ASH Announces 2018 Scholar Award Recipients, New Ambassador Program, and more

Introducing the ASH Ambassador Program

The ASH Ambassador Program supports recruitment and retention of trainees to hematology and to the Society, particularly underrepresented minorities, through grassroots promotion of ASH’s career development and training programs. ASH Ambassadors are ASH members who serve as representatives of ASH on the faculty at medical institutions and function as a bridge between the Society, mentors, and trainees.

The following individuals are the first ASH Ambassadors and will serve three-year terms beginning in August 2018:

  • Oyebimpe Adesina, MD, MS, University of Washington
  • Natasha Archer, MD, MPH, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Laura De Castro, MD, MHSc, University of Pittsburgh
  • Maria Teresa De Sancho, MD, MSc, Weill Cornell Medicine/New York Presbyterian Hospital
  • Adolfo Diaz, MD, UT Health San Antonio Cancer Center
  • Tamara Dunn, MD, Stanford University
  • Robin Jacob, MD, Meharry Medical College
  • Allison King, MD, MPH, PhD, Washington University School of Medicine
  • Anjlee Mahajan, MD, University of California – Davis
  • Brandon McMahon, MD, University of Colorado
  • Rakhi Naik, MD, MHS, Johns Hopkins
  • Onwuemene Oluwatoyosi, MD, MS, Duke University School of Medicine
  • Terri Parker, MD, Yale School of Medicine
  • Rita Paschal, MD, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Myra Rose, MD, Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Santosh Saraf, MD, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Tammuella Singleton, MD, Tulane University School of Medicine
  • Kim Smith-Whitley, MD, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Rahma Warsame, MD, Mayo Clinic Rochester

ASH Announces 2018 Scholar Award Recipients

One of ASH’s most prestigious award programs, the ASH Scholar Awards, financially supports fellows and junior faculty dedicated to careers in hematology research as they transition from training programs to careers as independent investigators.

Each award provides $100,000 for fellows and $150,000 for junior faculty over a two- to three-year period. The program funds hematologists in the United States and Canada who conduct basic, translational, and clinical research that furthers the understanding and treatment of blood disorders.

The 2018 Scholar Award recipients are:

Basic Research Fellows

  • Laura Barreyro, PhD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Tomasz Brzoska, PhD, University of Pittsburgh
  • David Gibb, MD, PhD, Yale School of Medicine
  • Zhaohui Gu, PhD, Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Zachary Hunter, PhD, Harvard Medical School
  • Moonjung Jung, MD, The Rockefeller University
  • Stanley Lee, PhD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • Nikoleta Psatha, PhD, University of Washington, School of Medicine
  • Lindsay Rein, MD, Duke University Medical Center
  • Alejo Rodriguez-Fraticelli, PhD, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Srividya Swaminathan, PhD, Stanford University
  • Carlos Villa, MD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
  • Kira Young, PhD, The Jackson Laboratory
  • Xiaotian Zhang, PhD, Van Andel Institute

Clinical Research Fellows

  • Mark Geyer, MD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • Aaron Goldberg, MD, PhD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • Lydia Pecker, MD, Johns Hopkins University

Basic Junior Faculty

  • Lapo Alinari, MD, PhD, The Ohio State University
  • Jeffrey Bednarski, MD, PhD, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Chun-Wei Chen, PhD, Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope
  • Brandon Hadland, MD, PhD, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Alisa Lee Sherick, MD, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Megan McNerney, MD, PhD, The University of Chicago
  • Faiyaz Notta, PhD, University Health Network
  • Robert Signer, PhD, University of California, San Diego
  • David Sykes, MD, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Nan Zhu, PhD, BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Inc.

Clinical Junior Faculty

  • Hema Dave, MD, Children’s National Health System
  • Jeremie Estepp, MD, Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Jae Park, MD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • Sara Sadreameli, MD, Johns Hopkins University

Joanne Levy, MD, Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement

Dan Landau, MD, PhD, of Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, received the 2017 Joanne Levy, MD, Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement. This award is made possible by the family of past ASH Scholar Award recipient and distinguished Society member Joanne Levy, MD, who passed away in 2004. It is presented to the current ASH Scholar with the highest-scoring abstract for the ASH annual meeting, as determined by the appointed abstract reviewers.

Dr. Landau earned his medical degree from Tel Aviv University and his doctorate degree from the Paris Diderot University. He is an assistant professor of medicine, physiology, and biophysics at the Weill Cornell Medical College, as well as a Core Member of the New York Genome Center. He was honored for his oral abstract (Publication #559), “Single-Cell Methylome and Transcriptome High-Resolution Maps Define the Effects of Epigenetic Modifiers on the Landscape of Hematopoietic Differentiation” at the 2017 ASH Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

Become an ASH Congressional Fellow

The ASH Congressional Fellowship, offered through a partnership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is a yearlong program that provides qualified applicants an opportunity to work closely with U.S. members of Congress on health policy. To learn about the experience of ASH’s first Congressional Fellow, Catherine Zander, PhD, see “Notes From the Hill.” Visit for more information and to apply by January 31, 2018.

Apply for Research Support

The ASH Research Training Award for Fellows (RTAF) is open to junior researchers pursuing careers in academic hematology who need protected time to conduct clinical, basic, or translational research. Each award recipient is given $70,000 in salary support for one year. Visit for more information. The application deadline is January 15, 2018.

Didn’t Make It to Atlanta? Attend Highlights of ASH®

Highlights of ASH meetings provide practitioners, fellows, academics, and allied health professionals opportunities to hear about the hematology research advances presented at the 59th ASH Annual Meeting. The small program format is designed to allow attendees to discuss challenging patient cases and evolving developments in drug therapies and treatment strategies with experts as well as colleagues. Visit for more information.

Highlights of ASH North America
January 12-13, 2018
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC

January 19-20, 2018
Dallas, TX
Miami, FL

January 26-27, 2018
Chicago, IL
New York, NY

Highlights of ASH Asia-Pacific
March 9-10, 2018
Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center
Bali, Indonesia

Highlights of ASH Latin America
April 27-28, 2018
Royal Tulip Rio São Conrado
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil