Norman P. Salzman Memorial Symposium and Awards in Basic and Clinical Virology

head shotThe Dr. Norman P. Salzman Memorial Fund was established in 1999 to present the annual Norman P. Salzman Memorial Symposium and Awards in Basic and Clinical Virology to outstanding postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and postbaccalaureate trainees working in intramural laboratories at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Fort Detrick Laboratories, LEIDOS, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) or Uniformed Services University of the Health Services (USUHS). The Symposium and Awards are hosted by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH), the NIH Virology Interest Group and the Salzman Organizing Committee. The symposium highlights current research of eminent extramural and NIH intramural virologists.

The Fund was established by Dr. Salzman’s family, colleagues and friends to remember the legacy of this noted pioneer in molecular biology and respected member of the NIH research community. Dr. Salzman's career spanned 40 years in virology research and he was among the first to characterize viral mRNAs and to visualize replicating viral DNA. Dr. Salzman’s achievements in virology are paralleled by the recognition that his laboratory was a training ground for many young scientists, several of whom have gone on to become important researchers on an international scale.

23rd Annual Norman P. Salzman Memorial Symposium in Basic and Clinical Virology

The 23rd Annual Norman P. Salzman Memorial Symposium in Basic and Clinical Virology took place virtually on Monday, November 8, 2021.

2021 Organizing Committee

  • Paolo Lusso, M.D., Ph.D. - Chair (NIAID)
  • Nihal Altan-Bonnet, Ph.D. (NHLBI) 
  • Joseph Marcotrigiano, Ph.D. (NIAID)
  • Gabriel Parra, Ph.D. (FDA)
  • Alan Rein, Ph.D. (NCI)
  • Lenore Salzman - Founder

Goals:

  • Recognize research contributors in virology by presenting the annual Norman P. Salzman Memorial Symposium and Awards in Basic and Clinical Virology to two outstanding Postdoctoral Fellows, Graduate Students and Postbaccalaureate Trainees working in the field of virology within the intramural laboratories at NIH, FDA, Fort Detrick Laboratories, LEIDOS, USDA or USUHS.
  • Share advancements in virology to honor Dr. Salzman's 40-year career in virology research and his accomplishments in mentoring of young scientists.

Results & Accomplishments:

2021 Salzman Award Recipients:

The 2021 Norman P. Salzman Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow Award in Basic and Clinical Virology

Jianling Xu

Jianliang Xu, Ph.D. 
Laboratory of Lymphocyte Nuclear Biology, NIAMS, NIH 

Dr. Jianliang Xu is a research fellow in the Laboratory of Lymphocyte Nuclear Biology at the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, where he works under the direction of senior investigator, Dr. Rafael Casellas. He received his B.S. degree in Bioengineering as an honored Excellent Undergraduate Student in 2004 from Nanjing Agriculture University in China. He then obtained a M.S. degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a Ph.D. degree in Biology from Nanjing University in 2007 and 2010, respectively. Subsequently, he joined Professor Tasuku Honjo’s laboratory at Kyoto University to study molecular mechanism of antibody maturation and diversification from 2010 to 2014. Trained as a molecular immunologist, his current work brings an innovative mouse model for therapeutic nanobody development, which is best demonstrated by the identification of potent and broadly SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing nanobodies that have potential to prevent COVID-19 mortality when vaccines are compromised. Currently, Dr. Xu is working on isolating neutralizing nanobodies against HIV-1, Lassa and other emerging and re-emerging viruses, using the novel nanobody-producing platform he has established. In the long term, Dr. Xu aims to lead an independent research group to build efficient nanobody development platforms to produce novel molecules across multiple therapeutic areas such as infectious diseases and immuno-oncology.

The 2021 Norman P. Salzman Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow Award in Basic and Clinical Virology

Rafael Casellas, Ph.D. 
Senior Investigator, Laboratory of Lymphocyte Nuclear Biology, NIAMS, NIH 

The 2021 Norman P. Salzman Memorial Graduate Student Award in Basic and Clinical Virology

John Shannon

John Shannon 
Viral Immunity and Pathogenesis Unit, Laboratory of 
Clinical Immunology and Microbiology, NIAID, NIH 

John graduated from the Honors Program at Colorado State University in 2016 with a degree in Biomedical Sciences. He is currently pursuing his PhD through the NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program under the supervision of Heather D. Hickman (NIH) and Geoffrey L. Smith (University of Cambridge). His graduate work focuses on the anatomical organization of immune cells interacting with virus-infected cells with the aim of answering the conceptually simple question: how are viral infections controlled in the tissue? To understand protection of critical barrier tissues John is using two different models: epicutaneous infection of the skin and a newly developed model of mouse lip (labial mucosal) infection. His findings illustrate the complexities of immune-cell-mediated interactions and protection in the tissue, from the kinetics of leukocyte entry and elimination of virus-infected cells to the amplification of antiviral signals. Upon completion of his Ph.D., John aims for a career combining basic and translational research in viral immunology. 

The 2021 Norman P. Salzman Memorial Mentors of Graduate Student Award in Basic and Clinical Virology 

Heather D. Hickman, Ph.D. 
Chief, Viral Immunity and Pathogenesis Unit, Laboratory of Clinical Immunology and Microbiology, NIAID, NIH 

Geoffrey L. Smith, Ph.D. 
Professor of Pathology, Division of Virology,  Head of Department, University of Cambridge 

Norman P. Salzman Memorial Awards in Basic and Clinical Virology:

  • 2020:  Kizzmekia S. Corbett, Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory, Vaccine Research Center, NIAID, NIH (Postdoctoral Fellow Awardee) and Victoria A. Avanzato, Virus Ecology Section, Laboratory of Virology, NIAID, NIH (Graduate Student Awardee)
  • 2019:  Matthias Lingemann, Laboratory of Infectious Diseases, NIAID
  • 2018:  Marianita Santiana, Laboratory of Host-Pathogen Dynamics, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
  • 2017:  Davide Angeletti, National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases, and Tuoqi Wu, National Human Genome Research Institute
  • 2016:  Ashley Moseman, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
  • 2015:  Christina Guzzo, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Elisavet Serti, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
  • 2014:  Darryl Falzarano, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Rocky Mountain Laboratories
  • 2013:  Rachel Schowalter, National Cancer Institute
  • 2012:  Jason McLellan, VRC, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • 2011:  Tobias Paprotka, National Cancer Institute Frederick
  • 2010:  Silvia Kang, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
  • 2009:  Yu Liang, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
  • 2008:  Alberto Bartesaghi, National Cancer Institute
  • 2007:  Adriano Boasso, National Cancer Institute, with Special Recognition of Audray Harris, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
  • 2006:  Christopher Buck, National Cancer Institute
  • 2005:  Yamina Bennasser, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • 2004:  Jason Brenchley, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • 2003:  Kay Grünewald, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
  • 2002:  Sonja Best, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Rocky Mountain Laboratories
  • 2001:  Alonzo Garcia, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • 2000:  Herman Edskes, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
  • 1999:  Joanna Shisler, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Norman P. Salzman Memorial Mentor Awards in Basic and Clinical Virology:

  • 2020:  Barney S. Graham, NIAID (Mentor of Postdoctoral Fellow Awardee), Vincent Munster, NIAID (Mentor of Graduate Student Awardee) and Thomas Bowden, University of Oxford (Mentor of Graduate Student Awardee)
  • 2019:  Peter L. Collins, NIAID
  • 2018:  Nihal Altan-Bonnet, NHLBI
  • 2017:  Jon Yewdell, NIAID; Pamela Schwartzberg, NHGRI
  • 2016:  Dorian McGavern, NINDS
  • 2015:  Paolo Lusso, NIAID; Barbara Rehermann, NIDDK
  • 2014:  Heinz Feldmann, NIAID, Rocky Mountain Laboratories
  • 2013:  Chris Buck, NCI
  • 2012:  Peter Kwong, VRC, NIAID
  • 2011:  Vinay K. Pathak, NCI
  • 2010:  Dorian McGavern, NINDS
  • 2009:  Thomas Kristie, NIAID
  • 2008:  Sriram Subramaniam, NCI 
  • 2007:  Gene M. Shearer, NCI with Special Recognition of Alasdair C. Steven, NIAMS
  • 2006:  Douglas Lowy, NCI and John Schiller, NCI
  • 2005:  Kuan-Teh Jeang, NIAID
  • 2004:  Daniel Douek, NIAID
  • 2003:  Alasdair Steven, NIAMS
  • 2002:  Marshall Bloom, NIAID, Rocky Mountain Laboratories
  • 2001:  Bernard Moss, NIAID
  • 2000:  Reed Wickner, NIDDK
  • 1999:  Bernard Moss, NIAID

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Private-Sector Partners:

  • Family, colleagues and friends of Dr. Salzman*

*Provided financial or in-kind support for this program.

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