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Susan Hintz

David Cornfield

Susan Hintz, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, has received the Arline & Pete Harman Faculty Scholar Award for her research involving neuroimaging and neuro-developmental outcomes of extremely preterm infants. She will receive $100,000 each year for three years, beginning Sept. 1. Hintz also serves as director of neonatal prenatal consultation services at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.

David Cornfield, MD, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor in Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine, has been elected president of the Society for Pediatric Research. He serves as director of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital's Pulmonary Care and Cystic Fibrosis Center of Excellence and is the hospital's chief of pediatric pulmonary medicine. The mission of the SPR is to bridge basic science, clinical, translational and epidemiologic research for the advancement of the health and well-being of children worldwide.

Rhiju Das, PhD, has been appointed assistant professor of biochemistry, as of May 1. His work strives to predict how sequence codes for structure in proteins, nucleic acids and heteropolymers whose folds have yet to be explored. Das' group uses new computational and experimental tools to tackle the de novo modeling of protein and RNA folds, the high-throughput structure mapping of riboswitches and random RNAs, and the design of self-knotting and self-crystallizing nucleic acids.

Joaquin Camara-Quintana, Mariko How, Taha Jan, Andrew Lee, Hersh Sagreiya, Chad Tang and Diane Tseng have been chosen for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Training Fellowships Program. The seven medical students will work in laboratories at either the National Institutes of Health or a research university they select as part of a $4 million initiative supported by HHMI. This year, a total of 70 students from 26 medical schools and one dental school were chosen as research training fellows. Their research topics encompass tuberculosis, breast cancer and stem cells, among other topics.