OSLER program announces student research award recipients

The Oregon Students Learn and Experience Research (OSLER) program, within the Oregon Center for Clinical and Translational Research Institute, is pleased to announce the recipients of an NIH supported TL1 training award, AHRQ T32 training award and Summer OCTRI Student awards. This program supports early research experience for pre-doctoral medical, dental, graduate nursing, basic science, bioengineering, and pharmacy students, enhancing the pipeline of OHSU health professionals interested in clinical and translational research. These students will engage in clinical and translational research under the direction of a mentor. Year-long trainees will enroll in a masters or PhD program.


2012 NIH OSLER TL1 Year-long trainees:

Nathalie Javidi-Sharifi, School of Medicine, PhD in Cancer Biology Program

  • Mentor(s): Brian J. Druker, MD, Director, Knight Cancer Institute and Jeffrey W. Tyner, PhD, Assistant Professor, Hematology and Medical Oncology
  • Research Project: New therapeutic targets in gastrointestinal stromal tumor

Julia Marshall, School of Medicine, PhD in Biomedical Engineering Program

  • Mentor(s): Fay B Horak, PhD, Professor, Medicine, Neurology and Tamara L Hayes, PhD, Associate Professor, Medicine, Biomedical Engineering
  • Research Project: Developing a novel method of assessing fall risk and declining cognitive and motor function in MCI

David Messenheimer,School of Medicine, PhD in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology Program

  • Mentor(s): Bernard A. Fox PhD, Adjunct Professor, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
  • Research Project: The roles of tumor immunogenicity and the adjuvant GM-CSF in the induction of regulatory T cells in multiple tumor vaccination adoptive therapies

Jaime Zelaya, Jr.,School of Medicine, MD/PhD Program

  • Mentor(s): Sandra Rugonyi, MS, PhD, Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Research Project: Exploring the role that wall stress plays in determining abdominal aortic aneurismal expansion rate and addressing wall stress sensitivity to wall thickness using uniform and variable wall thickness mathematical models


2012 AHRQ T32 Pre-doctoral Year-long trainees:

Shannon Donald, School of Medicine, MD/MPH Program

  • Mentor(s): Christina Nicolaidis, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Medicine, Public Health and Preventive Medicine
  • Research Project: Disability and violence: barriers to help-seeking behaviors and their impact on physical and mental health after abuse.


Rajarshi Mazumder, School of Medicine, MD/MPH Program

  • Mentor(s): Michelle Cameron, MD, PT, Assistant Professor, Neurology and William E Lambert, PhD, Associate Professor, Public Health and Preventive Medicine
  • Research Project: Validation of the Fall Efficacy Scale-International, a fall-related psychological measure, in people with multiple sclerosis


2012 NIH OSLER TL1 Short-term trainees:

Brittany Arnold, School of Medicine, MD Program

  • Mentor(s): James Dolan, MD, Assistant Professor, Surgery and Nathan Bronson, MD, Resident, General Surgery
  • Research Project: Anastomotic ischemia, as measured by optical fiber probe spectroscopy, predicts anastomotic leak after bowel resection.

Mario Padilla,
School of Medicine, MD Program

  • Mentor(s): Joshi Alumkal, MD, Assistant Professor, Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology
  • Research Project: Targeting LSD1 in prostate cancer

Dawn Pruett,
School of Medicine, MD Program

  • Mentor(s): Terry Morgan, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Pathology and Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Research Project: Potential genetic etiology of chronic vestibulitis: pilot study            

David Putnam-Pite,
School of Medicine, MD Program

  • Mentor(s): Brian Johnstone PhD, Research Director,Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
  • Research Project: Characterization of articular cartilage progenitor cell clones

Phoebe Smitasin, School of Medicine, MD Program

  • Mentor(s): Justin Cetas, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Neurological Surgery
  • Research Project: The effects of RVM dermorphin-saporin on vasospasm and cognitive impairment following SAH in rats

Josha Woodward,School of Medicine, MD Program

  • Mentor(s): William Skach, MD, Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Research Project: Cotranslational protein folding of iibosome-bound proteins: kinetic analysis


2012 NIH Summer OCTRI Student Awards:

Ethan Beckley, School of Medicine, MD Program

  • Mentor(s): Jeffrey Jensen, MD, MPH, Professor and Vice Chair, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Elizabeth Micks, MD, Fellow, Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Research Project: The effect of nitroglycerin on the IUD insertion experience in nulliparous women

Margaret Campbell,
School of Dentistry, DMD Program

  • Mentor(s): Curtis A. Machida, PhD, Integrative Biosciences & Pediatric Dentistry
  • Research Project: Cariogenic potential of Mutans streptococci genetic strains: association of virulence genes and development of carious lesions

Xiang Gao,School of Medicine, MD Program

  • Mentor(s): Jagdeep Obhrai, MD, Assistant Professor, Medicine, Nephrology
  • Research Project: Provider-to-provider communication in the care of transplant candidates

Arthur Kehas, School of Medicine, MD Program

  • Mentor(s): Wohaib Hasan, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Research Project: Attenuation of cholinergic parasympathetic innervation in heart failure by co-projecting sympathetic nerves.

Tori Lennox,School of Medicine, MD Program

  • Mentor(s): Susan Rowell, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Acute Care Surgery
  • Research Project: The use of thrombelastography in the assessment of progressive intracranial hemorrhage after traumatic brain injury

Susan Lou,School of Medicine, MD Program

  • Mentor(s): James (Jim) Rosenbaum, MD, Professor, Ophthalmology and Kevin Winthrop, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology, Infectious Disease
  • Research Project: Assessing current approaches for diagnosis and treatment of tuberculous uveitis among uveitis specialists

Kasim Mirza,School of Medicine, MD Program

  • Mentor(s): Monica Hinds, PhD, Biomedical Engineering
  • Research Project: Thrombogenic characterization of induced pluripotent stem cell derived endothelial cells under conditions of variable hemodynamic conditioning

Poorav Patel,School of Medicine, MD Program

  • Mentor(s): Dr. Molly Kulesz-Martin, Ph.D., Professor, Director of Research
  • Research Project: Genetic variants in Trim32 and Piasy protein families associated with psoriasis

Basma Saadoun,School of Medicine, MD Program

  • Mentor(s): Peter Kurre, MD, Associate Professor, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • Research Project: The effect of high fat diet on the number and potency of fetal hematopoietic stem cells