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Robert Zondervan Physiology DO PhD studentMeng Lun Hsieh DO PhD student
Two DO PhD students receive NIH NRSA F30 awards.

Rob Zondervan, Physiology DO PhD student was awarded this month a  4-year Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral MD/DO/PhD Fellowship (F30) from the  National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases for his grant entitled “Disruption of CD47 signaling promotes healing in ischemic fractures and bone allografts”. 

Meng Hsieh  Biochemistry & Molecular Biology DO PhD student  was awarded a 2-year  Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral MD/DO/PhD Fellowship (F30) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, entitled Determining the transcriptional mechanism of c-di-GMP-dependent biofilm gene activation’.  Her PhD co-mentors are Christopher Waters, MSU Dept of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics and Deborah, Hinton, Senior Investigator, Laboratory of Cell and Molecular Biology, Gene Expression and Regulation NIH National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Upcoming Events and Seminars

Research Forum

DO PhD Research Forum - Tuesday August 22, 2017, St. Francis Retreat Center, DeWitt, MI

Michael Lutter, MD,PhD Psychiatrist at the Eating Recovery Center of Dallas -  6pm Wednesday September 13, Kellogg Red Cedar A-B

Special Topic – Peru Study Update Laura Harding/Brett Etchebarne, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept of Osteopathic Specialties  - 6 pm,  Monday September 25, 2017, Food Safety & Tox Room 162

Sriram Venneti MD, PhD , University of Michigan Assistant Professor, Dept of Pathology, Laboratory of Brain Tumor Metabolism & Epigenetics   6pm,  Monday, October 2, 2017

Glen Stevens, DO, PhD , Department of Brain Tumor and Neuro-Oncology Center Cleveland Clinic.  6pm, Monday, Oct 16, 2017 Kellogg Red Cedar A-B

DO PhD Journal Club Yan Levitsky – 6 pm,  Monday Oct 30, 2017, 162 FST


Student News

Yuliya Pepelyayeva  DO PhD studentYuliya Pepelyayeva, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics DO, PhD student won the Best Poster Award for her poster entitled “Endoplasmic reticulum aminopeptidase 1 knockout mice develop gut dysbiosis, axial spinal ankylosis, and osteoporosis”, out of 41 presented at the Keystone 32nd Annual MD PhD  Student Conference .


Darin Quach DO PhD student Darin Quach, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics  DO, PhD student  was the winner of  the Basic Science Research (PhD-DO)  award for his poster presented at the 2017 Scientific Research Exhibits at the  Michigan Osteopathic Association 118th Annual Spring Scientific Convention, entitled “The Probiotic Bacterium Lactobacillus reuteri Suppresses Osteoclastogenesis via GPR120 as a Potential Mechanism to Improve Bone Health”


David Rastall DO PhD studentDavid Rastall, Cell & Molecular Biology DO PhD student, is first author on a recent publication, “Mice expressing human ERAP1 variants associated with ankylosing spondylitis have altered T-cell repertoires and NK cell functions, as well as increased in utero and perinatal mortality “ published in International Journal of Immunology 10 July 2017. His PhD mentor is Andrea Amalfitano, DO, PhD.