M.D. with Research Honors

The Summer Research Program can serve as a foundation for students who are interested in gaining additional research experience during subsequent years in medical school. Such students are eligible to participate in the M.D. with Research Honors Program. This program is open to all students in good academic standing who wish to arrange and devote additional time before graduation to their specific research project.  With guidance from their mentor, students submit a research proposal and ultimately prepare a publication-ready manuscript on their completed project.  Students who satisfactorily complete the requirements will be designated as graduates with "Honors in Research (in a particular subject area)" on their diploma. Students who are currently in the program or have completed the program in the last five years are shown below.


Class of 2018

Jordan Nickols
Advisor: Dr. Sarah Sayner
Departments: Physiology and Cell Biology
Project: "Critical role for bicarbonate stimulation of AC10 in Pseudomonas aeruginosa and lipopolysaccharide-induced pulmonary endothelial barrier disruption"


Class of 2017

Carmen Lopez
Advisors: Drs. Silas Leavesley and Thomas Rich
Departments: Chemical Engineering and Pharmacology
Project: "Hyperspectral imaging approaches for endoscopic colon cancer detection"
Residency: Tulane University, Internal Medicine

Megan Zak
Advisors: Dr. Mark Taylor
Department: Physiology and Cell Biology
Project: "Influence of oxytocin-induced release of intracellular calcium stores on KCa2.3 channels in uterine smooth muscle"
Residency: University of Utah, General Surgery


Class of 2015

Hayden Hundley
Advisor: Dr. Hanes Swingle
Department: Pediatrics
Project: "Acquisition of toilet training skills in typical and atypical children"
Residency: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Anesthesiology


Class of 2013

Russell Terry
Advisor: Dr. Petra Rocic
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Project: "Impaired vascular smooth muscle cell apoptosis and excessive proliferation in coronary collateral growth in the metabolic syndrome"
Residency: University of Florida, Urology

William Gannon
Advisor: Dr. Hanes Swingle
Department: Pediatrics
Project: "Craniofacial dysmorphism and developmental disorders among children with chromosomal microdeletions and duplications of unknown significance"
Residency: UAB, Ophthalmology


Class of 2012

Luke Wiggins
Advisor: Dr. Petra Rocic
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Project: "Role of matrix metalloproteinases in coronary collateral growth"
Residency: University of Southern California, Thoracic Surgery

Andrew Vincent
Advisor: Dr. Lalita Shevde-Samant
Department: USA Mitchell Cancer Institute
Project: "Understanding the diametric role of NUPR1 in human breast cancer"
Residency: University of Tennessee, Radiology 

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