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  • Max Hazeltine

    Max Hazeltine, MD

    Max is a Surgical Research Scholar performing Clinical Outcomes Research within the Division of​ Pediatric Surgery, as well as a Clinical Fellow in the Xue Lab, which is part of the RNA Therapeutics Institute. He is utilizing clinical registries as well as national databases such as the Kids' Inpatient Database (KID)​ to assess clinical outcomes and develop clinical tools to predict clinical outcomes, such as venous thromboembolism in trauma patients. His work in the Xue Lab is focused in creating a clinically relevant mouse model of hepatoblastoma as well as developing chemotherapy resistant tumor cell lines. His mentors in the Division of Pediatric Surgery are Michael Hirsh, MDJeremy Aidlen, MD and Muriel Cleary, MD, and he is being mentored by Wen Xue, PhD of the RNA Therapeutics Institute. Througho​ut his two years he will pursue a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation at the University of Massachusetts Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.​

  • Jessica Kloppenburg

    Jessica Kloppenburg, BS

    Jessica Kloppenburg graduated from Georgetown University with a BS in neurobiology before joining the Gerontology Research Unit (GRU) at Massachusetts General Hospital as a clinical research coordinator. After two years with the GRU working on a multicenter longitudinal study on healthy aging and dementia, she enrolled as a medical student at UMMS. Her academic interests include OB/GYN and rural health. After her third year of medical school, she entered the 1-year MSCI program. She anticipates focusing her thesis on pre-eclampsia rates and outcomes in rural areas under the mentorship of Dr. Heidi Leftwich. She plans to return to medical school upon completion of the MSCI program to finish her MD training. 

  • Jordy Mehawej

    Jordy Mehawej, BS, MD

    Jordy Mehawej earned a BS in Biology from the American University of Beirut and an MD from the Lebanese American University. After graduating from medical school, Jordy joined UMMS after getting accepted in a postdoctoral research fellowship in the field of Electrophysiology. Jordy also enrolled in the MSCI program. His ultimate goal is to pursue a career in Cardiovascular Medicine as a physician-scientist. Jordy is mentored by Dr. David McManus and is currently working on the SAGE-AF study aiming to enhance AC decision-making in older patients with AF.

  • Gianna Wilkie

    Gianna Wilkie, MD

    Gianna Wilkie attended Tufts University for her undergraduate degree majoring in biochemistry and clinical psychology with a minor in Spanish. She then attended medical school at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and began doing research focused on obstetrics and gynecology as a student. She attended OBGYN residency at the integrated combined program at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Her research has focused on infectious and cardiac complications in pregnancy. 

  • Lulu Xu

    Lulu Xu, BS

    Lulu Xu graduated from Boston University with a BS in Human Physiology and worked in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Emergency Department as a clinical research coordinator for 2 years before coming to UMMS. She hopes to utilize research in her career to reduce healthcare disparities and decided to complete the MSCI program between her 3rd and 4th years of medical school to further her knowledge of clinical research methodologies. Her thesis is mentored by Drs. Nancy Byatt and Tiffany Moore Simas and explores how to mitigate the effects of traumatic birth experiences. In her third year, she realized her love for pediatrics and also began to work with Drs. Nancy Byatt and Heather Forkey on her capstone which explores the experiences and needs of foster parents. She hopes to one day use implementation research to affect policy and is particularly interested in learning how to mitigate the effects of trauma in children.