NIGMS Postdoctoral Research Associate Training (PRAT) Program


The NIGMS PRAT Program is a competitive three-year postdoctoral fellowship program that provides high quality research training in the basic biomedical sciences in NIH intramural research laboratories. The program prepares trainees for leadership positions in biomedical careers through mentored laboratory research, networking, and intensive career and leadership development activities.

The program places special emphasis on training fellows in all areas that are within the NIGMS mission, including but not limited to biological chemistry, biophysics, b​ioinformatics, cellular and molecular biology, computational biosciences, developmental biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, physiology, and technology development. The PRAT program includes professional development activities tailored to the PRAT fellows, such as a monthly seminar series featuring presentations by current PRAT fellows and outside speakers whom the fellows have invited, and training sessions focused on grant-writing, career planning, communications skills, and leadership skills.

Examples of PRAT fellows research:

Sofia Beas-Parodi, Circuit mechanism driving hypoglycemia-induced feeding.
Andrew Beaven, Using molecular dynamics to study lipid-lipid and lipid-protein interactions
Danielle Chisolm, Characterizing the function of the long noncoding RNA Ifng-as1
Chase Francis, Aversive learning requires Nucleus Accumbens substance P
Adenrele Gleason, Exosomes: The harbingers of disease
Evan Hart, Do ACC neurons encode valueless associative structure?
Pam Head, Aberrant Posttranslational Modifications and Inborn Errors of Metabolism
Sofiya Hupalo, Identifying Neurobiological Bases of Cognitive Deficits in Schizophrenia Using Animal Models
Agnes Karasik, RNase L mediated antiviral response triggers alternative translation
Vivien Maltez, Microscopy and Cancer: The Power of Imaging the Tumor Microenvironment
James Marks, Identifying coordinated controllers of post-transcriptional gene regulation
Elizabeth Martin, Does progesterone promote or enhance transcription? A tale of histone tails
Sezen Meydan, Understanding the role of ribosome collisions in neuronal homeostasis
Andrew Moehlman, What is the link between hyperactive innate immunity and neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s Disease?
Rachael Philips, Why do patients with STAT1 gain-of-function mutations develop chronic viral infections?
Laura Pomatto, Calories or Nutrients? Dietary Interventions in the Metastatic Potential of Cancer Cells
Marcos Ramos-Benitez, Evaluating NETosis induction potential in severe and mild cases of COVID-19
David Reiner, Neurobiology of opioid relapse in a rodent model
Omar Soler-Cedeno, Function of the Parabrachial Nucleus to Central Amygdala Pathway in Pain-Related Plasticity
Apollo Stacy, Infection trains the microbiota for enhanced resistance to pathogens
Nathan Williamson, Can we use the diffusion of water to probe structures inside the cell?

For more information about PRAT, contact Dr. Edgardo Falcón-Morales ​or Dr. Shakira Nelson​.​