Previous TL1 Trainees, Projects, and Faculty Mentors


Medical Students

Student Name
Project Title
​Erika Ellis
​Jeffrey Lee, MD
Anterior vitrectomy loss in resident cataract surgery: comparison between early and late introduction of cataract surgery to residency curriculum
​Brian Nguyen

Utility of FDG-PET in the evaluation and staging of osteoarthritis of the shoulder, hip, and knee joints: Comparison to self-reporting questionnaire and radiographic staging
​Suraj Kedarisetty
Quyen Nguyen, MD, PhD
Prospective Evaluation of Restriction Spectrum Imaging in Head and Neck Carcinoma
Ellen (Nell) Hancock​Lawrence Eichenfield, MD
Melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer in children and young adults
​Catherine Dufour
Ithaar Derweesh, MD

Infectious Complications Following Partial Nephrectomy

 Public Health PhD Students

Student Name
Project Title
John Bellettiere Andrea LaCroix, PhD Investigating new ways to assess whether and how sedentary behavior is related to cardiometabolic health
Kelsie Full Jacqueline Kerr, PhD The Contribution of Sleep Patterns and Other Behaviors to Cardiovascular Health in Postmenopausal Women

Long-term Trainees 2015-2016

Student Name
Project Title
Joseph Acevedo Quyen Nguyen, MD, PhD Impact of early detection of squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck by imaging of ratiometric activatable cell-penetrating peptides
Katherine (Kelly) Fero Joelle Coletta, MD Comparison of long term outcomes after on pump or off pump coronary artery bypass
Daniel Garcia S. Brian Jiang, MD Investigating the Long Term Recurrence Rates of Melanoma in Situ Treated with Serial Staged Excisions: A 5 Year, Single Institution Retrospective Review
Kristen Kelley Irene Litvan, MD Effects of Life Stressors on the Development of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
Laura Muehl Carter Jones, MD, PhD Effect of Botulinum Toxin Type B on Capsaicin induced acute pain, flare and mechanical hyperalgeisa
Saisindhu Narala Richard Gallo, MD, PhD Evaluation of a novel microbiome transplant in the treatment of dysbiosis in Atopic Dermatitis
Sonal Noticewala Loren Mell, MD Pilot scale validation of the clinical utility of VDV gene signature test for predicting response to bevacizumab in patients with cervical cancer treated on GOG 240
Anna Schoenbrunner James Murphy, MD Frequency of breast reconstruction in post mastectomy irradiated patients as well as frequency of surgical and medical complications in the reconstructed irradiated breast cancer patient.
Casey Williamson Loren Mell, MD Fat Composition Changes in Tumors During Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy
Bayard Wilson Joseph Ciacci, MD

Stimulation Thresholds of Cervical Lateral Mass Screws and their Clinical Significance


Medical Students

Student Name
Project Title
Emily Fireman, Medical StudentLucila Ohno-Machado, PhDEvaluation of a Natural Language Processing Tool for Categorizing Clinical and Genomic Information
Andrew Fithian, Medical StudentSamuel Ward, PT, PhDEvaluation of Diffusion Tensor Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Non-Invasive Measurement of Rotator Cuff Muscle Architecture
July Lee, Medical StudentSheila Gahagan, MD, MPHEarly Parenthood an Independent Risk Factor for Obesity at 21 Years of Age?
Fred Liu, Medical StudentCheryl Rock, PhDPhysical Activity Levels of Overweight or Obese Breast Cancer Survivors: Correlates at Entry into a Weight Loss Intervention Study
Vidya Mahavadi, Medical StudentJane Burns, MDPerformance of a proposed diagnostic panel for Kawasaki disease
Eric Mendez, Medical StudentJane Kim, MDMetabolomic Profiling in Children with Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes
Oleg Stens, Medical StudentJoachim Ix, MD, MASDifferentiating Risk Factors for Coronary Artery Calcium Volume and Density: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis
Katherine Tringale, Medical StudentJames Brewer, MD, PhDStructural changes in longitudinal study of Alzheimer's disease and Lewy body spectrum diseases using volumetric and diffusion tensor imaging
Melissa Zhao, Medical StudentRazelle Kurzrock, MDSystematic Review of a Personalized Strategy in single-agent Phase II Cancer Clinical Trials

Pharmacy Students

Student Name
Project Title
Alice Koh, PharmD Candidate

 Grace Kuo, PharmD, PhD

Medication Adherence Using Informatics Reminders
Christopher Lam, PharmD CandidateJoseph Ma, PharmDUtilization of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) in the Assessment of Aberrant Drug-seeking Behaviors in Opioid-treated Cancer Patients seen in Consultation with the Doris A. Howell Palliative Medicine Service
Jane Lim, PharmD CandidateRashid Kazerooni, PharmDPredictors of mortality in new start Statin users: A six year follow-up

Long-term Trainees 2014-2015

Student Name
Isabel BoeroJames Murphy, MD
Jeffrey CuiRohit Loomba, MD
Alina GoldenbergS. Brian Jiang, MD
Vera Lyubasyuk

Kang Zhang, MD, PhD 

Christina Chambers, PhD

Paul ManningClaude Sirlin, MD
Deborah MarshallJona Hattangati-Gluth, MD
Susan Haruna OnamiEzra Cohen, MD
Kang Wang

Claude Sirlin, MD


Medical Students

Student Name
Project Title
Sonya Halterman, Medical StudentAnita Raj, PhD Trafficking Status and High-Risk Health Behaviors: A Study Analyzing Whether Trafficking Status of Filipino Female Sex Workers Predicts High-Risk Health Behaviors
Christopher Evans, Medical StudentDavid Chang, PhDDeveloping a Disparity Index: Applying the Quality Improvement Paradigm to Reduce Racial Disparities in Surgery
Japannath (Sam) Nayak, Medical StudentLinda Zangwill, PhDTopographic Change in the Aging and Glaucoma
Jessica Tang, Medical StudentClark Chen, MD, PhDAge-associated Practice Patterns and Survival Benefit of Gross Total Resection in Patients with Glioblastoma Multiforme
Christian Torres, Medical StudentChristina Chambers, PhDRisk of Preterm Birth Among Women With a Change of Paternity and Autoimmune Disease
Frances Wu, Medical StudentKang Zhang, MD, PhDA Study of the Genetic Influence on Pharmacologic Outcomes in Patients With Neovascular AMD Treated With Anti-VEGF Therapy
Nathan Yu, Medical StudentClaude Sirlin, MDThe Relationship Between Fat Deposition in the Bone Marrow and Fat Deposition in the Liver in Adults with Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Pharmacy Students

Student Name
Project Title
Alexander Tam, PharmD CandidateRenu Singh, PharmD Assessing Clinical Outcomes of a Pharmacist Managed Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) on Patients With Diabetes Mellitus or Prediabetes
Kristie Luu, PharmD StudentJan Hirsch, MD, PhDSpecialty Medications Care Pathways: Economic Impact from the Patient and Healthcare System Perspectives
Sharon Wu, PharmD CandidateRuben Abagyan 
Phyo Aung, PharmD StudentBrian Liang, MD, PhDAssessing the Availability of High Risk Recalled Drugs in U.S., EU, and UK Markets on Noprescription Online Pharmacies
Fredrick Gibson, PharmD StudentDavid Smith, MDDetermining the Resistance Mechanism of CMV against CMX001 by Analyzing Sequences Obtained Through Ultra Deep Sequencing

Long-term Trainees 2013-2014

Student Name
Nghia Nguyen, Medical StudentRichard Garfein
Shelley McCormack, PharmD CandidateBrookie Best
Sharat Raju, Medical StudentQuyen Nguyen
Aria Vazirnia, Medical StudentTissa Hata
Christine Totri, Medical StudentLawrence Eichenfield
Bing Zhang, Medical StudentJohn Chang
Jeannie Su, Medical StudentSamuel Ward
Shonte McKenzie, Medical StudentYvette LaCoursiere