The Hematologist

September-October 2011, Volume 8, Issue 5

ASH Honors MMSAP Award Recipients

Published on: September 01, 2011

The Minority Medical Student Award Program (MMSAP) encourages minority medical students to pursue an interest in hematology research. For an eight- to 12-week period, MMSAP participants work closely with their mentors on a hematology-related research project. The subjects investigated by this year’s students include Waldenström macroglobulinemia, sickle cell anemia, CLL disease progression, and refractory anemia. The awardees will have the opportunity to present the results of their research at ASH’s annual meeting in December. Each award recipient also receives the support of a research mentor and a career-development mentor, travel stipends to attend the annual meeting, and subscriptions to The Hematologist and Blood.

The 2011 MMSAP award recipients are:

Steven Ovu
Second-Year Participant
Texas A&M Health Science Center – College of Medicine
Research Project: Study of clinical practice guidelines for the prevention and treatment of acute chest syndrome in sickle cell disease

Maura R. Munoz
The Ohio State University
Research Project: In vitro studies of a new bortezomib formulation against acute myeloid leukemia

Ryanne Brown
Baylor College of Medicine
Research Project:Characterization of the VWF-GPIbα binding-initiated signaling pathway that results in platelet activation and fibrin(ogen)-αIIbβIII interaction under high shear stress

Debora Zamora-Olivencia
San Juan Bautista School of Medicine
Research Project:Evaluation of safer lentivirus vectors for a successful sickle cell disease gene therapy

Christopher Rombaoa
Tufts University School of Medicine
Research Project: Targeting miRNA-155 in Waldenström macroglobulinemia

Hyunjoo Lee
Stony Brook University School of Medicine
Research Project: Effect of polymorphisms in p53 pathway proteins and CLL disease progression

Lilian Msambichaka
University of Minnesota Medical School
Research Project: Characteristics and mechanism of pain in sickle cell disease

Ko Ko Maung
East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine
Research Project: Structural requirements of LDB1 function in erythroid differentiation

Nicole Diaz
University of Illinois at Chicago
Research Project: Cell line model of refractory anemia with ringed sideroblasts developed through inappropriate iron accumulation by silencing of iron processing genes

Yakisha Partee
Meharry Medical College
Research Project: Mitochondrial DNA mutations in sickle cell disease

Oyinade Aderibigbe
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Research Project: Influenza in pediatric patients with sickle cell disease

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