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Profiles of Current Students

 

 

Ali AlawiehAlawich - alawieh@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-2, Grad-2
Mentor:  Undecided
Research interests:  Neuroscience, computational bioinformatics
Spouse/kids: Zahraa Sabra
Hometown:  Beirut, Lebanon
Undergrad institution:  American University of Beirut
Interests:  Meta-ethics, philosophy of the mind, neuroethics

Joseph Lee Alge - alge@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-5, Med 4
Mentor: Dr. John Arthur
Research interests: Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, acute kidney injury, biomarker discovery
Spouse/Wife/Kids: Mikah, daughters Eleanor & Lydia
Hometown: Charleston, SC
Undergraduate Institution: Wofford College
Interests: Reading, foreign films, world travel, languages, philosophy, sports

Obaidullah Aseem - aseem@musc.eduAseem

Year: MSTP-9, Med-4
Mentor: Dr. Scott Argraves
Research interests: The role of Cubilin in HDL homeostasis
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Kabul, Afghanistan
Undergraduate Institution: Morehouse College
Interests: Soccer, Travel, Reading, Movies, Billiards

Tiffany Baker - bakert@musc.eduBaker_T

Year: MSTP-6, Med 4
Mentor: Dr. Lisa Cunningham
Research interests: drug-induced ototoxicity
Spouse/Kids: none
Hometown: Charleston, SC
Undergraduate Institution: College of Charleston
Interests: knitting and crocheting, visual arts, -ologies, good food, music, movies, and television

Fahmin Basher - basherf@musc.eduBasher

Year: MSTP-7, Grad-5
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

Thomas Beckham - beckham@musc.eduBeckham

Year: MSTP-8, Med-4
Mentor: Dr. James Norris
Research interests: Cancer Signaling
Spouse/Kids: Brandon Brown
Hometown: Aiken, SC
Undergraduate Institution: Clemson University
Interests: Kayaking, Tennis, Cooking, Cycling, Horticulture

Brandon Bentzley - bentzley@musc.eduBentzley

Year: MSTP-6, Med-3
Mentor: Dr. Gary Aston-Jones
Research interests: Neuroscience, Addiction Medicine and Physics
Spouse/Kids: Jess
Hometown: Mullica Hill, NJ
Undergraduate Institution: The College of New Jersey
Interests: Running, Cycling (Mtn./Road), Hiking, Dancing, Cooking, and Zen

Krishna Bharani - bharani@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-2, Med-1
Mentor: Dr. Lotta Granholm & Dr. Kumar Sambamurti
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

Jacob Bowers - bowersjs@musc.edubowers

Year: MSTP-4, Grad-2
Mentor: Dr. Chrystal Paulos
Research Interests: Immunology/Oncology; Neurology
Spouse: Krystal Ann Bowers
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Undergraduate Institution: University of Utah
Interests: Reading, Hiking, Tennis, The Beach, Funny Movies, Writing, Art, Fitness

Laura Elizabeth Briggs - briggsl@musc.eduBriggs

Year: MSTP-7, Med-4
Mentor: Dr. Arno Wessels
Research Intersts: Cardiovascular Development/Disease
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Leesburg, FL
Undergrad: University of Florida
Interests: Running, live music, birds, tennis, college football

Robert Cameron - cameror@musc.educameron

Year: MSTP 4, Grad-2
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

Ying Chao - chaoy@musc.edu

Year: MSTP 1, Med-1Chao
Mentor: Undecided
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

ear: MSTP 1, Med-1
Mentor: Undecided
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

Mohammad Dahrouj - dahrouj@musc.eduDahrouj

Year: MSTP-5, Med-4
Mentor: Dr. Craig Crosson/Dr. Zsolt Ablonczy
Research interests: Diabetic Retinopathy and Pathophysiology of Macular Edema
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: Chhim, El Shouf, Lebanon
Undergrad institution: American University of Beirut
Interests: Music, Imaging, Tennis, Scuba Diving and Photography

Mohammad Dany - dany@musc.eduDany

Year: MSTP-2, Grad-2
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-4, Grad-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

George Russell Glenn - glenng@musc.edu

Glenn

Year: MSTP-5, Grad-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-4, grad-2
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

Jennifer Blakely Harmon - blakely@musc.eduBlakely

Year: MSTP-8, Med-3
Mentor: Dr. Craig Beeson
Research interests: Biochemistry, Peptide Synthesis, Immunology
Spouse/Kids: Joey Harmon
Hometown: Ora, SC
Undergraduate Institution: Erskine College
Interests: American Literature, Writing, Camping and Hiking, Independent and Foreign films, Baking

David Hartmann - hartmand@musc.eduHartmann

Year: MSTP-3, Grad-1
Mentor: Dr. Andy Shih
Research interests: In-vivo two-photon imaging of neuropathology
Spouse/Kids:  N/A
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
Undergraduate Institution: New College of Florida
Interests: Music, basketball and birding

Daniel Herr - herrd@musc.eduherr

Year: MSTP-4, Grad-2
Mentor: Dr. Don Menick
Research interests: Cardiovascular Biology & Epigenetic
Spouse/Kids: Holli Herr
Hometown: Lake Hopatcong, NJ
Undergraduate Institution: The University of Scranton
Interests: Cooking, going to the beach, reading

Nathaniel Jensen - jensenn@musc.eduJensen

Year: MSTP-2, Med-2
Mentor:
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

Christopher Bryce Johnson - johcb@musc.eduJohnson

Year: MSTP-6, Med-3
Mentor: Dr. David Cole
Research interests: Tumor Immunotherapy
Spouse/Kids: Danielle Johnson, son Phineas
Hometown: Chesapeake, VA
Undergraduate Institution: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Interests: Volleyball, soccer, tennis, racquetball, wakeboarding

Rebecca Knackstedt - webe@musc.eduweber

Year: MSTP-7, Med-4
Mentor: Dr. Michael Wargovich
Research interests: Nutrition, Obesity, Diabetes, Chemoprevention
Spouse/Kids: Thomas
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Undergraduate Institution: Denison University
Interests: Golf, Running, Cooking, Quality Beer, Reading, Foreign food, Traveling

Craig KutzKutz - kutz@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-5, Grad-3
Mentor: Dr. Patrick Woster
Research Interests: Pharmacology, Cancer Biology, Bioengineering
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Undergraduate Institution: Minnesota State University Moorhead
Interests: Sports (Football, Baseball, Golf), hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, mountain climbing, playing guitar, traveling, astronomy, the beach, riding my Yamaha R6

Tony Kwon - kwonhyu@musc.edu

Year: MSTP 1, Med-1
Mentor: Undecided
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

Anthony Leonard - leonara@musc.eduleonard

Year: MSTP-8, Med-3
Mentor: Dr. Baerbel Rohrer/Dr. Craig Beeson
Research interests: Retinal degeneration
Spouse/Kids: Emily, daughter Avery
Hometown: Galax, VA
Undergraduate Institution: Emory & Henry College
Interests: Reading, Music and DJ, Motorcycling, Outdoors, Boating

Danielle Clark Lowe - clarkdw@musc.eduClark

Year: MSTP-6, Grad-4
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

Sarah Tucker Marrison - marrison@musc.eduMarrison

Year: MSTP-7, Med-3
Mentor: Dr. James Norris
Research interests: Cancer Biology and Therapy
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Brewster, NY
Undergraduate Institution: Yale University, CT
Interests: Running, Athletics, Cooking, Baking, Reading

Keely Morris Marshall - morriskl@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-8, Med-4
Mentor: Dr. Steve Tomlinson
Research interests: Complement System in Ischemia Reperfusion Injury
Spouse/Kids: Christopher
Hometown: Missoula, MT
Undergraduate Institution: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Interests: Traveling, Cooking, Running, Snow skiing

Ahmad Mashmoushi - mashmous@musc.eduMashmoushi

Year: MSTP-8, Med-4
Mentor: Dr. Jim Oates
Research interests: Auto-immunity Reactive Intermediates
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Bsaba Al-Shouf, Lebanon
Undergraduate Institution: American University of Beirut
Interests: History, Physics, Arabic Poetry

Jamie Mills - millsjn@musc.edumills

Year: MSTP-4, Grad-2
Mentor: Dr. Stephen Ethier
Research interests: MicroRNAs and Breast cancer
Spouse/Kids: Ian, daughter Gwen
Hometown: Concord, CA
Undergraduate Institution: California State University, Chico
Interests: Crocheting, baking, reading, spending time with family/friends

Daniel Neitzke - neitzke@musc.eduneitzke

Year: MSTP-5, Grad-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-3, Grad-1
Mentor: Dr. Phil Howe
Research interests: Cancer
Spouse/Kids: Katie
Hometown: Needham, Ma
Undergraduate Institution: Kenyon College
Interests:writing

Elizabeth Ogunrinde - ogunrind@musc.edu

ear: MSTP 1, Med-1
Mentor: Undecided
Research interests: Microbiology/Immunology, Infectious Diseases
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Deltona, FL
Undergrad: Florida State University
Interests: Reading, Spanish and French, Travel, Cooking

Shikha Patel - patesp@musc.eduPatel

Year: MSTP-2, Med-2
Mentor: Undecided
Research interests: Cancer Biology, Telomere Biology, DNA Repair, Cancer Immunology
Spouse/Kids:  N/A
Hometown: Boiling Springs, SC
Undergraduate Institution: University of South Carolina
Interests: History, British Literature, Reading, Films, Television, Food, Road Trips

Sanket Pattanalk - pattanai@musc.eduPattanalk

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

Winston Plunkett - plunketw@musc.edu

ear: MSTP 1, Med-1
Mentor: Undecided
Research interests: Drug Discovery, Medicinal Chemistry
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Williamsburg, VA
Undergrad: University of Virginia
Interests: Cooking, homebrewing, Euro-style Board Games

Saleh Rachidi - rachidi@musc.eduRachidi

Year: MSTP-5, Med-3
Mentor: Dr. Zihai Li
Reasearch Interests: Cancer Immunology
Spouse/Kids: None
Hometown: Saida - Lebanon
Undergrad institution: American University of Beirut
Interests: Basketball, soccer, watching movies about the universe, meeting new people

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

Year: MSTP-4, Grad-2
Mentor:  Dr. Peter Kalivas
Research interests: Neuroscience
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Pleasantville NY
Undergraduate Institution: Hampshire College
Interests: Mindfulness meditation, the ocean, music

Sarah Brice Russo - brices@musc.edu

BriceYear: MSTP-5, Med-1
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-6, Grad-4
Mentor: Dr. Gary Gilkeson
Research interests: Immunology, microbiology, biochemistry
Spouse/Kids:
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Undergraduate Institution: University of Central Florida
Interests: Music, dancing, working out and my cat Oliver

Joshua A. Smith - smijo@musc.eduSmith.J

Year: MSTP-7, Grad-5
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-6, Grad-4
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

Alton Sutter - sutter@musc.edusutter

Year: MSTP-8, Med-4
Mentor: Dr. Kenneth Chavin
Research interests: Fatty Liver Disease & Transplantation
Spouse/Kids: Alina
Hometown: Pickens, SC
Undergraduate Institution: College of Charleston
Interests: Travel, Vegetarian Food

Joseph Taylor - taylorjj@musc.eduTaylor

Year: MSTP-8, Med-4
Mentor: Dr. Mark George
Research interests: Interleaved TMS-fMRI, pain
Spouse/Kids: Fiance - Marielle
Hometown: Youngstown, OH
Undergraduate Institution: Davidson College
Interests: Running, Strength Training, Reading, Music

Danh Tran - trand@musc.eduTran

Year: MSTP-2, Med-2
Mentor: Dr. Chrystal Paulos
Research interests: Immunology, cancer immunotherapy
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-2, Med-2
Mentor: Undecided
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

Abigail Washispack - washispa@musc.eduwashispack

Year: MSTP-3, Grad-1
Mentor: Dr. Ashley Cowart
Research interests: Cardiovascular Disease/Development
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Conway, AR
Undergraduate Institution: University of Arkansas
Interests: Traveling, Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, Cooking, The Beach, Writing

Ryan Whitaker - whitakr@musc.eduwhitaker

Year: MSTP-7, Grad-5
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

Katelyn Williams - wilkm@musc.eduwilliams

Year: MSTP-3, Grad-1
Mentor: Dr. Zihai Li
Research interests: Tumor Immunology
Spouse/Kids:  N/A
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-2, Med-2
Mentor: Undecided
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

Xiaoyi (Tina) Zhang - zhanx@musc.eduzhang

Year: MSTP-7, Med-3
Mentor: Dr. Keith Kirkwood
Research Interests: Regulation of innate immunity in the tumor microenvironment
Spouse/Kids: husband - Joe Cheng, son-Eliott Lizhi
Hometown: Lexington, SC
Undergraduate Institution: University of South Carolina
Interests: Reading, Exercise, and all things food

 
 
 

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