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Alumni Corner

Jun. 28, 2019—Since the beginning of the Vanderbilt MSTP program, we have graduated many exceptional trainees who have gone onto a variety of different careers. Here we summarize various characteristics of our alumni between 1965 to 2016. 

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Life in the MSTP – June 2019

Jun. 27, 2019—Congratulations to Rachana Haliyur (M3) and Vandan Patel on their engagement! Congratulations to Rachel Brown (G2) and Matthew Stier (’19) on their engagement! The rising M2 class had a murder mystery dinner party! The rising M2s welcomed the new M1s with trivia at the Flying Saucer! MSTP and MD students attend Nashville Pride Festival!

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Honors and Awards – June 2019

Jun. 27, 2019—Congratulations to Joe Luchsinger (G3) on receiving an F30 NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowship! Congratulations to the following MSTP-affiliated faculty on their recent awards from the School of Medicine! Maureen Gannon, PhD (Stahlman-Thomas College Advisor; PI to Eric Donahue and Joey Elsakr) — Thomas A. Hazinski Award for effectiveness in mentoring and professional development of faculty Mark Denison, MD (PI to...

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Faculty Spotlight

Jun. 27, 2019—Learn more about the work of these faculty members, Dr. Stokes Peebles and Dr. Jim Goldenring, who are interested in training MSTP students! Stokes Peebles, MD The focus of the Peebles lab is understanding the regulation of inflammation in the lungs, specifically centering on allergic airway inflammation and viral-mediated inflammation. Allergic airway inflammation affects 20-30%...

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MSTParents

Jun. 26, 2019—MSTParents: Paula Marincola Smith (G2), Peyton Smith (VU Law ’14) Name of Child: James Britt Smith Actual Age: 13 weeks Age your child acts: 14 weeks (he’s very advanced) Favorite Food: Milk! Favorite Hobby: Milk! Research Interest: Investigating the appearance, taste, and function of the human hand. One piece of advice for other MSTParents: First...

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We’re all #MSTPStars!

Jun. 26, 2019—Sam Beik (G1), in her own words, “actually took breaks from quals studying to pursue a hobby.” You can find her swing dancing. Donald Okoye (M1) finally took the plunge and signed up with Title Boxing. Nowrin Chowdhury (M2) single-handedly cooked a delicious meal for more than 15 people whilst in the bowels of her...

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MSTPublications: June 2019

Jun. 25, 2019—p73 regulates epidermal wound healing and induced keratinocyte programming. Beeler JS, Marshall CB, Gonzalez-Ericsson PI, Shaver TM, Santos Guasch GL, Lea ST, Johnson KN, Jin H, Venters BJ, Sanders ME, Pietenpol JA. PLoS One. 2019 Jun 19;14(6):e0218458. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0218458. eCollection 2019. p63 is a transcriptional regulator of ectodermal development that is required for basal cell...

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Meet the 2019 MSTP Summer Scholars

Jun. 25, 2019—This summer the Vanderbilt MSTP is hosting 6 undergraduate MSTP Summer Scholars. This summer program is designed to expose students from diverse backgrounds to the career of a physician-scientist and help prepare them to apply to MD/PhD programs. These students are on campus for 9 weeks completing a research project and gaining clinical shadowing experience....

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Introducing the Vanderbilt MSTP Incoming Class of 2019!

Jun. 25, 2019—The Vanderbilt MSTP is excited to introduce the incoming class of 2018, who started the program orientation on June 18th. We are delighted to have such a bright group of future physician-scientists join our program. Welcome, new M1s! Aaron Gochman Hometown: Long Island, New York Undergraduate: Stony Brook Major: Biology Research Interest: Neurological and psychiatric diseases Talents: I played the...

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We’re all #MSTPStars!

May. 31, 2019—Abin Abraham (G2) learned how an ultrasound worked with the help of Megan so he could explain it to middle schoolers who came for MiniMSTP! Danny Sack (G1) took his laundry out of the dryer the same day he put it in the dryer; it’s been a while… Submit your #MSTPstar here

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Honors and Awards – May 2019

May. 30, 2019—Congratulations to Petria Thompson (G3) for winning best poster overall at the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center’s annual retreat!   Congratulations to Rachel Brown (G2) for receiving an Early Career Investigator Award and an AGA Student Abstract Award for her research presented at Digestive Disease Week 2019!   Nathaniel Bloodworth (’19) received the 2019 Best Research Paper from...

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Life in the MSTP – May 2019

May. 30, 2019—Congratulations to Michael Raddatz (G2) and Demetra Hufnagel on their engagement! Five generations of an MSTP “family” in Sutherland College gathered for a family dinner! The graduating M4 class hosted a Wine and Whine party for the M3s and G4s…some wisdom was passed along as well! The MSTP gathered to build community at a happy hour sponsored...

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MSTPublications: May 2019

May. 30, 2019—Autism-linked dopamine transporter mutation alters striatal dopamine neurotransmission and dopamine-dependent behaviors. DiCarlo GE, Aguilar JI, Matthies HJ, Harrison FE, Bundschuh KE, West A, Hashemi P, Herborg F, Rickhag M, Chen H, Gether U, Wallace MT, Galli A. J Clin Invest. 2019 May 16;130. pii: 127411. doi: 10.1172/JCI127411. The precise regulation of synaptic dopamine (DA) content...

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Another Successful Mini-MSTP!

May. 30, 2019—Students from Vanderbilt’s Medical Scientist Training Program hosted middle school students from LEAD Academy and their teachers for a series of interactive activities focused on science and medicine. (Vanderbilt University) Students from Vanderbilt’s Medical Scientist Training Program recently hosted on campus 160 fifth- and sixth-graders from LEAD Academy and Dickson County Schools to introduce them to physician-scientist...

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Four Years Later and Still Friends: Reflections on Halfway to MD/PhD

May. 30, 2019—The rising G3 class just celebrated our halfway party with a wonderful evening at Fifth and Taylor. During our time in the MSTP, we’ve had two engagements and five weddings, won one Dean’s Award (given to Brad Reinfeld for an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction while scrubbed in), adopted five dogs, four cats, and two guinea pigs,...

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