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Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine Awards by Year

Read more about the accomplishments of Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine scientists.

2017 Honors and Awards

Erin Glennon, an MD/PhD student working in the laboratory of Robert C. Froemke, PhD, was named an NYU School of Medicine Medical Scientist Training Program Vilcek Scholar.

Tatjana Trcek Pulisic, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow working in the laboratory of Ruth Lehmann, PhD, received the Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Deepshika Ramanan, a graduate student working in the laboratory of Ken H. Cadwell, PhD, won a Sackler Institute of Biomedical Sciences Dissertation Prize for her thesis “Mechanisms of Nod2–Microbe Interactions in Intestinal Disease.”

Eight Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine graduate students received a Special McCracken Award in recognition of their energetic spirit, scholastic achievement, efforts during recruitment, contribution to managing internal clubs or seminar series, and willingness to embrace leadership roles as members of the Sackler Student Council. They are Caroline Amendola, Alex Calderon, Zharko Daniloski, Jessica Douthit, Juhee Pae, Aaron Phillips, Alexandra Pinzaru, and Emily Radke.

David Sauer, a graduate student working in the laboratory of Da-Neng Wang, PhD, received a postdoctoral fellowship from the American Cancer Society.

Robert C. Froemke, PhD, and Dan R. Littman, MD, PhD, received the prestigious Pew Innovation Fund Award to explore the interface between neuroscience and immunology.

2016 Honors and Awards

Michele Nerissa Insanally, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow working in the laboratory of Robert C. Froemke, PhD, received the NARSAD Young Investigator Grant from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. The award recognized Dr. Insanally’s research on how dysfunctional brain circuitry may contribute to autism.

Deepshika Ramanan, a PhD student working in the laboratory of Ken H. Cadwell, PhD, received a Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Julia King, an MD/PhD student working in the laboratories of Robert C. Froemke, PhD, and Mario A. Svirsky, PhD, received a Ruth L. Kirschstein Institutional National Research Service Award from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. In her research, Ms. King seeks to elucidate the neural mechanisms underlying adaption to cochlear implants.

Dan R. Littman, MD, PhD, received the Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Science for his singular research in HIV pathogenesis.

Zharko Daniloski, a doctoral candidate working in the laboratory of Susan L. Smith, PhD, received a Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program Horizon Award from the Department of Defense. Mr. Daniloski’s research investigates how sister chromatids are held together and correctly segregate in mitosis.

David Sauer, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow working in the laboratory of Da-Neng Wang, PhD, received a Department of Defense fellowship.

Ioana Carcea, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow working in the laboratory of Robert C. Froemke, PhD, received a Career Transition Award from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Carcea’s research addresses the physiological mechanisms by which neuronal circuits adapt to internal and external demands and generate distinct brain states.

Agnel Sfeir, PhD, received the Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Investigators in Cancer Research. Awarded by the Pershing Square Foundation in alliance with The Sohn Conference Foundation and the New York Community Trust, the prize is awarded to scientists whose research may accelerate the discovery of new cancer therapies.

Joseph Cichon, PhD, and Bianca Jones Marlin, PhD, won Dean’s Outstanding Dissertation Awards in the Sciences from NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Dan R. Littman, MD, PhD, received the William B. Coley Award for Distinguished Research in Basic and Tumor Immunology. Dr. Littman discovered a bacterial species that induces differentiation of Th17 immune cells, a greater understanding of which may allow for the development of novel treatments for cancer and inflammatory diseases.

Six Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine graduate students received a Special McCracken Award. They are Vicky Fang, Patty Martin, James Muller, Alexandra Pinzaru, Jennifer Sciavo, and Simon Vidal.

Ken H. Cadwell, PhD, and Robert C. Froemke, PhD, received prestigious appointments as Howard Hughes Medical Institute Faculty Scholars. This award recognizes early-career scientists with the potential to advance their fields through innovative research.

Ken H. Cadwell, PhD, received the Kenneth Rainin Foundation Innovator Award, which recognizes researchers whose projects have the potential to yield significant new insights about inflammatory bowel disease.

Dan R. Littman, MD, PhD, received the Kenneth Rainin Foundation Breakthrough Award, which renews funding for Innovator Award grantees who have made significant strides in their research.

2015 Honors and Awards

Seong-Bae Greg Suh, PhD, received the Ajinomoto Award for Young Investigators in Gustation, awarded annually by the Association for Chemoreception Scientists. This award recognizes an outstanding junior scientist who is an emerging leader in the field of gustation.

Niels Ringstad, PhD, received the Irma T. Hirschl/Monique Weill-Caulier Trust Career Scientist Award. This award recognizes an early-career scientist whose biomedical research has the potential to significantly advance the field.

Five Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine graduate students received a Special McCracken Award: Bianca Jones, Danielle Nagelberg, Aaron Philips, Deepshika Ramanan, and Carlos Sanchez.

Ken H. Cadwell, PhD, received the Burroughs Wellcome Fund’s Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease Award in recognition of his research on the immune response and its relationship to intestinal bacteria.

Bianca Jones Marlin, a doctoral candidate in the laboratory of Robert C. Froemke, PhD, was highlighted by the National Institutes of Health’s NIH Director’s Blog and profiled for NIH’s LabTV, where she discussed her research involving the influence of oxytocin on maternal behaviors.

Karim-Jean Armache, PhD, received a Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering in recognition of his investigation of how chromatin and the architecture of the genome determine when genes are turned on and off in cells.

Kishore Kuchibhotla, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow working in the laboratory of Robert C. Froemke, PhD, received a National Institutes of Health K99 Award. The award recognized Dr. Kuchibhotla’s research, which uses technologies including two-photon calcium imaging to elucidate how the same sound can have different meanings depending on the context in which it is heard.

Moses V. Chao, PhD, received a NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grant from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. Dr. Chao studies proteins in the brain that have previously been associated with aggressive behavior in schizophrenia.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s HHMI Bulletin highlighted research by Ruth Lehmann, PhD, in a feature on germline stem cells.

2014 Honors and Awards

Scientists working in the laboratory of Matthias Stadtfeld, PhD, discovered a reliable and highly efficient method for making stem cells.

Agnel Sfeir, PhD, was named to the inaugural class of Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research.

Stephen Lewellis, an MD/PhD student working in the laboratory of Holger Knaut, PhD, received a Dean’s Outstanding Dissertation Award in the Sciences from NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Marlene Holder, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow working in the laboratory of Karim-Jean Armache, PhD, received the Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship and the Otto Hahn Medal. The Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship enables highly skilled young scientists from Germany to carry out long-term projects at research institutes abroad. The Otto Hahn Medal, granted by the Max Planck Society, honors especially gifted young scientists who have made outstanding scientific achievements.

Mamta V. Tahiliani, PhD, was one of “40 Under 40” scientists from around the world highlighted in Cell. Dr. Tahiliani received recognition for her groundbreaking research involving DNA methylation.

Romina Mancusso, a doctoral candidate working in the laboratory of Da-Neng Wang PhD, won the Julian David Baumert PhD Thesis Award. The award was presented at Brookhaven National Laboratory’s joint National Synchrotron Light Source and Center for Functional Nanomaterials Users’ Meeting.

Robert C. Froemke, PhD, received a McKnight Scholar Award from the board of directors of the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience. This award is granted to scientists who are in the early stages of establishing their own independent laboratories and research careers and who have demonstrated a commitment to neuroscience.

Karim-Jean Armache, PhD, received a Kimmel Scholar Award from the Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research for his work elucidating the structure and mechanism of PRC2 in health and cancer.

Vanguel Trapkov, a doctoral candidate working in the laboratory of Matthias Stadtfeld, PhD, received a fellowship from the American Heart Association.

Agnel Sfeir, PhD, received a Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering from The David and Lucille Packard Foundation. The award recognized Dr. Sfeir’s research, which aims to understand the basis of incurred mitochondrial DNA aberrations and to manipulate the genome to revert such errors.

2013 Honors and Awards

Agnel Sfeir, PhD, received the Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award from the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. The three-year grant supports early-career scientists conducting “high-risk, high-reward” research that has the potential to significantly impact approaches to preventing, diagnosing, or treating cancer.

Ken H. Cadwell, PhD, received the American Society of Microbiology’s Young Investigator Award at the annual Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. The award recognizes Dr. Cadwell as an early-career scientist whose research has advanced the fields of microbiology and infectious disease.

Mamta V. Tahiliani, PhD, received The Lawrence Ellison Foundation’s New Scholar Award in Aging in recognition of her work in uncovering the mechanism by which DNA methylation stabilizes the genome and thus protects against the aging process.

A research team including Robert C. Froemke, PhD, won NYU’s “Grand Challenge” science competition promoting research with the potential to solve significant national or international problems. Their winning project, “Smart Neuroprosthetics: Brain–Machine Interfaces for the 21st Century,” is a brain–machine technology that uses neural signals to wirelessly enable sensory and motor prosthetics.

Matthias Stadtfeld, PhD, received a Kimmel Scholar Award from the Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research in recognition of his project “Role and Mechanism of Imprinted Gene Dysregulation in Cancer.”

Mamta V. Tahiliani, PhD, received a prestigious Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering for her research focusing on epigenetic modification of DNA and regulation of the genome. Dr. Tahiliani is the first scientist from NYU School of Medicine to receive a Packard Fellowship.

Yusuf Abdu, a doctoral candidate working in the laboratory of Jeremy F. Nance, PhD, was named an International Student Research Fellow by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Mr. Abdu’s research focuses on how germ cells specialize during development by regulating changes in their shape and size.

NYU Langone’s annual report recognized the accomplishments of Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine research faculty, including Wenbiao Gan, PhD; Robert C. Froemke, PhD; Dan R. Littman, MD, PhD; Niels Ringstad, PhD; and Agnel Sfeir, PhD.