Pathology Residency Program

Pathology Resident Profiles: 2019-2020

Chief Residents

Mark HopkinsMark Hopkins was raised in Mossyrock, WA, a small community of about 500 in the Cascade foothills. He attended Washington State University where he received his B.S. in chemistry. While there, he worked in the lab of Dr. Clifford Berkman investigating experimental small molecule inhibitors of prostate cancer enzymes to be used as novel imaging and therapeutic agents. He then went on to attend the University of Colorado School of Medicine where he was the president of the Pathology Student Interest Group. His academic interests include the role of both germline and acquired mutations on gynecologic malignancies, particularly ovarian cancers. Mark enjoys cooking, good coffee, animals of all kinds, Asian cuisine, and freshwater aquariums. He is pursuing AP/CP training.

Andrew LaymanAndrew Layman is a native of Baltimore. He graduated from West Point with a degree in Mathematics and Operations Research and was commissioned as an officer in the US Air Force where he served both home and abroad as a staff scientist and operations analyst. After his military service, he worked as a defense contractor in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, specializing in the technical design of border defense and surveillance systems. Andrew returned home to attend the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He pursued a variety of research topics across several departments including Pathology, Otolaryngology, Hematology, and History of Medicine. Outside of the hospital he enjoys DIY projects and is happy to share his homebrew beer, cider, and wine with anyone brave enough to try it. Andrew is pursuing AP only training.

Alisha WareAlisha Ware is from Voorhees, NJ. She earned her B.S. in Biology from Howard University, and her M.D. from The University of Virginia School of Medicine. Alisha has a special interest in hematopathology, hematology and coagulation, and education, and she completed a fellowship in Hematopathology here at Johns Hopkins from 2018-2019. Alisha loves running and has completed several long-distance races. She also enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Alisha is in her final year of AP/CP training.



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Caitlin AlexanderCaitlin Alexander was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She attended the University of Missouri and majored in Biology and Theatre. Caitlin stayed at the University of Missouri for a Master's in Public Health before attending Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. While at Columbia, she was received the Karl Perzin Excellence in Pathology Award and was actively involved in improving medical education in histology. She also worked at CHHMP clinic, a free student-run clinic targeting the homeless population in Harlem throughout medical school. Caitlin enjoys theatre, tennis, and baking. Caitlin is pursuing AP/CP training.

Jacqueline (Jackie) BirknessJacqueline (Jackie) Birkness was born and raised in Lancaster County, PA. She attended college at Johns Hopkins University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology. Jackie attended University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where she was an active member of the Pathology Medical Student Interest Group, and studied chromosomal instability in esophageal and gastric adenocarcinomas using fluorescent in-situ hybridization. She is pursuing AP/CP training at Hopkins, likely followed by a fellowship in an AP subspecialty.

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David BorzikDavid Borzik was born and raised in the oppressive heat of the Mississippi Delta. He received his degree in Biochemistry at the University of Mississippi where his research was focused on the kinetics of calcium-induced conformational changes in neural cadherin. He then received his medical degree from University of Mississippi Medical Center. During this time David spent much of his focus advocating for Mississippi's underserved LGBT patient population, including founding the campus' first Gay Straight Alliance, expanding institutional non-discrimination policies, establishing referral networks, advancing the medical school curriculum to include more robust training on sexuality and gender. A proud Eagle Scout, David is chiefly inspired by the natural world and would gladly spend all his free time backpacking through the mountains with a sketch pad and a book of poetry. During his time in the civilized world, he and his husband Tyler both enjoy campy film, spontaneous car rides, and the occasional competitive reality show. David is pursuing AP/CP training.

Eugene BrooksEugene Brooks was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He attended California State University - Fullerton to pursue his B.S. in Biochemistry. During his undergraduate years, Eugene played for the men's Division I soccer team and worked in an after school program for the community of Fullerton, CA. As a senior, the college named him male student athlete of the year and he earned a spot on ESPN The Magazine All-American Academic Soccer Team. Eugene would then head to Marshall University in Huntington, WV, for graduate study. While at Marshall, he earned a M.S. in Forensic Science with emphasis in Forensic Biology, Forensic Chemistry, Crime Scene Investigation and Computer Forensics. He returned to California to work as a criminalist in the forensic biology section of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Crime Laboratory. It was during this time that he became interested in pathology and decided to return to Marshall University to pursue his M.D. There he studied the use of ascorbic acid to reduce HIF-1 in human melanoma. Eugene loves to play soccer, travel, dance, eat BBQ, go to major league sporting events, and spend time with his family and English bulldog. He is pursuing AP/CP training.

Robert MooreRobert Moore grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He received his B.A. in Biology and Latin from Tufts University. He was a member of the Tufts Sailing Team. For three years after college, Robby worked in the Transplantation Research Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital, studying the utility of mesenchymal stem cells in type 1 diabetes. He received his M.D. from Tulane University School of Medicine. During medical school, he developed a History of Medicine elective course, and participated in basic and translational research projects, studying biomarkers and novel treatments for thyroid cancer. Robby met his wife in lab during her post-doctoral research fellowship at BWH. She is a transplant nephrologist. Together, they enjoy being outdoors. Robby enjoys folding origami, sailing, skating, following Boston sports teams, and ancient medical history. Robby is pursing AP/CP training.

Meaghan MorrisMeaghan Morris was born in Washington DC and raised in Springfield, Virginia. She received her B.S. in chemistry at Boston College where she also competed in varsity fencing. She then attended the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in the MSTP program. For her PhD research she traveled to San Francisco to study mouse models of dementia at the Gladstone institute of Neurologic Disease in the lab of Dr. Lennart Mucke. In medical school she earned the William Welch Award in Pathology for 2015 and joined Alpha Omega Alpha. Meaghan and her husband, a chemist at the NIH, enjoy playing outside with their daughter Michaela and going for leisurely hikes as a family. Meaghan is pursuing AP/NP training.

Ankit RajgariahAnkit Rajgariah was born and raised in Houston, TX. He attended Duke University in Durham, North Carolina where he received his BSE in Biomedical Engineering. At Duke, he was a Pratt Undergraduate Research Fellow, studying targeted genome editing using zinc finger nucleases for applications in bone regeneration. He earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. He was president of the Pathology Student Interest Group, mentoring students interested in the field and connecting them to members of the department. During his time at Baylor, he studied Epstein-Barr virus-associated smooth muscle tumors in the setting of immunocompromised patients. Ankit picked up figure skating as a child and continues to enjoy it in his spare time. He is also a huge sports fan, basketball in particular. He loves traveling, trying new cuisines, playing board games, and spending time with friends and family. Ankit is pursuing AP/CP training.

Nick RogersNick Rogers was born in California but grew up in Overland Park, KS. He attended Harding University in Searcy, AR where he graduated with a degree in Political Science and competed on the Quiz Bowl Team and spent a semester in France. He received his M.D. from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where he was elected into Alpha Omega Alpha. He was also awarded the Schlumberger Award for performance in Pathology and was an active member in the SCOPE pathology student group. Nick spends his time hiking and camping in the mountains and forests near his home alternating with watching television on the couch. He also enjoys following his favorite sports teams, the Kansas Jayhawks and the Kansas City Royals. Nick is pursuing AP/CP training.



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Nicolas Giraldo-CastilloNicolas Giraldo-Castillo was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. He received his M.D. from the Universidad de los Andes. He later pursued a PhD in Immunopathology at the Sorbonne University, and a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins. His work mainly focused in the discovery and validation of prognostic and theranostic immune-related biomarkers in renal and skin cancer. Nicolas' areas of interest include digital pathology, tumor immunology, bioinformatics and artificial intelligence. He also enjoys reading, fine arts, hiking and traveling. Nicolas is pursuing AC/CP training.

Cherub KimCherub Kim was born in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with degrees in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering. He continued at Berkeley for a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering. He then attended the New York University School of Medicine as one of the inagural Silverstein Scholarship recipients. During his time at NYU, he spent one additional year in the Applied Dynamics and Optimization Lab developing a mathematical model for the energetics of human motion based on molecular muscle energetics. He enjoys programming and 3D printing. He is pursuing AP/CP training.

Regina KwonAfter graduating with a degree in literature from Yale, Regina Kwon started her career as an editor in New York City. She began working on startups and Internet product development and received several national awards for her work. A career change led her to the University of Colorado, where she received her MD and an MPH in epidemiology. At CU, she was involved in many projects to improve medical education and student life. She served as the national chair of the AAMC Organization of Student Representatives and was elected to the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Her academic interests include medical education and informatics. Regina also enjoys science fiction and mysteries and learning about religion, art, and behavioral economics. She loves a good word game and believes you can never have too many pens. She is pursuing AP/CP training.

David PeskeDavid Peske was born and raised in San Diego, California. He graduated with honors from the University of California, San Diego with degrees in Molecular Biology and Political Science. David then switched coasts to earn his MD and PhD from the University of Virginia. His PhD research in the laboratory of Dr. Victor Engelhard focused on how the tumor microenvironment controls T cell infiltration into melanoma. David and his wife Merrilee, their two sons, and their chocolate Lab all love spending time outdoors and home improvement projects. He also loves playing strategy card and board games, particularly with a fine beer or whiskey in hand. He is pursuing AP only training as part of the Research residency track, and plans to continue studying how to harness the immune system to combat cancer.

Stephen NixStephen Nix was born and raised in Hope, AR and studied English Literature at the University of Arkansas before attending medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. During his time in medical school and year of research in the Medical Research Scholars Program at the National Institutes of Health, he performed research on various projects including stroke neuroprotection, meningiomas, exosomes, and social media outreach in pathology. He received the Richard J. Webber Award from the department of pathology for research and served as the pathology interest group (SCOPE) president. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Fabiola, and their cats, Misha and Gustavo, as well as sports, literature, video games, and creative writing. Stephen will be pursuing AP/NP training.



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Yembur AhmadYembur Ahmad was born and raised in Houston, TX. She attended the 6 year combined BA/MD program at University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), where she earned both her BA in Liberal Arts and her MD. At UMKC, she spent her free time volunteering with a local hospice as well as the No One Dies Alone (NODA) program for actively dying patients, culminating in induction into Gold Humanism Honor Society. She also participated in various research projects including the role of beta-oligomers in secondary amyloidosis in Alzheimer's disease, and the role of the renin-angiotensin system in fat embolism. Yembur participated in a Global Health and Social Issues course in Cape Town, South Africa during medical school, leading to her interest in the global health track at Hopkins. Outside of medicine, she enjoys indulging in vegetarian cuisine (especially Thai food), hiking and traveling. She loves languages and speaks English, Kashmiri, Hindi-Urdu and Spanish, as well as some basic French. She is also the proud owner of an impressive earring collection. Yembur is pursuing AP/CP training.

Kelly CravenKelly Craven was born and raised in South Bend, IN. She attended Indiana University in Bloomington, IN where she graduated with Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Computer Science. After college, she accepted a position as a bioinformatician at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis, IN, where she worked for 5 years developing numerous computer applications that were utilized by Lilly Research Laboratories for drug discovery. She then returned to school to pursue further training as part of Indiana University's Medical Scientist Training Program in Indianapolis, IN. As part of her doctoral work, she utilized human genomic data from The Cancer Genome Atlas to identify important angiogenic pathways in a subset of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma patients. Additionally, successful targeting of these pathways was demonstrated in pre-clinical models. She has received various awards throughout her career, including the Lilly Research Laboratories President's Award, an NRSA Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD Fellowship (F30), and a Woman in Cancer Research Award from the American Association of Cancer Research. Kelly enjoys visiting local restaurants with her husband, Andrew, as well as biking, golfing, and computer programming. Kelly will be pursuing AP/CP training.

Katelynn DavisKatelynn Davis was born and raised in Des Moines, IA and received a B.S. in Biology from Iowa State University where she discovered an interest in performing research and tutoring and mentoring fellow college students. She participated as a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow at the University of Michigan and studied molecular alterations in a mouse model of traumatic brain injury. Katelynn earned her M.D. with Teaching Distinction from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. She completed the Pathology Externship (a one-year fellowship in Pathology) after M3 year working primarily in surgical and autopsy pathology. During medical school, Katelynn studied the expression of NAMPT in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma and wrote up cases on appendiceal signet-ring cell carcinoma and a lightning death. She continued developing her teaching skills as a TA and coordinator for Introduction to Medical Education at Iowa, a pre-M1 introductory course, and as a small group facilitator for dental students in their Introduction to Human Pathology course. As a senior, she served as Chair of the Student Education Committee, a committee tasked with creating initiatives for curriculum improvement and providing student input on institutional education committees. Katelynn enjoys going on walks with her husband and dog, bicycling (rain or shine), practicing yoga, trying new recipes, and watching TV shows. Katelynn will be pursuing AP/CP training.

Curtis GravenmierCurtis Gravenmier hails from Orlando, Florida, where he grew up playing soccer, camping, and going to the beach. As an undergraduate, he attended Florida State University and earned degrees in Chemistry and Biological Science. As well, he contributed significantly to studies of cell cycle regulation and received the university's Helen Louise Lee Award for undergraduate cancer research. Curtis married Catherine, his high school sweetheart, prior to starting medical school. Curtis earned his medical doctorate at the University of South Florida. Many of his clinical rotations were completed at Moffitt Cancer Center, where he composed mathematical models to explain the evolution of cancer hallmarks including the Warburg effect. He was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha and won a Carolyn L. Kuckein Fellowship. His academic interests include microenvironmental niche construction and stem-like behavior of human malignancies, microscopy, and applied mathematics. During his free time, Curtis enjoys craft beer, brewing, cooking, outdoors activities, video games, and computer programming. He is pursuing AP/CP training.

Monica HillMonica Hill was born and raised in Gainesville, FL, home of the Florida Gators. She then moved 15 minutes across town where she received both her B.S. in Nutritional Sciences and then her M.D. at the University of Florida. Thankfully, she managed to leave Gainesville briefly for a summer abroad studying Spanish art and architecture in Barcelona, Spain. In medical school, Monica discovered her passion for education, serving as an individual tutor and assisting in the development of a peer group-tutoring program. Her research interests focused on medical student health and wellness including the exploration of factors contributing to career ambivalence. Monica enjoys running, putting together jigsaw puzzles while watching Netflix, experimenting with cookie recipes and playing with other people's dogs. Monica will be pursuing AP/CP training.

Robert KruseRobert Kruse was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He attended college at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry. During his time at Yale, he researched renewable energy using algae and later HIV therapy using red blood cell traps. After graduating, he spent a year studying piggyBac transposons for gene therapy and designing new chimeric cytokine receptors for immunotherapy. Robert earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. As a member of the Medical Scientist Training Program, he also earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Translational Biology and Molecular Medicine for his work in developing a new animal model and immunotherapies for chronic hepatitis B virus infection. He presented his research on a travel award at the International HBV meeting in Seoul, South Korea. Robert enjoys spending time with his large family, including four siblings with a twin sister. He also has a love for sports, history, trivia, and traveling. Robert is pursuing CP only training.

Alice MeissAlice Meiss was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She split her undergraduate studies between Princeton University and Savannah College of Art and Design. She took a year off from college to work at St. Elizabeth Homeless Shelter in Santa Fe, NM. After college, she worked for SCAD as an international student recruiter, traveling extensively throughout East and Southeast Asia. Along the way, she decided to become a physician and enrolled in the post-bacc pre-med program at the University of Virginia. She worked as a TA for several pre-med courses and as an HIV tester and counselor before attending the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Incredible pathologist-educators inspired her to enter pathology, an area of medicine perfectly suited to her visual arts training. She worked on several medical education projects and studied the histopathology of breast cancers in patients with non-BRCA hereditary mutations. She was involved in medical humanities activities through the Hook Scholars program and joined the Gold Humanism Honor society. Alice enjoys hiking, cooking, illustrating, and reading with her cat Matilda in her lap. She is seeking teammates for the Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race. Alice is deciding between AP/CP and AP-only training.

Sintawat WangsiricharoenSintawat Wangsiricharoen, whose name is much easier to pronounce than it may first appear, was born in Uttaradit, a small town in northern Thailand. After receiving his MD from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, he practiced as a general practitioner for three years, then came to the United States for an Internal Medicine residency at Cleveland Clinic. This led to two important events in his life, the discovery of his passion for Pathology, and meeting his future partner. After completing his work in Ohio, Sintawat returned to Thailand to begin and complete training in Anatomic Pathology at Chiang Mai University. In 2017, he moved to San Diego to live with his spouse, John. Like many Thai, Sintawat loves cooking and eating spicy food. Luckily, his interests have always included swimming, hiking, kayaking, and biking, so he has (sort of) been able to maintain his weight over the years. Sintawat is honored and thrilled to have matched at Johns Hopkins, and will be pursuing AP/CP training. If anyone wants to play math dice, please let him know.



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Gabrielle BaileyGabrielle Bailey was born and raised in Springfield, MO. She then attended Rhodes College in Memphis, TN and received a BS in Chemistry as well as a minor in Religious Studies. She spent time during her undergraduate years ultivating her interest in medicine by volunteering at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. She also performed organic chemistry research investigating the selectivity of human cytosolic sulfotransferase SULT1A3 through the synthesis of novel dopamine analogues. Gabrielle attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City. During medical school, Gabrielle completed an internship at Children's Mercy Hospital in the Bioethics department. She pursued her love of engaging younger students through Students in Schools, a medical student group that taught human anatomy and physiology concepts to middle school students. In her free time, Gabrielle enjoys exploring the culinary scene of new cities, playing tennis, reading, and planning her next travel adventure. Gabrielle is pursuing AP/CP training.

Caroline EarlyCaroline Early was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. She attended the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia as an undergraduate, where she received her undergraduate degree in Biology and Psychology. At Georgia, she discovered her interest in research while working in an entomology lab studying bacterial symbionts which live in the gut of aphids. After college, she worked as a medical scribe, rotating through several emergency departments in North Carolina, before starting medical school at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. She discovered the practice of pathology through her M1 histology course, and ultimately decided to spend the summer after her first year immersed in autopsy research. From this experience, she knew she had found her passion in pathology. She went on to do longitudinal research with hospital autopsies through her medical school's Research Distinction Track. She tutored peers in Microbiology & Immunology and led a pathology interest group at her medical school. Caroline enjoys trying new restaurants, tasting and brewing beer, true crime, and playing with (getting scratched by) her cat, Claire.

Matthew GabrielsonMatthew Gabrielson was born in Baltimore, MD, and grew up on a small farm just outside of the city, in Baltimore County. He received his B.S. in Biochemistry from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA. Matt earned his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in the Bronx, NY. While in undergrad and medical school, he researched various imaging techniques to measure PD-L1 expression in mouse models for human cancer at Johns Hopkins University. As a medical student, he also studied the role of various immune cells in the tumor microenvironment of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma at Montefiore Medical Center. Matt is a huge Ravens fan, and has a passion for sports, history, computers, and the outdoors. Matt will be pursuing AP/CP training.

Ashleigh GrahamAshleigh Graham was born in Kingston, Jamaica moving to Tallahassee, Florida as a child. At Florida State University she double majored in Biochemistry and Chemistry, obtaining a B.S. degree with honors. Her participation in two research labs involved testing antidepressant properties of ketamine and quantification of ribosomal binding strength. At the University of South Florida she finished her M.S. in Medical Sciences before earning her M.D. at New York Medical College. In medical school she received the Victor Tchertkoff, M.D. Memorial Award for exhibiting exceptional interest and ability in the field of Pathology. Global humanitarianism is an important and avid interest of Ashleigh's. Not only has she designed a research project focused on aiding refugee children traumatized by war, but she also helped to provide health services during a mission trip to the underserved population of St. Elizabeth, Jamaica. One day she hopes to integrate her interest into career initiatives. She enjoys making vegetarian meals, acrylic painting to classical music, and cheering for underdogs in basketball games. Ashleigh is pursuing AP/CP training.

Eitan Halper-StrombergEitan Halper-Stromberg is from Takoma Park, Maryland. He completed his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering at University of Maryland, College Park. He then worked for LexisNexis as a software engineer before returning to graduate school. He received a PhD in Human Genetics at Johns Hopkins University, with a focus in bioinformatics. While in graduate school, he met his wife at a swing dancing lesson. Five years later, they moved to Denver where she completed her psychiatry residency. He did a post doctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado/National Jewish Health Hospital and subsequently attended University of Colorado School of Medicine. While in Colorado, he contributed to the research of the COPDGene Study. Eitan enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, camping, running and following current events.

Harsimar KaurHarsimar Kaur was born and raised in Ambala Cantt., a cantonment in Northern India. She received her MD from All India Institute of Medical Sciences. After graduation, she moved to United States to do a postdoctoral fellowship in the Lotan lab at Johns Hopkins. Her work mainly focused on elucidating the correlation of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes with different molecular mutations and their potential prognostic role in prostate cancer. She is interested in immunooncology and digital pathology. During her time at Johns Hopkins, she also served as the co-chair of Internationals Committee of Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association. Outside of medicine, she enjoys baking, visiting local cafes, dancing and hiking. Harsimar will be pursuing AP/CP training.

Efrain Antonio RibieroEfrain Antonio Ribiero was born just a few blocks from Johns Hopkins on East Baltimore Street and grew up in Ellicott City, Maryland. He attended Wesleyan University and majored in Philosophy and Neuroscience as an undergraduate. He then worked at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as a research technician doing stem cell research for one year. He completed the MD/PhD program at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York and earned his PhD in Neuroscience focusing on the use of Next Generation Sequencing technologies to profile specific cell types in the brain. He hopes to use this knowledge to continue to expand the role of molecular diagnostics in diagnosing and treating cancer. Outside of medicine, he likes to spend time outdoors with his wife and two dogs, Puff and Hela (who was named after the stem cell line) and is looking forward to many walks with them in Patterson Park. He and his wife love trying new food and wine and love to host friends and family for dinner parties. In his free time, he enjoys producing music and attending concerts with his dad, and he is an avid Baltimore Ravens fan. Efrain is pursuing AP only training.

Carla SaoudCarla Saoud was born and raised in Miniara, Lebanon. She received her B.S. in Biology and her MD from the Lebanese American University. Early on during her medical studies, she was interested in histology and pathology. After medical school, she completed two years of residency in anatomic pathology at Lebanese American University, where she also studied the clinicopathologic features of lymphocytic esophagitis. She enjoys swimming, dancing, cooking, travelling and shopping. Carla will be pursuing AP/CP training followed by fellowships in AP subspecialty.

Andrew SohnAndrew Sohn was born and raised in Queens, NY. He attended Vassar College, where he graduated with a degree in Chemistry, including a senior thesis on computational electrochemistry of carbon nanotubes grown on silicon wafers. Andrew received his M.D. from Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. During medical school, he completed research fellowships in the Medical Research Scholars Program at the NIH, followed by the HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program at the University of Pennsylvania. For his research, Andrew focused on machine learning and computer vision for biomedical image analysis and epigenomics. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, pour over coffee, craft beer, sports and programming. His current programming languages of choice are Python and Rust. Andrew is pursuing the PSTP in AP only training.

Julie SteinJulie Stein was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Potomac, M.D. She received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. After deciding on a career in medicine, she pursued post-bacc training at Johns Hopkins University. She then earned her M.D. from George Washington University where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. Not entirely certain about what type of medical specialty she was interested in pursuing, Julie decided to complete a preliminary internship in Internal Medicine in the Osler Residency Program at Johns Hopkins Hospital. While she enjoyed her clinical training, she ultimately fell in love with pathology while conducting clinical and translational research as a postdoctoral research fellow for the past two years under the outstanding mentorship of Dr. Janis M. Taube. Julie's research focuses on immuno-pathology, particularly investigating the tumor microenvironment and the histopathologic and immunohistochemical correlates of cancer immunotherapy treatment modalities. She has had the opportunity to present her research at several conferences, including the Annual Meeting for the American Society of Dermatopathology where she was awarded the Best Resident/Fellow Oral Abstract Presentation. Julie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, and spending all disposable income on maintaining her foodie identity at new restaurants. Julie is pursuing AP training.

Seena TabibiSeena Tabibi, was born in Tehran, Iran, and moved to the US in July 2004. After graduating Springfield High School in Illinois, Seena attended University of California, Berkeley, graduating with majors in Integrative Biology and Marine Science. He then attended Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. During the summer between first and second years of medical school, Seena participated in a research project evaluating the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma of skin from potential wound healing reagents (LCN2 and MMP9), at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas. At SIU, he participated in a psoriasis research project and a few other projects, including a case report on cutaneous meningioma of the scalp that he presented at 2018 CAP annual meeting in Chicago. Outside of school, Seena enjoys traveling and so far has visited a few countries in the Middle East and Europe; in the US, one of his most memorable travels was a solo trip to Alaska in August 2016, where he enjoyed ice hiking on a glacier and kayaking in open waters. Seena is passionate about sports, including running, biking, and swimming and enjoys maintaining a wellbalanced diet. He has been a member of Academy Bullets Swim Club throughout medical school and is currently training for a race in May 2019 in Spain, where he will compete as a member of the United States Aquathlon Team in the men's 25-29 year old age group category. Seena loves nature photography and is an avid weather enthusiast, using his home weather station to record observations. He is fluent in Azeri Turkish and Farsi and loves spending quality time with friends and family. Seena is pursuing AP/CP training.

Jason Van RooJason Van Roo was born and raised in Port Washington, Wisconsin. He spent some years working a variety of jobs including manufacturing and construction before working his way through college as a line cook/sous chef. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and completed a degree in chemistry. He participated in a summer undergraduate research fellowship where he studied the interactions of nitrous oxide with cytochrome in bacteria. He also worked as a teaching assistant in multiple chemistry labs. Jason earned his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. While there he studied outcomes for renal oncocytic neoplasms and variability of Ki67 index and mitosis quantification. He was also a coleader in a mentoring group for new medical students and helped to pilot new curriculum. Jason enjoys trying new recipes, refining his soups, golfing, hiking, and hanging out with his cat. Jason is pursuing AP/CP training.

Bart WhiteBart White, a native of Akron, Ohio, Bart White was raised on books, sports, and board games. He entered a combined B.S. and M.D. program following his primary education. He received a Bachelor's of Science in Biology at the Youngstown State University, and a Medical Doctorate through the Northeastern Ohio Medical University. During this time, he studied the biomechanics of terrestrial locomotion in Didelphis virginiana (opossums), and tamarin monkeys. In addition, he studied risk stratification of long QT syndrome patients through electrophysiological metrics at the Case Western Reserve University as a NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute research training program fellow. Following medical school, he completed three years as an anatomic and clinical pathology resident at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Due to his interest in neuropathology, he took an opportunity to complete the Peter C. Berger Neuropathology Fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. This fellowship was partially funded by an administrative supplement through the NIH National Institute on Aging, which served as a platform for his investigations into Pick's disease and Alzheimer's disease. Currently, he enjoys reading a variety of books, training for a half marathon, and learning to play the ukulele. Bart will be completing his final year of anatomic and clinical pathology training.


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