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2018-19 Med Scholar Anne Sun in Atlanta

2018-19 Scholars

Rohini Chakravarthy (Vanderbilt)
Mentor: Sarah Stallings, PhD; Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Project Title: Precision Disparity Modeling of Cervical Cancer Survival Using Genomic and Social Determinants

Frederick Grady (Meharry)
Mentor: Joseph Woo, MD; Stanford University School of Medicine
Project Title: Minimally Invasive Neuregulin-1 Hydrogel Therapy for the Treatment of Diabetic Cardiomyopathy

Stephanie Hadley (Vanderbilt)
Mentor: Joan Sanchez de Toledo, MD, PhD; UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and San Joan de Déu Barcelona Children’s Hospital
Project Title: The Neuroprotective Effect of Dexmedetomidine in Emergency Preservation and Resuscitation

Michael Hernandez-Henderson (Meharry)
Mentor: Badri Modi, MD; City of Hope
Project Title: Retrospective Analysis of Ruxolitinib use in Patients with Corticosteroid-Refractory Chronic Graft Versus Host Disease

Carlson Keller (Meharry)
Mentor: Shay Soker, PhD; Wake Forest School of Medicine
Project Title: A 3D Liver Organoid Model of Fetal Liver Fibrosis

Claire Lo (Vanderbilt)
Mentors: Brent Rexer, MD, PhD; Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Keith Meador, MD, ThM, MPH; Vanderbilt University
Project Title: Characterizing the role of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) dietary intervention in breast cancer survivors

Alexander Lopez (Meharry)
Mentor: Daniel O. Claassen, MD, MS; Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Project Title: Cerebellar Structural Changes in Parkinson’s Disease patients

Henry Quach (Vanderbilt)
Mentor: Douglas Johnson, MD; Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Project Title: Unraveling the Clinical and Biologic Effects of Melanoma Tumor Bulk

Anne Sun (Vanderbilt)
Mentor: Alexander Gelbard, MD; Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Project Title: Prospective investigation into burn survivorship


2017-18 Scholars

Justin Banerdt (Vanderbilt)
Mentors: E. Wesley Ely, MD, MPH; Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Kondwelani Mateyo, MD; University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka
Project Title: ICU Liberation in Africa: Implementing the ABCDEF Critical Care Bundle in a Zambian ICU

Nikhil Chavali (Vanderbilt)
Mentors: Bjorn Knollman, MD, PhD; Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Benjamin Shoemaker, MD, MSCI; Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Project Title: Precision Medicine with Human iPSCs for Congenital Long QT Syndrome

Joshua Cockroft (Vanderbilt)
Mentor: Susie Adams, PhD, APRN, PMHNP, FAANP, FAAN; Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
Project Title: Validation of a Set of ‘Healthcare Trust’ Scales for Use with Adult Women at a Community‐Based Substance Abuse Treatment Center

Yemisi Dina (Meharry)
Mentors: Crystal Aguh, MD; Johns Hopkins University Hospital and Ginette Okoye, MD; Johns Hopkins University Hospital
Project Title: Assessing the Molecular and Clinical Impact of Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy in Patients with Androgenetic Alopecia

Jason Gandelman (Vanderbilt)
Mentor: Warren Taylor, MD, MHSc; Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Project Title: Imaging Biomarkers and Novel Therapeutic Options for Late Life Depression

Jocelyn Gandelman (Vanderbilt)
Mentors: Madan Jagasia, MBBS, MS; Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Jonathan Irish, PhD; Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Project Title: Bringing Personalized Medicine to Graft‐versus‐host Disease: An Analysis of Severity and Cells using Computational Tools

Jennifer Marvin (Vanderbilt)
Mentor: Amy Major, PhD; Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Project Title: Role of dendritic cell expression of Fc‐gamma receptor IIb in regulating oxLDL‐immune
complex mediated responses in atherosclerosis

Shilpa Mokshagundam (Vanderbilt)
Mentors: Kaylon Bruner-Tran, PhD; Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Kevin Osteen, PhD; Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Project Title: Paternal Influences on Blastocyst Quality and Maternal Response to Pregnancy


2016-17 Scholars

Alex Chern (Vanderbilt)
Mentor: Robert Labadie, MD, PhD; Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Project Title: Influence of rhythm on grammatical performance in children with cochlear implants and children with developmental language disorders

Natasha Choudhury (Meharry)
Mentor: Michael DeBaun, MD, MPH; Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Project Title: Vasculopathy and Silent Cerebral Infarcts in Children with Sickle Cell Disease

Julian Genkins (Vanderbilt)
Mentor: Thomas Lasko, MD, PhD; Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Project Title: Visual Analytics in Critical Care: Combining EMR Big Data Trends with Individual Patient Trajectories to Combat Data Overload in the ICU

Eric Hall (Vanderbilt)
Mentor: Jason Becker, MD; Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Project Title: The Wnt Pathway in the Pathogenesis of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Sandeep Jain (Vanderbilt)
Mentor: Jeremy Warner, MD, MS; Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Project Title: Using Natural Language Processing to Determine Mutational Rate Changes After the Pressure of Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitor Therapy

Daniel Markwalter (Vanderbilt)
Mentor: Joseph Fanning, PhD; Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Project Title: Family Preparedness for Transitions in Care of Critically Ill Children

Whitney Muhlestein (Vanderbilt)
Mentor: Lola Chambless, MD; Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Project Title: Improving patient follow-up post-meningioma resection

Abbas Rattani (Meharry)
Mentor: John “Jay” Wellons III, MD, MSPH; Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Project Title: Developing Guidelines for Large-Scale Data Collection on Neurosurgical Socioeconomic Outcomes Research in Low- and Middle- Income Countries


2015-16 Scholars

Ritwik Bhatia (Vanderbilt)
Mentor: John “Jay” Wellons III, MD, MSPH; Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Project Title: Predictors Associated with Risk Reduction in Pediatric Brain Tumor Patients Undergoing Posterior Fossa Resection

Dagoberto Estevez-Ordoñez (Vanderbilt)
Mentor: Douglas Morgan, MD, MPH; Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Project Title: Technology-based interventions to improve medication adherence in the rural global health setting in the context of a cancer chemoprevention trial

Shawn Love (Vanderbilt)
Mentor: Benjamin Purow, MD; University of Virginia Neurosciences Center
Project Title: Optimizing convection-enhanced delivery of therapeutic microRNAs to glioblastoma multiforme

Malena Outhay (Vanderbilt)
Mentor: John Meara, MD, DMD, MBA; Harvard Medical School
Project Title: Time Driven Activity Based Costing (TDABC) of Emergency Care in Mirebalais, Haiti

Melinda Paul (Vanderbilt)
Mentor: Lorraine Ware, MD; Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Project Title: Effects of oxidized cell-free hemoglobin on the renal epithelium: mechanisms and relevance to sepsis-induced acute kidney injury

Cameron Upchurch (Vanderbilt)
Mentor: Wes Self, MD, MPH; Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Project Title: Comparative effectiveness of etomidate and ketamine for rapid sequence intubation induction in adults with blunt trauma and traumatic brain injury


2014-15 Scholars

Shanik Fernando (Vanderbilt)
Mentor: Scott Guelcher, PhD; Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Project Title: Optimizing 3D printed scaffolds in vitro and in rat mandibular defect

Zain Gowani (Vanderbilt)
Mentor: Ginger Holt, MD; Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Project Title: Real time in vivo tumor and tumor bed assessment after soft tissue sarcoma excision using optical spectroscopy

Gregory LaChaud (Vanderbilt)
Mentor: Kang Ting, DMD, D MSc; University of California Los Angeles
Project Title: Examination of the Novel cytokine NELL-1 in bone tumors

Travis Ladner (Vanderbilt)
Mentor: J. Mocco, MD, MS; Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Project Title: The role of the endothelial Tie1 Receptor in Post-Stroke Angiogenesis and Recovery

Meredith McKenney Stocks (Vanderbilt)
Mentor: Kevin Osteen, PhD; Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Project Title: Endometriosis-related inflammasome activation and adhesion development

Tejaswi Mudigonda (Vanderbilt)
Mentor: Jeffrey Sosman, MD; Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Project Title: A Systems Biology Approach to Understanding Targeted Treatment of NRAS Mutant Melanoma

Daniel Pomerantz (Vanderbilt)
Mentor: Kevin Ess, MD, PhD; Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Project Title: Endocannabinoid and mTOR signaling in Tuberous Sclerosis Complex