Current Students

Meet our current MSTP Scholars

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Adegboyega Timothy Adewaleadewale@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-2, Med-2
Mentor: Undecided
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
 

 MSTP student Dimitri

Dimitri Arhontoulisarhontou@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-4, Grad-2
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

 

 Current MSTP Sagar

Sagar Bajpai - bajpai@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-6, Grad-4
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

 Current MSTP Tyler

Tyler Beckbeckt@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-3, Grad-3
Mentor: Dr. Thomas A. Dix
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

 Current MSTP Krishna

Krishna Bharani - bharani@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-7, Med-4
Mentor: Dr. Lotta Granholm and Dr. Steven Carroll
Research Interests: Alzheimer's Disease, Aging, Memory & Learning
Spouse/Kids: Wife - Chelsea Lund
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Undergraduate Institution: Loyola University Chicago
Interests: Science Fiction, Games, T-Rex Jokes

 Current MSTP Josef

Josef Blaszkiewiczblaszkie@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-2, Med-2
Mentor: Undecided
Research interests: Regeneration, stem cell biology, development & differentiation
Spouse/kids: None
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Undergrad institution: The Pennsylvania State University
Interests: Music, gardening, reading, cooking

 Current student Daniel Bonthius

Daniel Bonthius - bonthius@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-6, Grad-4
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

 Current MSTP Davis Borucki

Davis Borucki - boruckid@musc.edu 

Year: MSTP-4, Grad-2
Mentor: Dr. Stephen Tomlinson
Research interests: Cancer Biology, Cancer Immunotherapy, Neurology
Spouse/kids:
Hometown: Columbia, SC
Undergrad institution: Boston University
Interests: Running, Piano, Tennis, Baking

 Current MSTP Catherine Bridges

Catherine Bridges - svetchar@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-6, Grad-4
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

 Current MSTP Jordan Carter

Jordan Cartercarterjo@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-3, Grad-1
Mentor: Dr. Carmela Reichel
Research Interests: Neuroscience, Stress, Addiction
Spouse/kids: Ethan (spouse)
Hometown: Lancaster, SC
Undergraduate Institution: College of Charleston
Interests: Tennis, reading, spending time with my dog

 Current MSTP Reda Chalhoub

Reda Chalhoubchalhoub@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-3, Grad-3
Mentor: Dr. Peter W. Kalivas
Research Interests: Behavioral Neuroscience, Addiction
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon
Undergraduate Institution: American University of Beirut
Interests: Reading, cooking, traveling, sports (soccer, basketball, squash...)

 Current MSTP Ying Chao

Ying Chao - chaoy@musc.edu

Year: MSTP 6, 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: Fishkeeping, aquascaping, mindfulness, reading, humanistic psychology

 

Vivian Chioma - chioma@musc.edu

Year: MSTP 6, Med-3
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

 Current MSTP Jennifer Cho

Jennifer Cho - choyo@musc.edu

Year: MSTP 4, Grad-2
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

 Current MSTP Stewart Cox

Stewart Cox - coxstew@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-6, Grad-4
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

 Current MSTP Paul Culver

O. Paul Culver, IV - culver@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-3, Grad-1
Mentor: Undecided
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

 Current MSTP Stephanie Dilucia

Stephanie Diluciadilucia@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-3, Grad-1
Mentor: Undecided
Research Interests: Neuroscience, Immunology, Aging
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: Cranston, RI
Undergraduate Institution: Northeastern University
Interests: Fitness, cooking (& eating), traveling, painting

 

Caren Doueirydoueiry@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-2, Grad-2
Mentor: Dr. Stephen Duncan
Research interests: Regenerative medicine, neuroscience
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon
Undergrad institution: New York University
Interests: Writing, reading, traveling, playing the piano

 Current MSTP Maya Eid

Maya Eid - eid@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-6, Med-3
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

 Current MSTP Gray Evans

Gray Evans - evansjoh@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-5, Grad-3
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

 current MSTP gadomski

Stephen Gadomski - gadomski@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-4, Grad-2
Mentor: Dr. Pamela Robey, NIH
Research interests: Stem Cell Biology/Regenerative Medicine
Spouse/kids: None
Hometown: Wilkes-Barre, PA
Undergrad institution: University of Scranton
Interests: Powerlifting, Nutrition (eating), Beach

 Current MSTP Lena Golick

Lena Golickgolick@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-2, Med-2
Mentor: Undecided
Research interests: Oncology
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: Newton, MA
Undergrad institution: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Interests: Soccer, dance, Netflix

 Current MSTP Jake Griner

Jake Grinergriner@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-2, Med-2
Mentor: Undecided
Research interests: Oncology, immunology
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: Auburndale, FL
Undergrad institution: Florida Southern College
Interests: Cycling, cooking, Netflix

 Current MSTP Nour Hijazi

Nour Hijazi - hijazi@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-4, Grad-4
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

 MSTP Heather Holman

Heather Holmanholmanh@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-2, Med-2
Mentor: Undecided
Research interests: Neuroscience
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: Ormond Beach, FL
Undergrad institution: University of Central Florida
Interests: Outside of school I enjoy riding and competing my horse, Harmonie, in the equestrian sport of dressage

 MSTP Nathaniel Jensen

Nathaniel Jensen - jensenn@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-8, Med-4
Mentor: Dr. Amanda LaRue
Research interests: Stem Cell Biology, Orthopedics
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: San Ramon, CA
Undergrad institution: Brigham Young University
Interests: Reading, Hiking, The Beach, travel

 

Mohamed Faisal Kassirkassir@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-2, Grad-2
Mentor: Dr. Besim Ogretmen
Research interests: Rhinology, immunology, stem cell research
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: Saida, Lebanon
Undergrad institution: American University of Beirut
Interests: Soccer, basketball, reading, video games

 MSTP Hannah Knochelmann

Hannah Knochelmann - knochelm@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-6, Grad-4
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

 MSTP Tony Kwon

Tony Kwon - kwonhyu@musc.edu

Year: MSTP 6, Med-3
Mentor: Dr. Zihai Li
Research interests: Immunology, Cell Biology
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Toronto Canada
Undergrad: University of Toronto (St. George Campus)
Interests: Music, Sports, (soccer, badminton), Traveling, Food

 MSTP Emilie McKinnon

Emilie McKinnon - mckinnon@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-4, Med-2
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

 MSTP Allison Meadows

Allison Meadows - meadowal@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-6, Grad-4
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

 MSTP Jordan Morningstar

Jordan Morningstar - morningj@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-3, Grad-1
Mentor: Undecided
Research interests: Metabolomics, fatty liver disease, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and exercise
Spouse/Kids: None
Hometown: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Undergraduate Institution: University of Michigan
Interests: Skiing Rowing, Cooking, Beer, Coffee, Camping, Gardening and comedy

 MSTP Joe Mouawad

Joe Mouawadmouawad@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-3, Grad-3
Mentor: Dr. Carol Feghali-Bostwick
Research Interests: Scleroderma (Systemic Sclerosis), Lung and Skin Fibrosis
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: Aayroun, El-Metn, Lebanon
Undergraduate Institution: American University of Beirut
Interests: Skiing, soccer, traveling, music

 

Nathaniel Oberholtzer - oberholt@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-3, Grad-1
Mentor: Undecided
Research Interests: Pharmacology and Immunology, Delineating Underlying Mechanisms
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: Harrisonburg, VA
Undergraduate Institution: University of Virginia
Interests: Soccer, running, music (playing violin, piano, guitar), hiking, camping

 MSTP Elizabeth Ogunrinde

Elizabeth Ogunrinde - ogunrind@musc.edu

Year: MSTP 6, Med-4
Mentor: Dr. Wei Jiang & Dr. Gary Gilkeson
Research interests: Microbiology/Immunology, Infectious Diseases
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Deltona, FL
Undergrad: Florida State University
Interests: Reading, Spanish and French, Travel, Cooking

 MSTP Alex Oles

Alex Oles - oles@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-5, Grad-3
Mentor: Dr. Denis Guttridge
Research Interests: Cancer and Biochemistry
Spouse: N/A
Hometown: Warren, MI
Undergraduate Institution: Kenyon College
Interests: Camping, Fishing, Athletics

 MSTP Sanket Pattanaik

Sanket Pattanaik - pattanai@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-8, Med-4
Mentor: Dr. Michael Yost
Research interests: Cardiovascular Disease, Medical Imaging, Bioengineering
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Undergraduate Institution: Cornell University
Interests: Swimming, Film, Racquetball/Squash, Cooking

 MSTP Guillermo Rivera

Guillermo Rangel Rivera - rangelar@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-5, Grad-3
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

 MSTP Mahdi Sleiman

Mahdi Sleiman - sleimanm@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-5, Grad-5
Mentor: Dr. Stephen Tomlinson
Research Interests: Cancer Immunology
Spouse: N/A
Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon
Undergraduate Institution: American University of Beirut
Interests: Reading, Music, Piano

 MSTP Ralph Tanios

Ralph Tanios - tanios@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-6, Grad-5
Mentor: Dr. Joseph Delaney
Research interests: Bioengineering, Cancer and Cardiovascular Research
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Rabieh, Lebanon
Undergraduate Institution: American University of Beirut
Interests: Mythology, Origami, Existentialism, Track and Field, Tennis

 MSTP Kelsey Tjen

Kelsey Tjentjen@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-2, Med-2
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

 MSTP Amer Toutonji

Amer Toutonji - toutonji@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-5, Grad-5
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

 MSTP Dan Tran

Danh Tran - trand@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-8, Med-4
Mentor: Dr. Satish Nadig and Dr. Carl Atkinson
Research interests: Cardiac Transplantation, Immune Rejection and Tolerance, Cellular Metabolism, Mitochondrial Biology
Spouse/Kids: N/A
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Los Angeles
Interests: Travel, Road Trips, the Beach, Cooking, Movies, Marvel & DC superheroes, Xiangqi chess

 MSTP Jonathan Turner

Jonathan Turner - turnerjm@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-8, Med-3
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

 MSTP Shannon Weber

Shannon Weber - webers@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-6, Grad-4
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

 MSTP Melanie Wiley

Melanie G. Wiley - wileym@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-6, Grad-2
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

 MSTP Katelyn Williams

Katelyn Williams - wilkm@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-9, Med-4
Mentor: Dr. Shaun Olsen
Research interests: Structural Enzymology
Spouse/Kids: Miguel Valenzuela, daughter - Ara Belle
Hometown: Pasadena, MD
Undergraduate Institution: University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Interests: refinishing furniture, rock climbing, baking, cooking, the beach, reading

 MSTP Daniel Wood

Daniel Wood - woodda@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-4, Grad-2
Mentor: Dr. Chris Cowan
Research interests: Neuroscience, Addiction
Spouse/kids: N/A
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

 MSTP Jen Xu

Jen Xuxuje@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-2, Med-2
Mentor: Undecided
Research interests: Tissue engineering
Spouse/kids: N/A
Hometown: Boston, MA
Undergrad institution: Harvard
Interests: Soccer and any outdoor activities

 MSTP Jessica Zielinski

Jessica Zielinskizielinsk@musc.edu

Year: MSTP-3, Grad-1
Mentor: Undecided
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