MSTPublications: January & February 2017

February 24, 2017
Posted in New Publications

Recently, we have had two Vanderbilt MSTP students publish first author manuscripts. An additional twelve MSTP students were co-authors or published a review article. Congratulations to all of our MSTP students on their successful publications in recent months! Take a look at the great work our students are doing.

Alumni Profile: William Oldham, M.D. Ph.D.

Abin Abraham (M2)
February 21, 2017
Posted in Alumni Profiles

I attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I chose the Vanderbilt MSTP because of the atmosphere of collegiality and the reputation of the Pharmacology Department. I completed my graduate research with Dr. Heidi Hamm studying the mechanisms of receptor-mediated G protein activation. As an M3, I enjoyed internal medicine and was particularly drawn to the physiology and care of critically ill patients. I joined the medicine residency program at MGH followed by subspecialty training in the Harvard Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship via the ABIM research pathway. During clinical training, I developed an interest in pulmonary vascular disease and joined Dr. Joseph Loscalzo’s laboratory for my post-doctoral research. I completed fellowship in June 2015 and continue to study pulmonary vascular cell metabolism and bioenergetics at the bench, attend six weeks per year on the inpatient pulmonary vascular disease service, and see outpatients with unexplained dyspnea every other week as a faculty member in the pulmonary division at BWH. I was recently awarded a Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08) and am developing my own research program.

Op-Ed: Why We Marched

On January 21st, over 50 Vanderbilt medical students donned their white coats and pink hats and joined Power Together Tennessee’s Nashville march and rally held in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington. The goal of the march was to “send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world, that women’s rights are human rights.” The march also aimed to be intersectional, demanding respect for immigrants, LGBTQIA rights, racial justice, and access to health care.

MSTP Foodies: Restaurant Reviews

Stephanie Dudzinski (G2) and Sumeeth Jonathan (G2)
January 30, 2017

Stephanie and Sumeeth provide their reviews of five Nashville restaurants. Garden Brunch Cafe, Nicky's Coal Fired, Red Pony, Siam Cuisine, and Tartufo are featured.

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

Posted in Alumni Profiles

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.

MSTP G1 Students Share Lab Selections

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!