Research Training News

Research Training News offers readers an insight into the intramural research training experience and the possibilities this experience can open. Learn about NIAID trainees’ research, their goals, achievements, inspirational moments, and more.

Postbac Spotlight— Extraordinary Science With Extraordinary People

November 30, 2020

Read this interview with Lizzette Pérez-Pérez, a postbac in the Molecular Pathogenesis Unit (MPU) in the Laboratory of Virology at the NIAID Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) in Hamilton, Montana.

Career Pathways—Explore the Possibilities, Scientific Editor

November 17, 2020

The “Career Pathways – Explore the Possibilities” series highlights different professions pursued by scientists like you. This interview focuses on a scientific editor, someone who evaluates the papers that are submitted to a scientific journal and decides which ones are appropriate to publish. Dr. Caeul Lim has a unique role at Cell Press, where she works as a joint scientific editor at Cell Host & Microbe and Trends Reviews, a portfolio of 16 review journals.

Dr. Lim was a postdoc at NIAID for two years, where she worked in the Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research under the supervision of Carolina Barillas-Mury, M.D., Ph.D., and Thomas Wellems, M.D., Ph.D. Read this interview with Dr. Lim to learn more about her journey of becoming a scientific editor at a major scientific publishing house.

Let’s Talk—Applying to Graduate School

November 2, 2020

On September 25, 2020, the NIAID Office of Research Training and Development hosted a graduate school panel discussion to cap off its intensive Applying to Graduate School Workshop. The panelists included Victoria Avanzato (M.D./Ph.D. OxCam student), Portia Gough, Ph.D. (NIAID postdoctoral fellow), Rodrigo Matus Nicodemos (NIAID Ph.D. student), Adam Nock, Ph.D. (NIAID postdoctoral fellow), and Juan Pablo Ruiz Villalobos, D.Phil (postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison). 

Postdoc Spotlight—Two Campuses United for a Unique Postdoc Experience

October 20, 2020

Emily Speranza, Ph.D., conducted her postdoctoral research training in both the Laboratory of Virology (LV) at RML and the Laboratory of Immune System Biology (LISB) in Bethesda through her participation in the Rocky-Beth Fellowship Program. Emily speaks about this unique postdoctoral experience.

In Case You Missed It—Grant Mentoring for NIAID Fellows

October 20, 2020

When NIAID postdocs and graduate students needed a resource to help them write a better grant, they had one: a mentored grant writing program that walked them through each step of the writing and submission process. Because grant writing skill is fundamental to research success and is highly translatable to career success beyond the bench, the NIAID Office of Research Training and Development (ORTD) provided a grant writing program called Crafting a Competitive K99/R00, K22, K43 or Other Application Writing Program.

Postbac Spotlight—Outbreak to Vaccine, Understanding What’s in Between

October 7, 2020

Chris Stringham is a postbac in the Biodefense Research Section in the Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory at the NIAID Vaccine Research Center (VRC) under the supervision of Nancy Sullivan, Ph.D. In this interview, Chris speaks about his research and how his postbac experience has motivated him to pursue a career as a physician-scientist.

NIAID Postdoc Appreciation Week 2020

September 21, 2020

The NIAID Training office is celebrating the amazing contributions of our postdoctoral, visiting, and research fellows during National Postdoc Appreciation Week from Monday, September 21 through Friday, September 25, 2020. Read what NIAID postdocs have to say about their research and what they like most about working at NIAID.

Career Pathways—Explore the Possibilities, Research Scientist in Industry

September 16, 2020

The “Career Pathways – Explore the Possibilities” series highlights different professions pursued by scientists like you. This interview focuses on a research scientist working in industry. Dr. Bonne-Année was a postdoc in the Helminth Immunology Section of the Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases (LPD) under the supervision of Thomas Nutman, M.D. Read this interview with Dr. Bonne-Année to learn more about her journey to industry.

In Case You Missed It—Creating Conversations

September 9, 2020

In July and August 2020, Raquell Holmes, Ph.D. led three virtual workshops as part of the NIAID Training Creating Conversation Series—one in which postbacs practiced building communities and conversations through improv. Dr. Holmes is a computational cell biologist and the founder of improvscience, a consulting business that uses theatrical techniques to facilitate effective teamwork in scientific environments. Megan Kalomiris, an NIAID postbac, attended two events in the series and reflects on her experience and what she learned.

Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities (INRO) 2021—Bringing Creative, Innovative, and Diverse Trainees to NIAID!

August 26, 2020

Through INRO, the NIAID Office of Research Training and Development (ORTD) encourages talented, graduating seniors and recent graduates (undergraduate or master's) from U.S. populations underrepresented in the biomedical sciences and those dedicated to the promotion of diversity (as defined by the Notice of NIH’s Interest in Diversity) to conduct postbaccalaureate research in NIAID laboratories located in Maryland and Montana and to ultimately pursue careers as scientists, physicians, or physician-scientists.

In Case You Missed It—The 2020 NIAID Summer Seminar Series

August 6, 2020

The NIAID Summer Seminar Series was held virtually in 2020 to provide NIAID postbacs with the opportunity to learn about the outstanding research conducted in their institute. The principal investigators selected for these talks come from various research areas with the aim of highlighting the unique and diverse community at NIAID. This summer’s speakers included Steven Holland, M.D., Carolina Barillas-Mury, M.D., Ph.D., Eli Boritz, M.D., Ph.D., and Sonja Best, Ph.D.

Career Pathways—Explore the Possibilities, Academic Research Scientist

July 16, 2020

The “Career Pathways—Explore the Possibilities” series highlights different professions pursued by scientists like you. This interview focuses on an academic research scientist, someone who runs their own research laboratory. Dr. Harrison is an assistant member in the Center for Fundamental Immunology at Benaroya Research Institute in Seattle, WA.

Postbac Spotlight—Confessions of a Quarantined Postbac

July 7, 2020

Kriza Sy is a postbac in the Microbial Pathogenesis Section (MPS) in the Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases. Kriza reflects on the postbac experience since the COVID-19 pandemic and shares her perspective on making the most of being away from the bench.

Career Pathways—Explore the Possibilities, NIH Program Officer

June 15, 2020

The “Career Pathways – Explore the Possibilities” series highlights different professions pursued by scientists like you. This interview focuses on a program officer, someone who administers NIH’s scientific programs, oversees grant portfolios, sets priorities for committing federal funds, and acts as an advocate for a scientific area. Dr. McGugan works for the parasitology and international programs branch at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

In Case You Missed It—DRiPs and Tips

June 11, 2020

On May 21, 2020, Jonathan Wilson Yewdell, M.D., Ph.D. presented (virtually) at the NIAID Postbac Research Seminar Series. Dr. Yewdell is the chief of the Cellular Biology Section of the Laboratory of Viral Diseases. Priyanka Chatterjee, NIAID postbac in the Pathogen Molecular Genetics Section of the Laboratory of Bacteriology, reflects on the latest seminar and captures the useful advice shared by Dr. Yewdell.

Postdoc Spotlight—Meet Dr. Bartholomew Nyangahu, African Postdoctoral Training Initiative Fellow (APTI)

June 1, 2020

Read this interview with Bartholomew Ondigo Nyangahu, Ph.D., APTI postdoctoral fellow in the NIAID Laboratory of Malaria Immunology and Vaccinology. Dr. Nyangahu details his experience as part of the inaugural cohort of the APTI program, a partnership between the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Postdoc Spotlight—Networking, New Skills, and Next Steps!

May 13, 2020

In this interview, Hirdesh Kumar, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the Host-Pathogen Interactions and Structural Vaccinology Section of the Laboratory of Malaria Immunology and Vaccinology (LMIV) speaks about his postdoctoral experience at NIAID.

In Case You Missed It—Bench to Bedside Research for Rare Autoinflammatory Diseases

April 6, 2020

On February 20, 2020, Dr. Goldbach-Mansky presented at the NIAID Postbac Research Seminar Series – an opportunity for NIAID postbacs to engage with principal investigators (PIs). Dr. Goldbach-Mansky directs the Translational Autoinflammatory Disease Section (TADS) of the Laboratory of Clinical Immunology and Microbiology (LCIM).  Katelin Honer, a postbac in TADS, reflects on the seminar and discussion as well as her role on Dr. Goldbach-Mansky’s team.

Postbac Spotlight—Women in Science, Beyond the Bench in Big Sky

February 27, 2020

Read this interview with Myndi Holbrook, postbac in the Virus Ecology Section, Laboratory of Virology, Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML).

Postbac Spotlight—Translational Research, The Best of Both Worlds

February 20, 2020

Read about Sarah Cook’s experience as a postbac research trainee in the NIAID Laboratory of Immune System Biology in the NIH Clinical Center.

Graduate Student Spotlight—Immunology, Innovation, and Involvement

February 18, 2020

In this interview, Albert Sek, Doctoral Candidate in the Inflammation Immunobiology Section, Laboratory of Allergic Diseases speaks about his experience as a graduate student at NIH as part of the Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP) Individual Partnership Program

Postbac Spotlight—Studying an Elusive Virus

February 5, 2020

Read this interview with Alvaro Hobbs, postbac in the Structural Virology Section, Laboratory of Infectious Diseases, NIAID Division of Intramural Research and participant in the Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities (INRO) initiative.

Career Pathways—Explore the Possibilities, Clinical Development Scientist

December 6, 2019

The “Career Pathways – Explore the Possibilities” series highlights different professions pursued by scientists like you. This interview focuses on a clinical development scientist, someone who provides scientific support and acts as a liaison between scientists and non-scientists. Dr. Kleba works directly with the various branches of Exact Sciences as they develop new clinical tools while ensuring the development of these clinical tools flows smoothly.

Postbac Spotlight—Mosquitos, Malaria, and Maggie

December 2, 2019

Read about what it’s like to be a postbac in a malaria lab at NIAID. This article was written by Margaret Rose Smith, Postbac in the Malaria Immunology Section, Laboratory of Malaria & Vector Research, NIAID Division of Intramural Research, Twinbrook.

Postbac Spotlight—The Training Experience in the Rockies

October 30, 2019

Interview with Luke Kendall, Postbac in the Biology of Vector-Borne Viruses Section, Laboratory of Virology, Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML).

INRO Postbac Spotlight—Great Mentorship, Collaboration, Guidance, and Independence

October 29, 2019

Hanna was a postbac participant in the Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities (INRO) initiative, a unique opportunity for recent graduates (undergraduate or master’s) from U.S. populations underrepresented in the biomedical sciences and those dedicated to the promotion of diversity and inclusion.

Career Pathways—Explore the Possibilities, Health Outcomes Researcher

September 13, 2019

The “Career Pathways—Explore the Possibilities” series highlights different professions pursued by scientists like you. This interview focuses on a health outcomes researcher, someone who performs post-market health studies. Dr. Brady works directly with pharmaceutical clients to perform retrospective studies on drugs currently available to the public. This work is primarily centered around the analysis of large databases and interacting with pharmaceutical clients.

Career Pathways—Explore the Possibilities, Technical Director and Discipline Director of Infectious Disease Immunology

July 29, 2019

The “Career Pathways—Explore the Possibilities” series highlights different professions pursued by scientists like you. This interview focuses on a technical director and discipline director of infectious disease immunology for LabCorp in Denver, Colorado, someone who oversees a clinical laboratory and the infectious disease testing in immunology. She also speaks briefly about her experiences as the director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Laboratory. 

In Case You Missed It—Careers in Technology Transfer

May 15, 2019

In Case You Missed It – don’t miss the key insights from events relevant to your training experience and professional development, even if you couldn’t make it on the day.

NIH FelCom’s career development subcommittee organized “Careers in Technology Transfer”, held on March 19, 2019, with a panel discussion of four professionals from the field of tech transfer: Lei Sun, Abritee Dhal, Madhabi Majumdar, and Matthew Miessau. Read this event summary to gain insight into this career path.

In Case You Missed It—Careers in Contract Research Organizations

May 15, 2019

In Case You Missed It—don’t miss the key insights from events relevant to your training experience and professional development, even if you couldn’t make it on the day.

NIH FelCom’s career development subcommittee organized “Careers in Contract Research Organizations,” held on April 16, 2019, with NIH alumni speakers Owen Adam Brady, a scientist at BioReliance, and Ritankar Majumdar, a lead scientist at Covance. Read this event summary to gain insight into this career path.

Career Pathways—Explore the Possibilities, Research Facilitator and Business Development Officer

March 8, 2019

The “Career Pathways—Explore the Possibilities” series highlights different professions pursued by scientists like you. The first interview in this series focuses on a research development professional, someone who works to facilitate and increase research funding and activities, Dr. Kristen Kindrachuk, research facilitator and business development officer at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Kindrachuk also speaks briefly about her experience as a science communicator and scientific journal editor.

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