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MD/PhD Students Directory

Current MD/PhD Students

Entering Year: 2013
Currently: G2
Email Address: apanta@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: Texas A&M University - 2013
Undergraduate Degree: Biochemistry and Genetics
Lab: Dr. Farida Sohrabji, Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics
Research Interests: Neuroscience

Entry Yea r: 2017
Currently: M1
Email Address: ajhodges@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: Utah State University

Publications

"I chose the Texas A&M MD/PhD program because of the strong sense of community both in the program and atTexas A&M overall. Everyone in the program is dedicated to contributing to a friendly, nurturing and collegiate environment that enhances the ability of students to learn in the classroom and perform outstanding research in the laboratory."

"At this time, my research project is the development of fluorescence microscopy systems for in-vivo imaging. I am interested in this area because imaging is fundamental to timely and accurate diagnosis of many diseases and therefore an area of research with many applications."

Entry Year: 2016
Currently: M1
Email Address: ahsu@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: California Institute of Technology
Research Interests: Biomedical Engineering

"I chose Texas A&M's MD/PhD program because of the wonderful research opportunities in biomedical engineering especially in nanotechnology for cancer treatment."

"I am interested in this area because of the desperate need for innovative cancer treatment, and much like the school believes, I am quite sure that engineering will become more and more important in medicine of the future.”

Entry Yea r: 2012
Currently: G3
Email Address: Atseng@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: University of Washington, B.S. Neurobiology, B.A. Biochemistry

Abstracts and Presentations

Tseng, Alexander., Becker, Matt., Sustar, Anne., Schubiger, Gerold. (2010) Dac and Dll interact with each other in leg to wing transdetermination. Genetics Society of America

Publications

Thomas Ing, Alexander Tseng, Anne Sustar, Gerold Schubiger, Sp1 modifies leg-to-wing transdetermination in Drosophila, Developmental Biology, Volume 373, Issue 2, 15 January 2013, Pages 290-299, ISSN 0012-1606, 10.1016/j.ydbio.2012.11.008.

Entry Year: 2016
Currently: M1
Email Address: atran1@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: University of Massachusetts
Research Interests: Microbiology

Abstracts and Presentations:

  • Lemieux JE, Tran AD, Freimark L, Schaffner SF, Goethert H, Andersen KG, Bazner S, Li A, McGrath G, Sloan L, Vannier E, Milner D, Pritt B, Rosenberg E, Telford S 3rd, Bailey JA, Sabeti PC. A global map of genetic diversity in Babesia microti reveals strong population structure and identifies variants associated with clinical relapse. Nat Microbiol. 2016 Jun 13;1(7):16079.
  • Alice Tran, Yasin Kaymaz, Derrick DeConti, Jeffrey A. Bailey. “Initial insights into the genetic variation of Babesia microti through whole-genome sequencing of patient infections.” Poster presentation at American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Annual Meeting. October 2014, New Orleans, LA.
  • Ozkan Aydemir, Alice Tran, Yasin Kaymaz, Nicholas J. Hathaway, Jeffrey A. Bailey. “Improved targeted deep-sequencing in malaria using molecular inversion probes.” Poster presentation at American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Annual Meeting. October 2014, New Orleans, LA.

“I chose the Texas A&M MD/PhD Program because the combination of exciting research, diverse clinical training opportunities, supportive faculty, and friendly students made it the right fit.”

“At this time my research project is investigating intracellular signaling events that regulate mitochondrial dynamics and cellular migration. I'm interested in this area because better understanding the molecular and genetic basis of adaptive changes in heterogeneous cell populations like cancers can teach us so much about how our cells make and remake themselves in physiological processes, diseases, and potential therapies.”

Entry Yea r: 2015
Currently:M2/G1
Email Address:achung1@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate:UC Berkeley, Bachelor of Arts in molecular cell biology: biochemistry & molecular biology


Abstracts and Presentations

  • Chung, A., R.M.B. Teles, D. Montoya, S.R. Krutzik, J. Krahenbuhl, D.K. Hsu, F.T. Liu, R.L. Modlin, and D.J. Lee. Galectin-3 Regulates the Innate Immune Response of Human Monocytes. UCLA Department of Medicine Research Day. Los Angeles, Ca. 2010.
  • Teles, R.M.B., A. Chung, S. Ghavami, H. Li, X. Li, and D.J. Lee. Gene expression profiles at the site of disease reveal a role for S100A8 /A9 in promoting melanocyte loss in vitiligo. Montagna Symposium on the Biology of Skin. Gleneden Beach, Or. 2010.
  • Chung, A., P.A. Sieling, R.M.B. Teles, S.R. Krutzik, D. Montoya, J. Krahenbuhl, D.K. Hsu, F.T. Liu, E.N. Sarno, T.H. Rea, R.L. Modlin, and D.J. Lee. Galectin-3 Regulates the Innate Immune Response of Human Monocytes. Society for Investigative Dermatology. Phoenix, Az. 2011.
  • Plaisier, S., A. Chung, M. Faries, D. Morton, P. Sieling and D.J. Lee. Survival Outcomes in Melanoma: Insight from Cutaneous Host Defense. Dermatogenetics. Miami, Fl. 2012.
  • Chung, A.W., M. Navarrete, P.A. Sieling and D.J. Lee. Host Response to Microbes Found in the Tumor Microenvironment and Healthy Adjacent Tissue. San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. San Antonio, TX. 2014.

Publications

  • Chung, A.W., P.A. Sieling, M. Schenk, R.M. Teles, S.R. Krutzik, D.K. Hsu, F.T. Liu, E.N. Sarno, T.H. Rea, S. Stenger, R.L. Modlin, D.J. Lee. Galectin-3 regulates the innate immune response of human monocytes. The Journal of Infectious Diseases 207:947-56, 2013.

"I chose the Texas A&M MD/PhD program because the program presents the opportunity and privilege to pursue my aspiration in becoming a physician scientist."

"At this time, I believe my research project will be in the field of immunology. I am interested in this area because I enjoy investigating the immunoregulatory mechanisms in disease pathogenesis."

Entry Yea r: 2017
Currently:M1
Email Address: amaldonado@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate:The University of Texas at Dallas

Abstracts and Presentations

Maldonado, A., H. Wilbourn, A. Elliott, R. S. Day, C. Chappell. Adenovirus-36 hexon: predicting epitopes with molecular model, designing peptides and testing sera from human adults. The University of Texas School of Public Health Research Day. Houston. 2017.

Publications

"I chose the Texas A&M MD/PhD program because of genuinely happy and pleasant students and faculty, the beautiful anatomy lab, and the opportunity to research in the Houston Medical Center."

Entry Year: 2015
Currently: M3
Email Address: abrozovich@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: UC Berkeley, Bachelor of Arts, molecular & cell biology with an emphasis in immunology & infectious diseases
Graduate: Columbia University, MPH, Epidemiology
Summer Rotation Laboratory: Carolyn Cannon
Research Interests: Infectious Diseases

Abstracts and Presentations

  • Brozovich, A. Multi-Site Studies: International Pediatric Fungal Network. Duke Pediatric Clinical Research Monthly Meeting. February 12, 2015.
  • Brozovich, A., T. Pfeiffer, WJ. Steinbach. Epidemiology of Respiratory Viral Infections in Pediatric Solid Organ Transplant or Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Recipients at Duke. Duke Pediatric Research Day. Durham, North Carolina. 2015.
  • Brozovich, A., WJ. Steinbach. Invasive Candidiasis in Pediatric Patients with Chronic Gastrointestinal Insufficiency at Duke (2015). Duke Pediatric Research Day. Durham, North Carolina. 2015.
  • Brozovich, A., T. Pfeiffer, WJ. Steinbach. Comparative Effectiveness of Antifungals in Pediatric Patients Infected with Invasive Candidiasis: Interim analysis of the PEACE study (2015). Duke Pediatric Research Day. Durham, North Carolina. 2015.
  • Ava A. Brozovich, Parth N. Shah, Kush N. Shah, Qingquan Chen, Cason H. Hoffman , Noah D. Cohen, Carolyn L. Cannon (2015). Novel Antimicrobial Formulations for Treatment of Rhodococcus equi Pneumonia. South Regional ASPA Meeting, October, 2015.
  • Brian T. Fisher, Lara Danziger-Isakov, Janet Englund, Alistair Murray, Gabriela Maron, Elaine Tuomanen, Flor Munoz, Leigh Sweet, Michael Green, Marian Michaels, Natasha Halasa, Daniel Dulek, Betsy C. Herold, Rebecca Pellett Madan, Jerica Gee, Ava Brozovich, and William Steinbach. Epidemiology of Respiratory Viral Infections in Pediatric Solid Organ Transplant or Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Recipients. IDWeek, October 2015.
  • Saiman L., L. Varghese, M. Vitale, D. Roye, B. Roye, J. Crotty, H. Matsumoto, R. Corda, E. Bacha, G. Krishnamurthy, N. Fieldstein, R. Anderson, B. Middlesworth, G. Aspelund, S. Stylianos, R. Kazim, A. Clapcich, A. Mesa-Jonassen, B. Thumm, D. Mangino, M. Messina, N. Neu, A. Brozovich, M. Murray, E. Salsgiver, and PL. Graham. New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center Pediatric Surgical Care Improvement Project: Improving Perioperative Prophylaxis and Reducing Surgical Site Infection Rates. System Quality Review, Quality 2020: A Vision of the Future. New York, NY. 2014.
  • Wattier, RL., CC. Dvorak, JA. Hoffman, AA. Brozovich, I. Bin-Hussain, A. Groll, E. Castagnola, KM. Knapp, TE. Zaoutis, B. Gustafsson, L. Sung, David Berman, NB. Halasa, MJ. Abzug, A. Velegraki, TS. Sharma, BT. Fisher, WJ. Steinbach A Prospective, International Cohort Study of Invasive Mold Infections in Children. 54th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC). Washington DC. 2014.
  • Wong, S., J. Shi, C. Schwarzer, Z. Fu, M. Grabiner, A. Brozovich, R. Arant, E. Isacoff, I. Maiellaro, A. Hofer, B. Illek, TE. Machen. Role of CFTR-mediated Cl- Secretion in Innate Immunity in the Lungs. 67th Annual Meeting of the Society of General Physiologists. Woodshole, MA. 2013. J Gen Physiol 142(2): 174.
  • Murray M., E. Larson, A. Brozovich, N. Neu, G. Hutcheon, E. Simpser, L. Saiman. Infection control practices and concerns in pediatric long term care facilities. 40th Annual APIC Annual Conference. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. 2013.
  • Brozovich A., R. Turcotte, K. Biagas, R. Corda, D. Carp, L. Covington, A. Ferris, B. Thumm, L. Saiman. Healthcare-acquired infections (HAI) in children undergoing cardiac surgery. Pediatric Academic Society Conference. Washington DC. 2013.
  • Gagliardo C., L. Saiman, J. Birnbaum, A. Radix, M. Foca, J. Nelson, M. Yin, A. Brozovich, E. Carras-Terzian, E. West, N. Neu. Major HIV drug resistance mutations in antiretroviral naïve adolescents and young adults in New York City. 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. Atlanta, Georgia. 2013.
  • Turcotte R., A. Brozovich, K. Biagas, R. Corda, D. Carp, L. Covington, A. Ferris, B. Thumm, L. Saiman. Healthcare-acquired infections (HAI) in children undergoing cardiac surgery. 42nd Annual Society of Critical Care Conference. San Juan, Puerto Rico. 2013.
  • Fisher, B. T., L. Danziger-Isakov, J. Englun, A. Murray, G. Maron, E. Toumanen, F. Munoa, L. Sweet, M. Green, M. Michaels, N. Halasa, D. Dulek, B. C. Herold, R. Pellett Madan, J. Gee, A. Brozovich, W. Steinbach. Epidemiology of Respiratory Viral Infections in Pediatric Solid Organ Transplant or Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Recipients. ID Week 2015. San Diego, CA. 2015.

Publications

  • Wattier, RL., CC. Dvorak, JA. Hoffman, AA. Brozovich, I. Bin-Hussain, A. Groll, E. Castagnola, KM. Knapp, TE. Zaoutis, B. Gustafsson, L. Sung, D. Berman, NB. Halasa, MJ. Abzug, A. Velegraki, TS. Sharma, BT. Fisher, WJ. Steinbach. A prospective, international cohort study of invasive mold infections in children. J Ped Infect Dis:piu074v1-piu074, 2014.
  • Palazzi, DL., A. Arrieta, E. Castagnola, N. Halasa, S. Hubbard, AA. Brozovich, BT. Fisher, WJ. Steinbach. Candida speciation, antifungal treatment, and adverse events in pediatric invasive candidiasis: results from 441 infections in a prospective, multi-national study. Pediatr Infect Dis J 33(12):1294-6, 2014.
  • Turcotte,RF.,* A. Brozovich,* RT. Demmer, R. Corda, K. Biagas, D. Mangino, L. Covington, A. Ferris, B. Thumm, E. Bacha, A. Smerling, L. Saiman. Healthcare-associated infections in children following cardiac surgery. Pediatr Card 35(8):1448-55, 2014. *Contributed equally
  • Winter MC., M. Halpern, A. Brozovich, N. Neu. Evaluation of HIV adherence counseling program in La Romana Dominican Republic. J Int Assoc Provid AIDS Care 13(4):361-5, 2014.
  • Gagliardo, C., A. Brozovich, J. Birnbaum, A. Radix, M. Foca, J. Nelson, L. Saiman, M. Yin, E. Carras-Terzian, E. West, N. Neu. A multicenter study of initiation of antiretroviral therapy and transmitted drug resistance in antiretroviral naïve adolescents and young adults with HIV in New York City. Clin Infect Dis 58(6):865-72, 2014.
  • Coromilas A., A. Brozovich, J. Nelson, N. Neu. Epidemiology and Prevalence of Abnormal Results for Anal Cytology Screening in HIV-Infected Young Men Who Have Sex With Men. LGBT Health 1(1): 58-61, 2014.

Awards

  • Public Health Leadership Award. Columbia University. 2011-2013 academic years.
  • Mailman School of Public Health Travel Fund Recipient. Columbia University, 2013.
  • EPIC Travel Fund Recipient. Columbia University, 2013.

"I chose the Texas A&M MD/PhD program because the faculty were very friendly and more than willing to go out of their way to support students in the program. I also enjoyed that A&M had multiple campuses, allowing us to work with multiple faculty and at multiple hospitals."

"At this time, my research project is developing novel antimicrobials to treat pathogens that are resistant to current standard of therapy. The lack of development of antibiotics over the past few decades has caused an increasing prevalence of pathogens that are resistant to current antimicrobials. Thus, there is a need for novel antimicrobials that have achievable MIC and MBC values. In addition, there are increasing numbers of immuno-compromised patients because of better treatment options. However, this group of patients has a weakened immune system, making them not only more susceptible to infections, but more likely to be colonized with multi-drug resistant pathogens."

Entry Year: 2013
Currently: G3
Email Address: eckelmann@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate:Carleton College 2011
Laboratory: Mitra Lab
Research Interests: Space Life Sciences, Radiation Biology

Abstracts and Presentations

  • Viable cells with extensive genomic change from mouse epithelium exposed to charged particles. NASA Space Radiation Investigators' Workshop (2011)
  • Toxicity and Mutagenesis in Three Mouse Tissues Exposed to Accelerated Fe Ions, Ti Ions, or Protons. NASA Space Radiation Investigators' Workshop (2012)
  • Autosomal mutants of proton-exposed kidney cells display loss of heterozygosity on other chromosomes (#3214). 25th Annual NASA Space Radiation Investigators’ Workshop (2014).
  • Exposure to space-relevant radiation in mice induces acute signs of inflammatory tissue remodeling and changes in gross gut anatomy. American Society for Gravitational and Space Research Annual Meeting (2014).

Publications

  • Mitchell S. Turker, Dmytro Grygoryev, Cristian Dan, Bradley Eckelmann, Michael Lasarev, Stacey Gauny, Ely Kwoh, and Amy Kronenberg ( 2013) Autosomal Mutations in Mouse Kidney Epithelial Cells Exposed to High-Energy Protons In Vivo or In Culture. Radiation Research: May 2013, Vol. 179, No. 5, pp. 521-529.Turker MS,
  • Grygoryev D, Dan C, Eckelmann B, Lasarev M, Gauny S, Kwoh E, Kronenberg A (2013). Autosomal mutations in mouse kidney epithelial cells exposed to high-energy protons in vivo or in culture. Radiation Research. 179(5): 521-9. Grygoryev D, Dan C, Gauny S, Eckelmann B, Ohlrich AP, Connolly M, Lasarev M, Grossi G, Kronenberg A, Turker MS (2014). Autosomal Mutants of Proton-Exposed Kidney Cells Display Frequent Loss of Heterozygosity on Non-Selected Chromosomes. Radiation Research. 181(5): 452-63.
  • Hryciw G, Grygoryev D, Lasarev M, Ohlrich AP, Dan C, Madhira R, Eckelmann B, Gauny S, Kronenberg A, Turker MS. Accelerated Ti Ions Induce Autosomal Mutations in Mouse Kidney Epithelium at Low Dose and Fluence. Submitted to Radiation Research April 2015.
  • Exposure to densely ionizing iron ions is sufficient to induce widespread genomic change in mouse kidney epithelial cells exposed in culture or in vivo. Submitted to Radiation Research June 2015.

"I chose the Texas A&M MD/PhD Program because of the Space Life Sciences program and the welcoming faculty I met during my visits."

"At this time, my research project is investigating Alternative End-Joining, a backup DNA repair pathway. ...I would like to pursue approaches to radiation sensitivity and insensitivity in cancerous and normal tissues, particularly in the context of space exploration."

Entry Yea r: 2015
Currently: M2/G1
Email Address:bwalther@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: University of Texas at Austin, bachelor's degree, biochemistry
Interests:Nanomedicine, Cancer, Neuroscience

Publications

Dasari, R., B. Walther, D. Robinson, K. Stevenson. Influence of the Redox Indicator Reaction on Single-Nanoparticle Collisions at Mercury- and Bismuth-Modified Pt Ultramicroelectrodes. Langmuir 10.1021/la402818g, 2013.

"I chose the Texas A&M MD/PhD program because I am very interested in nanotechnology and its applications to medicine; A&M has realized that dream and has many resources and support systems to help me along the way."

"At this time, my research project concerns nano based drug delivery systems and nano therapeutics. I am interested in this field because I saw in nanotechnology a very powerful tool for changing the face of medicine and bringing to people treatments they may never have gotten otherwise."

Entry Year: 2014
Currently:M2/G2
Email Address: cvandehoef@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science in chemistry and biology, Lamar University
Laboratory: Jason Karpac, PhD
Research Interests:The interface between the host immune system and the microbiota in the human GI tract.

Abstracts and Presentations

  • 2013 National American Chemical Society Conference; Poster: "DFT study of the mechanism of the photooxidation of dihydrobiopterin in aqueous media";Theresources of the NSF Tera Grid were utilized to perform a DFT study of the mechanism proposed by Dr. Andres Thomas for the photooxidation of dihydrobiopterin. The goal was to determine whether the proposed mechanism wasthermodynamically feasible under physiological conditions. It was an eleven step mechanism that was approached using b3lyp/6-31G* level of theory and basis set and a PCM solvent model with a water solvent to mimic the conditions as closely as possible. The results suggested that the reaction scheme wasfeasible, but may not have been auto-catalytic as proposed.
  • 2013 NIH Summer Internship Poster Day; "Does HLA-B27 Influence the Gut Microbiome?"; I was involved in the beginning of a microbiome project involving rats of different genetic backgrounds; some of which were transgenic for HLA-B27. We werestudying the gut microbiomes of these rats in order to try and clarify the link between IBD's and Ankylosing Spondylitis. I was involved intaking tissue samples for histology and RNA analysis, and taking swabs for bacterial analysis. Upon leaving the NIH, the project was incomplete and is being completed by my mentor.
  • 2015 APSA South Regional Conference; Poster; "Generation of a novel live attenuated CMV vaccine platform by knockout of innate immune evasion genes in the guinea pig cytomegalovirus model"; Congenital human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection can cause both mental impairment and sensorineural hearing loss in infected children. Although research into this disease-causing virus has been ongoing for decades, an effective vaccine has remained elusive. The McGregor lab strives to develop a vaccine for congenital CMV infection by utilizing the guinea pig cytomegalovirus (GPCMV) model. The guinea pig is the most applicable model for studying congenital infection because, unlike murine and other models, the guinea pig placental structure and fetal development closely resembles that of HCMV, and, like HCMV, can be transmitted from mother to pups.1 The following work entailed generating two mutant viruses using bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) technology. BAC DNA was then transfected onto guinea pig cell lines to generate GFP and white virus. The first project involved inserting the GP129 open reading frame into a nonessential locus of a GPCMV BAC to restore epithelial tropism to an IE1 (GP123) C-terminal deletion mutant. The second project involved generating a double knockout mutant in the GP82 and GP83 genes, which encode pp71 and pp65 homologs of HCMV tegument proteins involved in innate immune invasion. Future work will include animal studies to determine the effect of the mutations on dissemination and disease.

Publications

  • Martin C, Vandehoef C, Cook A. The Use of Molecular Modeling as “Pseudoexperimental” Data for Teaching VSEPR as a Hands-On General Chemistry Activity. Journal of Chemical Education 2015 92 (8), 1364-1368. DOI: 10.1021/ed500806h.

"I chose the Texas A&M MD/PhD program because after I left my interview I felt as if the students here were genuinely satisfied with their choice of programs. "

"I am interested in the area of immunology, and more specifically the interaction between the immune system and the gut microbiome. I think the full potential of this field has yet to be tapped. I believe that the impact this interaction has on human disease has been underestimated up until this point, and in the future will prove very important in both disease pathophysiology and treatment. I am currently pursuing my PhD in Dr. Jason Karpac's lab, using Drosophila melanogaster to examine the gut host-commensal mutualism."

Entry Year: 2014
Currently: M3/G1
Email Address: creddy@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: Cornell University
Laboratory:
Research Interests: Space Life Sciences

Abstracts and Presentations

  1. Ames Fruit fly Experiment (AFEx)
    The Effects of Oxidative Stress on Neurobehavioral Adaptations to Microgravity in Drosophila Melanogaster : Preflight Development
    The purpose of this experiment is to understand the relationship between oxidative stress and behavioral adaptation to microgravity in the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. Our 1.5U cubesat payload to the ISS will allow for the measurement of activity changes of the fruit fly over the course of a 30-day space mission. Low-resolution footage from a previous collaborative spaceflight mission showed that microgravity changes flight behavior ( CSI-05 flown on STS-134). Our past experiment, Fly Immunity and Tumors (“FIT”), flown on STS-121, revealed altered expression rates of oxidative stress related genes after spaceflight (Marcu, 2011). Preliminary results from our lab show that an oxidative stress-resistant mutant fly strain, INDY 302 , better adapts to a hypergravity environment than a wildtype ( unpublished data). Therefore, we have developed a payload to test the hypothesis that a stress-resistant mutant, like INDY, will show greater resistance to changes in behavior relative to a wildtype. In the development process, we have shown: 1) that a healthy population of flies can be sustained for the full length of the mission, 2) that the necessary video footage can be acquired throughout the 30-day span, and 3) that the footage is of sufficient quality to allow for a quantitative analysis of the behavior. Therefore, our payload design and build has proven to successfully allow us to meet the science objectives set for the ASFEx mission on SpX-4.

Publications

  • Bhattacharya, et al. "The Effects of Oxidative Stress on Neurobehavioral Adaptations to Microgravity in Drosophila Melanogaster: Preflight Development"
  • Jaffe, et al. "Functional Outcomes of Peroneus Longus to Peroneus Brevis Transfer"

"Though initially the Space Life Sciences program drew me to the school, ultimately the strength of the biomedical engineering department moved me to pursue research interests in that field. The resources that come with a pairing between a medical school and a large undergraduate institution provide students with greater and more unique research opportunities."

"My current research is directed towards understanding joint movement utilizing different modeling techniques to better understand the forces at play during various stimuli."

Entry Year: 2016
Currently: M2
Email Address: viswanath@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: Rice University
Research Interests: Microbiology


Abstracts and Presentations:

  • “Developing Immunology Scholars” Colloquium (2014) / “Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium” (2014, 2015, 2016) / “Medical World Americas” (2015) / Invited to present at “FlowTex Conference” (2015) by EMD Millipore.

Publications:

  • Hsu, Hsiang-Ting, et al. “NK Cells Converge Lytic Granules to Promote Cytotoxicity and Prevent Bystander Killing.” The Journal of Cell Biology, 30 Dec. 2016, doi:10.1083/jcb.201604136.
  • Viswanath, Dixita I., Emily M. Mace, Hsiang-Ting Hsu, and Jordan S. Orange. “Quantification of Natural Killer Cell Polarization and Visualization of Synaptic Granule Externalization by Imaging Flow Cytometry.” Clinical Immunology, March 3, 2016. doi:10.1016/j.clim.2016.03.004.

Awards:

  • Had independent research project presented as second author at “15th Meeting of the Society for Natural Immunity,” with poster winning “Best Student Speaker."

“I chose the Texas A&M MD/PhD program because everyone thatI met, from the faculty to students, were genuinely happy to be there and the overall atmosphere seemed very supportive. Additionally, I was attracted to the opportunity to complete my clinical and graduate school rotations at multiple top-tier hospitals and research institutions.”

“At this time, my research project is focused on characterizing the proteonomic profile of newly generated myelin in the laboratory of Dr. Phillip Horner at Houston Methodist. Previous work has characterized myelin development and regulation. However, little is known if newly generated myelin is functionally plastic and if the changes the overall neural environment can contribute to cognitive and motor decline. I am interested in this project, and neuroregenerative medicine as a whole, because of the potential therapeutic benefits that I could aid in developing.”

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Entry Yea r: 2015
Currently: M3
Email Address: gjensen@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: Brigham Young University, bachelor's degree, microbiology

Abstracts and Presentations

  • Publications: Grose JH1, Jensen GL, Burnett SH, Breakwell DP. Genomic comparison of 93 Bacillus phages reveals 12 clusters, 14 singletons and remarkable diversity. BMC Genomics 15:855, 2014a.

"I chose the Texas A&M MD/PhD program because I liked the feel of College Station, the program felt very connected and the students actually enjoyed being in it. I liked the flexibility offered by the various campuses and timelines you can use to get your degree."

"At this time, I am thinking of doing my research in an immunology lab."

Entry Yea r: 2017
Currently: M1
Email Address: schluns@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: University of Arkansas

Publications

"I chose the Texas A&M MD/PhD program because I appreciated the strong medical school program and ready availability of the Biomedical Engineering program."

"My current research is going to be within the field of regenerative medicine. I am interested in this area because of the great potential for practical applications and improving people's quality of life."

Entry Year: 2016
Currently: M2
Email Address: cummock@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: Brigham Young University
Research Interests: Neuroscience


Abstracts and Presentations:

  • Mary Lou Fulton Conference 2013 presenting work on brain hyperintensities and atrophy correlation on memory and aging at Brigham Young University in Provo.
  • Poster presentation on the antioxidant effects of cilantro for prophylactic cancer therapy at the 2014 American Association for Cancer Research National Conference in San Diego.
  • Research presentation on the development and optimization of a rapid, flow cytometry-based assay, the CD107a for T Cell degranulation investigation at the conclusion of the 2014 Summer Medical and Research Program at Baylor College of Medicine in collaboration with Texas Children's Hospital in Houston.

Publications:

  • Basal Ganglia Hyperintensities in Relation to the Modified Mini-Mental State (3MS) in the Cache County Study on Memory Health and Aging. Journal of International Neuropsychological Society. / / Scheltens et al. Ratings For White Matter Hyperintensities in the Cache County Study on Memory Health and Aging. Journal of International Neuropsychological Society.

“I chose Texas A&M's MD/PhD program because everyone here treats each other like friends and family."

“At this time, my research project is developing a swine intracranial hemorrhage model. I am interested in this research because it provides a high fidelity model for investigating novel drug rescue therapies to lessen brain damage and promote neural regeneration for individuals who suffer a hemorrhagic stroke.”

Entry Yea r: 2015
Currently: M3
Email Address: khudson@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: UC Berkeley, Bachelor of Science, CRS: Cognitive Neurobiology and the Environment
Research Interests: Neuroscience, Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, Ischemic Injury, Behavioral Neuroscience

"I chose the Texas A&M University MD/PhD program because I had the opportunity to work in some fascinating areas of research, felt like I was going to be supported throughout the process of both medical school and a PhD and recognized that the program valued the balance of family with career."

"At this time, my research project is addressing spinal cord injury rehabilitation and motor activity via central pattern generator activation. I am interested in this area because I come from the intersection of ski racing and rodeo where injury is a regular occurrence and spines are, unfortunately, often affected."

Entry Year: 2010
Currently: G5
Email Address: lguthrie@tamhsc.edu liamguthrie@yahoo.com
Undergraduate: Midwestern State University, B.S. Biology, Chemistry
Research Interests: Natural Products, Drug Design, Phytopharmacology, Medicinal Botany

Abstracts and Presentations

  • Guthrie, L. Isolation of Antimicrobial Lipids from Sasevieria trifasciata. 19th Biennial Beta Beta Beta National Convention. Durango, Colorado. May 2010.

Awards

  • 2009 Hardin Scholar - Midwestern State University

"I chose the Texas A&M MD/PhD Program because of the research relationship with TAMU and rigorous pharmaceutical research programs representing all stages of drug development."

"At this time, my research project is identifying novel drug targets and inhibitors in nontuberculous mycobacteria such as Mycobacterium avium. I am interested in this area due to my plans to pursue a career in infectious disease and drug development."

Name: Louis Hinkle
Entry Year: 2015
Currently: M2/G1
Email Address: lhinkle@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University
Research Interests: Tumor Cells

“I chose the Texas A&M MD/PhD program because Texas A&M has incredible resources across itscampuses. In particular, I am excited to train at Houston Methodist. Itsmicroscopy core and world-famous nanomedicine pioneers offer me the opportunity to train and become the scientist I want to be.”

“At this time, I am interested in pursuing research surrounding tumor cell dissemination and the tumor microenvironment.”

Entry Year: 2016
Currently: M2
Email Address: mpinson@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: Baylor University
Research Interests: Biochemistry

“I chose Texas A&M's MD/PhD program because both students and faculty were incredibly welcoming during my interview and everyone seemed to enjoy being at Texas A&M.”

“At this time, my research project is the study of exosomes released by neural stem cells and the miRNAs they contain. I am interested in this area because these exosomal miRNAs may play a key role in the development of the fetal brain and may be influenced by ethanol, potentially revealing in part how fetal alcohol spectrum disorders develop.”

Entry Yea r:2017
Currently: M1
Email Address: painter@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate:The University of Alabama

Publications

"I chose the Texas A&M MD/PhD program because of the welcoming environment and supportive faculty. I also liked the flexibility of the program and different campus tracks."

"At this time, my research interests include biomedical engineering and medical devices."

Entry Yea r: 2015
Currently: M3
Email Address: nelhamdi@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: University of Houston, Bachelor of Science, chemistry

Abstracts and Presentations

  • El-Hamdi, N. S., F. Chen, A. Cloyd, I. Alam. Hepatitis [HCV] Treatment Progression and SVR of Combination Therapy in Practice. 79th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology. Philadelphia. 2014.
  • El-Hamdi, N. S., H. T. M. Le, O. Š. Miljanić. Synthesis, Characterization, and Optical Properties of Cross-Conjugated Benzimidazole Cruciforms. 248th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Symposium. San Francisco. 2014.
  • Le, H. T., N. S. El-Hamdi, and O. Š. Miljanić. Scaffold Design and Sensing Properties of Benzimidazole-Based Sensors. 248th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Symposium. San Francisco. 2014.

Publications

  • Le, H. T. M., N. S. El-Hamdi, and O. Š. Miljanić. Benzobisimidazole cruciform-PSN: synthesis, characterization and optical response to bases, acids, inorganic anions. Manuscript in Preparation.
  • Le, H. T. M., N. S.El-Hamdi, and O. Š. Miljanić. Benzobisimidazole Cruciform Fluorophores. J. Org. Chem. 80:5210-5217, 2015.
  • Ji, Q., N. S. El-Hamdi, O. Š. Miljanić. Scent Transmutation: A New Way to Teach on Chemical Equilibrium, Distillation, and Dynamic Combinatorial Chemistry. J. Chem. Educ. 91:830-833, 2014.

"I chose the Texas A&M MD/PhD program because this program has a broad selection of research tracks and excellent faculty. In addition, the clinical track options include some of the best medical centers in the state."

"At this time, my research project is in immunology or regenerative medicine. I am interested in these areas because of their applications in preventative and personalized patient care."

Entry Year: 2014
Currently:M3/G1
Email Address: natech@tamu.edu
Undergraduate:Abilene Christian University
Laboratory:
Research Interests:Computational Medicinal Chemistry

Publications

  • Robertson JC, Hurley N, Tortorici M, Ciossani G, Borrello MT, Vellore NA, Ganesan A, Mattevi A, Baron R. Expanding the Druggable Space of the LSD1/CoREST Epigenetic Target: New Potential Binding Regions for Drug-Like Molecules, Peptides, Protein Partners, and Chromatin. PLoS Comput. Biol., 2013; 9: e1003158.
  • Mack R, Askins G, Lowry J, Hurley N, Reeves PC. Indium(III) triflate — a catalyst for greener aromatic alkylation reactions. Can. J. Chem., 2013, 91, 10.1139/cjc-2013-0290.

"I chose the Texas A&M MD/PhD program because I like the combination of community and research."

"At this time, my research project is drug prediction modeling / machine learning is a growing tool and is underapplied to medicine."

Entry Year: 2014
Currently: G2
Email Address: pbernard@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Science, chemistry 2014
Laboratory: Dr. Randall Olsen, Infectious Diseases (HMRI)
Research Interests: Microbiology, Biochemistry

Abstracts and Presentations

Publications

  1. Eraso J, Olsen RJ, Beres SB, Kachroo P, Porter AR, Nasser W, Bernard PE, DeLeo F, Musser JM. Genomic landscape of intrahost variation in Group A Streptococcus: repeated and abundant mutational inactivation of the fabT gene encoding a regulator of fatty acid synthesis. Infect. Immun. 2016 Sep 6. pii: IAI.006-8-16. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Li Y, Li Y, Chen T, Kuklina AS, Bernard P, Esteva F, Shen H, Ferrari M, Hu Y. Circulating proteolytic products of Carboxypeptidase N for early detection of breast cancer. Clin. Chem. 2014, 60, 233-242.
  3. Song Y, Zhang Y, Bernard PE, Reuben JM, Ueno NT, Arlinghaus RB, Zu Y, Qin L. Multiplexed volumetric bar-chart chip for point-of-care diagnostics. Nat. Commun. 18 December 2012.

Awards

  • Fondren Foundation Medical Scientist Trainee Fellowship (2016)

"I chose the Texas A&M MD/PhD program because I wanted to go to a school with a supportive community and amazing faculty."

"At this time, my research project is the genetics of bacterial pathogenesis. Understanding the genetics of bacterial infections can lead to the development of new vaccines, which can help save lives around the world."

Entry Year: 2016
Currently: M2
Email Address: parnold1@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: Brigham Young University
Research Interests: Immunology

Abstracts and Presentations:

  • Phylogeny of Anax with special attention to the common green darner (Anax junius). Preston R. Arnold, Taylor L. King, and Seth M. Bybee. Presented at the ESA national meeting in Minneapolis. Nov. 2015

Publications:

  • Arnold PR, Lord NP, Smith AN, and Bybee SM. 2016. The Effects of Non-Ideal Temperature Regimes on RNA Quality from Samples Stored in RNAlater-like Buffer: An Attempt to Replicate Field Conditions. Journal of Analytical and Molecular Techniques 2:1.

“I chose Texas A&M's MD/PhD program because of the community. Texas A&M makes you feel at home, and if you're going to commit to a program as long as an MD/PhD program, you'd better feel at home.”

“At this time, my research project is Immunology because it's interesting and broadly applicable.”

Entry Yea r:2017
Currently:M1
Email Address: ghosh@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis

Publications

"I chose the Texas A&M MD/PhD program because it truly invests in students' personal and professional development."

"My current research isin medical device development. I am interested in this area because I want to empower patients and clinicians through designing effective, efficient and user-friendly tools."

Entry Year: 2012
Currently: G3
Email Address: rrogers@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: Texas A&M University, Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering
Research Interests: Cell Biology, Materials Science, and Tissue Engineering

Abstracts and Presentations

  • Rogers RE, Boriack RL, Jones VK, Margraf LR, Rakheja D. “Wilms Tumor in a Child with L-2-hydroxyglutaric Aciduria.” Poster Presentation, SPP/PPS Combined Fall Meeting. The Union League. Philadelphia, PA. October 14-17, 2009.

Publications

  • Rogers RE, DeBerardinis RJ, Klesse LJ, Boriack RL, Margraf LR, and Rakheja D. “Wilms Tumor in a Child with L-2-hydroxyglutaric Aciduria.” Pediatric and Developmental Pathology. 2010;13(5):408-411.
  • Schwartz MP, Fairbanks BD, Rogers RE, Rangarajan R, Zaman MH, and Anseth KS. “A Synthetic Strategy for Mimicking the Extracellular Matrix Provides New Insight about Tumor Cell Migration.” Integrative Biology. 2010;2:32-40.
  • Schwartz MP, Rogers RE, Singh SP, Lee JY, Loveland SG, Koepsel JT, Witze ES, Montanez-Saurt SI, Sung KE, Tokuda EY, Sharma Y, Everhart LM, Nguyen EH, Zaman MH, Beebe DJ, Ahn NG, Murphy WL, Anseth KS. "A Quantitative Comparison of Human HT-1080 Fibrosarcoma Cells and Primary Human Dermal Fibroblasts Identifies a 3D Migration Mechanism with Properties Unique to the Transformed Phenotype." PLoS ONE. 2013;8(12):e81689.
  • Singh SP, Schwartz MP, Tokuda EY, Luo Y, Rogers RE, Fujita M, Ahn NG, Anseth KS. “A Synthetic Modular Approach for Modeling the Role of the 3D Microenvironment in Tumor Progression.” Scientific Reports. 2015;5:17814.

Awards

  • Barry M Goldwater Scholarship 2009-2011 Recipient

"I chose the Texas A&M MD/PhD Program because I liked the camaraderie and friendliness I saw between medical students. I also liked the professors and research being performed here."

"At this time, my research project is studying blood vessel development and the proteins/signaling events responsible. I am interested in this area because controlling blood vessel development, whether by stimulation or inhibition, can help improve outcomes in many diseases, from diabetic-related ischemia and reperfusion injuries to cancer and pathologic vascularization."

Entry Year: 2008
Currently: G2
Email Address: doubleday@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology, BS Engineering Science, Systems and Controls, 1994
Graduate: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.S. Mechanical Engineering, 1995; Mechanical Engineer's Degree, 1998
Research Interests: Adaptive close-loop control for anesthesia application, application of digital signal processing (DSP), medical image-processing and space physiology and modeling

Abstracts and Presentations

  • Thompson, J, R. Doubleday, and T. Sheridan. A Computer-guided System for the Accurate Placement of Thoracic Acoustical Devices. 23rd Annual Conference of the International Lung Sounds Association. Boston MA. 1998.
  • Sheridan, T, J. Thompson, and R. Doubleday. An Intelligent Cardiopulmonary System for the Home Health Market. Home Health Care Consortium, d’Arbeloff Laboratory for Information Systems and Technology. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 1998.

Publications

  • Yang, B-H, R. Doubleday, and H. Asada. Robot Impedance Synthesis Based on Logical Task Description and Progressive Learning. ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition. 1996.
  • Doubleday, R. "A Control System for a Testhead Manipulator"; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1995.
  • Doubleday, R. "A System Level Design for Object Location and Identification in Unstructured Environments"; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1998.

Entry Year: 2016
Currently: M1
Email Address: stimbalia@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: Texas A&M University
Research Interests: Biochemistry and Biophysics

Abstracts and Presentations:

  • Timbalia, S. A., Ghosh, and Gohil, V. M. (2013) Determining the Role of an Uncharacterized Protein C1orf31/Coa6 in Mitochondrial Respiratory Chain Biogenesis. Poster and oral presentation.

Publications:

  • Tomar, D, Dong, Z, Shanmughapriya, S, Koch, DA, Thomas, T, Hoffman, NE, Timbalia, SA, Goldman, SJ, Breves, SL, Corbally, DP, Nemani, N, Fairweather, JP, Cutri, AR, Zhang, X, Song, J, Jaña, F, Huang, J, Barrero, C, Rabinowitz, J, Luongo, T, Schumacher, SM, Rockman, ME, Dietrich, A, Merali, S, Caplan, J, Stathopulos, P, Ahima, RS, Cheung, JY, Houser, SR, Koch, WJ, Patel, V, Gohil, VM, Elrod, JW, Sudarsan, R, Madesh, M (2016) MCUR1 Is a scaffold factor for the MCU complex function and promotes mitochondrial bioenergetics. Cell Reports. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2016.04.050
  • Ghosh, A, Trivedi, PP, Timbalia, SA, Griffin, AT, Rahn, JJ, Chan, SSL, Gohil, VM (2014) Copper supplementation restores cytochrome c oxidase assembly defect in a mitochondrial disease model of COA6 deficiency. Hum. Mol. Genet. 23: 3596-606

“I chose Texas A&M's MD/PhD program because the large output of biomedical research occurring in laboratories at the Health Science Center, various departments on Texas A&M's main campus, and at Houston Methodist Research Institute creates many opportunities to perform high-impact, translational research in the field of my choice. In addition, I really liked the option to complete the clinical years of my medical education at Houston Methodist Hospital.”

“My previous rotation was in the laboratory of Dr. Vishal Gohil in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Texas A&M University. The research in the Gohil Lab utilizes a variety of biochemical and genetic methods in order to characterize novel mitochondrial genes which have been implicated in human disease. My research in the Gohil Lab involved using the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a model system in order to study FMP32, a mitochondrial gene whose human homolog is thought to be involved in the regulation of calcium import into the mitochondrial matrix.”

Entry Year: 2016
Currently: M2
Email Address: treddy@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: Wellesley College
Research Interests: Neuroscience

Abstracts and Presentations:

  • Reiberger, T., Ramjiawan R.R., Chen, Y., Ng, M.R., Hato, T., Unan, E.C., Reddy, T.P., Huang, Y., Ochiai, H., Huang, P., Zhu, A.X., Jain, R.K., and Duda, D.G. CXCR4 inhibition in combination with anti-PD1 immunotherapy results in an effective immune response during treatment with sorafenib in hepatocellular carcinoma. The International Liver Congress, European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) Meeting; Vienna, Austria, 2015
  • Reiberger, T., Ramjiawan R.R., Chen, Y., Ng, M.R., Hato, T., Unan, E.C., Reddy, T.P., Huang,Y., Ochiai, H., Huang, P., Zhu, A.X., Jain, R.K., and Duda, D.G. CXCR4 inhibition in combination with anti-PD1 immunotherapy results in an effective immune response during treatment with sorafenib in hepatocellular carcinoma. AACR Special Conference: Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy: A New Chapter; Orlando, FL, 2014
  • Reiberger, T., Ramjiawan R.R., Chen, Y., Ng, M.R., Hato, T., Unan, E.C., Reddy, T.P., Huang, Y., Ochiai, H., Huang, P., Zhu, A.X., Jain, R.K., and Duda, D.G. CXCR4 inhibition in combination with anti-PD1 immunotherapy results in an effective immune response during treatment with sorafenib in hepatocellular carcinoma. American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, The Liver Meeting; Boston, MA, 2014.
  • Reddy, T.P. and Ganesh, L. From Benchside to Conference Room: Financing Immuno-Oncology. Presentation for Equity Research Group at Eaton Vance Investment Management Firm; Boston, MA, 2014
  • Reddy, T.P. and Ganesh, L. From Benchside to Conference Room: Financing Immuno-Oncology. Presentation at Wellesley College Tanner Conference; Wellesley, MA, 2014
  • Bless, E.P., Reddy, T.P., Acharya, K.D., Beltz, B., and Tetel, M.J. The effects of estradiol and diet on energy homeostasis and hypothalamic cell proliferation in the adult female mouse. The Endocrine Society Meeting; Chicago, IL, 2014
  • Bless, E.P., Reddy, T.P., Acharya, K.D., Beltz, B., and Tetel, M.J. The effects of estradiol and diet on energy homeostasis and hypothalamic cell proliferation in the adult female mouse. Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience; San Diego, CA, 2013.
  • Reddy, T.P., Bless, E.P., and Tetel M.J. The effects of estradiol and diet on energy homeostasis and hypothalamic cell proliferation in the adult female mouse. Wellesley College Summer Science Research Program Presentation Day; Wellesley, MA, 2013.
  • Reddy T.P., Manczak M, Calkins M.J., Mao P, Reddy A.P., Shirendeb U, Park B, Reddy PH. Toxicity of neurons treated with herbicides and neuroprotection by mitochondria-targeted antioxidant SS31. Research Week, OHSU; Portland, OR, 2012.
  • Mao P, Manczak M, Calkins MJ, Troung Q, Reddy T.P., Reddy AP, Shirendeb UP, Lo HH, Rabinovitch, Reddy PH (2012) Mitochondria-targeted catalase reduces abnormal APP processing, amyloid beta production, and BACE1 in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease: Implications for neuroprotection and lifespan extension. Research Week, OHSU; Portland, OR, 2012.
  • Reddy T.P. Toxicity of Primary Neurons Treated with Herbicides and Neuroprotection by the Mitochondrially Targeted Antioxidant SS31.The Society for In Vitro Biology Meeting; Raleigh, NC, 2011.
  • Reddy T.P., M. Calkins, M. Manczak, P Mao, AP Reddy and PH Reddy. Neuronal toxicity of pesticides and neuroprotection by mitochondrially targeted antioxidant SS31. Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience; San Diego, CA, 2010.

Publications:

  • Reddy, T.P., Hartman, L., Bista, R., Johnston, J., Padilla, O., Sutariya, M., Wilson, H., and Tonk, V. (2016). Acute monoblastic leukemia with associated inv(16)(p13.1q22) and microdeletion of MYH1 and CBFB. Atlas Genet Cytogenet Oncol Haematol. [in press].
  • Chen, Y., Ramjiawan, R.R., Reiberger, T., Ng, M.R., Hato, T., Huang, Y., Ochiai, H., Kitahara, S., Unan, E.C., Reddy, T.P., Fan, C., Huang, P., Bardeesy, N., Zhu, A.K., Jain, R.K., and Duda, D.G. (2014). CXCR4 inhibition in tumor microenvironment facilitates anti-PD-1 immunotherapy in sorafenib-treated HCC in mice. Hepatology. 61, 1591-1602.
  • Bless, E.P., Reddy, T., Acharya, K.D., Beltz, B.S., and Tetel, M.J. (2014). Oestradiol and diet modulate energy homeostasis and hypothalamic neurogenesis in the adult female mouse. J Neuroendocrinol. 26, 805-816.
  • Mao, P., Manczak, M., Calkins, M.J., Truong, Q., Reddy, T.P., Reddy, A.P., Shirendeb, U., Lo, H.H., Rabinovitch, P.S., and Reddy, P.H. (2012). Mitochondria-targeted catalase reduces abnormal APP processing, amyloid beta production and BACE1 in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease: implications for neuroprotection and lifespan extension. Hum Mol Genet. 21, 2973-2990.
  • Reddy, P.H., Tripathi, R., Troung, Q., Tirumala, K., Reddy, T.P., Anekonda, V., Shirendeb, U.P., Calkins, M.J., Reddy, A.P., Mao, P., et al. (2012). Abnormal mitochondrial dynamics and synaptic degeneration as early events in Alzheimer's disease: implications to mitochondria- targeted antioxidant therapeutics. Biochimic Biophysic Acta. 1822, 639-649.
  • Reddy, P.H., and Reddy, T.P. (2011). Mitochondria as a therapeutic target for aging and neurodegenerative diseases. Curr Alzheimer Res. 8, 393-409.
  • Reddy, P.H., Reddy, T.P., Manczak, M., Calkins, M.J., Shirendeb, U., and Mao, P. (2011). Dynamin-related protein 1 and mitochondrial fragmentation in neurodegenerative diseases. Brain Res Rev. 67, 103-118.
  • Reddy, T.P., Manczak, M., Calkins, M.J., Mao, P., Reddy, A.P., Shirendeb, U., Park, B., and Reddy, P.H. (2011). Toxicity of neurons treated with herbicides and neuroprotection by mitochondria-targeted antioxidant SS31. Int J Environ Res Pub Health. 8, 203-221.

“I chose the Texas A&M MD/PhD program because this program offers extensive opportunities to pursue both basic andtranslational research as well as clinical training at multiple campuses. The faculty and administration are extremely supportive and strive to ensure that each student in this program succeeds in becoming physicians/scientists."

“At this time, my research project is to investigate molecular signatures of circulating tumor cells from patients with brain metastatic breast cancer. I am interested in this area because this project utilizes basic science tools to answer clinically relevant questions.”

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Entry Yea r: 2015
Currently: M3
Email Address: thendrickson@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate:Unniversity of Minnesota Duluth, Bachelor of Science biochemistry and molecular biology, Bachelor of Arts chemistry

Abstracts and Presentations

  • Hendrickson, T. Gauer, J. Mahling, R. Lohese, K. Fealey, M. Sutton, R.B. Hinderliter, A. Synaptotagmin Linker: Tuning Of Cooperativity In Calcium Ion Binding. Biophysical Journal, 106(2) pp180 Biophysical Society. San Francisco, CA. 2014

Publications

  • Rice, A. Mahling, R., Fealey, M. Rannikko, A. Dunleavy, K., Hendrickson, T., Lohese, K.J., Kruggel, S., Heiling, H. Harren, D. Sutton, R.B. Pastor, J., Hinderliter, A. Randomly Organized Lipids and Marginally Stable Proteins: A Coupling of Weak Interactions to Optimize Membrane Signaling (Mar. 2014) Biochimica et Biophysica Acta – Biomembranes
  • Mahling, R., Fealey, M., Gauer, J., Lohese, K.J., Hendrickson, T., Sutton, R.B., Hinderliter, A. Thermodynamic Impact of the Unstructured Linker Region on the Synaptotagmin I C2A Domain. (Jan. 2014) Biophysical Journal , 106(2), 528-529

 

"I chose the Texas A&M MD/PhD program because I enjoyed the atmosphere and my interactions with members of the program and faculty. It seemed like a place I could come to and thrive."

"At this time, my research project is investigating the role of immune activation among neurodegenerative brain disorders because I feel there is a great need to improve our understanding of the brain. The brain's incredible complexity and the devastating effects neurodegenerative disorders have on a person's life make me interested in this field."

Entry Yea r: 2015
Currently:M2
Email Address: vdavidoc@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: UC San Diego, B.S. Biochemistry/Chemistry
Research Interests:Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biophysics

Abstracts and Presentations

Davidov, V., Su, T., Corbett, K.D. Meiotic Chromosomal Crossover in Mammals is Regulated by HORMA-Domain Containing Proteins and Specific Binding Partners. ACSSA Undergraduate Research Symposium, San Diego, CA, 2014.

Publications

Kim, Yumi et al.The Chromosome Axis Controls Meiotic Events through a Hierarchical Assembly of HORMA Domain Proteins. Developmental Cell, Volume 31, Issue 4, 497-502, 2014.

"I chose the Texas A&M MD/PhD Program because of the great number of resources the Texas A&M MD/PhD program provides in order to see each and every one of us succeed."

"At this time, my research project is studying biochemistry and cell signaling within a tumor environment and applying chemistry and biophysics to design appropriate interventional molecules. I am interested in this area because there is so much unknown in cell signaling and I love applying chemistry to biological systems."

Entry Year: 2013
Currently: G3
Email Address: ylin4@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: Texas A&M University 2013
Undergraduate Degree:Chemistry
Research Interests: Bioinformatics, the expression, purification, and characterization of cytidine deaminase, and a nanoparticle project delivering ani-neoplastic drugs to cultured cancer cells.

"I chose the Texas A&M MD/PhD program because of the rigorous engineering and science training in addition to good clinical training."

"At this time, my research project is biomedical application of synthetic polymer."

 

MD/PhD Alumni

Entry Year: 2009
Currently:M3
Email Address: okoreeh@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: Morehouse College, Bachelor of Science, chemistry
Research Interests: Biochemistry

Abstracts and Presentations

  • 2007 Using Tethering-Arm Single Particle Tracking on CD34 on Mutated Human Jurkat Cell to Investigate Cytoskeletal Components. Poster Presentation for ABRCMS, Dept. of Biophysics, College of Medicine, Harvard University

Awards

  • 2006/2007: ARCS Scientific Fellowship Award

Entry Year: 2009

Currently: M4

Email Address:

Undergraduate: Mount Holyoke College, B.A., Biopsychosocial Systematics

Laboratory: Kevin Cummings

Research Interests: Epidemiology, Zoonosis

Entry Year: 1994
Graduation Year: 2002
Currently: Asst. Professor Texas A&M Health Science Center-College of Medicine, Department of Medical Physiology and Heart Failure/Heart Transplant Cardiologist Scott & White
Email: ctong@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Website: Carl Tong
Undergraduate: Texas A&M University
Dissertation: "Molecular mechanisms of cardiac muscle contractility, Role of myofilament proteins"
Residency: Internal Medicine, Duke University Medical Center
Fellowship: Cardiology, Univ. of Wisconsin

Entry Year: 1996
Graduation Year: 2005
Currently: Internist in the Austin, TX area
Email Address: N/A
Undergraduate: University of Texas at San Antonio
Laboratory: Dr. Rajesh Miranda, Human Anatomy and Medical Neurobiology
Dissertation: "Determinants of cerebral cortical progenitor growth and differentiation"
Residency: Internal Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Entry Year: 2008
Currently: M4
Undergrad: Texas Christian University, B.S. Biology
Graduate: The University of Texas School of Public Health, M.P.H. Epidemiology
Research Interests: Infectious diseases; Tuberculosis pathogenesis

Abstracts and Presentations

  • Galbadage, T., P.S. Hartman. “Repeated temperature fluctuation extends the life span of Caenorhabditis elegans in a daf-16 dependent fashion”. 36th Annual Meeting of the American Aging Association, San Antonio, TX, 2007, Student Research Symposium, College of Science & Engineering, TCU, Ft. Worth, TX, 2007.
  • Galbadage, T., Y. Belabassi, J.L. Montchamp. “Synthesis of precursors of biologically active 1,1-bisphosphonates and GABA analogs”.
    40th Meeting-In-Miniature, American Chemical Society, DFW Section, Ft. Worth, TX, 2007, Student Research Symposium, College of Science & Engineering, TCU, Ft. Worth, TX, 2007.

Publications

  • Galbadage, T. and P.S. Hartman. Repeated temperature fluctuations extends the life span of Caenorhabditis elegans in a daf-16-dependeent fashion. Mech. Ageing Dev. 129(9):507-14, 2008.
  • Vigil, K.J., Z.D. Jiang, J.J. Chen, K.L. Palumbo, T. Galbadage, E.L. Brown, J. Yiang, H. Koo, M.W. DuPont, C. Ericsson, J.A. Adachi, and H.L. DuPont. Coliform and Escherichia coli contamination of desserts served in public restaurants from Guadalajara, Mexico and Houston, Texas. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. 80(4):606-8, 2009.
  • Galbadage, T., Z.D. Jiang, and H.L. DuPont. Improvement in detection of enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli in patients with travelers' diarrhea by increasing the number of E. coli colonies tested. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. 80(1):20-3, 2009.

Awards

  • 2nd Place Undergraduate Presentation at the 40th Meeting-In-Miniature, American Chemical Society, DFW Section, 2007
  • 1st Place Undergraduate Research in the Department of Biology at the Student Research Symposium, College of Science & Engineering, TCU, 2007.
  • Dr. Arthur J. Ehlmann Scholarship for Research Excellence & Travel Award at the Student Research Symposium, College of Science & Engineering, TCU, 2007.

"I chose the Texas A&M MD/PhD Program because the program here is robust with an emphasis on both the clinical and research component. We get to work with faculty one on one and also train with residents at Baylor Scott & White Hospital."

"At this time, my research project is Molecular pathways in Mycobacterium tuberculosis / I like infectious diseases."

Entry Year: 2000
Graduation Year: 2007
Currently: Spine Surgery Fellow, Univ. of California, San Francisco
Email Address: eqamirani@gmail.com
Undergraduate: McMurry University, B.S. Biology
Laboratory: Dr. Lih Kuo, Systems Biology and Translational Medicine
Dissertation: "C-reactive protein impairs coronary microvascular function"
Residency: Orthopedic Surgery, University of Toronto

Entry Year: 2010
Currently:M4
Email Address: cherry@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergra duate: Texas A&M University, B.S. Chemical Engineering
Laboratory: Dr. Raquel Sitcheran- TAMHSC Department of Molecular & Cellular Medicine
Research Interests: Cancer Biology, Clinical Trials, Personalized Medicine

Abstracts and Presentations

  • Cherry, E., K. Bayless. Effects of Simvastatin and Fluvastatin on Endothelial Invasion in Three-Dimensional Collagen Matrices. AIChE Nationals Meeting. Philadelphia, PA. 2008.
  • Cherry, E., S. Maxwell, and K. Bayless. A Three-Dimensional Model to Study Drug-Resistant Lymphoma Invasion. 7th Annual Texas A&M University System Pathways Student Research Symposium. Laredo, TX. 2009.
  • Cherry, E., S. Maxwell, J. Sacchettini, K. Bayless. Drug Resistance and Invasion in Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma Are Mediated by Akt, 14-3-3ζ, and Vimentin. American Association for Cancer Research 102nd Annual Meeting. Orlando, FA. 2011.
  • Cherry, E., D. Lee, J. Jung, R. Sitcheran. Non-canonical NF-κB Signaling Drives Glioma Invasion and Pathogenesis. 19th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium, College Station, TX. 2014.
  • Cherry, E., D. Lee, J. Jung, R Sitcheran. Role of Non-Canonical NF-κB Signaling in Glioma Invasion and Pathogenesis. 29th National MD/PhD Student Conference, Keystone, CO. 2014.
  • Cherry, E., Sitcheran R. Noncanonical NF-kB signaling in glioma is activated by TWEAK and promotes invasion. Dissertation Defense, Department of Molecular & Cellular Medicine. College Station, TX. 2015.

Publications

  • Maxwell, S.A., Cherry, E.M., Bayless, K.J. Akt, 14-3-3ζ, and vimentin mediate a drug-resistant invasive phenotype in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. Leuk Lymphoma. 52(5):849-864, 2011
  • Cherry, E., Lee D., Jung J., Sitcheran R. Tumor necrosis factor-like weak inducer of apoptosis (TWEAK) promotes glioma cell invasion through induction of NF-kappaB-inducing kinase (NIK) and noncanonical NF-kappaB signaling. Mol Cancer. 14(1): 9, 2015

Awards

  • 2nd Place Poster, 2008 Summer Undergraduate Research Program, Texas A&M Health Science Center.
  • 1st Place Undergraduate Engineering Poster, 7th Annual Texas A&M University System Pathways Student Research Symposium.
  • 1st place Overall Undergraduate Research Poster, 7th Annual Texas A&M University System Pathways Student Research Symposium.
  • 2nd Place, Junior Graduate Student Poster Competition, 19th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium, Texas A&M Health Science Center
  • Honors Undergraduate Research Fellow 2010.
  • Undergraduate Research Scholar 2009.

"I chose the Texas A&M MD/PhD program because it combines excellence in clinical medicine and basic science education with passionate teachers, mentors, and colleagues. That's the Aggie experience."

"At this time, my research project is in signaling mechanisms of glioblatoma invasion. I am interested in this area because cancer invasion and metastasis is a major therapeutic challenge in eliminating cancer from the body."

Entry Year: 2007
Currently: M4
Email Address: gwroddy@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: Texas A&M University, B.S. Biomedical Science
Laboratory: Dr. Darwin Prockop, MD, PhD
Research Interests: Therapeutic applications adult stem/progenitor cells (mesenchymal stem cells; MSCs)
Dissertation: "Adult stem/progenitor cells and their secreted proteins for the treatment of ocular disease"

Abstracts and Presentations

  • Roddy GW, LaVail MM, Oh JY, Matthes MT, Yasumura D, Rosa RH, Prockop DJ. Intravitreal administration of adult stem/progenitor cells and their secreted proteins delays retinal degeneration by decreasing apoptosis in two rat models. Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Fort Lauderdale, FL, May 2011
  • Oh JY, Roddy GW, Choi HS, Lee RH, Rosa RH, Prockop DJ. Cornea as a model system for inflammatory responses to sterile injury. Small heat shock protein (HSPB4) synthesized by keratocytes triggers the major wave of neutrophil infiltration by activating macrophages. Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Fort Lauderdale, FL, May 2011
  • Roddy, G.W., J.Y. Oh, H.S. Choi, R.H. Lee, U. Krause, R.H. Rosa, and D.J. Prockop. Adult stem/progenitor cells (MSCs) and their secreted proteins reduce inflammation in the cornea following chemical injury. Abstract accepted for the National MD/PhD Student Conference, Keystone CO. July 2010.
  • Oh J.Y., G.W. Roddy, R.H. Lee, K. Claypool, and D.J. Prockop. The anti-inflammatory and the anti-apoptotic proteins from adult stem/progenitor cells (MSCs) protect corneal epithelial progenitors from injury by preventing apoptosis and suppressing inflammation. International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR). San Francisco, CA. June 2010.
  • Rosa, R.H., G.W. Roddy , U. Krause, and D.J. Prockop. Feasibility Study on Intravitreal and Subretinal Delivery of Adult Stem/Progenitor Cells (MSCs) for Retinal Repair. The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). Fort Lauderdale, FL. May 2010.
  • Oh J.Y., G.W. Roddy, H.S. Choi, R.H. Lee, K. Claypool, and D.J. Prockop. Adult stem/progenitor cell-derived factors protect corneal epithelial progenitors by promoting proliferation and preventing apoptosis. The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). Fort Lauderdale, FL. May 2010.
  • Roddy, G.W, J.Y. Oh, H.S. Choi, R.H. Lee, U. Krause, R.H. Rosa, and D.J. Prockop. The anti-inflammatory protein TSG-6, produced by activated adult stem/progenitor cells (MSCs), reduces inflammation in the cornea following chemical injury. GSBS Student Research Symposium, College Station TX. April 2010.
  • Roddy, G.W. and A.C. Lekven. What the Zebrafish has to Tell us About Wnt6. The Fourth Biennial Texas and Southern Plains Zebrafish Conference, College Station, TX. June 2007.
  • Roddy, G.W. and K.J. Bayless. Abnormal Enzymatic Turnover of TIMP-3 in Sorsby’s Fundus Dystrophy and Macular Degeneration. Texas A&M University Student Research Week, College Station, TX. March 2007.
  • Shivapurkar, N., V. Stastny, G.W. Roddy, H.F. Liu, J.D. Minna, and A.F. Gazdar. Development of quantitative PCR assays for methylation of novel tumor suppressor genes and their application as a biomarker assay for multiple types of cancers. American Association of Cancer Research (AACR), Las Angeles, California. April 200
  • Roddy, G.W., K.K. Svoboda, R. West, M. Roberts, S. Senkayi, and E.K. Harrington. Proliferation Protein Ki-67 is Increased in PTH Exposed Primary Cartilage. American Academy of Dental Research (AADR), Orlando, Florida. April 2006
  • R. West, E.K. Harrington, G.W. Roddy, M. Patel, and K.K. Svoboda. Activation of the PTH/PTHrP Receptor Increases Cyclin-D1 mRNA Levels. American Academy of Dental Research (AADR), Orlando, Florida. April 2006.

Publications

  • Oh JY, Lee RH, Yu JM, Ko JH, Lee HJ, Ko AY, Roddy GW, Prockop DJ. Intravenous Mesenchymal Stem Cells Prevented Rejection of Allogeneic Corneal Transplants by Aborting the Early Inflammatory Response. Mol Ther. 2012 Aug 28. doi: 10.1038/mt.2012.165. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Oh JY, Choi H, Lee RH, Roddy GW, Ylöstalo JH, Wawrousek E, Prockop DJ. Identification of the HSPB4/TLR2/NF-κB axis in macrophage as a therapeutic target for sterile inflammation of the cornea. EMBO Mol Med. 2012 Feb 22. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 22359280.
  • Roddy GW, Rosa RH, Oh JY, Ylostalo JH, Bartosh TJ, Choi H, Lee RH, Yasumura D, Ahern K, Nielsen G, Matthes MT, Lavail MM, Prockop DJ. Stanniocalcin-1 rescued photoreceptor degeneration in two rat models of inherited retinal degeneration. Mol Ther. 2012 Jan 31. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 22294148.
  • Roddy GW, Oh JY, Lee RH, Bartosh TJ, Ylöstalo J, Coble K, Rosa RH, Prockop DJ. Action at a distance: systemically administered adult stem/progenitor cells (MSCs) reduce inflammatory damage to the cornea without engraftment and primarily by secretion of TNF-α stimulated gene/protein 6. Stem Cells. 2011 Oct;29(10):1572-9. PMID: 21837654.
  • Oh JY, Roddy GW, Choi H, Lee RH, Ylöstalo JH, Rosa RH, Prockop DJ. Anti-inflammatory protein TSG-6 reduces inflammatory damage to the cornea following chemical and mechanical injury. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2010 Sep 28;107(39):16875-80. Epub 2010 Sep 13. PMID: 20837529.
  • Harrington EK, Roddy GW, West R, Svoboda KK. Parathyroid hormone/parathyroid hormone-related peptide modulates growth of avian sternal cartilage via chondrocytic proliferation. Anat Rec (Hoboken). 2007 Feb;290(2):155-67. PMID: 17441208.

Awards

  • 2012 Texas A&M Health Science Center, President’s Scholarship Nominee
  • 2011 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Foundation for Eye Research/Retina Research Foundation/Joseph M. and Eula C. Lawrence Travel Grant Recipient
  • 2010 First Place, Oral Presentation, Texas A&M HSC Student Research Symposium, College Station, TX

Entry Year: 1996
Graduation Year: 2005
Currently: Pathology, National Cancer Institute
Email Address: milesgeo@mail.nih.gov
Undergraduate: Southwestern University
Laboratory: Dr. Hagan Bayley, Medical Biochemistry and Genetics
Dissertation: "On the structure and assembly of Staphylococcal leukocidin: A study of molecular architecture of beta-barrel pore-forming toxins"
Fellowship: Rabson Fellow, National Cancer Institute
Residency: Anatomic Pathology, National Institutes of Health

Entr y Year: 1999
Graduation Year: 2007
Currently:
Infectious Disease Fellow, University of Texas HSC- San Antonio
Email Address: BriggsH@uthscsa.edu
Undergraduate: Texas A&M University, B.S. Biomedical Sciences
Laboratory: Dr. James Samuel, Microbiology and Molecular Pathogenesis
Dissertation: "The role of iron in Coxiella burnetii pathogenesis"

Entry Year: 2003
Graduation Year: 2010
Currently: Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, University of California at Davis Medical Center
Email Address: jelittlejohn@ucdavis.edu
Undergraduate: University of California at Berkeley, B.A. Molecular and Cellular Biology
Laboratory: Dr. Roy Smythe, Department of Surgery
Dissertation: "BCL-XL Mediated Pathways of Programmed Cell Death in Colon AdenoCarcinoma"

Entry Year: 1999
Graduation Year: 2007
Currently: Senior Advisor, Ministry of Public Health. Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Email Address: jaletho@gmail.com
Undergraduate: University of Kansas, B.S. Genetics
Laboratory: Dr. William Griffith, Neurosciences and Experimental Therapeutics
Dissertation: "Electrophysiological and Molecular Properties of Calcium Channels within Basal Forebrain Neurons of Cav2.1 Mutant Tottering and Leaner Mice"
Residency: Psychiatry, University of Kansas Medical Center, Wichita, KS

Entry Year: 1999
Graduation Year: 2007
Currently: Hematology Oncology Fellowship, Mayo Graduate School of Medical Education
Email Address: neiger.jessemy@mayo.edu
Undergraduate: South Dakota State University, B.S. Microbiology
Laboratory: Dr. Emily Wilson, Systems Biology and Translational Medicine
Dissertation: "Temporal and Spatial Aspects of Remodeling in an Aortic Coarctation Model of Hypertension in Mini-Swine"
Residency: Internal Medicine, Mayo Graduate School of Education

Entry Year: 2011
Currently: M4
Email Address: turtle@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: Texas A&M University, Bachelor of Science, mechanical engineering
Laboratory: Dr. Grau
Research Interests: Neural Plasticity

Abstracts and Presentations

  • M Brumley*, M Strain, D Lehtonen, A Kozicz, L Murphy, J Reynolds, J Turtle, J Grau. Right on time: Fixed-space shock may engage a spinal oscillatory mechanism, Texas A&M Institute for Neuroscience 7th Annual Symposium (2015).
  • D Lehtonen*, M Strain, B Pesek, C Strump, J Turtle, J Grau. Hitting your stride: Regular stimulation promotes stepping after spinal injury, Texas A&M Institute for Neuroscience 7th Annual Symposium (2015).
  • J Turtle*, K Huang, M Strain, S Garraway, J Grau. Nociceptive stimulation induces caspase 1 activation following spinal cord injury, Mission Connect 2014 Annual Scientific Symposium (2014). *Spinal Cord Injury Second Place Student Poster
  • M Strain*, B Pesek, M Brumley, D Lehtonen, A Kozicz, L Murphy, J Reynolds, Y Huang, C Stump, J Turtle, K Lee, J Grau. Evidence exposure to fixed space shock engages a spinal oscillator. Mission Connect 2014 Annual Scientific Symposium (2014). *Spinal Cord Injury Best Overall Poster
  • J Turtle*, K Huang, M Strain, S Garraway, J Grau. Nociceptive stimulation induces caspase 1 activation following spinal cord injury, Texas A&M University Society for Neuroscience Annual Symposium (2014). *Best Junior Graduate Student Poster
  • J Turtle, L Murphy*, M Strain, K Hoy, D Magnuson, J Grau. Adaptive plasticity at the neuromuscular junction (NMJ), Texas A&M University Society for Neuroscience Annual Symposium (2014). *Best Undergraduate Student Poster
  • J Grau, M Strain*, Y Huang, J Turtle, K Lee, A Kozicz, B Pesek, S Garraway. Peripheral inflammation disrupts locomotor recovery after spinal contusion injury, Texas A&M University Society for Neuroscience Annual Symposium (2014). *Third Place Junior Graduate Student Poster
  • J Turtle*, L Murphy, M Strain, K Hoy, D Magnuson, J Grau. Adaptive Adaptive plasticity at the neuromuscular junction (NMJ), 44th Annual Meeting of Society for Neuroscience. Washington, D.C. (2014).
  • J Grau, M Strain*, Y Huang, J Turtle, K Lee, A Kozicz, B Pesek, S Garraway. Peripheral inflammation disrupts locomotor recovery after spinal contusion injury, 44th Annual Meeting of Society for Neuroscience. Washington, D.C. (2014).
  • D Dubois*, D Murchison, A Fincher, S Bake, J Turtle, W Griffith. Rapid inhibition of voltage-gated sodium channels by estrogen receptor agonists in basal forebrain neurons in young and reproductively senescent female F344 rats, 44th Annual Meeting of Society for Neuroscience. Washington, D.C. (2014).
  • J Turtle*, M Strain, K Hoy, D Magnuson and J Grau. Electromyographic recording of the tibialis anterior during spinally-mediated instrumental learning, 19th Annual GSO Research Symposium. Bryan, TX (2014). *Third Place Junior Graduate Student Poster
  • J Turtle*, M Strain, K Hoy, D Magnuson and J Grau. Electromyographic recording of the tibialis anterior during spinally-mediated instrumental learning, 6th Annual Neuroscience Symposium. College Station, TX (2014).
  • M Strain*, J Turtle, K Lee, C Stump, B Pesek, A Niemerski, J Grau. Treatment with 5HT and NMDA induces stepping in spinally transected adult rats while maintaining spinal cord plasticity, 6th Annual Neuroscience Symposium. College Station, TX (2014). *Best Graduate Student Poster
  • J Turtle*, M Strain, K Hoy, D Magnuson and J Grau. Electromyographic recording of the tibialis anterior during spinally-mediated instrumental learning, Society for Neuroscience Chapter Meeting. College Station, TX (2014).
  • M Strain*, J Turtle, K Lee, C Stump, B Pesek, A Niemerski, J Grau. Treatment with 5HT and NMDA induces stepping in spinally transected adult rats while maintaining spinal cord plasticity, Society for Neuroscience Chapter Meeting. College Station, TX (2014).
  • J Turtle*, M Strain, K Hoy, D Magnuson and J Grau. Electromyographic recording of the tibialis anterior during spinally-mediated instrumental learning, Mission Connect Annual Scientific Symposium. Houston, TX (2013).
  • M Strain*, J Turtle, K Lee, C Stump, B Pesek, A Niemerski, J Grau. Treatment with 5HT and NMDA induces stepping in spinally transected adult rats while maintaining spinal cord plasticity, Mission Connect Annual Scientific Symposium. Houston, TX (2013).
  • J Hartman, K Hoy, M Harlow, J Turtle*, J Grau. Adaptive learning in spinally transected rats: Evidence that training affects acetylcholine receptor density at the neuromuscular junction in vivo, 43rd Annual Meeting of Society for Neuroscience. San Diego, CA (2013).
  • D DuBois*, D Murchison, A Fincher, B Aswin, K Peebles, J Turtle, W Griffith. Rapid inhibition of voltage-dependent calcium and sodium currents by estrogen receptor agonists in rat basal forebrain cholinergic neurons, 42nd Annual Meeting of Society for Neuroscience. New Orleans, LA (2012).
  • E Ten*, J Turtle, L Jiang, M Wolcott. Fabrication of cellulose nanowhiskers (CNW) reinforced poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV) fibers by wet spinning, 244th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Philadelphia, PA (2012).
  • J Turtle*, S Garraway, J Huie, K Lee, M Hook, S Woller, J Grau. Uncontrollable tail-shock decreases BDNF-TrkB signaling in the dorsal spinal cord of adult contused rats. TAMU Chapter Society for Neuroscience Poster Session. College Station, TX (2010).
  • J Turtle*, S Garraway, J Huie, K Lee, M Hook, S Woller, J Grau. Uncontrollable tail-shock decreases BDNF-TrkB signaling in the dorsal spinal cord of adult contused rats. 40th Annual Meeting of Society for Neuroscience. San Diego, CA (2010).
  • S Garraway*, J Huie, K Lee, J Turtle, M Hook, S Woller, A Ferguson, M Beattie, J Bresnahan, J Grau. Noxious tail-shock following contusion spinal cord injury increases the expression of TNF alpha in the spinal cord dorsal horn. 40th Annual Meeting of Society for Neuroscience. San Diego, CA (2010).
  • J Turtle*, S Garraway, J Huie, S Woller, M. Hook, J Grau. Uncontrollable tail-shock decreases the expression of tyrosine kinase receptor B (TrkB) and interleukin 1 beta (IL-1β) in the dorsal spinal cord of adult contused rats. 2nd Annual Faculty of Neuroscience Symposium. College Station, TX (2010).
  • J Turtle*, E Ten, L Jiang, M Wolcott. Fabrication of PHBV-CNW nanocomposite fibers by wet-spinning. National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates – Characterization of Advanced Materials. Pullman, WA (2009).
  • J Turtle*, E Ten, L Jiang, M Wolcott. Measuring mechanical properties of thin polymer films. National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates – Characterization of Advanced Materials. Pullman, WA (2008).
  • J Turtle*, K Huang, M Strain, S Garraway, J Grau. Nociceptive stimulation induces caspase 1 activation following spinal cord injury, Texas A&M Institute for Neuroscience 7th Annual Symposium (2015).
  • J Turtle*, K Huang, M Strain, S Garraway, J Grau. Nociceptive stimulation induces caspase 1 activation following spinal cord injury, Mission Connect 2014 Annual Scientific Symposium (2014).
  • J Turtle*, K Huang, M Strain, S Garraway, J Grau. Pain in the injured spinal cord, Texas A&M Health Science Center MD/PhD Program Annual Retreat (2014).
  • J Turtle*, D DuBois, W Griffith. Rapid actions of estrogens to modulate voltage-gated sodium channels in rat basal forebrain, Texas A&M Health Science Center MD/PhD Program Annual Retreat (2012).
  • J Turtle*, J Grau. Variable, but not fixed, spaced stimulation undermines spinally-mediated instrumental learning, Texas A&M Health Science Center MD/PhD Program Annual Retreat (2011).

Publications

  • • J Grau, J Huie, K Lee, K Hoy, Y Huang, J Turtle, M Strain, K Baumbauer, R Miranda, M Hook, A Ferguson, and S Garraway. Metaplasticity and Behavior: How Training and Inflammation Affect Plastic Potential within the Spinal Cord and Recovery after Injury, Frontiers in Neural Circuits, 8, (2014). Garraway, S.M.,
  • J.D. Turtle, J.R. Huie, K.H. Lee, M.A. Hook, S.A. Woller, and J.W. Grau. “Intermittent Noxious Stimulation Following Spinal Cord Contusion Injury Impairs Locomotor Recovery and Reduces Spinal Brain-derived Neurotrophic Factor–tropomyosin-receptor Kinase Signaling in Adult Rats.” Neuroscience 199, no. 0 (December 29, 2011): 86–102.
  • Ten, E., J. Turtle, D. Bahr, L. Jiang, and M. Wolcott. Thermal and mechanical properties of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate)/cellulose nanowhiskers composites. Polymer. 51:2652-60, 2010.
  • K Lee, J Turtle, Y-J Huang, M Strain, K Baumbauer, J Grau. Learning about time within the spinal cord: Evidence that spinal neurons can abstract and store an index of regularity, Frontiers Behavioral Neuroscience, 9, (2015).

Awards

  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship in Mathematics, Science and Engineering
  • Craig C. Brown Outstanding Senior Engineer, Texas A&M University
  • Caddess Award in Materials Science, Texas A&M University
  • Thomas S. Gathright Academic Excellence Award, Texas A&M University
  • University Scholar, Texas A&M University

"I chose the Texas A&M MD/PhD program because I appreciated the diverse research opportunities available at Texas A&M University, the cooperative culture of the student body, and the medical training opportunities available through our numerous affiliations."

"At this time, my research project examines the impact of nociceptive stimulation after spinal cord injury. I am interested in this area because spinal cord injury represents an unsolved challenge in the field of neuroscience and treatments that improve outcomes following spinal cord injury would greatly improve the lives of patients faced with this devastating condition."

Entry Year: 2006
Currently: M4
Email Address: jcreneau@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: University of Dallas, BS, Biochemistry
Laboratory: Darwin Prockop, M.D., Ph.D.
Research Interests: Bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells and cancer
Dissertation: "Activated hMSCs for the Treatment of Metastatic Breast Cancer"

Abstracts and Presentations

  • Yoon, Nara, Reneau, John, Daniel Kota, Lindsey L Wiggins, Darwin J Prockop and Ryang Hwa Lee. Human Multipotent Mesenchymal Stromal Cells Activated with TNF-α Express TRAIL Induce Cell Death in MDA-MB-231 Breast Cancer Cells in vitro and in vivo. Keystone Symposia: Stem Cells, Cancer and Metastasis, Keystone, CO. 2011.
  • Yoon, Nara, Reneau, John, Daniel Kota, Lindsey L Wiggins, Darwin J Prockop and Ryang Hwa Lee. Human Multipotent Mesenchymal Stromal Cells Activated with TNF-α Express TRAIL Induce Cell Death in MDA-MB-231 Breast Cancer Cells in vitro and in vivo. CPRIT Innovations in Cancer Prevention and Research Conference, Austin, TX. 2010.
  • Reneau, John, Yoon, Nara, Prockop, Darwin and Lee, Ryang Hwa. Human Multipotent Mesenchymal Stromal Cells Activated with TNF-α Express TRAIL Induce Cell Death in MDA-MB-231 Breast Cancer Cells in vitro. Texas A&M HSC Research Symposium, College Station, TX. 2010.
  • Reneau, J.C., N. Yoon, D. Prockop, and R. Lee. Mesenchymal Stem Cells Activated with TNF-α Exress TRAIL and Induce Cell Death in MDA-MB-231 Breast Cancer Cells in vitro. Medical Scientist Training Program Annual MD/PHD Student Conference. Keystone, CO. 2010.

 

Publications

  • Lal, H., S.K. Verma , D.M. Foster, M. Smith, H.B. Golden, J. Reneau, L.E. Watson, H. Singh, D.E. Dostal. "Integrins and proximal signaling mechanisms in cariovascular disease." Front Biosci 14:2307-2334, 2009.
  • Foster, D.M., S.K. Verma, H. Lal, J.C. Reneau, M. Smith, and D.E. Dostal. "The sodium pump: bridging the basic and clinical cardiovascular sciences." Recent Patents on Endocrine, Metabolic, and Immune Drug Discovery 1:224-246, 2007.

Awards

  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society
  • Family Medicine Community Service Leadership Award, 2008
  • President's Scholarship Recipient, 2011

Entry Year: 2005
Graduated: May 2015
Undergraduate: Prairie View A&M University, B.S., Biology
Research Interests:
Spinal Cord Regeneration and Neurodevelopment
Laboratory: Rajesh Miranda, Department of Neurosciences and Experimental Therapeutics
Dissertation: "Ethanol's Effect on Stem Cell Subpopulations and the Implications for Cortical Patterning and Development in Fetal Alcohol Syndrome"

Pursuing a post-doctoral position at regional institutions of higher education

Abstracts and Presentations

  • Tingling, J, Christophi, G and Scarisbrick, I. "Potential Range of Action of the Kallikrein Gene Family in Demyelinating Disease." 9th Biennial Symposium on Minorities, the Medically Underserved and Cancer. Washington D.C. 2004.
  • Tingling, J, Christophi, G and Scarisbrick, I. "Potential Range of Action of the Kallikrein Gene Family in Demyelinating Disease." 18th Annual UTMB Undergraduate Research Symposium in Galveston, Texas. 2004.

Publications

  • Santillano, D, Kumar, R, Prock, LS, Camarillo, TL, Tingling, J and Miranda, RC. "Ethanol induces cell-cycle activity and reduces stem cell diversity to alter both regenerative capacity and differentiation potential of cerebral cortical neuroepithelial precursors." BMC Neurosci. 6: 59, 2005.
  • Maheshwari M, Roberts JK, Desutter B, Duong KT, Tingling J, Fawver JN, Schall HE, Kahle M, Murray IV. "Hydralazine modifies Aβ fibril formation and prevents modification by lipids in vitro." Biochemistry. 2010 Dec 14;49(49):10371-80.
  • Bake S, Tingling JD, Miranda RC. "Ethanol exposure during pregnancy persistently attenuates cranially directed blood flow in the developing fetus: evidence from ultrasound imaging in a murine second trimester equivalent model." Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2012 May;36(5):748-58.

Awards

  • Minority Access to Research Careers, Award Presented at 9th Biennial Symposium on Minorities, the Medically Underserved and Cancer, Washington DC 2004.

Entry Year: 2010
Currently:M4
Email Address: doersch@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: Carnegie Mellon University
Laboratory: Dr. M. Karen Newell-Rogers
Research Interests: Immunology, Wound Healing, Nutrition, Translational Medicine, Mechanical Circulatory Support, Heart Failure

Abstracts and Presentations

  • Doersch KM, El Mekresh A, Machen GL, Hart KD, El Tayeb MM. Utilization of Pressurized vs Non-Pressurized Irrigation During Ureteroscopy in the Absence of Ureteral Access Sheath: Comparative Retrospective Study. AUA South Central Section Naples, FL; Oct 2017.
  • Doersch KM, El Mekresh A, Machen GL, Hart KD, El Tayeb MM. Utilization of Pressurized vs Non-Pressurized Irrigation During Ureteroscopy in the Absence of Ureteral Access Sheath: Comparative Retrospective Study. AUA, Boston, MA; 14 May 2017.
  • Doersch KM, Sareyyupoglu B, Tong CW. Impella 5.0 through an Axillary Access Is a Promising Approach to Improve Outcomes in Refractory Cardiogenic Shock Patients to Receive Long-term Mechanical Circulatory Assistance. ISHLT, San Diego, CA; 11 Apr 2014.
  • Doersch, KM and Newell-Rogers MK. A Role for Interleukin-2 Signaling in Impaired Wound Healing in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. The American Physician Scientists Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. 22 Apr 2017.
  • Doersch, KM and Newell-Rogers MK. Characterization of Cutaneous Expression of Interleukin-2 in Lupus-Model Mice. Pathobiology for Investigators, Students and Academicians. Houston, TX. 20 Oct 2016.
  • Doersch KM and Newell-Rogers MK. Prevention of Fibrosis Delays Healing in a Mouse Model of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. American Physician Scientists Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. 16 Apr 2016.
  • Doersch KM and Newell-Rogers MK. Wound Healing in a Model of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus may be Delayed by a Lack of Interleukin-2. Experimental Biology, San Diego, CA. 4 Apr 2016.
  • Doersch KM, Tobin RP, Newell-Rogers MK. Exploration of Quercetin as a Novel Therapy to Improve Wound Healing. American Physician Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. 25 Apr 2015.
  • Doersch KM, Tobin RP, Newell-Rogers MK. Quercetin as a Novel Approach for Cardiac Fibrosis. American Medical Association Medical Student Research Symposium, Dallas, TX. 7 Nov 2014.
  • Doersch KM, Tobin RP, Newell-Rogers MK. Quercetin as a Novel Approach for Cardiac Fibrosis. Poster presentation. American Physician Science Association South Regional Meeting, Houston, TX. 1 Nov 2014.
  • Doersch K, Chatterjee P, Allen S, Kopriva S, Chiasson V, Mitchell B. Excessive Placental Toll-Like Receptor 7/8 Signaling Contributes to Human and Experimental Preeclampsia. Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Dallas, TX. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 11 Feb 2012.
  • Elmekresh A, Villarreal V, Farewell J, Doersch KM, El Tayeb MM. Predictors of Post-Operative Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate (HoLEP). American Urological Association, Boston, MA. 13 May 2017.
  • Navetta AF, Doersch KM, El Tayeb MM. Bladder Clot Evacuation Using a Prostate Morcellation Device. World Congress of Endourology. Cape Town, South Africa. Nov 2016.
  • Cromer WE, Doersch KM, Zawieja S, Stagg H, Hunter F, Tharakhan B, Childs E, Zawieja D. Burn Injury Increases MHCII+ Immune Cell Association with the Lymphatic Vessels of the Mesentery and Increases Lymphatic Endothelial Permeability. Galveston, TX. Gordon Research Conference. 19 Mar 2016.
  • Allen S, Chaterjee P, Doersch K, Chiasson V, Narayanan A, Kopriva S, Mitchell B. The Role of Single-Stranded RNA in the Development of Preeclampsia. SMFM, Dallas, TX, 11 Feb 2012.
  • Doersch KM and Newell-Rogers MK. Prevention of fibrosis delays healing in a mouse model of systemic lupus erythematosus. American Physician Scientists Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. 16 Apr 2016.
  • Doersch KM and Newell-Rogers MK. Wound healing in a model of systemic lupus erythematosus may be delayed by a lack of interleukin-2. Experimental Biology, San Diego, CA. 4 Apr 2016.
  • Karen Doersch, Piyali Chatterjee, Samantha Allen, Shelley Kopriva, Valorie Chiasson, Brett Mitchell. SMFM, Feb 2012, Dallas, TX. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 206, 1 Jan 2012.
  • Doersch K. M., R. P. Tobin, M. K. Newell-Rogers. Exploration of Quercetin as a Novel Therapy to Improve Wound Healing. American Physician Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. 25 Apr 2015.
  • Doersch K. M., B. Sareyyupoglu, C. W. Tong. Impella 5.0 through an Axillary Access Is a Promising Approach to Improve Outcomes in Refractory Cardiogenic Shock Patients to Receive Long-term Mechanical Circulatory Assistance. International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation. San Diego, CA. 2014.
  • Doersch K. M., R. P. Tobin, M. K. Newell-Rogers. Quercetin as a novel approach for cardiac fibrosis. American Medical Association Medical Student Research Symposium, Dallas, TX. 2014.
  • Doersch K. M., R. P. Tobin, M. K. Newell-Rogers. Quercetin as a novel approach for cardiac fibrosis. Poster presentation. American Physician Science Association South Regional Meeting, Houston, TX. 2014.
  • Allen, S., P. Chaterjee, K. Doersch, V. Chiasson, A. Narayanan, S. Kopriva, B. Mitchell. The role of single-stranded RNA in the development of preeclampsia. Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Dallas, TX. 2012.

Publications

  • Doersch KM, Newell-Rogers KM. Impact of Quercetin on Wound Healing Relates to Changes in αV and β1 Integrin Expression. Accepted in Experimental Biology and Medicine, May 2017.
  • Doersch KM, Navetta AF, Bird ET, El Tayeb MM. (2016) Bladder Clot Evacuation Using a Prostate Morcellator Device. CUAJ. Accepted November 2016.
  • Doersch KM, DelloStritto DJ, Newell-Rogers MK. (2016) The Contribution of Interleukin-2 to Effective Wound Healing. Experimental Biology and Medicine. 242(4): 384-396.
  • Doersch KM*, Moses KA, Zimmer WE*. (2016) Synergistic Immunologic Targets for the Treatment of Prostate Cancer. Experimental Biology and Medicine. 241(17): 1900-1910.
  • Doersch KM, Tong CW, Gongora E, Konda S, Sareyyupoglu B. (2015) Temporary Left Ventricular Assist Device through an Axillary Access is a Promising Approach to Improve Outcomes in Refractory Cardiogenic Shock Patients. ASAIO. 61(3): 253-258.
  • Doersch KM, Sareyyupoglu B. (2015) Mini Right Thoracotomy as an Approach to Aortic Valve Closure in an Assist Device Patient. ASAIO. 61(1): 96-7.
  • Chatterjee P*, Weaver LE*, Doersch KM*, Kopriva SE, Chiasson VL, et al. (2012) Placental Toll-Like Receptor 3 and Toll-Like Receptor 7/8 Activation Contributes to Preeclampsia in Humans and Mice. PLoS ONE 7(7): e41884.
  • Kathrins M, Doersch K, Nimeh T, Canto A, Neiderberger C. (2016) The Relationship Between Testosterone Replacement Therapy and Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms: A Systematic Review. Urology. 88: 22-32.
  • Tong CW, Nair NA, Doersch KM*, Liu Y*, Rosas PC*. (2014) Cardiac Myosin Binding Protein-C is a Critical Mediator of Diastolic Function. Pflugers Archiv. 466(3): 451-7. / * indicates equal contribution to the work.
  • Chatterjee P, Weaver LE, Doersch KM, Kopriva SE, Chiasson VL, et al. (2012) Placental Toll-Like Receptor 3 and Toll-Like Receptor 7/8 Activation Contributes to Preeclampsia in Humans and Mice. PLoS ONE 7(7): e41884.
  • Doersch K. M., C. W. Tong, E. Gongora, S. Konda, B. Sareyyupoglu. (2015) Temporary Left Ventricular Assist Device through an Axillary Access is a Promising Approach to Improve Outcomes in Refractory Cardiogenic Shock Patients. ASAIO. 61 (3), 253-258.
  • Doersch K. M., B. Sareyyupoglu. (2015) Mini right thoracotomy as an approach to aortic valve closure in an assist device patient. ASAIO. 61(1), 96-97.
  • Tong C. W., N. A. Nair, K. M. Doersch*, Y. Liu*, P. C. Rosas*. (2014) Cardiac myosin binding protein-C is a critical mediator of diastolic function. Pflugers Arch.466(3), 451-457.
  • Kathrins M, Doersch K, Nimeh T, Canto A, Neiderberger C. The Relationship Between Testosterone Replacement Therapy and Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms: A Systematic Review. Urology.(2016) 88:22-32.

"I chose the Texas A&M MD/PhD program because I want a career that incorporates both clinical medicine and medical research. "

"At this time, my resaerch project is the impairment of wound healing in autoimmune disease. I am interested in this area because of a patient encounter, in which a patient had a wound-related complication caused by autoimmune disease. I was inspired by the opportunity to do research on a topic that would so closely impact my patient population."

Entry Year: 2008
Graduated:May 2015
Undergraduate: Brigham Young University, B.S. in Molecular Biology
Laboratory: Dr. Shannon Glaser
Research Interests: Cell Physiology/Cancer

Residency:Pathology at the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, CA

Abstracts and Presentations

  • Jensen, K.J., T.A.Gaufin, S. Ohmine, M.A. Viskovska, D.P.Tomer, N.J. Buchkovich, S.B. Stringham, L.J. Latino, K.L. O’Neill, F.B. Johnson, and B.K. Murray. Herpes Simplex Virus Type-1 Inactivation Through Ozone-Mediated Peroxidation. Oral Presentation. Regional ASM Meeting, 2005.
  • Jensen, K.J., S.R. Peterson, D.G. Fuja, K. Cox, B.K. Murray and K.L. O’Neill. Anti-Thymidine Kinase 1 Monoclonal Antibody as a Diagnostic Indicator for Squamous Cell Carcinomas. Oral Presentation. ASM Intermountain Conference, 2006.
  • Jensen, K.J., A. Lee, D.G. Fuja, S.R. Peterson, R. Robison, B.K. Murray and K.L. O’Neill. AACR Annual Meeting, 2007.

Publications

  • Jensen, K., and S.R. Peterson. Multiple recurrent atypical fibroxanthomas/superficial malignant fibrous histiocytomas of the forehead excised with Mohs micrographic surgery. Dermatol. Surg. 32(4):588-591, 2006.
  • Peterson, A.J., S.R. Peterson, and Jensen, K., Surgical pearl: The DermaBlade as curette. J. Am. Acad. Dermatol. 54 (3):518-519, 2006.
  • Murray, B.K., S. Ohmine, D.P. Tomer, Jensen, K., F.B. Johnson, J.J.Kirsi, S.A. Robison, and K.L. O’Neill. Virion disruption by reactive oxygen species. Journal of Virol. Methods 153:74-77, 2008.
  • Jensen K., Nizamutdinov D, Guerrier M, Afroze S, Dostal D, Glaser S. General mechanisms of nicotine-induced fibrogenesis. FASEB 2012; Aug 20 [Epub Ahead of Print]
  • Jensen, K., Alpini, G., and Glaser, S. (2012) Hepatic Nervous System and Neurobiology of the Liver. Comprehensive Physiology; In Press
  • Jensen K., Afroze S, Munshi MK, Guerrier M, Glaser SS. Mechanisms for nicotine in the development and progression of gastrointestinal cancers. Translational gastrointestinal cancer 2012;1:81-7.
  • Jensen K., Marzioni M, Munshi K, Afroze S, Alpini G, Glaser S. Autocrine regulation of biliary pathology by activated cholangiocytes. American journal of physiology Gastrointestinal and liver physiology 2012;302:G473-83.
  • Glenister, R., McDaniel, K., Francis, H., Venter, J., Jensen, K., Dusio, G., Glaser, S., Meng, F., and Alpini, G. Therapeutic actions of melatonin on gastrointestinal cancer development and progression. Translational gastrointestinal cancer. 2012;10.3978.

Awards

  • University Scholarship, 2005, 2006 and 2007
  • Brigham Young University Premedical Scholarship, 2007
  • Third Place award for oral presentation. ASM Intermountain Meeting, 2006
  • ORCA research grant, 2007

Entry Year: 2011
Currently: G4
Email Address: ehrlich@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: Cornell University, BcS, Biology
Graduate Degree: Texas A&M, MD/PhD, Medical Sciences
Laboratory: Dr. Glaser (DDRC)
Research Interests: Cell Biology, Biochemistry

Abstracts and presentations

  • Ehrlich, Laurent, Chen, Mo, Schunpf, Udo, Tavagnacco, Letizia, Brady, John. Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Serotonin and Glucose in Aqueous Solution. Hughes Research Program. Cornell University. 2010.
  • Ehrlich L, Alpini G, Glaser, S, Lairmore TC. Secretin/Secretin Receptor Signaling Modulates Menin Expression and Biliary Proliferation Following Cholestatic Injury [Abstract]. Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2015. Washington, DC.
  • Ehrlich L, Alpini G, Glaser S, Lairmore TC. Downregulation of Menin by miR-24 Plays a Key Role in Cholangiocarcinoma Proliferation [Abstract]. 2015 South Regional APSA conference. College Station, TX. 2nd place poster prize.
  • Ehrlich L, Alpini G, Glaser S, Lairmore TC. Treatment of cholestatic mice with menin-MLL inhibitor reduces biliary damage and liver fibrosis [Poster Presentation]. 2017 AASLD conference. Chicago, IL.
  • Ehrlich L, Alpini G, Glaser S, Lairmore TC. Inhibition of miR-24 increases liver fibrosis by enhance menin expression in MDR2-/- mice [Poster Presentation]. 2017 BS&W Academic Reseaerch Operations. Temple, TX.
  • Ehrlich L, Alpini G, Glaser S, Lairmore TC. Inhibition of miR-24 decreases cholangiocarcinoma growth both in vitro and in vivo in athymic mice through enhanced menin expression. [Podium Presentation]. 2016 AASLD conference. Boston, MA.
  • Ehrlich L, Alpini G, Glaser S, Lairmore TC. Downregulation of Menin by miR-24 Plays a Key Role in Cholangiocarcinoma Proliferation. [Poster Presentation]. 2016 Digestive Disease Research Symposium. Temple, TX.
  • Ehrlich L, Alpini G, Glaser S, Lairmore TC. miR125b Negatively Regulates Menin Expression and Protects from Liver Fibrosis [Poster Presentation]. 2016 DDW Conference. San Diego, CA.
  • Ehrlich L, Alpini G, Glaser S, Lairmore TC. Tumor suppressor menin and its regulation by miR-24-1 play a key role in cholangiocarcinoma proliferation. [Abstract]. American Physician Scientist Association (APSA) 2015. Chicago, IL. Poster Presentation.
  • Ehrlich L, Alpini G, Glaser S, Lairmore TC. Secretin/Secretin Receptor Signaling Modulates Menin Expression and Biliary Proliferation Following Cholestatic Injury [Abstract]. Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2015. Washington, DC. Poster Presentation.

Publications

  • Brady J, Tavagnacco L, Ehrlich L, Chen M, Schnupf U, Himmel M, Saboungi ML, Cesaro A. (2012) “Weakly hydrated surfaces and the binding interactions of small biological molecules.” European Biophysics Journal Vol 41 4:367-377.
  • Hall C, Ehrlich L, Meng F, Lairmore TC, Alpini G, Glaser S. Inhibition of microRNA-24 increases liver fibrosis by enhanced menin expression in Mdr2-/- mice. J Surg Res, 2017.
  • Ehrlich L, Hall C, Meng F, Lairmore TC, Alpini G, Glaser S. A Review of the Scaffold Protein Menin and its Role in Hepatobiliary Pathology. Gene Expression 2017.
  • Ehrlich L, Hall C, Venter J, Dostal D, Bernuzzi F, Invernizzi P, Meng F, et al. miR-24 Inhibition Increases Menin Expression and Decreases Cholangiocarcinoma Proliferation. Am J Pathol 2017;187:570-580.
  • Hall C, Ehrlich L, Venter J, O'Brien A, White T, Zhou T, Dang T, et al. Inhibition of the apelin/apelin receptor axis decreases cholangiocarcinoma growth. Cancer Lett 2017;386:179-188.
  • Martinez AK, Jensen K, Hall C, O'Brien A, Ehrlich L, White T, Meng F, et al. Nicotine Promotes Cholangiocarcinoma Growth in Xenograft Mice. Am J Pathol 2017.
  • Han Y, Meng F, Venter J, Wu N, Wan Y, Ehrlich L, Standeford H, Francis H, et al. miR-34a-dependent overexpression of Per1 decreases cholangiocarcinoma growth. J Hepatol 2016;64:1295-1304.

Awards

  • Baylor Scott & White Research Mentorship Award 2015 – present
  • Howard Hughes Research Fellowship 2010

"I chose the Texas A&M MD/PhD Program because it is an excellent opportunity to pursue translational medicine."

"At this time, my research project is focused on the tumor suppressor protein Menin in the setting of cholangiocyte pathophysiology. I am interested in this area because Menin serves as a scaffold protein that remodels chromatin structure and epigenetically regulates gene expression. We are currently using a small molecule inhibitor to explore the role of menin in driving proliferation, fibrosis, and angiogenesis in mouse models of cholestatic disease."

Entry Year: 2003
Currently: M4
Email Address: gardiner@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, BS, Biology
Laboratory: Dr. Alan Parrish
Research Interests: Kidney Disease; Structural Equation Modeling; Wound Repair; & Cardiovascular Physiology and Pathology
Thesis: "Novel Relationships in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Identified by Structural Equation Modeling (SEM)"

Abstracts and Presentations

  • Gardiner, L., Akintola, A., Trzeciakowski, J., Parrish, A. Structural Equation Modeling as a Tool for the Investigation of Chronic Kidney Disease. National MD/PhD Student Conference. Keystone, Colorado 2011.
  • Gardiner, L., Akintola, A. Trzeciakowski, J., Parrish, A. Structural Equation Modeling identifies novel Chronic Kidney Disease biomarker, Kidney Injury Molecule-1, in rat Chronic Kidney Disease Model. Graduate Student Organization Symposium. College Station, Texas 2011.
  • Gardiner, L., Akintola, A. Trzeciakowski, J., Parrish, A. Structural Equation Modeling identifies novel Chronic Kidney Disease biomarker, Kidney Injury Molecule-1, in rat Chronic Kidney Disease Model. American Physician Scientist Association. Chicago, Illinois 2011.
  • Gardiner, L., A. Trache, Z. Sun, M. Guo, S.Y. Yuan, and G.A Meininger. "Demonstration of differences in adhesion to fibronectin after histamine in endothelial cells using the atomic force microscope". Experimental Biology 2003 San Diego, California.

Publications

  • Trache, A., J.P. Trzeciakowski, L. Gardiner, Z. Sun, M. Muthuchamy, M. Guo, S.Y. Yuan, and G.A Meininger. "Histamine effects on endothelial cell fibronectin interaction studied by atomic force microscopy." Biophys. J. 89:2888-2898, 2005.
  • L. Gardiner, A. Akintola, G. Chen, J. Catania, C. Caidya, R. Burghardt, J. Bonventre, J. Trzeciakowski, and A. Parrish. "Structural Equation Modeling Highlights the Potential of Kim-1 as a Biomarker for Chronic Kidney Disease". Am J Nephrol. 35:152-163, 2012

Awards

  • 1st Place Best Poster for Senior Students at Graduate Student Organization Symposium 2011: “Structural Equation Modeling identifies novel Chronic Kidney Disease biomarker, Kidney Injury Molecule-1, in rat Chronic Kidney Disease Model”
  • Recipient of the Presidential Scholarship - Texas A&M Corpus Christi

Entry Year: 1992
Graduation Year: 2001
Currently: Pathologist with Pathology Associates of Tyler
Email: LSchmiege@TylerPathology.com
Undergraduate: Texas A&M University, B.S. Chemical Engineering
Laboratory: Dr. Lih Kuo, Medical Physiology
Dissertation: "Effect of low-density lipoproteins on nitric oxide release, L-arginine uptake and L-arginine metabolism in cultured endothelial cells"
Residency: Anatomic & Clinical Pathology, The American Board of Pathology
Fellowship: Cytopathology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Entry Year: 2006
Currently: M4
Email Address: LBPotts@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: University of Texas at Tyler, B.S., Chemistry
Laboratory: Lih Kuo, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Vascular Biology, Microcirculation, Ophthalmology

Abstracts and Presentations

  • Potts LB, Ren Y, Kuo L, and Hein TW. Endothelium-Independence of ROCK-Mediated Retinal Arteriolar Constriction. 2013 Annual Meeting of Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. Seattle, WA
  • Potts LB, Xu W, Kuo L, and Hein TW. Endothelium Independence of ROCK-Mediated Retinal Arteriolar Constriction to ET-1. 2013 Texas A&M Health Science Center Cardiovascular Research Institute Symposium. Temple, TX
  • Potts LB, Kuo L, Xu W, and Hein TW. Signaling Pathway for Porcine Retinal Arteriolar Constriction to PKC Activation: Roles of L-type Voltage-Operated Calcium Channels, Myosin Light Chain Kinase, and Myosin Light Chain Phosphatase. 2012 Annual Meeting of Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Potts LB, Kuo L, Xu W, and Hein TW. Signaling Pathway for Porcine Retinal Arteriolar Constriction to PKC Activation: Roles of L-type Voltage-Operated Calcium Channels, Myosin Light Chain Kinase, and Myosin Light Chain Phosphatase. 2012 Texas A&M University College of Medicine Student Research Symposium. College Station, TX
  • Potts, L., E. Kuo, G. Lu, Y. Ren, E. Ngo, L. Kuo, and T. Hein. ROCKII Isoform and PKC Mediate Porcine Retinal Arteriolar Constriction to Endothelin-1. 2011 Annual Meeting of Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Potts, L., T. Hein, G. Lu, Y. Ren, E. Ngo, and L. Kuo. Selective Activation of ROCK2 Isoform Contributes to Vasomotor Regulation of Retinal Arterioles. FASEB J. 25:816.6, 2011.
  • Potts, L., W. Xu,, H. Liu, Y. Ren, L. Kuo, and T.Hein. Temporal Development of Retinal Arteriolar Endothelial Dysfunction in Early Stage of Diabetes in Porcine Model. 2010 Texas A&M Health Science Center Research Symposium. College Station, TX
  • Hein, T., L. Potts, Y. Ren, and L. Kuo. Retinal arteriolar endothelial dysfunction in early stage of diabetes in porcine model. FASEB J. 24:592.4, 2010.
  • Potts, L., H. Gray, and T. Shtoyko. The Design and Development of Novel Sensor Materials for Toxic Heavy Metal Detection and Sequestration. 229th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. San Diego, CA. 2005.
  • Potts, L., H. Gray, and B. Taylor. Uranium Diffusion in Responsive Decontaminating Coatings. 231st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. Atlanta, GA. 2006.
  • Potts LB, Ren Y, Lu G, Kuo E, Ngo E, Kuo L, Hein TW. Constriction of retinal arterioles to endothelin-1: requisite role of rho kinase independent of protein kinase C and L-type calcium channels. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2012 May 17;53(6):2904-12.

Publications

  • Hein TW, Ren Y, Potts LB, Yuan Z, Kuo E, Rosa RH Jr, Kuo L. Acute retinal ischemia inhibits endothelium-dependent nitric oxide-mediated dilation of retinal arterioles via enhanced superoxide production. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2012 Jan 3;53(1):30-6.
  • Potts LB, Ren Y, Lu G, Kuo E, Ngo E, Kuo L, Hein TW. Constriction of retinal arterioles to endothelin-1: requisite role of rho kinase independent of protein kinase C and L-type calcium channels. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2012 May 17;53(6):2904-12.

Awards

  • 2011 National Eye Institute Travel Award
  • 2011 Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine Young Investigator Award
  • 2011 Microcirculatory Society Zweifach Student Award
  • Alpha Omega Alpha

Entry Year: 1995
Graduation Year: 2003
Currently: President & CEO, The Washington Endocrine Clinic, Washington D.C.
Email: mwest12@gmail.com
Undergraduate: Baylor University
Laboratory: Dr. Van Wilson, Medical Microbiology & Immunology
Dissertation: "Molecular interactions between the bovine papillomavirus E1 helicase and origin of replication"
Internship & Residency: Department of Medicine, Univ. of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Fellowship: Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, John Hopkins University of Medicine

Entry Year: 2007
Graduated:May 2015
Undergraduate: Texas A&M University, B.S. Genetics and Biomedical Sciences
Laboratory: Dr. Scott Dindot - Veterinary Pathobiology & TAMHSC Molecular and Cellular Medicine
Research Interests: Developmental Biology, Genetics, Genomics, Genetic Diseases

Residency:Pediatrics-Medical Genetics at the University of Texas in Houston, TX

Abstracts and Presentations

  • Hillman P.R., S.G. Black, and S.V. Dindot. “Monoallelic Expression of Ube3a is Restricted to the Central Nervous System.” 38th Annual Meeting of the Texas Genetics Society. Dallas TX. 2011.

Publications

  • Lindner, JR, Hillman, PR, Barrett, AL, Jackson, MC, Perry, TL, Park, Y, Datta, S. “The Drosophila Perlecan gene trol regulates multiple signaling pathways in different developmental contexts.” BMC Dev Biol. 7:121, 2007.

Awards

  • Outstanding Graduate Poster Presentation. 38th Annual Meeting of the Texas Genetics Society. Dallas TX. 2011.
  • Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society 2010

Entry Year: 2007
Graduated: May 2015
Undergraduate: Baylor University; BS Biochemistry; B.S. Biology
Graduate Degree: Biochemistry and Structural Biology Track at IBT
Laboratory: Magnus Hook
Research Interests: Protein-Extracellular Matrix Interactions
Thesis: "Identification and Characterization of Ligands Binding to the Sdr family of Staphylococcus Surface Proteins"

Residency:Internal Medicine in Aurora, CO at the University of Colorado School of Medicine

Abstracts and Presentations

  • MP Francis, V Vazquez, G Vannakambadi, M Höök. “Sequence changes in the isoforms of Staphylococcal MSCRAMMs Bbp/SdrE affect ligand specificity.” eCM XII: Implant Infection; Davos, Switzerland; 2011
  • MP Francis, V Vazquez, G Vannakambadi, M Höök. “Variations within the isoforms of Staphylococcal MSCRAMMs Bbp/SdrE alter fibrinogen affinity.” 26th Annual MD/PhD Student Conference; Keystone, Colorado; 2011

Entry Year: 2009
Currently: M4
Email Address: savjani@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: Massachusetts Institute of Technology-electrical engineering & computer sciences, Bachelor of Science: brain and cognitive sciences, Bachelor of Science
Laboratory: Dr. David Eagleman
Research Interests: Neuroimaging, Superior Colliculus, Human Behavior

Abstracts and Presentations

  • Savjani, R., Vaughn, D., Eagleman, D. Can Free Choices be Predicted. Rush and Helen Record Neuroscience Conference. 2013. Galveston, TX
  • Savjani, R., Cai, M., Fenoy, A., Eagleman, D. A Psychophysics Battery for Recording in Human Basal Ganglia Neurons during Intraoperative Deep Brain Stimulation. Society for Neuroscience. 2012. New Orleans, LA.
  • Savjani, R., Cai, M., Fenoy, A., Eagleman, D. A Psychophysics Battery for Recording in Human Basal Ganglia Neurons during Intraoperative Deep Brain Stimulation. National Institute of Mental Health. 2012. Bethesda, MD.
  • Savjani R., Sanghera, M., Friehs, G., Fox, M., Uecker, A., Laird, A., Fox, P., Robinson, J. Functional and Structural Connectivity Modeling of the Human Putamen. 1st Annual Medical Students’ Sustained Training and Research Experience in Aging and Mental Health (M-Stream). San Diego, CA.
  • Savjani R., Sanghera, M., Friehs, G., Fox, M., Uecker, A., Laird, A., Fox, P., Robinson, J. Functional and Structural Connectivity Modeling of the Human Putamen. National Institutes of Mental Health M-Stream Conference. Bethesda, MD.
  • Savjani RR, Robinson J. Metanalysis of Human Putamen Connectivity. National Institute of Mental Health. 2011. Bethesda, MD. Savjani RR, Cai M, Fenoy A, Eagleman DM. Psychophysics Battery for Recording in Human Basal Ganglia Neurons during Intraoperative Deep Brain Stimulation. Rush and Helen Record Neuroscience Conference. 2012. Galveston, TX.
  • Savjani RR, Cai M, Fenoy A, Eagleman DM. Psychophysics Battery for Recording in Human Basal Ganglia Neurons during Intraoperative Deep Brain Stimulation. National MD/PhD Student Conference. 2012. Keystone, CO.
  • Savjani RR, Vaughn DA, Eagleman DM. Decoding Free Decision Making. Annual Medical Students’ National Institute of Mental Health. 2014. Bethesda, MD.8. Jivani S, Brown D, Savjani RR, Wilde EA, Gale S. Effects of injury severity on white matter tract fractional anisotropy in chronic pediatric traumatic brain injury and the relationship to memory. International Neuropsychological Society. 2014. Seattle, WA.
  • Savjani RR, Cai M, Niakan L, Thompson DG, De la Garza R, Eagleman DM. Modulating Craving States in Cocaine Addiction via Real-time fMRI Feedback. Real-time Functional Imaging and Neurofeedback. 2015. Gainesville, FL.
  • Savjani RR, Cai M, Niakan L, Thompson DG, De la Garza R, Eagleman DM. Modulating Craving States in Cocaine Addiction via Real-time fMRI Feedback. Rush and Helen Record Neuroscience Conference. 2015. Galveston, TX.
  • Savjani RR, Vaughn DA, Eagleman DM. Neural processing of freely chosen motor actions. Organization of Human Brain Mapping. 2015. Honolulu, HI.
  • Ress D, Katyal S, Savjani RR. Mapping the polar-angle representation of eye movements in human superior colliculus. Organization of Human Brain Mapping. 2015. Honolulu, HI.
  • Savjani RR, Ress D. Mapping the polar-angle representation of eye movements in human superior colliculus. Society for Neuroscience Meeting. 2015. Chicago, IL.

Publications

  • Savjani RR*, Taylor BA*, Acion L, Wilde EA, Jorge RE. (2017) Accelerated changes in cortical thickness measurements with age in military service members with traumatic brain injury. Journal of Neurotrauma. PMID: 28657432
  • Lal T, Baldwin PR, Cai M, Savjani RR, Eagleman DM, Ress D, Salas R. (2016). Real time functional MRI training to decrease motion in imaging studies: Lack of significant improvement. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. PMID: 27936900
  • Ormachea P*, Savjani RR*, De La Garza R, Eagleman DM. (2016). How neuroscience can craft effective drug policy. Journal of Science and Law. ( http://www.jscilaw.org/index.php/jscilaw/article/view/22/2)
  • Viswanath H, Velasquez KM, Thompson DG, Savjani RR, Carter AQ, Eagleman DM, Baldwin PR, De La Garza R, Salas R. (2015). Alterations in interhemispheric functional and anatomical connectivity are associated with tobacco smoking in humans. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. PMID: 25805986
  • Viswanath H, Velasquez KM, Savjani RR, Molfese DL, Curtis K, Molfese PJ, Eagleman DM, Baldwin PR, Frueh BC, Fowler JC, Salas R. (2015). Interhemispheric insular and inferior frontal connectivity are associated with substance abuse in a psychiatric population. Neuropharmacology. PMID: 25592214
  • Savjani RR, Velazquez K, Thompson DG, Eagleman DM, De La Garza R, Salas, R. (2014). Characterizing white matter changes in cigarette smokers via diffusion tensor imaging. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. PMID: 25457737
  • Plitt MH*, Savjani RR*, Eagleman DM. (2014). Are corporations people too?: The neural correlates of moral judgments about companies and humans. Social Neuroscience. PMID: 25384262
  • Fowler SW, Chiang ACA, Savjani RR, Larson ME, Sherman M, Schuler DR, Cirrito JR, Lesne S, Jankowsky JL. (2014). Genetic modulation of soluble Aβ rescues cognitive and synaptic impairment in a mouse model of AD. Journal of Neuroscience. PMID: 24899710
  • Born HA, Kim JY, Savjani RR, Das P, Dabaghian Y, Guo Q, Yoo JW, Schuler DR, Cirrito JR, Zheng H, Golde TE, Noebels JL, Jankowsky JL. (2014). Genetic suppression of transgenic APP rescues hypersynchronous network activity in a mouse model of AD. Journal of Neuroscience. PMID: 24623762

Awards

  • Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)- Research Medical Student Grant, 2017
  • Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)- Introduction to Academic Radiology, 2017
  • American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR)- Outstanding Presentation Award 2017
  • Methodist Academy of Postdoctoral and Trainee Association- Top Poster Competition 2017
  • Society for Neuroscience (SfN)- Professional Development Award for Trainees 2016
  • NINDS/AUPN/ANA/CNS- Combining Clinical and Research Careers Awardee 2016
  • Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM)- Merit Abstract Award 2016
  • Texas A&M University Imaging Spotlight Series- 1 st Place Poster Competition 2016
  • VA TBI State of the Art Conference- Invited Student Travel Award 2015
  • Baylor College of Medicine- CIBR Center Seed Grant Recipient 2013 - 2014
  • NIH AFNI Bootcamp- Trainee 2013
  • Society for Neuroscience (SfN)- “Hot Topic” for Neuroscience Presentation Award 2013
  • Brainhack Hackathon- Brainhack Travel Award 2013
  • American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA)- Student Fellowship 2013
  • Montgomery County Medical Society (Texas)- Scholar Award 2012 - 2016
  • NIDA/UCLA: Neuroimaging Training Program (NITP)- Training Fellow 2012
  • American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry- Geriatric Mental Health Scholar 2011
  • NIMH/UCSD MSTREAM Program- Training Fellow 2010 - 2016
  • Society for Technical Communication- 1 st Place National Writing 2006
  • Siemens Westinghouse Competition- Regional Finalist 2004

"I chose the Texas A&M MD/PhD program because of the flexibility and freedom to work in a variety of environments and campuses with professors who have a wide range of expertise."

"At this time, my research project is determining the topography of saccadic eye movements in the human superior colliculus using functional MRI. I am interested in this area because I want to understand the organization of the human brain via non-invasive imaging."

Entry Year: 2002
Graduation Year: 2009
Currently: PGY5, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases Fellow, Department of Internal Medicine, Mayo Graduate School of Medical Education
Email Address: widmer.robert@mayo.edu
Undergraduate: Southwestern University, B.A. Kinesiology
Laboratory: Dr. Christopher Quick, Vet. Physiology& Pharmacology& Biomedical Eng.
Dissertation: "The biphasic response to local heat in the thermoregulatory microcirculation of the pallid bat wing"
Residency: Department of Internal Medicine, Mayo Graduate School of Medical Education

Research interests: Endothelial Function, Interventional Cardiology, Preventative Cardiology, Health IT

Entry Year: 2007
Currently: M3
Email Address: rbalden@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: Texas A&M University, Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Science
Laboratory: Dr. Farida Sohrabji, Department of Neurosciences and Experimental Therapeutics
Research Interests: Psychoneuroendocrinology/Neuroimmunology, Vitamin D
Dissertation: "Vitamin D and the Neuroimmune Network in Ischemic Stroke"

Abstracts and Presentations

  • Balden, R., R.C. Alaniz,F. Sohrabji. CD4+ T helper cell mediated regulation of cerebral ischemia in Vitamin D deficient rats. American Heart Association. Honolulu, HI. 2013.
  • Balden, R., R.C. Alaniz,F. Sohrabji.CD4+ T helper cell mediated regulation of cerebral ischemia in Vitamin D deficient rats. Society for Neuroscience.New Orleans, LA. 2012.
  • Balden, R., F. Sohrabji. Neuroprotective and Immunoregulatory properties of Vitamin D in a Stroke Model. Society for Neuroscience. Washington, D.C. 2011.
  • Balden, R., A. Selvamani, F. Sohrabji. Neuroprotective and Immunoregulatory properties of Vitamin D in a Stroke Model. The Endocrine Society. Boston, MA. 2011.
  • Balden, R., A. Selvamani, F. Sohrabji. Lowered Vitamin D levels correlate with severity of infarction in an animal model of stroke. Society for Neuroscience. San Diego, CA. 2010.
  • Balden, R., A. Selvamani, F. Sohrabji. Lowered Vitamin D levels correlate with severity of infarction in an animal model of stroke. Medical Scientist Training Program Annual MD/PhD Student Conference. Keystone, CO. 2010
  • Balden, R., A. Selvamani, D. Lewis, F. Sohrabji. Severity of ischemic stroke-induced infarct in older acyclic female rats compared to younger female rats is correlated with lower circulating levels of Vitamin D. Society for Neuroscience, 2009.
  • Washburn, S.N., T.W. Prentice, R. Balden, R. Hudson, M.A. Hook, R.C. Miranda,and J.W. Grau. Uncontrollable shock disrupts recovery of function after contusion injury: Role of corticosterone. Society for Neuroscience. Atlanta, GA. 2006.

Publications

  • Hook M.A., G. Moreno, S. Woller, D. Puga, K. Hoy Jr., R. Balden, and J.W. Grau. Intrathecal morphine attenuates recovery of function after a spinal cord injury. J Neurotrauma. 26(5):741-52, 2009.
  • Balden R., Selvamani A., Sohrabji F. (2012) Vitamin D Deficiency Exacerbates Experimental Stroke Injury and Dysregulates Ischemia-Induced Inflammation in Adult Rats. Endocrinology, 153(5),2420-2435
  • Sohrabji, F., Selvamani, A., Balden, R. (2012) Revisiting the timing hypothesis: Biomarkers that define the therapeutic window of estrogen for stroke. Hormones and Behavior. 63(2):222-30
  • Balden, R., R. C. Alaniz, F. Sohrabji. (2012) CD4+ T helper cell mediated regulation of cerebral ischemia in Vitamin D deficient rats. (In review).

Entry Year: 2008
Graduateed:May 2015
Email Address: gao@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: Rice University, B.S. Biochemistry and Cell Biology and B.A. Psychology
Laboratory: Brad Amendt
Research Interests: Development, Molecular and Cellular Biology

Residency: Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA

Abstracts and Presentations

  • Gao S, Cao H, Bidlack F, Margolis H, Baldini A, Amendt B: Tbx1 is a key mediator of tooth size, shape and enamel formation during tooth development via interactions with Pitx2 and Dlx2. American Physician Scientist Association 8th Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2012.
  • Gao S, Cao H, Bidlack F, Margolis H, Baldini A, Amendt B: Tbx1 is a key mediator of tooth size, shape and enamel formation during tooth development via interactions with Pitx2 and Dlx2. Gordon Conference, Ventura, CA, 2012.
  • Gao S, X Lu, M Sirisawad, S Steggerda, S Balasubramanian, J Chandra: A novel hydroxamic acid HDAC inhibitor PCI-24781 raises intracellular levels of reactive oxygen species and induces apoptosis in leukemia models. American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, 2008.
  • Gao S, A Mobley, C Miller, J Boklan, J Chandra: Synergistic, Cytotoxic Effects of MS-275 and 5’-Azacytidine on Leukemia Cells. American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, 2007.
  • Gao S, C Stanworth, J Silberg: Interaction and characterization of iron-sulfur cluster proteins chaperone mtHsp70 and J-type co-chaperone human HscB in mammalian systems. Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Rice University, 2007.

Publications

  • Gao S, Li X, Amendt B: Understanding the Role of Tbx1 as a Candidate Gene for 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome. Curr Allergy Asthma, 2013.
  • Wang J, Sun Z, Zhang Z, Saadi I, Wang J, Li X, Gao S, Engel J, Kaburas A, Fu X, Yu W, Klein W, Russo A, Amendt B: Protein Inhibitors of Activated STAT (Pias1 and Piasy) Differentially Regulate Pituitary Homeobox 2 (PITX2) Transcriptional Activity. J Biol Chem 2013.
  • Gao S, Rivera-Del Valle N, Miller CP, Fulbright J, Gonzales C, Sirisawad M, Steggerda S, Wheler J, Balasubramanian S, Chandra J: A novel hydroxamic acid HDAC inhibitor, exerts cytotoxicity and histone alterations via caspase-8 and FADD in leukemia cells. Int J Cell Biol, 2010.
  • Gao S, Mobley A, Miller C, Boklan J, Chandra J: Potentiation of reactive oxygen species is a marker for synergistic cytotoxicity of MS-275 and 5-azacytidine in leukemic cells. Leukemia Research 32(5):771-780, 2008.
  • Long J, Manchandia T, Ban K, Gao S, Miller C, Chandra J: Adaphostin cytoxicity in glioblastoma cells is ROS-dependent and is accompanied by upregulation of heme oxygenase-1. Cancer Chemother Pharmacol 59(4):527-535, 2006.

Awards

  • 2012 1st Place Poster Presentation, Graduate Student Organization (GSO) Conference, Institute of Biosciences and Technology, Texas A&M Health Science Center, Houston Texas
  • 2012 Travel Award, American Physician Scientist Association (APSA), 8th Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2008 American Association for Cancer Research ( AACR ), Thomas J. Bardos Science Education Award, Los Angeles, California
  • 2007 American Association for Cancer Research ( AACR ), Thomas J. Bardos Science Education Award, San Diego, California

Entry Year: 2010
Currently: M4
Email Address: steinmeyer@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Science, applied math
Research Interests: Infectious Disease, Bioinformatics

Abstracts and Presentations

  • S.H. Steinmeyer, M.P. Katepalli, C.L. Mueller, S. Maiti, A. Jayaraman, R.C. Alaniz. Microbiota metabolite regulation of pattern recognition receptor activation in dendritic cells. American Association of Immunologists 2013 Annual Meeting. Honolulu, HI. 2013.
  • Steinmeyer, S.H. and C.O. Wilke. Lethal Mutagenesis in a Structured Environment. University of Texas Undergraduate Research Forum. Austin, TX. 2009.
  • Steinmeyer, S.H., C.O. Wilke, and K.M. Pepin. Methods of modeling viral disease dynamics across the within- and between-host scales: The impact of virus dose on host population immunity. University of Texas Undergraduate Research Forum. Austin, TX. 2010.
  • S.H. Steinmeyer, A. Jayaraman, R.C. Alaniz. Microbiota metabolites regulate T cell differentiation: a tale of two indoles. Texas A&M University College of Medicine Graduate Student Organization Symposium 2015. Bryan, TX. 2015.
  • S.H. Steinmeyer, C. Hunt, A. Jayaraman, R.C. Alaniz. Novel communication between the microbiota and its host is mediated by discrete metabolites. Texas A&M University Immunology Consortium Retreat 2015. Bryan, TX. 2015.
  • D. Howsmon, J. Hahn, S. H. Steinmeyer, A. Jayaraman, R. C. Alaniz. Neural networks elucidate T cell priming conditions for adoptive transfer. Biomedical Engineering Conference (NEBEC), 2015 41st Annual Northeast. IEEE, 2015.

Publications

  • S.H. Steinmeyer, D.P. Howsmon, R.C. Alaniz, J. Hahn, A. Jayaraman. Empirical Modeling of T Cell Activation Predicts Interplay of Host Cytokines and Bacterial Indole. Biotechnology and Bioengineering. In Press.
  • Steinmeyer, S.H.and C.O. Wilke. Lethal Mutagenesisin a Structured Environment. Journal of Theoretical Biology 261(1):67-73. 2009.
  • Steinmeyer, S.H., C.O. Wilke, and K.M. Pepin. Methods of modeling ciral disease dynamics across the within- and between-host scales: The impact of virus dose on host population immunity. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society Biological Sciences 365:1931-1941. 2010.
  • Steinmeyer, S.H., K. Lee, A. Jayaraman and R.C. Alaniz. Microbiota Metabolite Regulation of Host Immune Homeostasis: A Mechanistic Missing Link. Current Allergy and Asthma Reports 15: 24. 2015.

Awards

  • Travel grant, American Association of Immunologists’ Annual Conference, 2013.
  • Dept. of Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology Pre-Doctoral Stipend Award, 9/2013-8/2014
  • College of Natural Sciences Award for Excellence in Mathematics. 2009 Undergraduate Research Forum at UT Austin.
  • Life Technologies Award for Excellence in Bioinformatics Research. 2010 Undergraduate Research Forum at UT Austin.
  • 2010 Williams Scholar for Applied Math and Distinguished Research. Department of Mathematics at UT Austin.

"I chose the Texas A&M MD/PhD program because of the friendly environment of both the medical school and graduate program."

"At this time, my research project is microbiota-derived metabolite regulation of T cell differentiation ... immunity is important for the whole body, but the microbiota in the GI tract appears to have important effects coordinating the host's systemic immune characteristics."

Entry Year: 2008
Graduated:May 2015
Email Address: gandhy@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: Cornell University, BS, Biological Sciences
Laboratory: Stephen Safe, D.Phil.

Residency:Internal Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, OH

Abstracts and Presentations:

  • Gandhy SU, K Kim, S Safe (2012). Specificity protein (Sp) 1 transcription factor modulates long noncoding RNA expression in liver cancer cells. Poster Presentation. IBT Graduate Student Orientation, Houston, TX.
  • Gandhy SU, K Kim, S Safe (2012). Specificity protein (Sp) 1 transcription factor modulates long noncoding RNA expression in liver cancer cells. Poster Presentation. National MD/PhD Student Conference, Keystone, CO.
  • Gandhy SU, K Kim, L Larsen, RJ Rosengren, and S Safe (2012). Reactive Oxygen Species Induced by Curcumin and its Analog Target MicroRNAs and Decrease Specificity Protein (Sp) Transcription Factors. Poster Presentation. Institutes of Biosciences and Technology Annual Research Symposium, Houston, TX.
  • Gandhy SU, S Safe (2012). Curcumin analogs inhibit colon cancer cell growth by inducing ROS and downregulating specificity protein transcription factors. Poster Presentation. Society of Toxicology 51 st Annual meeting, San Francisco, CA.
  • Gandhy SU, S Safe (2011). Curcumin analogs inhibit colon cancer cell growth by inducing ROS and downregulating specificity protein transcription factors. Poster Presentation. Gulf Coast Society of Toxicology, New Orleans, LA.
  • Gandhy, SU and S Safe (2011). Curcumin Analogs Inhibit Colon Cancer Cell Growth by Inducing ROS and Downregulating Specificity Protein Transcription Factors. Poster Presentation. Institutes of Biosciences and Technology Annual Research Symposium, Houston, TX.
  • Moon, J., S.D. Ginsberg, S. Gandhy, K.Maclean, M. Ikonomovic, E.J. Mufson, B.J. Strupp. Perinatal choline supplementation ameliorates attentional dysfunction in the Ts65Dn mouse: a mouse model ofDown syndrome and Alzheimer's disease. Society for Neuroscience, 17th Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA. 2007.
  • Gandhy, S. Assessment of the Effects of Perinatal Choline Treatment on Attention and Reactivity to Reward Omission in Mice Models of Down syndrome. Poster Presentation. Cornell Undergraduate Research Board, Spring Forum. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. 2007.

Publications:

  • Gandhy SU, K Kim, L Larsen, RJ Rosengren, and S Safe (2012). Curcumin-induced Reactive Oxygen Species Decreases Specificity Protein (Sp) Transcription Factors by Targeting MicroRNAs. BMC Cancer. 12:564. PMID: 23194063
  • Gandhy SU, S Safe (2013). Specificity protein (Sp) 1 transcription factor modulates long noncoding RNA expression in liver cancer cells. Poster Presentation. ASCI, AAP, and APSA Joint Meeting, Chicago, IL.
  • Moon, J., M. Chen, S.U. Gandhy, M. Strawderman, D.A. Levitsky, K.N. Maclean, and B.J. Strupp. Perinatal choline supplementation improves cognitive functioning and emotion regulation in the Ts65Dn mouse model of Down syndrome and Alzheimer's Disease. Behavioral Neuroscience. 124(3): 346-361, 2010.
  • Scattoni, M.L., S.U. Gandhy, L. Ricceri, and J.N. Crawley. Unusual Ultrasonic Vocalization Patterns in BTBR T+tf/J Mouse Pups. PLoS ONE. 3(8):e3067, 2008.
  • Chadman K.K., M.L. Scattoni, S. Boltuck, S.U. Gandhy, S. Gong, N. Heints, and J.N. Crawley. Minimal Aberrant Behavioral Phenotypes of Neuroligin-3 R451C knock-in Mice. Autism Research. 1(3):147-158, 2008.

Awards:

  • Miriam M. Salpeter Undergraduate Research Award for Outstanding Honors Thesis in Neurobiology.
  • 1 st place Poster Presentation, Graduate Student Organization (GSO) Conference, Institute of Biosciences and Technology, Texas A&M Health Science Center, Houston Texas
  • Travel Award, Department of Toxicology, Texas A&M University

Entry Year: 2002
Graduation Year: 2010
Currently: Einstein Surgical Resident
Email Address: N/A
Undergraduate: Truman State University, B.S. Biology
Laboratory: Dr. Richard Finnell
Dissertation: The Effects of Folate Deficiency in Outflow Tract Development

Entry Year: 1999
Graduation Year: 2007
Currently: Critical Care Medicine Fellowship, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Email Address: terasaprock@gmail.com
Undergraduate: University of Texas at San Antonio, B.S. Biology
Laboratory: Dr. Rajesh Miranda, Neurosciences and Experimental Therapeutics
Dissertation: "Ethanol Sensitivity of Cortical Progenitors"
Residency: Internal Medicine Resident, Dartmouth University Medical Center

Entry Year: 2007
Graduated:May 2015
Email Address: tendicott@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: Texas A&M University, B.S., Biomedical Science
Laboratory: Helene L. Andrews-Polymenis
Research Interests: Infectious Disease Pathophysiology

Residency: Internal Medicine, Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, TX

Abstracts and Presentations

  • Endicott, T., Porwollik, S., Shields C., Yang, H., Cui, P., McClelland, M. and Andrews-Polymenis H., Salmonella Typhimurium withstanding anti-microbial peptide attack, GSO Synposium, College Station, TX, 2010.
  • Galindo R., T. Endicott, and E. Olson. Drosophila melanogaster as a model for Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma, 48 th Annual Drosophila Research Conference. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2007.
  • Maines, J. T. Endicott, T. Robinson, and D. McKearin. Investingating the role of stonewall in ovarian germline stem cell maintenance. 48 th Annual Drosophila Research Conference. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2007.

Publications

  • Avirneni-Vadlamudi, U., K. Galindo, T. Endicott, V. Paulson, S. Cameron, R. Galindo, A Role for the Myoblast Fusion Gene, TANC1, in Rhabdomyosarcoma Pathogenesis, JCI, Submitted.

Awards

  • Design a Better Pathogen 2011

Entry Year : 2010
Currently: M3
Email Address: mantri@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Undergraduate: Rice University, B.S. Earth Science
Laboratory: Dr. Susan Bloomfield, Health and Kinesiology (TAMU)
Research Interests: Space Life Sciences, Bone Biology

Abstracts and Presentations

  • Mantri, A. and B. Dugan. Impacts of Salt on the Eutectic Temperature of Mars Soil: Trying to Understand Phoenix Mars Lander Data. Rice University Undergraduate Research Symposium. 2009.
  • Mantri, A., D. Lewis and F. Sohrabji. Effects of Ovarian Again on Differentiation of Neural Progenitor Cells in Astrocyte Co-Cultures. TAMHSC Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium. College Station, TX, 2007.
  • Rivera, C., M.H. Tcharmtchi, S.H. Abrams, A. Tagalicud, A. Mantri, and C.W. Smith. Feeding a High Fat/High Sucrose Diet to Sedentary Rodents Provide a New Methold of Inducing Steatohepatitis. North American Association for the Study of Obesity Annual Scientific Meeting. Las Vegas, NV, 2004.
  • Abrams, S.H., C.A. Rivera, A. Mantri, J. Versalovic, M.J. Finegold, and C.W. Smith. Probiotics Reduce Inflammation in Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis in An Animal Model of Sedentary Lifestyle. American Gastroenterological Association Institute Annual Meeting. 2006.
  • Mantri, A. and S. Bloomfield. Developing a Model for Modulation of Microgravity-Induced Bone Loss by Oral Contraceptive Use. NSBRI Congressional Site Visit for U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee. 2014.
  • Mantri, A., R. Suresh, J. Butterfield, and K. Lehnhardt. Potential Approaches to Closing Knowledge Gaps in Aerospace Medicine Education and Training. Aerospace Medical Association Annual Scientific Meeting. 2014.
  • Mantri, A. and S. Bloomfield. Developing a Model for Modulation of Microgravity-Induced Bone Loss by Oral Contraceptive Use. National MD/PhD Student Meeting. 2015.
  • Mantri, A. and S. Bloomfield. Developing a Model for Modulation of Microgravity-Induced Bone Loss by Oral Contraceptive Use. NASA Human Research Program Investigator’s Workshop. 2015.

Publications

  • Bloomfield, S, Martinez D, Boudreaux RA, and Mantri A. (2013). Microgravity stress: bone and connective tissue. Comprehensive Physiology, in press.

Awards

  • First Place in Natural Sciences and Engineering. Martel College Academic Research Symposium, Rice University. 2009.
  • Space Life Science Mentored Research Fellowship, Texas A&M University, 2012-2014.
  • Student Research Grant, Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine and Human Performance, 2013.
  • Student Research Grant, Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine and Human Performance, 2015.
  • NASA Space Physiology Student Research Grant, American Colleges of Sports Medicine, 2015.
  • Stanley M. Mohler Scholarship, Aerospace Medical Association, 2015.
  • Wyle Scholarship in honor of Robert Ellis, Space Medicine Association, 2015.

"I chose the Texas A&M MD/PhD Program because I have a passion for space medicine and space life sciences. The nature of the field calls for a lot of important research questions to be answered. There's a lot we still don't know about how the human body adapts to spaceflight. In addition, alot of the research questions we're asking in space life science are very applicable to life here on Earth. As an MD/PhD, I hope to bridge the gap between research and clinical practice for not only astronauts but for the general public. The opportunity to pursue a Space Life Sciences track for my PhD work is extremely unique to the College of Medicine. The Space Life Sciences program is sponsored by the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI), which receives funding from NASA. Through this program, I've had the opportunity to work directly with physicians that work at NASA Johnson Space Center and further develop my career aspirations. The Texas A&M College of Medicine allows for MD/PhD students to feasibly take advantage of the Space Life Science program and provides the chance to see the direct applications of my research."

"At this time, my research project is focused on how the estrogen in birth control pills interacts with bone's response to exercise and spaceflight. I am interested in this area because it combines my passions for space medicine and women's health issues."