Research Collaborate Lab Bench

Medical Scientist Training Program

Current MSTP Students

Congratulations to our 2020 students who matched!

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Ismael Banla

Matched at Harvard; Specialty: Radiation Oncology

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Amin Bemanian

Matched at University of Washington; Specialty: Pediatrics

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Eric Exner

Matched at University of Washington; Specialty: Anesthesiology

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Andrew Kadlec

Associate with Venture Investors

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James Miller

Matched at Stanford University; Specialty: Dermatology

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David Schauder

Matched at Vanderbilt University; Specialty: Dermatology

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Monica Thomas

Matched at Johns Hopkins University; Specialty: Anesthesiology

M1 Students

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Karina Bursch

M1 Student

kbursch@mcw.edu

The Catholic University of America

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Kelli Cole

M1 Student

kecole@mcw.edu

Marquette University

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Julian Grosskopf

M1 Student

jgrosskopf@mcw.edu

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Sritejasvinthi Karimikonda

M1 Student

skarimikonda@mcw.edu

University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Thomas Kelly

M1 Student

tjkelly@mcw.edu

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

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Siying Lin

M1 Student

silin@mcw.edu

The Catholic University of America

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Zakary Plautz

M1 Student

zplautz@mcw.edu

Columbia University, New York City

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Gopika Senthilkumar

M1 Student

gsenthilkuma@mcw.edu

University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Samuel Zorn

M1 Student

Santa Clara University

M2 Students

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Ashley Brown

M2 Student

asbrown2@mcw.edu

Boston College

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Mohamed Khalil

M2 Student

mokhalil@mcw.edu

Illinois State University

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Nicholas Malcolm

M2 Student

nmalcolm@mcw.edu

University of Wisconsin-Parkside

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Christopher Monti

M2 Student

cmonti@mcw.edu

Duke University

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Shana Snarrenberg

M2 Student

ssnarrenberg@mcw.edu

University of Illinois

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Peter Zhang

M2 Student

pezhang@mcw.edu

University of Michigan

G1 Students

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Kyler Crawford

G1 Student

kscrawford@mcw.edu

Advised by Brian Volkman, PhD, Biochemistry

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Matthew Hadiono

G1 Student

mhadiono@mcw.edu

Advised by John Kirby, PhD, Microbiology & Immunology

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Moujtaba Kasmani

G1 Student

mkasmani@mcw.edu

Advised by Weiguo Cui, PhD, Microbiology & Immunology

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Stephen Mazurchuk

G1 Student

smazurchuk@mcw.edu

Advised by Jeffrey Binder, PhD, Biophysics

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Kelsey Meacham

G1 Student

kmeacham@mcw.edu

Advised by Blake Hill, PhD, Biochemistry

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Wasif Osmani

G1 Student

wosmani@mcw.edu

Advised by Matthew Hodges, PhD, Physiology

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Tyler Waltz

G1 Student

twaltz@mcw.edu

Advised by Cheryl Stucky, PhD, Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy

G2 Students

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Melissa Anfinson

G2 Student

manfinson@mcw.edu

Advised by Aoy Mitchell, PhD, Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy

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Linda Berg Luecke

G2 Student

lbergluecke@mcw.edu

Advised by Rebekah Gundry, PhD, Biochemistry

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Ayana Jamal

G2 Student

ajamal@mcw.edu

Advised by Brian Link, PhD, Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy

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Hayley Powers

G2 Student

hpowers@mcw.edu

Advised by Daisy Sahoo, PhD, Biochemistry

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Sai-Suma Samudrala

G2 Student

ssamudrala@mcw.edu

Advised by Aoy Mitchell, PhD, Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy

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Todd Stollenwerk

G2 Student

tstollenwerk@mcw.edu

Advised by Cecilia Hillard, PhD, Pharmacology & Toxicology

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Paytsar Topchyan

G2 Student

ptopchyan@mcw.edu

Advised by Weiguo Cui, PhD, Microbiology & Immunology

G3 Students

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Puja Agrawal

G3 Student

pagrawal@mcw.edu

Advised by Sridhar Rao, MD, PhD, Pediatrics (Hematology/Oncology) and Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy

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Carlie Aurubin

G3 Student

caurubin@mcw.edu

Advised by Vera Tarakanova, PhD, Microbiology & Immunology

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Samantha Chou

G3 Student

schou@mcw.edu

Advised by Matt Scaglione, PhD, Biochemistry

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Acacia Dishman

G3 Student

adishman@mcw.edu

Advised by Brian Volkman, PhD, Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy

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Katelyn Heimbruch

G3 Student

kheimbruch@mcw.edu

Advised by Sridhar Rao, MD, PhD, Pediatrics (Hematology/Oncology) and Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy

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Alicia Ivory

G3 Student

aivory@mcw.edu

Advised by Andrew Greene, PhD, Biomedical Engineering Program

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Dwani Patel

G3 Student

ddpatel@mcw.edu

Dwani's current interests include investigating the role of endothelial cells and retinal pericytes in the pathogenesis of diabetic retinopathy, as well as identifying targets for gene therapy via rAAv.

G4 Students

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Alexander Helfand

G4 Student

ahelfand@mcw.edu

Advised by Jeffrey Binder, MD, Neurology, Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy, and Biophysics

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Clinton Piper

G4 Student

cpiper@mcw.edu

Advised by William Drobyski, MD, Medicine, Pediatrics, and Microbiology & Immunology

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Casey Vickstrom

G4 Student

cvickstrom@mcw.edu

Advised by Qing-song Liu, PhD, Pharmacology and Toxicology

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Emily Vonderhaar

G4 Student

evonderhaar@mcw.edu

Advised by Michael Dwinell, PhD, Microbiology & Immunology

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Erica N. Woertz

G3 Student

ewoertz@mcw.edu

My primary research interest is in ocular albinism, a genetic disease that reduces the amount of pigment in the eyes, hair, and skin.

M3 Students

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Eric Darrah

M4 Student

edarrah@mcw.edu

Advised by Vera Tarakanova, PhD, Microbiology & Immunology

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Alison Huckenpahler

G4 Student

ahuckenpahle@mcw.edu

I am currently working using adaptive optics to characterize a transgenic pig model of retinitis pigmentosa. This disease is caused by a mutation in rhodopsin which results in a loss of rod photoreceptors, eventually leading to blindness. This model will allow us to look in depth at the pathophysiology of the disease and hopefully lead to possible gene therapies to restore/preserve vision.

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Andrew Kleist

M3 Student

akleist@mcw.edu

Advised by Brian Volkman, PhD, Biochemistry

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Natasha Moussouras

M3 Student

nmoussouras@mcw.edu

Advised by Michael Dwinell, PhD, Microbiology & Immunology

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Michael Olp

M3 Student

molp@mcw.edu

Advised by Brian Smith, PhD, Biochemistry

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Jason Siebert

M3 Student

jsiebert@mcw.edu

Advised by Subramanian Malarkannan, PhD, Versiti Blood Research Institute