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Postbac Seminar Series: PEP Talks - November 17, 2020

Series: Science Skills; Speaking

Nov 17, 2020

This event is recommended for: Postbacs.

Science isn't complete until the results have been shared with others, and talking about your results is one of the important ways of making them public. The Postbac Seminar Series provides a unique opportunity for two Postbacs each month to present their research to a diverse audience of their peers.  The atmosphere is relatively informal and non-threatening.  The series allows Postbacs who attend to learn about the different types of biomedical research being conducted at the NIH while meeting other postbacs.  Read more about the seminar series.

This month, Postbac Seminar Series presents PEP Talks (Postbac Elevator Pitches). Come here fellow postbacs present the broad impact of their research and its exciting applications in three minutes or less!

The meeting information will be shared by email. If you have any questions, please contact Ryan Bertoli <> and Madaleine Niznikiewicz <>.


This month's presenters are:

Neuroscience & Mental Health:

1.      James Keoni Morris (NIAAA), Latent Profile Analysis of Alcohol Binge Behaviors in Human Studies

2.      Marisa Meyer (NIMH), Behavioral Inhibition System (BIS) Predicts Treatment Outcome for Youth with Anxiety Disorders

3.      Nickolas Chu (NICHD), Developing New Zebrafish Models for Autism Spectrum Disorder Genes

4.      India Little (NHGRI), Evaluating the Importance of Genetic Literacy for Autism Spectrum Disorder

5.      Ally DePuyt (NIMH), Neutrophil Dynamics and Functions at the Blood-brain Barrier Following Chronic Stress

6.      Ariana Turk (NINDS), Morphometric analysis of astrocytes involved in vocalization networks in the common marmoset (Callithrax jacchus)

7.      Samuel Dahlke (NIMH), Novel antagonists of the PAC1 G-protein coupled receptor: lessons from multiple cell lines

8.      Anoo Maskeri (NIAAA), Does Lateral Inhibition Between Nucleus Accumbens Ensembles Shape Motivated Behavior?

9.      Jackie Leete (NINR), Measuring Blood-based Biomarkers to Elucidate Chronic Symptoms of TBI


Immunology & Infectious Disease: 

1.      Cody Stein (NIAID), Engineering of pH Dependent Monoclonal Antibodies for HIV Treatment

2.      Amy Lin (NHLBI), Nicotinamide Riboside Regulates Type 1 Interferon Signaling in Human Subjects

3.      Sonali Singh (NIA), The Effect of Transcription Factor, TFII-I, on Murine T Cells.

4.      Sanya Mehta (NIEHS), TLR5 Protects Against Pulmonary Fibrosis by Regulating Lung Microbiota

5.      Lyra Morina (NIAID), Is Foxp3 a bona fide marker of human regulatory T cells? 

6.      Aiyana Ponce (NIAID), Skin immunity to Aedes aegypti mosquito bites

7.      Yvonne Rangel-Gonzalez (NIAID), An Improved Visceral Leishmanaisis Infection Model to Elucidate the Innate Immune Response Governing Dissemination of Leishmania donovani

8.      Carlynn Winters (NLHBI), Generating Mouse Model of Chronic Mycobacterium abscessus Pulmonary Infection

9.      Linda Krasniewski (NIA), Single-Cell RNA Sequencing of Mouse Skeletal Muscle Macrophages



1.      Yang Chen (NIAID), SARS-CoV-2 Genome Evolution: Tracking Global Mutations and Recombinations

2.      Talya Gordon (CC), A Mixed Methods Examination of Sleep, Stress, and Alcohol Use in the Time of COVID-19.

3.      Jay Desai (CC), Impact on Anxiety and Motivation of COVID-19 and Predictors of Individual Responses in CAH Patients

4.      Jacquelyn Spathies (NIBIB), Standardization of Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent Assays for Serosurveys of SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic Using Clinical and At-home Blood Sampling

5.      Tylisha Gourdine (NIAID), A Vesicular Stomatitis Virus- Based Vaccine for COVID-19

6.      Neetij Krishnan (NIAID), Exploring antibody targets on SARS-CoV-2


Oncology & Chronic Illnesses:

1.      Isaias Torres (NINR), EV associated cytokines as predictors of symptom profiles in breast cancer survivors

2.      Daniela Patino (NIEHS), What are the behavioral consequences of brain-specific disruption of norepinephrine at different developmental time points?

3.      Samantha Matta (NIDDK), Understanding and Treating Type 2 Diabetes in Youth.

4.      Sydney Hyde Telaak (NHGRI), The Influence of Perceived Weight Status on Diabetes Illness Experiences

5.      Natalie Thomas (NIEHS), Mutations in the Active Site of DNA Polymerases Epsilon and Delta

6.      Kayla Keane (NINR), Exploring Cancer-Related Fatigue as a Multidimensional Construct

7.      Shania Bailey (NCI), PROSTVAC Active Surveillance Study: CD4 and CD8 T-cell Infiltration Pre- and Post-vaccination

8.      Hannah Allen (NINR), The Plasma Metabolic Profile Associated with Cancer-Related Fatigue