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    Medical Scientist Training Program

    Recent Graduates

    2016

    Alex Hui

    • Email: alhui@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: Johns Hopkins University (2007), B.S. Biomedical Engineering
    • Graduate Department: Bioengineering
    • Thesis Title: Regulation of Articular Cartilage Proteoglycan-4 Secretion in Aging and Osteoarthritis
    • Thesis Lab: Robert Sah
    • Publications

    Kentson Lam

    • Email: k8lam@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Berkeley (2005), B.A. Molecular and Cell Biology
    • Graduate Department: Biomedical Sciences
    • Thesis Title: Characterization of RUNX1 function in hematopoiesis
    • Thesis Lab: Dong-Er Zhang
    • Publications

    Bruno Maranhao

    • Email: bmaranha@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Los Angeles (2007), B.S. Electrical Engineering and Neuroscience
    • Graduate Department: Bioengineering
    • Thesis Title: Efficient Identification of Disease Causative Mutations with Next Generation Sequencing Technologies
    • Thesis Lab: Gabe Silva, Terry Sejnowski, Salk
    • Publications

    Aaron Simon

    • Email: aasimon@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: Brown University (2007), B.S. Biophysics
    • Graduate Department: Bioengineering
    • Thesis Title: Beyond BOLD: Toward the application of quantitative functional magnetic resonance imaging to the study of brain function and physiology
    • Thesis Lab: Richard Buxton
    • Publications

    Robert Thomas

    • Email: rlthomas@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: Santa Clara University (2006), B.S. Chemistry
    • Graduate Department: Biomedical Sciences
    • Thesis Title: MCL-1 is Essential for Myocardial Homeostasis and Autophagy
    • Thesis Lab: Asa Gustafsson
    • Publications

    Cesar Virgen

    • Email: cvirgenl@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: University of Alberta (2006), B.S., Biology
    • Graduate Department: TSRI
    • Thesis Title:  Interleukin-1 Receptor 1 Activation Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus Infection
    • Thesis Lab: Frank Chisari, TSRI
    • Publications

    Dawn Eichenfield

    • Email: daz001@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2008), B.S. Biology
    • Graduate Department: Biomedical Sciences
    • Thesis Title: Towards and Understanding of Inflammation in Macrophages
    • Thesis Lab: Chris Glass
    • Publications

    2015

    Kristen Berendzen

    • Undergraduate Institution: Vanderbilt University (2004), B.S. Neuroscience
    • Graduate Department: Neuroscience
    • Thesis Title:  Systemic regulation of the cellular stress response to proteotoxicity by neuroendocrine signaling
    • Thesis Lab:  Andrew Dillin
    • Postgraduate Education:  Psychiatry, UCSF
    • Publications

    Leela Davies

    • Undergraduate Institution: Brown University (2005), B.S. Neuroscience
    • Graduate Department: Biomedical Sciences
    • Thesis Title: Roles of Sialic Acid Diversity in Mammalian Brain Evolution
    • Thesis Lab: Ajit Varki
    • Postgraduate Education: Internal Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston
    • Publications

    Mithun Diwakar

    • Undergraduate Institution: California Institute of Technology (2006), B.S. Biology
    • Graduate Department: Bioengineering
    • Thesis Title: Multi-Core Beamformer for Spatio-Temporal MEG Source Activity Reconstruction
    • Thesis Lab: Mingxiong Huang
    • Postgraduate Education:  Transitional, Harbor UCLA, Radiology Diagnostic, UCSF
    • Publications

    Jesse Dixon

    • Undergraduate Institution: Princeton University (2006), B.A. Neuroscience
    • Graduate Department: Biomedical Sciences
    • Thesis Title: Higher Order Chromatin Architecture in Mammalian Genome
    • Thesis Lab: Bing Ren
    • Postgraduate Education: Helmsley-Salk Fellow, Salk Institute
    • Publications

    Wes Gifford

    • Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Los Angeles (2005), B.S. Neuroscience
    • Graduate Department: Neuroscience
    • Thesis Title: Endogenous Retroviruses Contribute Regulatory Sequences for Early Embryonic Gene Activation
    • Thesis Lab: Sam Pfaff, Salk Institute
    • Postgraduate Education:  Pediatrics, U. of Washington
    • Publications

    Matt Gonzales

    • Undergraduate Institution: UCSD (2006), B.S. Chemical Engineering
    • Graduate Department: Bioengineering
    • Thesis Title: Rotor Termination in a Patient-Specific Model of Atrial Fibrillation
    • Thesis Lab: Andrew McCulloch
    • Postgraduate Education: Internal Medicine, UCLA
    • Publications

    Val Griffeth

    • Undergraduate Institution: Vassar College (2004), B.A. Biochemistry and Mathematics
    • Graduate Department: Bioengineering
    • Thesis Title: The Physiology Basis of BOLD Functional MRI
    • Thesis Lab: Richard Buxton
    • Postgraduate Education: Emergency Medicine, Oregon Health & Science U., Portland
    • Publications

    Adnan Majid

    • Undergraduate Institution: Stanford University (2007), B.S. Symbolic Systems
    • Graduate Department: Neuroscience
    • Thesis Title: Selective inhibitory control and the basal ganglia
    • Thesis Lab:  Adam Aron
    • Postgraduate Education: Psychiatry Research Track, UCLA
    • Publications

    Liz Murphy

    • Undergraduate Institution: University of California, San Diego (2007), B.A. Mathematics
    • Graduate Department: Neurosciences
    • Thesis Title: Quantitative neuroimaging: applications to normal aging and neurodegenerative disease
    • Thesis Lab:  James Brewer
    • Postgraduate Education: Medicine Preliminary, UCSD; Neurology, UCSD
    • Publications

    Tim Tirrell

    • Undergraduate Institution: California Institute of Technology (2006), B.S. Chemistry
    • Graduate Department: Biomedical Sciences
    • Thesis Title: Biomechanical Studies of the Human Musculoskeletal System
    • Thesis Lab:  Richard Lieber
    • Postgraduate Education: General Surgery, UCSD
    • Publications