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Alumni Association

Full Year Student Research Scholarship

Since 2002, the Alumni Fund of the Alumni Association-College of Medicine has been offering a scholarship to support full-time research for a medical student.

This scholarship provides $36,000 for a student to conduct full-time research for one academic year.

The Alumni Association of SUNY-Downstate Medical College offers funds to support one or more medical students who are planning a year of full-time research during the academic year 2020-2021. Student applicants must have completed at least one year of matriculation by July 1, 2019. Priority is given to projects that are planned to occur at SUNY-Downstate or an affiliate, but all applications will be carefully reviewed. An application form is attached. You can also pick up the application form from the Alumni Association Office Rm BSB 1-6.

 

Applications for the Alumni Fund Research Grant need to include the following:

a.       completed application form

b.       original copy of a transcript of medical school record

c.       description of research project

d.       letter from the research sponsor endorsing the proposed study and offering to support the research project, and a  letter from the faculty advisor, if applicable,  about the research project.

[The research sponsor is the laboratory director where the project will be done.  That may be the same person as the faculty advisor.  However, for off-campus projects at another university or research center, a SUNY Downstate faculty advisor is also required.]


A report to the Alumni Fund, including copies of publications, is to be made mid-year, and at the conclusion of the scholarship year.

Please contact Richard.sadovsky@downstate.edu if you need guidance.

 

The following is a list of students who received this fellowship and a description of the research that they conducted:

Elizabeth Choe

Academic Year: 2002-2003

Research Title:
Identification of Genes Participating in the Entoxin Induced Impairment of Hypoxic Pulmonary Vasoconstriction Using Microarrays.

Faculty Sponsor:
Warren M. Zapol, MD

Department:
Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care

Medical Center:
Harvard Medical School, in the Cardiovascular Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital

Matthew Callaghan

Academic Year: 2003-2004

Research Title:
Biologic Brachytherapy: Ex Vivo Gene Therapy of Microvascular Free Flaps for Locally Advanced Cancer.

Faculty Sponsor:
Edmond Bourke, MD (Chairman)

Department:
Department of Medicine

Medical Center:
Downstate Medical Center


Jeong Won Choi

Academic Year: 2005-2006

Research Title:
Role of the F11 Receptor in Platelet Activation.

Faculty Sponsor:
Jonathan Murmon, MD and Elizabeth Kornecki, PhD

Department:
Cardiovascular Medicine / Anatomy and Cell Biology

Medical Center:
Downstate Medical Center

Fatima Malik

Academic Year: 2006-2007

Research Title:
Identification of Novel Proteins Involved in Non-Classical Protein Secretion.

Faculty Sponsor:
William Chirico, PhD

Department:
Anatomy and Cell Biology

Medical Center:
Downstate Medical Center


Benjamin Lee

Academic Year: 2008-2009

Research Title:
Hippocampus-Dependent- out- of Content Activation of Memory in the Rat.

Faculty Sponsor:
Andre A. Fentin, PhD

Department:
Pharmacology and Physiology

Medical Center:
Downstate Medical Center

Aldo Rinaldi

Academic Year: 2009-2010

Research Title:
At the Molecular Interface of Genome, Development and Environment: Evaluating Epigenetic Biomarkers of Metabolic Programmin in Small for Gestational Age Infants Displaying Catch-Up Growth.

Faculty Sponsor:
John Kral, MD, PhD - Downstatte Faculty Advisor
Dr. Peter Gluckman - Liggins Institute, University of Auckland

Department:
Pharmacology and Physiology

Medical Center:
Liggins Institute, University of Auckland, New Zealand


Michael Ablavsky

Academic Year: 2010-2011

Research Title:
Gbetagamma isoform-specific participation in opioid tolerance mechanisms.

Faculty Sponsor:
Alan Gintzler, MD - Downstate Faculty Advisor

Department:
Biochemistry

Medical Center:
SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Shunpei Okochi

Academic Year: 2011-2012

Research Title:
The role of Reg 1 in Colorectal Tumorigenesis caused by APC Gene Germline Mutation.

Faculty Sponsor:
Chongmin Huan, MD, PhD, Director of Surgery Research

Department:
SUNY Downstate Surgical Research Lab

Medical Center:
SUNY Downstate Medical Center


 

Karen Wong

Academic Year: 2012-2013

Research Title:
The Role of Complement Factor B in Post-Operative Myocardial Necrosis

Faculty Sponsor:
Ming Zhang, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Department of Cell Biology

Dr. Peter Gluckman - Liggins Institute, University of Auckland

Department:
Department of Anesthesiology, Department of Cell Biology

Medical Center:
SUNY Downstate Medical Center

John Odackal

Academic Year: 2014-2015

Research Title:
The Role of Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Reception on Type I and Type II Pneumocytes in Alveolar Wall Liquid Secretion and Absorbtion.

Faculty Sponsor:
Dr. Sabina Hrabetova, Associate Professor

Department:
Department of Cell Biology

Medical Center:
Columbia University


 

Sun Mei Lui

Academic Year: 2015-2016

Research Title:
Targeting complementing C3 to inhibit heart ischemia/reperfusion injury

Faculty Sponsor:
Ming Zhang, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Department of Cell Biology

Dr. Peter Gluckman - Liggins Institute, University of Auckland

Department:
Department of Anesthesiology, Department of Cell Biology

Medical Center:
SUNY Downstate Medical Center

 

Joel Rosiene

Academic Year: 2018-2019

Research Title:
Scrambled Epigenomes: Contexts and Consequences.

Faculty Sponsor:
Iuliana Shapira, MD

Department:
Department of Pathology

Medical Center:
Weill Cornell Medicine


 

Alisen Huang

Academic Year: 2018-2019

Research Title:
Determining the Mechanism of HF-LED-RL therapy in Melanoma

Faculty Sponsor:
Jared Jagdeo, MD

Department:
Department of Dermatology

Medical Center:
SUNY Downstate Medical Center