The CIHD Enrichment Program at the University of Utah has organized several different seminars/workshops.  These seminars and workshops are available to established and new investigators whose research is focused on iron/metals and heme.  Inquiries for participation in the seminars/workshops should be directed to the Enrichment Program Director (Diane M. Ward, PhD

2020 CIHD Seminar Series

Seminars in Metabolism 11/14/2019

Recent CIHD Seminars

Vitae 12/5/19

CIHD P&F 2019 Symposium 11/22/19


Dinner with P&F awardees and faculty including: Dean Tantin, John Phillips, Amy Medlock, Paul Sigala, James Cox, Diane Ward, Sihem Boudina, Oleh Khalimonchek, Adam Hughes, Amit Reddi and Dennis Winge at Wasatch Brew Pub Nov 22 2019

2019 Hematology and Metals in Medicine Symposium on Friday, June 14, 2019


Services and Strategies for Generating Targeted Genome Edits


What you need to know to optimize your analysis in the Iron and Heme Core


More fun with Metabolomics


2019 Hematology and Metals in Medicine Symposium, 6/14/19

Workshop Attendees

Ning Zheng talk

Paul Sigala lab T32 Trainee Amanda Mixon presentation

John Phillips presentation

Adam Hughes Lab T32 trainee Casey Hughes presentation


2018 – 2019

We hosted a 2017-2018 P&F recipients Rising Stars Symposium and Workshop on November 9 and 10th 2018.  Speakers included
Rising Stars Shadi Khalil, Ph.D. M4, University of Virginia,
Yvette Yien, Ph.D., University of Delware,
Mark Hanudel, M.D., UCLA,
Francesca Vinchi, New York Blood Center
Jessica Sheldon, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

P&F recipients
Elizabeth Leibold, Ph.D., University of Utah
Matt Barber, Ph.D., University of Oregon
Diane Ward, Ph.D. University of Utah
Paul Sigala, Ph.D., University of Utah
Adam Hughes, Ph.D. University of Utah

Workshop CIHD core directors James Cox, Ph.D. Metabolomics
Crystal Davey, Ph.D. Mutation Generation Detection
Laurie Jackson, Ph.D. Iron and Heme

2018 Rising Stars Symposium

Workshop Metal Analysis presentation by CIHD sponsored Iron and Heme Core

Workshop Core presenters (James Cox, Laurie Jackson, Crystal Davey) and Rising Stars/P&F speakers (Adam Hughes, Matt Barber, Shadi Khalil, Jessica Sheldon, Mark Hanudel, Francesca Vinchi, Yvette Yien)

Workshop core presenter Crystal Davey and Workshop attendees

Presentation by Francesca Vinchi at the Rising Stars Symposium

Workshop core presenter Laurie Jackson

Workshop core presenter Crystal Davey with attendees

Attendees at the Rising Stars symposium morning session

Rising Stars and P&F recipients hike in Park City. Diane Ward, Shadi Khalil, Matt Barber, Yvette Yien, Jessica Sheldon, Francesca Vinchi,Mark Hanudel, Adam Hughes, James Cox

Rising Stars and P&F recipients in Park City” Matt Barber, Yvette Yien, Jessica Sheldon, Franchesca Vinchi, Mark Hanudel, Adam Hughes, James Cox, Shadi Khalil



2017 – 2018

We hosted a Seminar Series with guest speakers including:
Mitch Knutson, Ph.D., University of Florida
Suzanne Cloonan, Ph.D. Cornell Medical College
Jan Abkowitz, M.D., University of Washington
Hossein Ardehali, M.D. Ph.D., Northwestern Medicine.

We hosted a 2016-2017 P&F recipients seminar and workshop on December 5th 2017.  Speakers included P&F recipients
Matt Barber, Ph.D., University of Oregon
Amy Medlock, Ph.D. University of Georgia
Paul Sigala, Ph.D.,University of Utah

and Workshop CIHD core directors

James Cox, Ph.D. Metabolomics
Laurie Jackson, Ph.D. Iron and Heme

We also cosponsored (CIHD, NIDDKT32 and University of Utah VP Offfice for Research) a Metal Symposium May 5th 2017 with guest speakers and T32 recipients including:
Iqbal Hamza, Ph.D. University of Maryland
Helene Puccio, Ph.D., Institut de Genetique et de Biologie Moleculaire et Cellulaire

and T32 recipients
Amanda Mixon
Mattie Casey
Carol Ferreira dos Santos, Ph.D
Eric Fredrickson, Ph.D

2018 Hematology and Metals in Biology Symposium, 4/27/18

2016 – 2017

We hosted a Seminar Series with guest speakers including:
Robert Fleming M.D., St. Louis University,
Barry Paw M.D., Harvard Medical School,
Robert Kranz Ph.D., Wash U and
Jodie Babitt M.D., Harvard Medical School.

We also cosponsored (CIHD, NIDDKT32 and University of Utah VP Offfice for Research) a Metal Symposium May 5th 2017 with guest speakers and T32 recipients including:
Dennis Thiele, Ph.D., Duke University
Dan Kosman, Ph.D Buffalo University
Caroline Enns Ph.D., OHSC
Rick Eisenstein, Ph.D., Univ Wisconsin
Roland Lill, Ph.D., University of Marburg
Caroline Philpott, M.D. NIH

and T32 recipients
Megan OkadJared Wallace
Eric Fredrickson, Ph.D.
David McClellan Ph.D.

We also hosted workshops for Iron and Heme, Metabolomics and Mutation Generation Detection throughout the year.


2017 Metals Symposium

CIHD members and guest speakers hiking in the East Rim of Zion’s. Dennis Winge, Marie Thiele, Dennis Thiele, John Phillips, Caroline Enns and Caroline Phipott

CIHD members and guest speakers hiking in the East Rim of Zion’s. Dennis Winge, Marie Thiele, Dennis Thiele, John Phillips, Caroline Enns and Roland Lill

Roland Lill and Dennis Winge-mountain goats

Dan Kosman and Dennis Thiele after an intense discussion and hiking

Guest and local CIHD members and T32 faculty hiking in Zion ‘s National Park. Caroline Enns, Diane Ward, Dennis Thiele, John Phillips, Sandy Kaplan, Jerry Kaplan, Dennis Winge, Caroline Philpott, Roland Lill, Dan Kosman, Gabiela Popescu and Marie Thiele

Roland Lill’s creation of Fe and Cu Black Forest Cake

Dinner at Red Iguana with CIHD, T32 and guest speakers. Ah the Moles!!! Betty Leibold, Roland Lill, Caroline Phipott and Dennis Winge

Two hungry scientists observing the beautiful Fe and Cu cakes, Roland Lill and John Phillips

Jerry, Dennis and Caroline appreciating the fine food

Roland Lill preparing the dessert

Jerry Kaplan, Dennis Thiele and Maria Thiele bird watching

CIHD Women in Zions, Caroline Enns, Gabriela Popescu, Caroline Philpott, Sandy Kaplan Diane Ward and Maria Thiele


The following areas will be the focus of these seminars/workshops-

Visiting Scholars:  The CIHD will sponsor four to six visiting scholars to come to the University of Utah CIHD.  The visits will be organized in consideration to core workshop and seminar schedules to provide the maximum opportunity for training and education associated with iron/hematologic disorder related research.

Postdoctoral Fellow Exchange Program:   A competitive post-doctoral fellow exchange program, in which post-docs come to the University of Utah, is being organized to introduce early stage investigators to new techniques or model organisms available for analyzing hematologic/iron-related homeostasis.

Seminar Series:   The CIHD will sponsor four to six guest speakers annually.

Core Workshops:   Core directors have a long history of providing up-to-date training to investigators, postdoctoral fellows, students and staff on the facilities/methods offered by the cores. The core directors also attend national meetings and participate in workshops designed to improve methods and technology.  One workshop/core/year will be organized and interested researchers will contact core directors to coordinate participation.  These workshops are available to all CHSCC members and will be announced on the University of Utah Enrichment Calendar.  Further, emails will be send to local CIHD members and to Enrichment directors at other CHSCC.


Academic Workshop:  Our philosophy on inspiring and attracting new researchers to nonmalignant hematology-centered research is focused on engaging students early in their careers. Students (high school, undergraduates and graduate level PhD/MD) will be exposed to work in the field of nonmalignant hematology and iron-related disorders through participation in several programs including: 1) Bioscience High School Summer Research Program; 2) Summer Undergraduate Research Program; 3) Bioscience Undergraduate Research Training Program (BioURP) and; 4) Interest Group Seminars (e.g. Metals, Membrane Trafficking, Metabolism, RNA) where students participate in research, give local poster and oral presentations and are encouraged to submit abstracts to national and international meetings. The Enrichment Advisory Committee will encourage trainees to participate in career development workshops to help prepare predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees for academic careers. One workshop entitled “Grant-Writing Crash Course” sponsored by the Office of the University Vice President for Research (Dr. Tom Parks) provides one-on-one mentoring by successful University of Utah faculty grant writers and focuses on individualized instruction in the mechanics of effective proposal writing and in developing specific aims and justifications pages.  Trainees will also be encouraged to apply for T-32 training grant funding and assistance will be provided for identifying and writing grant proposals.  (SEE TRAINING GRANT APPLICATIONS ON THE ENRICHMENT CALENDAR).  

An academic workshop is being organized to provide expert advice on grant writing, grant administration, lab management, publishing a paper in a peer-reviewed journal, creating a good CV, reviewing papers, and faculty development and advancement.  Experienced, established investigators with a history of successful NIH-funding will provide instruction and critical evaluation.  Follow-up grant/paper evaluation will be made available to interested investigators.  These workshops will be advertised on the CIHD website.  We will survey attendees and take into consideration any suggestions for workshops members might have.


Workshop: Getting Your Fellowship Funded

This Fall, Professors Suzi Mansour (Human Genetics) and Gary Schoenwolf (Neurobiology and Anatomy), will be leading an intensive hands-on workshop on writing a fundable fellowship application (including K99/R00 applications). This will be the fourth time this highly successful workshop has been offered, and slots fill up quickly, so we encourage you to respond as soon as possible if interested. Past attendees have had a far greater funding rate after taking the workshop compared with applicants who have not.


The workshop will meet for six 3-hour sessions on Thursdays, beginning on September 5th, 2019 and ending on November 14th, with five interspersed weeks left unscheduled to allow time to write and revise an application. Each session will occur from 1:00-4:00pm on the Health Sciences Campus in 4100C HSEB (Health Sciences Education Building). The schedule has been designed with the expectation that applications will be completed and submitted for the December NIH NRSA deadline, or similar deadlines for non-NIH fellowships. The workshop is limited to 12 attendees. First priority will be given to those writing postdoctoral fellowship applications; however, those writing graduate fellowship applications will be eligible to participate if slots are available.


If you are interested, please email one or both of us (; providing the following information:


  • Your name:
  • PI’s name, department, and email address:
  • Whether you are a graduate student (list program, and you must have already passed your preliminary exam to be eligible) or postdoctoral fellow, and how long you’ve been in your current lab:
  • If you are a postdoc, the name of the Department and Institution you received your Ph.D. from:
  • A brief abstract (no more than 150 words) of your proposed project listing the question/hypothesis you are addressing, why it is important, and an overview of how you will address the question/hypothesis:
  • The name of the funding agency (e.g., NIH, NSF, American Heart Association, etc.) you will apply to, and the application deadline you are writing for:
  • Whether you will fully participate in this workshop (i.e., attend all sessions and complete all assignments on time), and whether your PI agrees to review your assignments before they are submitted for each session.