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Profiles of Current Students

Ali Alawieh- alawieh@musc.edu

AlawichYear: MSTP-4, Grad-4
Mentor:  Dr. Stephen Tomlinson
Research interests:  Stroke, Complement Modulation, Computational Bioinformatics
Spouse/kids: Zahraa Sabra
Hometown:  Beirut, Lebanon
Undergrad institution:  American University of Beirut
Interests:  Meta-ethics, philosophy of the mind, neuroethics

Sagar Bajpai - bajpai@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-2, Med-2
Mentor: Undecided
Research interests: Cancer Therapeutics/Cancer Control
Spouse/Kids: None
Hometown: Baltimore Maryland
Undergraduate Institution: University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Interests: Swimming, Traveling, Movies, Food

Fahmin Basher - basherf@musc.edu

BasherYear: MSTP-9, Grad-6
Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Wu
Research interests: Immunology, Neuroscience, Bioengineering
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Orangeburg, SC
Undergraduate Institution: University of South Carolina
Interests: Reading, Cooking, Crafts, Working out, The Beach

Krishna Bharani - bharani@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-4, Grad-2
Mentor: Dr. Lotta Granholm 
Research Interests: Alzheimer's Disease, Aging, Memory & Learning
Spouse/Kids: Wife - Chelsea Lund
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Undergraduate Institution: Loyola University Chicago
Interests: Science Fiction, Games, T-Rex Jokes

Daniel Bonthius - bonthius@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-2, Med-2
Mentor: Dr. Hai Yao
Research interests: Biomedical Engineering, Orthopedic Devices
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Iowa City, IA
Undergraduate Institution: Wartburg College
Interests: Sports, Piano, Guitar, Travel

Jacob Bowers - bowersjs@musc.edubowers

Year: MSTP-6, Grad-4
Mentor: Dr. Chrystal Paulos
Research Interests: Immunology/Oncology; Neurology
Spouse: Krystal Ann Bowers, son - Roman
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Undergraduate Institution: University of Utah
Interests: Reading, Hiking, Tennis, The Beach, Funny Movies, Writing, Art, Fitness

David Braak - braak@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-1, Med-1
Mentor: Undecided
Research Interests:Neuroscience, cognition, public health
Spouse: N/A
Hometown: Norristown, OA
Undergraduate Institution: Temple University
Interests: Politics, History, Social Justice

Robert Cameron - cameror@musc.educameron

Year: MSTP 6, Grad-4
Mentor: Dr. Rick Schnellmann
Research interests: Biased agonism, biogenesis, therapeutic development
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Germantown, TN
Undergrad: Davidson College
Interests: Cooking, trivia, literature

Kevin Caulfield - caulfiel@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-1, Med-1
Mentor: Undecided
Research Interests:Neuromodulation of neurological and psychiatric conditions
Spouse: N/A
Hometown: Honolulu HI
Undergraduate Institution: Haverford College
Interests: Art, coffee, traveling, hiking, tennis

Ying Chao - chaoy@musc.edu

Year: MSTP 3, Grad-1Chao
Mentor: Dr. Thomas Jhou
Research interests: Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine
Spouse/Kids: None
Hometown: Los Angeles
Undergrad: University of California, San Diego
Interests: Swimming, Reading, Visual Arts, Outdoors, Traveling

Vivian Chioma - chioma@musc.edu

Year: MSTP 3, Grad-1
Mentor: Dr. Peter Kalivas
Research interests: Drug Addiction, Behavioral Neuroscience, Neurodegenerative Disorders
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Bowie, MD
Undergrad: University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Interests: Cooking, Eating, Basketball, meeting new people, good food

Jennifer Cho - choyo@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-1, Med-1
Mentor: Undecided
Research Interests:Neurological disease in development, degeneration and addiction
Spouse: N/A
Hometown: Blue Bell, PA
Undergraduate Institution: Temple University
Interests: traveling, hiking, yoga, movies, baking

Stewart Cox - coxstew@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-2, Med-2
Mentor: Undecided
Research interests: Neuroscience, Addiction
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Jacksonville FL
Undergraduate Institution: University of Colorado, Boulder
Interests: Climbing, Traveling, Hiking/camping, the Ocean, Shootin' the Breeze

Mohammad Dany - dany@musc.edu

DanyYear: MSTP-4, Med-3
Mentor: Dr. Besim Ogretmen
Research interests: Sphingolipid metabolism in Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: Lebanon
Undergrad institution: American University of Beirut
Interests: Reading, Tourism, Linguistics, jogging

Danielle Desjardins - desjardi@musc.eduDesjardins

Year: MSTP-6, Med-3
Mentor: Dr. Zsolt Ablonczy
Research interests: Ophthalmology, OB/GYN, undecided
Spouse/kids: Simba the cat
Hometown: The Northeast (NH, Maine, Boston) and Myrtle Beach in SC
Undergrad institution: Boston University
Interests: NPR, Indie Music, Craft Beer, Jewelry crafting, finding a beachy hobby while I'm in SC

Maya Eid - eid@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-2, Grad-2
Mentor: Undecided
Research interests: Behavioral Neuroscience
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Beirut
Undergraduate Institution: American University of Beirut
Interests: Movies, Music (rock), French Literature, Astrophysics

Gray Evans - evansjoh@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-1, Med-1
Mentor: Undecided
Research Interests: Neuroscience, electrophysiology, molecular biology
Spouse: N/A
Hometown: Charlottesville, VA
Undergraduate Institution: University of Virginia
Interests: Reading, history, rescue animals

George Russell Glenn - glenng@musc.edu

Glenn

Year: MSTP-7, Med-3
Mentor: Dr. Jens Jensen
Research interests: Medical Imaging,  Stroke
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: Spartanburg, SC
Undergrad institution: Wofford College
Interests: Painting

Joseph Guy - Guy

Year: MSTP-6, Grad-4
Mentor: Dr. Daniel Riech - NINDS-NIH/Prof. Kevin Brindle - Cambridge University
Research interests: MRI, MR Physics, Neurological Disorders
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Saint Paul, MN
Undergraduate Institution: University of Minnesota
Interests: Fishing, Science Fiction, Archaeology

David Hartmann - hartmand@musc.eduHartmann

Year: MSTP-5, Grad-3
Mentor: Dr. Andy Shih
Research interests: In-vivo two-photon imaging of neuropathology
Spouse/Kids:  Erica
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
Undergraduate Institution: New College of Florida
Interests: Music, basketball and birding

Daniel Herr - herrd@musc.eduherr

Year: MSTP-6, Grad-4
Mentor: Dr. Don Menick
Research interests: Cardiovascular Biology & Epigenetic
Spouse/Kids: 
Hometown: Lake Hopatcong, NJ
Undergraduate Institution: The University of Scranton
Interests: Cooking, going to the beach, reading

Nathaniel Jensen - jensenn@musc.eduJensen

Year: MSTP-4, Grad-2
Mentor: Dr. Hiu Cheung
Research interests:  Regenerative Medicine, Gene Therapy
Spouse/kids:  N/A
Hometown: San Ramon, CA
Undergrad institution: Brigham Young University
Interests:  Reading, Hiking, The Beach, travel

Alice Kim - kimal@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-1, Med-1
Mentor: Undecided
Research Interests: Cancer Immunotherapy
Spouse: N/A
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Undergraduate Institution: Emory University
Interests: Reading, traveling, spoken word, flag football, ukulele

Hannah Knochelmann - knochelm@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-2, Med-2
Mentor: Undecided
Research interests: Bioengineering, Oncology, Immunology
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Florence, KY
Undergraduate Institution: University of Notre Dame
Interests: Music, Piano, Reading, Volleyball, Running, Traveling, Going to the Beach

Craig KutzKutz - kutz@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-7, Med-4
Mentor: Dr. Donald Menick
Research Interests: Drug Discovery, Medicinal Chemistry, Cardiology
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Undergraduate Institution: Minnesota State University Moorhead
Interests: Aviation, Scuba Diving, Aerospace Medicine, Sports (Football, Baseball/Softball, Golf) Hiking, Biking, Paddle-boarding, Astronomy, Global Health/Medical Missions

Tony Kwon - kwonhyu@musc.eduKwon

Year: MSTP 3, Grad-1
Mentor: Dr. Zihai Li
Research interests: Immunology, Cell Biology
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Toronto Canada
Undergrad: University of Toronto (St. George Campus)
Interests: Music, Sports, (soccer, badminton), Traveling, Food

Danielle Clark Lowe - clarkdw@musc.eduClark

Year: MSTP-8, Med-3
Mentor: Dr. Doe Jenkins/Dr. Inderjit Singh
Research interests: Pediatrics
Spouse/Kids: Charles
Hometown: Huntington, WV
Undergraduate Institution: Marshall University
Interests: Spending time at Folly Beach and Clemson, hiking, biking, reading, needlepoint, and baking

Allison Meadows - meadowal@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-2, Med-2
Mentor: Undecided
Research interests: Mitochondrial Dynamics, Metabolic Disease
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Ashburn, VA
Undergraduate Institution: University of Virginia
Interests: Running, Salsa Dancing, Sailing, Fitness and Nutrition

Jamie Mills - millsjn@musc.edumills

Year: MSTP-6, Grad-4
Mentor: Dr. Stephen Ethier
Research interests: MicroRNAs and Breast cancer
Spouse/Kids: Ian, daughters Gwen & Eleanor
Hometown: Concord, CA
Undergraduate Institution: California State University, Chico
Interests: Crocheting, baking, reading, spending time with family/friends

Chris Mullins - mullinch@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-2, Med-2
Mentor: Undecided
Research interests: Neuroscience, Imaging
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Undergraduate Institution: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Interests: Reading, Writing, weightlifting, Open-source software

Daniel Neitzke - neitzke@musc.eduneitzke

Year: MSTP-7, Med-3
Mentor: Drs. Rubinstein & Cole
Research interests: Cancer Immunology, Stem Cell Therapies
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: Alexandria, VA
Undergrad institution: University of Virginia
Interests: Reading, Running, Traveling, Tennis

Ken Noguchi - noguchi@musc.eduNoguchi

Year: MSTP-5, Grad-3
Mentor: Dr. Phil Howe
Research interests: Cancer
Spouse/Kids: Katie, daughter Ruby
Hometown: Needham, MA
Undergraduate Institution: Kenyon College
Interests:writing

Elizabeth Ogunrinde - ogunrind@musc.edu

Year: MSTP 3, Grad-1
Mentor: Dr. Wei Jiang
Research interests: Microbiology/Immunology, Infectious Diseases
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Deltona, FL
Undergrad: Florida State University
Interests: Reading, Spanish and French, Travel, Cooking

Alex Oles - oles@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-1, Med-1
Mentor: Alan Diehl
Research Interests: Cancer and Biochemistry
Spouse: N/A
Hometown: Warren, MI
Undergraduate Institution: Kenyon College
Interests: Camping, Fishing, Athletics

Sanket Pattanalk - pattanai@musc.eduPattanalk

Year: MSTP-4, Grad-2
Mentor: Dr. Michael Yost
Research interests: Cardiovascular Disease, Medical Imaging, Bioengineering
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Undergraduate Institution: Cornell University
Interests: Swimming, Film, Racquetball/Squash, Cooking

Guillermo Rangel Rivera - rangelar@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-1, Med-1
Mentor: Undecided
Research Interests: Metabolism in cancer/mechanisms of chemotherapy resistance
Spouse: N/A
Hometown: San Luis de la Paz, Guanajuato, Mexico
Undergraduate Institution: University of South Carolina - Main campus
Interests: Jazz, playing guitar and cooking

Matthew Roberts - robertma@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-1, Med-1
Mentor: Undecided
Research Interests: Cognitive Neuroscience, brain computer interfaces, control of neural circuitry, perception
Spouse: N/A
Hometown: Spartanburg, SC
Undergraduate Institution: Rhodes College
Interests: Craft beer, cycling, traveling, board games, camping, Game of Thrones

Douglas Roberts-Wolfe - roberdj@musc.eduroberts-wolfe

Year: MSTP-6, Grad-4
Mentor:  Dr. Peter Kalivas
Research interests: Neuroscience
Spouse/Kids: wife, Christine Tennant
Hometown: Pleasantville NY
Undergraduate Institution: Hampshire College
Interests: Mindfulness meditation, the ocean, music

Sarah Brice Russo - brices@musc.edu

BriceYear: MSTP-7, Med-3
Mentor: Dr. Ashley Cowart
Research Interests: Sphingolipids in diabetic cardiomyopathy
Spouse/Kids: Husband-Adam, Kids-Ben & Mary Hazel
Hometown: St. Matthews, SC
Undergraduate Institution: Clemson University
Interests: Reading, playing piano, spending time with family

Jennifer Scott - scottjl@musc.eduscott

Year: MSTP-8, Med-4
Mentor: Dr. Gary Gilkeson
Research interests: Immunology, microbiology, biochemistry
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Undergraduate Institution: University of Central Florida
Interests: Music, dancing, working out and my cat Oliver

Mahdi Sleiman - sleimanm@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-1, Grad-1
Mentor: Undecided
Research Interests: Cancer Immunology
Spouse: N/A
Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon
Undergraduate Institution: American University of Beirut
Interests: Reading, Music, Piano

Joshua A. Smith - smijo@musc.edu

Smith.JYear: MSTP-9, Med-4
Mentor: Dr. Rick Schnellmann
Research interests:
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Spartanburg, SC
Undergraduate Institution: Wofford College
Interests: Music, Reading, College Sports, Spanish, Technology/Computers

Erik Strungs - strungs@musc.edustrungs

Year: MSTP-8, Grad-6
Mentor: Dr. Louis Luttrell
Research interests: Myocardial infarction, cardiac remodeling
Spouse/Kids: wife-Amanda
Hometown: Green Bay, WI
Undergraduate Institution: University of Minnesota
Interests: Golf, tennis, and the beach

Catherine Svetcharnik - svetchar@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-2, Med-2
Mentor: Undecided
Research interests: Microbiome, Human Genetics
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Coventry, RI
Undergraduate Institution: University of Colorado
Interests: Exercise, Food, Games, Gardening, History

Ralph Tanios - tanios@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-2, Grad-2
Mentor: Undecided
Research interests: Bioengineering, Cancer and Cardiovascular Research
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Rabieh, Lebanon
Undergraduate Institution: American University of Beirut
Interests: Mythology, Origami, Existentialism, Track and Field, Tennis

Amer Toutonji - toutonji@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-1, Grad-1
Mentor: Undecided
Research Interests: Neuroscience, Drug Discovery
Spouse: N/A
Hometown: Saïda, Lebanon
Undergraduate Institution: American University of Beirut
Interests: Reading, Languages, Cultures, Photography, Nature & traveling

Danh Tran - trand@musc.edu

TranYear: MSTP-4, Grad-2
Mentor: Dr. Satish Nadig
Research interests: Immunology, Cancer Immunotherapy, Transplant
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Los Angeles
Interests: Marvel & DC superheroes, Chinese Xiangqi chess, foods, movies, social services, the natural world

Jonathan Turner - turnerjm@musc.eduTurner

Year: MSTP-4, Grad-2
Mentor: Dr. Chris Davies
Research interests:  Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology, Organic Synthesis, Drug Discovery/Development
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Fairmont WV
Undergraduate Institution:  West Virginia University
Interests:  triathlon, piano, singing, travel

Shannon Weber - webers@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-2, Med-2
Mentor: Undecided
Research interests: Neuroscience
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Babylon NY
Undergraduate Institution: University of Richmond/University of Oxford
Interests: Traveling, Beach, Hiking, Reading, Painting, Biking

Ryan Whitaker - whitakr@musc.eduwhitaker

Year: MSTP-9, Med-4
Mentor: Dr. Rick Schnellmann
Research interests: Cancer Biology, Gene Therapy, Experimental Therapeutics
Spouse/Kids: Marie
Hometown: Mount Pleasant, IA
Undergraduate Institution: University of Iowa
Interests: Movies, golf, the outdoors, cooking, going to the beach

Melanie Wiley - wileym@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-2, Med-2
Mentor: Undecided
Research interests: Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychiatry
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Burlington NC
Undergraduate Institution: University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Interests: Exercising, Puzzles, Baking, Traveling, Holistic Health

Katelyn Williams - wilkm@musc.eduwilliams

Year: MSTP-5, Grad-3
Mentor: Dr. Shaun Olsen
Research interests: Tumor Immunology
Spouse/Kids:  Miguel Valenzuela
Hometown:  Pasadena, MD
Undergraduate Institution: University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Interests:  refinishing furniture, rock climbing, baking, cooking, the beach, reading

Brandon Young - youbr@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-4, Grad-2
Mentor: Dr. Chris Davies
Research interests: Protein Structure/Cancer Biology
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Cary, NC
Undergraduate Institution: University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Interests: Sports, Music, Great Conversation, Traveling, food

 

 
 
 

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