July 2009 Press Release

LSRF AWARDS POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS

The Life Sciences Research Foundation is pleased to announce recipients of three-year postdoctoral fellowships who will begin their training as early as June 2009. The awards are the twenty-seventh to be made by the Foundation, which was organized in 1981 as an alternative instrument for guiding monies from industry, foundations, agencies, and other donors to the non-targeted support of outstanding young scientists. The awardees were chosen by the Foundation's Peer Review Committee from about 800 applicants. Each recipient will work at a non-profit institution of his or her choice, and each will be identified as the individual recipient of support from one of the Foundation's Sponsors.

The recipients, their institutional affiliations, and the sponsoring donors, were announced by the Foundation's President, Donald D. Brown, as follows:

Sviatoslav Bagriantsev, Genentech Foundation Fellow:
(Ph.D., University of Illinois – Chicago) for studies entitled "Regulation of membrane protein trafficking and rational design of novel ion channel blockers". University of California – San Francisco, laboratory of Daniel Minor.

Hung-Chun Chang, Ellison Medical Foundation Fellow:
(Ph.D., Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich) for studies entitled "Investigating SIRT1 effect on autophagy modulation". Massachussetts Institute of Technology, laboratory of Leonard Guarente.

Ilana Chefetz-Menaker, Roche Fellow: 
(Ph.D., Technion Israel Institute for Technology) for studies entitled "Identification and characterization of specific functional signatures in ovarian cancer stem cells". Yale University, laboratory of Gil Mor.

Qing Chen, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow: 
(Ph.D., Roswell Park Cancer Institute) for studies entitled "Role of vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 expressed in breast cancer cells during lung metastasis". Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute, laboratory of Joan Massagué.

Xing Chen, Pfizer Fellow: 
(Ph.D., University of California - Berkeley) for studies entitled "Elucidating the mechanism of integrin activation and signaling".  Immune Disease Institute at Harvard Medical School, laboratory of Timothy Springer.

Salvatore Chiantia, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow:
(Ph.D., Technical University of Dresden) for studies entitled "Protein-lipid interaction and domain formation in asymmetric membranes". Stony Brook University, laboratory of Erwin London.

Stefano Di Talia, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow: 
(Ph.D., Rockefeller University) for studies entitled "Establishment of precise coordination of morphogenesis and cell division in the early development of Drosophila embryo". Princeton University, laboratory of Eric Wieschaus.

Adam Frost, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow: 
(M.D./Ph.D., Yale University) for studies entitled "Mechanisms of membrane constriction and cleavage during cytokinesis". University of California – San Francisco, laboratory of Jonathan S. Weissman.

Ali Güler, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow: 
 (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Medical Institution) for studies entitled "Dopaminergic feeding  regulation override". University of Washington, laboratory of Richard Palmiter.

Guo N. Huang, O'Donnell Foundation Fellow: 
(Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine) for studies entitled "Epicardium in heart development and regeneration". University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, laboratory of Eric Olson.

Jessica Hutti, Lilly Fellow:
(Ph.D., Harvard University) for studies entitled "Interplay between PI3K and NF-kB signaling in cell transformation". University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, laboratory of Albert S. Baldwin.

Christian Kastrup, Johnson & Johnson Fellow: 
(Ph.D., University of Chicago) for studies entitled: "Painting blood vessels for local delivery of therapeutics". Koch Institute/Massachusetts Institute of Technology, laboratory of Robert S. Langer.

James T. Koerber, Life Sciences Research Foundation Fellow:
(Ph.D., University of Chicago) for studies entitled: "Engineering neo-epitope antibodies to detect apoptosis within human samples". University of California – San Francisco, laboratory of James Wells.

Enrico Magnani, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow:
(Ph.D., University of California – Berkeley) for studies entitled "Modulation of the homeodomain leucine zipper transcriptional activity by the StAR lipid transfer domain". Carnegie Institution/Stanford University, laboratory of Kathy Barton.

Lauren Mashburn-Warren, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow:
(Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin) for studies entitled "Regulation of virulence by  multiple quorum sensing pathways in Streptococcus pyogenes". University of Illinois – Chicago, laboratory of Michael Federle.

Nitin Phadnis, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow:
(Ph.D., University of Rochester) for studies entitled "Genetic conflict and the rapid evolution of RNAi machinery in Drosophila". Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, laboratory of Harmit S. Malik.

Xinnan Wang, Novartis Fellow:
(Ph.D., University of Cambridge) for studies entitled "The impact of mitochondrial motility on neuronal function and neurodegeneration". Children's Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School, laboratory of Thomas Schwarz.

Xianfeng Xu, Life Sciences Research Foundation Fellow: 
(Ph.D., Ohio State University) for studies entitled "Genetic and genomic approaches to dissecting selective cell-to-cell protein trafficking in Arabidopsis thaliana". Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, laboratory of David Jackson.

Keren Ziv, Pfizer Fellow: 
(Ph.D., Weizmann Institute of Science) for studies entitled "Non-invasive and real-time monitoring of stem cells using photoacoustic molecular imaging in living mice". Stanford University School of Medicine, laboratory of Sanjiv Sam Gambhir.