CSR Announces New Appointments
Dr. Peter Guthrie has joined the Center for Scientific Review as scientific review administrator of its molecular, cellular and
developmental neuroscience-4 study section. He received his Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of California at San Diego,
studying plasticity of neuronal communication in the marine mollusk Aplysia. Guthrie then studied the functional structure of
mammalian neurons in the Laboratory of Developmental Neurobiology at the National Institute of Child Health and Human
Development. At Colorado State University in Fort Collins, he studied the regulation of intracellular calcium transients in neurons as
well as their effect on growth cone function. Before coming to CSR, he was an associate professor at the University of Utah School of
Medicine, Salt Lake City, where he investigated intracellular and extracellular mechanisms underlying interactions of astrocytes with
neurons and microglia.
Dr. David Jollie has joined the Center for Scientific Review as scientific review administrator for fellowship applications in the
biophysical and chemical sciences integrated review group. He earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of Minnesota,
studying the mechanism of catalysis by a metalloenzyme from a methano-trophic bacterium. Jollie focused his postdoctoral research
on iron-sulfur cluster proteins from nitrogen-fixing bacteria at the University of Southern California. He then moved to the University
of Maryland, where he was an assistant professor in its department of chemistry and biochemistry. There, he studied the chemical
reaction mechanism of a metalloenzyme critical for the biodegradation of aromatic compounds by a denitrifying bacterium.
Dr. Melody Mills is the new scientific review administrator of the bacteriology and mycology-2 study section at the Center for
Scientific Review. After a career in nursing, she received a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Texas, Austin. There, she
identified and cloned the heme receptor of Shigella dysenteriae, the agent that causes bacterial dysentery. Mills moved to the
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, where she studied bacterial pathogens that infect the urinary tract
(uropathogenic E. coli) and food-borne bacteria (enterohaemorrhagic E. coli). Before coming to CSR, she developed a bladder tissue
model at USUHS for studying uropathogenic E. coli.
Dr. Vonda Smith has joined the Center for Scientific Review as scientific review administrator of the SSS-6 study section, which
reviews small business innovative research grant applications for the biophysical and chemical sciences integrated review group. She
received her Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Emory University, where she studied the molecular structure and complexation of
cyclodextrins, which are cone-shaped sugar molecules with cyclic hydrocarbons. Smith then accepted a research position with
Hewlett Packard in Palo Alto, Calif., where, she performed spectral analysis and liquid phase analysis of various biomolecules. She
continued this research when her division was split from HP to become Agilent Technologies.
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