Current Students

MSTP Group Picture
MSTP group picture in front of the Drug Discovery building

 

Meet our current MSTP Scholars

Adegboyega Timothy Adewale - adewale@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-3, Grad-1
Mentor: Dr. Carol Feghali-Bostwick
Research interests: Pulmonary fibrosis, cardiac fibrosis/heart failure
Spouse/kids: Wife-Crystal, Sons-John and Andrew
Hometown: Ibadan, Nigeria
Undergrad institution: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Interests: Reading, cycling, volunteering/organizing

Gunes Ates Akgun - akgun1@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-3, Grad-1
Mentor: Undecided
Research interests: Regenerative medicine, stem cell research, cardiology
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: Istanbul, Turkey
Undergrad institution: Stanford University
Interests: Sea, ocean, marine life, sailing, windsurfing, skiing, chess, guitar, music

Rose Marie Akiki - akiki@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-2, Grad-2
Mentor: Dr. Christopher Cowan, Co-mentor: Dr. Makoto Taniguchi
Research Interests: Neurobiology of mental illnesses, addiction neurosciences, molecular mechanisms of psychosis and depression.
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: Faraya, Lebanon
Undergraduate Institution: American University of Beirut
Interests: Drawing, Psychological Thrillers, Techno Music, Archeological relics, and old coins.

Aaron Angerstein - angerste@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-2, Med-2
Mentor: Undecided
Research Interests: Antibiotic resistance, Immunotherapies, Microbiology/Immunology
Spouse/kids:
Hometown: San Diego, California
Undergraduate Institution: University of California, San Diego
Interests: Camping, Hiking, Traveling, Volunteering

Dimitri Arhontoulisarhontou@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-5, Grad-3
Mentor: Dr. Ying Mei
Research interests: Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering, Immunobioengineering
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: Linwood, NJ
Undergrad institution: Drexel University
Interests: Fishing, Exercise, Cooking, Coffee

Sagar Bajpai - bajpai@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-7, Grad-5
Mentor: Dr. Alan Diehl
Research interests: Cancer Therapeutics/Cancer Control
Spouse/Kids: None
Hometown: Baltimore Maryland
Undergraduate Institution: University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Interests: Swimming, Traveling, Movies, Food

Tyler Beckbeckt@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-4, Grad-4
Mentor: Dr. Russell Norris
Research Interests: Drug Discovery, Pharmacology, Cardiovascular Disease
Spouse/kids: Liz Beck
Hometown: Avon Lake, OH
Undergraduate Institution: Ohio University
Interests: Art, travel, hiking, exercise, water sports

Marcus Bellbellmar@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-1, Med-1
Mentor: Undecided
Research interests: Neurosciences of reward, aversion, learning, and addiction
Spouse/kids: Wife-Emily Bell
Hometown: St. Paul, MN
Undergrad institution: University of Minnesota
Interests: Weightlifting, playing rock music, RPG video games

Josef Blaszkiewiczblaszkie@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-3, Grad-1
Mentor: Dr. Stephen Duncan
Research interests: Regenerative Medicine, IPSC Models of Disease, Cell Biology
Spouse/kids: None
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Undergrad institution: The Pennsylvania State University
Interests: Reading, Gardening, Cooking, Local History/Food

Daniel Bonthius - bonthius@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-7, Grad-5
Mentor: Dr. Hai Yao
Research interests: Biomedical Engineering, Orthopedic Devices
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Iowa City, IA
Undergraduate Institution: Wartburg College
Interests: Sports, Piano, Guitar, Travel

Davis Borucki - boruckid@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-5, Grad-3
Mentor: Dr. Stephen Tomlinson, Dr. Baerbel Rohrer
Research interests: Neurology, Immunology, Ophthalmology
Spouse/kids: NA
Hometown: Columbia, SC
Undergrad institution: Boston University
Interests: Running, Piano, Tennis, Baking

Catherine Bridges Adams - svetchar@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-7, Med-3
Mentor: Dr. Christopher Cowan
Research interests: Rheumatology, Immunology, Neuroscience
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Coventry, RI
Undergraduate Institution: University of Colorado
Interests: Exercise, Gardening, Knitting/crocheting

Kathryn Byerlybyerlyk@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-1, Med-1
Mentor: Undecided
Research interests: Cardiovascular Biology, Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: Mason, OH
Undergrad institution: The Ohio State University
Interests: Music, food, traveling, & running

Jorge L. Carrera - carrera@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-2, Med-2
Mentor: Undecided
Research Interests: Glia, Mitochondria, and Neurodegeneration
Spouse/kids: N/a
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada
Undergraduate Institution: University of Nevada Las Vegas
Interests: Board games, Dungeons & Dragons, LEGO, and photography

Jordan Cartercarterjo@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-4, Grad-2
Mentor: Dr. Carmela Reichel
Research Interests: Neuroscience, Stress, Addiction, Sex Differences
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: Lancaster, SC
Undergraduate Institution: College of Charleston
Interests: Tennis, reading, spending time with my dog

Reda Chalhoubchalhoub@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-4, Grad-4
Mentor: Dr. Peter W. Kalivas
Research Interests: Behavioral Neuroscience, Addiction
Spouse/kids: Zahraa Atoui
Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon
Undergraduate Institution: American University of Beirut
Interests: Philosophy, reading, chess, sports

Ying Chao - chaoy@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-7, Grad-5
Mentor: Dr. Thomas Jhou
Research interests: Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine
Spouse/Kids: None
Hometown: Los Angeles
Undergrad: University of California, San Diego
Interests: reading, literature, swimming, mindfulness

Vivian Chioma - chioma@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-8, Med-4
Mentor: Dr. Peter Kalivas
Research interests: Drug Addiction, Behavioral Neuroscience, Neurodegenerative Disorders
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Bowie, MD
Undergrad: University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Interests: Cooking, Eating, Basketball, meeting new people, good food

Jennifer Cho - choyo@musc.edu
Year: MSTP 5, Grad-3
Mentor: Dr. Chris Cowan
Research Interests: Critical periods and social behavior in neurodevelopmental disorders
Spouse: N/A
Hometown: Blue Bell, PA
Undergraduate Institution: Temple University
Interests: hiking, traveling, and plants

Stewart Cox - coxstew@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-7, Med-3
Mentor: Dr. Carmela Reichel
Research interests: Neuroscience, Addiction
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Jacksonville FL
Undergraduate Institution: University of Colorado, Boulder
Interests: Climbing, Traveling, Camping, Scuba Diving, Shootin' the Breeze

O. Paul Culver, IVculver@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-4, Grad-2
Mentor: Dr. Thomas Jhou
Research Interests: Addiction Neuroscience
Spouse/kids: None
Hometown: Summerville, SC
Undergraduate Institution: The Citadel, Military College of South Carolina
Interests: Fly Fishing, Hunting, Hiking, Exercising

Shaoni Dasguptadasgupts@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-1, Med-1
Mentor: Undecided
Research interests: Cardiovascular Biology, Genetics, Cell and Molecular Biology
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: Charleston, SC
Undergrad institution: Clemson University
Interests: Music, Food, Coffee, Traveling, Reading

Julie Dickerson
Year: MSTP-2, Med-2
Mentor: Undecided
Research Interests: Cell signaling and epigenetics, Cardiovascular research
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC
Undergraduate Institution: Clemson University
Interests: Music, Hiking/Backpacking, and Animals

Stephanie Diluciadilucia@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-4, Grad-2
Mentors: Dr. Federica del Monte and Dr. Catrina Robinson
Research Interests: Neuroscience, Cardiovascular Physiology, Aging
Spouse/Kids: Michael (Fiancé), Opie (fur baby)
Hometown: Cranston, RI
Undergraduate Institution: Northeastern University
Interests: Fitness, cooking (& eating), traveling, painting, gardening

Caren Doueirydoueiry@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-3, Grad-3
Mentor: Dr. Stephen Duncan
Research interests: Regenerative medicine
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon
Undergrad institution: New York University
Interests: Writing, reading, traveling, hiking, baking, photography, playing the piano

Maya Eid - eid@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-7, Med-4
Mentor: Dr. Thomas Jhou
Research interests: Behavioral Neuroscience
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Beirut
Undergraduate Institution: American University of Beirut
Interests: Movies, Music (rock), French Literature, Astrophysics

Gray Evans - evansjoh@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-6, Grad-4
Mentor: Dr. Eric Meissner
Research Interests: Virology, innate immunity, interferon response
Spouse: N/A
Hometown: Charlottesville, VA
Undergraduate Institution: University of Virginia
Interests: Reading, history, rescue animals

Stephen Gadomski - gadomski@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-5, Grad-3
Mentor: Dr. Pamela Robey, NIH
Research interests: Stem Cell Biology/Regenerative Medicine
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: Wilkes-Barre, PA
Undergrad institution: University of Scranton
Interests: Powerlifting, Nutrition (eating), Beach

Lena Golickgolick@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-3, Grad-1
Mentor: Dr. Nathan Dolloff
Research interests: Oncology
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: Newton, MA
Undergrad institution: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Interests: Soccer, dance, Netflix

Alain Greigegreige@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-1, Grad-1
Mentor: Undecided
Research interests: Immunology, Neurosciences, Micro-RNAs
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: Kousba, Lebanon
Undergrad institution: American University of Beirut
Interests: Traveling, Reading, Languages, Volunteering

Jake Grinergriner@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-3, Grad-1
Mentor: Dr. Anand Mehta
Research interests: Oncology, immunology
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: Auburndale, FL
Undergrad institution: Florida Southern College
Interests: Outside of school I enjoy cooking, traveling, and cycling. I recently got my pilots license, so I also enjoy flying

Alyssa Gutierrezgutierla@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-1, Med-1
Mentor: Microbiology, Digestive Disease, Nutrition
Research interests:
Spouse/kids:
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Undergrad institution: University of Alabama
Interests: Photography, poetry, hiking, cooking, and hanging out with my cat.

Nour Hijazi - hijazi@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-5, Grad-5
Mentor: Dr. Don Rockey
Research interests: Liver Fibrosis
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon
Undergrad institution: American University of Beirut
Interests: Yoga, Traveling and Cooking

Heather Holmanholmanh@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-3, Grad-1
Mentor: Dr. Jeff Jones
Research interests: Neuroscience
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: Ormond Beach, FL
Undergrad institution: University of Central Florida
Interests: The Beach, Horseback riding, Water Sports, Coffee

Taylor Hulahan - hulahan@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-2, Med-2
Mentor: Undecided
Research Interests: Cancer biology, genetics, therapeutic development
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: Rancho Palos Verdes, California
Undergraduate Institution: University of California-Berkeley
Interests: Reading, running, baking, going to the beach

Mohamed Faisal Kassirkassir@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-3, Grad-3
Mentor: Dr. Besim Ogretmen
Research interests: Cellular signaling and metabolism, immunology, otolaryngology
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: Saida, Lebanon
Undergrad institution: American University of Beirut
Interests: Soccer, basketball, reading, video games

Caroline Kittrellkittrelc@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-1, Med-1
Mentor: Undecided
Research interests: Immunology, Cancer Biology
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: Columbus, GA
Undergrad institution: Mercer University
Interests: I love all things nature and spending time outside. I am an amateur yogi and novice gourmet chef.

Hannah Knochelmann - knochelm@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-7, Med-3
Mentor: Dr. Chrystal Paulos
Research interests: Cancer immunotherapy, T cell therapy, Th17 cells
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Florence, KY
Undergraduate Institution: University of Notre Dame
Interests: Music, Piano, Reading, Volleyball, Running, Traveling

Tony Kwon - kwonhyu@musc.edu
Year: MSTP 8, Med-4
Mentor: Dr. Zihai Li
Research interests: Cancer immunology
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Toronto Canada
Undergrad: University of Toronto
Interests: Travel, music, going out to eat

Michael Martino - martinom@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-2, Med-2
Mentor: Undecided
Research Interests: Cell Metabolism, Developmental Biology, Regenerative Medicine, Exercise Physiology
Spouse/kids: Stephanie Martino (Spouse), Ryker Martino (Son)
Hometown: Perry, NY
Undergraduate Institution: Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville (SIUE)
Interests: Weight lifting, running, reading

Emilie McKinnon - mckinnon@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-5, Med-3
Mentor: Dr. Leonardo Bonilha and Dr. Jens Jensen
Research interests: Biomedical Imaging, Neurology
Spouse/kids: Jared
Hometown: Belgium
Undergrad institution: KU Leuven
Interests: Roller Derby, Going out to eat, Traveling

Allison Meadows - meadowal@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-7, Grad-5
Mentor: Dr. Michael Sack and Dr. Jules Griffin
Research interests: Metabolomics/lipidomics, Mitoochondrial Biology
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Ashburn, VA
Undergraduate Institution: University of Virginia
Interests: Running, Salsa Dancing, Sailing, Fitness and Nutrition

Stephanie Mills - millsste@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-2, Med-2
Mentor: Undecided
Research Interests: virology, immunology
Spouse/kids:
Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
Undergraduate Institution: Colorado State University
Interests: yoga, hiking, swimming, rock climbing, backpacking, traveling

Jordan Morningstar - morningj@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-4, Grad-2
Mentor: Dr. Russell Norris
Research interests: Heart Valve disease, Cardiac Fibrosis, Mechanobiology, and 'omics', Cardiac Arrhythmias
Spouse/Kids: None
Hometown: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Undergraduate Institution: University of Michigan
Interests: Skiing, Rowing, Cooking, Beer, Coffee, Camping, Gardening and comedy

Joe Mouawadmouawad@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-4, Grad-4
Mentor: Dr. Carol Feghali-Bostwick
Research Interests: Scleroderma (Systemic Sclerosis), Lung and Skin Fibrosis
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: Mount Lebanon, Lebanon
Undergraduate Institution: American University of Beirut
Interests: Skiing, soccer, traveling, music

Nathaniel Oberholtzer - oberholt@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-4, Grad-2
Mentor: Dr. Shikhar Mehrotra
Research Interests: Cancer Immunology, Immunometabolism
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: Harrisonburg, VA
Undergraduate Institution: University of Virginia
Interests: Soccer, running, music (playing violin, piano, guitar), hiking, camping

Alex Oles - oles@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-6, Grad-4
Mentor: Dr. Denis Guttridge
Research Interests: Cancer and Biochemistry
Spouse: N/A
Hometown: Warren, MI
Undergraduate Institution: Kenyon College
Interests: Camping, Fishing, Athletics

Shelby Paynepaynesh@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-1, Med-1
Mentor: Undecided
Research interests: Neuroscience, Electrophysiology, voltage-gated channels
Spouse/kids: none
Hometown: College Station, TX
Undergrad institution: Washington University in St. Louis
Interests: weight lifting, reading, knitting, baking, mystery novels, coffee, yellow

Guillermo Rangel Rivera - rangelar@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-6, Grad-4
Mentor: Dr. Chrystal Paulos
Research Interests: Metabolism in cancer/mechanisms of chemotherapy resistance, Immunology
Spouse: N/A
Hometown: San Luis de la Paz, Guanajuato, Mexico
Undergraduate Institution: University of South Carolina - Main campus
Interests: playing guitar/piano, singing and cooking

Mahdi Sleiman - sleimanm@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-6, Med-3
Mentor: Dr. Stephen Tomlinson
Research Interests: Cancer Immunology
Spouse: N/A
Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon
Undergraduate Institution: American University of Beirut
Interests: Reading, Music, Piano

Victoria Spadafora - spadafor@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-5, Grad-3
Mentor: Dr. Denis Guttridge
Research interests: Cardiology, Pharmacology
Spouse/kids:
Hometown: Doylestown, PA
Undergrad institution: Penn State University
Interests: Playing Volleyball, Running, Art

Kelsey Tjentjen@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-3, Grad-1
Mentor: Undecided
Research interests: Stem cells, regenerative medicine, personalized/precision medicine
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: Columbus, GA
Undergrad institution: Georgia Institute of Technology
Interests: Ultimate Frisbee, board games, Pokemon Go

Amer Toutonji - toutonji@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-6, Med-3
Mentor: Dr. Steve Tomlinson
Research Interests: Neuroscience, Drug Discovery
Spouse: N/A
Hometown: Saïda, Lebanon
Undergraduate Institution: American University of Beirut
Interests: Reading, Languages, Cultures, Photography, Nature & traveling

Jonathan Turner - turnerjm@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-9, Med-4
Mentor: Dr. Chris Davies
Research interests: Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology, Organic Synthesis, Drug Discovery/Development
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Fairmont WV
Undergraduate Institution: West Virginia University
Interests: triathlon, piano, singing, travel

Chase Walton - waltonch@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-2, Med-2
Mentor: Undecided
Research Interests: Metabolic Disorders, Oncology, Neurodevelopment
Spouse/kids: Coulette (wife), Ella (baby girl)
Hometown: Cody, Wyoming
Undergraduate Institution: Brigham Young University
Interests: Guitar, Exercise, Food

Shannon Weber - webers@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-7, Med-3 
Mentor: Dr. Steven Carroll
Research interests: Neuroscience
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Babylon NY
Undergraduate Institution: University of Richmond/University of Oxford
Interests: Traveling, Beach, Hiking, Reading, Painting, Biking

Melanie G. Wiley - wileym@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-6, Grad-3
Mentor: Dr. Mark S. George
Research interests: Brain Stimulation, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Behavioral Neuroscience, Child Psychiatry
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Burlington NC
Undergraduate Institution: University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Interests: DIY projects, Succulent plants, Autism Advocacy, Holistic Health

Wyatt Woffordwoffordw@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-1, Grad-1
Mentor: Dr. Besim Ogretmen
Research interests: Cancer Biology and Metabolism, tumor micro-environment, mechanisms of cancer therapeutics 
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: Fort Mill, SC
Undergrad institution: College of Charleston
Interests: Cooking, Exercise, Beer, Coffee, Home Projects

Daniel Wood - woodda@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-5, Grad-3
Mentor: Dr. Chris Cowan
Research interests: Neuroscience, Addiction
Spouse/kids: Katherine Wallace
Hometown: Spartanburg, SC
Undergrad institution: University of South Carolina
Interests: Listening to and discovering new music, climbing, weightlifting, reading, movies, video games and telling myself I should learn to cook

Jen Xuxuje@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-3, Grad-1
Mentor: Dr. Pat Woster
Research interests: Tissue engineering
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: Boston, MA
Undergrad institution: Harvard
Interests: Soccer and any outdoor activities

Sassine Youssefyoussef@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-1, Grad-1
Mentor: Undecided
Research interests: Cardiology, Genetics
Spouse/kids: N?A
Hometown: Hamra, Lebanon
Undergrad institution: American University of Beirut
Interests: Skiing, Tennis, Hiking, Swimming

Jessica Zielinskizielinsk@musc.edu
Year: MSTP-4, Grad-2
Mentors: Drs. Alexander Alekseyenko & Chad Novince
Research Interests: Cancer Biology and Therapy, Genetics
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: Clemson, SC
Undergraduate Institution: Clemson University
Interests: Reading, fitness, drinking lots of coffee