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Medical, Dental Students Taste Life as Research Scientists

Summary

HHMI names 66 new medical and dental student fellows and 42 HHMI/NIH research scholars.

To help nurture the careers of future medical scientists, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is awarding nearly $3.9 million in fellowships and research scholar positions to 108 medical and dental students to spend a year conducting mentored biomedical research. Physician and dental scientists play a vital role in medically oriented basic research, as well as in translational research to apply basic research discoveries to medical problems.

HHMI offers two programs that immerse medical and dental students in biomedical research. The HHMI-NIH Research Scholars Program brings medical and dental students to live for a year on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, Maryland, where they conduct research in NIH laboratories. The HHMI Research Training Fellowships for Medical and Dental Students support year-long fellowships at a research institution of the fellow's choice.

HHMI hopes that these students' research experiences provide them the training and motivation to become medical scientists.

William Galey

"Medical scientists have a deep appreciation for the problems medicine needs to solve,” said William Galey, graduate education program director at HHMI. “They also know how to approach those problems in a research lab setting, so they play a vital role both in medical research and advances in the treatment of disease. HHMI hopes that these students' research experiences provide them the training and motivation to become medical scientists."

Although several dental students previously have participated in the HHMI-NIH Research Scholars program, this is the first year that dental students have also been selected to receive HHMI Research Training Fellowships. The dental student fellows selected this year are from Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the University of Maryland Baltimore College of Dental Surgery. The dental student research scholar is from Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine.

"We feel it is important to include dental students in our medical research training programs," Galey said. "Not only is there a need to address important dental health issues through biomedical research, but basic dental research has produced some important findings relevant to human medical conditions."

This year a total of 329 students at 87 different medical and dental schools applied for the two programs. The Institute awarded 66 fellowships and named 42 HHMI-NIH research scholars.

HHMI makes a special effort to attract women and minorities underrepresented in the sciences to apply for these programs. Thirty percent of the new fellows and 36 percent of the new HHMI-NIH research scholars are women. Seventeen percent of the fellows and approximately seven percent of the research scholars are minorities underrepresented in the biomedical sciences.

"The impact of a year of research experience can be enormous," said Galey. Follow-up studies of alumni show that more than half consistently go on into research careers. The number of HHMI fellows and research scholars applying for a second year of research support is also increasing. During 2005-2006, 12 research scholars are conducting their second year of research at NIH, compared to seven in 2004-2005 and three in 2003-2004. Two of this year's medical student fellows plan to enter M.D./Ph.D. programs and eight applied to continue their HHMI research fellowship for a second year.

HHMI's fellowships and research scholar positions are complemented by another HHMI program, the Med into Grad Initiative, which addresses the need for more clinically trained scientists by incorporating more clinical training in Ph.D. programs in the life sciences. Thirteen research institutions received grants totaling $10 million this year to develop a clinical component for their graduate students studying the life sciences.

The 2006 research scholars and medical and dental student fellows are:

2006 Research Training Fellowships for Medical Students

Name

Medical School

Fellowship Institution

Shimon Bababeygy

Stanford University School of Medicine

Stanford University

Pavan Bachireddy

Stanford University School of Medicine

Stanford University

Carmen Barnes

Brown Medical School

University of Alabama, Birmingham

Jaime Berg

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Frederick Boehm

University of Wisconsin Medical School

Harvard University

Jason Brant

Washington University School of Medicine

Washington University

Eric Buras

Baylor College of Medicine

Baylor College of Medicine

Melissa Burns

New York Medical College

Harvard University

Tene Cage

University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine

University of California, San Francisco

Aaron Cardon

Baylor College of Medicine

Baylor College of Medicine

Aadel Chaudhuri

Stanford University School of Medicine

California Institute of Technology

Jonathan Clarke

Harvard Medical School

Harvard University

Sudeb Dalai

Stanford University School of Medicine

Stanford University

Alexander Diaz de Villalvilla

Yale University School of Medicine

Yale University

Lu Anne Dinglasan

Yale University School of Medicine

Yale University

Jennifer Dominguez

Yale University School of Medicine

Yale University

Rebecca Dumont

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

University of California, Los Angeles

Stephen Farris

University of Washington School of Medicine

University of Washington

Wen-Chi Foo

Duke University School of Medicine

Duke University

Mani Foroohar

Stanford University School of Medicine

Stanford University

Alfred Garfall

New York University School of Medicine

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Stephen George

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

University of Rochester

Phillip Gray

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Harvard University

Daniel Halperin

Cornell University Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College and Graduate School of Medical Sciences

Cornell University

Andrew Hoover

University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine

University of Iowa

Jameel Johnson

Baylor College of Medicine

Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute

James Knutson

Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Wake Forest University

Geoffrey Krampitz

Stanford University School of Medicine

Stanford University

Eric Lee

Duke University School of Medicine

Duke University

Mitchell Lunn

Stanford University School of Medicine

Stanford University

Maria Lucia Madariaga

Harvard Medical School

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Robert Mallery

Washington University School of Medicine

Washington University

Ovidiu Marina

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Harvard University

Erin Moore

University of Washington School of Medicine

University of Washington

Nathan Morrell

Stanford University School of Medicine

Stanford University

Anna Muench

University of Maryland Dental School

University of Maryland, Baltimore

Andrew Munro

Duke University School of Medicine

Duke University

Babak Nazer

Harvard Medical School

Harvard University

Gregory Nelson

Yale University School of Medicine

Yale University

Martha Noel

Stanford University School of Medicine

Rockefeller University

Jenny Pan

New York University School of Medicine

New York University

Tho Pham

University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine

University of California, San Diego

Andrew Pogozelski

Duke University School of Medicine

Duke University

Laura Prolo

Stanford University School of Medicine

Stanford University

Charles Rickert

Washington University School of Medicine

Washington University

Amilcar Rizzo

University of California, Davis, School of Medicine

Stanford University

Jason Robertson

Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University

Amit Sabnis

University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine

University of California, San Francisco

Louis Saddic

Stanford University School of Medicine

Stanford University

Carolyn Senavsky

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

University of California, Los Angeles

Maulik Shah

Yale University School of Medicine

Yale University

Rahul Sheth

Harvard Medical School

Harvard University

Sunil Sheth

Harvard Medical School

Harvard University

Jeffrey Shyu

New York University School of Medicine

New York University

Raja Sivamani

University of California, Davis, School of Medicine

University of Colorado, Boulder

Thing Rinda Soong

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Ambika Sud

Duke University School of Medicine

Harvard University

Yolanda Tseng

Harvard Medical School

Harvard University

John Van Arnam

Stanford University School of Medicine

Stanford University

Aaron Viny

Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University

Neil Wagle

Harvard Medical School

Harvard University

Audrey Wang

Harvard Medical School

Harvard University

Estee Wang

Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Harvard University

Jack Wang

Stanford University School of Medicine

Stanford University

Thomas Wilson

University of Nebraska Medical Center

University of Nebraska

Kimberly Mei Winges

New York Medical College

University of Colorado, Boulder

2006 HHMI-NIH Research Scholars

Name

Medical School

Stephanie Ajudua

Brown Medical School

Ali Alikhan

Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine

Kelly Bolton

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Kirk Campbell

New York University School of Medicine

Paul Campion

New York University School of Medicine

Stephen Chang

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Selby Chen

New York University School of Medicine

Jessica Choe

Drexel University College of Medicine

David Chou

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Catherine Cox

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Aditya Derasari

University of South Florida College of Medicine

Elodi Dielubanza

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Reza Ehsanian

Stanford University School of Medicine

Kevin Elias

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Kiran Gollapudi

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Rozalina Grubina

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Andrew Gunn

University of South Dakota School of Medicine

Courtney Hancock

Emory University School of Medicine

Jesse Hanisch

Creighton University School of Medicine

Jennifer Hellawell

Cornell University Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College and Graduate School of Medical Sciences

Victor Huang

University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine

Timothy Ito

New York University School of Medicine

Neil Kumar

University of Kansas, Kansas City, School of Medicine

Gina Kwon

Stanford University School of Medicine

Ravikanth Maddipati

Boston University School of Medicine

Bibhu Mohanty

Duke University School of Medicine

Giang Nguyen

Albany Medical College

Seth Pantanelli

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Itai Pashtan

University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences and Pritzker School of Medicine

David Patterson

Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

Aleksandra Rachitskaya

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Tiffany Scharschmidt

University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine

Matthew Scherer

Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Jennifer Shih

Washington University School of Medicine

Jessica Shireman

Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine

Alexander Shoushtari

Rush Medical College of Rush University

Brian Sworder

Boston University School of Medicine

Animesh Tandon

University of Michigan Medical School

Beth Toste

Brown Medical School

Varun Verma

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey—Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Tim Weaver

University of California, Davis, School of Medicine

Uwais Zaid

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

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