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.
NIAID Postbac Hailey Johnson to Represent NIAID at 2023 NIH Three-minute Talk Competition
June 5, 2023
NIAID postbac Hailey Johnson will represent NIAID at the 2023 NIH Three-minute Talk (TmT) Competition on June 22, 2023. She received the highest marks during NIAID's TmT competition last month for her talk titled, “Identification of Brugia malayi microRNAs Involved in Wolbachia-Host Symbiosis.” The NIH Three-minute Talk Competition occurs annually as part of an effort to improve efficient scientific communication while also showcasing the amazing research carried out by fellows across the NIH.
In Case You Missed It – Amplifying Science in an Era of Misinformation
May 1, 2023
On April 6, 2023, NIH postbac fellows participated in a seminar and discussion session led by Monica L. Wang, ScD, MS, a nationally recognized award-winning researcher and educator on health equity and science communication. Postbac Joanne Hunt recaps the insights shared about the rise and spread of scientific misinformation and actionable steps scientists can take to address this.
Achieving Success Through Mentorship
April 28, 2023
The postbac training experience is an important time for young scientists to develop the skills necessary for success in their future careers while contributing to NIAID mission research. A supportive mentor can help a postbac make the most of their fellowship as they navigate significant career decisions. Read reflections from postbac fellows on how being mentored by NIAID postdocs enhanced their training experience.
Four Tips to Design a Better Presentation
April 3, 2023
With the 2023 NIAID Three-minute Talk (TmT) Competition and NIH Postbac Poster Day just around the corner, now is a great time to examine your skills as a presenter and strengthen any areas that need improvement. Check out these strategies for designing great presentations that are memorable and engaging.
Postbac Spotlight - The Path to Pandemic Prevention Runs through the Gut
March 3, 2023
Jade Riopelle is a postbac researching infectious diseases with pandemic potential in the Virus Ecology Section of the Laboratory of Virology at NIAID’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML). She shares how her experience living and working in Hamilton, Montana has prepared her for the next phase of her career journey.
Four Alternative Approaches to Expand Your Network
February 28, 2023
Networking is a topic that often causes anxiety for many. But this doesn’t have to be the case. Postdocs Sharmina Deloer and Idalia Yabe share helpful strategies for growing your professional network and opening yourself up to unexpected career opportunities.
Postbac Spotlight - The Wild Ride of Becoming a Virologist
February 6, 2023
Guillermo L. Raimundi Rodríguez is a postbac in the Viral Epidemiology and Immunology Unit (VEIU) of the Laboratory of Infectious Diseases (LID), where he works under the supervision of Leah Katzelnick, Ph.D., MPH. Read about Guillermo’s transformative journey to becoming a virologist.
In Case You Missed It – The Case for Clear Writing
January 31, 2023
Effective writing is an important skill that will benefit a scientist throughout every stage of their career. Postdoctoral fellow Sivarchana Boada, Ph.D., highlights the key components of successful academic and professional writing from January’s three-part skill blitz series.
In Case You Missed It—The NIAID 16th Annual Workshop Shines a Light on Fellows’ Work
December 7, 2022
The NIAID 16th Annual Fellows Workshop is officially in the record books, honoring the NIAID 2022 Outstanding Mentor, hosting talks from leaders in the fields of cancer immunology and scientific journalism, and providing a platform for 81 NIAID fellows to present their research in oral presentations and short talks. In this article, we provide a brief recap of the event organization, the speakers, and the winners for best talks.
Alumni Connections—Unplanned Moments In Research
December 5, 2022
The "Alumni Connections" series highlights NIAID fellows who have taken the next step on their academic path. Read this interview with Samuel Chauvin to learn about his experience as a postbac in the Molecular Development of the Immune System Section of the Laboratory of Immune System Biology and how he made his decision to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. in the University of Pennsylvania's Immunology Program.
Postbac Spotlight – Meet the INRO 2022 Cohort
October 31, 2022
Introducing the 2022 Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities (INRO) fellows who began their postbac training in June 2022. INRO is an initiative to promote biomedical research training in populations underrepresented in the biomedical sciences and those dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion. Read about the unique experiences that led the 2022 cohort to pursue postbac research training at NIAID.
As NIAID Concludes its 2022 Grant Course, a Few Thoughts
October 31, 2022
NIAID fellows recently completed the 2022 NIAID Grant Writing Training and Mentoring Program, offered by the NIAID Office of Research Training and Development (ORTD). This course, which ran from March to September, was presented by experienced grant writers and reviewers. More than simple passive instruction, the course digs deep into the grant writing skill set, empowering participants to receive mentoring and guidance as they write real grants and fellowship applications. In this article, we share a few underlying tips that guide our philosophy on grant writing training.
Ten Tips To Make the Most of Your Postdoc Training
October 3, 2022
Zarna Pala, Ph.D., is a visiting fellow in the final days of her postdoc time in the Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research. As she gets ready to depart for an exciting next step in her career, Dr. Pala looks back with a reflective article about her top 10 pieces of advice for succeeding in your postdoc.
Alumni Connections – Virology Research From Postbac to Graduate School
October 3, 2022
The "Alumni Connections" series highlights NIAID fellows who have taken the next step on their academic path. This interview focuses on a former NIAID postbac who transitioned to a graduate program in 2021. Ms. Jessica Chen was a postbac in the RNA Viruses Section in the Laboratory of Infectious Diseases and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard Medical School. Read this interview with Jessica to learn about her journey from NIAID to graduate school.
In Case You Missed It – 2022 Postdoc Spotlight Series
September 2, 2022
The NIAID Postdoc Spotlight Series was held virtually in 2022 to provide NIAID postbacs with the opportunity to learn about the outstanding research conducted by NIAID Postdocs. The postdocs selected for these talks come from various research areas with the aim of highlighting the scope of NIAID research. This summer's speakers included Ai Ing Lim, PhD., Sila Ataca, Ph.D., Kyle O'Donnell, Ph.D., and Guney Boso, Ph.D.
Spotlight on Rocky Mountain Labs—Fellows Who Lead the Way
August 15, 2022
Team members from the NIAID Office of Research Training and Development (ORTD) recently visited Rocky Mountain Laboratories, a beautiful NIAID research campus located in Hamilton, Montana. A notable highlight of the trip was found while meeting with the leaders of the Rocky Mountain Fellows Organization (RFO).
Postbac Spotlight – The Power of Collaborative Science
August 2, 2022
Postbac Eric Bohrnsen, highlights his collaborative experiences and research while working in the Immunity to Pulmonary Pathogens Section of the Laboratory of Bacteriology (LB) at the NIAID Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) in Hamilton, Montana.
Speakers Announced for NIAID 16th Annual Fellows Workshop
July 19, 2022
Occurring virtually over two days, November 17 and 18, 2022, the workshop will provide a platform for NIAID trainees to share their work and learn about the broad science conducted within the Institute. The agenda will feature work from a prominent cancer immunologist, a reporter who covers leading scientific issues, the NIAID Outstanding Mentor awardee, and scores of talented NIAID fellows.
Postbac Spotlight—A Significant Piece of the Puzzle
July 1, 2022
Chloe Adrienna Talana is a second year postbac in the Virology Core Section of the Virology Laboratory at the Vaccine Research Center (VRC). Read this interview about Chloe's research as part of a collaborative lab into SARS-CoV-2 variants and her work on HIV-1 treatment antibodies.
Postdoc Spotlight—RML Postdoc Competes at the 2022 NIH TmT Competition
June 15, 2022
Read how Gayatri Subramanian, Ph.D., a visiting fellow from the Innate Immunity and Pathogenesis Section of the Laboratory of Virology at Rocky Mountain Laboratories, represents NIAID at the 2022 NIH Three-minute Talk (TmT) Competition, which celebrates NIH fellows' research and highlights the importance of efficient communication.
In Case You Missed It—2022 NIH Postbac Poster Day
June 6, 2022
NIAID Postbac Lila Berle, highlights four of the presentations from the the 2022 NIH Postbac Poster Days. The virtual platform emulated the experience of attending in-person presentations, as both trainees and judges bounced between rooms to visit the posters of NIH postbacs describing the research they've been working on all year.
Rising Research—Uncovering A Pathway Forward For IBD Treatment
May 17, 2022
In this article from our "Rising Research" series, read about NIAID research fellow Yikun Yao, Ph.D., who in his recent Cell paper, describes how sialylation determines the integrity of the gut mucus barrier and its maintenance of gastrointestinal (GI) homeostasis.
Let’s Talk—Global Health Careers
May 3, 2022
Read the latest edition of "Let's Talk" where NIAID postbac Page Murray recaps the insights and career advice shared by the panelists at the March 2022 Global Health Career Panel, hosted by the NIAID Research Training and Development Series.
Alumni Connections—Becoming A #BrandNewPI
April 20, 2022
In this "Alumni Connections" article, catch up with Kristin Lane, M.S., Ph.D., a former postdoc in the Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research (LMVR), now an assistant professor of molecular microbiology and biochemistry at Idaho State University, and recipient of the NIAID New Innovator Award.
Let’s Talk—Successfully Reapplying to Graduate School
April 5, 2022
Davis Garner is a current postbac in the Inflammation Biology Section of the Laboratory of Molecular Immunology under the supervision of Joshua Farber, M.D. Davis speaks about his experience of successfully reapplying to graduate school and everything that comes with this journey faced by many postbacs.