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MMTS Students Win Awards

Research Grant awards

Ian Hutchinson, MD, a third year PhD student, received the Wake Forest Innovations Spark Grant award as Co-I.

Dan Bracey, MD, a fourth year PhD student, received the AOTrauma North America Resident Research Support Award and OREF Resident Clinician Scientist Training Grant Award. 

Zachariah McIver, DO, a second year PhD student, received the Wake Forest University Comprehensive Cancer Center Pilot grant.

Erica Lyons, a fifth year PhD student, is supported by the T32 Integrative Lipid Sciences, Inflammation and Chronic Diseases Training Grant. 

Bryan Wilson, sixth year PhD student received an American Heart Association Mid-Atlantic Affiliate 2015 Predoctoral Fellowship Award starting on July 1, 2015. Title of project: "Cellular and Molecular Modifications of the Renin-Angiotensin System in a Glucocorticoid-Induced Fetal Programming". Bryan will be supported by the T32 Integrative Lipid Sciences, Inflammation and Chronic Diseases Training Grant until the end of June 2015.

Meredith Greene, a sixth 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 fourth 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.

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

Benyam Yoseph- MMTS Graduate Program

Elie Zakhem - 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.

Ian Hutchinson, MD - 2014 Eastern Orthopaedic Association Resident Travel award in Amelia Island, FL

Miscellaneous Awards
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).

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

MMTS Alumni, Jason Bonomo, PhD,  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 2013-2014 academic year. Receiving degrees were Jason Bonomo, Ph.D.; Bailey Fearing, Ph.D.; Dejan Maglic, Ph.D.; Thorsten Seyler, MD, Ph.D.; Austin Stone, M.D., Ph.D.; Gwynneth Thomas, Ph.D.;  and Sinan Zhu, Ph.D. Three MMTS students successfully completed their Master's degree: Bryan Cox, M.S., Victoria Crisci, M.S. and  Amelia Helms, M.S., 

Since the beginning of the 2013-2014 academic year, the following ten students have successfully completed the preliminary oral examination requirement for PhD candidacy: Crystal Bolden, Daniel Bracey, MD, Ian Hutchinson, MD, Amritha Kidiyoor, Eleanor McCabe, Zachariah McIver, DO, Ivy Mead, Jade Mims, Samuel Pendergraft and Elie Zakhem.

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),  and the Endocrine Society (Bryan Wilson).

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

Making a Difference in Our Community

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.


Ian Hutchinson, MD - Monitoring Somatosensory Evoked Potentials (SSEPs) for Compartment Syndrome. WFI 14-77. PROV – 908097. Hutchinson, Seyler, Koman (2014)
Methods, systems and devices for assessing neuromuscular status of ligamentours and soft tissues. Hutchinson, Seyler US2008 5768662 1 (2014)

Zachariah McIver, DO - Provision patent filed June 5, 2014 titled "Methods and Compounds for Phototherapy with Chalcogenorhodamine Photosensitizers"

Christopher Stuart - Provisional Patent submitted titled "Use of small hairpin DNA's with a novel pH sensitive linkage to deliver chemotherapy to cancer cells". 

Faculty News and Awards

Dr. K. Bridget Brosnihan, Professor of Surgical Sciences and Physiology and Pharmacology and Director of the Molecular Medicine and Translational Science Graduate Program,  was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for the Inter American Society of Hypertension at the biannual meeting in Salvador, Brazil from Aug 13-15, 2014.  This award recognizes individuals across the Americas that have a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the mission of the Inter American Society of Hypertension.   This includes investigations toward the prevention and control of hypertension and vascular diseases, and activities that bridge basic, translational and clinical research, as well as fostering and nurturing interactions among investigators from various parts of the Americas. 

Dr. Vidula Vachharajani  was awarded the Reidar Wallin Faculty Teaching award in Molecular Medicine and Translational Sciences for her teaching excellence during the 2014-2015 academic year. Dr. K. Bridget Brosnihan, received the award for the 2013-2014 academic year.  Dr. John Parks, Co-Director of MMTS, 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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