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Ali Alawieh- alawieh@musc.edu

AlawichYear: MSTP-5, Med-3
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

Dimitri Arhontoulis - arhontoul@musc.eduArhontoulis

Year: MSTP-1, Med-1
Mentor:  Undecided
Research interests: Bioengineering, Immunology, Neuroscience
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: Linwood, NJ
Undergrad institution: Drexel University
Interests: Fishing, Boating, Cooking, Cofee

Sagar Bajpai - bajpai@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-3, Grad-1
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.eduBasher

Year: MSTP-10, Med-4
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-5, Grad-3
Mentor: Dr. Lotta Granholm and Dr. Steven Carroll
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-3, Grad-1
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

Davis Borucki - boruckid@musc.eduBorucki

Year: MSTP-1, Med-1
Mentor:  Undecided
Research interests: Cancer Biology, Cancer Immunotherapy, Neurology
Spouse/kids:
Hometown: Columbia, SC
Undergrad institution: Boston University  
Interests: Running, Piano, Tennis, Baking

Jacob Bowers - bowersjs@musc.edubowers

Year: MSTP-7, Med-3
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-2, Med-2
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 7, Grad-5
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 4, Grad-2Chao
Mentor: Dr. Thomas Jhou
Research interests: Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine, Humanistic Psychology
Spouse/Kids: None
Hometown: Los Angeles
Undergrad: University of California, San Diego
Interests: Fishkeeping, Aquascaping, mindfulness

Vivian Chioma - chioma@musc.edu

Year: MSTP 4, Grad-2
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-2, Med-2
Mentor: Dr. Carmela Reichel
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-3, Grad-1
Mentor: Undecided
Research interests: Neuroscience, Addiction
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Jacksonville FL
Undergraduate Institution: University of Colorado, Boulder
Interests: Climbing, Traveling, Camping, Scuba Diving, Shootin' the Breeze

Mohammed Dany - dany@musc.eduDany

Year: MSTP-5, Med-4
Mentor: Dr. Besim Ogretmen
Research interests: The Role of Epidermal Sphingolipids in Dermatologic Diseases
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: Tripoli Lebanon
Undergrad institution: American University of Beirut
Interests: Traveling, Tennis, Reading, Painting

Danielle Desjardins - desjardi@musc.eduDesjardins

Year: MSTP-7, Med-4
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-3, Grad-3
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-2, Med-2
Mentor: Undecided
Research Interests: Neuroscience, electrophysiology, molecular biology
Spouse: N/A
Hometown: Charlottesville, VA
Undergraduate Institution: University of Virginia
Interests: Reading, history, rescue animals

Stephen Gadomski - gadomski@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-1, Med-1
Mentor: Dr. Pamela Robey, NIH
Research interests: Stem Cell Biology/Regenerative Medicine  
Spouse/kids: None
Hometown: Wilkes-Barre, PA  
Undergrad institution: University of Scranton
Interests: Powerlifting, Nutrition (eating), Beach

George Russell Glenn - glenng@musc.edu

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Year: MSTP-8, Med-4
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-7, Grad-5
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-6, Grad-4
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-7, Med-3
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

Nour Hijazi - hijazi@musc.eduHijazi

Year: MSTP-1, Grad-1
Mentor:  Undecided
Research interests: Addiction, Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience (Basically anything related to Neuroscience)
Spouse/kids:
Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon
Undergrad institution: American University of Beirut
​Interests: Yoga, Traveling and Greek Philosophy

Nathaniel Jensen - jensenn@musc.eduJensen

Year: MSTP-5, Grad-3
Mentor: Dr. Hiu Cheung
Research interests:  Cancer Biology, Targeted Therapeutics
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-2, Med-2
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-3, Grad-1
Mentor: Dr. Chrystal Paulos
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

Tony Kwon - kwonhyu@musc.eduKwon

Year: MSTP 4, Grad-2
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

Elizabeth Farris Langley - langleel@musc.eduLangley

Year: MSTP-1, Med-1
Mentor:  Undecided
Research interests: Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Neuroinflammation
Spouse/kids: none
Hometown: Hilton Head Island, SC
Undergrad institution: College of Charleston
​Interests: Traveling, Tennis, Cooking

Danielle Clark Lowe - clarkdw@musc.eduClark

Year: MSTP-9, Med-4
Mentor: Dr. Doe Jenkins/Dr. Inderjit Singh
Research interests: Autism
Spouse/Kids: Charles
Hometown: Huntington, WV
Undergraduate Institution: Marshall University
Interests: Spending time at Folly Beach and Clemson, hiking, biking, reading, needlepoint, and baking

Emilie McKinnon - mckinnon@musc.eduMcKinnon

Year: MSTP-1, Grad-3
Mentor: Dr. Leonardo Bonilha and Dr. Jens Jensen
Research interests: Biomedical Imaging, Neurology
Spouse/kids: Jared 
Hometown: Belgium
Undergrad institution: KU Leuven
​Interests: Roller Derby, Going out to eat, Traveling

Allison Meadows - meadowal@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-3, Grad-1
Mentor: Dr. Michael Sack and Dr. Jules Griffin
Research interests: Metabolomics/lipidomics, Mitoochondrial Biology
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-7, Med-3
Mentor: Dr. Stephen Ethier
Research interests: Cancer Genomics and Epigenomics
Spouse/Kids: Ian, daughters Gwen & Eleanor
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-8, Med-4
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-6, Med-3
Mentor: Dr. Philip Howe
Research interests: Cancer
Spouse/Kids: daughters - Katie, Ruby, son - Jaydee
Hometown: Needham, MA
Undergraduate Institution: Kenyon College
Interests:writing

Elizabeth Ogunrinde - ogunrind@musc.edu

Year: MSTP 4, Grad-2
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.eduOles

Year: MSTP-2, Med-2
Mentor: undecided
Research Interests: Cancer and Biochemistry
Spouse: N/A
Hometown: Warren, MI
Undergraduate Institution: Kenyon College
Interests: Camping, Fishing, Athletics

Sanket Pattanaik - pattanai@musc.eduPattanalk

Year: MSTP-5, Grad-3
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-2, Med-2
Mentor: Undecided
Research Interests: Metabolism in cancer/mechanisms of chemotherapy resistance, Immunology
Spouse: N/A
Hometown: San Luis de la Paz, Guanajuato, Mexico
Undergraduate Institution: University of South Carolina - Main campus
Interests: playing guitar/piano, singing and cooking

Matthew Roberts - robertma@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-2, Med-2
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-7, Med-3
Mentor:  Dr. Peter Kalivas
Research interests: Neuroscience
Spouse/Kids: wife - Christine, daughter - Lena
Hometown: Pleasantville NY
Undergraduate Institution: Hampshire College
Interests: Mindfulness meditation, the ocean, music

Sarah Brice Russo - brices@musc.eduRusso

Year: MSTP-8, Med-4
Mentor: Dr. Ashley Cowart
Research Interests: Sphingolipids, Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, Cancer
Spouse/Kids: Husband-Adam, Kids-Ben & Mary Hazel
Hometown: St. Matthews, SC
Undergraduate Institution: Clemson University
Interests: Reading Poetry, Spending time with family, Piano

Mahdi Sleiman - sleimanm@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-2, Grad-2
Mentor: Undecided
Research Interests: Cancer Immunology
Spouse: N/A
Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon
Undergraduate Institution: American University of Beirut
Interests: Reading, Music, Piano

Victoria Spadafora - spadafor@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-1, Med-1
Mentor:  Undecided
Research interests: Cardiology, Pharmacology
Spouse/kids:
Hometown: Doylestown, PA 
Undergrad institution: Penn State University
​Interests: Playing Volleyball, Running, Art

Erik Strungs - strungs@musc.edustrungs

Year: MSTP-9, Med-3
Mentor: Dr. Louis Luttrell
Research interests: Myocardial infarction, cardiac remodeling
Spouse/Kids: 
Hometown: Green Bay, WI
Undergraduate Institution: University of Minnesota
Interests: Golf, tennis, and the beach

Catherine Svetcharnik - svetchar@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-3, Grad-1
Mentor: Undecided
Research interests: Rheumatoogy, Immunology, Neuroscience
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Coventry, RI
Undergraduate Institution: University of Colorado
Interests: Exercise, Gardening, Knitting/crocheting

Ralph Tanios - tanios@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-2, Grad-2
Mentor: Dr. Steven Carroll
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.eduTougonji

Year: MSTP-2, Grad-2
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-5, Grad-3
Mentor: Dr. Satish Nadig and Dr. Carl Atkinson
Research interests: Cardiac Transplantation, Immune Rejection and Tolerance, Cellular Metabolism, Mitochondrial Biology
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Los Angeles
Interests: Travel, Road Trips, the Beach, Cooking, Movies, Marvel & DC superheroes, Xiangqi chess

Jonathan Turner - turnerjm@musc.eduTurner

Year: MSTP-5, Grad-3
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-3, Grad-1
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

Melanie Wiley - wileym@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-3, 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-6, Grad-4
Mentor: Dr. Shaun Olsen
Research interests: Structural Enzymology
Spouse/Kids:  Miguel Valenzuela, daughter - Ara Belle
Hometown:  Pasadena, MD
Undergraduate Institution: University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Interests:  refinishing furniture, rock climbing, baking, cooking, the beach, reading

Daniel Wood - woodda@musc.eduWood

Year: MSTP-1, Med-1
Mentor:  Undecided
Research interests: Neuroscience, Addiction
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: Spartanburg, SC
Undergrad institution: University of South Carolina
​Interests: Listening to and discovering new music, climbing, weightlifting, reading, movies, video games and telling myself I shoud learn to cook

 

 

 
 
 

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