Office of Communications & Media Relations
NIH Clinical Center News Release
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Molly Freimuth email@example.com
NIH seeks applicants to year-long medical research scholar program
The National Institutes of Health is accepting predoctoral applicants for the 2021-2022 Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP) through Jan. 8, 2021. The research training program allows medical, dental, and veterinary students to pause their formal studies to live and conduct basic, clinical, or translational research work on the campus of NIH in Bethesda, Maryland for one year.
The current class of 51 scholars in the 2020-2021 cohort began their MRSP fellowship virtually in July then arrived at the NIH campus in August.
The NIH Medical Research Scholars Program is one of the most important programs in our nation today in preparing medical, dental and veterinary students to become the clinician-investigators of tomorrow. We are honored that these students are here to advance their training and look forward to highly qualified applicants for next year,” said Thomas R. Burklow, M.D., director of the MRSP. The COVID-19 pandemic has illuminated the need for skilled physician-scientists. The 2020-2021 MRSP cohort is answering the call while participating in the program in the midst of extremely challenging times. These Scholars are adding to the rich legacy of past MRSP research accomplishments while paving the way for future classes.
The MRSP received 146 applications for the 2020-2021 class. Learn more about the current scholars:
- The 51 participants consist of 49 medical, one dental, and one veterinary students.
- The participants represent 42 U.S.-accredited universities.
- The class consists of seven second-year and 44 third-year students.
- Sixty-one percent of participants are female.
- There are 15 under-represented minority participants.
The selected participants receive mentored training and will conduct research in areas that match their personal interests and research goals. For example, several students are currently conducting research in longitudinal evaluation of host pathogen Interactions during SARS CoV-2 infection, investigation of cortical and muscle activation patterns during gait in cerebral palsy, DNA repair in human cancer-prone genetic diseases, cardiometabolic disease prevention in minority populations and much more.
The training experience forms the core of the program and allows these future clinician-scientists to carry out research across the full spectrum of science in the interest of improving public health. The scholars work with an advisor who provides guidance on creating a career development plan and on selecting an NIH research mentor. Mentors are fulltime NIH investigators with basic, clinical or translational research programs. Over the course of the academic year, MRSP scholars participate in courses, journal club seminars, a structured lecture series and clinical teaching rounds. They also present their research to the NIH community and at national and international professional conferences.
The MRSP is supported by the NIH and other partners via contributions to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. More than 419 students have completed the MRSP program since its initiation in 2012.
View our 2020-2021 scholars:
- Rachel Acree, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles
- Matthew Adan, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York City
- Simran Arjani, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark
- Rajit Banerjee, University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, Ohio
- Henry Berns, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Athens
- Jean-Paul Bryant, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
- Cristina Contreras Burrola, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis
- Amisha Dave, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington
- James Dickey, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, August
- Allison Distler, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington D.C.
- Maureen Farrell, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia
- Haidn Foster, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
- Ashley Gallagher, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark
- Veronica Gray, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk
- Stephanie Guang, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
- Nitasha Gupta, Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York
- Ashley Hadjis, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond
- John Hancock, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City
- Austin Hoke, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill
- Mahdieh Hosseini, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, Philadelphia
- Jack Jeskey, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (Bradenton Campus), Bradenton, Florida
- Jennifer Jess, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, East Lansing
- Anas Khan, University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham
- Nabila Khondakar, SUNY, Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, Brooklyn, New York
- Allison Kumnick, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
- Vijay Letchuman, University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine
- Pashayar Lookian, Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, Nebraska
- Wenting Ma, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western University
- Victoria Maglaras, SUNY at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, New York
- Justin McCallen, Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina
- Diana Nwokoye, Howard University College of Medicine, Washington D.C.
- Erika Ortiz Chaparro, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
- Jeunice Owens-Walton, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, Augusta
- Sriram Paravastu, University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine
- Nidhi Patel, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
- Casey Paton, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, New York
- Christian Peoples, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia
- David Peprah, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
- Emmanuel Quaye, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor
- Sheridan Reed, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, East Lansing
- Shahyan Rehman, Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, New Jersey
- Marisa Salazar, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, Scottsdale, Arizona
- Veronica Santana-Ufret, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit
- Evan Selzer, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia
- Gauri Shastri, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
- Sarah Silverstein, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark
- Ulana Stasula, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Urbana
- Meron Teklu, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago
- Elizabeth Theng, University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine
- Cheyenne Williams, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
- Keval Yerigeri, Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Medicine, Rootstown
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