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Alumni Profile: Britney Grayson, M.D., Ph.D. (’12)

Apr. 29, 2019—by J-N Gallant (M4) Britney Grayson was born in Noble, a single stoplight town 15 minutes south of Norman, Oklahoma. She grew up on both sides of the Red River before enrolling at (The University of) Tulsa for her undergraduate studies. One of the driving factors behind her choice for college was a desire to...

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Double Feature: Get to know Vanderbilt MSTP Director and Alumnus Chris Williams, M.D., Ph.D. (’02)

Jan. 31, 2019—by Rachel Brown (G2) As Vanderbilt MSTP trainees know, our own MSTP Director, Dr. Chris Williams, graduated from the Vanderbilt MSTP in 2002. Thus, we decided that an official Alumni Profile of Dr. Williams was long overdue. I sat down with Dr. Williams to ask him more about his training path, life as a physician-scientist,...

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Alumni Corner

Jan. 30, 2019—Liz and Kevin Bersell (’18) hosted brunch on Christmas Eve for VMS friends who converged in the Boston area to visit family over the holidays. Pictured left to right are Matt Stier (M4), Rachel Brown (G2), Liz, Kevin, and their son Ben, Matt Puccetti (M3), Deirdre Finnegan Puccetti (VMS ’16), and Yuantee Zhu (G4+).   Kevin...

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Alumni Profile: Ana Luisa Perdigoto, M.D., Ph.D. (’12)

Dec. 18, 2018—by Michael Raddatz (G2) Dr. Ana Luisa Perdigoto moved to the United States at six years of age and grew up in a close-knit Portuguese community in Newark, NJ before earning her degree in biochemistry at Brown University. After working for two years at Dana Farber, Dr. Perdigoto came to the Vanderbilt MSTP where she...

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Double Feature: Meet Alumnus and Avery-Cohen Associate College Advisor Curtis Gabriel, M.D., Ph.D. (’14)

Nov. 28, 2018—by Ayesha Muhammad (G1) Meet Curtis Gabriel, Avery-Cohen PSTP adviser and Vandy MSTP alum (PhD ‘12, MD ‘14). He worked in the lab of Dr. Amy Major (Avery-Cohen faculty adviser) during his time in the program, getting a PhD from the department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology. He did his residency at Vanderbilt, as part...

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Alumni Profile: Kevin D. Niswender, M.D., Ph.D. (’95)

Nov. 28, 2018—by Thao Le (G1) Appointments Associate Professor of Medicine Associate Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics Education M.D., Medicine, Vanderbilt University Ph.D., Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Vanderbilt University B.S., Colorado College Dr. Kevin Niswender earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado College in Colorado Springs and his MD and PhD degrees from the Vanderbilt...

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Double Feature: Kristen Noble – Alumna (Ph.D. ’12) and Associate College Advisor (Sutherland)

Oct. 31, 2018—by Ayesha Muhammad (G1) Dr. Kristen Noble is a 2nd year neonatology fellow, currently serving as an Associate Advisor for Sutherland College. She is also an alumna of the Vanderbilt Meharry Alliance MSTP, receiving her PhD from Susan Wente’s lab in 2012, where she studied proteins that regulate mRNA export, and MD from Meharry Medical...

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Why medical students learn the Krebs cycle: A fascinating case report by alumnus Joshua Fessel, M.D., Ph.D. (’06)

Oct. 16, 2018—by Rachel Brown (G2) Avery-Cohen Associate College Advisor Dr. JP Arroyo and Vanderbilt MSTP alumnus Dr. Josh Fessel (’06) recently published a true case of “bench-to-bedside” in action,”Treatment of Acute Intoxication from Inhaled 1,2-Difluoroethane,” in the Annals of Internal Medicine. While I suggest reading the actual case report, not all of our subscribers may have access to the full text,...

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Alumni Profile: Christopher Barbieri, M.D., Ph.D. (’07)

Oct. 16, 2018—by Rachel Brown (G2) After earning a B.A. in Biophysical Chemistry from Dartmouth College, Dr. Christopher Barbieri spent a year as a research intern at Janssen Research Foundation in Springhouse, PA, before matriculating into the Vanderbilt MSTP. He completed his Ph.D. in Biochemistry studying transcriptional targets of the p53 family in the lab of Dr....

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