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The CTSI YouTube page features videos of sponsored trainees, scholars and investigators describing their research. Click on the following links for videos featuring TL1 Predoctoral Training Program Trainees:

Jennifer Cialone - CTSI Year Out alumna
Daniela Geba - PhD in Translational Biomedical Science
Doran Mix - CTSI Year Out alumnus

Year-Out Program for Medical Students

Erika SnowErika Snow

Project Title: The Role of E-cigarettes as a Barrier to Smoking Cessation
Erika Snow started her Year-Out in July 2015. Her primary mentor is Scott McIntosh, PhD.

Leigh SundemLeigh Sundem

Project Title: Erythropoietin for Compression Neuropathy: Preclinical Efficacy and Cellular Site of Action
Leigh Sundem started her Year-Out in July 2015. Her primary mentor is John Elfar, MD.

Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)

Aisha SiebertAisha Siebert

Project Title: Fetal basis of adult disease
Aisha Siebert is a MD/PhD student in her third year of the CTSI's PhD in Translational Biomedical Science (TBS) Program.

Past ART Trainees

Jennifer Andreozzi
Project Title: Geriatric Assessment to Improve Outcomes of Elderly Cancer Patients
Mentor:Supriya Mohile, MD, MS

Josef Bartels
Project Title: The Context, Structure, and Function of Silence in Doctor-Patient Communication
Mentor: Ronald Epstein, MD

Jon Black
Project Title: How We See It: Life through the Eyes of a Pediatric Cancer Patient
Mentor: Nancy Chin, PhD, MPH

Jarrod Bogue
Project Title: Investigation of the fundamental biochemistry and conformational properties of a specific riboswitch
from Neisseria gonorrhoeae
Mentor: Joseph Wedekind, PhD

Zachary Borus
Project Title: The Impact of Implementing a 'Collaborative Problem Solving' Approach to Care on an Inpatient Child Psychiatry Unit
Mentor: David Garrison, MD

Matthew Brown
Project Title: Molecular, Cellular, and Tissue Abnormalities Leading to Impaired Fracture Healing in C57BL/6J Marine Model of Type II Diabetes
Mentor: Regis O'Keefe, MD, PhD

Pedro Calderon-Artero
Project Title: The Effects of Potent Inflammation Resolving Lipid Mediators on Platelet Function in Healthy and Diabetic Blood
Mentor: Robert Block, MD, MPH, FACP

Amanda Carpenter
Project Title: Aldoketoreductase (AKR1C3) Role in Basal & Squamous Cell Skin Cancer Diabetic Blood
Mentor: Alice Pentland, MD

Jennifer Cialone
Project Title: A Phase II, Randomized, Placebo Controlled Trial of the Safety & Tolerability of Mycophenolate (CellCept) in Children with Juvenile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (JNCL)
Mentor: Jonathan Mink, MD, PhD

Thomas Fugate
Project Title: Detecting LVH by ECG in African Americans, Jackson Heart Study
Mentor:Thomas Pearson, MD, MPH, PhD

Robert Fulton
Project Title: Resolvins as Novel Regulators of Alveolar Lung Epithelial Cell Inflammatory Responses
Mentor: Patricia Sime, MD

Michael Geary
Project Title: Modulation of the prostanoid receptor EP4 to reduce scarring during flexor tendon healing
Mentor: Regis O'Keefe, PhD

Trevor Hansen
Project Title: Thy1 Expression as a Marker and Therapeutic Target for Scar Formation in Capsular Constracture following Reconstruction Mammoplasty
Mentor: Richard Phipps, PhD

Christopher Hogan
Project Title: Mechanisms for Protecting Human Lung Fibroblasts from Cigarette Smoke-Induced Cell Death: Implications for COPD
Mentor: Patricia Sime, MD

Jing-Li Huang
Project Title: Autophagy in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma
Mentor: Aram Hezel, MD

Brian Jenssen
Project Title: Dissemination of Best Practices to Promote Smoke Free Homes
Mentor: Jonathan Klein, MD, MPH

Evan Katzel
Project Title: The impact of Smad3 loss of function on TGF-beta signaling and the resultant scarring and adhesion formation during tendon healing
Mentor: Regis O'Keefe, MD, PhD

Angel Kirkham
Project Title: Belize: A Case Study of a Community Mental Health Program in a Developing Nation
Mentor: Nancy Chin, PhD, MPH

Ryan Koehler
Project Title: Development and Validation of the Arthroscopic Surgery Skill Evaluation Tool (ASSET)
Mentor: Gregg Nicandri, MD

Sirish Kondabolu
Project Title: Development of siRNA to Prevent Scar Formation in Tendon Repair
Mentor: Regis O'Keefe, MD, PhD

Ajay Kuriyan
Project Title: Inhibition of corneal fibroblast differentiation to scar forming cells
Mentor: Richard Phipps, PhD

Erika Levy
Project Title: Treatment of Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Behaviors in Tourette Syndrome
Mentor: Jonathan Mink, MD, PhD

Judy Liu
Project Title: Mutation specific risk stratification of Long QT Syndrome type 3 viameasure of evolutionary conservation of amino acids expressed by the SCN5A gene
Mentor: Arthur Moss, MD

Kelly Makino
Project Title: Advance Care Planning in Early Dementia Study
Mentor: Anton Porsteinsson, MD

Andrew Marky
Project Title: Activated Protein C is Neuroprotective and Mediates New Blood Vessel Formation and Neurogenesis after Controlled Cortical Impact
Mentor: Berislav Zlokovic, MD, PhD

Alexi Matousek
Project Title: The Molecular Pathogenesis of Barrett's Esophagus
Mentor: Jeffrey Peters, MD

Ron Menorca
Project Title: Determining EPO's role in accelerating functional recovery of meme in a mouse chronic neuropathy model
Mentor: John Elfar, MD

Doran Mix
Project Title: Computer Assisted Surgery Tool for Hemodialysis Fistulas (CAST-HDF)
Mentor: Ankur Chandra, MD

Aimee Morris
Project Title: Clinical Characteristics, Musical Variables, and Pathophysiology of Focal Embouchure Dystonia: A Disabling Disorder of Musicians
Mentor: Jonathan Mink, MD, PhD

Gregory Ouellet
Project Title: Effect of Sex Hormones on Clinical Course of Patients with Congenital Long QT Syndrome
Mentor: Arthur Moss, MD

Allison Panzer
Project Title: Breastfeeding and Health Outcomes in Low and Very Low Birth Weight Infants at 9 Months of Age.
Mentor: Cynthia Howard, MD, MPH

David Paul
Project Title: Using DTI to measure changes in occipital lobe white matter after decompression of the optic chiasm
Mentors: Brad Mahon, MD and Edward Vates, MD, PhD

Salvador Peña
Project Title: Do Astrocytes Contribute to the Exceptionally High Computational Power of the Human Brain?
Mentor: Maiken Nedergaard, MD, DMSc

Clifford Pierre
Project Title: The Role of Altered Cerebrospinal Fluid Dynamics after Brain Surgery
Mentor: Maiken Nedergaard, MD, DMSc

Daniel Platt
Project Title: Phenotypic Variability in and Treatment of Episodic Ataxia Type 1
Mentor: Robert Griggs, MD

Michael Prucha
Project Title: Healthcare Worker's Role in Tobacco Control in the Dominican Republic
Mentor: Deborah Ossip, PhD

Yaoli Pu
Project Title: P75 Neurotrophin Receptor Signaling and Trafficking
Mentor: Nina Schor, MD, PhD

Izad-Yar Daniel Rasheed
Project Title: The Kindling Model of Epilepsy and Wavelet-Based Seizure Detection Methods
Mentor: David Pinto

Jeffrey Reed
Project Title: The Effects of Erythropoietin on Healthy Bone
Mentor: John Elfar, MD

Kyle Rodenbach
Project Title: Crystatin-C-based renal reserve in children with history of hemolytic uremic syndrome-associated acute kidney injury
Mentor: George Schwartz, MD

Lauren Roussel
Project Title: Evaluating Upper Extremity Function Following Mastectomy in Reconstructed and Non-Reconstructed Women with Breast Cancer

Elizabeth Saionz
Project Title: Post-concussion progesterone decline in female athletes
Mentor: Jeffrey Bazarian, MD, MPH

Glenn Schneider
Project Title: Inner Ear Gene Therapy Steps to Treat Age-Related Hearing Loss
Mentor: Robert Frisina, PhD

Jordan Schramm
Project Title: Maternal iron-deficiency and its impacts on auditory temporal processing and myelination in the offspring – translation of animal models into the human system
Mentor: Anne Luebke, PhD

Melissa Squires
Project Title: Analysis of Inpatient Data on Patients with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at Strong Memorial Hospital
Mentor: Stephen Sulkes, MD

Laurel Stevens
Project Title: Role of Plexin B1 receptor in Melanoma Tumor Progression
Mentor: Glynis Scott, MD

Brandon Stein
Project Title: The Relationship Between Subconcussive Head Trauma and Markers of Brain Injury
Mentor: Jeff Bazarian, MD, MPH

Otto Thomas
Project Title: Characteristics, frequency, and implications of extranodal non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
Mentor: Louis Constine, MD

Heidi Thompson
Project Title: Research into Health Care in the Deaf Population
Mentor: Steven Barnett, MD

Lindsay Wahl
Project Title: One Protein, Multiple Functions: The Role of Tissue Transglutaminase in Pulmonary Fibrosis
Mentor: Patricia Sime, MD

Joanna Walker
Project Title: Central Venous Catheter Thrombosis in Children
Mentor: Norma Lerner, MD

Andrew Walters
Project Title: Identification and Deployment of a Novel Drug to Enhance Cardiac Ishemic Preconditioning
Mentor: Paul Brookes, PhD

Adam Weis
Project Title: Corneal Wound Healing and Ocular Optics After Descemet's Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSEK)
Mentor: Holly Hindman, MD

Pamela White
Project Title: Evaluating the Impact of eRecord on Nursing Practice and Patient Outcomes
Mentors: Gail Ingersoll, EdD, RN, FAAN, FNAP

Paul Youn
Project Title: Effect of Total Body Irradiation and Pre-Transplant Pulmonary Status on Non-Relapse Mortality after Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant
Mentors: Louis Constine, MD

Christine Zanghi
Project Title: Anticoagulation in the era of Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia: Combination Therapy with Bivalirudin and Fondaparinux Versus Conventional Heparin During Cardiopulmonary Bypass
Mentor: Michael Eaton, MD

Past MD/PhD Trainees

Youngsun Cho
Project Title: Sources of Dopamine Input to the Amygdala-an Anatomic and Neurochemical Focus of Mood Disorders
Mentor: Julie Fudge, MD

Katherine Eisenberg
Project Title: Lead Exposure in Refugee Children
Mentor: Edwin Van Wijngaarden, PhD

Laura Fornarola
Project Title: Determining the role of the proryl isomerase Pin1 in neuronal programmed cell death
Mentor: Robert Freeman, PhD

Natalia Golub
Project Title: Longitudinal Health Outcomes in Former Refugees
Mentor: Diana Fernandez, MD, MPH, PhD

Michael Jacob
Project Title: Cognitive Influences on Perception: Studies in the neurophysiology of human aging and single cell dynamics
Mentor: Charles Duffy, MD

Susan Lee
Project Title: Neural basis of audiovisual integration during language comprehension in autism
Mentor: Loisa Bennetto, PhD

Kevin Makino
Project Title: An Exploration of the Role of Public Health Insurance in Moderating the Effects of Low Family Income on Children's Educational Success
Mentor: Bruce Friedman, PhD

Kofi Mensah
Project Title: Myelopoiesis in Erosive vs. Non-erosive Inflammatory Arthritis
Mentor: Edward Schwarz, PhD

Phillip Rappold
Project Title: The Therapeutic Potential of Targeting Mitochondrial Fission/Fusion Pathways in Parkinson's Disease
Mentor: Kim Tieu, PhD

Christopher Richardson
Project Title: B-Cell Tolerance and Immunology
Mentor: Ignacio Sanz, MD

Adam Simning
Project Title: Mental Illness among Older Adult Public Housing Residents
Mentor: Edwin VanWijngaarden, PhD

Mercedes Szpunar
Project Title: The Effects of Stress on Breast Cancer: Beta-Adrenergic Receptor Stimulation of Cell Lines In Vitro and In Vivo
Mentor: Edward Brown

Helen Wei
Project Title: Astrocyte regulation of the cerebral microcirculation
Mentors: Maiken Nedergaard, MD, DM.Sc. & Edward Vates, MD, PhD