Fellowship Highlights

Shauna Collins

Featured Undergraduate Student

Shauna Collins
Shauna received an undergraduate fellowship to investigate the effects of Elotuzumab on multiple myeloma. Shauna has published two manuscripts including one first author in Cancer Immunol Immunother. Shauna is now a third-year medical student at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and recently received a prestigious Roessler Research Scholarship. Very importantly, her laboratory research contributed directly to the translational planning of two large clinical trials of Elotuzumab for patients with multiple myeloma.
(Mentor: Don Benson, MD, PhD)

Meera Govindaraghavan

Featured Graduate Student

Meera Govindaraghavan, PhD
Dr. Govindaraghavan received a graduate fellowship to study the relationship between mitotic protein phosphorylation and methylation as a basis for development of novel chemotherapies. Dr. Govindaraghavan is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She has published four manuscripts including three first author in prestigious journals including PloS Genetics.
(Mentor: Stephen Osmani, PhD)

James Phelan

Featured Graduate Student

James Phelan, PhD
Dr. Phelan received a graduate fellowship to study how leukemia cells are destroyed when Gfi1 is eliminated. Dr. Phelan is currently a postdoctoral fellow at National Cancer Institute (NCI). He has published six manuscripts including three first author in prestigious journals including Cancer Cell and PloS Genetics.
(Mentor: H. Leighton Grimes, PhD)

Ann Kathrin Eisfeld

Featured Postdoctoral Fellow

Ann-Kathrin Eisfeld, MD 
Dr. Eisfeld received a postdoctoral fellowship to study how inherited genomic changes in the BAALC region might predispose Acute Myeloid Leukemia patients to fail their treatment. Dr. Eisfeld is currently a visiting scholar at OSU and is transitioning to an academic position as a physician/scientist. She has 16 manuscripts including six first author in prestigious journals including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.
(Mentors: Clara Bloomfield, MD and Albert de la Chapelle, MD, PhD)

Mumtaz Yaseen Balkhi

Featured Postdoctoral Fellow

Mumtaz Yaseen Balkhi, PhD
Dr. Balkhi received a postdoctoral fellowship to study the regulation of NF-κB activity and function in sarcomas by a microRNA - RNA binding protein network. Dr. Balkhi is currently an assistant professor of medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. He has 16 manuscripts including eight first author in prestigious journals including Blood and a featured cover story in Science Signaling.
(Mentor: Denis Guttridge, PhD)

Where are they now?


(42) Currently in Program
Moved on to:
  • (47) Medicine – University of Cincinnati, University of Toledo, University of Michigan,Wright State University, Duke University
  • (21) Graduate – Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Michigan, Northwestern University, Rice University, University of Chicago, Yale University
  • (16) Science related positions – Chemical Engineer at NexTech Materials, Genetic Counselor at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Research Assistant at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Teach for America
  • (3) Other


(50) Currently in Program
Moved on to:
  • (21) Postdoc – National Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Stanford University, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • (4) Industry & Biotech – Genentech, Associate Scientist, Associate Editor at The American Ceramic Society
  • (1) Academics (faculty) – Assistant Professor- Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India
  • (1) Other

Medical Students

(0) Currently in Program
Moved on to:
  • (3) PhD programs
  • (1) Residency/Internship program


(39) Currently in Program
Moved on to:
  • (8) Postdoc – Nationwide Children’s Hospital, INRIA Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique Center, Harvard Medical School
  • (3) Industry & Biotech
  • (9) Academics (faculty) – Medical University of South Carolina, University of Prince Edward Island, Tufts University, Beihang University
  • (2) Other

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