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Life in the MSTP – December 2018

Dec. 19, 2018—Brooke and Jack Walker (G3) were married on October 13, 2018! Congratulations!   Check out this epic video of Dr. Sachin Patel and Simone Herzberg (M1) playing jenga at the last MSTP Wellness social.   John Snow (G4) is now engaged to the beautiful and fun Dr. Katie Doherty!     The M1 class gathered to exchange...

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Honors and Awards – December 2018

Dec. 19, 2018—  Congratulations to Dr. Shawn Barton (G4) for completing his thesis defense! Shawn’s Dissertation work was completed in the lab of Dr. Wellington Pham through the Neuroscience Graduate Program. His work is titled “Innovations in Delivery of Theranostic Agents Across Biological Barriers for Applications in Alzheimer’s Disease.” Dr. Amy Major (College Advisor for Avery-Cohen) was appointed...

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We’re all #MSTPstars!

Dec. 19, 2018—Maxwell Roeske (G1) evaluated 190 hippocampi for anatomical anomalies in just 2 days! Sam Beik (G1) texted a friend happy birthday at the beginning of the day as soon as she remembered rather than putting it off repeatedly until realizing it was 11pm. Submit your #MSTPstar here

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MSTPublications: December 2018

Dec. 19, 2018—Bone Marrow–Derived Proangiogenic Cells Mediate Pulmonary Arteriole Stiffening via Serotonin 2B Receptor Dependent Mechanism Bloodworth NC, Clark CR, West JD, Snider C, Gaskill C, Shay S, Scott C, Bastarache J, Gladson S, Moore C, D’Amico R, Brittain EL, Tanjore H, Blackwell TS, Majka SM, Merryman WD. Circ Res. Originally published 2018 Oct 25;123:e51–e64. doi:10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.118.31339 Rationale:...

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Meet Stahlman-Thomas Associate College Advisor Debra Dixon, MD, MS

Dec. 19, 2018—by Ayesha Muhammad (G1) Dr. Debra Dixon, the newest PSTP advisor for Stahlman-Thomas, obtained her medical degree and a masters in Clinical Research from Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, before joining the Harrison Society in 2016. Currently a fellow in Cardiology, her research focuses on prevention of heart failure with preserved...

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Catching Up with Pedro Texeira and Ravi Atreya

Dec. 18, 2018—A conversation transcribed by Abin Abraham (G2) Ravi Atreya and Pedro Teixeira are current MSTP students on a leave from coursework to pursue their dream of launching a startup focused on addressing major problems in health care delivery. We caught up with them to learn more about their journey. Ravi and Pedro successfully defended their...

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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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MSTP Well-Represented at the 2018 Annual Retreat for Cancer Research

Nov. 28, 2018—by Rachel Brown (G2) On November 16th, the 18th Annual Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) and Program in Cancer Biology Retreat for Cancer Research was held at the Student Life Center. Highlights of the event included a keynote address by a famous cancer researcher, talks by postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and graduate students, a poster session, and...

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We’re all #MSTPStars!

Nov. 28, 2018—Shoutout to Josh Thompson (G4) for saving his labmates one gel at a time. Danny Sack (G1) made it through a paper exam with no paper cuts. Camille Wang (M2) meal-prepped for the week in less than an hour (while on surgery). Ayesha Muhammad (G1) watched (and danced to) 2 different Bollywood movies this weekend! Submit...

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8th Annual Southeastern Medical Scientist Symposium

Nov. 28, 2018—by Maggie Axelrod (G2) The Southeastern Medical Scientist Symposium (SEMSS) is a regional American Physician Scientist Association (APSA) annual meeting designed to bring together trainees at all levels, from undergraduates to current MD/PhD students and residents, who are interested in pursuing careers as physician-scientists. The main goals of SEMSS are to strengthen the MD/PhD community...

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

Nov. 28, 2018—by Thao Le (G1) Kevin D Niswender, M.D, Ph.D. 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     Background Dr. Kevin Niswender earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado College in Colorado Springs and...

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Honors and Awards – November 2018

Nov. 28, 2018—   Cody Stothers (G3) and Camilo Bermudez (G3) received American Heart Association (AHA) Fellowships! Benjamin Reisman (G3) received an F30 NRSA Fellowship!    Maggie Axelrod (G2) and Rachel Brown (G2) received 2nd and 3rd place, respectively, in best graduate/postdoctoral student talks at the annual Retreat for Cancer Research. Matt Madden (G2) tied for top graduate student...

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Life in the MSTP – November 2018

Nov. 27, 2018—Josephine Sasmaya Bloodworth was born on 11/10/18 at 9:18 pm at 6 lb 15 oz. Congratulations, Melissa and Nathan Bloodworth (M4s)!   Lindsay (G3) and Krystian (G4+) Kozek were thrilled to welcome baby Addison Michael Kozek, who was born October 26 at 8 lb 13 oz and 20 inches long. Congratulations!     Dr. Maureen...

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MSTPublications: November 2018

Nov. 27, 2018—Estrogen receptor-alpha (ESR1) polymorphism rs1999805 associates with asthma. Bloodworth MH*, Rusznak M*, Bastarache L, Wang J, Newcomb DC. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2018 Nov 15. pii: S1081-1206(18)31409-1. doi: 10.1016/j.anai.2018.11.005. [Epub ahead of print] As adults, women have higher rates of asthma and allergic disease as well as increased asthma severity compared to men. Pre or...

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