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​The Department of Biological Sciences at Johns Hopkins can measure success in many ways, one of which is our impressive history of awards. The students, graduates, postdocs, and faculty within our department have garnered recognition from many prestigious sources.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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October 7, 2019

The Ninth Annual M. Daniel and Patricia Sonquist Lane Lecture entitled:  To Be or Not To Be An Adipocyte.  Transcriptional networks & epigenomic mechanisms driving adipocyte differentiation will be presented by  Susanne Mandrup, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Southern Denmark. 

Location: Wood Basic Science Auditorium, 725 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21205 

Time: 2:00 PM


Awards to Current Students

2019

  • Xiaoguang Li:  Young Investigator Day, The Bae Gyo Jung Research Award  (Peter Devreotes lab)

  • Xiaoguang Li:  American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship (Peter Devreotes lab)

2016

  • Kyle Cavagnini:  2015-2016 Drescher Endowment Fund for Graduate Medical Research Award recipient (Michael Wolfgang lab).  Established by William and Mary Drescher this award reflects the donors' intent to support training for gifted young scientists at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Awards to Graduates

2019

  • ​Selam Abi Woldemeskel:  Young Investigator Day, The Michael A. Shanoff Research Award (Erin Goley lab)

2018

  • Yuchuan Miao: Young Investigator Day, Michael A. Shanoff Research Award (Peter Devreotes lab)

2017

  • Caitlyn Bowman: Young Investigator Day, Paul Talalay Award (Michael Wolfgang lab)

  • Kapil Ramachandran: Young Investigator Day, Martin and Carol Macht Award (Seth Margolis lab) 

2016

  • Jieun Lee: Young Investigator's Day, David I. Macht Award (Michael Wolfgang lab)
  • Susan Liao: Sigma Xi Scientific Research Award (Ryuya Fukunaga lab)
    For the second time, the Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research GIARlogo (GIAR) program has provided Susan with $500 to be used toward research supplies to support her specific research project. By encouraging close working relationships between students and mentors, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning. 
  • Adriana Landeros was selected from more than 150 applicants for one of 5 funded positions in our NIH-supported Hopkins PREP (Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program), which identifies promising PhD-oriented college graduates from underrepresented minority (URM) backgrounds for fulltime research in the mentor’s lab for 1-2 years.

2015

  • Min Sik Kim, Young Investigator's Day, The Albert Lehninger Award (Akhilesh Pandey lab)

2014

  • Susan Liao: Sigma Xi Scientific Research Award (Ryuya Fukunaga lab)
    The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research GIARlogo (GIAR) program has provided undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences since 1922. By encouraging close working relationships between students and mentors, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning. The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering. Students use the funding to pay for travel expenses to and from a research site, or for purchase of non-standard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project.

2013

  • Jennifer Groves: National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship Honorable Mention
    (Natasha Zachara lab)
  • Laurel Oldach: National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship Honorable Mention (Mollie Meffert lab)
  • de Mauri Mackie: National Research Service Award, Predoctoral Fellowship (Joel Pomerantz lab)
    The overall goal of the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) program is to help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists is available in appropriate scientific disciplines to address the Nation's biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs.
  • Elizabeth Petro: WCC/Eli Lilly Travel Award from the ACS (Dan Raben lab)
    The ACS Women Chemists Committee (WCC) and Eli Lilly and Company sponsor a program to provide funding for undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral female chemists to travel to meetings to present the results of their research. Through this program, WCC and Eli Lilly and Company continue to increase the participation of women in the chemical sciences. Awards are made on the basis of scientific merit and financial need.
  • Claudia Ruiz: Robert Goodman Neuroscience Award (Mollie Meffert lab)
  • Joshua Schwartz: Amgen Research Scholar Travel Award (Mollie Meffert lab)
    First offered in spring 2011, the Amgen Scholars U.S. Alumni Travel Award s are intended to encourage professional networking opportunities for program alumni focused on scientific careers. The award provides partial support of up to $1,500 for national or international conference expenses.
  • Wei Shen: Paul Ehrlich Award, YID (Craig Montell lab) The Paul Ehrlich Awards were established to honor Dr. Paul Ehrlich with funding originally granted by Dr. Emanuel Libman. The awards, which recognize student research contributions, are presented each year at Young Investigators’ Day.
  • Yali Zhang: David I. Macht Award, YID (Craig Montell lab)  The David Israel Macht Research Award was established in 1983 by the family of Dr. Macht to commemorate the centenary of his birth. Dr. Macht was a member of the faculty of the departments of Pharmacology and Medicine in the early part of this century and was a pioneer investigator in the field of opiate alkaloids. The award is intended to recognize excellence in investigation by a student in the School of Medicine.

2012

  • Corinne Hamblet: National Research Service Award, Predoctoral Fellowship (Joel Pomerantz lab)
  • Daniel Pham: National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship Award; 2012 - 2015 (Mollie Meffert lab)
  • Claudia Ruiz: National Research Service Award, Predoctoral Fellowship (Mollie Meffert lab)
  • Claudia Ruiz: Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship (Mollie Meffert lab)
  • Jay Shi: Johns Hopkins Provost’s Undergraduate Research Award (Mollie Meffert lab)

2011

  • Yu-Wen A. Huang: Graduate Student Association Travel Award (Mollie Meffert lab)
  • Joshua Schwartz: National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship Award; 2011: 2014 (Mollie Meffert lab)
  • Jay Shi: Johns Hopkins Provost’s Undergraduate Research Award (Mollie Meffert lab)
  • Youngseok Lee: The A. McGehee Harvey Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (Craig Montell lab)
  • He Li:  Young Investigator's Day, The Mette Strand Award (Denise Montell lab)

2010

  • Matt Boersma: Solomon H. Snyder Neuroscience Travel Award (Mollie Meffert lab)
  • Elizabeth Eyler: David E. Rogers Award (Mollie Meffert lab)
  • Li He: 1st Place Winner, American Society for Cell Biology Celldance Image Contest (Denise Montell lab)
  • Yu-Wen (Alvin) Huang: Taiwan Merit Scholarship (Mollie Meffert lab)
  • Tiffany Link: YID, Michael A. Shanoff Research Award (Michael Caterina lab)
  • Bahawa Nimaga: Josephine de Karman Fellowship (Natasha Zachara lab)
  • Bahawa Nimaga: ASBMB 2010 Undergraduate Travel Award (Natasha Zachara lab)
  • Srona Segupta: Provost’s Undergraduate Research Award (JHU) (Natasha Zachara lab)
  • Xiaoyue Wang: YID, Hans Joaquim Prochaska Research Award (Craig Montell lab)
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Awards to Postdoctoral Fellows

2013

  • Kamau Fahie: American Heart Association Fellowship Award (Natasha Zachara lab)
  • Hogan Tang: JHUSOM John G. Rangos Award Winner (Denise Montell lab)
  • Hogan Tang: The Ruth D. Vogel Professional Development Award (Denise Montell lab)
  • Hogan Tang: The Basic Cardiovascular Sciences BCVS Abstract Travel Award (Denise Montell lab)

2012

  • David Ronderos: National Research Service Award, Postdoctoral Fellowship (Craig Montell lab)

2011

  • Jessica Wilcox: National Research Service Award, Postdoctoral Fellowship (Michael Wolfgang lab)

2010

  • Marquis Walker: National Research Service Award, Postdoctoral Fellowship (Craig Montell lab)

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Awards to Principal Investigators

2019

  • Ryuya Fukunaga, Ph.D.,  Johns Hopkins Catalyst Award

2018

2017

  • Erin Goley, Ph.D.,  Johns Hopkins Catalyst Award
  • Joel Pomerantz, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Discovery Fund Innovation Award

2016

  • Seth Margolis, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Discovery Fund Innovation Award
  • Michael Wolfgang, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Catalyst Award

2015

  • Ryuya Fukunaga, Ph.D.,  American Health Association Scientist Development Award
  • Tamara O'Connor, Ph.D.,  Johns Hopkins Discovery Fund Innovation Award
  • Erin Goley, Ph.D.,  Johns Hopkins Discovery Fund Innovation Award
  • Karen Reddy, Ph.D. and colleague, Sean Sun, Ph.D.,  Johns Hopkins Discovery Fund Innovation Award
  • Karen Reddy, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Catalyst Award
  • Natasha Zachara, Ph.D., and colleagues, Steven An, Ph.D., Phuoc Tran, M.D., Ph.D., JHU Radiation Oncology Discovery Fund

2013

  • Michael Caterina, M.D., Ph.D., Donlin M. Long Pain Service Award from the Blaustein Pain Research Program
  • Michael Caterina, M.D., Ph.D.,  Named inaugural Director of the Neurosurgery Pain Research Institute at Johns Hopkins
  • Mollie Meffert, M.D., Ph.D., March of Dimes Research Scholar
  • Mollie Meffert, M.D., Ph.D.,  Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative Pilot Award

2012

  • Paul Englund, Ph.D.,  Elected into the National Academy of Science
  • Seth Margolis, Ph.D.,  American Health Association Foundation Award
  • Dan Raben, Ph.D.,   Medical School Alumni Teaching Award

2010

  • ​​Michael Caterina, M.D., Ph.D.  JHUSOM Brain Sciences Institute Sustaining Innovations in the Neurosciences Award
  • Michael Wolfgang, Ph.D.  American Heart Association Scientist Development Award
  • Natasha Zachara, Ph.D.  American Heart Association Scientist Development Award




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