LEAD:  Leading Edge Associate Directory

A directory of women and gender-minority postdocs and early Assistant Professors

Assistant Professors (and equivalent)

Wenwen Fang
RNA-mediated gene regulation
UMass Medical Center

Elena Blanco-Suarez
Neuron-astrocyte interplay in recovery from ischemic stroke

Thomas Jefferson

Naima Sharaf 
Structure and function of the Neisserial Meningitidis ABC methionine transporter system
Incoming Assistant Professor, Stanford

Megan Martik
Gene regulatory control of neural crest development and regeneration
Incoming Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley

Ruth Franklin

Homeostatic functions of macrophages in health and disease
Assistant Professor, Harvard University and Harvard Medical School

Maureen Cetera

Coordinating cell polarity during morphogenesis
Incoming Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota

Yadira Soto-Feliciano Chromatin adaptors in development and disease
Incoming Assistant Professor, MIT

Melody Campbell
Integrin structure and function

Fred Hutch

Danfeng Cai
Chromatin organization and transcription regulation
 Johns Hopkins School of Public Health


Sarah Ackerman
Neuron-glia dynamics in circuit development, refinement, and behavior

U. Oregon

Farners Amargant i Riera
Ovarian biomechanics and reproductive aging


Najla Arshad
Regulation of immune responses by chaperone proteins of the secretory pathway

Yale University

Minoo Bagheri
Metabolomics and beyond
Vanderbilt University

Somaye Badieyan
Mechanism and structural biology of microtubule motor proteins viral hijacking
U. Michigan

Lise Barbe
High-throughput identification of disease pathways in neurodegenerative diseases 

Gladstone Institutes, UCSF

N. Sumru Bayin
Neural stem cell diversity and age-dependent regenerative processes in the brain

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Gaby Baylon
Interaction between the mechanical and biological environments of osteocytes


Cecilia Blengini
Chromosome segregation during female meiosis in mammals

Rutgers University

Heike Blockus
Linking synaptic specificity to neuronal circuit function

Columbia University

Liz Boydston
Specialized organelles for host-parasite interactions
Whitehead Institute

Jessie Brown
Single-cell analysis of relapse master regulators in pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Columbia University

Leah J. Campbell
Molecular regulation of zebrafish retinal regeneration

University of Notre Dame

Agathe Chaigne
Cell division and cell fate in the mammalian embryo

University College London

Jenna Christensen
Intracellular transport in fungi and human cells


Madelen Diaz
Cell death mechanisms after brain injury

U. Miami

Allison Didychuk
DNA packaging in herpesviruses

UC Berkeley

Xintong Dong
Defensins and Mrgprs in skin immunity and itch

Johns Hopkins

Anne Draelos
Real-time analysis and stimulation of neuronal populations

Duke University

Gabrijela Dumbovic
Non-coding genome in health and disease


Clarissa Durie
Visualizing bacterial secretion systems

U. Michigan

Rocio Espada
Directed evolution of enzymes and next generation sequencing

Christina M. Fitzsimmons
How RNA modifications influence gene expression in disease

Lam-Kiu Fong
Membrane protein function in Alzheimer's disease

Jaye Gardiner
Cancer-associated fibroblasts in pancreatic cancer

Fox Chase Cancer Center

Aleena Garner
Neural circuits in memory-sensory interplay

Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research

Jessica Gray
Single cell insights into evolution and development

Harvard Medical School

Mae Guthman
Plasticity of hormone-sensitive neural circuits

Princeton University

Liangliang Hao
Engineering precision diagnostics for cancer

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Farah Haque
Microtubule-based regulatory mechanisms underlying signaling

Massachusetts General Hospital

Miyoshi Haruta
Cell growth regulation by peptide factor and kinase in plants

U. Wisconsin-Madison

Elizabeth Haynes
Imaging neural development across whole-embryo and single cell scales

U. Wisconsin-Madison

Chelcie Heaney
Comorbidity of major depressive disorder and alcohol use disorder

Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Zoe Hilbert
New modalities in host-microbe evolutionary conflicts
U. Utah

Erin Hisey
Neural circuits underlying learning and forgetting

Duke University

Carey Y. L. Huh
Neural circuits in sensory perception, learning and plasticity
UC Irvine

Victoria Hung
Ribosome heterogeneity in gene regulation and cell fate

Stanford University

Inga Jarmoskaite
RNA-protein interactions and transcriptome engineering

Stanford University

Priyanka Joshi
Metabolic regulation of protein homeostasis

UC Berkeley

Elisa Kallioniemi 
Non-invasive brain stimulation to study and treat the brain

UT Southwestern Medical Center

Jennifer Kan
Designing and engineering de novo protein functions


Aga Kendrick
Regulation of microtubule-based cellular transport

Lindsay LaFave
Chromatin state in lung adenocarcinoma

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jennifer Landino
Epithelial cytokinesis in Xenopus
U. Michigan

Elizabeth Lawrence
Investigating microtubule dynamic instability in vitro

Vanderbilt University

Abigail Leavitt LaBella
Revealing evolutionary forces from codons to complex diseases

Vanderbilt University

Carrie Leonard
Neurodevelopmental mechanisms in chick and mouse

University of Maryland, College Park

Yamhilette Licon Munoz

Deciphering the tumorigenic roles of breast pericytes

U. New Mexico

Yulu Cherry Liu
Glypicans in cell signaling 

Harvard Medical School

Aphroditi (Didi) Mamaligas
Neural circuits connecting interoceptive need with reinforcement

Gladstone Institutes

Ashley A. Martin
Striated muscle structure-function in physiological and disease states

U. Minnesota

E. Anne Martin
Identifying the molecular mechanisms of synapse formation coordination in zebrafish

U. Oregon

Cara Moravec
The role of maternally expressed genes in zebrafish
U. Wisconsin-Madison

Dina Navon
Evolution and development of complex structures using teleost fish as model systems


Nao Nishida-Aoki
Cell-cell interactions in the tumor microenvironment

Fred Hutch

Cameron Ogg
Neural circuits underlying behavioral flexibility
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Molly OhAinle
Cellular blocks to HIV infection
Fred Hutch

Marlies Oostland
Cerebellar circuits involved in cognition

Princeton University and Humboldt University Berlin

Siobhan Pattwell
The brain's capacity for change in normal ontogeny and neuropathological conditions
Fred Hutch

Sarah J. Pfau
The molecular and cellular basis of blood-brain barrier heterogeneity
Harvard Medical School

Sandhya Prabhakaran
Machine learning and mechanistic modeling to understand tumor-Immune microenvironment
Moffitt Cancer Centre

Lauren Rajakovich
Human gut microbial metabolism
Harvard University

Megha Rajendran
Mitochondrial dysfunction in Parkinson's disease.

Dorian Rosen
Modulating cellular stress responses to improve outcomes in neurological disorders
The Scripps Research Institute

Sarah Ruediger
Structure and function of neuronal circuits in health and disease

Florentine Rutaganira
Chemical Biology of Multicellular Origins
UC Berkeley

Maite Sanchez-Aparicio
Host resource exploitation by viruses
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Sarvenaz Sarabipour
Systems modeling of VEGF receptors and targeted therapeutics in Angiogenesis
Johns Hopkins

Richa Sardana
Membrane protein trafficking and quality control mechanisms

Preeti F. Sareen
Decision making in Drosophila

Shikha Singh Chauhan
2', 3'-cyclic nucleotide monophosphates in bacterial signaling and stress response
Penn State University

Monique Smith
Social communication of pain and elucidating the neural circuits of empathy
Stanford University

Jessica Stark
Identifying and targeting glyco-immune checkpoints
Stanford University

Joanna Thomas
Cancer dormancy and biophysics

He Tian

Directed evolution of biosensors for imaging neural activity
Harvard University

Mancy Tong
Innate immune activation during human pregnancy
Yale University SOM

Valerie Tornini

Chromatin modifiers in vertebrate development
Yale University

Paola Torre
2-photon imaging of macrophage-fibroblasts crosstalk in lung fibrosis


Christina Towers

Autophagy dependence in cancer cells
CU Anschutz 

Julie Van De Weghe

Translational ciliary biology
U. Washington

Claudia Vásquez

Physics of epithelial lumen stability
Stanford University

Jessica Verpeut

Cerebellar shaping of adult behaviors
Princeton University

Sissy Wamaitha

Human germ cell lineage emergence

Helen Yang

Descending control of walking in Drosophila
Harvard Medical School

Zhilin Yang

Single-cell tracing of p53 dynamics and in-vivo metastasis in zebrafish

Tiffany Zarrella
Environmental sensing and response mechanisms in Pseudomonas aeruginosa