The NHLBI Division of Intramural Research (DIR) is pleased to welcome two new, highly talented investigators into its ranks. Drs. Susan Harbison and J. Robert Hogg recently joined the DIR as part of the NIH's second recruitment round for Earl Stadtman tenure-track investigators.
Dr. Harbison is leading the Laboratory of Systems Genetics, a component of the Genetics and Development Biology Center headed by Dr. Alan Michelson. Dr. Hogg is leading the Laboratory of Ribonucleoprotein Biochemistry, a component of the Biochemistry and Biophysics Center headed by Dr. Nico Tjandra.
Launched in 2009-2010 and named for the late NIH biochemist who mentored several Nobel laureates, the Stadtman program is a trans-NIH initiative that offers tenure-track positions to outstanding and innovative early-career scientists. Over 560 researchers applied during this latest Stadtman round, and eight were offered positions by a range of NIH institutes.
"Harbison, Hogg, and all the new Stadtman investigators are outstanding early-career researchers who will provide tremendous additions to the NIH intramural team," said Dr. L. Michelle Bennett, deputy director of the NHLBI DIR and a co-chair of the Stadtman program. "The success of the first two years of this program has been reflected by the commitment of the NIH Intramural Program leadership to adopt this approach as an annual recruitment strategy."
Information about applying to the next round of the Earl Stadtman investigator program (2012-2013) will be posted at http://tenuretrack.nih.gov/ and http://irp.nih.gov/careers/trans-nih-scientific-recruitments/earl-stadtman-tenure-track-investigator-recruitment-2011
Susan Harbison came to the NHLBI in Jan. 2012 after finishing a postdoctoral fellowship at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. She is exploring how genes and the environment interact to influence complex traits. At the NHLBI, Harbison will use fruit fly models (Drosophila) to explore the gene-environment interactions that regulate sleep and related circadian behaviors. Uncovering the genetic networks underlying sleep could address questions regarding human sleep biology as well as lead to potential therapeutic targets for sleep disorders. "I was delighted to have the opportunity to join the NHLBI," she says, "because its scientists have diverse areas of expertise as well as knowledge of the systems biology approaches that I use, which creates an enormous potential for innovative and collaborative research."
J. Robert Hogg came to the NHLBI in Dec. 2011 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. His research is focused around the biochemistry of ribonucleic acid (RNA). His particular interests include understanding how retroviral RNAs distinguish themselves from host RNA in order to successfully infect cells, as well as exploring the mechanisms of nonsense-mediated RNA decay, which is involved in numerous genetic disorders, including cystic fibrosis and hemophilia. "I am tremendously excited to join the NHLBI and its excellent group of investigators," he says, "particularly because the Institute has shown a strong plan and commitment towards mentoring tenure-track investigators, like myself."