MIDP Students

Second-year Students (VMS II)

kniss-james-ariel-FINAL.pngAriel Kniss-James, Ph.D.

Hometown: Lewisburg, PA
Undergraduate School: Bucknell University
Graduate School: Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory School of Medicine, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering 
Why MIDP? I enjoyed learning how to formulate questions and brainstorm solutions in my graduate engineering training. Throughout our medical education here at Vanderbilt, MIDP offers the exciting opportunity to extend these skills to observe and ask questions pertaining to healthcare, with the ultimate goal to bridge the gap between academia, medicine and industry.


wen-jessica-FINAL.pngJessica Wen, Ph.D.

Hometown: Villa Park, CA
Undergraduate School: University of California, Berkeley
Graduate School: University of California, Riverside - Bioengineering
Why MIDP? MIDP offers the opportunity for us to apply our science and engineering training to advance healthcare. Innovation is the future of medicine and I couldn't be more thrilled and grateful to be a part of it through MIDP at Vanderbilt! 




First-year Students (VMS I)

doyle-eamon-final.pngEamon Doyle, Ph.D.

Hometown: La Cañada-Flintridge, CA
Undergraduate School: Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Graduate School: University of Southern California, Division of Cardiology at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles - Biomedical Engineering
Why MIDP? After working with patients in a translational research setting, I found my calling to integrate patient care with my engineering background to advance medicine in meaningful, relevant ways.  The MIDP program at Vanderbilt gave me the unparalleled opportunity to study clinical medicine in a world-class setting while also focusing on the economic, practical, ethical, and regulatory aspects of developing new translational technology.  Though the availability of research resources and mentors was a factor in my decision, I was most influenced by the sense of community I found at Vanderbilt.  The character and personality of the students and faculty who I met at Vanderbilt made me feel instantly at home.  I knew that Vanderbilt was a community that would support me in my professional pursuits and provide opportunities for personal growth and fun for me and my wife.  The positive impact that the MIDP program would have on all aspects of my professional and personal life was immediately clear.

grimes-nicky-final.pngJohn 'Nicky' Grimes, Ph.D.

Hometown: Crestview, FL
Undergraduate School: University of Florida
Graduate School: University of Florida - J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering 
Why MIDP? My aspiration to help patients through medical innovation took root during my Ph.D. program.  I had the opportunity to interact with patients and healthcare providers in clinical settings and was tasked with identifying problems and leveraging my engineering background to propose solutions.  These experiences led me to a position at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where I worked in multidisciplinary teams alongside clinicians and scientists reviewing neurological and neurosurgical medical devices. Although I played an important role getting patients access to new medical devices by helping investigators and device developers understand and navigate complex regulatory processes, I was unable to participate in idea generation, development, or translation of new technology to the bedside.  I wanted to become an active innovator and sought a way to combine my engineering education and regulatory experience with a medical education. Vanderbilt’s MIDP is the only program that provides the perfect intersection between medicine and engineering to create physician-engineers in an atmosphere that fosters collaboration and innovation.

huang-joyce-final.pngYongxu 'Joyce' Huang, Ph.D.

Hometown: Qingdao, China
Undergraduate School: Tsinghua University, China
Graduate School: University of Pittsburgh - Epidemiology
Why MIDP? MIDP has a focus on translating health discovery into clinical applications. I am passionate about improving patients' health and transforming medicine. I believe MIDP’s integrative training and unique opportunities will help me acquire skills to become a medical doctor and a translational innovator. 



rajagopalan-sai.pngSai Rajagopalan, Ph.D.

Hometown: Thiruvarur, India
Undergraduate School: Bharathiar University
Graduate School: The Ohio State University, Mechanical Engineering
Why MIDPPassionate about engineering/technology innovation applied to global health and this program and institution bring interdisciplinary capabilities and expertise under one unified mission to help me achieve my goals.




sanchez-adrian-final.pngAdrian Sanchez, Ph.D.

Hometown: Nashville, TN
Undergraduate School: University of Tennessee
Graduate School: University of Chicago - Medical Physics
Why MIDP? While working as a medical physicist, I began to recognize the tremendous potential for contributing disruptive technologies in medical imaging by combining my existing expertise as a physicist with training as a physician. No other program resonated with that goal as fully as Vanderbilt's MIDP. The warmth of the Vanderbilt and MIDP families and the vibrancy of Nashville were icing on the cake and made MIDP the best choice for me. 

Hunter Sceats, Ph.D.

Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
Undergraduate School: California Institute of Technology
Graduate School: Colorado School of Mines, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Why MIDPVanderbilt's MIDP provides both a unique opportunity to apply my engineering skills to the solution of outstanding medical problems as well as the training necessary to realize those solutions in the clinical environment.

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Medical Innovators Development Program
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Light Hall | Nashville, TN 37232
(615) 322-2145

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