About the Program

The ASCB MOSAIC Program (AMP) is a cohort-based professional skills development program that builds on the strengths of AMP scholars (K99/R00 grantees), their mentors, and departmental and university leaders to enhance the preparation, hiring, advancement, and success of AMP scholars in tenure-track, research-intensive faculty positions.

Who are AMP Scholars?

AMP scholars are selected K99 grantees who have received funding through the MOSAIC Postdoctoral Career Transitions Award.

This program will enable AMP scholars to:

  1. Identify their strengths and develop a plan to enhance them through professional development and networking
  2. Develop new skills through in-person and on-line training sessions
  3. Expand and strengthen their support network through cohort-based peer groups and mentoring

Matching with Trained Mentors

(Mentors click here for more information)

AMP Scholars will be matched with trained mentors from the ASCB community. The members of ASCB span a wide range of scientific fields, including biophysics, genetics, molecular, cellular, and developmental biology and who work in biomedical technology, computational biosciences, pharmacology, physiology, biochemistry, and structural biology. The ASCB also has long-standing committees in the Minorities Affairs Committee (MAC) and the Women in Cell Biology Committee (WICB) where AMP Scholars will have access to mentors.

Match-Making Site Visits

  • AMP will facilitate match-making visits for AMP scholars in their K99 phase and institutions of interest to present their research and/or give chalk talks
  • AMP scholars will also meet with host department faculty and department chair
  • Each AMP scholar will have at least one site visit to expand their scientific and professional network and explore potential future candidacy


In-person and virtual workshop sessions will address a range of topics.  In-person programs will occur during AMP Scholars' workshops held in mid-autumn and through events at the ASCB|EMBO meeting in early December. Virtual workshops will run between one-hour to 1.5 hours in length. AMP will offer customized offerings based on each cohort.


Training Topics and Events

In-person sessions

  • Resilience and work-life integration at all career stages
  • Grant writing 
  • The academic job search
    • Interviewing and negotiating

Virtual sessions

  • Scientific publishing
  • The academic job search
    • Applying to jobs

Hybrid sessions

  • Scientific and professional communication
  • Responsible conduct of research

Virtual session

  • Budgeting

In-person sessions

  • Lab management
  • 1.5-days NRMN mentoring training held in mid-autumn

Virtual session

  • Time management

In-person session

  • Networking and self-advocacy

Virtual session

  • Planning ahead for the tenure dossier

In-person session

  • Long-term academic advancement and building ties across the cell biology community

Special networking sessions will be held at the annual Cell Bio Meetings held in December.  Scholars will be able to present a poster, attend science, education, and professional development sessions, and interact with ASCB committees.

AMP Leadership

MOSAIC Co-Investigators
Michael Boyce, Duke University
Mary Munson, University of Massachusetts

AMP Recipients

Adelita D. Mendoza, Ph.D.

Project Title: Regulation of Zinc-Dependent Lysosome Morphological Restructuring, Zinc Trafficking, and Low Zinc Homeostasis in C. elegans and Human Model Systems

Washington University

Andrew Kekūpa'a Knutson, Ph.D.

Project Title: Epigenetic Regulation of the Hypoxic Response in the Mouse Heart

University of Hawaii

Andrew S. Mendiola, Ph.D.

Project Title: Epigenomic Regulation of Oxidative Stress-producing innate immunity in neuroinflammation

 J. David Gladstone Institutes

Anel Jaramillo, Ph.D.

Project Title: Neuropeptide-Dependent Parabrachial Control of the BNST During Alcohol Abstinence-Induced Negative Affect

Vanderbilt University

Agnes Karasik, Ph.D.

Project Title: The role of host mRNA cleavage by RNase L in viral infections


Barbara Juarez, Ph.D.

Project Title: Dopamine Circuit Regulation of Morphine Reinforcement Across the Opioid Exposure Cycle

University of Washington

Booker T. Davis IV, Ph.D.

Project Title: Fecal Microbiota Transfer Attenuates Aged Gut Dysbiosis and Functional Deficits After Traumatic Brain Injury

Northwestern University at Chicago

Caroline B. Palavicino-Maggio, Ph.D.

Project Title: Unraveling the neural basis of female aggression and dementia-related aggression: a systems biology approach

Harvard Medical School

Charisse Winston, Ph.D.

Project Title: Ethnoracial Impact on Blood-Based Biomarker Detection of Alzheimer’s in Primary Care Patients

University of California, San Diego

Claire L. Riggs, Ph.D.

Project Title: Stress tolerant annual killifish: a new model for the cellular stress response​

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Daniel Abebayehu, Ph.D.

Project Title: Immuno-Stromal Axes Regulate Fibroblast Heterogeneity in Tissue Fibrosis and Regeneration​

University of Virginia

Edikan Ogunnaike, Ph.D.

Fibrin-CAR-T cells therapies to enhance efficacy in glioblastoma treatments

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Elizabeth Duran, Ph.D.

Project Title: Protein-driven dynamics of pre-mRNA splicing catalysis through single molecule microscopy

University of Michigan

Ewa Bomba-Warczak, Ph.D.

Project Title: Mitochondrial Fidelity in Mammalian Neurons

Northwestern University at Chicago

Jaye C. Gardiner, Ph.D.

Project Title: Elucidating the Epigenetic Regulation of Extracellular Matrix and Virus-Induced Fibroblast Activation

Fox Chase Cancer Center

 Jenna R. Christensen, Ph.D.

Project Title: Evolution of Cargo Transport

University of California, San Diego

Jennifer Landino, Ph.D.

Project Title: Investigating the Mechanism of Self-Organized Cortical Patterning in an Artificial Cortex

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

 Jennifer Urban, Ph.D.

Project Title: Contribution of DNA Replication to Epigenetic Inheritance In a Model Multi-Cellular Organism

Johns Hopkins University

 Jenny Chen, Ph.D.

Project Title: The Genetic Control of Neuronal Number and Behavior

Harvard University


Julia Rodgers, Ph.D.

Project Title: Dynamic mechanisms of transcriptional coactivator function in Notch signaling

Harvard Medical School

Kelsey Anbuhl, Ph.D.

Project Title: Identifying Neural Circuits That Support Effortful Listening

New York University

Laura E. Newman, Ph.D.

Project Title:  The role of mitochondrial/ER contacts in the regulation of mtDNA release from mitochondria, innate immune signaling, and responses to viral infection

Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Laura C. Ornelas, Ph.D.

Project Title: Corticolimbic Circuitry in Adaptive Stress Coping Behavior and Subsequent Alcohol Drinking

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Leah Gates, Ph.D.

Project Title: Integration of metabolism and chromatin in regulating gene expression in vivo

Rockefeller University

Lomeli Shull, Ph.D.

Project Title: Functions of PRDM Histone Methyltransferases during Cartilage Development in the Craniofacial Skeleton

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Nicole R. Sparks, Ph.D.

Project Title: Analysis of Environmentally-Sensitive epigenetic Machinery During Osteogenic Differentiation

University of California, Riverside

Oleta T. Johnson, Ph.D.

Project Title: Developing Tools to Probe DnaJB6 Dynamics in Spinobulbular Muscular Atrophy

University of California, San Francisco

Shaneice R. Mitchell, Ph.D.

Project Title: Investigating the Pathological Features of Clonal Hematopoiesis-Derived Macrophages

Stanford University

Stephanie R. Villa-Niemczyk, Ph.D.

Project Title: Investigation of Cerebrovascular Notch as a Novel Modulator of Cognitive Function

University of Illinois at Chicago

Theresa Loveless, Ph.D.

Project Title: Deep cell history tracking: engineering cells that write their detailed life stories into their DNA to study DNA damage

University of California Irvine

Whitney S. Gibbss, Ph.D.

Project Title: Investigating the Role of Neuronal SYNJ2 in mRNA Transport and Mitochondrial Function

Boston Children's Hospital

Yadira M. Soto-Feliciano, Ph.D.

Project Title: Understanding Mechanisms of Transcriptional Regulation by Chromatin Adaptor Proteins

Rockefeller University

Yvon L. Woappi, Ph.D.

Project Title: Delineating Epigenetic Coordination of Regenerative Cell Plasticity

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Questions? Please email info@ascb.org

This program is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Grant #UE5GM139190-01.