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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.

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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.

headshots of the winners of best fellows 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.

Headshot of Samuel Chauvin

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.

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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.

Portraits of INRO 2022 cohort

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.

Portrait of  Zarna Pale, Ph.D.

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.

Portrait of Jessica Chen

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).

an arial photo of the campus of Rocky Mountain Laboratories

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.

Portrait of Eric Bohrnsen

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.

Cells behind the NIAID logo and text "NIAID 16th Annual Fellow Workshop, Virtual, November 17-18, 2022"

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.

Photo of Chloe Adrienna Talana

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.

Headshot of Gayatri Subramanian, Ph.D.

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.

Yikun Yao, Ph.D.

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.

Richard Benson, M.D., Ph.D., D. Rebecca Prevots, Ph.D., M.P.H, and Talia M. Quandelacy, Ph.D., Sc.M., M.P.H. served as panelists virtually during the NIAID Postbac 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.

Headshot of Kristin Lane

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.

Portrait of Davis Garner

Career Pathways—Explore the Possibilities, Biosafety Laboratory Manager

April 5, 2022

Read the interview with Haley DeMers, Ph.D., RBP, Biosafety Laboratory Manager, Cape Fox Facilities Services supporting Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) in Hamilton, Montana.

Portrait of Haley DeMers, Ph.D.

Let’s Talk—A Look at the Academic Job Search Timeline

March 15, 2022

By Megan Bohn, Ph.D., NIAID Predoctoral, Postdoctoral, and Visiting Fellows Program Coordinator Spring is almost here, and with it comes new beginnings and planning for the year ahead. It is during this season that many faculty search committees are taking form at academic institutions across the country. Readying to launch national searches for the next batch of new assistant professors, these

Career Pathways—From Postbac to Physician Researcher

March 1, 2022

This interview follows Seth Judson, M.D., from postbac in the Virus Ecology Section of the Laboratory of Virology at Rocky Mountain Laboratories under the supervision of Vincent Munster, Ph.D. to doctorate of medicine from David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Judson is currently an internal medicine resident at the University of Washington Medical Center where he works on globally emerging zoonotic diseases and pandemic preparedness.

Portrait of Seth Judson, M.D.

Postbac Spotlight—A Diverse Experience at the Research Technologies Branch

March 1, 2022

Benjamin Crews is a postbac in the RML Microscopy Unit of the Research Technologies Branch (RTB) located at Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Montana, where he works under the supervision of Elizabeth Fischer, M.A. Read about Ben's unique experience as a postbac in RTB.

Portrait of Ben Crews

Postdoc Spotlight—Leadership Lessons

February 15, 2022

We spoke with two NIAID fellows, Cara DeAngelis, Ph.D., and Leanne Low, Ph.D., who leveraged their postdoctoral training to develop their leadership abilities while exploring potential careers. Both active members of the NIH fellows community, they held leadership roles throughout their postdocs that took them on paths of self-discovery and professional development that led directly to satisfying career advancements.

Portraits of Cara DeAngelis and Leanne Low

Postbac Spotlight—Meet the INRO 2021 Cohort

February 1, 2022

Introducing the 2021 Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities (INRO) fellows who began their postbac training in June 2021. INRO is an initiative to promote biomedical research training in populations underrepresented in the biomedical sciences and those dedicated to the promotion of diversity and inclusion. Read about the unique experiences that led the 2021 cohort to pursue postbac research training at NIAID.

Individual portrait of the INRO 2021 cohort

Graduate Spotlight—Advancing Scientific Discoveries Through International Collaboration

January 27, 2022

John Shannon is part of the Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program (OxCam) where he is completing his Ph.D. research between the department of pathology at the University of Cambridge and the NIAID Laboratory of Clinical Immunology & Microbiology. Read more about John's graduate experience at NIAID and his recent award.

Portrait of John Shannon

In Case You Missed It—The NIAID 15th Annual Fellows Virtual Workshop

January 18, 2022

The NIAID 15th Annual Fellows Workshop took place on December 9 and 10 as the final training event of year, featuring the promising research conducted by NIAID fellows over the course of 2021, a hopeful sendoff for a challenging year.

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