October 1, 2007


Congratulations to This Year’s 50 Outstanding Scholars!


An important part of IDSA’s mission is to promote the subspecialty of infectious diseases by attracting the best and brightest medical students to the field. To further this goal, the IDSA Education and Research Foundation offers scholarships to medical students in U.S. medical schools with mentorship by an IDSA member or fellow. This year’s winners are:

Tessa Andermann
Stanford University Medical School, Palo Alto, CA
Mentor: David Katzenstein, MD
Project: Trauma, Psychological Distress, and HIV Risk Behavior in Zimbabwe

Vivian Asare
Howard University Medical School, Washington, DC
Mentor: Awewura Kwara, MD
Project: Risk Factors for Mortality in Hospitalized Adult with TB at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Ghana

Crystal Brown
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Mentor: Adam P. Geballe, MD, FIDSA
Project: Characterization of the dsRNA Binding Properties of the HCMV Protein pTRS1

Emily Chan
New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY
Mentor: Joel D. Ernst, MD, FIDSA
Project: Antigen Presentation to M. tuberculosis-specific CD4+ T Cells

Rushina Cholera
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Mentor: William C. Miller, MD
Project: Antimicrobial Susceptibility Surveillance and Development of Algorithms for Clinical Management at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi

Sarah E. Clifton
Emory University School of Medicine, Decatur, GA
Mentor: Mark Mulligan, MD
Project: Seroprevalance and Duration of Mumps, IgG Antibody Among University Students

Jennifer M. Dan
Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
Mentor: Stuart M. Levitz, MD, FIDSA
Project: Exploiting Pathogen Recognition Receptors in the Creation of a Cryptococcus neoformans Vaccine

Daniel C. DeSimone
University at Buffalo School of Medicine, Buffalo, NY
Mentor: Timothy F. Murphy, MD, FIDSA
Project: Pathogenesis of Haemophilus influenzae in Infection in COPD

Daniel Drozd
University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA
Mentor: Heidi M. Crane, MD, MPH
Project: The Changing Nature of Mortality and Cause of Death in HIV Disease in the Pre, Early, and Late HAART Eras

Deborah Fromstein
Tulane Medical School, New Orleans, LA
Mentor: Rodrigo Hasbun, MD
Project: Community-acquired Bacterial Meningitis in Children: Factors Contributing to Adverse Clinical Outcomes, Changing Epidemiology and Role of Steroids

Benjamin T. Galen
Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
Mentor: Betsy. C. Herald, MD
Project: Novel HSV Vaginal Microbicides: The Use of SiRNA to Prevent HSV in a Murine Model

Kristin Gillenwater
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Kansas City, MO
Mentor: Patrick G. Clay, MD
Project: Factors that Influence HIV Positive and Minority Participation in Clinical Research

Alison Han
Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
Mentor: Lilly H. Immergluck, MD
Project: Understanding the Epidemiology of Children with Community-associated MRSA and Soft Tissue Infections

Benjamin Ho
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN
Mentor: Chandy C. John, MD, MS
Project: Using Multiplex Analysis to Compare Antibody Responses to Blood-stage Plasmodium falciparum Antigens in Individuals Living in Two Highland Areas of Western Kenya

Isaac Howley
Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH
Mentor: Elizabeth A. Talbot, MD
Project: Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy and Employment in Accra, Ghana

Matthew Israel
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Mentors: David Kimberlin, MD and Richard Whitley, MD, FIDSA
Project: Antiviral Management of Influenza During Infancy

Meghan E. Jennings
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN
Mentor: Peter Wright, MD, FIDSA
Project: Investigation of Dengue Virus Prevalence in Infants: GHESKIO Centers, Haiti

Naana Afua Jumah
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Mentor: Edward T. Ryan, MD, FIDSA
Project: Assessing the Memory B Cell Response to Cholera Infection

Jonathan Katz
VCU Medical Center, Richmond, VA
Mentor: Daniel Nixon, DO, PhD
Project: HIV Management Success Quantified with Viral Load and CD4 Counts in Telemedicine Patients Compared in Clinical ID Preceptorship and Research

Ravi Kavasery
Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
Mentor: Frederick L. Altice, MD
Project: Early vs. Delayed Routine HIV Testing of Substance Abusers, the Mentally Ill, and Other Vulnerable Populations in Connecticut Jails

Lara Knudsen
George Washington University, Washington, DC
Mentor: Peter Hotez, MD, PhD
Project: Antiretroviral Treatment in Uganda and Integration of Reproductive Health Services

Paul J. Krezanoski
Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
Mentor: Davidson H. Hamer, MD, FIDSA
Project: Catalyzing Uptake of Insecticide-treated Bed Nets (ITNs) in Madagascar

Scott E. Landis
University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN
Mentor: Mark A. Land, MD
Project: Seeing the Trees: A Comparative Study of Healthcare Delivery for HIV/AIDS Patients in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Tanzania

Brandon Libby
Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH
Mentor: Timothy Lahey, MD, MMSc
Project: Study the Cellular Sources of HIV Transmission Via Breastfeeding in Mwanza, Tanzania

Michael Liu
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at CWRU, Cleveland, OH
Mentor: Lara Danziger-Isakov, MD, FIDSA
Project: Host Response to Fungal Infections Following Lung Transplantation in Pediatric Patients

Kelly McGlaughlin
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Mentor: Kathleen Squires, MD, FIDSA

Project: Establishing and Implementing a Database for Integration of HIV Clinical Services and Clinical Trials

Katherine Moran
Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC
Mentor: Princy N. Kumar, MD, FIDSA
Project: HIV and the Aging Population: Clinical Characteristics and Comorbidities Associated with Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy

Shilpa S. Murthy
Pennsylvania State University of Medicine, Hershey, PA
Mentor: Cynthia Whitener, MD
Project: Assessment of How Current Water and Sanitation Facilities in Schools in Malawi, Africa, Affect Basic Health Indicators in School Children 

    Dharushana Muthulingam
University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Mentor:
Project: C. trachomatis Strain Types in Two Ecuadorian Populations

Shantanu Nundy
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Mentor: Trish M. Perl, MD, MSc, FIDSA
Project: Evaluation of WHO Campaign to Reduce Nosocomial Infection Worldwide 

Olutoyin Okanlawon
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN
Mentor: Wonder Drake, MD
Project: Characterization of Immune Recognition of Mycobacterial Antigens in Systemic Sarcoidosis 

Sara Oliver
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
Mentor: David Kimberlin, MD and Richard Whitley, MD, FIDSA
Project: Neurodevelopmental Impact of Antiviral Suppression Following Neonatal Herpes

Marika Orlov
University of California, San Diego, CA
Mentor: Robert T. Schooley, MD, FIDSA

Project: Impact of Typhoon Favio on Tropical Diseases in Central Mozambique 

Payal Patel
University of Texas Health Science Center – San Antonio
Mentor: Thomas F. Patterson, MD

Project: Detection and Significance of Resistant Yeast 

Aimee Peck
Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH
Mentor: C. Fordham Von Reyn, MD
Project: 37 Million and Counting… 

Lindsay Petty
Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA
Mentor: Tonya J. Crook, MD
Project: HIV Prevention Elective

Steve Pham
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
Mentor: Jared Spotkov, MD
Project: Project Vietnam - Antimicrobial Use and Impact on MDR Pathogens at Cho Ray

Michelle Phuong-Mai Vu
Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
Mentor: John A. Zaia, MD, FIDSA
Project: A Preceptorship in Phase 1 Infectious Disease Research 

Kimberly Pringle
Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA
Mentor: Erica Dueger, DVM, PhD
Project: 1. A Public Health Early Warning System for Bacterial, Parasitic, and Viral Causes of Diarrhea, Respiratory Disease and Unspecified Illness in Guatemala
2. Socioeconomic Impact of Febrile Illness on Rural and Urban Guatelmalans 

Jennifer Ross
Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR
Mentor: Kevin Winthrop, MD, MPH
Project: Risk Factors for Clinically Significant Giardia intestinalis infection in Peruvian children 

Carrie Sailer
University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT
Mentor: Adi, Gundlapalli, MD, PhD
Project: Assessment of Influenza-related Capabilities in Utah’s Clinical Laboratories

Dan Schwarz
Brown Medical School, Providence, RI
Mentor: Timothy P. Flanigan, MD, FIDSA
Project: Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy in Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women in Rural Zimbabwe 

Christopher J. Sellers
UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, Carrboro, NC
Mentor: Irving Hoffman, MD
Project: HIV/AIDS Clinical Research and Clinical Preceptorship in Infectious Diseases in Lilongwe, Malawi 

Sonia Singh
University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Birmingham, AL
Mentor: Suresh B. Boppana, MD
Project: Development of Loop Mediated Amplification Method to Detect CMV in Newborns

Sara K. Tedeschi
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN
Mentor: Clarence “Buddy” Creech, MD, MPH
Project: The SWAN Study: Staphylococcus aureus in Women and Neonates 

Ashwin Vasan
University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI
Mentor: Carol A. Kauffman, MD, FIDSA
Project: Assessment and Recommendation of Antiretroviral Therapy by Health Workers in Uganda Using the WHO integrated Management of Adolescent and Adult Illness (IMAI) Algorithm 

Ryan J. Vealey
University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT
Mentor: Nalini Singh, MD, MPH, FIDSA
Project: Investigation of New Community-acquired MRSA Clones Causing Invasive Infections in the Pediatric Population of the Washington, DC Area

Kartik K. Venkatesh
Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University, Providence, RI
Mentor: Kenneth H. Mayer, MD, FIDSA
Project: Secondary HIV Prevention in a Clinical Care Setting in South India

Tina S. Wu
UCLA, David Geffin School of Medicine, Hollywood, CA
Mentor: Ellie J.C. Goldstein, MD, FIDSA
Project: Clinical Infectious Diseases Preceptorship plus Lab/Clinical Investigation on C. difficile Trasmission

Louis Yu
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
Mentor: Jack A. DeHovitz, MD, MPH, FIDSA
Project: Tackling the Youth AIDS Epidemic in the Drug Abuse Prevalent Favelas of Rio De Janiero, Brazil Through Healthy Sports Participation

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