Honors & Awards
Honors & Awards
Recent Staff Honors & Awards
PNAS Cozzarelli Prize Awarded to Pathak and Hu Labs
A recent study published by the research groups of Vinay Pathak and Wei-Shau Hu in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA (“HIV-1 uncoats in the nucleus near sites of integration,” PNAS 117:5486-5493, 2020) was awarded the 2020 Cozzarelli Prize in the class of Biomedical Sciences. The Cozzarelli Prize is awarded to just 6 papers chosen from nearly 4,000 published research articles, one in each of the 6 classes of the National Academy of Sciences. They represent the top scientific research published in PNAS in 2020. To read more about this award, click here.
Uncoating of an infectious HIV-1 complex is shown at left. Click on the figure for a full caption and here to download the original video (Movie S1 in the paper).
[This study was also featured on the website of the Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute (“New study overturns conventional understanding of how HIV infection occurs”) and highlighted on the front cover of the Cold Spring Harbor 2020 Retroviruses Meeting abstract book (read more).]
New Investigator Scholarships, 2021 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections
Adam Capoferri (Kearney lab), Jennifer Groebner (Kearney lab), Chenglei Li (Pathak lab), and Jonathan Rawson (Hu lab) were awarded New Investigator Scholarships to present their research findings at the 2021 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI).
NIH Fellows Awards for Research Excellence
Chenglei Li (Pathak lab), Jonathan Rawson (Hu lab), and Chad Coomer (Compton lab) received 2021 NIH Fellows Awards for Research Excellence (FARE) for travel to attend and present their work at a scientific meeting in the U.S. This award, which acknowledges outstanding scientific research performed by intramural postdoctoral fellows, is sponsored by the NIH Fellows Committee, Scientific Directors, and Office of Intramural Training and Education and is funded by the Scientific Directors. FARE awards are based on scientific merit, originality, experimental design, and overall quality and presentation of the abstracts.
Wei-Shau Hu Selected to Receive 2021 Distinguished Research Career Award from The Ohio State University Center for Retrovirus Research
Wei-Shau Hu was selected by the Center for Retrovirus Research (CRR) of The Ohio State University to receive the 2021 Distinguished Research Career Award. This annual award honors the distinguished research career of a scientist working in the field of retrovirology. The retrovirologist is nominated by student and faculty members of the CRR and as part of the award recognition is invited to give a special lecture to all members of The Ohio State University biomedical research community, co-sponsored by the CRR, the Infectious Diseases Institute, the Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the campus-wide Virology Forum. Dr. Hu will receive the award and present her honorary lecture in the fall 2021.
Eric Freed Received 2020 NCI Women Scientists Advisors Mentoring and Leadership Award
In recognition of his commitment to mentoring and his role in promoting diversity, Eric Freed received the 2020 NCI Women Scientists Advisors Mentoring and Leadership Award, which honors "exceptional dedication, leadership, and tireless efforts to promote and nurture NCI women scientists at all stages of their careers."
Wei-Shau Hu Elected to American Academy of Microbiology
Wei-Shau Hu was elected as a Fellow in the American Society of Microbiology (AAM) in February 2021. The AAM is the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology, the world’s largest society dedicated to advancing the microbial sciences. AAM Fellows are recognized as distinguished researchers who are "elected through a highly selective, annual, peer review process, based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology....Each elected Fellow has built an exemplary career in basic and applied research, teaching, clinical and public health, industry or government service."
Dr. Hu is widely recognized as a key authority on retroviral recombination, RNA packaging, and virus assembly. Her innovations in combining molecular biology and biochemical approaches with state-of-the-art microscopy techniques for single-virion particle analysis have led to significant advancements in HIV molecular virology research. Read more....
Eric Freed Received 2020 Distinguished Research Career Award from The Ohio State University Center for Retrovirus Research
Eric Freed was selected by the Center for Retrovirus Research of The Ohio State University to receive the 2020 Distinguished Research Career Award. This annual award honors the distinguished research career of a scientist working in the field of retrovirology. The retrovirologist is nominated by student and faculty members of the Center for Retrovirus Research and as part of the award recognition is invited to give a special lecture to all members of the Ohio State University biomedical research community. Learn more...
New Investigator Scholarships, 2020 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections
Alice Duchon (Hu lab), Jenna Hasson (Kearney lab), Kristi Huik (Maldarelli lab), Chenglei Li (Pathak lab), Mohamed Husen Munshi (Pathak lab), Sean Patro (Kearney lab), and Jonathan Rawson (Hu lab) were awarded New Investigator Scholarships to present their research findings at the 2020 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI).
Saliha Majdoul Receives Sallie Rosen Kaplan Postdoctoral Fellowship for Women Scientists
In November 2019, Saliha Majdoul (Compton lab, 1st on left in photo below) was selected for the Sallie Rosen Kaplan (SRK) Postdoctoral Fellowship for Women Scientists at the National Cancer Institute. The SRK Fellowship is a highly competitive annual program that provides additional mentoring opportunities, networking, seminars, and workshops to help prepare NCI’s female postdoctoral fellows for the competitive nature of the job market and help them to transition to independent research careers. The highlight of this selective program is a 30-week course entitled "Career Building for Women in Science," which includes two day-long workshops. The SRK Fellowship also includes mentoring opportunities with successful women scientists from government, industry, and academia.
2020 Sallie Rosen Kaplan Fellows
Intramural AIDS Research Fellowships
Intramural AIDS Research Fellowship (IARF) awards from the Office of AIDS Research, Office of Intramural Research, and Office of Intramural Research & Training in the National Institutes of Health include full stipend support to successful candidates who demonstrate outstanding scientific potential through both an imaginative and thoughtful research plan and a well thought out career development plan.
- Tomas Kroupa (Rein lab) received an IARF award in 2020 to support his research project on "Kinetics of Specific and Nonspecific Interactions of HIV-1 Gag with RNA."
- Charles (Chad) Coomer (Compton lab) received an IARF award in 2020 to support his research project on "Revealing the Mechanism IFITM3-Mediated Inhibition of HIV-1 Envelope Using Advanced Fluorescence and Super-Resolution Microscopy."
- Alex Kleinpeter (Freed lab) received an IARF award in 2020 to support his research project on "Elucidating the Role of IP6 in HIV-1 Assembly and Maturation."
- Alice Duchon (Hu lab) received an IARF award in 2019 and 2020 to support her research project on "Understanding the Interplay between HIV-1 Gag and the Viral RNA Genome That Facilitates Virus Assembly."
- Cheng man (Bonnie) Lun (Freed lab) received an IARF award in 2019 and 2020 to support her research project on "Antagonism of HIV-1 Replication by Cellular Factor MARCH E3 Ubiquitin Ligases and Viral Escape Pathways"
Travel Awards, 39th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Virology (ASV 2020)
Haibin Liu, Lulu Yu, and Beatriz Alvarado Hernandez (Zheng lab) and Melissa Fernandez (Freed lab) were awarded American Society for Virology Postdoctoral Scholar Travel Awards for their abstract submissions to ASV 2020 (meeting canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic).
Dr. Eddie Méndez Award
Melissa Fernandez (Freed lab) was selected to be a recipient of the 2nd Annual Dr. Eddie Méndez Award, which recognizes outstanding postdoctoral scientists who are conducting research in cancer biology or infectious diseases. As an awardee, Dr. Fernandez will present her latest research findings at a scientific symposium in 2020 honoring Dr. Eddie Méndez and will have the opportunity to discuss her work with faculty members of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) awarded a 2020-2021 Research Fellowship to Yuta Hikichi (Freed lab) for his project "Mutations in the HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein contribute to HIV drug resistance." The fellowship program sponsored by this society supports meritorious biomedical research projects undertaken in NIH laboratories by Japanese postdoctoral researchers.