Professor Barbara Kazmierczak, MD, PhD (Tri-Institutional MD-PhD class of 1994), who currently is professor of medicine (infectious diseases) and microbial pathogenesis, has been named the Gustavus and Louse Pfeiffer Research Foundation MD-PhD Program Director at the Yale School of Medicine.
In 2013, scientists at MIT and at UC Berkeley optimized a way to use bacterial gene sequences to cut and change DNA at precise locations. The genome-editing system, called CRISPR, is cheaper and simpler than previous methods, and it has led to breakthroughs in diagnostics and the creation of more accurate disease models.
Fifth year Tri-Instutional MD-PhD student, Jay Shi, has been awarded an F30 fellowship from the National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute for his project "Dynamic Organization of Cell Architecture in Multicellular Tissues."
Joshua Weiss, a fifth year student in the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program, has been awarded an NIH F30 fellowship from the National Cancer Institute for his project "Investigating the Role of Adipocyte Lipolysis in Melanoma Progression.”
Brian Hurwitz, a fifth year student in the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program, has been awarded an NIH F30 fellowship for his project The integrated stress response in stem cells and cancer by the National Cancer Institute.
We especially thank our own veterans, sixth year MD-PhD student, Corporal Jim G. Castellanos, United States Marine Corps, and fifth year MD-PhD student, Specialist Harry “Jake” Reed, United States Army.
Fifth year Tri-Institutional MD-PhD student, Sanjee Baksh, has received an F31 award from the National Cancer Institute for his project entitled Dissecting the role of serine metabolism in tumor initiating stem cells.