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Postdocs Honored with Fellowships from Salk's Center for Nutritional Genomics

Six postdocs have rece ived a total of $360,000 in grants through the Salk Center for Nutritional Genomics Fellowship Program to support research in diabetes and metabolism. The award provides each scientist with $60,000 to cover salary, lab supplies and equipment over the next year.

The Institute established the Salk Center for Nutritional Genomics with a $5.5 million gift from the Leona H. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust in April 2009. The Center employs a molecular approach to nutrition and its impact on the role of metabolism on the immune system, cancer, diabetes and lifespan, thereby increasing the understanding of how nutrients affect health.

Capitalizing on the Salk's strength in collaborative research, the Center draws expertise from leading laboratories at the Institute to deepen its diabetes research with the intent to unravel the mechanisms that modulate the body's energy balance and the factors that set the stage for metabolic disease.

The recipients of the fellowships, the institutions where they graduated and the Salk lab where they work are:
Weiwei Fan, University of California at Irvine (2008), Ronald Evans Laboratory; Bing Luan, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2008), Marc Montminy Laboratory; Erin Quan Toyama, University of California at San Francisco (2009), Reuben Shaw Laboratory; Mark Huising, Radboud University Nijmegen (2006), Wylie Vale Laboratory; Yeddula Narayana, Indian Institute of Science (2008), Inder Verma Laboratory; Nathan Baird, University of Oregon (2008), Andrew Dillin Laboratory.