2021 Simons Fellows of the Life Sciences Research Foundation
Thomas Laughlin, Ph.D.
Structural analysis of the nucleus-like compartment formed by giant bacteriophages during replication
University of California, San Diego, laboratories of Elizabeth Villa and Joseph Pogliano
Amelia McKitterick, Ph.D.
Phage-host interactions to investigate Corynebacterial biology
Harvard University, laboratory of Thomas Bernhardt
Elizabeth Mueller, Ph.D.
Shapeshifting to survive: morphotype switching in the Lyme disease spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi
Stanford University, laboratory of Christine Jacobs-Wagner
Jason Schrad, Ph.D.
Structural Characterization of Giant Viruses and Their Infection
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, laboratory of R. Daniela Nicastro
Mitchell Thompson, Ph.D.
Defining the genetic basis of adaptive host-specificity in Agrobacterium
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, laboratory of Patrick Shih
Jamie (Jia Jia) Zhang, Ph.D.
Identification of endogenous substrates and regulators of Clp proteases in the opportunistic pathogen P. aeruginosa
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, laboratory of Tania A. Baker
2020 Simons Fellows of the Life Sciences Research Foundation
Arthur Charles-Orszag, Ph.D.
Unraveling the mechanisms of cell division in the thermophilic crenarchaeon Sulfolobus Acidocaldarius
University of California San Francisco, laboratory of R. Dyche Mullins
Anastasia Manesis, Ph.D.
Unraveling the metallo-mystery pair: the role of MbnP and MbnH in bacterial copper transport
Northwestern University, laboratory of Amy Rosenzweig
Yue Rui, Ph.D.
Structure and Function of the Plant Cell Wall-Plasma Membrane Interf ace
Stanford University, laboratory of Jose R. Dinneny
Asher Preska Steinberg, Ph.D.
Phenotypic heterogeneity and concomitant spatial structure as a microbial survival strategy
New York University, laboratory of Edo Kussell
Simons Fellows of the Life Sciences Research Foundation
Lior Artzi, Ph.D.
Nutrient sensing and spore germination
Harvard Medical School, laboratory of David Rudner
Maros Pleska, Ph.D.
Emergence and maintenance of non-genetic diversity in bacterial populations
Rockefeller University, laboratory of Stanislas Leibler
Andrew Santiago-Frangos, Ph.D.
Interplay between innate and adaptive immune systems in bacteria
Montana State University, laboratory of Blake Wiedenheft
Saima Shahid, Ph.D.
Initiation of epigenetic silencing – how does the cell know what to silence?
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, laboratory of Keith Slotkin
Tara Stewart-Merrill, Ph.D.
How among- and within- species variation in parasite competence affects the dynamics of infectious disease
University of Colorado-Boulder, laboratory of Pieter Johnson
2018 Simons Fellows of the Life Sciences Research Foundation
Adrian Brückner, Ph.D.
Single-Cell Assembly of a Metazoan Chemical Defense System
California Institute of Technology, laboratory of Joseph Parker
Jonathan Chekan, Ph.D.
Biosynthesis of the Marine Neurotoxins Domoic Acid and Kainic Acid, Important Neurological Tools and Environmental Toxins
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, laboratory of Bradley S. Moore
Sur Herrera Paredes, Ph.D.
Population Genetics of the Human Microbiota
Stanford University, laboratory of Hunter Fraser
Gary Heussler, Ph.D.
Mechanisms and Impact of Horizontal Gene Transfer in a Model Microbial Community
University of California, San Diego, laboratory of Rachel Dutton
Alexander Leydon, Ph.D.
A Synthetic Approach to Understanding Establishment and Relief of Transcriptional Repression
University of Washington, laboratory of Jennifer L. Nemhauser
Heather Meyer, Ph.D.
Investigation of Intrinsically Disordered Proteins as Possible Thermosensors to Time Flowering in Arabidopsis Thaliana
Carnegie Institution for Science, laboratory of David Ehrhardt
Alexandra Tayar, Ph.D.
Flagella Beating, From the Single Organelle to Collective Self-Organization
University of California, Santa Barbara, laboratory of Zvonimir Dogic
2017 Simons Fellows of the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research
Wenyan Jiang, Ph.D.
Microbial Adaptation to Extreme Environments Facilitated by CRISPR-Cas
Columbia University, laboratory of Saeed Tavazoie
Christopher Lopez, Ph.D.
Defining the Clostridium difficile Responses to Zinc Limitation
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, laboratory of Erik Skaar
2017 Simons Fellows of the Life Sciences Research Foundation
Kurt Dahlstrom, Ph.D.
The Role of Phenazines in Modulating Root-Associated Microbial Biofilm Communities
California Institute of Technology, laboratory of Dianne Newman
Eric Lubeck, Ph.D.
Development of Therapeutic Microbiota by Synthetic Ecology
Stanford University, laboratory of Michael Fischbach
Ryan Melnyk, Ph.D.
Characterization of Bacterial Fitness, Niche, and Competition in the Arabidopsis Rhizosphere
University of California, Davis, laboratory of Venkatesan Sundaresan
Michael Smith, PhD.
Do the Right Thing, in the Right Place, at the Right Time: How Individual and Collective Movement Patterns Predict Task Allocation and Developmental State in Honey Bee Colonies
Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, laboratory of Iain D. Couzin
Matthew Swaffer, Ph.D.
Determining How Cell Size and Growth Control Global Transcription
Stanford University, laboratory of Jan Skotheim
David Tourigny, Ph.D.
Integrated Approach to Temperature Compensation in Biological Oscillations
Columbia University, laboratory of Rae Silver
2016 Simons Fellows of the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research
Yunji Davenport, Ph.D.
Molecular Messages in Algal-Bacterial Symbiosis
Harvard Medical School, laboratory of Jon Clardy
Patrick Mitchell, Ph.D.
Pathogen-Driven Evolution of Inflammasome Genes
University of California, Berkeley, laboratory of Russell Vance
2016 Simons Fellows of the Life Sciences Research Foundation
Scott Behie, Ph.D.
Decoding Microbial Interspecies Interactions for Natural Products Discovery
University of California, Berkeley, laboratory of Matthew Traxler
Sarah Davies, Ph.D.
Investigating the ‘Weak Link’ Paradigm: Can Hosts Regulate Their Symbiont’s Environment to Buffer the Effects of Climate Change?
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, laboratories of Karl Castillo and Adrian Marchetti
Tin Chi Solomon Chak, Ph.D.
Genome and Social Complexity: Coevolutionary Dynamics of Genome Size and Eusociality
Columbia University, laboratory of Dustin R. Rubenstein
Romain Darnajoux, Ph.D.
Deciphering the Genomic and Metabolic Heterogeneity of Biological Nitrogen Fixation in Boreal Ecosystems
Duke University, laboratory of Francois Lutzoni
Michele LeRoux, Ph.D.
Investigating the Role of Toxin-Antitoxin Systems in Bacterial Persistence
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, laboratory of Michael Laub
Hoong Chuin Lim, Ph.D.
Unraveling the Mycobacterial Envelope Biogenesis Using Corynebacterium glutamicum as a Model Organism
Harvard Medical School, laboratory of Thomas Bernhardt
Longfei Shu, Ph.D.
Proto-Farming and the Carried Microbiome in a Social Amoeba
Washington University in St. Louis, laboratory of David C. Queller
2016 Simons Fellows of the Helen Hay Whitney Foundation
Lihui Feng, Ph.D.
Characterizing the Molecular Mechanisms of Gut Microbiota Development and Its Relevance to Childhood Undernutrition
Washington University in St. Louis, laboratory of Jeffrey Gordon
Tomas Pluskal, Ph.D.
A Multi-omics Platform for Exploring and Exploiting Plant Chemodiversity
The Whitehead Institute, laboratory of Jing-Ke Weng
Olena Zhulyn, Ph.D.
Ribosomes in Regeneration: Rapid Translational Activation in Wound Healing and Repair
Stanford University, laboratory of Maria Barna
2015 Simons Fellows of the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research
Brittany Belin, Ph.D.
The role of Hopanoids in Plant-Microbe Symbioses
California Institute of Technology, laboratory of Dianne Newman
David Booth, Ph.D.
Genetic Regulation of Multicellularity in a Close Relative to Metazoans
University of California, Berkeley, laboratory of Nicole King
2015 Simons Fellows of the Life Sciences Research Foundation
Thomas Boothby, Ph.D.
Using water bears to identify novel methods for the dry storage of biomaterials
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, laboratory of Gary Pielak
Ricardo Laranjeiro, Ph.D.
C. elegans as a model for molecular genetic analyses of exercise benefits to healthy aging
Rutgers University, laboratory of Monica Driscoll
Dipti Nayak, Ph.D.
Synthetic biology and lab-based evolution for methanogenesis from non-natural substrates
University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, laboratory of William Metcalf
Lena Pernas, Ph.D.
Manipulation of mitochondrial fusion: a new microbial strategy?
University of Padua, laboratory of Luca Scorrano
Benjamin Ross, Ph.D.
Investigation of interbacterial competition via type VI secretion between members of the gut microbiota
University of Washington, laboratory of Joseph Mougous
Josep Vilarrasa-Blasi, Ph.D.
Identification and characterization of water sensing mechanisms in plants
Carnegie Institution for Science, laboratory of Jose Dinneny
Christopher Whidden, Ph.D.
Developing statistical algorithms to infer the evolutionary history of viruses, antibodies, and cancer cells
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, laboratory of Frederick Matsen IV
2015 Simons Fellows of the Helen Hay Whitney Foundation
Arthur Prindle, Ph.D.
Drug Resistance as a Collective Phenomenon.
University of California, San Diego, laboratory of Gurol Suel.
2014 Simons Fellows of the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research
Duncan Leitch, Ph.D.
Using Unique Crocodilian Physiology to Probe Somatosensation
University of California, San Francisco, laboratory of David Julius
Joshua Modell, Ph.D.
Self vs. Non-Self Discrimination during CRISPR-Cas Adaptive Immunity
The Rockefeller University, laboratory of Luciano Marraffini
2014 Simons Fellows of the Life Sciences Research Foundation
Aakash Basu, Ph.D.
Biophysical studies of protein: nucleic acid interactions involved in genomic maintenance
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, laboratory of Taekjip Ha
Rogier Braakman, Ph.D.
Metabolic Driving Forces in the Adaptive Dynamics of Marine Microbial Ecosystems
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, laboratory of Sallie W. Chisholm
Robert Jinkerson, Ph.D.
Transforming Our Understanding of Plant Lipid Metabolism with a Novel Functional Genomics Strategy
Carnegie Institution for Science, laboratory of Martin Jonikas
Caroline Runyan, Ph.D.
The Transfer and Representation of Sensory Information During Decision-Making
Harvard Medical School, laboratory of Christopher Harvey
Ophelia Venturelli, Ph.D.
Reverse Engineering of Stable Microbial Communities From the Human Gut Microbiome
University of California, Berkeley, laboratory of Adam P. Arkin
2014 Simons Fellows of the Helen Hay Whitney Foundation
Tania J. Lupoli, Ph.D.
Determining the Molecular Players Involved in Asymmetric Division as a Mechanism of Oxidative Stress Resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Weill Cornell Medical College, laboratory of Carl Nathan
Jeremy M. Rock, Ph.D.
The Evolution of Drug Resistance in M. Tuberculosis
Harvard School of Public Health, laboratory of Sarah Fortune
Eleanore J. Clowney, Ph.D.
Evolution of a Neural Circuit in Drosophila
Rockefeller University, laboratory of Venessa Ruta
2013 Simons Fellows of the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research
Joseph Castellano, Ph.D.
Effects of Irradiation Injury on Systemic-Neurogenic Communication as Targets for Limiting Cognitive Dysfunction
Stanford University, laboratory of Tony Wyss-Coray
Tina Han, Ph.D.
Dynamics of RNA Granule Assembly in Temperature Synchronization of Clock Rhythms
University of California, San Francisco, laboratory of Lily Jan
2013 Simons Fellows of the Life Sciences Research Foundation
Wei-Ting Liu, Ph.D.
Gaining Molecular Insight Into Fecal Transplantation for the Treatment of Clostridium difficile-Associated Diarrhea
Stanford University, laboratory of David A. Relman
James Marshel, Ph.D.
Probing and Manipulating Cortical Circuit Learning in vivo
Stanford University, laboratory of Karl Deisseroth
Constance Richter, Ph.D.
Peptidergic Control of Sleep Regulation in Zebrafish
Harvard University, laboratory of Alex F. Schier
Joshua Weinstein, Ph.D.
Dissecting the Role of Protocadherin Diversity in Synaptic Plasticity and Memory Formation
Broad Institute, MIT, laboratory of Feng Zhang
Rayka Yokoo, Ph.D.
Fluorescent Biosensors for High Resolution Imaging of Metabolism in Live Animals
University of California, Berkeley, laboratory of David Savage