Summary

HHMI names 102 new medical student fellows, research scholars

Medical students from 30 states will spend the coming year learning what it means to be physician-scientists, with support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).

Two HHMI programs enable medical and dental students to spend a year doing mentored research. Sixty medical students representing 24 medical schools received HHMI research training fellowships. They will work at 24 institutions in 16 states.

Another 42 medical students representing 31 institutions were accepted as HHMI-NIH research scholars. They will live and work on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, Maryland, where the research scholars program is based at a facility informally known as the Cloister.

"Physician-scientists are essential to the advancement of medical research," says William Galey, HHMI's graduate science education program director. "Such individuals are aware of existing problems in human health and illness, so they are in a unique position to translate new basic science knowledge into the treatment of disease."

HHMI has always been committed to the concept of the physician-scientist. Last year, for example, the Institute appointed 12 new investigators who conduct patient-oriented research. "HHMI's two medical research training programs aim to expand the pool of medically trained researchers by providing medical and dental students with an extended research opportunity," says Galey.

"We are pleased that these programs have been exemplary in their representation of the underrepresented pool of women and minority physician-scientists, although there is more to accomplish, " he added. Women comprise 28 percent of the new HHMI medical student fellows and 40 percent of the research scholars. Nearly 17 percent of the research scholars are minorities under-represented in the sciences, as are 12 percent of the fellows.

Since the Institute's programs for medical students began, HHMI has supported research training for 841 medical student fellows and 736 research scholars. A list of 2003 fellows and research scholars follows.

Medical Student Fellows

Name

Medical School
(fellowship institution, if different)

Olujimi Ajijola

Duke University School of Medicine

Karthik Balakrishnan

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Brian Bucher

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Angela Byrd

Duke University Medical Center

Ankur Chawla

University of Rochester

Kevin Cheung

Weill Medical College of Cornell University (Rockefeller University)

Lei Chu

Baylor College of Medicine

Francesca Coppelli

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Dagan Coppock

Yale University School of Medicine

Zev Davidovics

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

Robert Den

Harvard Medical School

Neelendu Dey

Yale University School of Medicine

Zubin Eapen

Duke University Medical Center

Claire Edwards

Duke University Medical Center

Ganesh Elangovan

Duke University School of Medicine (University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine)

Joshua Englert

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Margo Funk

Washington University

Elías George

Baylor College of Medicine

Petros Giannikopoulos

Harvard Medical School (Harvard University School of Public Health)

Brian Griffith

Duke University Medical Center

Christopher Grunseich

State University of New York at Stony Brook (University of California, Los Angeles)

Arundathi Jayatilleke

Duke University School of Medicine

Peter Jun

Stanford University School of Medicine (University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine)

Sang Do Kim

Harvard Medical School

Lauren Kim

Washington University School of Medicine

Rebecca Klinger

Duke University

Andrew Kopelman

Stanford University School of Medicine

Alexander Langerman

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

Aimee Lee

Yale University School of Medicine

Michele Lee

Harvard Medical School

Theodore Leng

Stanford University School of Medicine

Michaella Maloney

Duke University Medical Center

Nicholas Marko

George Washington University

Jamie McInturff

UCLA

Sudha Nallasamy

University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and Health System

Divya Narayanan

Columbia University

Amar Nijagal

University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCLA)

Jorge Oldan

State University of New York at Stony Brook Health Sciences Center School of Medicine

Jeevan Padiyar

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Daniel Park

Duke University

Andrew Patel

University of California San Francisco (New York University)

John Thomas-Gaikens Pena

Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Trevor Phillips

Yale School of Medicine

William Polkinghorn

Harvard Medical School

Sandip Prasad

Duke University School of Medicine (Washington University School of Medicine)

Robin Price

Stanford University

Richard Ro

Duke University Medical Center

Roya Saffary

University of Maryland School of Medicine (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine)

Sam Sawaya

Baylor College of Medicine

Erin Shaughnessy

Duke University Medical Center

Giridhar Shivaram

Stanford University

M.Minhaj Siddiqui

Harvard Medical School

Taylor Sittler

University of Massachusetts at Worcester (University of California, San Diego)

Alecia Sizemore

Indiana University Medical Center

Jamie Van Gompel

University of Wisconsin Medical School

Sreekanth Vemulapalli

Duke University Medical Center

David Wang

Stanford University School of Medicine

Aaron Wieland

Harvard Medical School (Brigham and Women's Hospital)

Kyle Williams

University of Minnesota Medical School-Minneapolis

Charles Zaremba

Baylor College of Medicine

HHMI/NIH Research Scholars

Name

Medical School

Josiah Ambrose

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Yuliya Annas

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Joseph Aoki

University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine

Joseph Azok

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Alok Bansal

Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine

Maria Barile

University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Monika Burness

Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

Shannon Carty

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

Randi Cohen

Stony Brook University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine

Tara Collins

Emory University School of Medicine

Maria D'Souza

University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine

Andrew Dorsch

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Eldad Elnekave

Tufts University School of Medicine

Alexis Gorden

New York University School of Medicine

Allen Ho

University of California, Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Rachel Hopper

University of Michigan Medical School

Matthew Husa

Ohio State University College of Medicine

Prasanna Jagannathan

Harvard Medical School

Joelle Karch

University of Buffalo, State University of New York School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Jessica Karl

University of Buffalo, State University of New York School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Lauren Kernochan

Yale University School of Medicine

Michelle Khan

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

Gaurav Khanna

University of Minnesota Medical School - Twin Cities

Jocelyn Kim

University of Michigan Medical School

Harrison Lin

Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

Maulik Majmudar

Northwestern University Medical School

Matthew Mandel

New York University School of Medicine

Justin Maxhimer

Rush Medical College of Rush University

Jayant Menon

University of California, Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Wallis Muhly

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Sima Patel

Northwestern University Medical School

Shakti Ramkissoon

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/New Jersey Medical School

Xinglei Shen

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Arun Singh

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/New Jersey Medical School

Eboni Smith

Brown University School of Medicine

Eric Snyder

Indiana University School of Medicine

Kevin Taylor

Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Parizad Torabi-Parizi

Emory University School of Medicine

Jesus Vazquez

Harvard Medical School

Kien Vuu

University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine

Heidi Werner

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Brian Zipser

Brown University School of Medicine

For More Information

Jim Keeley 301.215.8858 keeleyj@hhmi.org