Alumni

Charlotte Ariyan, MD, PhD    
Matriculated: 2000
Graduated: May 2003
Dissertation Title: Strategies to Improve Islet Cell Transportation
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College

Justin Belcher, MD, PhD
Matriculated: 2010
Graduated: May 2015
Dissertation Title: Acute Kidney Injury in the Setting of Cirrhosis
Current Position: Instructor of Medicine (Nephrology), Yale School of Medicine

Rita Das, MD, PhD
Matriculated: 2008
Graduated: December 2012
Dissertation Title: Role of Macrophage Migration Inhibitory Factor (MIF) in the Pathogenesis of Tuberculosis
Current Position: Instructor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Karen Dorsey, MD, PhD
Matriculated: 2003
Graduated: May 2006
Dissertation Title: Measurement of Physical Activity in Obese and Non-Obese Children
Current Position: Associate Research Scientist of Pediatrics, Yale School of Medicine

Shaun Gruenbaum, MD, PhD
Matriculated: 2013
Graduated: December 2017
Dissertation Title: The Role of Branched-Chain Amino Acids in Glutamate Metabolism and Seizure Modulation in a Rat Model of Mesial Temporal Lobe Epilepsy
Current Position: Associate Research Scientist of Anesthesiology, Yale School of Medicine

Christopher Hammond, MD, PhD
Matriculated: 2011
Graduated: December 2016
Dissertation Title: Stress, Neurophysiology, Affective States, and Co-occurring Cannabis and Tobacco use in Adolescents
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, John Hopkins Medicine

Susan Hardy, MD, PhD
Matriculated: 2002
Graduated: December 2004
Dissertation Title: Patterns, Probability and Predictors of Recovery from Disability in Activities of Daily Living among Community-dwelling Older Persons
Current Position: Clinical Practice

Hatim Hassan, MD, PhD                
Matriculated: 2002
Graduated: May 2007                                                    
Dissertation Title: Mechanisms of Regulation of Anion Exchanger SLC26A6
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Medicine (Nephrology), University of Chicago

Erica Herzog, MD, PhD                
Matriculated: 2001
Graduated: December 2005                                                     
Dissertation Title: Bone Marrow Derived Stem Cells as Progenitors of Alveolar Epithelium
Current Position: Associate Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary), Yale School of Medicine

Ellen Hoffman, MD, PhD
Matriculated: 2009
Graduated: December 2014
Dissertation Title: Functional Analysis of Genes Associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders in a Zebrafish Model System
Current Position: Assistant Professor of the Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine

Evelyn Hsieh, MD, PhD
Matriculated: 2011
Graduated: December 2014
Dissertation Title: Osteoporosis Among HIV-Infected Individuals in China
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology), Yale School of Medicine

Sarah Huen, MD, PhD
Matriculated: 2008
Graduated: December 2013
Dissertation Title: Regulation and Function of Macrophage Polarization in Ischemic Injury
Current Position: Instructor of Medicine (Nephrology), Yale School of Medicine

Ania Jastreboff, MD, PhD
Matriculated: 2008
Graduated: December 2011
Dissertation Title: Neural Response to Stress and Food Cues in Obese Individuals
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology) and of Pediatrics, Yale School of Medicine

Roger Jou, MD, PhD
Matriculated: 2006
Graduated: May 2012
Dissertation Title: The Structural Neural Phenotype of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Heterogeneous and Distributed Abnormalities in the Social Brain and its Long-Range Connectivity
Current Position: Assistant Clinical Professor of the Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine

Agnes Kim, MD, PhD
Matriculated: 2006
Graduated: December 2011
Dissertation Title: AMPK Regulation and Function in the Ischemic Heart
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Connecticut Health Center

Nancy Kim, MD, PhD                                    
Matriculated: 2004
Graduated: May 2007                                      
Dissertation Title: Persistence with Oral Hypoglycemic Therapy One Year After Initiation
Current Position: Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine (General Medicine), Yale School of Medicine

Sang Kim, MD, PhD
Matriculated: 2010
Graduated: December 2014
Dissertation Title: Characterization of CD4 T Cells That Help Memory B Cells and Their Clinical Relevance
Current Position: Instructor, General Internal Medicine, University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Farrukh Koraishy, MD, PhD
Matriculated: 2010
Graduated: December 2014
Dissertation Title: The Crosstalk of HGF and Canonical WNT Signaling in Kidney Repair
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Medicine (Nephrology), St. Louis University

Samuel Lee, MD, PhD              
Matriculated: 2000
Graduated: May 2004                                                    
Dissertation Title: Trafficking and Secretion of Virulence-associated Proteins in Candida Albicans
Current Position: Section Chief, Infectious Diseases, New Mexico VA Healthcare System
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of New Mexico Health Science Center

Warren Lee, MD, PhD
Matriculated: 2001    
Graduated: 2006                                                    
Dissertation Title: Characterization of Candidate Susceptibility Genes in Human Temporal Lobe Epilepsy with Mesial Temporal Sclerosis
Current Position: Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore

Mathieu Lemaire, MD, PhD
Matriculated: 2009
Graduated: May 2015
Dissertation Title: Discovery of Novel Genes That Cause Rare Pediatric Renal Diseases Using Exome Sequencing
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Toronto

John Liao, MD, PhD                        
Matriculated: 2004
Graduated: May 2007                                                    
Dissertation Title: Studies in Therapeutic Vaccination and Immune Evasion by HPV Oncoproteins
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Washington, School of Medicine

Chad Marion, DO, PhD
Matriculated: 2012
Graduated: December 2015
Dissertation Title: Chitinase 3-Like-1 (Chil1) as an Immune Modulator in Gram-negative Pneumonia: Balancing Host Resistance and Host Tolerance
Current Position: Assistant Professor Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Vishal Mehra, MD, PhD                                            
Matriculated: 2005
Graduated: December 2008                                   
Dissertation Title: The Molecular Basis of Free Fatty Acid-Induced Endothelial Dysfunction, Impaired Angiogenesis and VEGF-Resistance
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Medicine, John Hopkins University School of Medicine

Edward J. Miller, MD, PhD
Matriculated: 2003
Graduated: May 2008
Dissertation Title: The Cardioprotective Effects of AMP-Activated Protein Kinase
Current Position: Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Radiology, Yale School of Medicine

Katie Moriarty, MD, PhD
Matriculated: 2005       
Graduated: May 2009                             
Dissertation Title: Estrogen Receptor-Mediated Rapid Signaling in Endothelial Progenitor Cell Contributions to Ischemia
Current Position: Cardiologist, HealthPartners/Regions Hospital, St. Paul, Minnesota

Haakon Nygaard, MD, PhD
Matriculated: 2009
Graduated: December 2011
Dissertation Title: The Role of Cellular Prion Protein in β-Amyloid Induced Neuronal Network Dysfunction in Alzheimer’s Disease
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Medicine (Neurology), The University of British Columbia

Justin Paglino, MD, PhD
Matriculated: 2003
Graduated: December 2008
Dissertation Title: Modifying Parvoviral Oncoselectivity and Allotropism
Current Position: Associate Research Scientist, Neurosurgery, Yale School of Medicine

Alexander Panda, MD, MPH, PhD
Matriculated: 2008
Graduated: December 2012
Dissertation Title: Age Associated Alterations in Toll-like Receptor Function of Human Dendritic Cells and Correlation With Influenza Vaccine Response.
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Medicine, Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine

Violeta Popov, MD, PhD
Matriculated: 2010
Graduated: May 2014
Dissertation Title: Role of β -catenin in Regulating Hepatic Lipid Metabolism in NAFLD
Current Position: Instructor of Medicine (Digestive Disease), Yale School of Medicine

Clinton Protack, MD, PhD
Matriculated: 2011
Graduated: May 2014
Dissertation Title: The Role of EphB4 During Arteriovenous Fistula Maturation
Current Position: Fellow, Vascular Surgery, Cleveland Clinic

Karin Provost, DO, PhD
Matriculated: 2003
Graduated: May 2010
Dissertation Title: The Role of Interferon Gamma in the Regulation of the Epithelial Responses in Allergic Airway Inflammation
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, SUNY Buffalo

Varman Samuel, MD, PhD
Matriculated: 2000    
Graduated: May 2004    
Dissertation Title: Mechanisms of Fat Induced Hepatic Insulin Resistance
Current Position: Associate Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology), Yale School of Medicine

Jennifer Sherr, MD, PhD
Matriculated: 2007
Graduated: December 2011
Dissertation Title: β before α: The Importance of Residual β-cell Function for α-cell Secretion of Glucagon in Response to Hypoglycemia
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology), Yale School of Medicine

Paul Tang, MD, PhD
Matriculated: 2005
Graduated: December 2008
Dissertation Title: Role of MyD88-Dependent Inflammation in Flow-Mediated Vascular Remodeling
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

David vanDuin, MD, PhD
Matriculated: 2004    
Graduated: December 2007
Dissertation Title: Toll-Like Receptors in Older Adults and Response to Vaccination
Current Position: Associate Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina

Isabelle VonKohorn, MD, PhD
Matriculated: 2008    
Graduated: May 2011
Dissertation Title: Predicting Which Mothers Will Go Back to Smoking After Pregnancy: An Application of the Theory of Planned Behavior
Current Position: Clinical Practice

Ram Weiss, MD, PhD
Matriculated: 2002    
Graduated: December 2004
Dissertation Title: Metabolic Characteristics of Obese Children with Normal Vs. Impaired Glucose Tolerance
Current Position: Associate Professor, the Department of Human Metabolism and Nutrition, Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Alexander Westphal, MD, PhD
Matriculated: 2007   
Graduated: December 2013
Dissertation Title: Clinical Characterization and Amygdala Hypothesis of Childhood Disintegrative Disorder  
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and in the Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine

Kyle Williams, MD, PhD
Matriculated: 2008
Graduated: December 2015
Dissertation Title: Characterization and Treatment of Inflammation and Autoimmunity in Pediatric Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Tics
Current Position: Instructor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School