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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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Words of Wisdom from the Vanderbilt MSTP 2018 Graduating Class

Jun. 27, 2018—We asked our recent graduates to pass along words of wisdom to the our MSTP students still in training. Here is what they had to say. “It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Mentor over project. Fail, Fail, Fail – it’s the only way to learn. Repetition is the branding iron of knowledge. Be honest with everyone,...

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Alumni Profile: Al Powers, M.D., Ph.D. (’12)

May. 29, 2018—by Lizzie Hale (G1) Al Powers, M.D., Ph.D., graduated from the Vanderbilt MSTP in 2012. He is originally from the New Haven area, was a Yale undergraduate, and returned after graduating from Vanderbilt to complete a research-track psychiatric residency at Yale University School of Medicine. He will be joining the Yale University Department of Psychiatry...

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Lunch with Alumnus Sam Santoro, M.D., Ph.D. (’79)

Mar. 26, 2018—by Ayesha Muhammad (M2) The latest installment of Lunches with Leaders was held on February 6th, 2018 with Dr. Sam Santoro, Dorothy B. and Theodore R. Austin Professor and Chair, Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology (PMI). Dr. Santoro graduated from the Vanderbilt MSTP in 1979 and then moved to Barnes Hospital, where he completed...

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Alumni Profile: Robert W. Mahley, M.D., Ph.D, Combining Vision and Work

Feb. 27, 2018—by Abin Abraham (G1) In 1964, the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine restructured its curriculum to encourage medical students to engage in rigorous biomedical research and to combine graduate school courses with medical school classes to obtain an M.D.-Ph.D. degree. That year, Robert (Bob) W. Mahley came to Vanderbilt and entered the combined program to...

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Alumni Profile: Dean Jeffrey Balser, M.D., Ph.D. (‘90)

Feb. 2, 2018—by Ayesha Muhammad (M2) and Maggie Axelrod (G1) Medical Center North, which still evokes the sense of being an antique building, boasts the title of being the “original” Vanderbilt Hospital. Deep in the corners of the third floor however, it sports a wood-paneled side corridor, which seems out of place as compared to the rest...

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“The Effort Report”: A Podcast about Academic Medicine and Research

Jan. 30, 2018—by Camille Wang (M1) “The Effort Report,” a podcast hosted by Professors Elizabeth Matsui, MD, and Roger Peng, PhD, explores the intricacies and practicalities of academia. The show is directed at those who are in faculty positions, considering an academic career, or interested in academic medicine and/or research. Since its inception in July 2016, the...

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Alumni Corner – January 2018

Jan. 30, 2018—Brian Grieb (’16) was selected to be the Vanderbilt Inpatient Medicine Chief Resident for 2019. Jacci Clauss (’16, Psychiatry Resident at MGH), and Richard Guyer (’16, General Surgery Resident at MGH) were married in December.

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