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CSR Appoints Two New SRAs

Dr. Najma Begum is now the scientific review administrator for the general medicine A 3 study section at the Center for Scientific Review. She had been an associate professor of medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and director of the Diabetes Research Laboratory at Winthrop University Hospital, a major affiliate of SUNY-Stony Brook. Her research there focused on the molecular mechanisms of insulin resistance in diabetes and dissection of insulin signaling pathways. Begum earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of Madras, India. She then studied the mechanism of fat-induced insulin resistance at SUNY-Syracuse and calcium-induced insulin resistance at the VA Medical Center and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver before moving to Stony Brook.

Dr. Fouad El-Zaatari has joined the Center for Scientific Review to be the scientific review administrator for the SSS-Q study section, which reviews small business research applications related to biodefense and infectious diseases. He comes from Baylor College of Medicine and the VA Medical Center in Houston, where he was associate professor of medicine and director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Research Laboratory. For the last 14 years, his research focused on the molecular immune response to gastrointestinal infections. He is noted for research suggesting a link between Mycobacterium paratuberculosis and Crohn's disease. He earned his Ph.D. in biological sciences from Atlanta University, while receiving research training at CDC. In postgraduate studies at the University of Southern California, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, he searched for agents that might cause chronic diseases.


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