Student Accomplishments

MSTP and the CWRU School of Medicine provides a training environment and ample opportunities to be prolific in the sciences and active in the community.  Here are just a few of our students' recent accomplishments.

Leadership roles

Razaq Durodoye, M1 planning to join Genetics & Genome Sciences, has been elected Committee of Student Representatives President at CWRU-SOM and the president of the Upsilon Chapter of the Phi Delta Epsilon international medical fraternity.

Recent Publications

Nathaniel Robinson, G4 in Pathology, published a paper entitled “SLX4IP and telomere dynamics dictate breast cancer metastasis and therapeutic responsiveness” in the journal Life Science Alliance:

Michael McHenry, G2 in Epidemiology & Biostatistics, published a paper entitled “Genetics and evolution of tuberculosis pathogenesis: New perspectives and approaches” in the journal Infection, Genetics, and Evolution and just had a paper entitled “Interaction between host genes and M. tuberculosis lineage can affect tuberculosis severity: evidence for coevolution?” in the Journal PLoS Genetics. Pre-print prior to revision:

Alicia Vagnozzi, G3 in Neurosciences, published a paper entitled “Phrenic-specific transcriptional programs shape respiratory motor output” in the journal eLife:

Andrew Morton, G4 in Genetics & Genome Sciences, published a paper entitled “Functional Enhancers Shape Extrachromosomal Oncogene Amplifications” in the journal Cell:,

Jessica Scarborough, G1 in Systems Biology and Bioinformatics, submitted a paper entitled "Identifying states of collateral sensitivity during the evolution of therapeutic resistance in Ewing’s sarcoma," which is currently under review. Pre-print:

Joseph Rathkey, M4 in Pathology, published a paper entitled “Human polymorphisms in Gsdmd alter the inflammatory response” in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, and this article was among the top 50 most downloaded in the month of February.

Stevephen Hung, M3 in Genetics & Genome Sciences, published his thesis, entitled “Mismatch repair-signature mutations activate gene enhancers across human colorectal cancer epigenomes” in eLife:

Kevin Allan, G4 in Genetics & Genome Sciences, has finished the pre-print of his recent work, “Non-Canonical Targets of HIF1a Drive Cell-Type-Specific Dysfunction” for future submission:


Conferences and Presentations

Willie Miller-Little, G2 in Pathology (ITP), presented his work at the 2019 annual meeting of the International Cytokine and Interferon Society, in Vienna, Austria

Michael McHenry, G2 in Epidemiology & Biostatistics, presented his work at Keystone 2019 Keystone Symposia Conference A3: Tuberculosis: Mechanisms, Pathogenesis and Treatment in Banff, Alberta and at the 2019 American Society for Human Genetics meeting in Houston, TX


Research Grants

James Ahad was awarded an F30 from the NIH for “Development of Real-time MR imaging and Visualization System to Improve MR-guided Prostate Biopsy” 


Community Engagement

Sarah Barker and Kevin Newhall (M1’s) have been volunteering with the Cuyahoga County Board of Health to assist with their coronavirus response in the county. Medical students are tracing contacts of positive Covid-19 cases, fielding phone questions from the general public, and interviewing positive Covid-19 cases about their symptoms:


Awards and Advocacy

Yi Fan Chen, G1 has been awarded the Harrington Discovery Institute-MSTP Scholar Award. The award recognizes students early in their career whose research has shown innovation and creativity, and the potential for progressing from scientific discovery to a medical therapy.

Uriel Kim, G3 in Clinical and Translational Science and a CTSC TL1 Scholar, received the "Outstanding Trainee: Predoctoral Scholar Award" by the Association for Clinical and Translational Science. Uriel's award includes an honorarium and his highlight video will be featured as part of the virtual Translational Science 2020 joint annual meeting of the Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS), the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the American Federation for Medical Research (AFMR), the Clinical Research Forum, and the PhRMA Foundation.

Uriel Kim, G3 (Clinical Translational Science), Andrew Morton, G4 (Genetics & Genome Sciences), and Michael Babinchak, G4 (Physiology & Biophysics) were awarded The 2020 Doctoral Excellence Awards.

Gloria Tavera, M3 in Clinical and Translational Sciences, received the 2020 Kaiser Permanente Medical Student Scholarship, in recognition of commitment to supporting under-served communities. The award totals $5,000 and recipients will be honored at a banquet in San Francisco, CA in September 2020. Recipients are encouraged to complete a clinical elective at a Kaiser Northern California facility between now and the middle of the final year of medical school.


Medical School Graduation Awards 2020

MSTP students were well represented this year at the CWRU School of Medicine Graduation Awards Ceremony

Christian Anderson, Anna Henry-Borton, Alex Gooding, and Joseph Rathkey (M4s) are all recent AOA inductees

Joseph Rathkey received the Martin Wahl Memorial Fund Award

Christian Anderson, Anna Henry-Borton were the recipients of the Max Miller Award

DaShawn Hickman was the recipient of The Betty Jean Fratianne, MD, Student Award; and The Academy of Medicine Education Foundation Award

Michael Glidden received The Minerva and Carl Wiggers Prize in Physiology

Alexandra McMillan was the recipient of The William Bligh-Glover, MD, Memorial Award

Joseph Tanenbaum received the Ivan E. Shalit Prize


PhD Defenses

We have had many students successfully defend their PhD dissertations recently.  Here is a list of those that occurred this spring.

Michael Babinchak,  "The Role of Liquid-Liquid Phase Separation in the Aggregation of the Wild Type and Mutant TDP-43 in Neurodegenerative Diseases"

Ryan Gimple,  "Analysis of Epigenetic Landscapes Identifies Functional Therapeutic Vulnerabilities in Glioblastoma" 

Zita Hubler, "Enhancing Oligodendrocyte Formation via Inhibition of the Choloesterol Biosynthesis Pathway"

Uriel Kim,  "Health services access and cancer disparities among low-income Ohioans"

Claire Mazahery,  "CD8+ T cell mediated immunity is disrupted by ex vivo and in vivo opioid use"

Andrew Morton,  "Delineating the role of enhancers in extrachromosomal oncogene amplifications"

Anisha Rastogi, "Neural representation of force, grasp, and volitional state in intracortical brain-computer-interface users with tetraplegia"

Nathaniel Robinson, "Uncovering the dynamic regulation of telomeres in cancer by SLX4IP"  

Yorleny Vicioso, "Enhancing the anti-tumor Cytotoxicity of Natural Killer Cells" 


Match List 2020

Our MSTP students had an incredible year. The key here is not only where they went, but where they wanted to go and whether they had options. First choice was once again the rule rather than the exception. 



Internal Medicine

University of Iowa


Cleveland Clinic

Internal Medicine

Brigham and Women's Hospital


Washington University in St. Louis


Yale University

Internal Medicine - Harrington

CWRU/University Hospitals of Cleveland

Radiation Oncology/Research Scholar

Duke University

Emergency Medicine

Alameda Health System

Internal Medicine

Massachusetts General Hospital

Radiology - Diagnostic

CWRU/University Hospitals of Cleveland


University of Southern California


University of Iowa

Internal Medicine

University of Miami

Internal Medicine

Yale University

Internal Medicine

Stanford University

Orthopaedic Surgery

Northwestern University


Students, if you have something new to add, tell us about it here.