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MD/PhD Student Receives Two Grants For Cancer Research

Randall J. Brenneman, Ph.D., an M.D./Ph.D. student pursuing a career in radiation oncology, has received two medical student grants to help support his research into the development of targeted cancer therapies.

Brenneman has been interested in radiation oncology since his undergraduate studies, when he majored in neuroscience at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

“It’s a challenging field, and when you have had family members affected by cancer, you want to join the fight,” he said. “Translational research to find new options for cancer therapy is very appealing to me, especially after seeing patients dying from this disease on the wards as a medical student.” more

Enmanuel Perez: Three Miami Project Researchers Earn NINDS Fellowships

To support the career development of neuroscientists, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke provides National Research Service Award predoctoral training fellowships to promising students with the potential to become productive, independent investigators, and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis recently was fortunate to receive three of these fellowships.

From the lab of Daniel Liebl, Ph.D., associate professor of neurological surgery, Poincyane Assis-Nascimento and Enmanuel Perez-Martinez received this honor. Nicole Wilson, from the lab of Coleen Atkins, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurological surgery, also received a fellowship. more

Third-Year Medical Student Finds Balance in the Lab

While many medical students in the Class of 2013 are starting their clinical clerkships, Samuel Beckerman is using this time to achieve his idea of balance: getting a jump-start on the Ph.D. in neuroscience he wants to earn alongside his M.D.

The third-year student in the Miller School’s M.D./Ph.D program is working at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis in the Laboratory for Axon Growth and Guidance under the direction of Vance Lemmon, Ph..D., professor of neurological surgery and the Walter G. Ross Distinguished Chair of Developmental Neuroscience, and John Bixby, Ph.D. professor of molecular and cellular pharmacology, senior associate dean for graduate studies and director of the Neuroscience Center. More

Matthew Phillips, First Year MD/PhD Student: Research Poster on Enterococci

NHLBI Issued News Release to Coincide with MD/PhD Student’s Publication in Circulation

The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) issued a News Release to coincide with the publication of MD/PhD graduate, Jorge Alvarez, in Circulation. Dr. Alvarez’ publication identifies important rish factors for death and transplantation in children with dilated cardiomyopathy. The study, supported by the NHLBI of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) was Dr. Alvarez’ dissertation research.

“Competing risks for death and cardiac transplantation in children with dilated cardiomyopathy: results from the Pediatric Cardiomyopathy Registry”, was published in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association on August 16th. Using the Pediatric Cardiomyopathy Registry the study identified important predictors of death before children undergo cardiac transplantation. By physicians utilizing these predictors nationwide, they will be able to save children who otherwise would have died or would not have benefited from transplantation. More

Dissertation Defenses

Congratulations to the following students who successfully defended their dissertation and returned to medical school.

  • Samuel Beckerman, Ph.D. – Neuroscience
  • Alexandra Besser, Ph.D. – Cancer Biology
  • Srinivasan Narayanan, Ph.D. – Neuroscience
  • Veronica Peschansky, Ph.D. – Neuroscience
  • Nima Sharifai, Ph.D. – Neuroscience
  • Ethan Yang, Ph.D. – Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards

Congratulations to the following MD/PhD students on receiving Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards.

  • Enmanuel Perez-Martinez – NIH-NINDS F31 NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowship
  • Ryan McCormack – NIH-NIAID F31 NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowship
  • Srinivasan Narayanan -NIH-NINDS F31 NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowship
  • Nima Sharifai – NIH-NIMH F30 NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowship
  • Ansel Amaral – NIH-NIDDKD – F30 NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowship
  • Gustavo Munguba – NIH-NEI F31 NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowship
  • Diana Kachan – NIH F30 NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowship
  • Stephanie Bacik – NIH F31 NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowship
  • Stephanie Peacock – NIH F30 NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowship
  • Uzoezi Ozomaro – NIH F31 NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowship
  • David Landy – Americal Heart Association Award
  • Michael Kritzer-Cheren – American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship
  • Taylor Schreiber – Florida Biomedical Post-doctoral Fellowship

New Students

The MD/PhD Program welcomes six new students for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Nathan Balukoff
Undergraduate Institution: U of Iowa
BSc., Genetics & Biotechnology
Hometown: Iowa City, IA

Tyler Cunningham
Undergraduate Institution: U of Florida
BSc., Biochemistry
Hometown: St. Cloud,FL

Olivia Gardner
Undergraduate Institution: U of Southern California
BSc., Biochemistry
Hometown: Carlsbad, CA

Hema Kondur
Undergraduate Institution: U Of Carolina at Chapel Hill
BSc., Public Health & Chemistry
Hometown: Martinez, GA

Daniel Rodriguez
Undergraduate Institution: Florida International U
BSc., Biomedical Engineering
Hometown: Pembroke Pines, FL

Yusheng Zhang (Eric)
Undergraduate Institution: Emory U
BSc., Chemistry
Hometown: Bellevue, WA