For postdoc Aaron Joiner, academia holds two attractions. One is the chance to explore and discover fundamental biology. The other is the ability to broaden opportunities for future generations of scientists, including those who may not have grown up seeing themselves as researchers.
Joiner, who joined James Hurley’s lab in February 2021, came to the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology as a Miller Research Institute Fellow and was recently selected as one of 25 exceptional early-career scientists to be named a 2022 Hanna Gray Fellow by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). The fellowship, which begins in January 2023, will allow him to collaborate with a broad range of high-level researchers and attend HHMI scientific conferences. It also supports his postdoc salary and some of his research expenses.