NIDDK Director's Update Winter 2015

Commendations & Commencements


Photo of Dr. Marius Clore

Dr. Marius Clore, NIH distinguished investigator in the intramural NIDDK Laboratory of Chemical Physics, was elected a Foreign Member of the Academia Europaea (Academy of Europe). Clore studies the structure and dynamics of proteins, protein-protein complexes and protein-nucleic acid complexes using multidimensional nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

Photo of Dr. Judith Fradkin

Dr. Judith Fradkin, director of the NIDDK Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases, received the 2015 JDRF David Rumbough Award for Scientific Excellence for her work to prevent, treat and ultimately cure type 1 diabetes, including through improving understanding of the disease’s progression.

Photo of Dr. Mark Ghany

Dr. Marc Ghany was recruited as a clinical tenure-track investigator in the intramural NIDDK Liver Diseases Branch. Ghany’s research focuses on improving the care and treatment outcomes of people with chronic viral hepatitis.

Photo of Ellen Leake

NIDDK Advisory Council member Ellen Leake was awarded JDRF’s 2015 national volunteer award, the Jim Tyree Chairman’s Choice Award, for her contributions to JDRF on behalf of people with type 1 diabetes. Leake is a member of the JDRF research and executive committees and of the Canadian Clinical Trial Network lay review committee. She also co-founded Mississippi Cures, an advocacy and public policy group in support of stem cell research.

Photo of Dr. Kristina Rother

Dr. Kristina Rother, section chief in the intramural NIDDK Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Obesity Branch, has been named a recipient of the 2015 Mayo Clinic Distinguished Alumni Award for her accomplishments as a translational investigator and clinical pediatric endocrinologist. The award honors exceptional contributions by Mayo alumni in the field of medicine.

Photo of Dr. Bruce Spiegelman

NIDDK Advisory Council member Dr. Bruce Spiegelman received the InBev-Baillet Latour Health Prize 2015 for his fundamental contributions to the research of metabolic disorders. The prize is recognized as the most important international scientific prize granted in Belgium. Spiegelman is the Stanley J. Korsmeyer Professor of Cell Biology and Medicine at Harvard Medical School.


Photo of Dr. Bonnie Burgess-Beusse

Dr. Bonnie Burgess-Beusse joined the NIDDK Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition as a program director for the Translational and Basic Liver Disease Research program and administers a portfolio of research grants on bile, bilirubin, and cholestasis; cell and molecular biology of the liver; cell injury, repair, fibrosis, and inflammation; and developmental biology and regeneration. Before joining NIDDK, she served for 10 years as a scientific review officer within the Digestive, Kidney, and Urological Systems Integrated Review Group at NIH’s Center for Scientific Review. Her research background is in the areas of vertebrate chromatin insulator elements, the regulation of transcription factors in the liver, and the hepatic acute phase response to inflammation.

Photo of Dr. Rob Rivers

Dr. Rob Rivers joined NIDDK’s Office of Minority Health Research Coordination as director of the Short-Term Research Experience Program for Underrepresented Persons and the NIH National Medical Association Travel Award Program. Previously, he served as AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the Office of Cancer Clinical Research at the NIH’s National Cancer Institute.

Photo of Dr. David Saslowsky

Dr. David Saslowsky joined NIDDK’s Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition as director of the Career Development and Training Program. His research focused on how microbial toxins interact with enterocyte membranes to elicit host cell signaling and immunomodulatory responses. Previously, he was director of the Harvard Digestive Diseases Center confocal microscopy core at Boston Children’s Hospital and was an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. He is also a former NIDDK K01 awardee.

A Fond Farewell

Photo of Dr. Van Hubbard

Dr. Van Hubbard, director of the NIH Division of Nutrition Research Coordination located within the NIDDK – now known as the NIH Office of Nutrition Research – has retired. Hubbard had a distinguished career at the NIH starting in the intramural program in 1976, leading NIDDK extramural nutrition and obesity research programs since 1983, and serving as a senior advisor on obesity to the HHS Secretary. He is also a retired assistant surgeon general and rear admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service.

Three members of the NIDDK Advisory Council have completed their four-year term:

Photo of Dr. Kenneth Kaushanky

Dr. Kenneth Kaushansky served on the Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Diseases Subcouncil. He is dean of Stony Brook University School of Medicine and senior vice president of Health Sciences at Stony Brook University.

Photo of Dr. Alan Shuldiner

Dr. Alan Shuldiner served on the Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases Subcouncil. He is professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and head of its Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Nutrition, among other roles.

Photo of John Walsh

John Walsh served on the Digestive Diseases and Nutrition Subcouncil. He is president and co-founder of the not-for-profit Alpha-1 Foundation, dedicated to advancing education and research on the genetic condition known as alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency.

As well, two members are retiring from service:

Photo of Dr. Jerry Palmer

Dr. Jerry Palmer served on the Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases Subcouncil as an ex officio member representing the Veterans Administration for 10 years.

Photo of Dr. Robert Vigersky

Dr. Robert Vigersky served on the Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases Subcouncil as an ex officio member representing the Department of Defense since 2012, before retiring from service in February.

In Memoriam

Photo of Dr. Jules Hirsch

Longtime NIH grantee Dr. Jules Hirsch, a former NIDDK Advisory Council member, died on July 23. He had a long career at the Rockefeller University in New York as a physician scientist. Dr. Hirsch’s investigations into body weight regulation helped uncover the biological processes underpinning obesity, including that fat cells change with variations in weight and that people tend toward a set weight.

2015 NIDDK Employee Appreciation Awards

Several NIDDK staff received commendations for their work at the annual employee appreciation celebration in October. Awardees are:

Nancy Nossal Mentorship Award
Christopher Koh, M.D., M.H.Sc.
Constance Tom Noguchi, Ph.D.

William G. Coleman Jr. Award for Diversity and Inclusion
Stephanie T. Chung, M.B.B.S.

NIDDK Director’s Award - Individual
Terri Wakefield, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.

NIDDK Director’s Award - Group

Clinical Protocol Quality Assurance and Auditing Team
Joyce D. Linderman, R.N.
Sheila M. Smith, R.N., B.S.N.
Terri Wakefield, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.
Mary F. Walter, Ph.D.

Contract Litigation Team
Errin W. Frahm
Daniel J. Hartinger, M.S., M.B.A.
Camille M. Hoover, M.S.W.
Robin J. Klevins
Edward Kostolansky
Kristen Mistichelli, M.P.A.
Mogy E. Omatete
Will Rayel
Jeffrey Weiner

dkNet Project Team
Kristin M. Abraham, Ph.D.
Arthur L. Castle, Ph.D.
Ronald Margolis, Ph.D.

Ebola Medical Mission Volunteers
Capt. Michelle Braun
LT Michael Davis
Megan S. Mattingly R.N., M.P.H.

Minority Affairs Advisory Committee
Tamara G. Bavendam, M.D., M.S.
Francisco O. Calvo, Ph.D.
Arthur L. Castle, Ph.D.
Edward Doo, M.D.
Daniel Gossett, Ph.D.
Carolyn Kofa-Sullivan
Yan Li, Ph.D.
Rebekah Van Raaphorst, M.P.H.

NIDDK IRB Management and Protocol Review Team
Howard A. Austin III, M.D.
Sherri L. Gollins, R.D.H., B.S.D.H.
Glynnis K. Vance, C.I.P.
Erica Vass

NIDDK Qlikview Grant Dashboard Team
Noble Dzakpasu
Van T. M. Nguyen
Herman Utama

Special Diabetes Program Planning Group
Beena Akolkar, Ph.D.
Rebecca J. Cerio, Ph.D.
Sandeep Dayal, Ph.D.
Mary C. Hanlon-Tilghman, Ph.D.
Julie A. Wallace, Ph.D.

Travel Team
Patricia Barton
Kim Black
Christina Knipp

Working Group of Diversifying the Workforce in Diabetes
Arthur L. Castle, Ph.D.
Christine M. Hunter, Ph.D.
James F. Hyde, Ph.D.

NIDDK "You Make a Difference" - Individual
Marc I. Alston, M.B.A.
Catherine A.S. Carr, M.S.
Orlena H. Cheng, Ph.D.
Sheila Fleischhacker, Ph.D., J.D.
Joanne Forbes M.S.N., R.N., A.N.P.-B.C.
Daniel Gossett, Ph.D.
Mary M. Harris
Gerardo E. Hasse
Theo Heller, M.D.
Rochelle M. Kithcart
Joyce D. Linderman, R.N.
Katheryn Mandap Lohith, Ph.D.
Margaret A. McDowell, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D.
Vernell McKnight
Marguerite J. Miller, M.B.A.
Robert D. O’Connor, Ph.D.
Lynn Oundo, M.B.A.
Nicole Y. Ray, M.B.A.
Linda M. Robinson
Dana Sheets
Sheila M. Smith, R.N., B.S.N.
Amy M. Trenkle
Kala Viswanathan
Terri Wakefield, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.
William Earl Wray III
Jian Yang, Ph.D.
Bonnie Zimmerman

NIDDK "You Make a Difference" - Group

Liver Diseases Branch Administrative Team
Tanya Y. Brown
Shelley Anne C. Ganio, M.S.I.T.

NIDDK Ethics Team
Beverly J. Depasse
Samantha Jarvis

NIDDK Help Desk Support Team
Tim Kerns
Ching Wah Jason Ng
Phillip L. Osborn

NIDDK Purchasing Team
Jason Greene
Elizabeth Scott
Brittni R. Wilson
Bonnie Zimmerman

Scientific Director's Office Administrative Team
Nicole Y. Ray, M.B.A.​
Danielle N. Stewart

Technology Advancement Office (TAO)
Anna Z. Amar
Marguerite J. Miller, M.B.A.
Agnes Rooke, J.D., M.S.
Ashley Marie Sanders
Jianqiao Zhang, Ph.D.

Web Content Review Team
Maria A. Dove, B.S.
Jennifer Rymaruk, M.A.
Hilary C. Shutak, M.A.

Web Team
Dana Sheets
Hilary C. Shutak, M.A.

50 Years of Service:
Alan Schechter, M.D.

40 Years of Service:
Kiyoshi Mizuuchi, Ph.D.
Diana M. O'Donovan
Stoney S. Simons, Jr., Ph.D.

30 Years of Service:
Lothar Hennighausen, Ph.D.
Bernard Howder, Jr.
Robert J. Kuczmarski, Dr. P.H.
Charlesetta Lincoln
Philip F. Smith, Ph.D.

20 Years of Service:
Sunita K. Agarwal, Ph.D.
Anna Z. Amar
Mark B. Foster St. Claire, D.V.M., M.S., D.A.C.L.A.M.
Daniel Garrett, Ph.D.
Marc G. Ghany, M.D., MHSc
Katherine D. Grimmnitz
Theo Heller, M.D.
Jenny E. Hinshaw, Ph.D.
Barbara Linder, M.D., Ph.D.
Pamela M. Love
Brian C. Oliver, Ph.D.
Caroline C. Philpott, M.D.
Marc Reitman, M.D., Ph.D.
Kristina I. Rother, M.D., MHSc
Robert A. Star, M.D.
Ewa M. Turner, B.S., M.S
Yaohui Wang, M.D.
Wei Yang, Ph.D.

10 Years of Service:
Daniel Appella, Ph.D.
Guillermo Arreaza-Rubin, M.D.
Istvan Botos, Ph.D.
Rebecca J. Brown, M.D., M.H.Sc.
Manas K. Chattopadhyay, Ph.D.
Jennifer S. Curry
Rachel A. Fisher, MS, MPH, RD
Joanne Forbes, MSN, RN, ANP-BC
Zhan-Guo Gao, M.D., Ph.D.
Alexander V. Grishaev, Ph.D.
John R. Lloyd, Ph.D.
Sylvia Y. Mack
Jatin Raj Matta, PA-C, MPAS, DHSc
Vernell V. McKnight
Krystle M. Nicholson
Vipul Periwal, Ph.D.
Olha Protchenko, Ph.D.
Edgar M. Salcedo
Chandan Manikonda Sastry
Sheila M. Smith, RN, BSN
Ebbonie Taylor
Kent R. Thurber, Ph.D.
Lan Tian, Ph.D.
Barnard Turner, Ph.D.
Lesley C. Whipp
Yihong Ye, Ph.D.​