OSLER Program Trainees

OSLER Program Student Research Award Recipients

Each year, the Oregon Students Learn & Experience Research (OSLER) program awards a group of MD, MD/MPH, PhD, and DMD students with awards that allow them to participate in clinical and translational research projects. 

2015 OSLER NIH TL1 Year-long Trainees Awards Beginning Prior to June 30:

Amber Bannon, School of Medicine, PhD in Cell and Development Biology Program
  • Mentor: Michael Heinrich, MD, Professor of Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology
  • Research Project: Bedside to Bench to Bedside: SDHA variants in Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors
Sarah Wicher, School of Medicine, PhD in Physiology and Pharmacology Program
  • Mentor: Allison Fryer, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Professor of Physiology and Pharmocology
  • Research Project: Eosinophils have a novel ability to repair lung function after ozone
Zipei Fang, School of Medicine, MD/PhD Program
  • Mentor: Bernard A. Fox, PhD, Associate Professor, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
  • Research Project: Improving therapy for HNSCC: Combination of STING-agonist and an Autophagosome-based Vaccine
Heather McConnell, School of Medicine, PhD in Neuroscience Program
  • Mentor: Edward Neuwelt, MD, Professor, Neurology
  • Research Project: Iron nanoparticle phagocytosis and Localization in Acute Neuroinflammation
Josha Woodward, School of Medicine, MD Program
  • Mentor: Joshi Alumkal, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology
  • Research Project: Bromodomain inhibition for the treatment of lethal, castration-resistant prostate cancer

2015 OSLER NIH TL1 Year-long Trainees Awards Beginning July 1:

Ryan Swan, School of Medicine, PhD in Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology Program
  • Mentor: Michael Chiang, MD, MA, Professor, Ophthalmology and Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology
  • Research Project: Whole-exome sequencing and retinal imaging to improve outcomes in retinopathy of prematurity

Chelsea Jenkins, School of Medicine, PhD in Cancer Biology Program 

  • Mentor: Jeffrey Tyner, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology
  • Research Project: Developing novel treatments for children with Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia

Robert Pranaat, School of Medicine, MD Program 

  • Mentor: Vishnu Mohan, MBBS, MIB, MBCS, FACP, Assistant Professor, Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology
  • Research Project: Establishing the infrastructure and protocol for an In-Patient ICU rounds simulation

Katy Lawson, School of Medicine, MD Program 

  • Mentor: David Jacoby, MD, Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
  • Research Project: Eosinophil--nerve interactions in the pathogenesis of atopic dermatitis
Gitanjali Narayanan, School of Medicine, MD/PhD in Biomedical Engineering Program
  • Mentor: David Lewinsohn, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
  • Research Project: Characterizing the role of MR1 isoforms in MR1 antigen processing and presentation