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Medical Students Win HHMI Research Awards

Summary

More than 100 medical students from medical schools all over the country are learning what life is like in a research lab.

More than 100 students from 40 medical schools and one dental school across the United States will spend their next academic year learning what it's like to do medical research. They are recipients of approximately $3.7 million in new research fellowships and awards from Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).

HHMI runs two programs designed to interest medical and dental students in becoming physician-scientists. Both programs enable the students to take a year off from medical school to do mentored research.

Physician-scientists are essential to the advancement of medical research.


William Galey

This year, 66 medical students received HHMI research training fellowships, which they will use at medical research centers nationwide. Another 42 medical and dental students were accepted as HHMI-NIH research scholars. They will live and work on the campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, where HHMI's research scholars program is based at a historic building informally known as the Cloister.

“Physician-scientists are essential to the advancement of medical research,” said William Galey, graduate science education program director at HHMI. “Such individuals are aware of the pressing problems in medicine, so they are in a unique position to help translate new basic science discoveries into treatments for disease.”

This year 364 students from 91 medical and dental schools applied for the research opportunities. Women comprise 38 percent of the research scholars and 35 percent of those receiving fellowships. Minorities underrepresented in the sciences account for 24 percent of the research scholars and eight percent of the fellows. Fields of research interest range widely, with a majority choosing cell or molecular biology, genetics, immunology, and neuroscience.

Since the Institute's research programs for medical students began in 1985, HHMI has supported research training for nearly 1,000 medical student fellows and more than 800 research scholars, many of whom have gone on to make contributions to bridging the gap between laboratory science and medicine. For example, Dr. Joseph Vinetz, an HHMI-NIH Cloister scholar in 1988, is now an associate professor at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, where he conducts research from bench to bedside on tropical infectious diseases. He takes a comprehensive approach, studying the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying transmission and doing field work among infected populations in Peru. Vinetz has served on three review panels for HHMI international research scholar competitions.

The 2005 research scholars and fellows are::

2005 Research Training Fellowships for Medical Students

Name

Medical School
(fellowship institution, if different)

Hannah Alphs

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Nicholas Andersen

Harvard Medical School

Issa Bagayogo

UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Bradley Barnett

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Pavan Bendapudi

Stanford University School of Medicine

Gabriel Brooks

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

Jolie Chang

University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine

Han-Chiao Chen

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Jason Cheng

University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine

Julia Chu

Harvard Medical School

Steven Corsello

Harvard Medical School

Paul Dieffenbach

Harvard Medical School

Kasra Eliasieh

University of California, School of Medicine (Davis, California)

Sophie Esmail

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Southwestern Medical School

Gustave Falciglia

Northwestern University, The Feinberg School of Medicine

Eric Fuh

Duke University School of Medicine

David Garras

Duke University School of Medicine

Ahmed Ghazi

Yale University School of Medicine

Vinai Gondi

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Lia Halasz

Harvard Medical School

Simon Hanft

Stanford University School of Medicine

Jonas Heymann

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Robert Hillman

Stanford University School of Medicine

Ashley Holder

Baylor College of Medicine

Joyce Hsu

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Jonathan Jacobs

Harvard Medical School

Elliot Jerud

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Janice Jin

Harvard Medical School

M. Yashar Kalani

Stanford University School of Medicine

Michael Keller

Duke University School of Medicine

Victoria Kuohung

Yale University School of Medicine

Levi Ledgerwood

Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Aram Lee

Yale University School of Medicine

Theodore Marentis

Harvard Medical School

Matthew McCarthy

Harvard Medical School

David Michel

Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University

Mark Murakami

Washington University School of Medicine

Mandar Muzumdar

Stanford University School of Medicine

Haley Naik

Harvard Medical School

Jared Narvid

University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine

Bichchau Nguyen

Stanford University School of Medicine

Yana Pikman

Harvard Medical School

Tonguc Pinar

Harvard Medical School

Chad Ruffin

Louisiana State University School of Medicine (Shreveport, Louisiana)

Rafael Sanchez

Duke University School of Medicine

Nefthi Sandeep

New York University School of Medicine

Jonathan Schoenfeld

Harvard Medical School

Daniel Schreeder

University of Alabama School of Medicine

Brian Schulman

University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine

Pritha Sen

Harvard Medical School

John Paul Shen

Washington University School of Medicine

Aaron Small

Mayo Medical School

Brad Stevinson

Georgetown University School of Medicine

Kristen Thorstenson

University of Minnesota Medical School-Twin Cities

Ryan Turley

Duke University School of Medicine

Danielle Underkoffler

Duke University School of Medicine

Ronald Viola

Duke University School of Medicine

Ruobing Wang

Stanford University School of Medicine

Sunny Wang

Duke University School of Medicine

John Werner

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Valerie Wolfe

Duke University School of Medicine

Judith Wong

University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine

Nanfei Zhang

Duke University School of Medicine

Sandy Zhang

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Xiao Zhao

Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Suzana Zorca

Harvard Medical School

2005 HHMI-NIH Research Scholars

Name

Medical School

Ahmet Altiner

New York University School of Medicine

Eve Bowers

Emory University School of Medicine

Raul Calderon

Harvard Medical School

May Chan

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

Atif Collins

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

John Eifler

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

Joshua Fernandes

George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Thomas Fishler

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Belinda Galeano

Mayo Medical School

John Gonzales

Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

Solomon Graf

Boston University School of Medicine

Joshua Hanson

Washington University School of Medicine

Adrianna Jackson

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Jared Jagdeo

Brown Medical School

Nieraj Jain

Duke University School of Medicine

Jayne Joo

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Louis Joseph

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Christopher Kanakry

Duke University School of Medicine

Lanea Keller

Rush Medical College of Rush University

Grant Lee

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Jamey Levy

New York University School of Medicine

Anne Lewis

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

Susan Mackie

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Gabriel Mannis

University of California, School of Medicine (Davis, California)

Brian Masselink

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Margaret McKinney

Brown Medical School

Garani Nadaraja

Northwestern University, The Feinberg School of Medicine

Jemiel Nejim

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Sampeter Odera

Harvard University School of Dental Medicine

Stephen Pan

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Joseph Pennington

Eastern Virginia Medical School

Jason Poff

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Gulnar Pothiawala

University of Vermont College of Medicine

Annely Richardson

Boston University School of Medicine

Lauren Shapiro

Stanford University School of Medicine

Hadley Sharp

University of Nebraska College of Medicine

Willie Siu

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Julia Wang

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Brian Webster

University of California, School of Medicine (San Diego, California)

Christopher Welty

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Joshua Wolf

New York University School of Medicine

Hua Yang

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

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