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

Karen Barnard

Karen Barnard

2021

Project Title: The role of mucin genetic variability in influenza A virus infection
Postdoc Mentor: Jesse Bloom
Award Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Affiliation: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Email: kbarnard {at} fredhutch.org

 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

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

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

Kai Chen

Kai Chen

2021

Project Title: Engineering a self-deliverable CRISPR-Cas9 system for precise genome editing
Postdoc Mentor: Jennifer A. Doudna
Award Sponsor: Additional Ventures
Affiliation: University of California, Berkeley
Email: kchen90 {at} berkeley.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

John Ferrie

John Ferrie

2021

Project Title: Chemical tools for uncovering the molecular mechanisms associated with transcriptional activation
Postdoc Mentor: Xavier Darzacq & Robert Tjian
Award Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Affiliation: University of California, Berkeley
Email: jferrie {at} berkeley.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

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

Chloé Greppi

Chloé Greppi

2021

Project Title: Neuropeptide circuits that regulate mosquito attraction to hosts
Postdoc Mentor: Laura B. Duvall
Affiliation: Columbia University
Award Sponsor: Life Sciences Research Foundation
Email: cg3251 {at} columbia.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

Genaro Hernandez

Genaro Hernandez

2021

Project Title: Bringing dead enzymes back to life
Postdoc Mentor: Vincent S. Tagliabracci
Award Sponsor: DDBrown Awardee
Affiliation: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Email: genaro.hernandez {at} utsouthwestern.edu

Yolanda Huang

Yolanda 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

Zheng Huang

Zheng Huang

2021

Project Title: Discovery of cryptic secondary metabolites from the human microbiome
Postdoc Mentor: Mohammad Seyedsayamdost
Award Sponsor: Open Philanthropy Project
Affiliation: Princeton University
Email: zheng.huang {at} mail.mcgill.ca

Juan Manuel Inclan Rico

Juan Manuel Inclan Rico

2021

Project Title: TRPV1+ sensory neurons mediate Schistosoma-induced itch and suppression of dermal DCs.
Postdoc Mentor: De’Broski Herbert
Award Sponsor: Life Sciences Research Foundation
Affiliation: University of Pennsylvania
Email: jinclan {at} vet.upenn.edu

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

Alexander Johnson

Alexander Johnson

2021

Project Title: Molecular basis for innate immune modulation by the Schlafen proteins
Postdoc Mentor: Philip J. Kranzusch
Award Sponsor: Open Philanthropy Project
Affiliation: DFCI/Harvard University
Email: alexanderG_Johnson {at} dfci.harvard.edu

Joomyung (Vicky) Jun

Joomyung (Vicky) Jun

2021

Project Title: Gene therapy without the genes: delivering PTEN proteins via traceless bioreversible strategy
Postdoc Mentor: Ronald T. Raines
Award Sponsor: Shurl and Kay Curci Foundation
Affiliation: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Email: joomjun {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
Isaac Kauvar

Isaac Kauvar

2021

Project Title: Dissecting curious exploration with self-supervised machine learning
Postdoc Mentor: Nick Haber
Award Sponsor: Merck
Affiliation: Stanford University
Email: ikauvar {at} stanford.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

Amy Lanctot

Amy Lanctot

2021

Project Title: Decoding rules of gene expression and quantitative trait variation in plants using deep conservation of cis-regulatory sequences
Postdoc Mentor: Zachary Lippman
Award Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Affiliation: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Email: lanctot {at} cshl.edu

Thomas Laughlin

Thomas Laughlin

2021

Project Title: Structural analysis of the nucleus-like compartment formed by giant bacteriophages during replication
Postdoc Mentor: Elizabeth Villa & Joseph Pogliano
Award Sponsor: Simons Foundation
Affiliation: University of California, San Diego
Email: tlaughlin {at} ucsd.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
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
Alberto Marin-Gonzalez

Alberto Marin-Gonzalez

2021

Project Title: DNA double-strand break repair in the 4D genome
Postdoc Mentor: Taekjip Ha
Award Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Affiliation: Johns Hopkins University
Email: amaring1 {at} jhu.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
Amelia McKitterick

Amelia McKitterick

2021

Project Title: Phage-host interactions to investigate Corynebacterial biology
Postdoc Mentor: Thomas Bernhardt
Award Sponsor: Simons Foundation
Affiliation: Harvard University
Email: amelia_mckitterick {at} hms.harvard.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
Brittany Moser

Brittany Moser

2021

Project Title: Advancing T-cell immunotherapies by high throughput detection of trogocytosis using scRNAseq
Postdoc Mentor: Zev Gartner
Award Sponsor: MacMillan Family Foundation
Affiliation: University of California, San Francisco
Email: brittany.moser {at} ucsf.edu

Elizabeth Mueller

Elizabeth Mueller

2021

Project Title: Shapeshifting to survive: morphotype switching in the Lyme disease spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi
Postdoc Mentor: Christine Jacobs-Wagner
Award Sponsor: Simons Foundation
Affiliation: Stanford University
Email: eamuel {at} stanford.edu

Nivin Nasri Nyström

Nivin Nasri Nyström

2021

Project Title: Monitoring on- and off-target transduction by engineered viral vectors non-invasively
Postdoc Mentor: Mikhail Shapiro
Award Sponsor: Amgen
Affiliation: California Institute of Technology
Email: nnystrom {at} caltech.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
Tai Ng

Tai Ng

2021

Project Title: Developing cell-based assays and genetic circuits for sensing and responding to persistent viruses
Postdoc Mentor: Pamela A. Silver
Award Sponsor: Open Philanthropy Project
Affiliation: Harvard University
Email: tai_ng {at} hms.harvard.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
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
Patricia (Patty) Rohs

Patricia (Patty) Rohs

2021

Project Title: Understanding cell-surface interaction mechanisms between microbe and host during aging
Postdoc Mentor: Meng Wang
Award Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Affiliation: Baylor College of Medicine
Email: patricia.rohs {at} bcm.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
Jason Schrad

Jason Schrad

2021

Project Title: Structural characterization of giant viruses and their infection
Postdoc Mentor: Daniela Nicastro
Award Sponsor: Simons Foundation
Affiliation: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Email: jason.schrad {at} utsouthwestern.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 and synthesis of RNA condensates for the detection of biomolecules
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
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
Mitchell Thompson

Mitchell Thompson

2021

Project Title: Defining the genetic basis of adaptive host-specificity in Agrobacterium
Postdoc Mentor: Patrick M. Shih
Award Sponsor: Simons Foundation
Affiliation: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Email: mthompson {at} lbl.gov

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
Jaime Wong Campos

Jaime Wong Campos

2021

Project Title: Deep brain imaging methods for chronic and multisite neurophysiology
Postdoc Mentor: Adam Cohen
Award Sponsor: Merck
Affiliation: Harvard University
Email: jwongcampos {at} fas.harvard.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
Joshua York

Joshua York

2021

Project Title: Deciphering the developmental and evolutionary basis of stem cell pluripotency and the emergence of the vertebrate neural crest
Postdoc Mentor: Carole LaBonne
Award Sponsor: Walder Foundation
Affiliation: Northwestern University
Email: joshua.york {at} northwestern.edu

Jamie (Jia Jia) Zhang

Jamie (Jia Jia) Zhang

2021

Project Title: Identification of endogenous substrates and regulators of Clp proteases in the opportunistic pathogen P. aeruginosa
Postdoc Mentor: Tania A. Baker
Award Sponsor: Simons Foundation
Affiliation: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Email: jrzhang {at} mit.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