Swagata Basu is a postdoctoral fellow at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and is studying the role of Neuregulin-ErbB receptor signaling pathway in cortical excitability. She received her Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Texas at Dallas and used slice electrophysiology and cognition to understand the neural mechanisms underlying attention and impulsive behavior.
Valerie Bonham, J.D., is a Senior Attorney in the NIH Branch of the DHHS Office of the General Counsel, where she advises on various matters, including human subjects protection; privacy, confidentiality, and HIPAA; data sharing; information and data quality; stem cell research; public-private partnerships; and oversight. She is the NIH Branch coordinating attorney for human subjects protection, privacy and clinical issues. From 2010 to 2102, Val served as the first Executive Director of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, an independent committee of the nation’s leaders in medicine, science, ethics, religion law, and engineering appointed by President Obama to advise on bioethical issues. Val speaks frequently on issues of human subjects protection, ethics, and legal risks in clinical and biomedical research. In 2014-2015 she is participating in the DHHS competitive SES Candidate Development Program. As part of that work she led development of the NIH Office of Intramural Research (OIR)’s Human Data Sharing Policy.
Yannis Grammatikakis, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow in the RNA Regulation Section of the National Institute on Aging (NIA). His goal is to advance his career in the scientific field by exploring the molecular mechanisms of post-transcriptional gene regulation at the RNA level. When not busy at the bench, he likes running and playing soccer to help keep his physical and mental health in balance. He also enjoys watching movies, reading books and, more recently, writing blog posts.
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