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Basavappa Joins NIGMS as Program Director

Dr. Ravi Basavappa recently joined NIGMS as a program director in the Division of Cell Biology and Biophysics. He will oversee research grants and fellowships in biophysics. He was formerly an associate professor in the department of biochemistry and biophysics at the University of Rochester Medical Center, where he focused on determining and analyzing the structure of proteins involved in cell cycle control. Basavappa earned a B.S. in physics from Duke University, an M.S. in physics from Clemson University and a Ph.D. in biophysics from the University of Chicago. He conducted postdoctoral research on polio virus structure and function at Harvard Medical School.

Lechter Returns to CSR

Dr. Karen Lechter has joined the Center for Scientific Review as a scientific review administrator in the risk, prevention and health behavior integrated review group. She received a J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Maryland, where her research involved the areas of motivation and decision-making. Most recently, Lechter worked at FDA, where she was the agency's expert in research on patient and physician comprehension of drug information. Lechter worked at NIH earlier in her career. Initially, she was at the Division of Research Grants (now CSR) as a management intern and later at the Bureau of Health Manpower, which was then part of NIH.

Bortner Joins Society's Speaker Bureau

Carl Bortner of the Laboratory of Signal Transduction at NIEHS has been selected to join the Society of Toxicology's speaker bureau. The bureau is part of the SOT continuing education division, which provides courses at the annual meetings and provides experts to lecture in a given area. Speaker selection is based on course evaluations from the annual meetings. Bortner's presentation, "Functional Flow Cytometry: Applications in Toxicology (2004)" spotlights apoptosis, cell volume regulation and flow cytometry.

Hyde Becomes SRA at NIGMS

Dr. C. Craig Hyde recently joined NIGMS as a scientific review administrator in the Office of Scientific Review. He is an expert in structural and computational biology and also knowledgeable in bioinformatics and proteomics. He will manage the review of grant applications in a broad range of research areas, but will be particularly responsible for applications related to the Protein Structure Initiative and the NIH Roadmap initiatives. Since 2000, Hyde was a special assistant to the director in the Center for Cancer Research at NCI, where he worked to develop or adopt new research technologies and core infrastructure through partnerships with outside organizations and companies. Before that, for nearly a decade, he was an intramural NIAMS researcher. He earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Iowa, where he was trained in structural biology and protein crystallography. He continued work on protein structure determination as a postdoctoral fellow at NIDDK.

Former PRAT Fellow Charles Joins CSR

Dr. Vinod Charles recently joined the Center for Scientific Review as scientific review administrator for the BDCN-K-10 study section, which reviews small business innovative research grants in the areas of clinical neuroscience and related technologies. In postdoctoral training as an NIGMS/PRAT staff fellow at NHGRI, he examined the early neurodegenerative mechanisms underlying Huntington's disease in transgenic mice expressing full-length HD cDNA. Prior to coming to CSR, Charles was a research scientist and project leader at Psychiatric Genomics, Inc., in Gaithersburg. His research used single-cell laser capture microdissection and microarray technologies to profile gene expression patterns from hippocampal and cortical neurons in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

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