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Medical Scientist Training Program

Program Leadership and Staff

Program Director

Hershey_USEGurjit Khurana Hershey, MD, PhD

BS: University of Iowa, 1985 
PhD: Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, 1990 
MD: Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, 1992 

After completing pediatric residency and an allergy/immunology fellowship at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Dr. Hershey joined the faculty at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Her research is focused on identifying the genetic and environmental factors that promote asthma pathogenesis and dissecting the mechanisms by which they confer risk.Aside from serving as director of the Medical Scientist Training program, she directs the the Division of Asthma Research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. 


Associate Directors

George Deepe, MD

George Deepe, MD
Graduate & Medical Studies

AB: Kenyon College, 1971
MD: University of Cincinnati,
College of Medicine, 1976

Dr. Deepe is a well-recognized leader in the cellular immunology of fungal infections. His specific research interests involve characterization of the protective T-cell epitopes of H. capsulatum antigens and analysis of the functional activity of antigen-reactive T-cells. He is board certified in both internal medicine and infectious diseases. As Associate Director of the MSTP he coordinates the transitions between students medical and scientist training.


Tim Le CrasTim Le Cras, PhD
Admissions & Recruitment

BS: Brunel University, UK, 1987 
PhD: Cambridge University, UK, 1992

Dr. LeCras's research focuses on the pathogenesis of chronic lung diseases, including asthma, pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary fibrosis and bronchopulmonary dysplasia.  He has also worked on the regulation of pulmonary vasculature development, the early life origins of lung diseases, and is especially interested in developing new therapeutic targets for lung diseases. As a part of the MSTP, he oversees the Admissions and Recruitment process.


Kathryn Wikenheiser-BrokampKathryn Wikenheiser-Brokamp, MD, PhD 
Curriculum Development

BS: University of Mary, 1988
PhD: University of Cincinnati, 1994
MD: University of Cincinnati, 1996

Following her residency at the Washington University Hospital in St. Louis, Dr. Wikenheiser-Brokamp returned to her alma mater as an Assistant Professor in the divison of Pediatric Pathology. Her research interests focus on pediatric and adult lung diseases. As part of the MSTP, she focuses on curriculum and professional development opportunities for students.


Senior Physician Scientist Advisor Program Directors

Melanie Cushion in a white coatMelanie Cushion, PhD

BS: St. Joseph’s College
PhD: St. Thomas Institute
Fellowship: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Dr. Cushion serves as professor of Internal Medicine and Senior Associate Dean for Research at the UC College of Medicine. Dr. Cushion oversees all research areas, core research facilities, and doctoral training programs within the medical school. She presides over the College of Medicine Research Council and works closely with research leadership across the university and its clinical and research partners. Dr. Cushion’s laboratory focuses on fungi in the genus Pneumocystis and pre-clinical drug development.


Lou MugliaLouis Muglia, MD, PhD

BS: University of Michigan, 1981
PhD: University of Chicago, 1986
MD: University of Chicago, 1988

Currently, Dr. Muglia serves as the Co-Director of the Perinatal Institute and the Director for Prevention of Preterm Birth. His research focuses on defining the mechanism controlling the timing for birth in humans. Aside from being an accomplished physician-scientist, Dr. Muglia has been recognized for his accomplishments in mentoring, as the recipient of the Excellence in Mentoring Award on seven occassions while at the Washington University.


Arnold straussArnold Strauss, MD

MD: Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

From 2007 through 2014, Dr. Strauss served as chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the UC College of Medicine, chief medical officer of Cincinnati Children's and director of the Cincinnati Children's Research Foundation. He is the seventh B.K. Rachford Memorial Chair in Pediatrics. A respected scientist, Dr. Strauss' research focuses on understanding the molecular basis of disorders of mitochondrial fatty acid oxidation and the genetic causes of congenital heart disease and cardiomyopathies.


Program Staff



Amy Flanary
Program Coordinator 

Amy is a graduate of The Ohio State University’s College of Biological Sciences.  She brings skills in program coordination and development to the MSTP through a broad range of experience in academic medical centers, including the OSU Medical Center and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.  Her work has focused on basic and clinical research, environmental health, child advocacy, health policy and research funding.