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Adam Cuker, MD, MTR

MTR Graduate, 2010

Current position: Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine


Adam enrolled in the MTR pogram because "the course work was practical and applicable to (his) research. At the same time, meeting the requirements for graduation proved not to be an undue burden on (his) time and, in fact, increased the efficiency and methodologic rigor with which (he) was able to pursue (his) research." Throughout the program, Adam "was made aware of a number of critical resources for investigators throughout the institution that (he has) subsequently used for (his) own research." Adam identified the MTR degree as a valuable credential for grant applications and job searches.

Adam completed the degree while he was a Fellow in Hematology/Oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  After graduation, Adam was awarded a K23 grant from the NHLBI for his study, "Improving the Diagnosis of Heparin‐induced Thrombocytopenial."

Check out Adam's publications on PubMed.

Nuala Meyer, MD, MTR

MTR Graduate, 2011

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine


Before enrolling in the degree program, Nuala was in a basic science lab but aspired to do large scale genomic studies in human cohorts. She desired deeper training in clinical research, genetics, and informatics.  For Nuala, the "MTR offered a flexible, personalized course of study to help (her) acquire specific skills helpful to (her) research, and simultaneously a comprehensive overview of clinical trial design, human subject protection, statistical methodology, and novel lab techniques. (She) found it quite invaluable to development as a translational researcher."

Nuala found the mentorship component of the program "supremely important" and helped her make contacts across the Penn community who are now her collaborators. 

Nuala "would definitely recommend (the MTR degree program) to anyone interested in pursuing translational research, with a balanced approach to both the human population and to the molecular or imaging methodologies used. The program is best suited to someone with a clear idea of his/her research questions at the outset, and with a focused need for specific coursework."

Nuala completed the degree while she was an Instructor in Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating, she was awarded a K23 from the NHLBI for her study, "Genetic Variation in the ANGPT-TIE Pathway and Risk for Acute Lung Injury."

Check out Nuala's publications on PubMed.

Nathan Singh, MD, MTR

MD-MTR Graduate, 2013

Current position: Internal Medicine Resident, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


Nathan enrolled in the MTR because he "wanted to really learn what translational research looks like - how it is structured and how physician-scientists can bridge this gap." Nathan found that the "landmarks set by the program, including proposal development and presentation, grant submission and thesis defense all forced (him) to continually move forward and re-evaluate progress in the lab, and provided an opportunity to receive feedback from experienced faculty." He described the feedback process as his "own private study section!"

Nathan was a combined degree student and completed the MTR degree in conjuction with medical school.  While enrolled, Nathan was able to attend several professional conferences, give a talk at one of these conferences, and have exposure to leaders in the field. He described the MTR degree as helpful in residency interviews and residency placement.  Even at an early stage in his career, he has submitted several small foundation grants and attributes part of this success to his MTR education. 

Check out Nathan's publications on PubMed


2012 Matriculates ↓

Student Research Area Mentor
David Bajor David Bajor, MD Role of macrophages in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma in mice and humans Robert H. Vonderheide, MD, DPhil
Ann-Marie Chacko Ann-Marie Chacko, PhD Developing 124Immuno-PET Diagnostics to Glioblastoma Multiforme Through Tumor Endothelial Marker-1 Vladimir Muzykantov, MD, PhD
Nadya Clark Nadya Clarke, MD Electrospun Nanofibers as a Pro- Angiogenic Periosteal Like Supplement to Calvarial Bone Regeneration Hyun-Duck Nah-Cederquist, DMD, PhD
Lauren Fishbein Lauren Fishbein, MD, PhD Understanding Tumorigenesis in Pheochromocytomas and Paragangliomas Katherine L. Nathanson, MD
Al Garfall Al Garfall, MD Cellular Immunotherapy for Multiple Myeloma Edward A. Stadtmauer, MD, Martin Carroll MD
Michael Grandner Michael Grandner, PhD Short Sleep Duration and Cardiometabolic Disease Risk Allan Pack, MBChB, PhD
David Irwin David Irwin, MD Improving the Ante Mortem Diagnostic Accuracy in the Behavioral Variant of Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration John Trojanowski, MD, PhD, Murray Grossman, MD, EdD
Brian Kim Brian Kim, MD Group 2 innate lymphoid cells promote atopic dermatitis-like disease David Artis, PhD
Stuart Kinsella Stuart Kinsella, MD student Development of a Large Animal Model of Osteochondritis Dissecans Robert Mauck, PhD
Daniel Larach Daniel Larach, MD student Deep Phenotyping of Subjects with Novel Genetic Variants Associated with Unusual Lipid Levels Daniel Rader, MD
John Macarthur John Macarthur, MD Directed Delivery of Engineered Stromal Cell-Derived Factor-1α (SDF) Analogue; Effects on Angiogenesis and Ventricular Function in an Ovine Model of Ischemic Cardiomyopathy Y. Joseph Woo, MD
Jon Quatromoni Jon Quatromoni, MD Student Characterization of Immunosuppressive Myeloid Cells in Lung Cancer Patients Sunil Singhal, MD
Kathleen Sturgeon Kathleen Sturgeon, PhD Mitigation of Cardiotoxicity in Breast Cancer Patients Kathryn Schmitz, PhD, MPH
Jessica Wen Jessica Wen, MD Maternal-fetal transmission of hepatitis C virus and early viral diversification by single genome sequencing George M. Shaw, MD, PhD
Jason Wink Jason Wink Sustained Delivery of Bone Morphogenetic Protein-2 to the Craniofacial Skeleton Hyun-Duck Nah Cederquist, DMD, PHD


2013 Matriculates ↓

Student Research Area Mentor
Mark Attiah Mark Attiah, MD Student Functional Neurosurgery Timothy Lucas, MD, PhD
Danielle Brewington Danielle Brewington, MD Student Combination BRAF inhibition in Pediatric Gliomas Adam Resnick, PhD
Philip Haines Philip Haines, MD, MPH Structural and Functional Myocardial remodeling - role of myocardial fibrosis and COX-2 signaling Garret FitzGerald, MD, Rick Assoian, PhD
Erum Hartung Erum Hartung, MD Pediatric Nephrology - Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease Susan Furth, MD, PhD
Ray Hu Ray Hu, MD Student Integrative Genomics in human myocardial cells to identify therapeutic targets Tom Cappola, MD
Melody Ju Melody Ju, MD Student Characterization of circulating tumor cells using telomerase activity assay in melanoma Gary Kao, MD, PhD
Jennifer Kalish Jennifer Kalish, MD, PhD The mechanism of tumor formation in Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome and sporadic cancers with similar genetic changes Marisa Bartolomei, PhD
Jennie Lin Jennie Lin, MD Translational studies in the treatment of Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) Muredach Reilly, MBBCH, Larry Holzman, MD
Shana McCormack Shana McCormack, MD Premature Adrenarche: Interaction of Genetic Variation, Nutrient Availability, and Insulin Signaling in Early Growth and Maturation Virgina Stallings, MD
Kiyoyuki Miyasaka Kiyoyuki Miyasaka, MD Clinical simulation facilities as avenue for research education, and medical device development Rajesh Aggarwal, MD, PhD
Kathleen O'Neill Kathleen O'Neill, MD Identification and modification of obesity-induced epigenetic changes in extraembryonic tissue Rebecca Simmons, MD
Phillip Santoiemma Phillip Santoiemma, MD Student Immune-Based Cancer Therapy Daniel Powell Jr., PhD
Jasmeet Singh Jasmeet Singh, MD, MPHA Use of transcranial doppler in studying microemboli and use of PET Scan in studying right ventricle metabolism in pulmonary hypertension Yuchi Han, MD, MMSc
Christina Twyman-St. Victor Christina Twyman-St. Victor, MD Translational Studies in the Treatment of Metastatic Melanoma Andy Minn, MD, PhD
Payman Zamani Payman Zamani, MD The Effects of Verapamil in Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction Julio Chirinos, MD

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