Young Investigators’ Day Award Recipients

Young Investigators’ Day was established in 1978 to recognize young investigators who are trained at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and to provide them with a forum for their work. The awards are intended to recognize research undertaken by applicants while registered as students or postdoctoral fellows at the School of Medicine. This year one Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program Scholar, 12 students, 10 postdoctoral and one clinical fellow were selected to receive Young Investigators’ Day prizes. These individuals were selected from an exceptionally strong pool of applicants by a committee of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine faculty.

The below students in the Department of Medicine were recognized at the Young Investigators’ Day Awards Ceremony on April 14. To view the full list of winners, check out the program booklet. (Members of the DOM are in bold)

Joshua D. Cohen, MD, PhD, candidate in the Biomedical Engineering Program in the Department of Medicine, received the Michael A. Shanoff Research Award for "Development of a multi-analyte blood test for the detection and localization of cancer"
Sponsor: Bert Vogelstein, M.D.

Clinton O. Ogega, PhD, candidate in the Pharmacology & Molecular Sciences Program in the Department of Medicine, received the Alicia Showalter Reynolds Research Award for "Convergent co-evolution of multiple HCV bNAb lineages with diverse VH-genes"
Sponsor: Justin Bailey, MD, PhD

Srona Sengupta, PhD, candidate in the Immunology Program in the Department of Medicine, receibed the Paul Talalay Research Award for the project "TCR-mimic bispecific antibodies to target the HIV-1 reservoir"
Sponsors: Robert Siliciano, MD, PhD; Janet Siliciano, PhD; Scheherazade Sadegh-Nasseri, Ph.D.

Bezawit Abi Woldemeskel, PhD, candidate in the Cellular and Molecular Medicine Program in the Department of Infectious Diseases, received the Martin and Carol Macht Research Award for "Identification of cross-reactive T cell responses to diverse coronaviruses"
Sponsor: Joel Blankson, MD, PhD