Norman P. Salzman Memorial Symposium and Awards in Basic and Clinical Virology
The 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.
The 24th Annual Norman P. Salzman Memorial Symposium in Basic and Clinical Virology took place on Thursday, November 10, 2022.
2022 Organizing Committee
- Alan Rein, Ph.D. (NCI) - Chair (NIAID)
- Patrizia Farci, M.D. (NIAID)
- Joseph Marcotrigiano, Ph.D. (NIAID)
- Alison McBride, Ph.D. (NIAID)]
- Gabriel Parra, Ph.D. (FDA)
- Lenore Salzman - Founder
- 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:
2022 Salzman Award Recipients:
The 2022 Norman P. Salzman Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow Award in Basic and Clinical Virology
Ashish Kumar, Ph.D.
Dr. Ashish Kumar is a visiting post-doctoral fellow at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, where he works under the supervision of senior investigator Dr. Joseph Marcotrigiano. In 2008, he received his MS in biotechnology from the University of Jammu, India, and was awarded his Ph.D. in 2014 from the National Institute of Immunology (NII), New Delhi, India. He moved to the United States in 2016 and began working at the National Institutes of Health in early 2018. His current work is on the hepatitis C virus (HCV), and he has solved the first crystal structure of one of the HCV surface glycoproteins (E2)-host cell receptor (CD81) complex. His subsequent research focuses on elucidating receptor binding and entry mechanisms and helping in the development of an effective HCV vaccine. In the long term, Dr. Kumar aims to lead an independent research group and will research to understand the viral and cellular proteins that are important for flaviviruses for assembly, entry, and maturation into the host cells and to work on vaccine development.
The 2022 Norman P. Salzman Memorial Graduate Student Award in Basic and Clinical Virology
Shanna graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2018 with a dual degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology with Honors and Public Health. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. through the NIH and University of Montana, Missoula, under Heinz Feldmann and David Hawman. Her graduate work focuses on the serious human pathogen, Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever Virus (CCHFV). She is working to elucidate the mechanisms of CCHFV pathogenesis through a mouse adapted CCHFV disease model. This model contains multiple adaptive mutations which Shanna is using as a tool to understand how CCHFV interacts with the immune system to cause disease. This research will give key insight into human CCHF disease development and thus inform the types of interventions needed to improve disease outcome. In addition, she is working to develop vaccines against CCHFV, in particular, a novel replicating RNA vaccine platform that she has shown to have robust efficacy in a mouse model. She continues to investigate the mechanisms by which this vaccine confers protection, and her findings indicate a potential role for the viral nucleoprotein in disease as, surprisingly, non-neutralizing antibodies against this protein are protective against viral challenge. During the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, Shanna also supported multiple vaccine studies, one of which has advanced into clinical trials.
The 2022 Norman P. Salzman Memorial Mentors Postdoctoral Fellow Award in Basic and Clinical Virology
Joseph Marcotrigiano, Ph.D.
The 2022 Norman P. Salzman Memorial Mentors of Graduate Student Award in Basic and Clinical Virology
Heinz Feldmann, Ph.D.
Norman P. Salzman Memorial Awards in Basic and Clinical Virology:
- 2021: Jianliang Xu, Ph.D., Laboratory of Lymphocyte Nuclear Biology, NIAMS, NIH (Postdoctoral Fellow Awardee) and John Shannon, Viral Immunity and Pathogenesis Unit, Laboratory of Clinical Immunology and Microbiology, NIAID, NIH (Graduate Student Awardee)
- 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:
- 2021: Rafael Casellas, Ph.D., Senior Investigator, Laboratory of Lymphocyte Nuclear Biology, NIAMS, NIH (Mentor of Postdoctoral Fellow Awardee), Heather D. Hickman, Ph.D., Chief, Viral Immunity and Pathogenesis Unit, Laboratory of Clinical Immunology and Microbiology, NIAID, NIH (Mentor of Graduate Student Awardee), and Geoffrey L. Smith, Ph.D. Professor of Pathology, Division of Virology, Head of Department, University of Cambridge (Mentor of Graduate Student Awardee)
- 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
- New York Times (December 22, 1997): N. P. Salzman, 71, Authority On Viruses
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