Student Research Contacts

Colby Passaro

  • Class: 2019
  • Mentor(s): Dr. Jesse Clark, MD, MSc (UCLA), Dr. Steven Shoptaw, PhD (UCLA), and Dr. Robinson Cabello, MD (Peru)
  • Program: UCLA South American Program in HIV Prevention Research (SAPHIR)
  • Project/Program Description: Eleven month training program in HIV prevention research in Latin America wherein each trainee is partnered with mentors to focus on a specific area of research while receiving a broad educational overview of all aspects of HIV prevention through a didactic program.


Anna-Carson Rimer Uhelski

  • Class: 2019
  • Mentor: Dr. Mukta Panda
  • Program: Spirituality and Hospitalization Experience of Patients Study (SHEPS)
  • Project: Spirituality and Hospitalization Experience of Patients Study (SHEPS). This was a project to observe the relationship of spirituality and patient satisfaction. The research is in the process of being published and has been accepted for oral presentation at a regional conference (SSGIM), a national conference (SGIM) and for a poster presentation at a national conference (SHM).

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Lori Shenep

  • Mentor: Jim Dale, MD at VAMC
  • Project: Group A Strep (GAS) vaccine project - explored the addition of three new vaccine antigens (M-related proteins) that may broaden the coverage of the vaccine

Casey McCormick

  • Mentor: Scott A. Held, PhD
  • Project: Effect of Zolpidem on GABA-A receptor sequestration and the involvement of PKC and PKA

David Bulger

  • Medical Student Research Fellowship- VAMC
  • Presenting at Southern Society Conference in New Orleans with a travel award

Other Research in Memphis

Spencer Conner

  • Retrospective chart review at Memphis VAMC with Dr. Solomon Solon
  • Effects of insulin and metformin therapy on bone mineral density in Type II DM patients

Kate Rampon

  • NICU with Dr. Ajay Talati
  • Retrospective study: “Antibiotic use in suspected sepsis in a NICU”
  • Clinical experience: rounding, observing procedures and deliveries

James Humble

  • Writing and administering an IRB-exempt survey regarding interest in a diabetes health and wellness center

Tim Boswell

  • Summer research in pediatric surgery at Le Bonheur

William Barge

  • Research experience

Danielle Kern

  • Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) program at St. Jude
    Clinical research and shadowing

Research Outside of Memphis

Hunter Rooks

  • Vanderbilt University
  • Hand and plastic surgery research, including  an IRB proposal for a clinical trial

Robert Hester

  • Summer Research Fellow, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
  • Clinical research project on mucosal melanoma

Kenny Kennedy

  • Cannon Summer Scholars Research Program, Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC
  • Basic science and clinical research – Department of General Surgery/Trauma Surgery
  • 1 publication pending

Amanda Box

  • Summer Research Training Program in Kidney Disease (SRTP-KD), Vanderbilt University
  • Clinical and basic science research + one half day of shadowing per week
  • Presenting a poster at the national SRTP conference
  • Paid experience (but no housing provided); contact Nancy Lightsey at nancy.lightsey@vanderbilt.edu for application information

Heather Williams

  • Summer Research program in Family Medicine- Combined clinical/research program

Christy Beyke

  • Summer research project in Family Medicine

 

Craig Bleakney

  • Spanish Immersion program – Costa Rica
  • Clinic experience: suturing, shadowing, translating
  • Research in Orthopaedics, Le Bonheur via iPad

Matthew Michalik

  • Reid Collmann, MD Research Fellowship in Knoxville, TN
  • Michael Karlstad, PhD from the Department of Surgery
  • Type I Diabetes Research: Investigating small molecule inhibitors as potential therapeutic agents in preventing the progression of Type I DB.

Evelyn Azabache Orrillo

  • Summer Research Training Program in Kidney Disease (SRTP-KD), Vanderbilt University
  • Clinical and basic science research + one half day of shadowing per week
  • Presenting a poster at the national SRTP conference
  • Paid experience (but no housing provided); contact Nancy Lightsey at nancy.lightsey@vanderbilt.edu for application information

Other Experiences

Bonnie Lynch

  • Summer Research Program, Department of Family Medicine, St. Francis-Memphis
  • Medical mission trip to El Salvador through the Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA): shadowing, Spanish language immersion

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