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Hatch, Chang garner first Women & Science awards

Research associate Emily Hatch, who works in the Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory led by Professor Martin Hetzer, has been named the inaugural Postdoctoral Fellowship Recipient of the Salk Women & Science Special Awards Initiative.

Hatch earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Williams College in 2003, and her PhD in 2011 from Stanford University, where she successfully studied various aspects of centriole duplication. She joined the Salk Institute in 2011, focusing her work on the nuclear envelope dynamics in mammalian cells. In 2013, she published a landmark paper in Cell in which she addressed a question centering on the mechanism of chromothripsis, a recently identified process by which chromosomes fragment and undergo massive rearrangement.

“Emily has a great personality and scientifically she is remarkably mature,” Hetzer wrote in his nomination of Hatch. “She is driven by scientific passion in its purest form and also by the desire to work on cancer-related questions.”

Christina Chang

Christina Chang, a graduate student in the Nomis Foundation Laboratories for Immunobiology and Microbial Pathogenesis led by Ye Zheng, was named the Graduate Student Fellowship Recipient for 2015.

Currently attending the University of California, San Diego to earn her PhD, Chang joined Zheng’s lab in 2011 to work on a new project that originated from collaboration between the labs of Zheng and Ronald Evans. Her research focuses on the molecular mechanism involved in the differentiation of T helper 17 cells, a recently identified subset of T lymphocytes.

“Christina has the genuine curiosity that propels her to constantly ask the right questions and seek answers through her own efforts,” Zheng wrote in his nomination letter. “She has also presented her work at multiple meetings and conferences with very positive feedback. I can already see her on the trajectory of becoming an exceptional scientist in the future.”