MD/PhD Program

College

  • Center City Campus
  • Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Degree Earned

  • Doctorate

Program Length

8 years

Program Type

  • On Campus

Prerequisites

Baccalaureate degree 
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Leadership

Name: Scott A. Waldman, MD, PhD, FCP
Position: Director, MD/PhD Program

1020 Locust Street
Jefferson Alumni Hall, 368
Philadelphia, PA 19107-5244

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Leadership

Name: Manuel Covarrubias, MD, PhD
Position: Director, MD/PhD Program

233 South 10th Street
Bluemle Life Sciences Building, 221A
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Program Information

Name: Danielle Park
Position: Administrative Director
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Meet Our Current Students

Undergrad   Yale University, BS, 2014
Year   MD/PhD 9, JeffMD Phase 3, SKMC 4
Mentor   Richard J. Smeyne, PhD
PhD Program   Neuroscience
Research Interests   Neurodegeneration, Neurodevelopment, Environmental Enrichment, Social Isolation.
Hobbies/Interests   Travel, Foods, Puzzles, Soccer, Billiards, Learning new language  
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
  Get foods/ice-cream/bubble tea in Chinatown, visit the awesome museums on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, walk around City Hall, Penn’s Landing and Spruce Street Harbor, run along the Schuylkill River trail, play pool at Buffalo Billiards.
Honors/Awards  

Hobart Amory Hare Honor Society, Pathology Honor Society, 1st rank in Neuroscience Course, Honorable mention in the 9th Annual Annenberg Anatomy Competition.

Undergraduate: Friends of Todai Global Leadership Award, Science, Technology, and Research Scholar (STARS II) research fellowship, Yale College Dean’s Research fellowship, Charles E. Jones Scholarship

Undergrad   University of Maryland - College Park, BS, 2014
Year   MD/PhD 9, JeffMD Phase 3, SKMC 4
Mentor   Scott Waldman, MD, PhD
PhD Program   Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine
Research Interests   Cancer genetics, intestinal hormone signaling
Hobbies/Interests   Gardening, woodworking, fostering kittens and pawning them off on co-workers
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
  Saturday morning farmers’ market in Clark Park
Honors/Awards  

Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award (NISH, 2018)

Pre-doctoral Fellowship in Pharmacology/Toxicology-PhRMA Foundation (2017)

Dubbs Scholar MD/PhD Fellowship Award-Thomas Jefferson University (2014)

Undergraduate Researcher of the Year Award – University of Maryland (2014)

HHMI Undergraduate Research Fellowship – University of Maryland (2012)

Biomedical Engineering Summer Internship Program (BESIP) Fellowship – NIH (2012)

Solar Decathlon Competition, 1st Place Entry (“WaterShed”) – US Department of Energy (2011)

Banneker-Key Full Academic Scholarship – University of Maryland (2009)

Maryland Distinguished Scholar Academic Scholarship-State of Maryland (2009)

Undergrad   University of Pittsburgh, BS, 2013
Year   MD/PhD 8, JeffMD Phase 3, SKMC 4
Mentor   Adam Snook, PhD
PhD Program   Immunology & Microbial Pathogenesis
Research Interests   Immunology, cancer immunology, immunotherapy
Hobbies/Interests   Cooking, fingerstyle guitar, running
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
  Trying new restaurants, running along the Schuylkill River
Honors/Awards   NIH Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award
University of Pittsburgh Scholar
Ossip Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Writing
 Publications  

Flickinger, J.C., Jr., Rodeck, U., Snook, A.E. 2018. Listeria monocytogenes as a Vector for Cancer Immunotherapy: Current Understanding and Progress. Vaccines (6): 48.

Magee, M.S., Abraham, T.S., Baybutt, T.R., Flickinger, J.C., Ridge, N.A., Marszalowicz, G.P., Prajapati, P., Hersperger, A.R., Waldman, S.A. and Snook, A.E. 2018. Human GUCY2C-Targeted Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR)-Expressing T Cells Eliminate Colorectal Cancer Metastases. Cancer immunology research 6(5):509-516.

Kwong, B., Rua, R., Gao, Y., Flickinger, J., Wang, Y., Kruhlak, M.J., Zhu, J., Vivier, E., McGavern, D.B. and Lazarevic, V. 2017. T-bet-dependent NKp46(+) innate lymphoid cells regulate the onset of TH17-induced neuroinflammation. Nature Immunology 18(10), pp. 1117–1127.

Leeman JE, Flickinger JC Jr, Clump DA, Wegner RE, Heron DE, Burton SA, Mintz AH. Detection and Treatment of Small Brain Metastases Resulting from Renal Cell Carcinoma Predict Improved Survival After Stereotactic Radiosurgery.  2012. Journal of Radiation Oncology 7:107.

Flickinger JC Jr, Kim H, Kano H, Greenberger JS, Arai Y, Niranjan A Lunsford LD, Kondziola D, Flickinger JC Sr. 2012. Do Carbamazepine, Gabapentin, or Other Anticonvulsants Exert Sufficient Radioprotective Effects to Alter Responses from Trigeminal Neuralgia Radiosurgery? Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 15; 83(4): e501-6

Kim H, Bernard ME, Flickinger J, Epperly MW, Wang H, Dixon TM, Shields D, Houghton F, Zhang X, Greenberger JS. 2011. The Autophagy Inducing Drug Carbamazepine is a Radiation Protector and Mitigator. Int J Radiat Biol (10): 1052-60.

Undergrad   University of Delaware, BS, 2016
Year   MD/PhD 7, JeffMD Phase 2, SKMC 3
Mentor   Scott Waldman, MD, PhD
PhD Program   Neuroscience
Research Interests  

I’d really like to develop a therapy in the lab for patients that I work with in the clinic. For neurology, in particular, there are a lot of people suffering from diseases with no prospects for improvement, and I’d love to give them some hope. I think our understanding of the brain is going to grow and change drastically during our lifetime and I’d like to be part of figuring that out.

Hobbies/Interests   Cooking, Golf, Disc Golf, Animals, Any kind of game, and any kind of music
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
  Music Bingo at Manny Brown’s on South St, Chilling with animals at the Zoo, Every booth at Reading Terminal Market
Honors/Awards   Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Award (University of Delaware), Delaware Governor’s Bioscience Fellowship Award (University of Delaware), PhRMA Predoctoral Fellowship (TJU), NIH F30 Fellowship F30DK127639 (TJU)

Undergrad   Oberlin College, BA, 2015
Year   MD/PhD 7, JeffMD Phase 2, SKMC 3
Mentor   Hushan Yang, PhD
PhD Program   Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine
Research Interests   My current research interest pertains to non-invasive liquid biopsies such as circulating tumor DNA and circulating tumor cells, especially using next-generation sequencing to identify biomarkers that may aid prognosis and therapeutic selection.
Hobbies/Interests   I like cooking, cycling and playing the guitar to my young daughter.
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
  I love watching the pups at the doggie park along the Schuylkill River Trail (it’s pronounced SKOOL-kul).
Honors/Awards   Elected into Phi Beta Kappa. May 2015
Awarded 1st place in the Sigma Xi Student Presentation Showcase 2015 (Undergraduate Division). Mar 2015
Elected into Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. Mar 2015
Awarded the Robert Rich Grant from Oberlin College Robert Rich Foundation for outstanding research in the natural sciences. Mar 2015
Awarded the Pfizer-SOT Award to attend the Annual Society of Toxicology Meeting held in San Diego, CA (Mar 21 – Mar 26, 2015). Dec 2014  

Undergrad   University of Pennsylvania, BA, 2016
Year   MD/PhD 7, JeffMD Phase 2, SKMC 3
Mentor   Noreen Hickok, PhD
PhD Program   Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine
Research Interests   N/A
Hobbies/Interests   N/A
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
  N/A
Honors/Awards   N/A

Undergrad University of Massachusetts Amherst, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2014
Year MD/PhD 8, JCLS 6
Mentor Christine Eischen, PhD
PhD Program Immunology & Microbial Pathogenesis
Research Interests I am focusing on understanding the contributions of the DNA replication stress response to hematopoiesis and the effects of different replication stressors on developing hematopoietic cells.
Anticipated Residency Internal Medicine followed by a fellowship in Hematology & Oncology
Hobbies/Interests Hosting/attending potlucks, board games, reading/watching science fiction/fantasy and anime, spending time with the Jewish community
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
Spruce Street Harbor, Schuylkill river trail and dog park
Honors/Awards

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, F30 Fellowship (2020)

Thomas Jefferson University Dean’s Student Collaborator Award (2016)

Northeast Undergraduate Research and Development Symposium Best Poster Presentation (2014)

Commonwealth Honors College Research Grant, University of Massachusetts Amherst (2013)

C.D. Youngren Research Scholarship, University of Massachusetts Amherst (2013)

Scientific Research Assistant Fellowship, University of Massachusetts Amherst (2011)

Eagle Scout Award, Boy Scouts of America (2009)

Undergrad   Ursinus College, BS, 2017
Year   MD/PhD 6, JCLS 4
Mentor   Andrew Aplin, PhD
PhD Program   Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine
Research Interests   I am interested in translational cancer biology research. I like to understand molecular mechanisms of cancer that will help modulate future cancer therapies.
Hobbies/Interests   Outside of science I like to read science-fiction/fantasy books and play pick-up sports (give me any ball and I’ll chase after it). I also enjoy adventure trips with family and friends (hiking, camping, skiing, etc.).
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
  I am a big fan of escape rooms and there are tons of new places in Philadelphia I have yet to explore. My favorite aspect of Philadelphia is being able to go to any corner of the street and finding a halal cart.
Honors/Awards  

Outstanding Research Student in Biology Award, Ursinus College, 2017

Medical Student Award from the Melanoma Research Foundation, February 2020

Undergrad   Rutgers University, BA, 2014
Year   MD/PhD 6, JCLS 4
Mentor   Scott Waldman, MD, PhD
PhD Program   Neuroscience
Research Interests   I’m interested in studying neurodegenerative diseases, and have spent just under four years researching the potential of ketamine to treat depression and the possibility of endogenous factors in the brain to treat multiple sclerosis. Learning new techniques is exciting and rewarding, but I really appreciate being trained on how to approach new scientific problems.
Hobbies/Interests   As soon as I save enough money, I spend it on traveling somewhere new, and tend to contract food poisoning at least once every trip. I enjoy hiking, reading, and spending a good amount of time drinking coffee with my family and alcohol with my friends.
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
  One of my routine activities in Philly is Muay Thai, which I practice a few times a week in Philly. No official fighting yet, though. I also love browsing the Italian market for the deal of the day (like a bucket of tangerines for $1), and when money is decent, I splurge on the best cappuccinos in the city at Function Coffee Labs.
Honors/Awards   Graduated magna cum laude from Rutgers

Undergrad   Wellesley College, BA, 2013
Year   MD/PhD 6, JCLS 4
Mentor   Anjali Mishra, PhD
PhD Program   Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine
Research Interests   I am conducting my graduate research in the lab of Dr. Anjali Mishra in the Department of Medical Oncology. My current work is investigating novel targets for therapeutic intervention in Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma. My research interests span the fields of dermatology, hematology, and immunology. 
Hobbies/Interests   At Jefferson, I was on the elected board of the Jefferson Physician Scientist Association for three years and am active in volunteering with the intensive care nursery cuddling program in the hospital. In my spare time, I enjoy exploring restaurants in Philly (especially Dim Sum) and spending time outdoors.
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
  Spruce St. Harbor Park is a great place to go during the summer for music, food, and fun. The Schuylkill River Trail is also a lovely place to walk and ride bikes. 
Honors/Awards   Hobart Amory Hare Medical Honor Society, Phi Beta Kappa, Wellesley College Durant Scholar, The Klein Prize in Neuroscience 2013 at Wellesley College

Undergrad   Yale College, BS, 2015
Year   MD/PhD 6, JCLS 4
Mentor   Noreen Hickok, PhD / Flemming Forsberg, PhD
PhD Program   Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine
Research Interests  

Past experience: Computational analysis, glucose metabolism, endocrinology;  Clinical research, acute kidney injury, acute interstitial nephritis, nephrology

Thesis research: Infection control, antibiotic prophylaxis, biomaterials, therapeutic ultrasound

Hobbies/Interests   Art and art history, traveling, photography.
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
  I love trying new food (or revisiting old favorites) and going to art galleries or other cultural places. One of my favorites has been the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival so far, which I believe is the largest one in the country!
Honors/Awards   Phase-1 Dean’s Student Research Prize (2019)

Undergrad   University of California, Berkeley, BA, 2015
Year   MD/PhD 6, JCLS 4
Mentor   Matthew Dalva, PhD
PhD Program   Neuroscience
Research Interests  

I’m primarily interested in neuroscience. I enjoy learning about the dynamics of synapses and neural circuits in different neurological states. Specifically, I want to study more about the neural circuit level basis for behavioral dysfunction exhibited in neurodevelopmental or neurodegenerative diseases such as Autism Spectrum Disorder or Alzheimer’s Disease.

Hobbies/Interests   I like to spend my time mostly outdoors which usually includes hiking, camping, or whatever activity I can do in nature. Sometimes when the Philly weather isn’t as nice to me, I’ll read a book, watch a movie, or play Settlers of Catan.
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
  My opinion is that Philly is best known for its parks and its food. Favorite park: Wissahickon Valley. Favorite food: cheesesteaks from Ishkabibble’s.
Honors/Awards   I.L. Chaikoff Memorial Award (Berkeley)

Undergrad Swarthmore College, BA, 2017
Year MD/PhD 5, JCLS 3
Mentor Manuel Covarrubias, MD, PhD
PhD Program Neuroscience
Research Interests

I am highly interested in neuroscience, biophysics, and mathematics. In particular, I enjoy exploring computational and electrophysiologic questions with translational applications. I am particularly excited by the interdisciplinary aspects of the field and its intersection with physics, mathematics, and philosophy.

Anticipated Residency Neurosurgery
Hobbies/Interests I enjoy distance running and playing blues and jazz guitar. I am an avid reader and love to look at the stars with my telescope.
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
Run along the Schuylkill River trail, read a book in Rittenhouse square.
Honors/Awards

PhD Award for Excellence in Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (TJU, 2020)

Excellence in Social Impact Award (University of Pennsylvania, 2018)
Honors in NPLD Practicum (University of Pennsylvania, 2018)
Philadelphia Social Innovation Award (Finalist, 2017)
Anti-Poverty Solutions Summit (Winner, 2016)
Foundation Grant Recipient (Swarthmore College, 2014)
Lang Opportunity Scholarship (Swarthmore College, 2013-2017)

Undergrad Penn State Premedical/Medical Accelerated Program, 2018
Year MD/PhD 5, JCLS 3
Mentor Matthew Dalva, PhD
PhD Program Neuroscience
Research Interests Neuroscience, neurosurgery, synaptic biology
Anticipated Residency Ophthalmology
Hobbies/Interests N/A
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
N/A
Honors/Awards

SKMC

SKMC Dean’s Student Research Award (2020)

Hobart Amory Hare Society Member (2020-present)

Pennsylvania State University

Euroscholar Scholarship Award (2018)

Evan Pugh Senior Scholar Award (2017)

Dean’s List (2015, 2016, 2017)

Mark and Sharon Robb Research Award (2017)

Pre-Medicine Scholarship (2016, 2017)

Ruth E.Duffy Pre-Medicine Endowment (2016, 2017)

Undergrad Brown University, BSc, 2016
Year MD/PhD 5, JCLS 3
Mentor Andrew Aplin, PhD
PhD Program Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine
Research Interests I am interested in translational research in cancer biology, with an emphasis on cell signaling and cancer genetics
Anticipated Residency TBD
Hobbies/Interests Reading, writing, and taking photographs. I also enjoy hiking, running, being outdoors, and traveling. I am also an avid polo player, having started playing as an undergraduate student.
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
Checking out the Rodin Museum and Barnes Foundation, grabbing coffee in Rittenhouse and going for a walk around Graduate Hospital, hiking in Wissahickon Valley Park, eating pizza in Fishtown.
Honors/Awards

Medical Student Award (Melanoma Research Foundation, 2021)

Hobart Amory Hare Medical Honor Society (Thomas Jefferson University, 2020)       

James B. Erdmann Student Award for Excellence in Interprofessional Education and

Collaborative Practice (Thomas Jefferson University, 2020)                                   

Inducted to Sigma Xi: The Scientific Honor Society (Brown University, 2016)         

Karen T. Romer Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award (Brown University, 2015)

BrownConnect LINK Award (Brown University, 2014)

Undergrad Cornell University, BA, 2017
Year MD/PhD 4, JCLS 2
Mentor Richard Smeyne, PhD
PhD Program Neuroscience
Research Interests I'm currently interested in the field of neuroscience, specifically the molecular pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases.
Anticipated Residency TBD
Hobbies/Interests Baking/cooking, reading, watching soccer and cricket, learning new languages.
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
I have a lot more exploring to do, but so far I'm enjoying exploring the varied food options, and the arts and music scene here!
Honors/Awards

Tata Scholarship (Cornell University, 2013-2017)

Von Stade Fellowship (CSHL, 2016)

Burroughs Wellcome Fellowship (CSHL, 2016)

Undergrad UC Davis, BS, 2018
Year MD/PhD 4, JCLS 2
Mentor Angelo Lepore, PhD
PhD Program Neuroscience
Research Interests I have a love for molecular neuroscience, especially receptor biology. Working with Dr. Tian in undergraduate, I learned how to create receptor-based, protein sensors for imaging. I hope to apply this knowledge in a more clinical fashion as my career continues.
Anticipated Residency N/A
Hobbies/Interests It's a cliche, I know, but I really love eating. I usually cook, but there's only so much I can make. Thankfully, Philadelphia delivers a plethora of cuisine. I also love simply walking around the city and rock climbing at our local gym.
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
Washington square is one of my favorite parks to just sit down and relax. South St. is always bustling with life and has some truly fantastic restaurants. Lastly it would be unfair to not recommend reading market to find great food and cooking ingredients.
Honors/Awards N/A

Undergrad Colby College, ME, Class of 2017
Year MD/PhD 4, JCLS 2
Mentor Sue Menko, PhD
PhD Program Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine
Research Interests Cancer immunobiology and tumor microenvironment
Anticipated Residency Maybe Pediatric Hem/Onc or Pathology 
Hobbies/Interests Biking, hiking, handicrafts, baking
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
Riding along Schuylkill river is my jam!
Honors/Awards

Phi Beta Kappa

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Travel Award (2017)

Biddle Fund Award for International Research (2015) 

Charles A. Dana Scholar (2014)  

Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas Summer Scholar (2013, 2014)

Undergrad Rutgers University New Brunswick, BA, 2013
Year MD/PhD 4, JCLS 2
Mentor Angelo Lepore, PhD
PhD Program Neuroscience
Research Interests Promoting circuit-specific synaptic reconnectivity after spinal cord injury
Anticipated Residency N/A
Hobbies/Interests Travel, hiking, camping, cooking, video games
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
Philadelphia has a surprisingly big park system and I like to walk the trails, especially around the Schuylkill River
Honors/Awards Undergraduate:
Division of Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (2010)
Division of Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (2011)

Undergrad Columbia University, BA, 2016
Year MD/PhD 4, JCLS 2
Mentor Peisong Ma, PhD
PhD Program Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine
Research Interests Previously, I researched the genetic causes of Autism Spectrum Disorder, pachygyria and meningiomas for two years using whole exome sequencing, gene editing, molecular and biochemical analytical techniques and data prioritization methods to arrive at genetic discoveries. Though I would like to keep working on translational research topics, I would like to branch out from neurological disease models and use my MD/PhD training to learn about other areas.
Anticipated Residency Ophthalmology and luckily, Jefferson offers one of the nation’s top programs
Hobbies/Interests Listening to live music especially R&B and alternative rock, dancing, reading, traveling, following world politics and some sports I enjoy are swimming, tennis, skiing and running.
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
As someone who recently arrived in Philly, I have limited knowledge of the city but so far, I have enjoyed spending time in Old City where one can visit the historic landmarks, take a stroll through the beautiful parks and admire Philly’s classic row houses. Penn’s Landing and Fishtown are two other popular places which I have yet to explore!
Honors/Awards  

Undergrad University of Wisconsin-Madison, BS, 2020
Year MD/PhD 3, JCLS 1
Mentor Adam Snook, PhD
PhD Program IMP
Research Interests I am interested in cancer biology, especially mechanisms related to tumor metastasis and tumor microenvironment.
Anticipated Residency Medical Oncology
Hobbies/Interests MI enjoy classical music (three composers that I like most are Wieniawski, Paganini, and Beethoven). I kind of know how to play piano and Guqin (a Chinese instrument). I also like cooking/baking, watching Korean dramas, and hiking.
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
TBD
Honors/Awards

Undergraduate:

2019 CPRIT-CURE Summer Undergraduate Program, MDA Cancer Center             

2019-2020 Hilldale Undergraduate Research Fellowship, UW-Madison

2019-2020 Anna L. Rowe Scholarship, CALS, UW-Madison      

2018-2019 Sophomore Research Fellowship, UW-Madison

2018 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Mayo Clinic

2017-2018 Dorothy Strong Scholarship, CALS, UW-Madison

Undergrad Yale College, B.S. Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, 2018
Year MD/PhD 3, JCLS 1
Mentor Hushan Yang, PhD
PhD Program CBRM
Research Interests I am currently interested in translational cancer research using genomic & bioinformatic methods to identify novel molecular targets and develop improved therapies.
Anticipated Residency Currently interested in surgery; looking forward to exploring different specialties during medical school
Hobbies/Interests Electric & acoustic guitar (jazz, blues, funk, and other genres too) and music production, playing squash (the sport, not the vegetable), watching soccer, cooking, traveling.
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
Looking forward to exploring new restaurants and places to hang out in Philly during my first year!
Honors/Awards Yale Science Scholar Research Fellowship

Undergrad Penn State, Pre-Medical-Medical (PMM), 2020
Year MD/PhD 3, JCLS 1
Mentor Le Ma, PhD
PhD Program NS
Research Interests My previous research examined how copy number variants (CNVs), which are genomic deletions and duplications typically spanning multiple genes, affect gene dosage in patients and contribute to the pathogenesis of neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, and intellectual disability. I am interested in further pursuing neuroscience research, especially in the context of translational work, but I’m certainly open to exploring other exciting disciplines like immunology and cancer biology.
Anticipated Residency TBD
Hobbies/Interests I'm really passionate about soccer, and you'll find me either playing it or watching it whenever I can.  My other hobbies include reading about US history and staying informed about/discussing current events. I also like to think I have a green thumb and love growing everything from succulents to orchids to even carnivorous plants!
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
I still have a lot of exploring to do, but I enjoy the food scene here, especially at the Reading Terminal Market. I also love visiting different historical sites and museums as well as going for runs near the Schuylkill and Delaware rivers. 
Honors/Awards

Ruth E. Duffy Pre-Medicine Endowment (2019)

Eberly College of Science Ovadia Scholarship (2019)

President Sparks Award (2019)

Rodney A. Erickson Discovery Grant (2019)

Evan Pugh Senior Scholar Award (2020)

Undergrad Cornell University, BA, 2017
Year MD/PhD 3, JCLS 1
Mentor Karen Bussard, PhD
PhD Program CBRM
Research Interests I have previously studied chemoresistance in ovarian cancers, and I would like to continue in women’s health research during my MD/PhD. I am interested in breast, ovarian, and cervical cancers, as well as infertility.
Anticipated Residency Obstetrics and Gynecology
Hobbies/Interests I love baking, reading, and writing poetry. I also enjoy trying new restaurants and seeing live music with friends!
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
Philly has fantastic museums! Some of my favorites are the Barnes Foundation, which has one of the world’s largest impressionist collections, and the Mutter Museum, which documents medical history through specimens and medical tools. I love the collection of over 2,000 swallowed objects removed by one surgeon!
Honors/Awards Undergraduate: Society of American Naturalists Ruth Patrick Student Poster Award

Undergrad Brown University, BSc, 2020
Year MD/PhD 2, JeffMD Phase 1, SKMC 2
Mentor TBD
PhD Program TBD
Research Interests

My main research interests are in neuroscience; I have always been fascinated by how changes at the neural circuit or synaptic level lead to behavioral change or disease. Most recently I have be interested in investigating the potential mechanisms of psychedelic compounds, and how they may play a therapeutic role in the context of psychiatric disorders and beyond.

Anticipated Residency TBD
Hobbies/Interests I am a fan of the NBA and love to play pick-up basketball. I also was a rower in college, and hope to take advantage of the wonderful community along boathouse row. Outside of sports I love to travel and explore new places, especially those rich in natural beauty.  
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
I love trying new places to eat--Philadelphia has a wonderful restaurant scene. Also, a walk along boathouse row and the Schuylkill river always leaves me relaxed! 
Honors/Awards

Inducted into Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Honor Society (2020)           

Graduated Magna Cum Laude and with Honors in Neuroscience from Brown University (2020)        

Fulbright Semi-Finalist for a research proposal in Peru (2020)        

Karen T. Romer Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award from Brown Universityy (2018)                                                                                                      

Undergrad  
Year MD/PhD 2, JeffMD Phase 1, SKMC 2
Mentor TBD
PhD Program TBD
Research Interests  
Anticipated Residency  
Hobbies/Interests  
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
 
Honors/Awards  

Undergrad Georgetown University
Year MD/PhD 2, JeffMD Phase 1, SKMC 2
Mentor TBD
PhD Program TBD
Research Interests I am interested in neurodegenerative diseases, specifically identifying novel methods of diagnosing pre-symptomatic disease, and non-pharmacologic methods of slowing disease progression based on cognitive reserve theory. 
Anticipated Residency Neurology
Hobbies/Interests

I like to play/watch sports, especially basketball, soccer, and hockey. I play guitar and piano and dabble on the drum set. Recently, I’ve spent way too much time playing online chess.

Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
I love to go to baseball games at Citizens Bank Park – I also like Spruce St. Harbor park both in the summer for the food trucks and arcade games and the winter for the ice rink and hot chocolate. 
Honors/Awards

Georgetown University Dean’s List: Fall 2015

Georgetown University Medical Center Biotechnology – Highest Academic Merit

Georgetown University Medical Center Biotechnology – Best Capstone Project 

Undergrad  
Year MD/PhD 2, JeffMD Phase 1, SKMC 2
Mentor TBD
PhD Program TBD
Research Interests  
Anticipated Residency  
Hobbies/Interests  
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
 
Honors/Awards  

Undergrad  
Year MD/PhD 2, JeffMD Phase 1, SKMC 2
Mentor TBD
PhD Program TBD
Research Interests I'm interested in all things protein, with a specific focus on vaccine design and virology. I love coming to understand how small fractions of a protein's overall structure impact its function and developing ways to exploit that knowledge.
Anticipated Residency  
Hobbies/Interests Outside of research, I love spending time outside enjoying nature, fishing, and spending time with my family. I also love music, and occasionally sing with a local church choir. Otherwise, I spend a lot of my free time playing videogames.
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
There are tons of varied restaurants within walking distance that I frequent. The park system in Philly is great with tons of woods and streams that are fairly easy to get to. As a Phillies fan, I'm also thrilled to be just 20 minutes from the stadium complex.
Honors/Awards

Undergrad:

Presidential Scholarship at the University of Scranton (2017)

Excellence in Biochemistry Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Scranton (2021)