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2020 National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Awards


Scientific/Medical Individual Awards

For superior skill and leadership in elucidating mechanisms of synapse development and homeostasis at the Drosophila neuromuscular junction (NMJ), a model for human glutamatergic synapses.

  • Mihaela Serpe, NICHD

In recognition for investigations on bone disease and identifying novel molecules critical to bone formation.

  • Joan C. Marini, NICHD


Administrative Individual Awards

In recognition of your instrumental role in implementing a new institutional leadership strategy characterized by transparency and equity in the NICHD Division of Intramural Research.

  • Mary C. Dasso, NICHD

In recognition of exceptional dedication and leadership in management and process improvement of travel operations for the entire NICHD.

  • Valerie Y. Leftwood, NICHD

Recognition Across NIH

The following individuals are recognized as part of a group hosted by another IC.


  • Bryan J. Reed, NICHD


  • Tina M. Kelsey, NICHD


  • Helen W. Huang, NICHD
  • Sathasiva B. Kandasamy, NICHD
  • Gary Z. Zhang, NICHD


  • Jack A. Yanovski, NICHD