iBiology and our partners the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation and the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science are proud to announce the four winners of the 2020 Young Scientist Seminars competition! The winners will attend a workshop at iBiology headquarters at UCSF in June 2020 and record their research talks in our green screen studio. These talks will be posted on our website as part of the Young Scientist Seminars, a video series showcasing the work of early-career scientists.
Edries Yousaf Hajam, a PhD candidate at inStem, Bangalore, India, studying how natural cyclic changes occur in skin fat cells.
Mia Howard, a PhD candidate in Plant Biology at Cornell University, studying how soil microbial communities affect the ability of plants to defend themselves against herbivores.
Dr. Alexa Sadier, a postdoctoral researcher at UCLA investigating the evo-devo rules that govern the evolution of animals using bats at a model group.
John Michael S. Sanchez, an MD-PhD candidate at the University of Utah, studying how bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract regulate inflammation in preclinical models of multiple sclerosis.
We’d also like to recognize the six finalists of this year’s YSS competition!
Dr. Alyssa M Adams, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Wisconsin of Wisconsin-Madison, studying how viruses interact with bacteria in the human microbiome.
Caitlin Cornell, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Washington, investigating the physical properties of lipid membranes and their role in biology and the origins of life.
Mohamed El-Brolosy, a PhD candidate at the Max Planck institute for heart and lung research in Bad Nauheim, Germany, studying how cells and organisms adapt to mutations.
Yangqi Gu, a Ph.D. candidate in the MCDB department at Yale University, studying electron transport in electro-genic bacteria and development of new electrically conductive bio-materials.
Amrita Iyer, a PhD candidate in the Genetics and Genomics program at the Baylor College of Medicine, investigating mechanisms to regenerate hair cells in the mouse inner ear for hearing restoration.
Dr. Rajyashree Sen, a postdoctoral research scientist at Columbia University, studying the neuronal basis of social memories in mice.
The Young Scientist Seminars are funded by the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, which accelerates support for medical research through recognition of scientific excellence, public education, and advocacy. The training for the four winners is led by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science in partnership with iBiology.