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.

2018 OSLER NIH TL1 Year-long Trainee Awards Beginning July 1:
Postdoctoral Trainee:

Alexandra Stafford, Ph.D., School of Medicine, Behavioral Neuroscience

  • Mentors: Tamara Phillips-Richards, Ph.D., Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience and Marina Guizzetti, Ph.D., Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Research Project: Investigating behavioral and neurotoxic effects of combined ethanol and methamphetamine
Pre-doctoral Trainee:

Mollie Marr, School of Medicine, M.D./Ph.D. Program

  • Mentors: Damien Fair, PA-C., Ph.D., Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, and Alice Graham, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Trainee in Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Research Project: Maternal Psychological Stress During Pregnancy as a Key Mechanism for the Intergenerational Transmission of Childhood Traumatic Stress
2017 OSLER NIH TL1 Year-long Trainee Awards Beginning September 2:

Postdoctoral Trainees:

Justin Caouette, Ph.D., School of Medicine, Psychiatry

  • Mentors: Sarah Feldstein Ewing, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry; Bonnie Nagel, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience; and Damien Fair, Ph.D., PA-C, Associate Professor of Medicine, Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychiatry
  • Research Project: Peer process Peer processes in the social neuroscience of adolescent cannabis use

Hanna Gustafsson, Ph.D., School of Medicine, Developmental Psychology

  • Mentors: Joel Nigg, Ph.D., Director, Division of Psychology, Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Behavioral Neuroscience and Sarah Karalunas, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry
  • Research Project: Infant predictors of psychopathology: Emotional and cognitive control as transdiagnostic markers of risk

Amanda Stone, Ph.D., School of Medicine, Psychiatry

  • Mentors: Anna Wilson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology and Amy Holley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Development and Disability
  • Research Project: Negative Interpretation Bias of Children's Symptoms in Mothers with Chronic Pain: Implications for Children's Physical Health

Tyler Woodell, M.D., School of Medicine, Nephrology and Hypertension

  • Mentors: David Ellison, M.D., Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology, Nephrology and Hypertension; and Jessica Weiss, M.D., M.C.R., Assistant Professor, Nephrology and Hypertension
  • Research Project: Determining Acid Base Status Among Hemodialysis Patients
 
Pre-doctoral Trainees:

Brittany Alperin, School of Medicine, Ph.D. candidate in Behavioral Neuroscience

  • Mentors: Sarah Karalunas, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry and Joel Nigg, Ph.D., Director, Division of Psychology, Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Research Project: How the mind wanders in ADHD and why it matters

Theresa Cheng, Ed.M., MS, University of Oregon, Ph.D. Candidate in Developmental Social Neuroscience

  • Mentors: Jennifer Pfeifer, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Psychology; Philip Fisher, Ph.D., Philip H. Knight Chair, Professor, Psychology; Nicholas Allen, Ph.D., Director, Center for Digital Mental Health and Clinical Training, Professor, Psychology; Damien Fair, Ph.D., PA-C, Associate Professor of Medicine, Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychiatry; and Kristen Mackiewicz-Seghete, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
  • Research Project: (1) Dimensions of adversity in adolescent intrinsic brain connectivity, (2) Predicting depression from puberty-driven trajectories of brain connectivity in girls

Maria Carolina González-Prats, M.A., Portland State University, Ph.D. candidate in Social Work and Social Research

  • Mentor: Christina Nicolaidis, M.D., M.P.H., Professor, Social Determinants of Health, Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health.
  • Research Project: Examining the Narrative of Military Sexual Trauma (MST) Narratives

Haley Holmer, M.P.H., OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, Ph.D. candidate in Epidemiology

  • Mentors: Jessina McGregor, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice; Rochelle Fu, Ph.D., Professor School of Public Health and Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology; Amy Pakyz, PharmD, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science; and Sam Hohmann, Ph.D., Director, Research Analytics
  • Research Project: Metrics to Inform Antimicrobial Stewardship in the Hospital

Katherine Michaelis, School of Medicine, M.D./Ph.D. candidate in Physiology and Pharmacology

  • Mentor: Daniel Marks, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Pediatrics
  • Research Project: The Role of Exosomes as Centrally Acting Endocrine Mediators of Pancreatic Cancer Cachexia

Jeffrey Wagner, School of Medicine, M.D. program, M.C.R. candidate

  • Mentors: Matthew Drake, M.D., Assistant Professor, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine; Christopher Evans, Ph.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics; Allison Fryer, Ph.D., Professor, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine; and David Jacoby, M.D., Professor, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
  • Research Project: The Role of Airway Mucins 5ac and 5b in Upper Respiratory Tract Infection

Barrett Welch, M.P.H., Oregon State University, Ph.D. candidate in Public Health and Human Sciences

  • Mentor: Molly Kile, Sc.D., Associate Professor, Public Health and Human Sciences
  • Research Project: Effects of prenatal and early-life metals exposure on humoral immunity in children

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