​​NIH Director's Poineer Award

Seventh Annual NIH Director’s
Pioneer Award Symposium

September 20 – 21, 2011
Doubletree Bethesda 
8120 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland


Presentations by the “Graduating Class” of 2006 Pioneer Award Recipients
and selected New Innovator Award Recipients

Poster Sessions by Pioneer and New Innovator
Award Recipients


8:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions of the 2011 NIH Director’s Pioneer Awardees
8:30 a.m. Cheng Chi Lee, Ph.D.
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
5’-AMP-Induced Deep Hypometabolism in Mammals: Insight Into Its Mechanism and Potential Applications
9:00 a.m. Karla Kirkegaard, Ph.D.
Stanford University School of Medicine
Quenching Rainbows: Suppressing Diversity in RNA Viruses
9:30 a.m. Evgeny A. Nudler, Ph.D.
New York University School of Medicine
Bacterial Gas Defense
10:00 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. David A. Relman, M.D.
Stanford University
Explorations of Self: The Human Microbiome
10:45 a.m. Younan Xia, Ph.D.
Washington University in St. Louis
Putting Nanomaterials to Work for Biomedical Research
11:15 a.m. Thomas J. Kodadek, Ph.D.
Scripps Research Institute, Florida
Unbiased Discovery of Serum Antibody Biomarkers
11:45 a.m. Lunch Break
1:15 p.m. Ed Boyden, Ph.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Tools for Controlling Brain Circuits with Light
1:30 p.m. Jerilyln Timlin, Ph.D.
Sandia National Laboratories
Visualizing Early Immune Response to Bacterial Infections: Reorganization at the Nanoscale
1:45 p.m. Alysson Muotri, Ph.D.
University of California, San Diego
Revealing Common Molecular Pathways in Autism Spectrum Disorders Using Human Neurons
2:00 p.m. Julie Hotopp, Ph.D.
University of Maryland Baltimore
Lateral Gene Transfer from the Microbiome as a Source of Novel Mutations in the Human Genome
2:15 p.m. Mark Johnson, M.D., Ph.D.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
A Cooperative MicroRNA Network in Glioblastoma
2:30 p.m. Gabriel Kreiman, Ph.D.
Children’s Hospital Boston
Towards Deciphering the Neuronal Circuits Underlying Perception and Cognition
2:45 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. Poster Session and Reception – New Innovator Award Recipients
4:30 p.m. Close


8:00 a.m. Rebecca W. Heald, Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley
Mechanisms of Intracellular Scaling
8:30 a.m. Arup K. Chakraborty, Ph.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
A Journey from Basic T-Cell Biology to How to Hit HIV Where It Hurts
9:00 a.m. Kwabena A. Boahen, Ph.D.
Stanford University
Neurogrid: Emulating a Million Neurons in the Cortex
9:30 a.m. Break
9:45 a.m. James L. Sherley, M.D., Ph.D.
Boston Biomedical Research Institute
Advancing “Adult” Stem Cell-Based Medicine
10:15 a.m. Rosalind A. Segal, M.D., Ph.D.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Modulators of Shh Signaling: Novel Approaches
10:45 a.m. Gary J. Pielak, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Protein and RNA Biophysics in Cells
11:15 a.m. Lila M. Gierasch, Ph.D.
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Protein Folding: From Test Tube to Cell
11:45 p.m. Lunch Break
1:15 p.m. Brief Talks by the 2010 Pioneer Awardees Previewing Their Posters
2:45 p.m. Poster Session and Reception – Pioneer Award Recipients
4:30 p.m. Adjourn

Attendance is free and registration is not required.

Send questions and requests for reasonable accommodations to Pioneer@NIH.gov or call (301) 594-3555.

The symposium will not be videocast live, but the platform presentations will be videotaped and available for viewing after the meeting at Webcast.

This page last reviewed on January 10, 2014