Scripps Research Fellows Program Launches New


image: The Scripps Research Fellows Program is recruiting recent doctoral students in biomedical fields.
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LA JOLLA, Calif .– Dedicated to finding and training the next generation of science leaders, the Scripps Research Fellows Program today opens its 2022 recruiting season with a new website and proud of the success of its alumni.

Scripps Research President and CEO Peter Schultz, PhD, launched the Fellows Program in 2017 to launch scientific careers and instill leadership in promising researchers who distinguished themselves with original thinking during their studies. higher.

Since then, three Scripps Research Fellows have been promoted to adjunct faculty positions in the institute’s departments of chemistry and integrative structural and computational biology. Their contributions have included deepening scientific understanding of vulnerabilities to cancer, the chemistry and biology of regenerative organ repair and cellular energy production during stress.

“By providing an exceptional scientific environment, along with the resources and mentorship necessary to successfully establish a first independent academic laboratory, we are nurturing the next generation of scientific thought leaders,” said Schultz. “We were delighted to see our first group of fellows promoted to tenure-track adjunct faculty positions as the program is designed to launch high impact academic careers. “

Scripps Research Fellows receive salary support for themselves and two of their colleagues for three years. As a fellow, they have principal investigator status and apply for external grants, while working closely with a faculty sponsor who shares laboratory space and equipment. The program is aimed at researchers who have recently completed their doctorate in chemistry or biology.

“We are delighted to continue this successful program, it is a wonderful way for us to bring new talent to Scripps Research, and a great opportunity for emerging scientists to establish their labs,” Howard says. Hang, PhD, Professor in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology and Chairman of the Scripps Fellows Research Committee.

Scripps Research promotes diversity of thought, culture and experience in scientific fields. The institute recruits, trains, pays and promotes without distinction of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or any other protected status such as required by applicable law. Under-represented people are strongly encouraged to apply.

To learn more and to apply, visit www.scripps.edu/fellows-program/. For more information, contact faculté[email protected]

Meet former scholarship recipients:

Danielle Grotjahn, PhD, studies the interaction of mitochondria and their surrounding cellular environment, particularly in response to cellular stress. It uses advanced structural and computer tools, including cryogenic electron microscopy.

After joining Scripps Research as a researcher in 2019, Grotjahn was promoted to Assistant Professor in the Department of Integrative Structural and Computational Biology in 2021.

Previously, Grotjahn did a postdoctoral fellowship at the California Institute of Technology. She obtained her doctorate from Scripps Research.

“From the mentorship and guidance of senior colleagues to the camaraderie between young faculty, I really feel like everyone here wants me to be successful and is willing to invest their time and resources to support my scientific career. “

Michael Erb, PhD, studies the regulation of tumorigenic genes to identify new vulnerabilities to cancer. The Erb laboratory is developing chemical tools to treat and study these vulnerabilities with the aim of advancing new therapeutic approaches to fight against human cancers.

After earning his PhD in chemical biology from Harvard University, Erb started his own research lab as a Scripps Research Fellow in 2017. He was promoted to assistant professor in the chemistry department in 2020.

“Scripps Research has taken great care in creating a program that gives fellows every opportunity to build a successful research program. In particular, I have found formal and informal mentoring structures with senior colleagues to be invaluable in the transition to a freelance position.

Michael Bollong, PhD, is developing small drug-like molecules to study and intervene in the cellular processes that cause disease. More precisely, his group identifies new molecules and new mechanisms to promote regenerative repair of organs and to activate protective responses to transcriptional stress.

Bollong was hired as the first Scripps Research Fellow in 2017, after earning his PhD from Scripps Research. He was promoted to Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry in 2020.

“The exceptional environment of Scripps Research, including its faculty and resources, as well as the flexibility and funding of the Scripps Fellows program have been a unique asset to my research group, providing the tools and environment for the success of our ambitious program. “

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