Johnetta Saygbe, B.S., is a former National Institutes of Health (NIH) Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Fellow in the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). She is an aspiring global health pediatrician intrigued by the advancements in healthcare delivery and community health facilitated by dialogue on the intersection of faith, science, and society. Johnetta is currently the Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion (DoSER) Intern at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Kiara Palmer is a healthcare communications professional working with the Intramural Research Program to share stories on the innovative work done at NIH. Kiara previously served as a communications and social media specialist at NIH's National Human Genome Research Institute, where she led communications campaigns that raised awareness of the importance of genomic and genetic research. Kiara is excited to continue sharing the cutting-edge research done within the walls of NIH and explaining how that work is helping to improve patient health. After a long productive week, you can find Kiara brunching with friends, participating in local sports leagues like dodgeball, kickball, and volleyball, or watching reruns of her old favorite TV shows.
L. Michelle Bennett, Ph.D., did her postdoctoral fellowship in the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) IRP, where she was part of the team that characterized and localized the human BRACA1 gene to the long arm of chromosome 17. She became passionate about understanding the characteristics of successful research team functioning and collaboration when she worked in one of the NCI’s IRPs, the Center for Cancer Research (CCR). Dr. Bennett is currently charged with creating a new office within NCI that will work with scientists from across the organization to develop recommendations for identifying research gap areas and new research opportunities.
Lindsey Jay is a postbaccalaureate IRTA in the lab of George Kunos, M.D., Ph.D., at the NIH’s National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). She graduated in June 2018 from the University of Chicago with degrees in Neuroscience and Biology. In Dr. Kunos’ lab, Lindsey assists with studies of a novel drug developed in the lab for the treatment of lung and skin fibrosis, a thickening and scarring of connective tissue that can occur spontaneously or due to injury. She hopes to pursue a career in pharmaceutical and drug development in the future. In her free time, Lindsey enjoys baking and painting.
Melissa Glim, M.P.H., is a science writer and healthcare communications professional working with NIH’s Intramural Research Program to promote the innovative research being done at the NIH’s 27 Institutes and Centers and the scientists who are making it happen. Melissa has written about topics from Alzheimer’s disease to women’s health, covering basic science to patient education to policy and advocacy.
She supports a variety of clients from government, non-profit, and industry in strategic communications planning and implementation, coalition and partnership building, stakeholder education and outreach, and health and science writing and materials development. She has developed and led grassroots programs for Hadassah and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, spoken on stem cell research and cancer survivorship advocacy at numerous conferences, created a web-based advocacy training program, and contributed a chapter to the Oncology Nursing Society’s textbook, Cancer Rehabilitation and Survivorship: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Personalized Care. Melissa has won three National Health Information awards for her articles. She received her Master of Public Health in Community Health Education from Hunter College School of Public Health and her Bachelor of Science in Science Communication from Cornell University.
In her spare time, Melissa loves making hats and jewelry, swing dancing, and writing the occasional children’s book, although most of the time, she’s waiting upon her beloved fox terrier, Tilly.
Michele Lyons, curator of the NIH Stetten Museum, loves learning about what has and is happening at the NIH. She'd like people to understand that history is what we are making every day and to think about how we can document the present for the future.
Mohor Sengupta, Ph.D., is an IRP postdoctoral fellow with NIH’s National Eye Institute. Mohor received her Ph.D. from the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics in India. She studied pathological markers in traumatic spinal cord injury during her graduate studies. At the IRP, Mohor is studying retinal degeneration and repair after injury. Outside the lab, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and hiking with her husband.