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2016 Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowships

In 1982, the board of directors of Alpha Omega Alpha established five student research fellowship awards to encourage and support student research. Since then, the awards have grown in number to more than fifty each year.

The fellowship emphasizes a student-designed and ­-intiated project with an academic mentor. Recipients of the fellowship tell us that the awards have helped them to learn about the joys of scientific and scholarly discovery, and increase their critical understanding of scholarship and research in health care and science. Many recipients of the fellowship have followed up their work as student-researchers to become physician-scientists.

The student receives a $5000 award, with $1000 available for travel to a national meeting to present the research results. In 2004, the name of the fellowship program was changed to the Alpha Omega Alpha Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship awards in honor of Carolyn L. Kuckein, AΩA’s longtime administrator, who died in January 2004.

Evaluations of the fellowship proposals were made by the following reviewers: Thomas T. Andersen, PhD; Robert G. Atnip, MD; Jeremiah Barondess, MD; Syamal K. Bhattacharya, PhD, CLD; Paul A. Bunn, MD; Tim Byers, MD, MPH; Ken Byrd, MD; Stephen Y. Chan, MD; Ken Chavin, MD; Andrew Choi, MD; Brian Choi, MD; Harry Clarke, MD; Al Cohn, MD; Graciela De Jesus, MD; K Delaney, MD; Nancy Demore, MD; Jonathan Dickens, MD; Rose Du, MD; Daniel Foster, MD; Bruce M. Frankel, MD; Doug Fredrick, MD; Regina Gandour-Edwards, MD; Richard F. Gillum, MD, MS; Alexandra Golby, MD; Charles Griffith, MD, MSPH; Hunter Groninger, MD; Richard B. Gunderman, MD, PhD; Diane Harper, MD, MPH, MS; Eve J. Higginbotham, SM, MD; Holly Humphrey, MD; Pascal Imperato, MD, MPH&TM; Marc G. Jeschke, MD, PhD, FACS; Clarence Joe, MD; Jeffrey Klein, MD; Paul R. Lambert, MD; David McAneny, MD; Patricia G. McBurney, MD, MSCR; Mark J. Mendelsohn, MD; Mark L. Montgomery, MD; Lesley Motheral, MD; Gokhan M. Mutlu, MD; Keith Myers, MD; Satish Nadig, MD; Douglas S. Paauw, MD; Paul Pasquina, MD; Chrystal Paulos, MD; Thoru Pederson, PhD; Suzann Pershing, MD; Pier Paolo Peruzzi, MD, PhD; Sheryl Pfeil, MD; Noah S. Philip, MD; Paul B. Pritchard, MD; Jonathan Reiner, MD; Steven P. Ringel, MD; David W. Roberts, MD; Alan G. Robinson A, MD; Chris Robinson C, MD; Griffin P. Rodgers, MD, MBA, MACP; Shashikumar Salgar, PhD; Stephen J. Savage, MD; Michael G. Schmidt, MD; Wiley Souba, MD, DSc, MBA; Joseph Stains, PhD; Joseph W. Stubbs, MD, FACP; John Tooker, MD, MBA, MACP; Gabriel T. Virella, MD, PhD; Alan G. Wasserman, MD; Gerald Weissmann, MD; John A. Zic, MD.

Carrie Ernst, MD, AΩA Councilor, presents an award check to Matthew Gallitto, MD Candidate, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

The fifty-three recipients of the 2016 fellowships are:

Hadi Abou El Hassan
Class of 2018, American University of Beirut
Prevalence and Molecular Characterization of Astrovirus Causing Gastroenteritis in Children Less than 5 Years of Age in Lebanon
Mentor Hassan Zaraket, PhD
Councilor Ibrahim S. Salti, MD

James Anaissie
Class of 2017, Tulane University
The Effects of Multiple Adipose-Derived Stem Cell Intracorporeal Injections on Erectile Dysfunction in a Rat Model of Cavernosal Nerve Injury
Mentor Wayne J. G. Hellstrom, MD
Councilor Bernard M. Jaffe, MD

Beth Ashinsky
Class of 2019, Drexel University College of Medicine
Engineering Nanofibrous Disc-Like Angle-Ply Structures for Intervertebral Disc Replacement
Mentor Robert Mauck, PhD
Councilor Kathleen Ryan, MD

Jeffrey Aston
Class of 2017, New York Medical College
The Use of Complete AlloDerm® Coverage in Two-Stage Tissue Expansion and Implant Placement in the Subcutaneous (pre-pectoral) Plane: A Prospective, Non-Randomized PIlot Study
Mentor Gedge Rosson, MD
Councilor William H. Frishman, MD

Colin Bergstrom
Class of 2017, Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
Potential Role of Inhibitor of DNA Binding 4 (ID4) Protein in the Pathogenesis of Endometriosis and Metastatis Endometrial Cancer
Mentor Terry Morgan, MD, PhD
Councilor John Mark Kinzie, MD, PhD

Samrath Bhimani
Class of 2017, Mercer University School of Medicine
Comparing the Effects of Current Treatments of Periprosthetic Joint Infection Using a Weight-Bearing Mouse Implant Model
Mentor Mathias Bostrom, MD
Councilor Alice A. House, MD

Yaroslav Bodnar
Class of 2017, Uniformed Services University
Identification of Quantitative Computed Tomography Imaging Biomarkers of Response to Pulmonary Tuberculosis Therapy
Mentor Clifton E. Barry III, PhD
Councilor Patrick O’Malley, MD, MPH, FACP

Matthew Brandorff
Class of 2018, Stony Brook University School of Medicine
Metabolic Role of Kruppel-Like Factor 5 in the Pathogenesis of Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma
Mentor Vincent W. Yang, MD, PhD
Councilor Jack Fuhrer, MD

Ryan Carey
Class of 2017, Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Airway Bitter Taste Receptor-Mediated Epithelial Nitric Oxodize Production in Response to Gram-Positive Bacterial Products
Mentor Noam Cohen, MD, PhD
Councilor Jon B. Morris, MD

Ankush Chandra
Class of 2019, Wayne State University
Characterization of Binding Sites Implicated in Cross Activation of c-Met/B1 Integrin in Bevacizumab-Resistant Glioblastoma
Mentor Manish Aghi, MD, PhD
Councilor Michael T. White, MD

Raju Chelluri
Class of 2017, SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine
Defining the Prostate Cancer Metabolic Landscape: Using Image Guided, Targeted Tumor Biopsies and Cell Lines for Gene Expression Analysis and Pathway Directed Pharmacotherapy
Mentor Leonard M. Neckers, PhD
Councilor Lynn M. Cleary, MD

Betty Chen
Class of 2017, Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Knowledge of HPV-Associated Oropharyngeal Cancer and Barriers to HPV Vaccination among Adolescents, Parental Guardians, and School Staff in St. Louis Schools
Mentor Nosayaba Osazuwa-Peters, BDS, MPH, CHES
Councilor Matthew Broom, MD, FAAP

Guang-Ting Cong
Class of 2017, Weill Cornell Medical College
Involvement of the Hedgehog Signaling Pathway in Tendon-to-Bone Healing
Mentor Scott A. Rodeo, MD
Councilor O. Wayne Isom, MD

Ramzi Dudum
Class of 2017, George Washington University
Medical Students as Health Coaches to Decrease Chronic Disease Burden
Mentor David Popiel, MD, MPH
Councilor Alan G. Wasserman, MD

Ava Ferguson
Class of 2018, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
The First Pelvic Exam: Young Women's Experiences and Perceptions of Future Care
Mentor Julie Chor, MD, MPH
Councilor Adam Cifu, MD

Patrick Flanigan
Class of 2018, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
The Role of Monocyte Chemotactic Protein-1 Upregulation in Anti-Angiogenic Therapy Resistance
Mentor Manish Aghi, MD, PhD
Councilor James E. Arnold, MD

Matthew Gallitto
Class of 2019, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Effect of DNA Methylation on Patterns of Treatment-Induced Mutagenesis in Glioblastoma Multiforme
Mentor Raymund L. Yong, MD
Councilor Carrie Ernst, MD

Matthew Genet
Class of 2019, Northwestern University
The Role of IDO1 in Human Glioblastoma
Mentor Derek A. Wainwright, PhD
Councilor John P. Flaherty, MD

Curtis Gravenmier
Class of 2018, University of South Florida
Evolution of the Warburg Effect as Metabolic Bet-Heding: A Multidisciplinary Study
Mentor Robert A. Gatenby, MD
Councilor Catherine M. Lynch, MD

Abra Guo
Class of 2019, University of Virginia
Long Term Cost and Outcomes of Postoperative Atrial Fibrillation Following CABG
Mentor Gorav Ailawadi, MD
Councilor Mark J. Mendelsohn, MD

Satvik Hadigal
Class of 2019, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science
Role of Syndecan-1 in Viral Egress and Infection in Corneal Epithelium
Mentor Deepak Shukla, PhD
Councilor Michael J. Zdon, MD

Comron Hassanzadeh
Class of 2017, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Assessing Correlation and Prognostic Significance of Pre-Treatment 18F-FDG-PET/CT and 64Cr-ATSM for Cervical Cancer
Mentor Perry Grigsby, MD
Councilor John Foxworth PharmD

Johnson Ho
Class of 2018, State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center
Can Drugs Induce Remyelination by Modulating Microglial Acrtivation after Traumatic Brain Injury?
Mentor Peter J. Bergold, PhD
Councilor Douglas R. Lazzaro, MD, FACS, FAAO

Sun Young Jeong
Class of 2019, Medical College of Wisconsin
Prognostic Nomogram for Patients with Operable Pancreatic Cancer Treated with Neoadjuvant Therapy
Mentor Susan Tsai, MD, MHS
Councilor Michael Lund, MD

Pratik Kanabur
Class of 2018, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
Developing a Novel Combinational Therapy Using Temozolomide and a Connexin 43 Blocker to Treat Glioblastoma
Mentor Zhi Sheng, PhD
Councilor Gary Simonds, MD

Alexandra Keane
Class of 2019, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Role of Macrophage Recruitment on Neuromuscular Junction Reinnervation after Motor Nerve Injury
Mentor Alison Snyder-Warwick, MD
Councilor Morton E. Smith, MD

James Knitter
Class of 2018, University of Arizona
Response Assessment of Cerebral Metastases after High-Dose Stereotactic Radiation: Using Combined Diffusion and Perfusion MR Imaging
Mentor Kambiz Nael, MD
Councilor Joseph S. Alpert, MD

Elizabeth Larson
Class of 2018, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
Rotavirus Vaccine Impact on Diarrheal Disease Burden in Mali
Mentor Karen Kotloff, MD
Councilor Ellie Schoenbaum, MD

Patrick Lee
Class of 2019, University of Cincinnati
Epigenomic Integration of MIcrobiota-Derived Signals in IBD
Mentor Theresa Alenghat, VMD, PhD
Councilor Robert G. Luke, MD

Orly Leiva
Class of 2018, Boston University School of Medicine
The Role of Lysyl Oxidase in Facilitating JAK2V617F Mutation-Induced Myelofibrosis
Mentor Katya Ravid, PhD
Councilor David McAneny, MD

Joy Lin
Class of 2017, University of California, San Francisco
Effects of Dimensions of Social Support on Chronic and Acute Inflammation
Mentor Aoife O'Donovan, PhD
Councilor Lee Atkinson-McEvoy, MD

Aria Mahtabfar
Class of 2018, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Quantification of Dexamethasone-Mediated Inhibition of Glioblastoma Dispersal in Organotypic Brain Slice and Retina Assays
Mentor Ramsey Foty, PhD
Councilor Geza Kiss, MD

Andrew Miller
Class of 2017, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography Before and After Treatment of Patients with Diabetic Macular Edema and Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy
Mentor Philip J. Rosenfeld, MD, PhD
Councilor Lisa M. Landrum, MD, PhD

Heather Patel
Class of 2017, Texas Tech University
Evaluation of Oxytocin Half-Life with Modern Technology in Pregnant Women
Mentor Roxane Holt, MD Edward Yeomans, MD
Councilor Lesley Motheral, MD

Rachel Patel
Class of 2017, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Vessel Density Quantification in Choroidal Neovascularization
Mentor Mark Pennesi, MD, PhD
Councilor David A. Drachman, MD

Pierce Peters
Class of 2019, Mayo Medical School
Pathological Generation of High Frequency Oscillations in the Seizure Onset Zone during Motor and Memory Task
Mentor Gregory Worrell, MD, PhD
Councilor Carola Arndt, MD

Andrew Prince
Class of 2018, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine
A Dual Anti-Angiogenic Approach to Improving Antibody-Based Therapy in Head and Neck Cancer
Mentor Jason Warram, PhD
Councilor Silvio H. Litovsky, MD

Dena Rhinehart
Class of 2019, Medical University of South Carolina
Memory and Effect of CD26^bright^Th17 cells on Human Lung Cancer Models
Mentor Chrystal Paulos, PhD
Councilor Christopher G. Pelic, MD

Allison Rixey
Class of 2017, University of Kansas
Clinical Management Decisions Based [11C] Acetate Positron Emission Tomography for Prostate Cancer Patients with Biochemical Recurrence and Prospective Biopsy Proven Comparison of [11C] Acetate and [11C] Choline
Mentor Reginal Dusing, MD
Councilor Bradley E. Barth, MD

Carlos Rodriguez-Russo
Class of 2018, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
The Impact of Enrollment in Home and Community-Based Service Waivers on Hospitalization and Institutionalization Rates among Aging HIV+ Medicaid Patients
Mentor Ira Wilson, MD, MSc
Councilor Brian J. Zink, MD

Brooke Rothstein
Class of 2017, Tufts University School of Medicine
Open Label Phase 2 Proof-of-Concept Pilot Trial of Topical Ruxolitinib in Repigmenting Adult Patients with Vitiligo
Mentor David Rosmarin, MD
Councilor Amy L. Lee, MD, FAAFP

Matthew Sacino
Class of 2018, Georgetown University School of Medicine
Resective Surgery for Focal Cortical Dysplasia in Children: A Comparative Analysis of the Utility of Intraoperative Magnetic Resonance Imaging (iMRI)
Mentor Chima Oluigbo, MD
Councilor Sean A. Whelton, MD

Rajeev Sen
Class of 2017, New York University
The Role of SLX4 in Maintaining STemness of a Unique Clioblastoma Stem Cell Subpopulation
Mentor Dimitris Placantonakis, MD, PhD
Councilor Linda Tewksbury, MD

Sumedh Shah
Class of 2019, University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Selective Targeting of Glioblastoma Stem-Like Cells Using Multi Drug Conjugation to Carbon-Dot Bound Transferrin
Mentor Regina M. Graham, PhD
Councilor Alex J. Mechaber, MD, FACP

Afaaf Shakir
Class of 2017, Stanford University School of Medicine
A Phase III Study of Pre-Operative Transversus Abdominis Plane Blocks in Patients Undergoing Abdominal Free Flap Based Breast Reconstruction
Mentor Gordon K. Lee, MD
Councilor Charles G. Prober, MD

Lisa Shandley
Class of 2017, Emory University
Impact of Tamoxifen Therapy on Fertility in Breast Cancer Survivors
Mentor Penelope Howards, PhD
Councilor Thomas C. Pearson, MD, DPhil

Christina Tull
Class of 2019, University of Washington
Determiing the Effects of Retinoic Acid Treatment on Immune Cell Response against Growth of IDH1-Mutated Glioma in Novel Mouse Model
Mentor Eric C. Holland, MD, PhD
Councilor Douglas S. Paauw, MD, MACP

Thad Vickery
Class of 2017, University of Colorado
Mouse Model of Pyocyanin-Induced Chronic Rhinosinusitis
Mentor Vijay R. Ramakrishnan, MD
Councilor James Beck, MD

Winston Vuong
Class of 2019, University of California, Irvine
Understanding PIM1 Upregulation as a Novel Mechanism of Resistance to PI3K Inhibition in Breast Cancer
Mentor Levi A. Garraway, MD, PhD
Councilor Ranjan Gupta, MD

Tim Walsh
Class of 2019, Florida State University
Evaluation of a Pre Exposure Prophylaxis Intervention for African American Men Who Have Sex with Men
Mentor John Schneider, MD, MPH
Councilor Ricardo Gonzalez-Rothi, MD

Ian Wellington
Class of 2019, University of Maryland
The Sur1-Trpm4 Channel Modulates Expression of Microglial NOS2 in Hemorrhagic Stroke
Mentor J. Marc Simard, MD
Councilors Donna Parker, MD and Yvette Rooks, MD

Jesse Xie
Class of 2017, University of Mississippi School of Medicine
Liver Surface Nodularity as a Predictor of NAFLD Liver-related Outcomes
Mentor Andrew Smith, MD, PhD
Councilor Omar A. Rahman, MD

Tim Xu
Class of 2017, Johns Hopkins University
Markups on Healthcare Services in the United States
Mentor Martin A. Makary, MD, MPH
Councilor Charles W. Flexner, MD

Updated on September 23, 2016.