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Jelena Ostojić named recipient of 2014 Salkexcellerators Fellowship

Jelena Ostojić

Researcher Jelena Ostojić, who works in Professor Marc Montminy’s lab in the Clayton Foundation Laboratories for Peptide Biology, has been named the 2014 Salkexcellerators Fellowship recipient.

Montminy’s lab is studying communication between a cell’s nucleus, where gene expression occurs, and other organelles from the cell, called the mitochondria.

“We will investigate whether this communication between the nucleus and mitochondria can be disrupted early in the onset of disorders such as insulin resistance and diabetes,” says Ostoji´c, whose work aims to understand the cellular factors that trigger type 2 diabetes. The lab's research will focus on finding useful strategies for designing drugs to prevent and cure metabolic disorders.

Salkexcellerators support a restricted fund that provides an annual fellowship for talented Salk postdoctoral scholars. Contributions, in their entirety, provide support for the fellowship recipient’s salary, supplies and travel expenses.

To learn more about Salkexcellerators, contact Megan Shockro at mshockro@salk.edu or (858) 453-4100 x1405, or visit www.salk.edu/salkexcellerators