Leading Edge Associate Directory (LEAD)

A directory of women and gender-minority postdocs in biomedical research (reverse alphabetical order)

Helen Yang

Descending control of walking in Drosophila
Harvard Medical School

Sissy Wamaitha

Human germ cell lineage emergence

Jessica Verpeut

Cerebellar shaping of adult behaviors
Princeton University

Claudia Vasquez

Physics of epithelial lumen stability
Stanford University

Julie Van De Weghe

Translational ciliary biology
U. Washington

Christina Towers

Autophagy dependence in cancer cells
UC Anschutz Medical Campus

Valerie Tornini

Autism risk genes in vertebrate development
Yale University

Mancy Tong
Innate immune activation during human pregnancy
Yale University SOM

He Tian

Directed evolution of biosensors for imaging neural activity
Harvard University

Joanna Thomas
Cancer dormancy and biophysics

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

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

Naima Sharaf  Structure and function of the Neisserial Meningitidis ABC methionine transporter system

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

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

Megha Rajendran
Mitochondrial dysfunction in Parkinson's disease.

Lauren Rajakovich
Human gut microbial metabolism
Harvard University

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

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

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

Marlies Oostland
The molecular and cellular basis of blood-brain barrier heterogeneity
Princeton University and Humboldt University Berlin

Molly OhAinle
Cellular blocks to HIV infection
Fred Hutch

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

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

U. Oregon

Meghan Martik
Gene regulatory control of neural crest development and regeneration

Yulu Cherry Liu
Glypicans in cell signaling 

Harvard Medical School

Yamhilette Licon Munoz

Deciphering the tumorigenic roles of breast pericytes

U. New Mexico

Abigail Leavitt LaBella
Revealing evolutionary forces from codons to complex diseases

Vanderbilt University

Elizabeth Lawrence
Investigating microtubule dynamic instability in vitro

Vanderbilt University

Lindsay LaFave
Chromatin state in lung adenocarcinoma

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Agnieszka Kendrick
Regulation of microtubule-based cellular transport

Jennifer Kan
Design and engineer de novo protein functions


Victoria Hung
Ribosome heterogeneity in gene regulation and cell fate

Stanford University

Erin Hisey
Neural circuits underlying learning and forgetting

Duke University

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

Chelcie Heaney
Comorbidity of major depressive disorder and alcohol use disorder

Wake Forest University School of Medicine

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

U. Wisconsin-Madison

Farah Haque
Cytoskeletal tethering of a transcription factor by DNA mimicry

Massachusetts General Hospital

Liangliang Hao
Engineering precision diagnostics for cancer

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

E. Mae Guthman
Bridging systems neuroscience and neuroendocrinology

Princeton University

Jessica Gray
Single cell insights into evolution and development

Harvard Medical School

Aleena Garner
Neural circuits in memory-sensory interplay

Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research

Jaye Gardiner
Cancer-associated fibroblasts in pancreatic cancer

Fox Chase Cancer Center

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

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

Rocio Espada
Directed evolution of enzymes and next generation sequencing

Clarissa Durie
Visualizing bacterial secretion systems

U. Michigan

Gabrijela Dumbovic
Non-coding genome in health and disease


Anne Draelos
Real-time analysis and stimulation of neuronal populations

Duke University

Xintong Dong
Defensins and Mrgprs in skin immunity and itch

Johns Hopkins

Allison Didychuk
DNA packaging in herpesviruses

UC Berkeley

Jenna Christensen
Intracellular transport in fungi and human cells


Danfeng Cai
Chromatin organization and transcription regulation

HHMI-Janelia Research Campus

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

Columbia University

Elizabeth Boydston
Specialized organelles for host-parasite interactions
Whitehead Institute

Heike Blockus
Molecular effectors linking synaptic specificity to circuit function

Columbia University

Cecilia Blengini
Chromosome segregation during female meiosis in Mammals

Rutgers University

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

Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Sumru Bayin
Regeneration in the cerebellum

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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

Gladstone Institutes, UCSF

Minoo Bagheri
Metabolomics and beyond
Vanderbilt University

Sarah Ackerman
Neural circuit formation in Drosophila
U. Oregon