MD PhD Program


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  • Current MD/PhD Students

    Students currently enrolled in the MD/PhD program include:

    Bernadette DeRussy

    • Undergraduate Degree and Field of Study: B.S. Biology          
    • Undergraduate Institution: Millsaps College
    • Current Graduate Mentor: Dr. Ritesh Tandon
    • Current Field of Study/Interest: Microbiology
    • Honors/Awards: A. Wallace Conerly M.D. Scholarship
    • Interests/Hobbies: Photography and pottery 
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    Jason Engel

    • Undergraduate Degree and Field of Study: B.S. Biological Engineering / Biomedical Concentration / Pre-Med Emphasis
    • Undergraduate Institution: Mississippi State University
    • Current Graduate Mentor: Undecided
    • Current Field of Study/Interest: Cancer Research / Tissue Engineering – Decellularization of Grafts for Clinical Applications
    • Honors/Awards: Phi Kappa Phi, Tau Beta Pi, Theta Tau, Institute of Biological Engineering, National Merit Scholar, Horatio Alger National Scholar, Senior Meritorious Award Bagley College of Engineering Undergraduate Research Poster Competition
    • Interests/Hobbies: Reading, chess, gaming, running 
     
    Jason Engel

    Emily L. Gilbert

    • Undergraduate Degree and Field of Study: B.A. Classical Studies and B.S. Biology
    • Undergraduate Institution: Millsaps College
    • Current Graduate Mentor: Dr. Michael J. Ryan
    • Current Field of Study/Interest: Role of estrogen in the progression of hypertension during systemic lupus erythematosus
    • Honors/Awards: Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, American Heart Association Predoctoral Grant, Oral Presentation at Council on High Blood Pressure Research of the American Heart Association 2012, Best Poster Award at School of Graduate Studies Research Day 2012
    • Interests/Hobbies: Latin and Greek, ballet, shopping, reading, baking
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    Peter Mittwede

    • Undergraduate Degree and Field of Study: B.S. Sports Medicine & Exercise Science
    • Undergraduate Institution: Belhaven University
    • Current Graduate Mentor: Dr. Robert Hester
    • Current Field of Study/Interest: Physiology - Orthopedic trauma and subsequent target organ damage in obesity
    • Honors/Awards: Finalist - Water & Electrolyte Homeostasis Predoctoral Research Recognition Award, American Physiological Society, 2013
    • Interests/Hobbies: Running, weightlifting, reading
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    Ashley Newsome

    • Undergraduate Degree and Field of Study: B.S. in Biology
    • Undergraduate Institution: Belmont University
    • Current Graduate Mentor: TBD
    • Current Field of Study/Interest: Role of immunity in cardiovascular disease
    • Honors/Awards: A. Wallace Conerly M.D. Scholarship
    • Interests/Hobbies: We Will Go Ministries, an inner-city missions base that ministers to communities in the areas surrounding the Mississippi State Capitol building and the Farish district and Jackson Free Clinic.
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    Hannah R. Rice

    • Undergraduate Degree and Field of Study: B.S. Medical Laboratory Science
    • Undergraduate Institution: University of Southern Mississippi
    • Current Graduate Mentor: Undecided
    • Current Field of Study/Interest: Infectious diseases/epidemiology
    • Honors/Awards: USM Student Hall of Fame, Medical Laboratory Science Department Excellence in Research Award 2013, American Society for Clinical Pathology Student Honor Award 2012 and 2013, Second place poster presentation at Mississippi Academy of Sciences 2012, USM Honors College Top Three Thesis
    • Interests/Hobbies: Piano, swimming, Disney, reading, scuba diving  
    Hannah Rice

    David S. Sandlin

    • Undergraduate Degree and Field of Study: B.S. in Chemistry
    • Undergraduate Institution: Millsaps College
    • Graduate Degree and Field of Study: M.S. in Biomedical Sciences
    • Graduate Institution: University of Mississippi Medical Center
    • Current Graduate Mentor: Dr. Wu Zhu
    • Current Field of Study/Interest: Physiology and Biophysics
    • Honors/Awards: A. Wallace Conerly Scholarship
    • Interests/Hobbies: Vintage Motorcycle Restoration, Mountain Climbing, and Cave Exploring 
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    James Walker Wiggins

    •  Undergraduate Degree and Field of Study: B.S. in Biochemistry 
    • Undergraduate Institution: University of Southern Mississippi
    • Current Graduate Mentor: TBD
    • Current Field of Study/Interest: Biochemistry and Pharmacology
    • Honors/Awards: A. Wallace Conerly Scholarship
    • Interests/Hobbies: Backpacking, kayaking, reading
    • Military: I am currently an NCO in the Mississippi Army National Guard  
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