The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at Case Western Reserve University 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.
- Bijou Basu, G2 in Genetics & Genomic Sciences, was recently elected to the Board of Directors for Doctors for America and was the recipient of the University wide Robin G Kramer Student Volunteer Award.
- William Wulftange, G3 in Biomedical Engineering, was elected Director of Blockchain & Web3 @ MD+
- Razaq Durodoye, G1 in Epidemoilogy & Biostatistics, was recently elected as the president of the Graduate Student Council
- MSTP students Hannah Kondolf, Meghan O'Keefe and Bowen Zhou, and MSTP alumni and current faculty member Chris Ryder co-authored the following: Ryder CB, Kondolf HC, O'Keefe ME, Zhou B, Abbott DW. Chemical Modulation of Gasdermin-Mediated Pyroptosis and Therapeutic Potential. J Mol Biol. 2022 Feb 28;434(4):167183.
- Emily Klemm published the following paper in Nature Communications: Gibbs E, Klemm E, Seiferth D, Kumar A, Ilca SL, Biggin PC, Chakrapani S. Conformational transitions and allosteric modulation in a heteromeric glycine receptor. Nat Commun. 2023 Mar 13;14(1):1363.
- Three of our M4 MSTP students, Kevin Allan, Otis Pinkard, and David Sweet published the following article: Martin S, Allan KC, Pinkard O, Sweet T, Tesar PJ, Coller J. Oligodendrocyte differentiation alters tRNA modifications and codon optimality-mediated mRNA decay. Nat Commun. 2022 Aug 25;13(1):5003.
- Alicia Vagnozzi published a paper entitled, "Coordinated cadherin functions sculpt respiratory motor circuit connectivity' in eLife: https://elifesciences.org/articles/82116
Conferences and Presentations
- Syrena Bracey presented her work at the 2023 Keystone Symposia Conference in Snowbird, Utah.
- Alicia Vagnozzi presented her work at the 2022 International Society of Developmental Neuroscience meeting in Vancouver, BC. Received both travel award and best poster award.
- Jennings Luu received the Qais Farjo Memorial Travel Grant award from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and presented a poster at the 2022 ARVO Annual Meeting in Denver, CO.
Thirteen of our current students have been awarded F30 or F31 grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Below is a list of those newly awarded 2022 and 2023.
- Lucie Ahn was awarded an F30 for "Dissecting the role of IER3IP1 in neurogenesis and brain malformation"
- Michaela Cooley was awarded an F30 for "Assessing vascular permeability and nanobubble extravasation with contrast-enhanced ultrasound imaging"
- Preethy Sridharan was awarded an F30 for "The role of mitochondrial fission in neurodegeneration in the leading environmental cause of Alzheimer's disease
- Nicholas Venetos was awarded an F30 for "AKR1a1 as a Regulator of Energy Metabolism and Metabolic Health"
- Derek Wong was awarded an F30 for " Investigating the role of Cdk5 and p35 in natural killer cell cytotoxicity"
Lepow day 2022
- Eshan King, Modeling the emergence of therapy resistance with fitness seascapes
- Kevin Newhall, Macrophages display differential clearance phenotypes of Debaryomyces hansenii, a fungal member of the gut microbiome
- Joseph Schindler, S-nitrosylation alters RNA-binding domain structure
- Sabrina Wang, Lipocalin-2 mediates sex differences in glioblastoma
- Josie Trichka selected for Lepow Medical Student Research Day oral presentation
Medical School Graduation Awards 2023
MSTP students were well represented this year at the CWRU School of Medicine Graduation Awards Ceremony:
- Kevin Allan was the recipient of The Martin Wahl Memorial Fund Award
- Otis Pinkard was the recipient of The Harry Resnick Memorial Fund Award
- David Sweet was the recipient of The Martin Wahl Memorial Fund Award and The Myron F. Kanter and Lawrence J. Kanter Endowment Fund
- Bryan Webb was the recipient of The Noether Award
- Bowen Zhou was the recipient of The Department of Pathology Award
Doctoral Excellence Awards 2023
Doctoral Excellence Awards are given for Original Scholarly Work, Significant Contribution to the Field, and Significant Service Contributions.
- Michaela Cooley received the award from the Department of Biomedical Engineering
- Alicia Vagnozzi received the award from the Department of Neuroscience
- Derek Wong received the awards from the Department of Pathology
Other Awards 2022-2023
- Alicia Vagnozzi received the Arthur F.W. Hughes Award
- Razaq Durodoye, received the 2023 Three Minute Thesis Competition Award, Veal Institute for Entrepreneurship Second place prize.
- Will Wulftange, G3 won the Summer Student Project Fund award from the Case Western Reserve University think[box]. His team will build DIY panoramic night vision goggles and have EMTs use them in mock experiments on weekends this summer.
- Bijou Basu won the 2022 Graduate Student Appreciation Award
- Syrena Bracey was selected for a 2022-2023 Dr.Jerome I. Kleinerman, MD Pathology Student Fellow award
- Derek Wong received a Three Minute Thesis Competition Award at CWRU, Science & Human RIghts Coalition Second Place Prize
- Walter Zhao, G1 was awarded a NIH T32 Graduate Fellow, Interdisciplinary Biomedical Imaging Training Program Grant
PhD Defenses 2023
- James Ahad, " Sequence Design and Reconstruction Optimization for Clinical Translation of Magnetic Resonance Imaging"
- Michaela Cooley " Nanobubble ultrasound-contrast agents as a strategy to assess tumor microenvironment characteristics and nanoparticle extravasation"
- Michelle Cruz, " Bidirectional Communication Between T cells and Intestinal Epithelial Cell Subsets in Health and Disease"
- Marc Ferrell, " Metagenomic and metabolomic approaches to determine contributors to residual cardiovascular disease risk."
- Dan Jindal successfully defended his PhD dissertation entitled "A new model for synapse pruning uncovers a role for MEGF10/Jedi-1/Draper in activity-dependent refinement during a critical period.
- Emma Kundracik, " Needle Tip-Pore Interactions in the Pseudomonas aeruginosa Type III Secretion System Translocon"
- Joel Sax, " Unbiased Screening Approaches Reveal Unique Sterol Biology and a Unifying Mechanism for Sterol-Driven Oligodendrocyte Formation"
- Preethy Sridharan, " Acute inhibition of aberrant mitochondrial fission after traumatic brain injury confers lasting neuroprotection into late adulthood."
- Davis Weaver, " Novel Approaches for Optimal Therapy Design in Drug-Resistant Populations"
- Derek Wong, " Improving NK and T cell Immunotherapies for Hematologic Malignancies"
Match List 2023
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- ABIM Research Path||
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Internal Medicine- ABIM Research Path
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Internal Medicine- Research
New York Presbyterian Hospital- Weill Cornell Med Center
CWRU/ University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
University of Pittsburg Medical Center
Pathology/ CP Research
CWRU/ University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
|Pediatrics/ Medical Genetics||
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Emory University School of Medicine
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
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