Posts in Alumni Profiles

Alumni Profile: John Erickson, M.D. Ph.D.

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I attended college at Case Western Reserve University, majored in Biology, and studied mechanisms of Plasmodium falciparum drug resistance in the laboratory of Peter Zimmerman. At Vanderbilt, under the mentorship of John V. Williams, I studied the cytotoxic T lymphocyte response to viral lower respiratory tract infections (e.g. bronchiolitis), in particular the cell surface receptors that modulate T cell functions. I found that Programmed Death-1 (PD-1) was highly expressed by virus-specific lung T cells during infection and functioned to decrease their cytokine production, ultimately leading to increased viral replication and disease burden. I am currently a pediatrics resident at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. I am participating in the Accelerated Research Pathway leading to a fellowship in Neonatology. I hope to continue to study immune regulation during neonatal infections during fellowship.

Alumni Profile: M. Indriati Hood-Pishchany, M.D. Ph.D.

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Dr. Indriati Hood-Pishchany graduated from the Vanderbilt MSTP in 2014 and went on to complete residency training in Pediatrics in the Boston Combined Residency Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center. She participated in the Accelerated Research Pathway, completing residency in 2016. She is currently a first year Infectious Diseases Fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital. Her graduate research focused on mechanisms of antibiotic resistance and pathogenesis of Acinetobacter baumannii and she completed her research in the laboratory of Dr. Eric Skaar. She is a fellow in the Pediatric Scientist Development Program, and her fellowship research will investigate the role for female reproductive tract microbiota in pregnancy outcomes.

Alumni Profile: Erik Musiek, M.D., Ph.D.

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Dr. Musiek entered the Vanderbilt MSTP in 2000 and completed his thesis work in the lab of the late Dr. Jason Morrow, with Dr. BethAnn McLaughlin in Neurology as a co-mentor.  He worked on mechanisms linking oxidative stress and neurodegeneration.  He is currently an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Alumni Profile: Caroline Lai, M.D., Ph.D.

Abin Abraham
July 21, 2016
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Dr. Caroline (Lai) Kang, MD PhD Post Graduate Year 1 Department of Urologic Surgery Vanderbilt MSTP, 2015   Dr. Caroline Kang recently graduated from the Vanderbilt MSTP program in 2015. She is currently a general surgery intern in her first year of the urology residency program at Vanderbilt  University. For her PhD, she studied the role of endothelial cells in bloodstream dissemination of  reovirus under the mentorship of Dr. Terry Dermody.  

Alumni Profile: Nichelle Winters, M.D., Ph.D.

Abin Abraham
May 9, 2016
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Dr. Winters is a recent graduate (2015) of the Vanderbilt MSTP program. She is in her first year of Internal Medicine Residency at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Winters hails from Vale, Oregon and came to Vanderbilt with an interest in developmental biology. Under the mentorship of Dr. David Bader during graduate school, she investigated the development of serosal mesothelium in the chicken embryo, which is a progenitor tissue for the vasculature and fibroblast skeleton of internal organs. One of her favorite things about Nashville is the parks, especially Percy Warner park.

Alumni Profile: Joshua Fessel, M.D., Ph.D.

Abin Abraham
May 5, 2016
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Dr. Joshua Fessel graduated from the Vanderbilt MSTP in 2006 as the Founder’s Medal winner for the School of Medicine. He is currently an Assistant Professor within the Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Vanderbilt University with appointments in Medicine, Pharmacology, and Cancer Biology. As a physician-scientist, Dr. Fessel splits his time between 20-25% clinical and 75-80% research. To date, he equally weights the discovery of isofurans and his work to help build the mitochondrial science community at Vanderbilt as his most important scientific endeavors thus far. His laboratory investigates redox biology and molecular metabolism with a focus on a variety of different disease models, most notably pulmonary arterial hypertension. Closing the gap between the bench and bedside, Dr. Fessel attends in the medical intensive care unit and on the pulmonary consultation service eight weeks per year and serves in a general pulmonary outpatient clinic.

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