From its inception in 1908, the Department of Biological Chemistry at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine has prioritized interactive research at the forefront of biomedical knowledge coupled with a strong dedication to mentoring and the development of an inclusive scientific ecosystem.  We are delighted to continue this strong tradition with the Paul T. Englund Emerging Scholars Award.

The Paul T. Englund Emerging Scholars Award recognizes emerging scholars who have demonstrated potential to forge tomorrow’s scientific breakthroughs and to promote a creative, diverse, and inclusive future in biochemical research.  Applicants at the postdoctoral or assistant professor level are invited in all areas of mechanistic biology.  Applications are evaluated on both demonstrated scientific contributions and potential for future impact on the field.

Awardees are recognized and invited to present an Award Seminar at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the spring and receive an honorarium.

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Biological Chemistry’s “The Paul T. Englund Emerging Scholars” program was named a 2023 INSIGHT Into Diversity Inspiring Program in STEM.

2022-2023 Awardees and Seminar Dates

Tuesday April 11th, 2023

Big roles for tiny peptides in vertebrate development

Valerie Tornini, PhD, Postdoctoral fellow, Yale University SOM, Dept. Genetics, lab of Antonio Giraldez


Tuesday May 9th, 2023

High-order olfactory sensory preconditioning in a fly brain

Isaac Cervantes-Sandoval, PhD, Asst. Prof. Dept. Biology, Georgetown University


Tuesday May 30th, 2023

Human Microbiome Battlegrounds: How Anaerobic Pathogens Strive for a Competitive Advantage

Lindsey Richelle Fernandez Backman, PhD., Fellow Whitehead Institute


Tuesday September 12th, 2023

Dietary lipids as modulators of gut microbiome function

Elizabeth Johnson, PhD, Asst. Prof. Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University


2022-2023 Finalists

Sabrina Absalon, PhD, Asst. Professor, Dept. Pharmacology and Toxicology, Indiana University School of Medicine

Courtney Ellison, PhD, Asst. Professor, Dept. Microbiology, University of Georgia

Anupama Hemalatha, PhD, Postdoctoral fellow, Dept. of Genetics, Yale
Advisor: Prof. Valentina Greco

Florentina Rutaganira, PhD, Asst. Professor, Dept. Biochemistry and Developmental Biology, Stanford University

For Applicants

Now closed for the 2023-2024 cycle.

The application process is streamlined:

Submit an NIH Biosketch and a statement (300 words max) highlighting the impact of your research program on the future of the broadly-defined field of Biological Chemistry, including a description of your past and planned contributions to both scientific discovery and to creating a diverse and inclusive future in science (300 words or less)

Eligibility: Postdoctoral or early career assistant professor level applicants in all areas of mechanistic biology are eligible. Johns Hopkins postdoctoral fellows are eligible. If you are already a faculty member at Johns Hopkins, you are not eligible.

We strongly encourage individuals from historically excluded groups in science to apply.