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.

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

The application deadline for 2022 has passed, please check back for the October 2023 application deadline and link for application submission.

The application process is streamlined:

Submit an NIH Biosketch and statements (200 words max) of impact on demonstrated and future scientific contributions and potential for impact on the creation of a creative, diverse, and inclusive future in science.  We strongly encourage individuals from historically excluded groups in science to apply.

Eligibility: Postdoctoral Fellows and Assistant Professor Faculty at any accredited institution worldwide are eligible, except Johns Hopkins faculty. Starting in 2023, postdoctoral fellows at Johns Hopkins are eligible.