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2020 Graduating Class Match Results:

Jason Chen - Neurosurgery at Brigham

David DiTullio - Internal Medicine at NYU

Ernest Lee - Dermatology at UCSF

Jessica Reddy - Psychiatry at Hopkins

Jaspreet Sandhu - Internal Medicine at Mass Gen

Brian Young - Internal Medicine at UCLA


PRADEEP RAJENDRAN, PhD was inducted to the Junior Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society for the Class of 2021. Congratulations Pradeep!

DAVID DI TULLIO, PhD has been selected for induction into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society for the Class of 2020. Congatulations David!

ERNEST LEE, PhD was inducted to the Junior Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Congratulations Ernest!

PHILIP BULTERYS, MD, PhD in the news!

"UCLA-Led Research Reveals Potential Treatments for Deadly Tropical Disease"


Ernest Lee, PhD, MSTP MD3 student got selected as a Junior member of the DGSOM Alpha Omega Honor Medical Society (AOA). He was selected based on his academic performance and demonstration of commitment to leadership, community service, reasearch and teaching. Congratulations, Ernest!

Congratulations, Richard Morgan! He is the recipient of the Excellence in Research award by the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT), the leading stake holder in cultivating innovation and collaboration among scientists in the field of genetic and cellular therapies. Richard will give a talk about his work in developing new gene therapy vectors for the treatment of Sickle Cell Disease during the award ceremonies.

Ernest Lee, PhD, MSTP MD3 student was invited to give a talk at the Keystone Symposia on Innate Immune Receptors: Roles in Immunology and Beyond in Taipei Taiwan from March 10-14, 2019. The title of his talk is: "Host defense peptides amplify TLR9-mediated inflammation in autoimmune diseases by scaffolding dsDNA into spatially-periodic nanocrystals".



Featured Honoree: 2017  ALICE X.  ZHANG


MSTP PhD2 student Xuan Tran was awarded the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation Award from October, 2016 to October, 2019. The Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation is a national organization dedicated to advancing science and technology in the United States by supporting the best and brightest U.S. graduate and undergraduate scholars in their science, engineering, and medical research. It is ARCS Foundation's belief that support of STEM education is essential to US economic growth and technological competitiveness, and helps to ensure continued US leadership in global innovation, health and quality of life. Since its founding in 1958, ARCS Foundation has awarded more than $100 million to 9,600 ARCS Scholars in top rated STEM programs at leading U.S. universities. A much-sought after recognition indicating outstanding academic achievements, ARCS Awards are applied towards many areas of research need, and are not restricted to tuition alone.

Xuan also received the Brain Research Institute Travel Award for November, 2016. Congratulations Xuan!


Student Awards:

_ MSTP PhD2 student Prashant Bhat was awarded an NIH F30 grant for his project "Determining the function and mechanism of the MALAT1 long non-coding RNA in co-transcriptional splicing". Congratulations Prashant!

- MSTP PhD3 student Kevin Qian was awarded an NIH F30 grant for his project "Regulation of thermogenesis by the novel brown adipose-specific protein BASIC". Congratulations Kevin!

- MSTP PhD3 student Yeon Joo (Ashley) Kim was awarded an NIH F30 grant for her project "Elucidating the epigenetic mechanism of melanoma dedifferentiation in response to pro-inflammatory cytokines". Congratulations Ashley!

- MSTP PhD4 student Cody Aros was awarded an NIH F31 grant for his project "Evaluating the Role and Regulation of Wnt Signaling in Proximal Airway Homeostasis and Injury Repair". Congratulations Cody!

- MSTP PhD2 student Bryce Bajar was awarded an NIH F30 grant for his project "Determining the function and mechanism of spontaneous network activity during synaptogenesis in the Drosophila visual system". Congratulations Bryce!

- MSTP MD3 student Ernest Lee, PhD will be awarded the 2019 Edward K. Rice Outstanding Doctoral Student Award. This award is for the top PhD student in the School of Engineering at UCLA. Congratulations Ernest!

- MSTP PhD3 student James Edward Asuncion was awarded an NIH F30 grant for his project "Vesicular monoamine transporter trafficking affects mode of neurotransmitter release and microcircuit function", Congratulations James!

- MSTP PhD3 student Yuxi Tian was awarded an NIH F31 grant for his project titled "Large Scale Observational Analytics for Health Informatics", Congratulations Yuxi!

- MSTP PhD3 student Xuan Tran is the recipient of the Autism Speaks Weatherstone Predoctoral Fellows for 2017 for her project: "Impact of Familial ASD Risk on Functional Brain Connectivity in Infants". Congratulations Xuan!

- MSTP PhD4 student Ernest Lee is the recipient of the Early Career Research Grant from the National Psoriasis Foundation for the project: "NETs generate immune complexes to amplify TLR9-based inflammation in psoriasis". Congratulations Ernest!

- MSTP PhD2 student Yuxi Tian is the recipient of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans from 2016 to 2018.  Congratulations Yuxi!

- MSTP PhD2 student Aanand Patel was awared an NIH F30 grant for his project titled "Regulation of the Drosophila Formin FHOD by Alternative Splicing", Congratulations Aanand!

MSTP PhD3 student Richard A. Morgan was awarded an NIH F31 grant for his project titled "Improved Globin Expression Vectors for Gener Therapy of Human Hemoglobinopathies". Congratulations, Richard!

MSTP PhD3 student Alexander Sun was awarded an NIH F30 grant for his project titled "Quaternary Heterocycles for Drug Discovery". Congratulations, Alex!

MSTP PhD2 student Karthik V. Sarma was awarded an NCI F30 Award for his project titled "Development of a Multimodal Deep Learning Model for the Generation of Cancer Probability Maps and Imaging Biomarkers for Prostate Cancer using Multiparametric MRI. Congratulations Karthik!

- MSTP PhD5 student Esther Nie was awarded the prestigious Eva Kavan Prize for Excellence in Research on the Brain on June 14, 2016.  Congratulations, Esther!

MSTP PhD4 student Philip Bulterys won 2nd place in the 2016 UCLA Grad Slam competition with his research on "Disarming Deadly Bacteria". Congratulations, Philip!

- MSTP PhD3 student Sophie Rengarajan was awarded an NIGMS F30 Award for her project titled "Dopaminergic modulation of CO2 response during starvation in C. elegans."  Congratulations, Sophie!

- MSTP PhD3 student Cynthia He was awarded an NINDS F30 Award for her project titled "Linking defects in cortical network activity with altered sensory perception in Fragile X mice."  Congratulations, Cynthia!

- MSTP PhD3 student Pradeep Rajendran was awarded an NHLBI F31 Award for his project titled "Myocardial Infarction Alters Information Processing within the Intrinsic Cardiac Nervous System."  Congratulations, Pradeep!

- MSTP PhD4 student Narsis Attar was awarded an NCI F30 Award for her grant titled "Dynamics of Global Histone Acetylation in Regulating Intracellular pH". Congratulations, Narsis!

- MSTP PhD4 student Steven Klein wins the Autism Speaks Weatherstone Fellowship! Congratulations, Steve!

- MSTP PhD2 student Karthik V. Sarma chosen to receive the RSNA (Radiological Society of North America) Trainee Research Prize for his project titled: "An Investigational Patch-based Convolutional Neural Network Model for the Detection of Clinically Significant Prostate Cancer using Multiparametric MRI". Congratulations Karthik!


Information on finding a mentor:

- How to pick a graduate adviser - by Ben Barres

- How to evaluate a graduate studentship, or choosing the right doctoral adviser - by Duncan Odom



Ernest Lee: UCLA BE Outstanding PhD Award

Apr 24, 2018

Ernest Lee has been selected for the UCLA BE Outstanding PhD Award for 2018. He will be recognized at commencement in June. CONGRATULATIONS, Ernest!

American Society for Gravitation and Space Research (ASGSR)

Aug 29, 2017

Kristofer R. Gonzalez Dewhitt is invited to speak at the American Society for Gravitation and Space Research (ASGSR) on their 33rd Annual Meeting on October 28, 2017 in Seattle, WA.

The annual ASGSR meeting provides a forum for the international life and physical sciences communities to meet and discuss their latest findings in gravitational and space research and technologies enabling the research. The meeting also provides opportunities for emerging researchers and student researchers.

Karthik Sarma elected to the AMA Board of Trustees

Jun 14, 2017

Congratulations, Karthik, on your election to the AMA Board of Trustees!

2017 AMA Annual Meeting, Chicago, ILL

Franklin C. McLean Award

Nov 14, 2016

The Franklin C. McLean Award was established in 1968 in memory of the founder of National Medical Fellowships. Dr. McLean was an eminent physician who saw, well before others, that the lack of opportunities for African-American physicians was a problem for our nation; that we needed more minority physicians to achieve basic equality of opportunity, and to ensure access to quality healthcare for millions of underserved and minority Americans. That’s why NMF was founded – 70 years ago – the need was great then and it is even greater now. Since inception NMF has provided... Read More