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Congratulations to our  M.D./Ph.D. student, Michelle Bach, M.D./Ph.D. for matching Psychiatry PSTP at Emory University. Michelle's plan is to continue research by focusing on public trust and patient experiences of neuromodulation.

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Congratulations to Alex Piening, 3rd year M.D./Ph.D. student, for first authorship paper. “The goal of this study was to identify the impact of immunotherapy on COVID-19 immunity in previously vaccinated cancer patients. After analyzing antibody and T cell responses before and after immunotherapy, we found that immunotherapy did not significantly alter humoral or cellular immunity to SARS-CoV-2. These results provide immunological data that support other clinical studies demonstrating the safety of COVID-19 vaccination in cancer patients receiving systemic therapies.”

Group photo of M.D. / Ph.D. residents during their group retreat
In August, M.D./Ph.D. students attended a day and a half retreat, "Navigating Diverse Career Paths”. The retreat kicked off with a presentation by Dr. Jacobs and conversations with other faculty members.  A keynote speaker, panel discussions on different M.D./Ph.D. career paths & activities were key aspects of the retreat as well as building community within the program.  

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Jessica Bourque, Ph.D., successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Life and Death of Tolerogenic Dendritic Cells" in June. She will miss the Hawiger lab but is excited to return to the medical school as a M3 in July.

Zack Grese standing in fron of his disertation posted on a wall

Zachary Grese, Ph.D., successfully defended his dissertation "The role of RNA-binding in TDP-43 liquid-liquid phase separation and function” via zoom in May. He will miss Dr. Ayala's lab but is excited to continue medical school​ as a third year student in June. Congratulations.

Picture of Meghan Murrany standing infron of a screen projection with her dissertain defense presentation

Meghan Murray, Ph.D., successfully defended her dissertation, “Synthetic Ligands Targeting R.o.R. and R.E.V.-E.R.B. To Treat Inflammatory and Metabolic Diseases” in May.  Meghan will return to medical school in June as a third year student. Congratulations, Meghan.

Valerio Rossi celebrating, holidng a sheet cake with the words "Congratulations Valerio" iced on the top of the cake
 Congratulations to Valerio Rasi, Ph.D. on his successful dissertation defense “Mechanistic Investigations of Granzyme A-mediated T.B. Protective Effects” under the direction of Dr. Hoft, Valerio will rejoin medical school as a third year student in June. 

Catherine Cai

Congratulations to Catherine Cai on matching to New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center-NY.

Catherine says, "I am simply elated to be moving to one of the best cities in the world to train at one of the best hospitals in the country. The M.D./Ph.D. journey is a long and often lonely one, but it makes Match Day that much sweeter for us. I am grateful for my family here in the M.D./Ph.D. program and for the support I received from the School of Medicine."

Best of luck for a bright fulfilling career.

Nick Steinauer on beach at sunset

M.D./Ph.D. candidate Nick Steinauer successfully defended his dissertation "Role of the Hematopoietic Corepressor CBFA2T3 in Acute Myeloid Leukemia" in April, under the mentorship of Jinsong Zhang. He is excited to begin his M3 year of medical school in June.

Stephen Grote, Ph.D. outdoors with family.

Stephen Grote, Ph.D. successfully defended his dissertation, "Neuronostatin: a Novel Factor in Glucose Counterregulation" on April 15 via Zoom call. He will be returning to medical school as an M3 in June.

Daniel outdoors

Daniel successfully defended his dissertation: "Neutrophil-Derived Bioactive Lipids in Sepsis" in April. He loved working in the Ford lab and will miss being a part of it, but he is excited to start the next chapter in his training and rejoin medical school in June.

Kevin Bockerstett, Ph.D., defending his dissertation shown in lab.

Congratulations to Kevin Bockerstett, Ph.D., successfully defending his dissertation "The Role of Inflammation in Gastric Carcinogenesis." via a Zoom call during the COVID-19 crisis. Kevin will rejoin medical students as a M3 student to finish his training as a medical student.

Ananthi Rajamoorthi, Ph.D.

Saint Louis University School of Medicine Virtual Match Day 2020. Congratulations to Ananthi Rajamoorthi, M.D., Ph.D., on matching to her first choice at New York Presbyterian Children's Hospital/Columbia University Pediatric Physician- Scientist Program. Best wishes for an exciting future.

Congratulations to our newest 2019 MD.Ph.D. Graduates, left to right, Kostia Malley University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine- Internal Medicine, Anit Behera University of Chicago Medical Center- Neurology, Dr. Jane McHowat (MD/PhD Program Director), Dr. Andy Lechner (MD/PhD Program Director Emeritus), Andrew Jones  Barnes- Jewish Hospital- Internal Medicine, Ray Kreienkamp, St. Louis Children's Hospital- Pediatrics.
Congratulations to our newest 2019 M.D./Ph.D. Graduates, left to right, Kostia Malley University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine - Internal Medicine, Anit Behera University of Chicago Medical Center - Neurology, Dr. Jane McHowat (M.D./Ph.D. Program Director), Dr. Andy Lechner (M.D./Ph.D. Program Director Emeritus), Andrew Jones Barnes - Jewish Hospital - Internal Medicine, Ray Kreienkamp, St. Louis Children's Hospital - Pediatrics.

Nick Steinauer, M.D./Ph.D. student in Dr. Zhang's lab,

Nick Steinauer, M.D./Ph.D. student in Dr. Zhang's lab, recently published a paper in Blood Advances. Congratulations. Steinauer, N., Guo, C., Huang, C., Wong, M., Tu, Y., Freter, C. E., & Zhang, J. (2019). Myeloid translocation gene CBFA2T3 directs a relapse gene program and determines patient-specific outcomes in AML. Blood Advances, 3(9), 1379 LP – 1393.

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