Photographs - Activities and Achievements

Photographs - Activities and Achievements

Team building Weekend, Red River Gorge: June 22-24, 2018

School of Medicine, Graduation Ceremony, May 12, 2018

Dr. Sharpe and Dr. Ramakrishnan

Jessica Mezzanotte Sharpe, M.D., Ph.D.                                                                Venkat M. Ramakrishnan, M.D., Ph.D.

School of Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies, Doctoral Hooding, May 11, 2018


(L-R) Dr. Russell Salter, Director, MD/PhD Program and Associate Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies; Dr. Beth Boehm; Joseph Zakhari, Ph.D., Dr. Stuart Williams, mentor; Dr. Greg Postel; and Dr. Dale Billingsley

End of the Year Meeting - May 8, 2018

Gathering to celebrate the year of achievement for our MD/PhD Students, especially Joe Zakhari, who received his Ph.D., in appreciation of our faculty mentors, and in special honor and recognition of our graduates, Dr. Jessica Sharpe and Dr. Venkat Ramakrishnan.

(L-R) Peter Campbell, Joseph Zakhari, Ph.D., Jessica Sharpe, M.D., Ph.D., Venkat Ramakrishnan, M.D., Ph.D., Annie Geller, Evan Tracy

 Graduates, Venkat Ramakrishnan, M.D., Ph.D. and Jessica Mezzanotte Sharpe, M.D., Ph.D., with program administrator, Victoria King

American Physician Scientist Association Annual Meeting          April 2018, Chicago, IL

Peter Campbell, Samantha Morrissey and Jordan Noe attended and participated in the APSA/ASCI Joint Meeting on April 20-22, 2018 in Chicago, IL

Doctoral Hooding - December 14, 2017

Heather Clair, Ph.D. with (L-R) Dr. Russell Salter, Dr. Beth Boehm, and Dr. Dale Billingsley

 (L-R) Dr. Russell Salter, Dr. Beth Boehm, Heather Clair, Ph.D., Dr. Matthew Cave, Mentor, Dr. Gregory Postel, and Dr. Dale Billingsley

Southeastern Medical Scientist Symposium, November 2017 at Emory University

 (L-R) Doug Saforo, Jordan Noe, Desmond Harrell-Stewart, Annie Geller, Samantha Morrissey, Natalia Bilchuk, Evan Tracy, Peter Campbell


SEMMS 2017 First Place Poster, Graduate Student Division

Samantha Morrissey

Mentor: Dr. Jun Yan

Research!Louisville September 2017

Medical Student Award - Second Place

Evan Tracy, MED 1, with Dr. David Hein

"3D Bioprinting The Cardiac Purkinje System Using Human Adipogenic Mesenchymal Stem Cell Derived Purkinje Cells"

Mentor: Stuart Williams

Team building Event: July 29, 2017



(L-R) Front: Jordan Noe

Middle Row: Mark Kravitz, Natalia Bilchuk, Desmond Stewart, Samantha Morrissey, Annie Geller, Jessica Sharpe

Back Row in Sunglasses: Doug Saforo, Peter Campbell, Evan Tracy

Doctoral Hooding - December 15, 2016    

Jessica Mezzanotte Sharpe, Ph.D. with (L-R) Dr. Russell Salter, Dr. Beth Boehm, Dr. Geoffrey Clark, Dr. Neville Pinto, and Dr. Dale Billingsley

Informal Get Together - July 19, 2016

(L-R) Front Row: Sanet Steyn, Samantha Morrissey, Annie Geller, Dr. Lacey Gunn

Second/Back Row: Heather Clair, Doug Saforo, Dr. Venkat Ramakrishnan, Joe Zakhari, Dr. Binks Wattenberg (former Associate Director of the MD/PhD program), Peter Campbell, George Wei, Dr. Janelle Fassbender Adeniran

National MD/PhD Student Conference, Keystone, CO - July 2016

Doug Saforo and Heather Clair attended the National MD/PhD Student Conference in Keystone, CO from July 15-18, 2016. Doug received a travel award from the conference.

Graduation - May 14, 2016


Huy Le, M.D., Ph.D.  with Toni Ganzel, M.D., Dean, University of Louisville School of Medicine

Michael Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.  with Toni Ganzel, M.D., Dean, University of Louisville School of Medicine

Michael Zhang, M.D., Ph.D. (Class of 2016) and Justin Kingery, M.D., Ph.D. (Class of 2012)

End of the year Gathering - May 11, 2016



Outstanding Student Award - April 2016

Doug Saforo, mentored by Dr. Leah Siskind and Dr. Levi Beverly, received recognition April 19, 2016 as "Outstanding Student - Graduate and Professional Students." The UofL Student Awards are in their 16th year. Using criteria of leadership, service and involvement, a committee selects recipients from student nominations. Michael Mardis, Dean of Students and Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Interim Provost Neville Pinto helped present awards to students.

Graduation - Hooding Ceremony - December 2015

Venkat Ramakrishnan, Ph.D., with (L-R):  Dr. Russell Salter, Co-Director, M.D/Ph.D. Program and Associate Dean for Graduate and Post-Graduate Studies, Dr. Beth Boehm, Vice Provost for Graduate Affairs, Dr. Nolan Boyd (mentor), President James Ramsey and Interim Provost Neville Pinto

Research!Louisville 2015 Awards - October 2015

Jordan Noe with Dr. Pam Feldhoff (Dr. Robert Mitchell, mentor)

Norton Healthcare Medical Student Award - Second Place

"Altered bioenergetics in alternative activation of MIF-deficient Macrophages"

Desmond Stewart with Dr. David Hein and Dr. Pam Feldhoff (Dr. Geoff Clark, mentor)

NCI Cancer Education Program Norbert J Burzynski Award Professional Student Category - First Place

"The Role of DAB2IP in RASSF-mediated Tumor Suppression"

Southeastern Medical Scientist Symposium, Nashville, TN - September 2015

(L-R) Doug Saforo, Peter Campbell, Sanet Steyn, Samantha Morrissey, Jordan Noe, Heather Clair

National MD/PhD Student Conference, Keystone, CO - July 2015

Dr. Michael Zhang, Jessica Sharpe, Dr. Venkat Ramakrishnan