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Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Ranked #3 in the Nation

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Cincinnati Children’s is ranked #3 in the nation among Honor Roll hospitals in the U.S. News and World Report 2020-2021 Best Children’s Hospitals.

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WhoWoreItBest Challenge

#WhoWoreItBetter Mask Challenge

On Twitter, the UC COM Office of Research (@UC_CoMResearch) initiated a mask-wearing #WhoWoreItBetter challenge for research labs.  The challenge aimed at raising awareness for the importance of mask-wearing in the general community, in order to protect others, and especially those most vulnerable to COVID-19.  See other labs' photo entries!

UC College of Medicine

College of Medicine's 2020 Orientation Turns Virtual

Due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), the UC College of Medicine’s Orientation Week will look very different this year.

Instead of the typical gathering of all first-year medical students attending presentations, luncheons, dinners and social gatherings during the first week of August, this year, the 180 first-year students will be broken into small groups of nine with a Student Orientation Leader (SOL) to guide them. Each day, two small groups will be on campus in the mornings and afternoons from Aug. 3 through Aug. 7 to maintain the 10-person gathering limit while still allowing time together to get acquainted with fellow students and learn the medical campus. Otherwise, much of the rest of their week will be spent online with live and recorded sessions. Learn more.

Calvin Chan

MSTP Student’s Research Identifies Underlying Mechanism Tying Obesity to Other Health Conditions 

MSTP student Calvin Chan, is part of a team of scientists at Cincinnati Children’s and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine that identified for the first time that adipocytes—the cells that compose the core of fat—can unlock a dormant inflammatory potential that may contribute to obesity-associated metabolic disruption. Their findings were published online June 2, 2020, in Nature Communications.

The study shows that for many people with obesity, a complex chain-reaction of signals within their fat appears to set them up for poor outcomes from several diseases. It also reveals an unappreciated mechanism driving the relationship between obesity and dysregulated immunity.

Further investigation continues into the specific mechanisms that type I Interferons employ to modify adipocyte core metabolism. In addition, researchers continue to study the full extent of how adipocytes can “mimic” inflammatory immune cell capabilities.

Learn more.

Read the published study in Nature Communications.

(The above text includes excerpts from the originally published story from June 2, 2020 on CCHMC’s Research Horizons.)

FY19 Research Annual Report

MSTP Students Featured in College of Medicine’s FY 2019 Research Annual Report

The UC College of Medicine released its FY2019 Research Annual Report.  The report tracks the College of Medicine’s latest research progress, highlights its outstanding researchers, and recognizes the successes of its research faculty during the past year.  MSTP student Courtney Giannini was featured within the report for being awarded the UC Presidential Medal of Graduate Student Excellence (page 59).  Additionally, MSTP student Camille Sullivan was featured for being a Yale Ciencia Fellow (page 60). 

Read the report: 2019 Research Annual Report.

Ben Wissel

MSTP Student Develops Interactive Dashboard to Track COVID-19 Data & is Featured on the News! 

Ben Wissel is an MSTP student in the Biomedical Informatics (BMI) Graduate Program, and his PI is Judith Dexheimer, PhD. Ben is an active student leader within the MSTP, and during the 2019-2020 academic year, he served as the Chief Officer of the MSTP Student Governing Council.

In early 2020, Ben and another BMI graduate student, PJ Van Camp, MD, created an interactive dashboard mapping COVID-19 data from local to national levels. The dashboard tracks cases, deaths, testing volumes and rankings to help people be aware of outbreaks in their area. As the pandemic evolves, Ben and PJ plan to continue to add new features and metrics.

The dashboard was released to the public in April 2020 and published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA). By the end of April, the tool had already reached thousands of users in almost every U.S. state and in 18 countries.

Ben on the development of the COVID-19 dashboard:
“We started the project out of frustration for not being able to see the data as we wanted it, and it turned out many people were feeling the same way."

Learn more.

Explore the COVID-19 Watcher!

Watch Ben's interview with the local news!

Tammy GonzalezMSTP Student, Tammy Gonzalez, is Named a Fellow with Yale Ciencia Academy 

Tammy Gonzalez was named a 2020 fellow with the Yale Ciencia Academy for Career Development. In 2020, the academy accepted 40 young researchers from across the United States to provide opportunities for professional mentorship, networking, and other skills to facilitate community contributions through science outreach. Yale Ciencia Academy’s focus is to increase the number of scientists from underrepresented or underserved communities.

Tammy is in the Immunology Graduate Program, and her PI is Andrew Herr, PhD.  Using the Mechanisms of Atopic Dermatitis to Asthma in Children (MPAACH) cohort, Tammy currently studies the role of the Staphylococcus aureus biofilms in the pathogenesis of atopic dermatitis in children.  In the past, she received the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology Chrysalis award and ASM’s Graduate Capstone Fellowship. Tammy also serves on the diversity committee for the UC College of Medicine.

Click here to read more about Yale Ciencia Academy and the 2020 fellows.

Mudder Phudders Band

MSTP Students Perform in Virtual Concert

The University of Cincinnati and UC Health has a virtual concert series, called “Quarantunes,” that streams on Facebook. The concerts are hosted by Carl Fichtenbaum, MD, professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases.

The Quarantunes concert that streamed on May 16th featured a number of musical acts, including a few songs performed by the Mudder Phudders band. The band is comprised of the following MSTP students: Ethan Adkins, Pablo Alarcon, Alex Feldman, and Seth Reighard.
Watch the concert!

Joshua Schaffzin

MSTP Alumnus Leads Efforts to Safeguard CCHMC Against COVID-19

UC MSTP 2002 graduate Joshua K. Schaffzin, MD, PhD, is the Director of Infection Prevention & Control at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Schaffzin’s role has been more challenging, and important, than ever. He is a member of the team leading CCHMC’s COVID-19 response, and has been at the forefront of decisions and communications around preventing COVID-19 spread and maintaining a safe environment for all CCHMC staff, patients, and families. He reports that every day brings new questions and conundrums – from PPE use, testing utilization, social distancing, employee and visitor screening, to how to resume services in a safe, manageable way.

“[COVID-19] has created many challenges, but also many opportunities,” said Dr. Schaffzin. “It has taught us the value of social distancing in controlling an outbreak, in the importance of strong leadership and clear communication. From a research standpoint, it has given us a chance to examine viral pathogenicity and immunity in children in a way we have not been able to before. The question of why disease tends to be less severe in children is a mystery that if solved could tell us how to prevent severe disease in children and adults due to COVID-19 and other viruses.”

Dr. Schaffzin on COVID-19:
“COVID-19 has challenged us to learn how to live our lives while maintaining distancing, masking, hygiene and disinfection. We are all learning this new normal together.”

MSTP M4 Virtual Celebration

MSTP Holds Virtual M4 Celebration

Since the MSTP could not honor its graduating M4s in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MSTP held a virtual celebration! The virtual event featured congratulations for the M4s’ residency matches, end-of-year award announcements, fun poems from Dr. Hershey that were personalized to each M4, as well as a student-coordinated M4 Roast, M4 Fun Fact Game, and student superlatives. The MSTP also had catered meals delivered to the M4s. It was a fun event for all, and a joyous sendoff for the graduating students! On May 23rd, the students also enjoyed a Virtual Honors Day Medical School Graduation, coordinated by the UC College of Medicine.

Seth Reighard

MSTP Student’s Research Could Lead to New Treatments for Lupus

In a first-of-its-kind discovery, a team of Cincinnati Children’s scientists led by MSTP Student, Seth Reighard, PhD, Stephen Waggoner, PhD, and Hermine Brunner, MD, MSc, MBA, has engineered a CAR with the potential to revolutionize care of patients with lupus. When expressed by human NK cells, this CAR enables targeted elimination of T follicular helper (Tfh) cells without harming other types of T-cells.

This treatment showed specificity in human cells in lab tests, and improved disease measures in a humanized mouse model of lupus—two key early signs of progress that suggest further research is warranted.

“This is the first method to specifically remove an otherwise intractable population of harmful cells,” Waggoner says. “We think targeting them will be safe and clinically beneficial in multiple diseases. Our approach started with lupus because the disease is a leading cause of death in young women for which a cure is presently lacking.”

Learn more.

(The above text are excerpts from the originally published story from May 11, 2020 on CCHMC’s Research Horizons.)

Ayad Ali and Eli PerlTwo MSTP Students Receive Albert J. Ryan Foundation Fellowship

In 2020, both Ayad Ali and Eli Perl received the Albert J. Ryan Foundation Fellowship, a two-year award given to a select number of students at the University of Cincinnati, Dartmouth College, and Harvard University. The purpose of the fellowship is to recognize and encourage the career development of graduate students who show potential to contribute to the advancement of biomedical sciences. Congratulations, Ayad and Eli!

Photo: Ayad Ali (left), Eli Perl (right)

MSTP Selfie Collage

MSTP Students Take the Stay-at-Home Order in Stride

MSTP students did not let the COVID-19 pandemic break apart their tight-knit community. The students continued to socialize virtually and check-in on each other. They also created ongoing virtual content to boost morale and coordinated a selfie collage.

Keith Saum

MSTP Student, Keith Saum, Receives John J. Hutton Academic Excellence Award

Keith Saum, an MSTP student graduating in 2020, was selected to receive the University of Cincinnati’s 2020 John J. Hutton Academic Excellence Award. This prestigious award is given to a graduate of the combined MD/PhD program who has excelled academically in both the medical school and graduate school curriculum. Well done, Keith!

Drs. Kovall, Plas, and Sadayappan

MSTP Faculty Receive Funding for COVID-19 Studies

Congratulations to the MSTP faculty members among the researchers receiving funding from UC's Special Coronavirus (COVID-19) Research Pilot Grant Program. The grant program supports innovative studies exploring the virus' biology, progression, and how it affects various populations. It also support projects aimed at impacting the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of COVID-19.

• Yoshi Odaka, PhD, UC Blue Ash College, and Rhett Kovall, PhD, Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology, “Elucidation of SARS-CoV-2 ORF8 Protein Structure and Effect of Macrolides Rapamycin (sirolimus) and FK506 (tacrolimus) on ORF8 and FKBP7 Interaction”
• David Plas, PhD, Department of Cancer Biology, and William Miller, PhD, Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry, and Microbiology, “Interfering with SARS-CoV-2 Envelope-dependent Viral Entry”
Sakthivel Sadayappan, PhD, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Health and Disease, “Reversal of SARS-CoV-2-induced Contractile Dysfunction Mediated by Binding to ACE2 Receptor”

Learn more.

Photo, from left to right: Drs.Kovall, Plas, and Sadayappan

Stephen Trisno

MSTP Student, Stephen Trisno, Has Work Featured in National Geographic!

Congratulations to Stephen Trisno and his PI James Wells, PhD, on the first human esophagus organoid grown entirely from pluripotent stem cells (PSCs)!

The project was led by James Wells, PhD, senior author, and first author Stephen Trisno. Other CCHMC scientists on the project included Katherine Philo, Emily Catá, Sonya Ruiz-Torres, Scott Rankin, Lu Han, Talia Nasr, Praneet Chaturvedi, Marc Rothenberg, MD, PhD, Susanne Wells, PhD, and Aaron Zorn, PhD.

Dr. Wells said, “In addition to being a new model to study birth defects like esophageal atresia, the organoids can be used to study diseases like eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) and Barrett’s metaplasia, or to bioengineer genetically matched esophageal tissue for individual patients.”

Click here to read the National Geographic article.

Click here & here to read CCHMC articles on Esophageal Organoids.

(The above text are excerpts from the originally published story in the Cincinnati Children's Hospital "Perinatal Institute Newsletter," dated March 2020.)

Eli Perl

MSTP Student, Eli Perl, Selected to Attend 2020 Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany

Eli Perl was selected to attend the 2020 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany! Only 650 of the most qualified applicants from around the world receive the unique opportunity to attend this meeting.

At the 2020 Interdisciplinary meeting, 30-40 Nobel Laureates will convene to meet the next generation of leading scientists from all over the world. The UC MSTP is proud to have Eli represent us at this global forum!

Pharmacology Textbook

MSTP Students Author a Pharmacology Review Textbook

UC MSTP students, Ayad Ali and Rohit Rao, collaborated with the University of Toronto MD/PhD Program to author a pharmacology review textbook for medical students and residents. The book is titled, Pharmacology You See, and it is a study aid designed to assist students with exam preparation. The book also features contributions from other UC MSTP students – including Jackie Ehrman, Kevin Gaitonde, Alison Jarmas, Eli Perl, and Brian Upton. Learn more.

Courtney Linne

Courtney Linne Wins MSTP Bake-Off Contest

Congratulations to Courtney Linne on winning the 2020 MSTP Student Bake-Off Contest! The students voted her yummy tiramisu as the top dessert submission.

Robert Kleven

MSTP Student, Robert Kleven, Featured in UC Image of the Week

Robert Kleven worked on minimally invasive surgery techniques in Dr. Christy Holland's lab in the Department of Internal Medicine. Christy Holland, PhD is a member of MSTP faculty; to learn more about her work with Image-Guided Ultrasound Therapeutic Laboratories, click here.


Melanie Cushion, PhD

Melanie Cushion, PhD, Receives VA Research Career Scientist Award

Melanie Cushion, PhD, is the UC College of Medicine’s Senior Associate Dean for Research, and she also serves as MSTP Faculty and Director for the MSTP’s Senior Physician Scientist Advisor Program.

In 2020, Dr. Cushion received the VA’s Research Career Scientist Award, recognizing scientists who have demonstrated extraordinary contributions to VA research beyond their own funded studies and programs. Read more.  Congratulations, Dr. Cushion!

David Askew, PhD

David Askew, PhD, Receives UC Teaching Award

MSTP faculty member, David Askew, PhD, is a professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. In 2020, he received the “Mrs. A.B. ‘Dolly’ Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching,” as part of the UC All-University Faculty Awards Celebration. Congratulations, Dr. Askew!

Leah Kottyan, PhD

Leah Kottyan, PhD, Receives CCHMC Mentoring Achievement Award

Leah Kottyan, PhD, is an active member of the MSTP faculty, attending program events and serving on MSTP committees. Additionally, Dr. Kottyan demonstrates true dedication and enthusiasm towards mentoring students. It is well-deserved that Dr. Kottyan’s outstanding mentorship skills were recognized when she received the CCHMC 2020 Faculty “Mentoring Achievement Award.” Congratulations, Dr. Kottyan!

Theresa Alenghat, VMD, PhD

Theresa Alenghat, VMD, PhD Receives CCHMC Research Achievement Award

MSTP faculty member, Theresa Alenghat, VMD, PhD, is internationally recognized for her work investigating epithelial cells, commensal microbes, and their impact on health and intestinal disease. She and her lab have authored more than 30 publicans in premier journals, which have garnered more than 3,000 citations.

In recognition of these achievements, among many others, Dr. Alenghat was awarded the CCHMC 2020 Faculty “Research Achievement Award.” Congratulations, Dr. Alenghat!

2019 M1 White Coat Ceremony

2019 UC College of Medicine M1 White Coat Ceremony

The MSTP’s M1 class took part in the UC College of Medicine’s 2019 M1 White Coat Ceremony. The traditional cloaking of the white coat – the mantle of the medical professional – marks the students’ official entrance into medical school.  It also symbolically marks the responsibility placed on each student’s shoulders to carry out the noble tradition of being a physician and practicing medicine with confidence and compassion.



(Photo: MSTP M1 students from left to right, starting in the front row – Arya Dahal, Judy Yoo, Alyssa Solano, Alexander Katko, Bianca Ruffolo, Amber Sogge, Alexander Sprague, Kathrynne Warrick, Edward Farrow, Austin Drake, Vivien Sauer, Keisuke Sawada, Kieran Phelan, Simon Han)

White Coat Ceremony CollageUC Medical School Welcomes Its Most Diverse Class

On August 9, 2019, the UC College of Medicine welcomed 185 first-year students in its 24th annual White Coat Ceremony.  

“This is a large class filled with exceptional people,” says Abbigail Tissot, PhD, assistant dean for admissions in the college. “They are the most ethnically diverse class we have ever matriculated. We also have more first-generation college students in this class than any other. These students are also slightly older, and many are coming into medical school after gap years rather than directly following undergraduate studies.”

More specifically, 23% percent of this year’s class are from ethnic backgrounds that are underrepresented in medicine – the highest percentage ever in the college’s history. There is also a near-even split between men and women enrollees, and first-generation college students account for 14% of the incoming class. Ohio residents account for 52% of the students, while non-Ohio residents account for the remaining 48%. 

See full story.

(Photo: Ravenna Rutledge & Colleen Kelley, UC Creative Services) 

Dr. Grupp and Dr. HersheyUC MSTP Director & Alumnus Win 2019 Drake Medals, UC COM’s Most Prestigious Award!

The Daniel Drake Medals are the highest honor awarded by the UC College of Medicine. The Drake Medal honors two alumni and two faculty for outstanding achievements in biomedical science as evidenced by major significant contributions to medical research or for a distinguished career as a clinician-teacher.

The 2019 winners included the UC MSTP Director, Gurjit (Neeru) Khurana Hershey, MD, PhD; and UC MSTP 1987 graduate, Stephan Grupp, MD, PhD!

See full story.

(Photo: Dr. Grupp [left] is shown with Dr. Hershey [right].)

UC MSTP Alumnus Receives Outstanding Honors in Medicine for Work in Cell and Gene Therapy

Stephan Grupp

UC MSTP graduate, Stephan A. Grupp, was elected into the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) in 2019, an honor recognizing individuals making exceptional achievements in health and medicine. Dr. Grupp was recognized for “pioneering the development of an entirely novel therapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), and leading the first global engineered cell therapy trial that demonstrated effective sustained ALL remissions, making him a leader in cancer immunotherapy.”  Click here to learn more.

Regarding other notable accolades, Dr. Grupp was one of the 2019 recipients of the Daniel Drake Medal, the highest honor awarded by the UC College of Medicine.  (See above story for further details.)

Additionally, Dr. Grupp was also selected as one of the 2018 recipients of the William Osler Patient Oriented Research Award. The award recognizes achievement for research in which an investigator directly interacts with human subjects. Click here to view the Dean's announcement from the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine.

UC MSTP Alumna Receives Notable Research Awards & News Coverage

Trisha Wise-Draper

UC MSTP graduate, Trisha Wise-Draper, was named the FY 2019 UC College of Medicine's "Clinical Trialist of the Year."  The award acknowledges the investigator with the greatest revenue from industry-funded clinical trials.

The previous year, Dr. Wise-Draper was presented with the FY 2018 UC College of Medicine’s Research Rising Star Award.  This award recognizes outstanding research accomplishments and impact at an early career stage.  Click here to learn more about Dr. Wise-Draper, MD, PhD.

Dr. Wise-Draper was also recently featured in a Local 12 WKRC-TV report on a new clinical trial she is leading with Dr. Alice Tang, MD.  The clinical trial focuses on an innovative, tiny patch with the potential to treat head and neck cancers.  Click here to learn more.

2019 Honors Day2019 Honors Day!

Congratulations to our MSTP M4 students on their graduation! We wish you success and all the best in the next phase of your training!


Mary BedardMSTP Student, Mary Bedard, Receives CancerFree KIDS Research Grant

In 2019, Mary Bedard was awarded a research grant from CancerFree KIDS for the “Discovery of New Therapeutics for Childhood Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis.”

CancerFree KIDS is an organization that funds childhood cancer research.  Click here to learn more.

Congratulations, Mary! 


Rohit RaoMSTP Student, Rohit Rao, Receives Albert J. Ryan Foundation Fellowship

In 2019, Rohit Rao received the Albert J. Ryan Foundation Fellowship, a two-year award given to a select number of students at the University of Cincinnati, Dartmouth College, and Harvard University. The purpose of the fellowship is to recognize and encourage the career development of graduate students who show potential to contribute to the advancement of biomedical sciences. 

Congratulations, Rohit!


UC COM Yale Ciencia Academy FellowsMSTP Student, Camille Sullivan, is Named a Fellow with Yale Ciencia Academy 

Camille Sullivan was one of four UC College of Medicine graduate students named 2019 fellows with the Yale Ciencia Academy for Career Development. In 2019, the academy accepted 40 young researchers from across the United States to provide opportunities for professional mentorship, networking, and other skills to facilitate community contributions through science outreach. Yale Ciencia Academy’s focus is to increase the number of scientists from underrepresented or underserved communities. Click here to read more about Yale Ciencia Academy and the UC fellows. 

Camille is in the Cancer & Cell Biology Graduate Program, and her PI is Susan Waltz, PhD. She is currently studying the mechanistic roles of the Ron receptor tyrosine kinase in the prostate tumor microenvironment with a focus on the antitumor immune response. She was previously awarded the  NIH F31-Diversity Predoctoral Fellowship from the National Cancer Institute to support her thesis research.  Camille is an active student leader within the MSTP Student Governing Council, previously serving on the MSTP Admissions Committee and as the MSTP Diversity & Inclusion Officer.

(Photo: Camille Sullivan is featured second from the left.)

M1 Research Poster Photos2019 Physician & Society Medical Student Poster Session

On April 24, 2019, the first-year medical students presented their service-learning projects.  Medical student learning communities were paired with local community agencies to learn about the determinants of health and the community and work together to improve them. 

(Photo: Moving clockwise from the top left, the following MSTP students are featured: Ethan Adkins, Alex Feldman, Andrea Holderbaum, and Jake Stevens.)


MSTP student meeting with Dr Elizabeth BlackburnMSTP Students Meet with Nobel Laureate, Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD 

As part of the 2019 “MSTP Interactions with Prominent Physicians & Scientist Series,” MSTP Students enjoyed having a Q&A lunch with visiting speaker, Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD, Nobel Laureate. Dr. Blackburn has been a leader in the area of telomere and telomerase research throughout her career. She discovered the molecular structure of telomeres (the protective caps that preserve the ends of chromosomes) and co-discovered telomerase, the ribonucleoprotein enzyme that is responsible for maintaining telomere length. Dr. Blackburn is a known mentor to young researches and a champion for diversity and inclusion in the sciences. She has served on several national advisory boards and is known for her contributions to science policy and her advocacy for scientific research.


Shenwen HuangMSTP Student, Shenwen Huang, Receives John J. Hutton Academic Excellence Award

Shenwen Huang, an MSTP student graduating in 2019, was selected to receive the University of Cincinnati’s 2019 John J. Hutton Academic Excellence Award. This prestigious award is given to a graduate of the combined MD/PhD program who has excelled academically in both the medical school and graduate school curriculum. 

Well done, Shenwen! 


Courtney GianniniMSTP Student, Courtney Giannini, Receives Presidential Medal of Graduate Student Excellence

Courtney Giannini, an MSTP student in the Environmental Health graduate program, was selected to receive the University of Cincinnati’s 2018/2019 Presidential Medal of Graduate Student Excellence (PMGSE). This prestigious honor is awarded by the university president to three exceptional graduate students who are graduating from their master’s or doctoral program.  The honored students best exemplify scholarship, leadership, character, service and the ideals of the University of Cincinnati.  

Click here to read the UC News article highlighting Courtney's research and academic achievements. 


Match Day Pictures2019 Match Day!

Congratulations to our MSTP M4 students on their successful matches!


Gurjit Khurana HersheyThe MSTP’s Program Director Receives Research Achievement Award and Alumni Achievement Award!

UC's MSTP Program Director, Gurjit Khurana Hershey, was selected as a 2019 recipient of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Research Achievement Award for her ongoing, outstanding research accomplishments.  

Additionally, Dr. Hershey, MD, PhD was selected to receive the 2019 Alumni Achievement Award from Washington University’s School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Congratulations, Dr. Hershey!


Seth Reighard and Mark BacceiSeth Reighard Wins First Place at the 2018 Graduate Student Research Forum!

The UC College of Medicine’s Office of Graduate Education hosted its 39th annual Graduate Student Research Forum on Thursday, October 25, 2018. The event featured 90 poster presentations, and more than 100 faculty, postdoctoral fellows and staff participated in judging the presentations.

First place honors went to Seth Reighard, an MSTP student in the immunology graduate program.  And Ayad Ali, another MSTP student in the immunology graduate program, won an honorable mention.  Congratulations to both!  See full story.

(Photo: Mark Baccei, PhD, [left] is shown with MSTP student, Seith Reighard.)  

MSTP Student, Tammy Gonzalez, Receives AAAAI PhD Travel Scholarship

Tammy Gonzalez

Tammy Gonzalez was selected to receive a PhD Travel Scholarship for the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) 2019 Meeting in San Francisco, California.  The meeting’s focus is “Food Allergy: Advances in Prevention and Treatment.” At the meeting, Tammy will be presenting a poster on the following: “Biofilm propensity of Staphylococcus aureus skin isolates is associated with increased severity and barrier dysfunction in the Mechanisms of the Progression of Atopic Dermatitis to Asthma in Children (MPAACH) cohort.”

MSTP Student, Ayad Ali, Receives AAI Young Investigator Award

Ayad Ali

Ayad Ali attended the 2018 Autumn Immunology Conference (AIC) in Chicago, Illinois.  Based on the quality and impact of his research, Ali was awarded an American Association of Immunologists (AAI) Young Investigator Award, which recognizes the first author of the top abstract in each Workshop category at the conference.

MSTP Student, Andrew Kim, Meets Nobel Laureates in Germany

Andrew Kim

Andrew Kim is trying to marry two loves: medicine and music. Kim studied classical violin as a youth and grew up in a family that loved music. Kim, a 29-year-old Cupertino, Ca. native got his chance to share his story at the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting held June 24-29, 2018, in Lindau, Germany. The focus of the meeting was physiology and medicine.

See full story.

MSTP Student, Courtney Giannini - Article Featured in Childhood Obesity Newsletter

Courtney Giannini

Involve Teens' Friends in Obesity Treatment 
Adolescents like having friends involved in their obesity treatment program, saying it improves enjoyment, according to research published in Childhood Obesity. Courtney M. Giannini at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, and University of Cincinnati in Ohio, and colleagues, recruited 42 teens from an obesity clinic and asked them to list friends they would involve in their treatment. The participants nominated an average of four friends and were more likely to nominate friends they considered close. Friends who participated in the intervention tended to be friends with more of the participant's friends, expending the messages to others in the teen's network. Read Coutney's Article

Judith Harmony Was Awarded 2018 Woman of the Year!

Photo: Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer

Judith Harmony, the Founding Director of UC's Medical Scientist Training Program, was awarded Woman of the Year by the Cincinnati Enquirer and The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, for being a champion for women and children in the classroom and the community.  See full story.  

(Photo Credit: Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer)

UC MSTP Alumna's New Treatment for Lung Cancer

Reshma Rangwala - Merck

UC MSTP graduate and Merck Senior Scientist, Reshma Rangwala, was featured in The New York Times on a Merck-sponsored page...“Our researchers are working to invent new ways to fight cancer – and ultimately, to find a cure.” (Merck Pharmaceuticals)

Read about Dr. Rangwala's discoveries in the New England Journal of Medicine: 
Pembrolizumab versus Chemotherapy for PD-L1-Positive Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer. 
Pembrolizumab for the treatment of non-small-cell lung cancer.

UC MSTP Alumni Unite to Uncover New Treatment Strategy

MSTP Alumni, Scott Pomeroy

Cincinnati MSTP graduates, Scott Pomeroy and Eric Raabe, combined expertise in bioinformatics and generation of a new human neural stem cell model for medulloblastoma (the most common malignant children's brain tumor) to discover a new treatment strategy for the most deadly form of this tumor. Dr. Pomeroy is Chairman of the Department of Neurology and Neurologist-in-Chief at Boston Children's Hospital, and Bronson Crothers Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Pomeroy also directs the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center at Harvard. Dr. Raabe is Assistant Professor of Pediatric Oncology and Pathology at The Johns Hopkins Pediatric Neuro-oncology Service, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Read the Johns Hopkins Press Release

MSTP Spring Retreat Speaker Dr. Jeffrey Gordon Receives Copley Medal

MSTP_spring2014 Retreat_Fotor

Dr. Jeffrey Gordon, a previous keynote speaker at the annual MSTP Spring retreat and a former postdoc in SPS Director Arnold Strauss's lab, has received the prestigious Copley Medal from the Royal Society in Britain. Dr. Gordon is director of the Edison Family Center for Genome Sciences & Systems Biology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He was recognized for outstanding contributions to science in founding and leading the field of gut microbiome research. See full story.