Penn Medicine MD-PhD

Combined Degree and Physician Scholar Programs


Short term - Clinical / Health Services
Elana Tykocinski - 1st place
Identification of the EGFRvIII mutation in glioblastoma by magnetic resonance perfusion-weighted imaging (MR-PWI) and VEGF expression
Mentor:  Dr. Donald M. O’Rourke

Michelle Kim - 2nd place
The effect of multidisciplinary care teams on intensive care unit mortality
Mentor:  Dr. Jeremy Kahn

Short term - Basic Science
Maximilian Smith - 1st place
Isolation and characterization of early outgrowth rat endothelial progenitor cells
Mentor:  Dr. Y. Joseph Woo

Tina Franklin-Dumont - 2nd place
Is decreased acetylation of histone H3 part of a common pathway for preterm and term parturition?
Mentor:  Dr. Michal Elovitz

Year out - Clinical / Health Services

Amit Khera - 1st place
On-statin Cholesteryl Ester Transfer Protein Mass and Risk of Recurrent Coronary Events: Results from the PROVE IT-TIMI 22 Study
Mentor: Dr. Daniel J. Rader

Allison Loh - 2nd place
Predictors of clinical outcomes for fungal keratitis
Mentor:  Dr. Nisha Acharya

Year out - Basic Science
Laura Chang - 1st place
The molecular basis for increased dermal content of hyaluronic acid and chondroitin sulfate in cutaneous lupus erythematosus
Mentor: Dr. Victoria P. Werth

Laura DiNardo - 2nd place
PI-103 and rapamycin synergism abrogate resistance to mTOR inhibition in pre-B ALL
Mentor:  Dr. Valerie I. Brown and Dr. Stephan A. Grupp

Scholarly Pursuit - Clinical / Health Services

Lori Kestenbaum - 1st place
Defining normal cerebrospinal fluid white blood cell counts in young infants and neonates
Mentor: Dr. Samir S. Shah

Lauren Marlowe - 2nd place
Blood culture contamination rates following skin antisepsis with Chlorascrub™ versus povidone-iodine in a pediatric emergency department
Mentor:  Dr. Theoklis Zaoutis

Scholarly Pursuit - Basic Science
Jeffrey Cohen - 1st place
Cripto stimulates myocardial proliferation, attenuates hypertrophy, and enhances ventricular function in ischemic cardiomyopathy
Mentor:  Dr. Y. Joseph Woo

Luke Janik - 2nd place
The role of volatile anesthetics and surgery in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease
Mentor:  Dr. Roderic Eckenhoff

MD-PhD Rotation

Patrick Ward - 1st place
Cytosolic isoforms of Krebs cycle enzymes constitute an important pathway for cell proliferation and glioma progression
Mentor:  Dr. Craig Thompson

David Combs - 2nd place
A novel arrhythmic timeless allele reveals the importance of post-translational regulation of circadian rhythms in D. melanogaster
Mentor:  Dr. Amita Sehgal

MD-PhD Thesis
Niraj Shanbhag - 1st place
ATM kinase-dependent transcriptional silencing at DNA double strand breaks
Mentor:  Dr. Roger Greenberg

Karla Leavens - 2nd place
Hepatic insulin signaling through Akt2 causes fatty liver in insulin-resistant ob/ob and high fat diet mouse models
Mentor:  Dr. Morrie J. Birnbaum