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Program Update

FIRST accepted 7 candidates into the program for the 2018-2019 academic year - Laura M. Avila-Segura, University of Florida; Keira Davis, Emory University; Cortnie Hartwig, University of Arizona; Laramie Lemon, Baylor College of Medicine; Sharon Owino, Morehouse School of Medicine; Johnasha Stuart, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; and Scott Villa, University of Utah;  The departments housing these postdoctoral fellows at Emory University and Emory College of Arts and Science includes; The Departments of Cell Biology, Environmental Medicine, Digestive Diseases, Pharmacology, Infectious Diseases, and Biology as well as the Department of Behavioral Science and Health Education in Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health.

The recruitment period for academic year 2019-2020 is currently open and will accept application materials until February 1, 2019. Please contact Dr. Lou Ann Brown (lbrow03@emory.edu) if you have any questions or need additional information about the recruitment process for this year.

Annual IRACDA Conference


Dates: Sunday, June 30, 2019, in the afternoon - the evening of Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Location: University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, MI

More details will be posted to the conference website as they are released



FIRST Fellows Continue to Receive Faculty Appointments

(For the full list of appointments received by FIRST fellows see 
Job Placements of Graduates

  • Gandhy Pierre-Louis, Assistant Professor, Valencia College, Orlando, FL
  • Cristy Tower-Gilchrist, Lecturer, Emory School of Nursing, Atlanta, GA
  • Elizabeth Walker, Assistant Research Professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Emory Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, GA
  • Jerald Dumas, Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering, Hampton University, Hampton, VA

Other Positions:

FIRST Alumni Continue to Receive Major Funding

Dr. Sarah Stabenfeldt - An Assistant Professor at the Arizona State University, School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, received an NIH funded grant from NICHD - 1DP2HD084067-01. The title of her project is:Detecting and Treating Traumatic Brain Injury Pathology Progression From The INSI and is funded from 09/15/2014 - 08/31/2019.

Dr. Erin Keen-Rhinehart - A tenured Associate Professor of Biology at Susquehanna University, received a Career award from NSF/IOS (Division of Integrative Organismal Systems). The title of her project is: CAREER: Impact of maternal nutrient availability on offspring neuroendocrinology and behavior and is funded from 8/15/2014 - 7/31/2019. ( Notice of Award)

Dr. Sarah Brosnan - A tenured Associate Professor at Georgia State University, has received funding from NSF from the Division of Social and Ecomonic Sciences for her project titled: Collaborative Research: Expectations About Reward Outcomes. This project is funded from 9/15/2014 - 8/31/2018 (Notice of Award). She has another NSF project titled: Collaborative Research: Primate and Human Social Decision-Making. This project is funded from 9/15/2011 - 8/15/2017. (Notice of Award). Dr. Brosnan has been continuously funded by NSF since 2007 when her faculty position began at Georgia State University.

Dr. Laurie Krug - A tenured Associate Professor at Stony Brook University, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, received an NIH funded grant from NIAID - 5R01AI119079-03.  The title of her project is: Functional Analysis of STAT3 in Gammaherpesvirus Infection and is funded from 5/15/2015 - 04/30/2020.

Dr. Abdel Alli - An Assistant Professor at the University of Florida, Department of Physiology received funding from NIH/NIDDK - 5K01DK099617-05. The title his project is: Calcium, MARCKS, AND PIP2 Regulation of ENAC and us funded from 06/01/2014 - 05/31/2018.

Dr. Gretchen Neigh McCandless - A tenured Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, received funding from NIH/NINR - 5R01NR014886-04.  The title of her project is:  Adult Implications of Chronic Adolescent Stress Mediators and Modifiers and is funded from 4/18/2014 - 2/28/2019.

Dr. Seth Kelly - An Assistant Professor at the College of Wooster, Department of Biology, received an NIH funded grant from NICHD - 01R15HD084241-01A1.  The title of his project is: Mechanisms of Axonal Pathfinding During Nervous System Development and is funded from 08/10/2016 - 07/31/2019. 

FIRST Fellows Seminar Series

The FIRST Seminar Series is a peer research conference where fellows give mini-seminars about their individual research. It is also a forum in which fellows can practice an upcoming lecture for a particular course or practice a job talk prior to going out on job interviews. The most senior fellows generally begin the series of talks each year since they are further along in their research. Fellows are encouraged to take notes and give their colleagues feedback as to their general knowledge of the subject and presentation.

The conferences will be held from 12:00 - 1:00 PM in 1052 Rollins Research. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome to attend.

Seminar Schedule 2018-2019

September 12, 2018: Bethany Caruso

October 10, 2018: Alonzo Whyte

November 14, 2018: Cortnie Hartwig

December 12, 2018: Prestina Smith

January 9, 2019: Shayla Shorter

February 13, 2019: Elizabeth Millings

March 13, 2019: Onur Birol

April 10, 2019: Pearl Ryder

May 8, 2019: Kandis Adams

June 12, 2019: Alonzo Whyte

July 10, 2019: Heather (Skye) Comstra

Published Articles Associated with the FIRST Program

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