Meet our Awardees

When William Hahn, MD, was a third-year medical student at Upstate Medical University, SUNY, he did not have his career path planned. And though his undergraduate degree in anthropology and biology gave him an interest in public health, it was his clinical rotation with the ID division chief, Timothy Endy, MD, MPH, that ignited his interest in infectious diseases research.

It was Dr. Endy, the university’s ID fellowship training director, who encouraged Dr. Hahn to apply for the IDSA Foundation’s Medical Scholars Program.

“I applied right away and Dr. Endy agreed to be my mentor.” His participation in the program allowed him to work with Dr. Endy on a project investigating the replication kinetics of the dengue virus in a cell culture system, cementing his desire to stay in academics and pursue a career with a research focus.

“The Medical Scholars award was critical for me because it allowed me to take some extra time during medical school to actually do research and go into a lab, he says. “And I liked it, and it directed me toward ID.” – William Hahn, MD 2008 Medical Scholars Program Awardee.

Stories like Dr. Hahn are possible because our Medical Scholars Program thrives to bind the energy and passion of our medical students and help them turn their aspiration into reality.

2018 Medical Scholar Awardees

Adrianna Stanley 
MENTOR:  Lisa Adams, MD

Dartmouth College (Geisel School of Medicine)

Projected Impact of DAR-901 Vaccination on M. Tuberculosis Infection Among Adolescents in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

 

Alexander Young

MENTOR:  Nada Fadul, MD

East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine

Predictors of HIV Viral Load Suppression in a Rural Southern Population

 

Alexis McCathern 
MENTOR:  Flor Munoz, MD

Baylor College of Medicine

Defining the Relationship between Maternal Immunization and Neurodevelopmental Delay Globally

 

Allison Bloom 
MENTOR:  Micah McClain, MD

Duke University

Host Gene Expression Signatures of Acute Respiratory Infections in the Elderly

 

Ammarah Spall 

MENTOR:  Zsofia Szep, MD

Drexel University College of Medicine
Severity of Anal Dysplasia and its Association with Inflammation in HIV Infection Resulting in Anal Cancer

 

Ariel Yang 
MENTOR:  Luis Marcos, MD

Stony Brook Medicine

Evaluating the Efficacy of an Artificial Neural Network Smartphone Application for Point-of-Care Diagnosis, and Assessing Knowledge, Perception, and Attitudes towards Soil-Transmitted Helminths (STH) and STH Intervention in Ifanadiana, Madagascar

 

Austin Evanne Coye

MENTOR: Maria L. Alcaide, MD

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Project: A Comparison Cost Analysis of Hospitalizations for Infections Related to Use of Injection Drugs at a County Safety-Net Hospital in Miami, Florida Following Establishment of a Syringe Exchange Program

 

Benjamin Miller 
MENTOR: Sara Keller, MD

John Hopkins University Medical Institute

Determining Statements about Antibiotic Side-Effects Which Patients Understand and are Motivated by

 

Cameron Nutt
MENTOR:  Eugene Richardson, MD, PhD and Paul Farmer, MD, PhD

Harvard Medical School

Undiagnosed Cases of Symptomatic and Asymptomatic Ebola Infection in Liberia: A Biosocial Analysis

 

Casey Kim 
MENTOR:  Keith Hamilton, MD

University of Pennsylvania

The Role of Personalized Antibiotic Therapy (PAT) Software in Guiding Empiric Antibiotic Prescribing

 

Christopher Dinh 
MENTOR:  Thomas Boyce, MD and Raymund Razonable, MD

Mayo Clinic School of Medicine

Refractory Cytomegalovirus Infection after Solid Organ Transplantation: Role of Resistance and Other Factors

 

Corey Watts 
MENTOR:  Emily Blumberg, MD

Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Impact of Inappropriate Prophylactic Valganciclovir Dosing on CMV Outcomes in Solid Organ Transplantation

 

Daniel Brook 
MENTOR:  William C. Miller MD, PhD, MPH

The Ohio State University

Hepatitis C Virus Risk Factors in Appalachian Ohio People Who Inject Drugs 2007-2017

 

David Thomas 
MENTOR:  Navjyot Vidwan, MD

University of Louisville

A Retrospective Analysis of Antibiotic Prescribing Patterns in Kerala, India

 

Diana Leigh Jeang 
MENTOR:  Vincent Marconi, MD

Emory University School of Medicine

Barriers to HIV Viral Load Monitoring in KwaZulu-Natal and the Impact of Traditional Health Practitioners

 

Dustin Lamb 
MENTOR:  Sarah Parker, MD

University of Colorado Denver

Time to Positive Blood Culture at a Referral Pediatric Hospital

 

Ernestina Gambrah 
MENTOR:  Susan Coffin, MD

Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University

Antimicrobial Utilization and Characterization in a Cohort Admitted to Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Ghana

 

Giancarlo Atassi 

MENTOR:  Alan Hauser, MD

Northwestern University

Examination of Changes in Molecular Aspects of Pseudomonas aeruginosa’s Antimicrobial Resistance at Northwestern Memorial Hospital

 

Gwyneth Sullivan 
MENTOR:  Maximo Brito, MD

University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine

Neurocognitive Development of Children Born to Zika Positive Mothers

 

Huan Dong 
MENTOR:  Jeffrey D. Klausner, MD

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Sciences/David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Community-Level Antibiotic use and Cephalosporin Susceptibility of Oropharyngeal Neisseria in MSM of Hanoi, Vietnam

 

James Wykowski 
MENTOR:  Adrienne Sharpiro, MD

University of Washington

The Effect of Anxiety on Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy in Low and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

 

Jenny Qianjing Xia
MENTOR:  Kyu Rhee, MD

Cornell University

Role of Urinary Biomarkers in the Diagnosis of active Pulmonary Tuberculosis

 

Jihad Al-Jabban 
MENTOR:  Arthur Kim, MD

The Ohio State University College of Medicine

viSNE Analysis of Hepatitis C Virus- Specific CD8 T cells from Different Patient Populations

 

John Tanaka 
MENTOR:  Matthew Kelly, MD

Duke University School of Medicine

Antibiotic Exposures, the Stool Microbiome, and Graft-Versus-Host Disease After Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation

 

Jonathan L. Chang 
MENTOR:  Lance Okeke, MD

Duke University School of Medicine

The effect of HMG CoA-reductase inhibitors (statins) on incident cardiovascular events, malignancies, and all-cause mortality in persons living with HIV

 

Kasha Bornstein 
MENTOR:  Jose Castro, MD

UM Miller School of Medicine

A Comparison Cost Analysis of Hospitalizations for Infections Related to Use of Injection Drugs at a County Safety-Net Hospital in Miami, Florida Following Establishment of a Syringe Exchange Program

 

Kathleen Moriarty 
MENTOR:  Jordan Lake, MD

Brown University

Why is PrEP uptake low in those at highest risk for HIV? A mixed methods study of transgender women in Lima, Peru

 

Kieran Tebben 
MENTOR:  Miriam Laufer, MD

School of Medicine, University of Maryland

Analysis of the Dynamics of Recurrent Malaria Infection in Infants in the First Two Years of Life

 

Kristen Brao 
MENTOR:  Mark E. Shirtliff, PhD

School of Medicine, University of Maryland

The Role of the Host Immune Response in Differential Selection of Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa in a B-ENaC Murine Model of Cystic Fibrosis

 

Maresa Woodfield 
MENTOR: Steven Pergam, MD, MPH

University of Washington

Observational experiences in clinical infectious disease in Seattle, WA

 

Matthew Jeremiah Matson 
MENTOR:  Daniel Chertow, MD, MPH

Marshall University School of Medicine

NIH Graduate Partnership Program

Characterization of Ebola Virus Kinetics with a Novel Strand-Specific Assay

Maxwell Roth
MENTOR:  Joshua D. Nosanchuk, MD

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Effects of Monocolonal Antibodies Against Hsp60 on Extracellular Vesicles Produced by Histoplasma capsulatum

 

Melissa Ross
MENTOR:  Ephraim Tsalik, MD, MHS, PhD

Duke School of Medicine

Comparison of Biomarkers, New and Old, for the Classification of Bacterial vs. Viral Infection

 

Merit George 
MENTOR:  Rizwan Sohail, MD and Zerelda Garrigos, MD

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine & Science

Utility of Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE) Findings to Guide Management of Bacteremic Patients with Concordant v. Discordant Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Device (CIED) Cultures

 

Michael Hovan 
MENTOR:  Thomas Kirn, MD, PhD

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Determining the Prevalence of Carbapenemase Production in Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae using the Modified Carbapenem Inactivation Method

 

Michael Sikorski 
MENTOR:  Myron M. Levine, MD, DTPH

University of Maryland School of Medicine

Environmental surveillance using Moore swabs for the detection of Salmonella Typhi in Upolu, Samoa

 

Mitchell Dumais 
MENTOR:  Frederick Buckner, MD

University of Washington School of Medicine

Characterization of Methionyl-tRNA Synthetase Inhibitors for Development as Novel Antibiotics

 

Morgan Goheen 
MENTOR:  Jessica Lin, MD

UNC School of Medicine

Impact of host anemia on P. falciparum gametocytogenesis in vitro

 

Nishad Sathe 
MENTOR:  Erin Bonura, MD, MCR

Oregon Health & Science University

Online Spaced Education to Teach Microbiology to Medical Students in a Threaded Medical School Curriculum

 

Patrick O’Neil
MENTOR:  Devang Patel, MD

School of Medicine, University of Maryland

Systemic Hypertension among Young Adults with Perinatal HIV Infection

 

Pauline Shih
MENTOR:  Mark Travassos, MD

School of Medicine, University of Maryland

Identification of Predominant Parasite Variant Surface Antigens in Children with Cerebral Malaria: A Proteomic Approach

 

Philippe Ayres 
MENTOR:  Avinash Shetty, MD

Wake Forest University

Antimicrobial Use for Pediatric Respiratory Infections: Parent’s Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices on Antibiotic Use and Physician Antibiotic Practice Patterns

 

Ryan Colby Passaro 
MENTOR:  Jesse L. Clark, MD, MSC

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Changes in Inflammatory Cytokine Levels in Response to Gonorrhea and Chlamydia Infection and Treatment in a Randomized Clinical Trial

 

Sarah McNitt 
MENTOR:  Karl Seydel, MD, PhD

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Potential Role of FcγR Deficient NK Cells in Uncomplicated and Cerebral Malaria

 

Seda Ekici 
MENTOR:  Helen Chu, MD

University of Washington

Incidence and Adverse Birth Outcomes due to Respiratory Viral Infections in Pregnant Women

 

Shahin Mortazavi 
MENTOR:  David Koelle, MD

University of Washington School of Medicine

The Role of Tissue-Resident Memory T Cells in Immunity to Herpes Zoster

 

Shannon Skochko
MENTOR:  John S. Bradley, MD, FAA, FIDSA

University of California, Irvine School of Medicine

Retrospective Review of Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Patients with Sepsis to Determine Inadequate Antibiotic Exposure; an Epidemiologic Study of the Population at Risk

 

Sheila Ojeaburu 
MENTOR:  Paul Drain, MD, MPH, FACP

University of Washington School of Medicine

Effects of Intimate Partner Violence on HIV/AIDS Related Health Outcomes of HIV-Infected Women Enrolled in a Point of Care Randomized Trial in Durban, South Africa

 

Tammy Hsia
MENTOR:  Marcus Zervos, MD

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Investigating Municipal Water Shutoffs, the Hepatitis A Outbreak, and Communicable Skin and Soft Tissue Infections

 

Thomas Loss 
MENTOR:  Mayur Ramesh, MD

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Fecal Lactoferrin and Calprotectin as Potential Test-of-Cure for Clostridium Difficile Infection

 

Wesley Rogers 
MENTOR:  Michael Satlin, MD

Weill Cornell Medicine

Diarrheal Infections in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Recipients: a Single-center Experience Before and After Introduction of a GI Pathogen PCR Panel