Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., is the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He oversees the work of the largest supporter of biomedical research in the world, spanning the spectrum from basic to clinical research. Dr. Collins is a physician-geneticist noted for his landmark discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the international Human Genome Project, which culminated in April 2003 with the completion of a finished sequence of the human DNA instruction book.
Michael M. Gottesman, M.D., is the NIH Deputy Director for Intramural Research and Chief of the Laboratory of Cell Biology at the Center for Cancer Research of the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Gottesman and colleagues pioneered the characterization of molecular mechanisms that result in failure to cure cancer with chemotherapy.
Alex Szatmary, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Ralph Nossal at the NIH Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Alex uses mathematical models to study how cells get to places in the body, in particular how endothelial cells direct neutrophils to inflammation sites and how migrating cells can coordinate their motion by generating chemical gradients. He teaches Survey of Biomedical Physics through FAES and facilitates a writing group. He is a coffee snob, an avid podcast fan, and a reader of postmodern fiction.
Andy Baxevanis, Ph.D., is a Senior Scientist at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), where his research focuses on the use of phylogenetic and comparative genomic techniques to study developmental proteins that play a fundamental role in the specification of body plan, pattern formation, and cell fate determination during metazoan development. In addition, Dr. Baxevanis is the Assistant Director for Computational Biology in the NIH Office of Intramural Research (OIR), where he has responsibility for addressing a wide range of bioinformatic and computational issues of importance to the NIH Intramural Research Program. He is currently leading a number of strategic planning initiatives aimed at improving the IRP’s computational infrastructure and high-performance computing capabilities, in an effort to meet the ever-growing scientific computing needs of all IRP investigators.
Angie Abraham, M.P.H., M.S., is a health communications fellow at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) within the Office of Communications and Public Liaison and the Surveillance Research Program under the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences. Angie received her masters degree in public health from California State University, Fresno, and a masters of science in regulatory affairs for drugs, biologics, and medical devices from Northeastern University. She is interested in new media as a lens for communicating health research.
Ashleigh LoVette is a Health Communications Fellow at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). She is part of a team within the NCI Office of Communications and Public Liaison working to visually communicate the story of cancer research. Ashleigh received her master’s degree in health and risk communication from Michigan State University and enjoys using diverse mediums to engage others in conversations around health and science.
Ben Chambers is the Chief of Multimedia Strategy for the NIH IRP, which includes finding ways to highlight amazing Intramural research on the IRP website and allied social media channels, as well as working with the IRP researchers who share their stories on the I Am Intramural Blog. On the weekends, he'll usually be running around DC's great parks, catching a movie, or trying to make a habit of meditation.
Brandon Levy is a science writer in the NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Office of Communications and Public Liaison (OCPL). He writes press releases and creates videos about NINDS-funded research and the people who do this cutting-edge work. Before joining the OCPL, he worked as a postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) fellow in the lab of the NIH National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)’s Dr. Chris Baker, where he spent his days putting people inside giant magnets and sending magnetic waves into their brains to shed light on the mysteries of learning and memory. In his free time, Brandon likes to hang out with friends, read, and hone his skills as an amateur chef.
Craig Myrum, Ph.D., is a post-doctoral IRTA fellow at NIH’s National Institute on Aging (NIA) in the Neurocognitive Aging Section (NAS) of the Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience (LBN). His work focuses on how a key memory-related gene, Arc, is disrupted in a well-established rat model of cognitive aging. Craig is a member of FelCom and is the current Outreach Officer, aiming to disseminate the activities of NIH fellows. Outside of the lab, he enjoys marathon running, traveling, and most things that get him outdoors.
Elizabeth Burke, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow in the NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Program. She investigates the potential causality of patients’ genetic variants by utilizing zebrafish as a model organism. When not working in the lab, she spends her time caring for and playing with her new baby boy at home.