Master of Science in Translational Research

MTR Students & Alumni

Graduate Spotlight

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 program 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 Pub Med.

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.

Current Students

2016 Matriculates

  Student Research Area Mentor

Amanda Ackermann, MD, PhD EntSci: Generating a Human Beta Cell Line Klaus Kaestner, PhD

Deepthi Alapati, MBBS

Genome Editing in Fetal Lungs using CRISPR/Cas9 Edward Morrisey, PhD

Subhajit Chakravorty, MD Mechanisms related to insomnia with alcohol use Philip Gehrman, PhD, CBSM, and Allan Pack, MBChB, PhD, FRCP

Máire Conrad, MD, MS EntSci: Host-microbe interactions in VEO-IBD Marcella Devoto, PhD and Robert Baldassano, MD

Brian Jenssen, MD EntSci: Clinical Decision Support Tool for Parental Tobacco Treatment in Primary Care Alexander Fiks, MD and David Rubin, MD

Daniella Levy Erez, MD Immunological biomarkers in Acute kidney injury Kathleen Sullivan, MD, PhD

Shruthi Ravimohan, PhD Inflammogenetics of IRIS and lung injury in HIV/TB Gregory P. Bisson, MD, MSCE and Drew Weissman, MD, PhD

Chantae Sullivan-Pyke, MD Effect of embryo vitrification and superovulation Monica Mainigi, MD, and Marisa Bartolomei, PhD

Tom Tropea, MD Cognitive impairment in Parkinson's Disease Alice Chen-Plotkin, MD and Lama Chahine, MD

Laura Vella, MD, PhD Tfh as a Novel Biomarker for HIV Persistence E. John Wherry, PhD

Jie Wang, MD CAR T cells for T cell lymphomas Stephen Schuster, MD and Daniel Powell, PhD


Xiao Zhao, MD Molecular Mechanisms of Toxin-induced Biliary Atresia Michael Pack, MD

Peter Hadar, MD Student Use of Novel GluCEST Imaging to Identify Epileptic Foci Kathryn Davis, MD, MTR
Arka Mallela, MD Student Mapping the Evolution of Acute Mild TBI Douglas Smith, MD
Nina Ran, MD Student Defining B cell tolerance checkpoints in PV Aimee Payne, MD, PhD
John Riley, MD Student Augmenting Peripheral Tolerance in IUHCT William Peranteau, MD
Ari Wes, MD Student EntSci: Development of an internal, motorized, cranio-maxi Jesse Taylor, MD
Alan Workman, MD Student Innate Immunity in Mouse and Human Airway Epithelial Cells Noam Cohen, MD, PhD

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2015 Matriculates

  Student Position Research Area Mentor

Mariana Cooke, MD-PhD Fellow, HUP Characterizing Genetic Drivers in Glioma Circulating Tumor Cells (CTCs) at Single Cell Resolution Jay Dorsey MD PhD

Ian Danford, BS MD Student, PSOM Opthalmology Glaucoma Joan O'Brien MD

George Fryhofer, BA MD Student, PSOM Orthopaedic Surgery Louis Soslowsky PhD

Caroline Gluck, MD Fellow, CHOP Do Epigenetic Changes in Patients with Minimal Change Disease Predict Steroid Responsiveness? Katalin Susztak MD PhD

Lindsey Greene, MD Instructor, CHOP Zymogen-like Factor Xa variant as novel warfarin reversal strategy: pre-clinical evaluation and mechanism of action Rodney Camire PhD

Harry Han, BS MD Student, PSOM Pediatric Neuro-oncology Adam Resnick PhD

Helge Hartung, MD Instructor, CHOP Development of a “Bone Marrow Gun” Mortimer Poncz MD

Amelia Keaton, MD Fellow, CHOP Development of a Universal Influenza Vaccine David Weiner PhD

Eric Lin, BA MD Student, PSOM Gastroenterology Esophageal Cancer Anil Rustgi MD

Constantine Mavroudis, MD, MSc Resident, HUP A novel approach to intraoperative measurement of cerebral metabolic activity during cooling and rewarming
periods of deep hypothermic circulatory arrest and postoperative neurological injury in neonatal cardiac surgery
J. William Gaynor MD

Ryan Morgan, MD Fellow, CHOP Hemodynamic Goal-Directed CPR in a Swine Model of Sepsis-Associated Cardiac Arrest Robert Berg MD

Amanda Muir, MD Instructor, CHOP Lysyl oxidase mediated fibrosis in eosinophilic esophagitis Anil Rustgi MD

Catherine Norise, BA MD Student, PSOM Neurology noninvasive brain stimulation Roy Hamilton MD MS
Robert Orlowski, MD Fellow, HUP Integrated Immunological Analysis of the Tumor Microenvironment and Therapeutic Applications Martin Carroll MD
Haibo Qu, PhD Research Associate, Penn Novel Biocompatible Wound Dressings for Chronic Pain Management Paul Ducheyne PhD
Jacob Shabason, MD Resident, HUP The Role of Stromal Exosomes in Mediating Breast Cancer Resistance to Chemotherapy and Radiation Andy Minn MD PhD
Aeron Small, BA MD Student, PSOM Cardiology Aortic Valvular Disease Daniel Rader MD
Delu Song, MD, PhD Research Associate, HUP Retinal analysis in patients treated with intravenous iron: a possible risk for age-related macular degeneration
Joshua Dunaief MD PhD
Jeffrey Thompson, MD Fellow, HUP The Use of the CTC-iChip for the Isolation and Quantification of Circulating Tumor Cells in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Steven Albelda MD
Wen Xu, BS MD Student, PSOM Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery Jesse Taylor MD

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