The NIAMS Intramural Research Program (IRP) is dedicated to training future generations of biomedical researchers. NIAMS has prepared hundreds of trainees for careers in academia, translational biomedical research, industry, government, and other job sectors. With this page, we highlight our trainees and their first careers after completing their training in the NIAMS IRP.

Photo of Dr. Vahedi

Golnaz Vahedi, Ph.D.

  • Arrived at the NIH as a Research Fellow, Molecular Immunology and Inflammation Branch, NIAMS (Dr. John O’Shea, mentor).
  • Awarded a Transitional K99 Grant from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) for the project: "Super-enhancer structure defines a signature of inflammatory bowel disease."
  • Promoted to Staff Scientist in the Molecular Immunology and Inflammation Branch, NIAMS.
  • Transitioned to a faculty position at the University of Pennsylvania (Assistant Professor).
Photo of Dr. Vahedi and Dr. O'Shea
Photo of Dr. Ouyang

Claudia Ouyang, Ph.D.

  • Arrived at the NIH as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Autoimmunity Branch, NIAMS (Dr. Richard Siegel, mentor).
  • Awarded the prestigious Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant from the Cancer Research Institute, 2015.
  • Transitioned to position of Scientist, Immuno-oncology, Intrexon Corporation.
Photo of Dr. Dutka

Tara Dutka, Ph.D.

  • Arrived at the NIH as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, RNA Molecular Biology Group, NIAMS (Dr. Markus Hafner, mentor).
  • Transitioned to position of Program Officer, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) (contract position with Kelly Government Solutions).
Photo of Dr. Shwin

Kyawt Win Shwin, M.D.

  • Arrived at the NIH as a 2013 Entering Rheumatology Fellow.
  • Winner of Blue Ribbon Award for poster titled, "Histopathologic and Immunologic Features of Skin Manifestations in Monogenic Autoinflammatory Disorders," at the 14th Annual Rheumatology Forum.
  • Transitioned to position of Assistant Professor, Division of Rheumatic Diseases, Dallas VA Medical Center/UT Southwestern Medical Center.
Photo of Dr. Poholek

Amanda Poholek, Ph.D.

  • Arrived at the NIH as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Molecular Immunology and Inflammation Branch, NIAMS (Dr. John O’Shea, mentor).
  • Awarded a highly-competitive PRAT Fellowship from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS).
  • Transitioned to position of Research Assistant Professor, Department of Immunology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Photo of Dr. Bible

Paul Bible, Ph.D.

  • First arrived at NIAMS as a Summer Bioinformatics Intern analyzing NGS data.
  • After completing graduate studies, returned to NIAMS as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Laboratory of Skin Biology (Dr. Maria Morasso, mentor).
  • Developed the Peak Assignment and Pattern Search Tool (PAPST) for analyzing ChIP-Seq Data.
  • Transitioned to Research Faculty, Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center of Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China
Photo of Iglesias-Bartolome

Ramiro Iglesias-Bartolome, Ph.D.

  • Arrived at the NIAMS as a Research Fellow, Developmental Skin Biology Section (Dr. Maria Morasso, mentor)
  • Selected as an NIH Stadtman Investigator, Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Biology, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Photo of Dr. Kieffer-Kwon

Philippe Kieffer-Kwon, Ph.D.

  • Arrived at the NIAMS as a Research Fellow, Laboratory of Molecular Immunogenetics (Dr. Rafael Casellas, mentor).
  • Transitioned to position of Senior Scientist in Genome Editing, Intrexon Corporation.
Last Reviewed: 05/08/2017