Armand J. Quick Award

For Outstanding Senior
Medical Students in Biochemistry

AJ Quick, MD PhD
The Armand J. Quick Award honors the memory of Armand J. Quick, MD, PhD, Chair of the Department of Biochemistry from 1944-1964.

Dr. Quick was an internationally recognized contributor to knowledge concerning the basic mechanisms of blood clotting and to techniques involving the diagnosis and treatment of hemorrhagic disorders. Dr. Quick is best known for the Quick prothrombin test.

The Quick Award is given to honor the senior students who, in the opinion of the faculty of the Department of Biochemistry, have demonstrated outstanding scholarship in Biochemistry and research with a dedication to future medical research.

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  Armand J. Quick Award Current Recipients

Brennan Decker MD, PhD

A native of Wisconsin, Brennan majored in Biology and Chemistry at St. Olaf College, where he was awarded the Buntrock Regents’ Scholarship and a National Merit Scholarship. After graduating, Brennan traveled to Hungary on a Fulbright Fellowship and used atomic force microscopy to examine muscle proteins. Brennan then matriculated at the Medical College of Wisconsin as a Rath Scholar. As a medical student, Brennan contributed to genetic diagnosis of a young patient with severe, treatment-resistant inflammatory bowel disease. Using cutting-edge strategies, the team identified the mutation responsible for the child’s illness and, for the first time, suggested optimal treatment based on the results of exome sequencing, which resulted in dramatic remission of the patient’s disease.

Motivated by this perspective-altering experience, Brennan pursued further opportunities to explore medically relevant applications of genomics through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute-NIH Research Scholars Program, and later the NIH-Cambridge Scholars program, which offers joint PhD training at the University of Cambridge, England and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Brennan joined Dr. Elaine Ostrander’s lab, where, among other projects, Brennan has examined the genomic landscape of aggressive prostate tumors. As an Honorary External Research Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge, Brennan worked with Prof. Douglas Easton to provide clinicians with better risk estimates for high- and moderate-penetrance breast cancer susceptibility genes.

Following graduation from MCW, Brennan will join the Pathology Residency Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, where he intends to specialize in Molecular Pathology and continue his multifaceted translational research to integrate genomics into the practice of medicine.

Anna K. Park MD

Anna was born in Seoul, South Korea, moved to the U.S. at the age of 5, and was raised in Erie, Pennsylvania. In 2012, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and conducted ribosome research under the direction of Dr. John L. Woolford, PhD. Anna completed a one-year research fellowship at the NIH in the National Cancer Institute under the direction of Division Chief, Dr. Lawrence E. Samelson, MD. Her research involved studying the biochemical basis of T cell activation. Her work has been published in The Journal of Immunology.

After the NIH, Anna began medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2013 and conducted research under the direction of Dr. DJ Sidjanin, PhD. In 2014, she received the Dr. Michael J. Dunn Summer Research Fellowship Award for her research project. Her focus was on the molecular and phenotypic characterization of mice deficient for an analogous gene mutated in patients affected with Warburg Micro syndrome. This project led to her publication as first author in the journal, BMC Genetics. She presented a talk at the 2015 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology conference in Denver, Colorado on the molecular etiology of Warburg Micro syndrome. She earned the NEI/ARVO Travel Award to present at this meeting. Furthermore, her work led her to co-author a publication in the journal, Autophagy.

After graduation from MCW, Anna will begin training in the Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency Program at Stanford University in California. She plans to pursue a career in Gastrointestinal Pathology combined with Molecular Genetics and Bioinformatics.

  Previous Armand J. Quick Awardees

2016 - Tarin Bigley, MD, PhD and Jacob M. Wilson, MD

2015 – Erica Schmitt, MD, PhD and Ben E. Biesterveld, MD

2014 – Tyce Kearl MD, PhD and Wasakorn Kittipongdaja, MD

2013 – Krista E. Asp, MD

2012 – Jamie Privratsky MD, PhD and Kevin Riggle, MD

2011 – Lance M. Relland MD, PhD and Cheryl J. Maenpaa, MD

2010 – Jonathan M. Skarie MD, PhD and Corbin D. Sullivan, MD

2009 – Brandon T. Larsen MD, PhD and Christopher R. Henry, MD

2008 – Andrea B. French, MD

2007 – Sakkapol Ongwijitwat MD, PhD and Joseph P. Roche, MD

2006 – Sachin Patel MD, PhD and Michael D. Roseblum MD, PhD

2005 – Timothy J. Nelson MD, PhD

2004 – Matthew J. Riese MD, PhD and Brooke A. King, MD

2003 – Brent L. Fogel MD, PhD and Andrew E. Trochlell, MD

2002 – Jason A. Jarzembowski MD, PhD

2001 – Jonathan M. Bock MD and Anand Krishnan Ganesan MD, PhD

2000 – Stacey A. Strege-Sjoberg MD, PhD and Robert E. Sonnenburg, MD

1999 – David Potter MD, PhD

1998 – Heather A. Stanko, MD

1997 – Richard J. Gumina MD, PhD

1996 – Cathleen M. McCabe, MD

1995 – Grace Clarke, MD

1994 – Paul W. Hruz MD, PhD

1993 – Gerald P. Loushin, MD

1992 – David K. Gaffney MD, PhD

1991 – James P. Thomas MD, PhD

1990 – John Caton, MD

1989 – Bert G. Tardieu, MD

1988 – Barry J. Roseman, MD

1987 – James P. Witter MD, PhD

1986 – DuWayne Willett, MD

1985 – Jon R. Resar, MD

1984 – Mark L. Kadden, MD

1983 – Mark I. Freedman, MD

1982 – Carol Anne Popp MD, PhD