MD PhD Program


Graduate ReportKudos Corner
  • Current MD/PhD Students

    Students currently enrolled in the MD/PhD program include:

     Meredith Cobb  

    • Undergraduate degree: BS, chemistry (biochemistry emphasis)
    • Undergraduate institution: University of Southern Mississippi
    • Graduate mentor: Undecided
    • Field of study/interest: Biochemistry, genetics
    • Honors/awards: A. Wallace Conerly, MD, Scholarship; USM Hall of Fame
    • Interests/hobbies: Playing with my dog, The Sims, DIY projects, watching Jimmy Fallon
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     Bernadette DeRussy  

    • Undergraduate degree: BS, biology          
    • Undergraduate institution: Millsaps College
    • Graduate mentor: Dr. Ritesh Tandon
    • Field of study/interest: Microbiology
    • Honors/awards: A. Wallace Conerly, MD, Scholarship
    • Interests/hobbies: Photography, pottery 
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     Jason Engel  

    • Undergraduate degree: BS, biological engineering / biomedical concentration / pre-med emphasis
    • Undergraduate institution: Mississippi State University
    • Graduate mentor: Undecided
    • Field of study/interest: Cancer research / tissue engineering - decellularization of grafts for clinical applications
    • Honors/wards: 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: BA, classical studies; BS, biology
    • Undergraduate institution: Millsaps College
    • Graduate mentor: Dr. Michael J. Ryan
    • 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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     Ezekiel Gonzalez-Fernandez  

    • Undergraduate degree: BA, chemistry
    • Undergraduate institution: California State University, Long Beach
    • Graduate mentor: TBD
    • Field of study/interest: Pharmacology and physiology
    • Honors/awards: A. Wallace Conerly, MD, Scholarship; NIH-funded Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) Scholarship 2013-14; Robert B. Henderson Award 2014 for excellence in undergraduate research
    • Interests/hobbies: spearfishing, free diving, weightlifting
    Ezekiel Gonzalez-Fernandez

     Peter Mittwede  

    • Undergraduate degree: BS, sports medicine and exercise science
    • Undergraduate institution: Belhaven University
    • Graduate mentor: Dr. Robert Hester
    • 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: BS, biology
    • Undergraduate institution: Belmont University
    • Graduate mentor: TBD
    • Field of study/interest: Role of immunity in cardiovascular disease
    • Honors/awards: A. Wallace Conerly, MD, 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, Farish district and Jackson Free Clinic
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     Hannah R. Rice  

    • Undergraduate degree: BS, medical laboratory science
    • Undergraduate institution: University of Southern Mississippi
    • Graduate mentor: Undecided
    • 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: BS, chemistry
    • Undergraduate institution: Millsaps College
    • Graduate degree: MS, biomedical sciences
    • Graduate institution: University of Mississippi Medical Center
    • Graduate mentor: Dr. Wu Zhu
    • Field of study/interest: Physiology and biophysics
    • Honors/awards: A. Wallace Conerly, MD, Scholarship
    • Interests/hobbies: Vintage motorcycle restoration, mountain climbing, cave exploring 
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     Jamarius Waller  

    • Undergraduate degree: BA, biochemistry
    • Undergraduate institution: University of Mississippi
    • Graduate mentor: Undecided
    • Field of study/interest: Biochemistry and oncology   
    • Honors/awards: National Mortar Board Honor Society
    • Interests/hobbies: Volunteering, video games, poetry
    Jamarius Waller

     James Walker Wiggins  

    • Undergraduate degree: BS, biochemistry 
    • Undergraduate institution: University of Southern Mississippi
    • Graduate mentor: TBD
    • Field of study/interest: Biochemistry and pharmacology
    • Honors/awards: A. Wallace Conerly, MD, Scholarship
    • Interests/hobbies: Backpacking, kayaking, reading
    • Military: NCO, Mississippi Army National Guard  
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