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2020 Salk Women & Science Special Award Recipients

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Award Recipients


Congratulations to our 2020 Salk Women & Science Special Award Recipients

The Salk Women & Science Special Awards provide crucial support to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to pursue high-risk, high-reward research in stages too early to attract traditional funding. The awards are targeted towards supporting future scientific leaders who will also actively foster the increased participation of women and girls in science.

Bianca Barriga

Bianca Barriga

Pfaff Lab
Investigating Effects of Exercise Training on Spinal Neural Networks


Hsiuyi Chen

Hsiuyi Chen, PhD

McVicker Lab
Generating HIV-resistant human CD4+ T cells by introducing of thousands of chimpanzee alleles with massively-parallel genome editing


Sej Chung

Sej Chung, PhD

Engle Lab
Defining the role of CA19-9 in the pancreatic microbiome


Sharon Huang

Sharon (Hsiang-Hsuan) Huang, MD

Jin Lab
Dissect the role of sensorimotor feedback in action sequencing


Youtong Huang

Youtong Huang

Lemke Lab
Microglial TAM receptors as modulators of pathology in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis


Andreea Manole

Andreea Manole, PhD

Gage Lab
Neuroinflammation associated with genetic defects in phospholipase A(2) and glucocerebrosidase


Heather McGee

Heather McGee, MD, PhD

Kaech Lab
Investigating the role of radiation-induced innate immune cell activation in unique tumor microenvironments


Jia Ning

Jia Ning, PhD

Hunter Lab
Establishing cell and mouse models to study RNA polymerase III-related neurodegenerative diseases


Annelise Snyder

Annelise Snyder, PhD

Kaech Lab
Determining the role of microglial metabolic reprogramming in linking infection to Alzheimer’s disease


Yuan Xue

Yuan Xue, PhD

Belmonte Lab
Creating biocompatible electric organoids for the mammalian system


Congratulations to our 2019 Salk Women & Science Special Award Recipients

Juliana Capitanio

Juliana Capitanio, PhD

Martin Hetzer Lab
Deciphering the role of long-lived histones in the genomic landscape


Kay Chung

Kay Chung, PhD

Susan Kaech Lab
Next-generation designer T cells for optimal and persistent anti-tumor immunity


Jessica Haley

Jessica Haley

Sreekanth Chalasani Lab
eSCAPEing the immobilized preparation: Whole-brain imaging in freely-moving animals


Wenrong He

Wenrong He, PhD

Wolfgang Busch Lab
Identification of novel regulators for root system architecture by combining high-throughput chemical genetics and GWAS


Shijia Liu

Shijia Liu

Sung Han Lab
Dissecting neural circuits for opioid-induced respiratory depression


Nikki Lytle

Nikki Lytle

Geoffrey Wahl Lab
Tracking cellular plasticity during tumorigenesis by intravital imaging


Amanda Phillips Yzaguirre

Amanda Phillips Yzaguirre, PhD

Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte Lab
Elucidating a novel mechanism of angiogenesis


Congratulations to our 2018 Salk Women & Science Special Award Recipients

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Thanks to you, we met our fundraising goal of $300,000.

Lydia Daboussi

Lydia Daboussi, PhD

Samuel Pfaff Lab
Genetic and functional characterization of a novel factor involved in nerve regeneration


Kathleen DelGiorno

Kathleen DelGiorno, PhD

Geoffrey Wahl Lab
Epithelial heterogeneity and the pathogenesis of pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer


Isabella Farhy-Tselnicker

Isabella Farhy-Tselnicker, PhD

Nicola Allen Lab
Identification of novel protein complexes at developing synapses


Shefali Krishna

Shefali Krishna, PhD

Martin Hetzer Lab
Long-lived proteins in the mitochondria and their role in aging


Emily Manoogian

Emily Manoogian, PhD

Satchidananda Panda Lab
Artificial intelligence-driven optimum personalized lifestyle to sustain circadian rhythms, prevent disease, and accelerate recovery


Kathleen Quach

Kathleen Quach, PhD

Sreekanth Chalasani Lab
Pristionchus pacificus as a nematode model of aggression


Shani Stern

Shani Stern, PhD

Rusty Gage Lab
Novel humanized organoids based platform for modeling bipolar disorder


Neeraja Vegesna

Neeraja Vegesna, PhD

Julie Law Lab
Characterization of a DNA damage specific chromatin reader


Cuiqing Zhong

Cuiqing Zhong, PhD

Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte Lab
Using interspecies chimeras to derive glucose-competent human pancreatic cells


Congratulations to our 2017 Salk Women & Science Special Award Recipients

We are thrilled to announce that we have reached our 2017 fundraising goal of $175,000. A special thank you to Lynne and Mason Rosenthal / Leo S. Guthman Fund for their significant lead gift and matching challenge!

Ceyda Coruh

Ceyda Coruh, PhD

Julie Law Lab
Identification of proteins associated with double-strand breaks in different chromatin contexts


Graziana Gatto

Graziana Gatto, PhD

Martyn Goulding Lab
A novel in vivo approach to titrate sensory input during basic and complex motor behavior


Claire Geddes

Claire Geddes

Xin Jin Lab
How corticostriatal circuits control action sequences


Silvana Konermann

Silvana Konermann, PhD

Patrick Hsu Lab
Genome-scale genetic perturbation of the APOE2 and APOE4 human interactomes


Sara Linker

Sara Linker, PhD

Rusty Gage Lab
Examining if activity-induced retrotransposition modulates neural reactivity


Hermina Nedelescu

Hermina Nedelescu, PhD

Eiman Azim Lab
Organization of internal copy neural circuits for skilled forelimb movement


Annie Rathore

Annie Rathore

Alan Saghatelian Lab
Microprotein-associated proteins via promimity labeling


Cynthia Reyes

Cynthia Reyes, PhD

Vickie Lundblad Lab
A new model for telomere length regulation


Maya Ridinger

Maya Ridinger, PhD

Geoffrey Wahl Lab
Deciphering p53 functions in the stroma of pancreatic cancer


Swati Tyagi

Swati Tyagi, PhD

Martin Hetzer Lab
Dynamics of genome architecture at nuclear pore complexes during cell development


Congratulations to our 2016 Salk Women & Science Special Award Recipients

We did it! We exceeded our 2016 fundraising goal of $150,000 by $15,000! Your gift this year provided funding for five early career scientists.

Nausica Arnoult

Nausica Arnoult, PhD

Jan Karlseder Lab
Characterizing the first regulator
of DNA repair pathway choice


Amandine Chaix

Amandine Chaix, PhD

Satchidananda Panda Lab
Gating of hepatic transcriptional response
to food intake by the circadian clock


Wei-Mien (Mendy) Hsu

Wei-Mien (Mendy) Hsu

Tatyana Sharpee Lab
The impact of sensory uncertainty on maximally informative adaptive dynamics in neural populations


Liang Song

Liang Song, PhD

Joseph Ecker Lab
Phosphorylation-mediated transcriptional feedback control of ABA receptors in plants


Mako Yamamoto

Mako Yamamoto, PhD

Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte Lab
In vivo genome editing via CRISPR-Cas9 mediated homology-independent targeted integration