macrophages
Postdoc Mentor: Jeffery Cox
Affiliation: University of California – Berkeley
Award Sponsor: Open Philanthropy Project
Email: aroberts {at} berkeley.edu
Yue Rui

Yue Rui

2020

Project Title: Structure and function of the plant cell wall-plasma membrane interface
Postdoc Mentor: José R. Dinneny
Affiliation: Stanford University
Award Sponsor: Simons Foundation (The)
Email: yuerui {at} stanford.edu
Andrew Santiago-Frangos

Andrew Santiago-Frangos

2019

Project Title: Interplay between innate and adaptive immune systems in bacteria
Postdoc Mentor: Blake Wiedenheft
Affiliation: Montana State University
Award Sponsor: Simons Foundation (The)
Email: a.santiagofrangos {at} montana.edu
Anne Sapiro

Anne Sapiro

2020

Project Title: Molecular determinants of tick transmission of the Lyme disease pathogen
Postdoc Mentor: Seemay Chou and Carol Gross
Affiliation: University of California – San Francisco
Award Sponsor: SVCF-Wave Fund
Email: anne.sapiro {at} ucsf.edu
Saima Shahid

Saima Shahid

2019

Project Title: Initiation of Epigenetic Silencing – how does the cell know what to silence?
Postdoc Mentor: R. Keith Slotkin
Affiliation: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Award Sponsor: Simons Foundation (The)
Email: sshahid {at} danforthcenter.org
Jaimie Stewart

Jaimie Stewart

2020

Project Title: Design, synthesis, and characterization of DNA origami devices for the detection of nucleic acids and proteins
Postdoc Mentor: Paul W.K. Rothemund
Affiliation: California Institute of Technology
Award Sponsor: Merck Research Laboratories
Email: jms {at} caltech.edu
Tara Stewart Merrill

Tara Stewart Merrill

2019

Project Title: How among- and within-species variation in parasite competence affects the dynamics of infectious disease
Postdoc Mentor: Pieter Johnson
Affiliation: University of Colorado – Boulder
Award Sponsor: Simons Foundation (The)
Email: tara.stewartmerrill {at} colorado.edu

Amy Strom

Amy Strom

2019

Project Title: Nuclear organization in metastatic potential
Postdoc Mentor: Clifford Brangwynne
Affiliation: Princeton University
Award Sponsor: Mark Foundation for Cancer Research (The)
Email: astrom {at} princeton.edu
Joseph Swift

Joseph Swift

2020

Project Title: Developing hormone biomarkers that report how water stress limits leaf growth
Postdoc Mentor: Joseph Ecker
Affiliation: Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Award Sponsor: Open Philanthropy Project
Email: jswift {at} salk.edu
Sirimuvva Tadepalli

Sirimuvva Tadepalli

2019

Project Title: Harnessing Dendritic Cells for Personalized Cancer Immunotherapies
Postdoc Mentor: Juliana Idoyaga
Affiliation: Stanford University
Award Sponsor: Merck Research Laboratories
Email: stade {at} stanford.edu
Alexandra Tayar

Alexandra Tayar

2018

Project Title: Flagella beating, from the single organelle to collective self-organization.
Postdoc Mentor: Zvonimir Dogic
Affiliation: University of California – Santa Barbara
Award Sponsor: Simons Foundation (The)
Email: alexandt {at} ucsb.edu

Laura Thomas

Laura Thomas

2020

Project Title: Defining the composition, dynamics, and function of phase separated RNP granules in C. elegans
Postdoc Mentor: Geraldine Seydoux
Affiliation: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Award Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Email: tlaura2 {at} jhmi.edu
Kelsey Tyssowski

Kelsey Tyssowski

2020

Project Title: Deer mice as a novel model system to study the neural basis of motor behavior
Postdoc Mentor: Hopi Hoekstra
Affiliation: Harvard University
Award Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Email: tyssowski {at} g.harvard.edu
Daniel Woods

Daniel Woods

2018

Project Title: Dissection of the Short Day Vernalization pathway in temperate grasses
Postdoc Mentor: Dr. Jorge Dubcovsky
Affiliation: University of California – Davis
Award Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Email: dpwoods {at} ucdavis.edu
Courtney Yaeger

Courtney Yaeger

2020

Project Title: The biophysics of learning: an investigation of dendritic mechanisms for neural plasticity
Postdoc Mentor: Mark Harnett
Affiliation: Massachusetts Institute for Technology
Award Sponsor: Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (The)
Email: yaeger {at} mit.edu
Jacob Yates

Jacob Yates

2018

Project Title: Neural mechanisms of perceptual inference
Postdoc Mentor: Daniel Butts
Affiliation: University of Maryland
Award Sponsor: Open Philanthropy Project
Email: yates {at} umd.edu
Boxuan Zhao

Boxuan Zhao

2019

Project Title: Connectome-seq: Mapping Brain Connectivity by High-throughput Sequencing
Postdoc Mentor: Alice Ting and Liqun Luo
Affiliation: Stanford University
Award Sponsor: Shurl and Kay Curci Foundation (The)
Email: bszhao {at} stanford.edu
Abdelrahim Zoued

Abdelrahim Zoued

2018

Project Title: Proteomic interrogation of the host-pathogen interface during infection
Postdoc Mentor: Matthew Waldor
Affiliation: Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Award Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Email: azoued {at} bwh.harvard.edu