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.

2023-2024 Awardees and Seminar Dates

Tuesday March 19, 2024

Uncovering the secret life of membrane proteins with mechanistic mutational scanning

Willow Coyote-Maestas, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, University of California San Francisco

Tuesday April 2, 2024

Thriving under pressure: Regulating protein dynamics under stress

Gustavo Silva, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Duke University

Tuesday April 9, 2024

Visualizing Some of Nature’s Most Mysterious Machines Using Cryo-EM

Lisa Eshun-Wilson, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Labs of Gabriel Lander and Andrew Ward, The Scripps Research Institute

Tuesday April 30, 2024

Nociception is Modulated by the Neuronal Membrane Proteasome in Peripheral Sensory Neurons

Eric Villalon Landeros, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Lab of Seth Margolis, Dept of Biological Chemistry, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Tuesday May 7, 2024

Evolutionary innovations in eukaryotic histone repertoires drive biological novelties

Pravrutha Raman, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Labs of Harmit Malik and Toshio Tsukiyama, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center

Tuesday May 14, 2024

Innovation, constraint, and the evolution of genetic networks

Jacob Steenwyk, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Lab of Nicole King, Dept of Molecular and Cell Bio., University of California, Berkeley

Prior Englund Emerging Scholar Awardees

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.