Nell Maltman, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the Research in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (RIDDL) Lab under the direction of Waisman investigator Audra Sterling, PhD, was among nine postdocs to receive an inaugural Postdoc Excellence Award.
The awards, presented by the UW-Madison Postdoctoral Association, recognize excellence in teaching, service, and mentoring. Maltman was one of three recipients to receive a Postdoc Excellence in Service Award. Postdocs were nominated for the Excellence Awards by their students, mentees, mentors and colleagues with letters of support detailing how they exemplified exceptional teaching, service, or mentorship. These postdocs embody the ideals of the association and the University of Wisconsin, and their dedication is inspiring and worthy of recognition.
Maltman is a Waisman T32 postdoctoral fellow. She received a PhD in communication sciences and disorders from Northwestern University. Her work centers around links between speech and language, cognition, and underlying genetics (e.g., the FMR1 gene) across the lifespan. Additionally, she is interested in speech and language patterns within families of individuals with autism spectrum disorder and fragile X syndrome to better understand clinical variation and how genetic risk for these disorders affects phenotypic profiles.
Maltman is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families impacted by fragile X syndrome. As stated in her nomination letter, “At her own expense, Nell flew to D.C. to participate in a two-day event in which families and researchers connect with members of Congress and their staff to raise awareness of fragile X syndrome and to ask for research funding and policies that increase quality of life for those living with FXS.”