Hoffman Foundation grant to fund Jackson Laboratory postdoctoral researcher

A grant of $225,000 from the Maximilian E. & Marion O. Hoffman Foundation, Inc., will provide funding to support a postdoctoral fellow at The Jackson Laboratory (JAX).

As a result of this generous support, Akintunde Emiola, Ph.D., has been named the Laboratory’s Maximilian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow. Based out the JAX Genomic Medicine facility in Farmington, Conn., Emiola’s research focuses on genomics and the microbiome.

A postdoctoral position at The Jackson Laboratory is a three-year appointment that facilitates training and early employment for Ph.D.-level scientists.

“The postdoctoral experience is the pivotal moment in a scientist’s life,” says Vice President for Education Thomas Litwin, Ph.D. “JAX scholars train with world-class mentors to solve the most important biological problems facing humanity today.”

The grant by the Hoffman Foundation, Litwin says, “will provide an outstanding benefit to science and humanity and will increase the Laboratory’s capacity to advance its health-focused mission.”

Postdoctoral fellows are in demand by the fast-growing JAX faculty, and the Laboratory has developed a postdoctoral-centric integrative training program, including The Whole Scientist workshop, to facilitate career development opportunities inside and outside the lab. This program allows JAX postdocs to develop expertise in leadership, management, budgeting, teaching and science communication, as well as their research area of interest.

Based in West Hartford, the Maximilian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation Inc., was established in 1982 by Marion O. Hoffman in memory of her husband, Maximilian E. Hoffman, who died in 1981. Mr. Hoffman was one of the first distributors of foreign cars in the United States. The Foundation supports organizations that further education, medicine and the arts, primarily in Connecticut.