KJ Niesner

, kniesner@uthsc.edu
Dates: Ongoing
Location: Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of California San Francisco (Primary), Vanderbilt University Medical Center, UTHSC, Medical University of Silesia; Kattowice, Poland
PI/Department: Louis Ptáček/HHMI at UCSF, Neurology; Joseph Neimat, Vandy Neurosurgery; Karl Sillay, UTHSC Neurosurgery; Tomasz Francuz, MUSK Nephrology, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Dzs/Biochemistry
Average time spent: Varies throughout the school year, will apply for another fellowship with the HHMI, year-long, conducted between M3 and M4 (third and fourth years).

I’m pursuing a career as a non-dual degree physician scientist. There are many paths to becoming a physician scientist. Some pursue an MD/PhD program (NIH’s MSTP or non-NIH supplemented), a MD/master’s program, or some combination therein. With robust clinical and bench research backgrounds before starting medical school, I chose to utilize these prior experiences as fodder to seek an HHMI Fellowship for funding during medical school to further develop my skills while pursuing discovery-based and translational bench research. I have keen interests in basic science investigations of neurophysiology (e.g., basal ganglia movement and reward) and outcomes based clinical research in health literacy and LGBTQIA health policy. I am very happy to answer your questions and help you find what works best for you. Individual differences abound; no one’s path is the same. My full bibliography is available at www.epernicus.com/kjn.


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