Recent Student Research Contacts

Summers of 2012 and 2013

NIH

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

Taylor Lara

  • NIH Summer Research Fellowship
  • Cell Biology Research; Adolescent Scoliosis Project- Le Bonheur

Corinne Davis

  • NIH Summer Research in Neonatal Physiology

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

EunBit Cho

  • Summer Research Program, Department of Family Medicine, St. Francis-Memphis
  • Research project: “How to Standardize the Standardized Patient
  • Clinic experience: shadowing, interviewing patients, presenting cases

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

David Mccormick

  • Summer research at LeBonheur

Karen Wong

  • Research in Surgery- St. Jude

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

Cain Green

  • Clinical research in Neurosurgery- Vanderbilt
  • 2 Publications
  • Coordinated own summer research program

Caitlin Carr

  • Summer research in Trauma- Denver, Colorado
  • Observed surgical Specialty

Heather Williams

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

Martha Weaver

  • National Human Factors Engineering in Healthcare Center- Washington D.C.

Christy Beyke

  • Summer research project in Family Medicine

Olivia DeLozier

  • Less traditional (non-UT, non-NIH) research
  • Research in France- Immunology, Cervical Cancer

Michele Miller

  • Summer Research Program, Family Medicine- St.Francis/Jackson

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