Faculty Spotlights



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Faculty Spotlights honor the excellent work of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute faculty members and provide the opportunity to learn more about their research and roles. These spotlights introduce readers to the diverse, dedicated, and distinctive individuals who lead our research community's mission to improve children’s health. Each year featured scientists are asked about a specific topic — why it matters and how it has influenced their careers.

2022-2023 Theme:

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Office of Faculty Development is committed to supporting a diverse workforce and form a research community where all members feel valued and respected to ensure that all employees can flourish and contribute to inclusive medical research. This year, we are asking faculty about their plans to support diversity, equity, and inclusion among their research teams. Recognizing that building diversity and inclusion in science is a long-term process, our faculty members are continuously fostering diversity through mentorship and communication to make an inclusive culture the foundation of their research teams.

I want to put the patient back in the center of research for thyroid cancer.

Aime T. Franco

Aime T. Franco, PhD

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Past Faculty Spotlights

In 2021-2022, we asked our featured scientists about mentorship — why it matters and how it has influenced their careers. Our distinguished scientists remarked that “mentorship is one of the core missions of being a scientist.” It is a “process that must exist from generation to generation” and is “essential to scientific advancement.” View the articles in their entirety below.

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Published on Jun 22, 2022 in Cornerstone Blog
Learn what makes these faculty members excellent mentors to their postdocs and research fellows.
Published on May 17, 2022 in Cornerstone Blog
Dr. Barzilay studies the factors that drive variability in the development of brain and behavior of youths growing up under stress.
Published on Apr 27, 2022 in Cornerstone Blog
Dr. Nissim studies the relationship of the metabolome and the fluxome to the genome in normal and disease states.
Published on Mar 29, 2022 in Cornerstone Blog
Dr. Choi, our Faculty Spotlight scientist for March, discusses the important role of mentorship in academia.
Published on Feb 28, 2022 in Cornerstone Blog
From bench to bedside, Dr. Bhoj studies rare genetic disorders, particularly neurologic syndromes.
Published on Jan 26, 2022 in Cornerstone Blog
Meet our first Faculty Spotlight scientist of 2022, Lan Lin, PhD.
Published on Nov 10, 2021 in Cornerstone Blog
Our Faculty Spotlight features Paul Offit, MD, director of the Vaccine Education Center at CHOP.
Published on Oct 12, 2021 in Cornerstone Blog
Our October Faculty Spotlight, Dr. Sarah Henrickson, is fascinated by the common threads between common inflammatory diseases.
Published on Aug 31, 2021 in Cornerstone Blog
Our August Faculty Spotlight scientist, Naiara Akizu Lopez, PhD, studies the genetic and epigenetic mechanisms of neurologic disorders in children.
Published on Jul 26, 2021 in Cornerstone Blog
A scientist in our Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Dr. Song discusses mentorship and his long-term research goals.
Published on Jun 16, 2021 in Cornerstone Blog
Meet our featured Faculty Spotlight scientist for June, Will Bailis, PhD.
Published on May 10, 2021 in Cornerstone Blog
Meet our featured Faculty Spotlight scientist for May, Rebecca Ahrens-Nicklas, MD, PhD, assistant professor of Pediatrics at CHOP.
Published on Apr 13, 2021 in Cornerstone Blog
In our fourth Faculty Spotlight, David Hill, MD, PhD, shares ongoing research in his lab, advice for aspiring scientists, and much more.
Published on Mar 12, 2021 in Cornerstone Blog
Our March featured faculty member, Kathryn Hamilton, PhD, studies gastrointestinal epithelial stem cells.
Published on Feb 15, 2021 in Cornerstone Blog
In the second installment of our Faculty Spotlight series, meet Shaon Sengupta, MBBS, MPH, attending neonatologist and faculty investigator.
Published on Jan 11, 2021 in Cornerstone Blog
Join us in congratulating our 2020 recipients of the Excellence in Mentoring Trainees Award, Akiva Cohen, PhD, and Joseph Zackular, PhD.