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Lauren Styczynski's Research Receives "Student-Faculty Collaboration Award"

January 22, 2020: Lauren Styczynksi, a senior medical sciences student, has been working diligently on research to see if Vincristine, a common chemotherapy often used in treatment for leukemia, might prime and alter the pain perception if it's administered in adulthood.  She collaborated with Dr. Mark Baccei. Their work produced a URC Grant and the Student-Faculty Collaboration Award through the University of Cincinnati Office of Research. To view their work, please visit this link.  Congratulations Laura!   Thank you for representing medical sciences so well!


MSBP Professor Appointed Deputy Editor of Advances in Physiology Education

Bryan Mackenzie

January 1, 2020: Bryan Mackenzie, PhD, associate professor of physiology at UC's college of medicine, has been appointed Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the journal Advances in Physiology Education. The journal, which is published by the American Physiological Society, promotes and disseminates educational scholarship in order to enhance teaching and learning of physiology, neuroscience and pathophysiology. Advances publishes peer-reviewed descriptions of innovations that improve teaching in the classroom and laboratory, essays on education, and review articles based on our current understanding of physiological mechanisms.

"Few things match the excitement and satisfaction of teaching and mentoring in science—sharing knowledge, expertise, and experience—to students eager to learn," said Mackenzie. "At Advances, our goals are to explore the content that we should be teaching our students in the biomedical sciences and to identify teaching methodologies that best deliver that content to our students across a broad range of learning styles and preferences, making sure that no-one is left behind. I am thrilled to take on this new role as deputy editor."

Dr Mackenzie serves as director of research experiences for the Medical Sciences Baccalaureate Program and directs MSBP research courses as well as Statistics and Experimental Design, and Interprofessional Education.

Journal Article Discusses the Benefits of Peer Teaching at the Undergraduate Level

December 19, 2019: A scholarly article published today in the journal Advances of Physiology Education provides new evidence that peer teaching at the undergraduate level raises student learning outcomes—and that's precisely the approach being taken in some of the more challenging courses within the Medical Sciences Baccalaureate Program (MSBP) at UC. The article discusses the role of undergradaute teaching assistants, referred to at UC as supplemental instruction leaders.

Supplemental Instruction (SI) engages students through weekly review sessions and office hours in "historically difficult courses". Several MSBP juniors and seniors currently serve as SI leaders in upper-level MSBP courses. Annually, six MSBP courses incorporate supplemental instruction, those are: MEDS3020 Introduction to Medical Biochemistry, MEDS3021 Fundamentals of Molecular Genetics, MEDS3023C Statistics & Experimental Design, MEDS3026 Human Physiology, MEDS4027 Principles of Biochemistry I, and MEDS4028 Principles of Biochemistry II.

The article by Douglas B Luckie and colleagues makes the point that undergraduate peer teachers "are perhaps uniquely qualified and positioned to be the optimal, the ideal, advocate to raise learning in their peers."

Medical Sciences Travels to Dayton for the Ohio Physiological Society Annual Meeting

MSBP students at OPS2019

September 21, 2019: Students and faculty from UC's undergraduate medical sciences program took part today in the Ohio Physiological Society (OPS) annual meeting at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Founded in 1975, OPS is a regional chapter of the American Physiological Society (APS). The OPS meeting featured the APS Keynote Lecture, “Why do mice run better with SOCCs?” delivered by Robert T Dirksen, PhD (University of Rochester), over 80 poster presentations, and a series of platform presentations given by students and early-career scientists/faculty. OPS is an ideal regional forum for students and trainees to present their work in biomedical and translational science.

Two medical sciences majors were recognized for research excellence. Rishi Mehta was awarded the AD Instruments Travel Award of the Ohio Physiological Society. This award provides $750 so that Rishi (class of 2022) can attend Experimental Biology 2020 in San Diego, California, and present the research he has been conducting in the laboratory of Marc Rothenberg, MD, professor of pediatrics at UC College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Rishi presented his poster titled "Loss of peptidyl-arginine deiminase 1-mediated citrullination drives esophageal epithelial barrier impairment in allergic inflammation".

Vighnesh Ramesh (class of 2020) won an OPS research excellence award ($50) for his poster presentation "Inhibition of TRAF6 signaling as a therapeutic approach in acute myeloid leukemia (AML)" Ramesh has been conducting research in the laboratory of Daniel Starczynowski, PhD professor of pediatrics and of cancer biology at UC College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Nami Tajima, PhD, assistant professor of physiology and biophysics at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) was elected President of OPS. CWRU will host the Ohio Physiological Society annual meeting in the fall of 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Mehta OPS2019 award

Ohio Physiological Society President Andrew Voss, PhD (Wright State University) congratulates Rishi Mehta (class of 2022), on his being awarded the AD Instruments Travel Award of the Ohio Physiological Society at its annual meeting on September 21, 2019 in Dayton, Ohio.

Medical Sciences Poster Fair Caps Year of Research and Health & Community Successes

April 26, 2019: The second annual Medical Sciences Poster Fair today showcased the biomedical research and health & community service endeavors of students in the baccalaureate program in medical sciences. Some 57 students from the freshman through senior classes presented posters at the event, held in the CARE/Crawley Atrium. Among them were 31 capstone presentations from the graduating Class of 2019.

An outstanding cadre of 60 judges—comprised of faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, community partners, and program professionals—evaluated the poster presentations. The MedSci program is especially grateful to the judges for sharing their time and expertise, and for providing valuable critical feedback. The judges noted that the presentations were broadly of the highest calibre and appreciated the hard work and intellectual contributions of our students.

First prizes, including an award certificate and $75 cash award, were given to the students judged top of the biomedical research and health & community posters. In each section, there were also three runners-up awards comprising an award certificate and $25 cash award. Congratulations!

Biomedical Research        

Health & Community        

First Prize
First Prize
Nihar Rama

Ellena Privitera

Runners-Up Prizes Runners-Up Prizes
Scottie Emmert
Rahul Sandella
Amy Tran
Zohabe Bakali
Emily Kim
Anna Layman

The American Physiological Society (APS) sponsored an award for the best physiology presentation. The APS Local Undergraduate Research Award in Physiology for 2019 went to Farhan Ilyas (Class of 2020). Farhan's research, in the laboratory of Laura Conforti, PhD, professor of nephrology, explores the etiology of systemic lupus erythematosus, an autoimmune disorder. Farhan is studying how the functional properties of potassium channels contribute to T-cell hyperactivity in this chronic disease. The APS award comprised an award certificate, complimentary membership in APS for one year, and an APS T-shirt and lapel pin.

Ilyas LURAP award

Farhan Ilyas receives the American Physiological Society's undergraduate research award in physiology, presented by Bryan Mackenzie, PhD (right), associate professor of physiology and APS member, at the Medical Sciences Poster Fair on April 26, 2019.

Two Medical Sciences Students Recipients of the Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence

  • Emmert
  • Sandella

April 17, 2019: Medical Sciences seniors Scottie Emmert and Rahul Sandella have been named recipients of the 2019 Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence. Established in 2002, the medal is a prestigious honor awarded by the University President to exceptional graduating students who best exemplify scholarship, leadership, character, service and the ideals of the University of Cincinnati.

Emmert, a native of Cincinnati, and Sandella, from Mason, Ohio, will graduate Bachelor of Science this spring, having majored in medical sciences. You can read more about Scottie's story here. And read more of Rahul's story here.


Andrea Ori Awarded a 2019 Fulbright Study/Research Grant

Andrea Ori portraitApril, 2019: Andrea Ori, a graduating senior in the Medical Sciences program, has been named a 2019 Fulbright Scholar in the study/research grant program for graduating seniors or recent graduates. Applicants for study/research awards design their own projects and will typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education.

The study/research awards are available in approximately 140 countries. The grant supports the student's expenses such as travel, accommodation, and living expenses in the foreign country. Andrea will begin her research project in France in fall of 2019.

Nihar Rama Named a 2019 Barry Goldwater Scholar

Nihar Rama photoApril, 2019: Medical Sciences sophomore Nihar Rama has been named a 2019 Barry Goldwater Scholar. The award recognizes undergraduate sophomore or junior students majoring in the natural sciences, mathematics, or engineering and who show exceptional promise of becoming the nation’s next generation of research leaders in these fields. Read More


Azucenas and Stone Awarded American Physiological Society Summer Research Fellowships

Sydney Stone and Corbin AzucenasMarch 28, 2019: Medical sciences juniors Corbin Azucenas and Sydney Stone have each been awarded STRIDE summer research fellowships from the American Physiological Society.

The award includes a $4,500 summer stipend, a $500 contribution to the host laboratory for research costs, and travel expenses for the student to present their work at a national conference.

Corbin and Sydney are conducting research on iron transport and homeostasis in the laboratory of Bryan Mackenzie, PhD, associate professor of physiology and Medical Sciences Program director of research experiences. Sydney’s research project explores a potential mechanism of preventing iron overload. Corbin’s research focuses on the molecular physiology of ferroportin—a protein that is responsible for the export of iron from enterocytes and macrophages—and the role of extracellular calcium in activating ferroportin function in vitro and in vivo.

Scottie Emmert's Research Paper Describes a Novel Animal Model of Hydrocephalus

February 9, 2019: Medical Sciences senior Scottie Emmert has used a new genome-editing technology known as CRISPR to mutate in the rat a gene known as L1cam, creating a novel animal model of hydrocephalus, a severe and relatively common disorder in human infants. His first-author research article was published today in the Journal of Neurosurgery. Scottie has been working since his freshman year in the laboratory of June Goto, PhD, instructor of pediatric medicine, and Francesco Mangano, DO, professor of pediatrics, in the Division of Neurosurgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and UC College of Medicine. The novel animal model of hydrocephalus is expected to aid in the development of new surgical and medical treatment options that will improve patient outcomes and quality of life.


Zoha Mian Makes a Difference at Refugee Connect

December 17, 2018:  Senior Medical Sciences student, Zoha Mian, is doing great things for our local community. She is currently an intern at Refugee Connect, serving as a mentor to refugee youth at Aiken High School. In this capacity, she serves as a leader of the girls empowerment group where she is working to implement a mental health literacy module.  Additionally, she is in the process of starting a Latino Boys Support Group, implementing a mental health literacy module for Mount Airy Elementary, and starting a scholarship for refugees at UC. Last year, she started a pilot mentorship program at Roselawn Elementary and Withrow High School.  With her hard work and guidance, Zoha is making our community stronger each and everyday.  Thank you Zoha for giving so much back to our community.  

To learn more about some of the students Zoha has had a hand in working with, click the following links to view two recent articles from the Cincinnati Enquirer: News Story 1 | News Story 2

Newsha Jahanpanah Selected for ASA Young Award

October 23, 2018:  The Young Award selection committee has accepted a proposal from UC Medical Sciences student Newsha Jahanpanah as one of "high merit" and worthy of the Acoustical Society of Amerca's support. Newsha was awarded $500 and encouraged to present the results of her study at an upcoming ASA meeting. The project will focus on acoustic droplet vaporization and inertial cavitation.    Congratulations!

Pictured below, left to right, are:  Newsha Jahanpanah, Dr. Kevin Haworth and Dr. Karla P. Mercado-Shekhar.  Dr. Haworth and Dr. Mercado-Shekhar worked with Newsha on the proposal.  






Medical Sciences Research Students Compete in "Sharkathon"

October 2, 2018:   On Saturday, July 27, University of Cincinnati Medical Sciences students Henry Greenberg and Scott Vennemeyer, along with fellow UC undergraduate student Alvin Mantey and their graduate student mentor Jim Reigle, participated in Sharkathon. The Sharkathon competition challenges teams of students to create an application and then present their invention to a group of judges. Their team, "The Managers of Mayhem" was named the winning group.  The team's project focused on the failure of patients taking their medication as prescribed and the possible affects due to combining medications. In the Hackathon portion of the competition, they "partially implemented an Echo Spot Skill that both reminds patients to take their pills each day and informs them of possible adverse reactions". The team proposed targeting their product to insurers with the hope of reducing medical costs. Congratulations! | Read More


The winning Sharkathon team. Pictured (from left) are graduate student mentor Jim Reigle and undergraduates Henry Greenberg, Alvin Mantey and Scott Vennemeyer.

UC Hosts the Ohio Physiological Society Annual Meeting

September 29, 2018: Medical Sciences students participated in the annual meeting of the Ohio Physiological Society, hosted this weekend at the University of Cincinnati, with six of our students picking up research awards. Read More


Two Medical Sciences Students Selected for Homecoming Court

September 28, 2018: Congratulations go to Zoha Mian and Rahul Sandella, who have both been selected for the Homecoming Court 2018. Each year, 5 women and 5 men are chosen from the entire University to represent our institution on the Homecoming Court. The finalists will be announced at the Homecoming football game on Saturday, October 6.

Shivani Tumukuntala's Research Study Published

Shivani TumukuntalaSeptember 19, 2018: Medical Sciences student Shivani Tumukuntala (pictured below) is celebrating the publication of her research study in a paper out today in PLoS Biology. The work was conducted in partnership with Caitlin Dunn-Fletcher and others in the laboratory of Louis Muglia, professor of pediatrics, and their collaborators at Cincinnati Children's Hospital and National Institutes of Health.

Their paper, "Anthropoid primate-specific retroviral element THE1B controls expression of CRH in placenta and alters gestation length" describes how the endogenous retroviral long terminal repeat transposon-like human element 1B (THE1B) directs the placental expression of corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) which then affects gestational length and birth timing. The work is expected to lead to new treatment options for the prevention of pre-term births.

Where Did Andrea Ori Spend Her Summer?  In Paris, France!

September 17, 2018:  Andrea Ori, a senior Medical Sciences major, just spent two months at the Pasteur Institute where she researched the Type 2 Secretion System of Klebsiella pneumoniae.  She identified the antibiotic resistance of K. pneumonia ST258 and created clones using the Streptomycin resistance cassette to use for gene deletions.  As a Medical Sciences and French major, this internship was a unique opportunity that combined both Andrea's passions.  Working at a world-renowned research institute allowed her to expand her knowledge of microbiology and biochemistry, while also experiencing the culture, improving her language skills, and creating international connections.  "This experience was beyond anything in my wildest dreams;  given the chance, I would do it again in a heartbeat!", Andrea says. 





Medical Sciences Major Graduates its First Class

April 27, 2018: The undergraduate program in medical sciences today celebrated the graduation of five students in the senior class—the first to graduate with a major in medical sciences from the University of Cincinnati. Pictured (below) at the 2018 Poster Fair on April 20 is the Class of 2018 (from left to right): Justin Smith, Bhargav Vemuri, Austin Songer, John Bonamer, and Anna Hopkins. Read More >>

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2018 Goldwater Scholarship Awards Include a Medical Sciences Undergraduate from UC’s College of Medicine

March 30, 2018: Andrew "Scottie" Emmert, a University of Cincinnati medical sciences and honors student, was named a 2018 Goldwater Scholar today. The prestigious award is given to only 211 people nationwide. Read More >>

Program Director Talks with Channel 9 About In-Home DNA Tests

December 12, 2017: WCPO-TV, Channel 9 aired a segment featuring comments from Anil Menon, PhD, professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology and director of the Medical Sciences Baccalaureate Program at the UC College of Medicine. Watch the segment here.

Medical Sciences Students and Microbes Collaborate in Agar Art

Fall 2017: The Petri dishes are in. Students in the fall 2017 Medical Microbiology MEDS3024C course showcased their entries for the Agar Art 2017 contest. Art inspires microbes too, apparently. First prize was awarded to Chandler for his entry Fish Are Friends Not Food (right) for "creativity, attention to detail, and plating skills," said David Askew, PhD, professor of pathology & laboratory medicine and course director of MEDS3024C. Honorable mentions included: C-PawBacteria Have Hearts Too, Christmas Wreath and Bow, Micromandala, and Franny's Flower.

Agar Art 2017

Fish Are Friends Not Food by Chandler
Pseudomonas fluorescens, E. coli (RFP), E. coli (GFP)

Agar Art 2017

Micromandala by Anna
Bacillus cereus, Staphylococcus saprophyticus, Aspergillus niger

Agar Art 2017

C-Paw by Cassidy
Rhodotorula rubra

Agar Art 2017
"Lovely Agar Heart" by Nina
Bacillus cereus, E. coli (RFP)
Agar Art 2017

Franny's Flower by Franny
Bacillus cereus, Staphylococcus saprophyticus

Medical Sciences Students Attend Ohio Physiological Society Annual Meeting

Bakshi and Dunham receive OPS awards

October 27, 2017: Students and faculty from UC's undergraduate medical sciences program took part today in the Ohio Physiological Society (OPS) annual meeting at Northeast Ohio Medical University, in Rootstown, Ohio. Founded in 1975, OPS is a regional chapter of the American Physiological Society (APS). The OPS meeting featured the APS Keynote Lecture, “A common physiological link between hematological cancer and cardiovascular disease” delivered by Kenneth Walsh, PhD (Boston University School of Medicine), over 60 poster presentations and a series of platform presentations given by students, postdoctoral fellows, and early-career faculty. OPS is an ideal regional forum for students and trainees to present their work in biomedical and translational science.

Two medical sciences majors were recognized for research excellence. Chinmay Bakshi was awarded the Peter K. Lauf Travel Award. This award provides $750 so that Chinmay (class of 2020) can attend Experimental Biology 2018 in San Diego, California, and present research has been conducting research in the laboratory of Nira Ben-Jonathan, PhD, professor of cancer biology, at UC College of Medicine. Chinmay presented his poster titled "Identification of novel small molecule kinase antagonists of the prolactin receptor in breast cancer". Justin Dunham (class of 2019) won an OPS travel award ($100) for his poster presentation "Role of N-glycosylation in the activity of divalent metal-ion transporter-1". Justin has been conducting research in the laboratory of Bryan Mackenzie, PhD, associate professor of physiology, at UC College of Medicine. Chinmay and Justin also participated in the data blitz in which trainees present a 90-second summary of their research project from the podium.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Bryan Mackenzie, PhD took on the role of president of the society 2017–18. The University of Cincinnati will host the Ohio Physiological Society annual meeting in October of 2018.


Medical Sciences Minor Becomes Truman Scholar, Fulbright Recipient, and UC Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence Recipient

Mohamed Elzarka

April 2017: Medical Sciences Minor, Mohamed Elzarka, was recently awarded three prestigious honors: Truman Scholar, Fulbright recipient, and UC Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence recipient. Mohamed is the first UC student to win the Truman Scholarship, one of the most prestigious honors available to undergraduates. He will graduate in Spring 2017 with majors in Liberal Art and Neuroscience, minors in Medical Sciences, Political Science, Spanish, and Psychology, and a certificate in International Human Rights. Mohamed is a UC College of Medicine Connections student and is part of UC's University Honors Program. Read more about Mohamed's successes and plans for the future here and here.



Faculty Awards, Grants, and New Positions

Mike Lieberman, PhD

Headshot of David Askew, PhD

Ed Choi, PhD

January 24, 2017: Medical Sciences congratulates several faculty members for recent accomplishments and accolades:

  • Michael Lieberman, PhD will assume the position of Interim Chair for the Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry, and Microbiology starting February 1st, 2017. Dr. Lieberman has been a member of the Molecular Genetics faculty since 1983 after coming to Cincinnati from the Harvard School of Public Health where he was an Assistant Professor. He was named Professor in 1995 and in 2002 was named a Distinguished Teaching Professor. From 2009 to 2012 Dr. Lieberman served as Interim Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the University of Cincinnati. 
  • David Askew, PhD received a $2 million NIH RO1 research award to study molecular pathways of the pathogenic fungus Aspergillus fumigatus. These NIH awards provide funds to outstanding researchers working on important issues in human health. Dr. Askew is the Director of Service Experiences in the Medical Sciences Program and a Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
  • Ed Choi, PhD was awarded the Best Teacher Award in the course Fundamentals of Cellular Medicine from the College of Medicine's Office of Medical Education. Dr. Choi is the Director of Admission for the Medical Sciences Minor and an Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry, and Microbiology.
  • Michael Lieberman, PhD was awarded the Best Teacher Award in the course Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine from the College of Medicine's Office of Medical Education. Dr. Lieberman is the co-Director for Curriculum in the Medical Sciences Program and a Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry, and Microbiology. 

Medical Sciences Professor Dr. David Askew Receives Excellence in Teaching Award

Headshot of David Askew, PhD

November 21, 2016: David Askew, PhD received the Health Sciences Graduate Association's Richard Akeson Excellence Teaching Award. The award was founded in 1990 in an effort to recognize the contributions of the outstanding faculty in graduate programs at the UC College of Medicine. Graduate students in the medical school nominate faculty who they view as excelling in the area of teaching in the classroom and/or the lab. Dr. Askew is the Director of Service Experiences in the Medical Sciences Program and a Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. 



Medical Sciences Students Attend Ohio Physiological Society Annual Meeting

MEDS group at OPS 2016

November 19, 2016: Students and faculty from UC's undergraduate medical sciences program took part today in the Ohio Physiological Society (OPS) annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1975, OPS is a regional chapter of the American Physiological Society (APS). The OPS meeting featured the APS Keynote Lecture, "Role of sphingolipids in muscle insulin resistance: Correlation or causation" by Joseph T. Brozinick, PhD, Eli Lilly Company, over 70 poster presentations and a series of platform presentations given by students, postdoctoral fellows, and early-career faculty. OPS is an ideal regional forum for students and trainees to present their work in biomedical and translational science.

Medical sciences minor Mohamed Elzarka was awarded the Peter K. Lauf Travel Award. This award comprises a cash prize of $50 plus a travel award of $750 so that Mohamed can attend Experimental Biology 2017 in Chicago. Mohamed, a liberal arts major, has been conducting research in the laboratory of Mindy Call, PhD, research assistant professor of ophthalmology, at UC College of Medicine. Mohamed presented his poster titled "Use of human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells to treat corneal opacity acquired through injury and infection."

Welcome, Class of 2020!

Photo of Medical Sciences class of 2020

August 22, 2016: The Medical Sciences major welcomed 71 first-years to campus as part of the record-breaking incoming UC class of 2020. These impressive Medical Sciences majors had an average 3.82 high school GPA, an average 31.1 ACT, and an average 1379 SAT score. Six of them are Connections students and almost half of them received Cincinnati scholarships. Welcome to UC, the College of Medicine, and the Medical Sciences program!


Congratulations to Graduating Minors!

April 30, 2016: The Medical Sciences program congratulates the 26 UC students graduating with a minor in Medical Sciences this semester. These students are graduating with plans that include attending UC's medical school, attending University of Toledo's MSBS graduate program, volunteering in Honduras, working at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, attending UC's MS program in Nutrition, and working in public health in Senegal. Congratulations to all!

Medical Sciences Students Receive Barry Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mentions

April 14, 2016: Medical Science major, Aswin Bikkani, and Medical Science minor, Mohamed Elzarka were congratulated by the University of Cincinnati this week after receiving Honorable Mentions from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. The Goldwater award was established by Congress to encourage high achieving undergraduate students to pursue careers in research, science, math, and engineering. UC may nominate only four individuals for consideration in the nationwide competition.

Aswin P Bikkani
Institution: University of Cincinnati
Major(s): Medical Sciences, Chemistry minor
Career Goal: To obtain an M.D./Ph.D. in order to tackle kidney disease by understanding the kidneys development, conducting research in either basic or translational aspects of developmental biology.

Mohamed H Elzarka
Institution: University of Cincinnati
Major(s): Neurobiology, Medical Sciences minor
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Investigate underlying mechanisms of neurodegenerative disease, develop therapeutic treatments, and teach at the university level.

Join the UC community in congratulating both these students on their achievements! Find a full list of 2016 Honorable Mentions here.

Medical Sciences Student Recognized During State of the University

Aswin Bikkani, State of the University 2016

April 5, 2016: In his State of the University address, President Santa Ono recognized the accomplishments of the Medical Sciences program and student Aswin Bikkani in particular. 

"Thinking 'outside the box,' the College of Medicine offered its first undergraduate major beginning this academic year. Among the students in its first cohort of 40 is Aswin Bikkani, from Westlake, Ohio. This game-changing program, offering a Bachelor of Medical Sciences, attracted laudatory remarks from Darrell Kirsch, the head of the Association of American Medical Colleges, when he visited campus in August.

Aswin’s first year in the new program has already taken him to great heights. He received a full scholarship to become both an undergraduate student and a medical school student. He also received a 2015 Tylenol Future Care Scholarship of $10,000.

In December, Aswin became one of five students nationally to be invited to Stockholm to be part of the Nobel Prize ceremonies, the world’s most esteemed award ceremonies. Aswin is here this afternoon. Please stand, Aswin, so you can congratulate you. Thank you for representing Cincinnati in Sweden."

Read President Ono's full State of the University here.



Introducing the MedSci Ballers

March 3, 2016: In the first round of the playoffs, the MedSci Ballers (0-4) won in a dramatic fashion over a 1-3 team. After hitting a three pointer to bring the game into overtime, a late lay-up led the MedSci Ballers to their first victory of the season. 

Pictured: Alec, Zohabe, Coach Rahul, Matt, Akshar, Rohan, Jenna,  Avanti, Niki, Coach Harish, Rohan, and Umar. Not pictured: Scottie.

Congratulations to Graduating Students!

December 11, 2015: Congratulations to our three Medical Sciences minors who are graduating this weekend - Alex, Lauren, and Austin. We are so proud of you and can't wait to hear about all the wonderful things you do next! Best wishes!



Medical Sciences Major Travels to Sweden for Nobel Week

December 5, 2015: Medical Sciences major, Aswin Bikkani, is one of five students nationally to attend the Nobel Prize Award ceremonies in Stockholm, Sweden, December 5-11, 2015. Read More >>



Medical Sciences Students Travel to Kentucky for Service Experience

KY trip

October 2, 2015: Over the first weekend of October, six Medical Sciences students traveled to Scottsville, Kentucky to volunteer at the Center for Courageous Kids (CCK). The camp provides “a place where children living with life threatening illnesses and their families…come free of charge and have fun, find respite, feel normal and forget about their every day struggles.” On this Epilepsy Retreat Weekend, each volunteer was assigned a child and assisted them with activities such as arts and crafts, bowling, archery, horseback riding, fishing, and swimming.

AAMC President Calls Medical Sciences Program "Innovative" and "A Model for the Nation"

Drs. Richard Lofgren, Darrell Kirch, and William Ball

July 28, 2015: AAMC President Darrell Kirch, MD, visited UC's Academic Health Center earlier this month as part of an effort to visit medical schools and teaching hospitals across the country. Kirch called the Medical Sciences program "a wonderful blend for any undergraduate interested in a career in the health sciences. It is designed to achieve a balance of the core elements of the biological and natural sciences, as well as making important links to the humanities and the liberal arts. If I were entering college thinking about a future in a health professions, this UC program would have enormous appeal to me." Read More >>


New Medical Sciences Major Holds Orientation for First Freshman Class

July 8, 2015: Completing Freshman Orientation this week, over 40 students will enter the medical sciences major in the freshman class this fall. Read More >>



Medical Sciences Student Named a 2015 APS Undergraduate Research Excellence Fellow

Shahana_PrakashMay 20, 2015: UC student Shahana Prakash has been awarded an Undergraduate Research Excellence Fellowship (UGREF) by the American Physiological Society (APS). Shahana, a rising senior and biology major, is also enrolled in the UC college of medicine's medical sciences program minor. Shahana is conducting research in the laboratory of Bryan Mackenzie, PhD, associate professor of physiology, where she is studying the role of divalent metal-ion transporter-1 (DMT1) in the intestinal absorption of iron and of the toxic heavy metal cadmium. 

Now in its second year, the APS UGREF program seeks to encourage students to pursue careers as basic research scientists. In 2015, 28 applicants worldwide vied for the six research positions. Participants are selected based on academic merit, the quality of the proposed experience and the availability of appropriate faculty mentors who are established APS investigators. Students must have at least nine months or more of research experience in a lab to be eligible. Each Fellow receives a $4,000 stipend during the 10-week fellowship and an additional $1,300 in travel funds to present his or her research at the Experimental Biology 2016 meeting in San Diego. UGREF Fellows participate in hands-on research and learn to develop a hypothesis, design and troubleshoot experiments, collect and analyze data, and write and present results. 

Medical Sciences Program Celebrates Graduating Seniors

April 24, 2015: UC's undergraduate medical sciences program capped the year with a Senior Send-off and Cook-out today in UC's Levine Park. Students and faculty enjoyed a barbecue and sunny weather, and marked the graduation of the medical sciences program's first full cohort of students in the minor.



Medical Sciences Program Students Launch the MedCat Jr. Newsletter

November 13, 2014: MedCat Jr—the monthly newsletter of UC's Undergraduate Program in Medical Sciences—was launched today. It is a student-oriented and student-driven publication of the medical sciences program's Student Government. 



Ohio Board of Regents Approves UC's Major in Medical Sciences

September 10, 2014: Ohio Board of Regents today gave its final approval of UC College of Medicine's proposed Major in Medical Sciences. This step gives UC the green light to launch the Major in Medical Sciences commencing with the freshman class in fall 2015. Prospective students and parents can learn more about admissions to the program by visiting Overview of the Major in Medical Sciences.



New Undergraduate Minor Welcomes First Class

September 5, 2013: The College of Medicine’s first undergraduate program starts this semester with 32 students enrolled in the new minor in medical sciences. Read More >>

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