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Student Spotlight: Paula Marincola Smith

Feb. 26, 2018—While a medical student at Vanderbilt, Paula Marincola Smith thought, more than once, about joining the MSTP. She eventually convinced herself against the idea, not being settled on a single career path and having no laboratory research experience. She was intrigued by science; but, instead of spending time in lab, she immersed herself in medicine,...

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Student Spotlight: Science and Art with Ayaka Sugiura (G2)

Feb. 23, 2018—Student Spotlight: Science and Art with Ayaka Sugiura (G2) In July of last year, artwork by Ayaka Sugiura (G2) was featured on the cover of Cell Metabolism, accompanying a review titled, “Similarities and Distinctions of Cancer and Immune Metabolism in Inflammation and Tumors,” by Gabriela Andrejeva, Ph.D., a post-doctoral fellow in the lab of Ayaka’s...

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MSTP G1 Students Share Lab Selections

Dec. 20, 2016—The Vanderbilt MSTP would like to congratulate the incoming class of 2014 on completing their first two years of medical school and on joining the following laboratories & departments for their graduate studies: Student Department Mentor Camilo Bermudez Biomedical Engineering Bennett Landman, PhD Caleb Ford Biomedical Engineering James Cassat, MD, PhD Hernan Gonzales Biomedical Engineering...

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Science Policy and Advocacy – A Trip to Capitol Hill

Nov. 29, 2016—In October, I attended a two-day workshop on federal STEM policy and advocacy in Washington, D.C., an incredibly eye-opening experience organized annually by Vanderbilt University’s Office of Federal Relations. My motivation to apply for this workshop was fueled primarily by my (for lack of a better word) ignorance of how science policy is influenced through...

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Second Year MSTP Student Brad Reinfeld Joins Tumor Immunology Band – The CheckPoints

Nov. 29, 2016—To remain engaged in science while completing my first year of medical school, I began to follow journals, prominent scientists, and science organizations on Twitter. Through Twitter, I was able to complement my lectures about autoimmune disease like Ankylosing Spondylitis  with the latest trials published using monoclonal antibodies against IL17a antibodies. When I changed my Twitter from...

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Congratulations to MSTP Students Catherine Meador and Pratik Talati on their induction into Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society!

Oct. 26, 2016—The MSTP would like to congratulate Catherine Meador (M4) and Pratik Talati (M4) on their induction into Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society. Here’s what each had to say about this honor: Being inducted into AOA was an absolute honor and a highlight of my senior year of medical school thus far. It is humbling to be a...

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Congratulations to the MSTP students who recently completed their Thesis Defense!

Aug. 11, 2016—Congratulations to the MSTP students who recently completed their Thesis Defense! Name Department (Mentor) Thesis Title Atreya, Ravi Biomedical Informatics (M. Levy) Dynamic Pathway Exploration for Breast Cancer Care Balikov, Daniel Biomedical Engineering (H. Sung) PEG-PCL Copolymers Reinstating Human Mesenchymal Stem Cell Potency: Study of Structure-Function Relationship Bersell, Kevin Pharmacology (D. Roden) Functional and Transcriptional Mechanisms...

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Podcast: Get to Know a Vanderbilt MSTP Student

Aug. 9, 2016—Podcast: Get to Know a Vanderbilt MSTP Student   Listen to G3 MSTP student Ben Fensterheim interview G1 MSTP student Cody Stothers, who has a very unique journey to the Vanderbilt MSTP.  It all started with strong grade school science and a Vanderbilt summer research internship program for high school students called The Aspirnaut Program. Listen to them...

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The Vanderbilt MSTP introduces the Incoming Class of 2016

Jul. 21, 2016—  The Vanderbilt MSTP is pleased to announce the incoming class of 2016. This year's class was welcomed to Vanderbilt on June 15, and just last week began orientation for their first year of medical school. We are thrilled to have such a smart, fun, and diverse group of individuals join us! (Pictured in photo – Top row,...

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Podcast: Get to Know a Vanderbilt MSTP Student

May. 9, 2016—Podcast: Get to Know a Vanderbilt MSTP Student   Listen to G2 MSTP student Ben Fensterheim interview recent MSTP graduates Megan and Tanner Freeman about their research in virology and colorectal cancer, their experience matching into the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hospital system, and their advice for current and prospective MSTP students.  

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