Billon Selected to Serve with NIH Center for Scientific Review Study Section
Published on 16 December 2021
Cyrielle Billon, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmacology at University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis, has been chosen to serve on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Scientific Review’s Cell Signaling and Molecular Endocrinology (CSME) study section.
In her new role with the CSME study section, Billon will review NIH grant proposals focused on addressing molecular and cellular aspects of endocrine organs and their products in normal and pathological states. Areas covered in the proposals include structural and molecular studies, receptor-mediated cell signaling mechanisms of hormones, growth factors, polypeptides and lipid-based ligands, and regulation of gene expression.
Billon represents one of just 20 individuals chosen to review grant applications as part of the CSME study section.
“My research is focused on nuclear receptor pharmacology, molecular biology and metabolic disorders, so the CSME study section is a perfect fit for me,” noted Billon. “Being selected for the CSME study section is an honor because it demonstrates that that my expertise is valued.”
As an assistant professor of pharmacology at the University and a member of the research team at the Center for Clinical Pharmacology, Billon’s current research is focused on Estrogen Related Receptors in muscle metabolism and metabolic disorders and their role in helping to control mitochindrial biogenesis, oxidative metabolism and energy expenditure. Billon also conducts research on the role of ROR and REV-ERB nuclear receptors in the regulation of inflammatory disorders and cardiovascular diseases. She conducts her research using in-vivo models of metabolic disorders, cellular and molecular biology and next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics.
Billon will conduct her work with the CSME study section virtually in early February 2022 after a virtual training session in January 2022.
“This opportunity will mark my first time serving with an NIH study section, and I’m looking forward to getting started,” said Billon. “As a more junior investigator, serving as a reviewer with the CSME study section represents an opportunity for me to connect and network with senior investigators in my field, and get important feedback that I can utilize as I write my own grants in the future.”
Billon’s research is conducted at the Center for Clinical Pharmacology. Established in 2015, the Center for Clinical Pharmacology is a partnership between University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis and the Department of Anesthesiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The center continues to diversify with faculty investigators currently engaged a variety of diverse research areas. Read more about the Center for Clinical Pharmacology.