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Graduates of the Clinical Scientist Training Program

2015 Graduates

Julie Boiko

Program Mentor: Paul Szabolcs, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Chief, Division of Blood and Marrow Transplantation and Cellular Therapies, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Project Title: Regulatory T Cells and Tolerance after Allogeneic Blood and Marrow Transplantation

Phillip Choi

Program Mentor: David O. Okonkwo, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery, Clinical Director of the Brain Trauma Research Center, Executive Vice Chairman of Clinical Operations, Director of the Neurotrauma Program, and Director of the Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Program

Project Title: Apoptotic Pathway Gene Expression and Variation in Traumatic Brain Injury

Alexandra Dreyzin

Program Mentor: Ira Fox, MD, Director of the Center for Innovative Regenerative Therapies and Professor of Surgery and Pediatric Transplantation.


Project Title: Long-Term Outcomes and Predictors in Pediatric Liver Retransplantation.

Douglas Holt


Program Mentors: Dwight E. Heron MD FACRO FACR, Vice Chairman of Clinical Affairs, UPMC Shadyside, Professor of Radiation Oncology, Chairman, Department of Radiation Oncology, UPMC Shadyside; and David A. Clump II, MD PhD, Department of Radiation Oncology

Project Title: Preoperative Stereotactic Radiosurgery in Brain Metastases and Age-Related Characterization of Peritumoral Neuronal Tissue

Matthew Kesinger

Program Mentor: Jason Sperry, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Surgery and Critical Care: Department of Surgery, Division of Trauma and General Surgery

Project Title: Traumatic Brain Injury: Long-term Incorporation of Systems Data (TBI-LINCS)

Alexander Khalaf

Program Mentor: Howard Aizenstein MD PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Bioengineering, and Clinical and Translational Science

Project Title: Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Markers Predictive of Treatment Response in Late Life Depression During Emotional Regulation Task

Jee Hong Kim

Program Mentor: Cuneyt M Alper, MD, Professor of Otolaryngology, Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology; Director, Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship Program

Project Title: The Effect of Medical Treatment of Co-Morbidities in Improving Eustachian Tube Function in Patients with Eustachian Tube Dysfunction

Olubusola Oluwole

Program Mentor: Enrico Novelli, M.D., M.S. Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology at the university of Pittsburgh School of medicine, Director of the Adult Sickle Cell Anemia Program and Associate Director of Hemophilia Center of Western PA

Project Title: Association of Elevated Pulse Pressure in Childhood with Increased Risk of Cognitive Impairment in Adulthood

Regina Triplett

Program Mentors: Miya Asato, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry and Beatriz Luna, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology.

Project Titles:

  • A Multi-Modal Investigation of Executive Function in Children and Adolescents with Epilepsy: Preliminary Findings.
  • Establishing a Computerized Tool for the Clinical Evaluation of Cognitive Function in Children with New-Onset Epilepsy.

Xiaoran Zhang

Program Mentors: Nduka Amankulor, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery, Associate Director, Adult Neurosurgical Oncology and Michael T. Lotze, MD, Professor of Surgery and Bioengineering, Vice Chair of Research within the Department of Surgery

Project Title: Epigenetic Dysregulation in Mutant IDH1 Glioma Cells Also Alters Immune Recognition

Yin Zhao

Program Mentors: Robert M. Friedlander, MD, MA, Chairman, Walter E. Dandy Professor of Neurological Surgery, Andrew F. Ducruet, MD Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery, Jeffrey Balzer, PhD, Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery, and Jamie Pardini, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery

Project Title: Determine the effectiveness of intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (IOM) to predict ischemic injury and changes in long-term neurological function in patients undergoing balloon-assisted coil embolization



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