The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) has announced its initial awards to scholars as part of the Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) K99/R00 program.

Elias Picazo, a postdoctoral fellow in chemistry and chemical biology with the Mallinckrodt Chemistry Lab, has received an award for his project titled “Strategic Molecular Activations for the Selective Synthesis of 2-Deoxy-Beta-Glycosides, and for the Synthesis of Novel Donor-Acceptor Stenhouse Adducts.”

“I am excited to continue my research endeavors as an independent researcher at a research-intensive university upon completing my postdoctoral training at Harvard,” said Picazo of the award.

MOSAIC facilitates the transition of promising postdoctoral researchers from diverse backgrounds into independent faculty careers at research-intensive institutions. The program provides scholars with up to five years of mentored career development and research support.

Additionally, each scholar becomes part of a cohort-based career development program to expand their professional networks and gain additional skills and mentoring through programs administered by MOSAIC UE5 awardees: the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the American Society for Cell Biology, and the Association of American Medical Colleges.

As with all NIGMS K99/R00 awardees, MOSAIC scholars proposed rigorous research and career development activities — and their mentors provided tailored career development plans — as part of their applications. In addition, these early career scientists demonstrated compelling commitments and contributions to enhancing diversity, as well as substantive plans to continue these activities as part of their independent research careers.

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