Henning De May

 

Medical Specialty(s) of Interest: Otolaryngology

Mentor: Sarah Adams, MD

Publications:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/henning.de%20may.1/bibliography/public/

Education:

BA - Biochemistry/Neuroscience/Molecular-Cellular Developmental Biology, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2012

Henning first became interested in research his second year at the University of Colorado at Boulder while working in the Maier-Watkins lab, looking at the neuroinflammatory effects of obesity on pain and memory. Simultaneously, he was working as a nursing assistant at Christus-St Vincent in Santa Fe over the summers, and as a volunteer in emergency departments around Boulder, CO. His experience in the lab left him hopeful for the potential impact of basic science, and his time in the hospital grew his love for clinical medicine and patient care. After graduating with his B.A. in 2012, Henning took a year off to work for Roche Molecular Diagnostics in Pleasanton, CA as a marketing and scientific affairs analyst. In 2012 Henning started at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, where he became interested in the field of tumor immunology. He joined the lab of Sarah Adams, MD, to work on the immunological effects of surgery and Doxorubicin as a medical student. After working in the Adams lab for one and a half years, Henning realized his desire to further his research training and joined the MD-PhD program at UNM SOM. Since then, he has worked on several projects from describing the effects of cancer on regionally enriched T-cell populations to the immune effects of cisplatin and finally to the development of a novel anti-tumor vaccine strategy.

Crina Peterson

 

Medical Specialty(s) of Interest: Neurosurgery

Mentor: Jason Weick, Ph.D.

Publications:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/1taFfsMHbgC5E/bibliography/public/

Education:

BBA - Business Fellows and Biology, Baylor University, 2013

Crina became interested in research during an introductory course to research approaches in an immunology lab at Baylor University. She then joined a neuroscience lab and completed her Honors thesis on a project concerning the relationship between epilepsy and autism. Crina's interest in medicine preceded her research experience, as she was previously an EMT and shadowed multiple medical specialties hoping to combine her love for biological sciences with her strong desire to serve her community. This led her to finally pursue a MD/PhD track at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Here, she joined Dr. Jason Weick's lab, where she explored the mechanisms underlying patterning of embryonic stem cells to neuronal subtypes. Her areas of strength include genetic manipulation to direct specific neuronal subtypes in a hESC model, photocoagulation methods of inducing strokes in rodents, and transplantation of stem cell progenitors in rodent models. Crina will graduate in 2021 and hopes to pursue her interest of neuroscience and surgery in a neurological surgery residency.

Ryota Shimada

 

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Rosstin Ahmadian

 

Medical Specialty(s) of Interest: Undecided

Mentor: Thomas Resta, Ph.D.

Publications:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/rosstin.ahmadian.1/bibliography/public/

https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=DpUyf-MAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao

Education:

BS - Biochemistry, The University of New Mexico, 2015

Rosstin became interested in research during his undergraduate training at the University of New Mexico. During this time, his contributions to research were in a diversity of fields, including Marine Biology, Neurosurgery, and Emergency Medicine. After earning his B.S. in Biochemistry, Rosstin worked as a research technician in the UNM Cancer Research Facility. In 2016, he started at the UNM School of Medicine where he became interested in physiology and joined the laboratory of Dr. Thomas Resta. The focus of Rosstin’s current research is to understand mechanisms of enhanced pulmonary vasoconstriction following chronic hypoxia-induced pulmonary hypertension. Rosstin hopes to have a positive impact on the research community and on the trajectory of his future patients.

Amanda L Collar

 

Medical Specialty(s) of Interest: Infectious Diseases

Mentor: Kathryn M Frietze, PhD

Publications:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/1fAmAwjK6j2s5B/bibliography/public/

Education:

BS - Biology, New Mexico State University, 2013

Amanda L. Collar is interested in infectious diseases, women’s health, and health policy. Before joining the MD-PhD program at UNM SOM, Amanda completed a two-year Post-Baccalaureate at the National Institutes of Health in the laboratory of Dr. Michail S. Lionakis, where she investigated antifungal host defense. Amanda is currently completing her doctoral research in the lab of Dr. Kathryn M. Frietze, where she investigates the antibody response to natural urogenital Chlamydia trachomatis infection in women and is engineering prophylactic Chlamydia trachomatis vaccine candidates to be tested via in vitro assays and murine challenge models. Amanda holds numerous leadership roles, including the Health Policy and Advocacy Chair for the New Mexico American College of Physicians, Student Representative for the UNM SOM MD-PhD Steering Committee, and is on the Council of Student Members for the National American College of Physicians. Amanda has also been awarded numerous academic scholarships, research presentation awards, and grants to support her research efforts.

Randy Ko

 

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Publications:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/14c0qIhMozvwem/bibliography/public/

https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=trSRMQUAAAAJ&hl=en

Education:

BS - Biochemistry, The University of New Mexico,

BA -East Asian Studies (Chinese), The University of New Mexico,

Randy Ko first became interested in pursuing his MD-PhD during his undergraduate career at the University of New Mexico (UNM) while performing research under Dr. Xuejun Zhang at Anhui Medical University (AMU) Institute of Dermatology in China. While at AMU, Randy contributed research pertaining to skin disease manifestations such as vitiligo, warts, and psoriasis. Randy became inspired and motivated to be involved in research locally in New Mexico and worked as a research technician at the UNM Cancer Research Facility and as a technical undergraduate intern at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) with the Global Biorisk Management Curriculum team. Randy then switched roles at SNL to a research and development undergraduate intern position and solely worked under Dr. George Bachand at the Center of Integrated Nanotechnology researching the physiochemical properties of osmolyte induced environments and their influence on microtubule dynamics. Since joining the UNM School of Medicine in 2018, Randy is actively conducting research on reflectance confocal microscopy use in pediatric patients with Dr. John Durkin (UNM Department of Dermatology) aiming to improve the non-invasive diagnosis and treatment of skin lesions in order to improve patient tolerance and experience. Randy is passionate about improving patient outcomes by being involved in both clinical and research settings.

Jonathan Hulse

Medical Specialty(s) of Interest: Neurology

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Education:

BS - Psychology with Minor in Chemistry and Honors Designation, The University of New Mexico, 2019
BA - Health, Medicine, and Human Values with a Concentration in Biomedical Sciences and Honors Designation, The University of New Mexico, 2019

Jonathan Hulse attended the University of New Mexico as a member of the Combined BA/MD Degree program which is dedicated to training physicians to address the physician shortage in New Mexico. During his undergraduate experience he joined a lab in the Center for Biomedical Engineering working with Dr. Eva Chi to develop a novel biosensor for the detection of amyloid aggregates associated with neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer’s disease. He also investigated potential therapeutic capabilities of this biosensor that resulted in a US Patent and a primary authorship that is currently being reviewed. His time in the Chi lab inspired him to consider a career as a physician scientist. During his first year in medical school at the UNM School of Medicine he has also led multiple projects focused on improving LGBTQ health outcomes in New Mexico. He has worked with the LGBTQ Student Alliance in Healthcare to develop and implement new curriculum that trains physicians to meet the needs of LGBTQ patients from a holistic approach of trauma-informed care. He has also worked with local community organizations to provide health education workshops to youth experiencing homelessness that also address the specific needs of LGBTQ youth.

Alissa Cabada-Gomez

 

Medical Specialty(s) of Interest: Neurology

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Education:

BS - Biochemistry, The University of New Mexico, 2018

BS - Biology, The University of New Mexico, 2018

Alissa has always had a love for science growing up. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Alissa deepened her passion for medicine as a volunteer at the Presbyterian emergency department and at Kindred hospice in Albuquerque, NM. In 2016 she became both enamored and inspired by the significance of research while involved in the Salinas Lab at the University of New Mexico. During this time, she studied the diversity of the T-cell receptor repertoires in Protopterus dolloi relaying their evolutionary implications for immunology, and using this research she completed her senior honors thesis. Throughout those years, Alissa worked as a scribe in the ED and continued to shadow at the UNM hospital in pediatric hematology/oncology. After graduating with her dual degree in 2018, Alissa took a gap year joining the Garver lab to analyze the NPC1 protein structure and functions with regards to Neimann-Pick disease. Staying close to her clinical interests, while taking a year off, Alissa also helped at the El Calvario pop-up clinic for asylum seekers in Las Cruces, NM. Having recently became a part of the MD-PhD program at UNM, Alissa looks forward to starting her first year in medical school.