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Dual Degree Program Physician Scientist MD/PhD

The MD/PhD program allows students to integrate their medical education with intense research training by selecting a training mentor from one of the following research concentration areas:

Once a research training mentor is selected, the student will be enrolled in the PhD program with which the mentor is academically affiliated. The research concentration areas include mentors affiliated with the following programs:

MD/PhD students learn the fundamental clinical aspects of medicine and receive advanced training in a specific field of research. Physicians with extensive research training are uniquely positioned to advance medical care and to teach at the cutting edge of medical discovery.

MD/PhD Program News

Congratulations!

Congratulations to MD/PhD student Breana Channer for receiving a Dean’s Travel Award in the Fall 2023 cycle.

Congratulations to MD/PhD student Victoria Mischley for receiving the NIH National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering F30 grant for “Developing computational methods to identify of endogenous substrates of E3 ubiquitin ligases and molecular glue degraders.” (grant number 1F30EB034594-01)

Congratulations to MD/PhD student Mitch Parker on his first author paper titled “Delineating The RAS Conformational Landscape.” The paper appears in the American Association for Cancer Research journal Cancer Research.

MD/PhD students Ben Haslund-Gourley and Swaksha Rachuri at the Franklin Institute lecture, 'The Future of MRNA Therapeutics,' with Katalin Karikó, PhD and Drew Weissman, MD, PhD.

Meeting Franklin Laureates

Ben Haslund-Gourley and Swaksha Rachuri met Franklin Institute Award Laureates Drs. Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman at "The Future of MRNA Therapeutics" lecture on May 4, 2022. Drs. Karikó and Weissman are recipients of the 2022 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science.

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Ben Haslund-Gourley and Kyle Samson on their recent publication, “Reducing the stigma surrounding opioid use disorder: evaluating an opioid overdose prevention training program applied to a diverse population,” Bascou, N.A., Haslund-Gourley, B., Amber-Monta, K. et al., in Harm Reduction Journal 19, 5 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12954-022-00589-6.

Alumni Congratulations!

Congratulations to MD/PhD alumni, Dr. Angela M. Richardson, on starting a faculty position at Indiana University. Dr. Richardson is researching retroviral replicating vectors (they can be made with different genes) in the treatment of CNS malignancies.

Eric Prouty, Corbett Berry, and Stephen Woloszynek during their virtual Match Day celebrations

Awards and Achievements

Tower Health Research Day 2022
Tower Health Research Day 2022

Tower Health Research Day 2022 (Ben Haslund-Gourley and Kyle Samson)
Ben Haslund-Gourley and Kyle Samson

Victoria Mischley

  • F30 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (2023-2027)
    “Developing Computational Methods to Identify Endogenous Substrates of E3 Ubiquitin Ligases and Molecular Glue Degraders”

Breanna Channer

  • 2022 Drexel Discovery Day Outstanding Junior Graduate Student Poster 3rd place

Ben Haslund-Gourley

  • 2022 Tower Health Research Day Basic Science Research Poster category 1st place
  • 2022 Drexel Emerging Graduate Student conference Provost's Award for Best In-person Oral Research Presentation

Kyle Samson

  • 2022 Tower Health Research Day podium presentation 1st place

Mitchell Parker (PhDY4)

  • F30 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, NIH (NIGMS) (2021-2025) titled:
    “Creating a Unified RAS Structural Nomenclature to Compare the Impact of Oncogenic Mutations on KRAS, NRAS, and HRAS”

Shawn Joshi (PhDY4)

  • F30 Award, NIH Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute Of Child Health & Human Development
    “Neuroergonomic Assessment of Wheelchair Control in Real World Environments with both Healthy and Clinical Populations”

Philip Yates (PhDY3)

  • 2019 Drexel Discovery Day Honorable Mention: Outstanding Senior Graduate Student Poster

Erik Li (PhDY4)

  • F30 Award, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (2019-2022)
    Afferent Modulation of Rhythm-Generating Neurons in the Spinal Locomotor Central Pattern Generator

Beth Ashinsky (PhDY3)

  • F30 Ruth L. Kirschstein Research Service Award (2018-2022)
    Multiscale and Multimodal Structure-Function Analysis of Intervertebral Interfaces During Degeneration and Regeneration

Kaitlin Farrell (MS3)

  • F30 NIH Fellowship (2017)
    Chronic Inflammation and Depression After Spinal Cord Injury
  • Fritz Seil Outstanding Graduate Student Poster at International Symposium on Neural Regeneration (2017)

Charles Wang (MS3)

  • MD Anderson Cancer Center Research Fellowship (2018)
  • Outstanding Junior Graduate Student Poster Award, Discovery Day (2014)

Oleg Alekseev (Graduated 2016)

  • F30 Ruth L. Kirschstein Research Service Award
    Targeting the DNA damage response pathway for the treatment of HSV esophagitis
  • National Eye Institute Travel Award to present at ARVO (2014)

Tim Beck (Graduated 2018)

  • F30 Ruth L. Kirschstein Research Service Award (2015-2018)
    Characterization of AMH as part of a novel TGF-beta signaling loop

Elizabeth Crowe (Graduated 2016)

  • F30 Ruth L. Kirschstein Research Service Award (2012-2016)
    Astrocyte senescence and HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders

John Lee (Graduated 2018)

  • Drexel University national nominee for Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting
  • Alcoa Foundation Fellow for Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Kristina Shahiari (Graduated 2019)

  • F30 Ruth L. Kirschstein Research Service Award (2015-2018)
    IL-1b-mediated tumor-stromal interaction and prostate cancer cell cooperation in the bone metastatic niche

Chris Haas (Graduated 2016)

  • Young Investigator Educational Enhancement Award (2014)
    Goldberger Boyne Levine Award for Excellence in Neuroscience Research (2012)

 
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