NIAAA Intramural Scientists Named to Cell Mentor’s List of Inspiring Black Scientists in America

The Cell Mentor website ( is a dedicated resource provided by Cell Press to help individuals build the skills necessary for a successful career in science. Cell Mentor collects blog posts, video interviews, experimental tutorials, handbooks, and Cell Press journal articles to empower and inspire early career researchers. On December 28, 2020, Cell Mentor posted a list of 1,000 inspiring Black scientists in America.

Included in the Cell Mentor list were two National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) intramural scientists:

An image of Dr. Michelle Antoine smiling at the camera

Michelle Antoine, Ph.D., Chief of the Section on Neural Circuits. Dr. Antoine joined NIAAA in 2020 as an Earl Stadtman Tenure-Track Investigator and is currently an NIH Distinguished Scholar. Her laboratory focuses on genetic and environmental factors that impair neurocircuit activity, leading to neurodevelopmental disorders. Her recent work on neuron signal activity led to important new insights into autism spectrum disorder. At NIAAA, Dr. Antoine is applying her basic research experience in neurocircuit function to neurodevelopmental comorbidities commonly seen in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

An image of Dr. Paule Joseph smiling at the camera

Paule Valery Joseph, CRNP, Ph.D., Chief of the Section of Sensory Science and Metabolism. A Lasker Clinical Research Scholar and an NIH Distinguished Scholar, Dr. Joseph leads a research group conducting preclinical, clinical, and translational studies that aims to improve the diagnosis, prevention, and management of chemosensory disorders and symptoms (taste and smell alterations). A focus of Dr. Joseph’s research at NIAAA is to explore, at the neurobiological level, how senses such as smell and taste are involved in cues that trigger craving for alcohol, a diagnostic feature of alcohol use disorder.

Congratulations to Dr. Joseph and Dr. Antoine!