A scientific leader from the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute will discuss the processes by which individuals can become HHMI investigators, scholars, or fellows, as well as his own varied career, on June 7 at Indiana University Bloomington.
Phil Perlman, currently a senior scientific officer at HHMI in Chevy Chase, MD, will deliver a lecture from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Jordan Hall, Room 124 on Wednesday, June 7. His talk is titled “The Howard Hughes Medical Institute: Its research mission, student and faculty funding opportunities, and one scientist’s journey from IU graduate student to HHMI scientific officer.”
The lecture is free and open to the public.
Perlman earned a PhD in biochemistry at Indiana University in 1971 and went on to a highly successful faculty career, first at The Ohio State University and then at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Perlman served as an associate dean and acting dean of the graduate school at UT Southwestern and was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology in 2003.
In 2004, Perlman joined the Howard Hughes Medical Institute as a senior scientific officer, where he plays numerous roles as a member of HHMI’s scientific leadership team. These roles include overseeing or participating in competitions by which researchers, scholars and postdoctoral students are selected for HHMI support as well as overseeing competitions for funding to support transformative technologies and collaborative innovation projects.
Perlman’s talk is hosted by IU Bloomington Distinguished Professor Craig Pikaard. Pikaard, currently an HHMI investigator and a newly elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, is also the Carlos O. Miller Professor of plant growth and development in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Biology and Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry. HHMI recently extended Pikaard’s appointment through 2024, which will entail approximately $9 million in research funding. He was first named an investigator with the institute in 2011 as part of the organization's $75 million investment in plant research to address issues related to food production, human health, environmental protection and renewable energy. HHMI investigators are regarded as being at the forefront of their fields.