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MMTS Students Win Awards

Research Grant awards
Jason Bonomo, a fourth year MD/PhD student, was awarded an NIH/NIDKD F30 Research Fellowship Award for his research effort in the area of “Detection of Coding Variants Modulating Diabetic Nephropathy in African Americans”.

Meredith Greene, a fourth year PhD student, received an NIH/NRSA National Institute on Aging F31 Research Predoctoral Fellowship Award for “The Role of Macrophage Migration Inhibitory Factor in Osteoarthritis”.

Jade Mims, a second year MMTS PhD student, received an NIH/NRSA Predoctoral Fellowship Award in Structural and Computational Biophysics for her work in Dr. Cristina Furdui’s laboratory.

Lucy Robbins Fellowship Award
Dejan Maglic, Molecular Medicine and Translational Science PhD Candidate, is the 2012-2013 Lucy Robbins Fellowship Award Recipient. The Lucy Robbins Fellowship Award was established in the spring of 2005 in memory of Lucy Robbins, the late wife of WFUHS faculty member Dr. Mike Robbins. The award is given annually to a current fourth-year graduate student conducting cancer-related research and is based on academic ability, including outstanding academic and research expertise, demonstrated leadership, outstanding interpersonal skills and a commitment to the ideals of excellence in academic research.

Travel Awards
Ayana Martin - FASEB MARC travel award to attend the AAI Introductory Course in Immunology, July 2014, in Long Beach CA.  Ayana also received a travel fellowship from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) to attend the 2nd Annual UAB Workshop on Metabolomics, June 2014.  The course is jointly sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) as part of the NIH Common Fund Metabolomics Initiative, and the Departments of Chemistry and Pharmacology and Toxicology at UAB.

Bryan Wilson - FASEB; Intersociety Council for Pathology Information, Inc.; Endocrine Society; and MMTS Graduate Program.
Meredith Greene - MMTS Graduate Program and the WFU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Saloomeh Mokhtari - MMTS Graduate Program

Kadie Vanderman - MMTS Graduate Program

Jade Mims - Gordon Research Conference travel award to support her participation in the Thiol-Based Redox Regulation and Signaling Seminar, Spain, July 2014.  Jade also received in 2014 a RADRES Scholars-in-Training travel award from the Radiation Research Society.

Miscellaneous Awards
Bryan Wilson, Ayana Martin, Victor Ortega, and Dejan Maglic received NIH/DOD pre-doctoral funding. Victor Ortega, MD, was the recipient also of a Clinical Scientific Development award. 

Eight students received regional research awards which included gold, 1st place, 3rd place, runner-up and honorable mention from Charlotte Life Sciences Conference (Bryan Wilson, Ryne DeBo), Graduate Student Research Day (Abritee Dhal runner up, Bailey Fearing 1st place), STAR award (Bailey Fearing), WFU MACHE Bowl Healthcare (Bryan Wilson 1st place), NC Biotech Science in the Mountains (Ayana Martin), and Resident Basic Science Day (Austin Stone).

Daniel Bracey, MD, received the Resident silver award at the Division of Surgical Sciences 21st Annual Residents' and Fellows' Research Day.

Jason Bonomo won the Cultural Awareness Award at the May 2014 Wake Forest Medical School graduation ceremony.

A diagram by Victor Ortega, MD, Deborah Meyers, PhD, and Boyd Jacobson was accepted as the cover for the January 2014 issue of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the highest ranked allergy journal.  The diagram showed the Impact of Ethnic Admixing on Personalized Medicine.

In recognition of his effort to provide media coverage of the American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP) 2014 annual meeting through his blog and as the first official recipient, ASIP awarded Bryan Wilson with a stipend certificate, free registration to the meeting, and 2014 membership.

 Moving Forward
Seven MMTS students successfully defended their research dissertations and graduated during the 2012-2013 academic year. Receiving degrees were Kimberly Fisher, Ph.D.; Amy Hicks, Ph.D.; Jessica Cooke Bailey, Ph.D.; Maria Bahawdory Rahmany, Ph.D.; Steven Ray, M.S.; Austin Stone, M.D., Ph.D.; and Sinan Zhu, Ph.D..

Since the beginning of the 2013-2014 academic year, the following seven students have successfully completed the preliminary oral examination requirement for PhD candidacy: Kadie Vanderman, Li Wang, Abritee Dhal, Christopher Stuart, Jason Bonomo, Ayana Martin, and Ryne DeBo. 

Student Presentations
Crystal Bolden's abstract entitled "Exploring the effects of sulfide on nitric oxide bioavailability" was accepted as a poster and oral presentation at the Nitric Oxide Society's Nitrite/Nitrate conference, July 2014, in Cleveland, OH.

Bryan Wilson was selected as an oral presenter at the "Data Diuresis" session at the annual Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego, CA, April 2014.  He was also invited to write a mini review of the topic of his presentation.  Bryan will also participate as a panel speaker at the Minority Student Luncheon, which is part of the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting and expo, June 2014, Chicago, IL.

Saloomeh Mokhtari presented a poster entitled "Optimization of Vascular Niches to Increase Hematopoietic Engraftment" at an In-Utero Transplantation meeting in San Francisco, CA, April 2014. 

Meredith Green's abstract entitled “Deletion of Macrophage Migration Inhibitory Factor Reduces Severity of Osteoarthritis in Mice” was accepted for poster presentation at the Osteoarthritis Research Society International World Congress in Paris, France, April 2014.

Kadie Vanderman’s abstract entitled “Effects of Osteoarthritis on Meniscus Cell Response to Osteogenic Protein 1” was accepted for oral presentation at the Osteoarthritis Research Society International World Congress in Paris, France, April 2014.

 Saloomeh Mokhtari was recently awarded a 3rd place award for her poster presentation entitled "Origin and Characterization of CD166+Cells during Human Marrow Ontogeny" at the WFIRM Retreat.  Saloomeh has also received a travel grant allowing her to attend and present her work at the International Symposium in Applied Bioimaging held in Porto, Portugal, October 2013.

Recent presentations include Orthopedic Research Society (Meredith Greene), N.C. Terms (Abritee Dahl), Molecular Signaling Research Retreat (Meredith Greene and Abritee Dahl), American Thoracic Society International (Victor Ortega, MD), Society for Biomaterials (Bailey Fearing), and the Endocrine Society (Bryan Wilson).

Eleven students (Abritee Dhal, Christ Stuart, Kadie Vanderman, Meredith Greene, Bryan Wilson, Dan Deegan, Saloomeh Mokhtari, Bailey Fearing, Victor Ortega, Jason Bonomo, Ryne DeBo) attended 34 national, international or regional meetings.

Nine students contributed to 18 publications, 9 of which were first author manuscripts (Christopher Stuart, Meredith Greene, Bryan Wilson, Dejan Maglic, Victor Ortega, MD, and Austin Stone, MD).

Making a Difference in Our Community
Jason Bonomo is volunteer health care provider at Community Care Center, a free dental and medical clinic in Winston Salem, NC. 

Ayana Martin was recipient of the World of Better award with a $1000 cash prize, Student Wellness Center representative and Events Chair.

Kadie Vanderman participated in the Sci-Tech Technology Institute Summer Outreach program.

Bryan Wilson received recognition from the Community Hunger Campaign with a donation of $500 toward service effort.

Ayana Martin was elected President and Bryan Wilson was elected Vice President of the Wake Forest Black Graduate Student’s Association. The mission of the Association is to: serve as an academic and social network for African-American graduate students in the School of Arts of Sciences; encourage the recruitment and retention of African-American graduate students at Wake Forest University; and sponsor programs promoting and encouraging education in general and graduate education in particular.

Professional memberships for students include N.C. Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medical Society, Endocrine Society, American Society for Investigative Pathology, American Society for Nutrition, American Physiology Society, Society for Neuro-Oncology, Radiation Research Society, Orthopaedic Research Society, N.C. Science Teachers Association, Society for Biomaterials, and Society for Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering.

Faculty News and Awards
Dr. K. Bridget Brosniham was awarded the Reidar Wallin Faculty Teaching award in Molecular Medicine and Translational Sciences for her teaching excellence during the 2013-2014 academic year.   Dr. John Parks received the award for the 2012-2013 academic year.  The recipient is nominated by MMTS students/faculty for meaningful impact in the MMTS classroom curriculum.

Dr. K. Bridget Brosnihan, MMTS Director, received the 2012 Mentor of the Year award from the Women’s Health Center of Excellence for Research, Leadership and Education (WHCOE).

Student Activities

Graduate students in Molecular Medicine participate in a variety of activities inside and outside of the program of study. The following presentations show some of those activities and demonstrate a bit of the life and interactions of students within Molecular Medicine.

Mol Med Activites (PDF file)  

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