MD/PhD Report

Angela Amedee, Ph.D.
Director of the MD/PhD Program

Two M.D./Ph.D. Students have recently received excellent scores on the National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein F30 grant applications and expect to receive funding.  Katelyn Robillard, a doctoral student conducting research in the laboratory of Dr. Jennifer Lentz, will receive funding from the National Eye Institute for her grant entitled, Genetic Strategies for the Treatment of Usher Syndrome in Mice.  Vincent Maffei, a doctoral student conducting research under the direction of Drs. Chris Taylor and David Welsh, received an excellent score on his application entitled, Alcohol-associated Intestinal Dysbiosis and CD8+ T-cell Activation and Immunosenescence during HIV Infection, and it was recently discussed for funding by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

MD-PhD StudentsAllyson Schreiber, a doctoral student in the laboratory of Dr. Nick Gilpin co-authored a book chapter that was recently published.  “Corticotropin-Releasing Factor Neurocircuitry and Neuropharmacology in Alcohol Drinking” for the Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology”. ( )

At a recent M.D./Ph.D. forum, current students presented Dr. Kathy McDonough, former director of the program, a “heartfelt” retirement gift to thank her for years of dedication and student guidance.  On behalf of current and former M.D./Ph.D. students, Dr. McDonough was presented with a custom-made glass wine decanter made in Milan, Italy and constructed to resemble an anatomically correct human heart.