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Matriculating 2018

  • Julianna E. Buchwald

    Julianna E. Buchwald

    Julianna E. Buchwald is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a BS in Chemistry. While at the University of Pittsburgh, she conducted research in the Thoracic Aortic Disease Research Laboratory of Dr. Thomas Gleason and Dr. Julie Phillippi studying the bicuspid aortic valve congenital malformation. Before entering the MD/PhD program at UMassMed in 2018, she conducted research at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases under a Post-Baccalaureate Training Award in the lab of Dr. Peter Sun studying mechanisms of HIV viral release.

    Her current research interest focuses on transplant medicine and therapeutics for organ preservation. She has completed rotations in the labs of Dr. Chinmay Trivedi of Cardiovascular Medicine studying the role of epigenetics during cardiac development and Dr. Paulo Martins and Dr. Anastasia Khvorova studying RNAi as a method of organ preservation following transplantation.

  • Carly Herbert

    Carly Herbert

    Carly is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis with a BA in Anthropology: Global Health and the Environment. During her time at Washington University, Carly conducted research with the Death to Onchocerciasis and Lymphatic filariasis (DOLF) Project, looking at adverse effects associated with mass drug administration for the global elimination of Lymphatic filariasis. She also conducted anthropological research on the gendering of HIV in Uganda. After college, Carly worked at the CDC as a Public Health Research Fellow in the Division of Chronic Viral Diseases studying HPV infection among men who have sex with men.

    Carly is in the Clinical and Population Health Research Program, and her current interests include social and infectious epidemiology. She has finished rotations with Dr. Ann Moormann on the immune system responses of early childhood malaria infections, Dr. Richard Ellison on mapping Staph aureus infections in the Worcester community, and Dr. Bo Wang on HIV education implementation in the Bahamas and adolescent risk behavior trajectories. Carly will be working with Dr. Bo Wang as her thesis advisor.

  • Ethan Loew

    Ethan Loew

    Ethan graduated from Union College where he earned a BS in chemistry and a minor in economics. Prior to matriculating as an MD/PhD candidate at UMassMed in 2018, he conducted research under Dr. Sharad Ramanathan at Harvard University where he studied the dynamics of cell signaling and cell state transitions during mammalian development.

    He is currently interested in the molecular basis of how our environments shape development and disease. He has completed research rotations with Dr. Craig Mello studying the role of Piwi Argonaut pathways in regulating germline gene expression, with Dr. Beth McCormick on designing new molecular tests to monitor the spread of infectious diseases, and with Dr. Oliver Rando studying the role of epigenetic information in transmitting information about ancestral experiences to offspring.      

  • Pryce Michener

    Pryce Michener

    Pryce Michener graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee with a BA in German Studies and a BS in Biology. He did undergraduate research in evolutionary botany and genomics on the Australian plant family Goodeniaceae. He is currently interested in doing public health research on the social and structural determinants of health, and the healthcare of people who use drugs and/or experience homelessness. His first rotation was in Dr. Kate Lapane’s lab, working on a review of segregation in nursing homes. He also rotated in Dr. Robin Clark’s lab studying quality of healthcare for patients with opioid use disorder. He has not decided on a thesis advisor.

  • Benjamin Sallis

    Benjamin Sallis

    Benjamin Sallis is a graduate of Boston College where he received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. Before entering the MD/PhD program at UMass Chan Medical School in 2018, he worked at Boston Children’s Hospital , where he studied the molecular mechanisms of IgE signaling in mast cell and dendritic cells with Dr. Edda Fiebiger and designed transcriptional profile based diagnostic algorithms for eosinophilic esophagitis with Dr. Samuel Nurko.

    He has finished rotations in the labs of Dr. Gyongi Szabo screening for novel miRNA regulators of autophagy as potential targets for treatment of alcoholic steatosis, Dr. Andrea Reboldi studying the role of the mucosal IgA immune compartment in regulation of the microbiome, and Dr. Ann Moormann investigating the role of dendritic cells in endemic Burkitt’s lymphoma in children exposed to Epstein Barr Virus.

  • Claire Tocheny

    Claire Tocheny

    Claire Tocheny is a graduate of The College of William & Mary where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Before entering the MD/PhD program at UMass Chan Medical School in 2018, she was an intramural research training award (IRTA) fellow at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases where she investigated innate immune responses to Mycobacterium tuberculosis in the lab of Dr. Katrin Mayer-Barber.

    She has finished rotations in the labs of Dr. Kate Fitzgerald studying the role of STING in autoimmune disorders, Dr. Chris Sassetti studying innate immune responses to M. tuberculosis, Dr. Beth McCormick studying endocannabinoid signaling in intestinal epithelial cells, and Dr. Read Pukkila-Worley studying the role of lipids in innate immune responses. Her current research interests include understanding mechanisms that regulate homeostatic and pathogen-driven innate immune responses. She plans to join the lab of Dr. Read Pukkila-Worley.

  • Simon A. Wentworth

    Simon A. Wentworth

    Simon is a graduate of The George Washington University with a BS with Honors in Biological Sciences. Before entering UMassmed as an MD/PhD candidate, he conducted research at George Washington in the fields of physiology and transcriptomics in the lab of Dr. Randall Packer. He also investigated the innate immune function of tumors in the context of virotherapy while in the lab of Prof. Leonard Seymour at the Univeristy of Oxford.

    His current interests surround targeted therapeutics for cancer including immunotherapy, virotherapy, and nucleotide therapeutics. He has finished rotations at UMass in the labs of Dr. Sam Behar on T-cell response to TB, Dr. Michael Brehm on humanized immune system mouse models, Dr. Wen Xue on genes conferring resistance to PD-1 blockade in hepatocellular carcinoma, and Dr. Miguel Esteves on anti-sense oligonucleotide targeting of diffuse infantile ponctine glioma, but has yet to decide on a thesis lab.