Universtiy of Miami Miller School of Medicine Graduate Studies

Antoni Barrientos, Ph.D.

Researchers Discover Mechanism Linked to Cellular Respiration

December 11, 2012

In a study published in the December issue of Cell Metabolism, Miller School scientists have uncovered a system that regulates the formation of the terminal oxidase protein complex required for cellular respiration. The system involves a heme-mediated oxygen sensing mechanism that also was found to regulate the mitochondrial respiratory chain’s function as the powerhouse of the cell.

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Miami CTSI Offering Support for New Research Services and Funding Opportunities

October 09, 2012

The Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is pleased to announce that extensive research-related resources, including more than $750,000 in services and awards for fiscal year 2013 are available to support investigators on all UM campuses who are conducting research which has the potential to improve the health of our diverse community.

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From left, Hansel Tookes, Chanelle Diaz, FMA President Vincent DeGennaro, M.D., and Marek Hirsch

Medical Students Rally to Enact Clean Syringe Programs in Florida

September 18, 2012

In an unprecedented move that could significantly reduce the spread of infectious diseases, the Florida Medical Association voted at its annual meeting in July to seek legislation that will legalize syringe exchange programs for injection drug users. The resolution, submitted by the FMA’s Medical Student Section, was written by Miller School students Marek Hirsch and Hansel Tookes.

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José Szapocznik, Ph.D., bottom left, speaks with President Barack Obama about health care strategy.

Dr. Jose Szapocznik Discusses Health Care Strategy with President Obama

August 14, 2012

On a recent two-day campaign trip to Florida, President Barack Obama met with a small group of supporters, including José Szapocznik, Ph.D., professor and chair of epidemiology and public health, in West Palm Beach. In an informal July 19 roundtable discussion, Szapocznik and other participants spoke candidly about the issues that are most important to them.

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., welcomes the new class of M.D./M.P.H. students.

Second M.D./M.P.H. Class Continues “Tremendous Journey”

June 27, 2012

The Miller School of Medicine officially kicked off the 2012-13 academic year on June 25 by welcoming its second class of M.D./M.P.H. dual-degree students at a day-long orientation in the Rosenstiel Medical Science Building. “This was a tremendous journey for you,” Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean, told the 48 students from 18 different states in his welcoming remarks.

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Clyde B. McCoy, center, is surrounded by, from left, daughter A. Jeanene McCoy-Bengoa, Min Zhao, M.D., Ph.D., Ana Maria Bueno, M.D., and Juan Camilo Varon Forero, M.D.

Dr. Clyde B. McCoy Wins International Award of Excellence

June 19, 2012

For more than three decades, Clyde B. McCoy, Ph.D., has directed the Comprehensive Drug Research Center and health services research at the Miller School – and mentored a generation of researchers along the way. In recognition of his tireless commitment to drug abuse research, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has honored him with its Excellence in Mentoring Award.

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Erin N. Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Cancer Researcher Receives Spirit of Service-Learning Award

May 08, 2012

Erin Kobetz-Kerman, Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of epidemiology and public health, who is committed to ending health disparities among isolated and under-served patients, has been selected by the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of South Florida and the Miami-Dade Teacher of the Year Coalition for the 2012 Spirit of Service-Learning Award in higher education.

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Carlos T. Moraes, Ph.D., left and Francisca Diaz, Ph.D.

Miller School Mouse Models Used in Glial Cell Study

May 01, 2012

When Francisca Diaz, Ph.D., research assistant professor of neurology, and Carlos T. Moraes, Ph.D., professor of neurology and cell biology, developed a genetically modified mouse with a defective enzyme (cytochrome oxidase) responsible for energy production inside cells, their main interest was to study human diseases in which this enzyme is defective.

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Taylor Schreiber

‘Ideal M.D./Ph.D. Student’ Has Luck on His Side

May 01, 2012

Under the tutelage of Eckhard R. Podack, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chair of microbiology and immunology and a luminary in the field, Taylor Schreiber was the first graduate of the Miller School’s doctoral program in cancer biology and, while wrapping up his Ph.D., he stumbled on a new method to stimulate a regulatory immune cell, winning a grant to fund a post-doctoral year of study and publish more papers with Podack.

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Under the mentorship of Vineet Gupta, Ph.D., right, high school senior Ellora Sarkar is already making her mark in science.

High School Student Finds Success in Dr. Vineet Gupta’s Lab

April 03, 2012

During the past three summers and, on as many days as she could during the school year, Ellora Sarkar left her typical teenage life behind and headed to the Gupta lab, where, under his guidance, she has been developing a novel, easy-to-use diagnostic test to detect TB in patients and pinpoint multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), the classification of TB that is resistant to the two most powerful, first-line drugs for th

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Sylvia Daunert, Ph.D., top, Robert Langer, Sc.D., left, and George Whitesides, Ph.D.

Nanotechnology Experts Gather for 45th Miami Winter Symposium

March 16, 2012

In its 45th year, the renowned Miami Winter Symposium focused on “Nanotechnology in Biomedicine” this year, drawing biotechnology and nanotechnology luminaries—including 2008 Nobel laureate Roger Tsien, Ph.D., as well as members of the U.S. national academies—to South Florida to discuss the latest advancements in the two fields that are fueling cross-collaborations, challenges, and new discoveries.

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Richard L. Rotundo, Ph.D.

NIH Renews Grant for Study of Neurodegenerative Diseases

January 10, 2012

Crucial Miller School research on the mechanisms of protein folding and stabilization, important factors in understanding the underlying causes of diseases such as cystic fibrosis, amyloidoses and some forms of autism, was given another funding green light by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke.

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Norma Sue Kenyon, Ph.D.

With $10 Million Grant, Norma Sue Kenyon, Ph.D., Aims to Develop Co-Transplant Criteria

January 03, 2012

Years ago, before researchers knew much about the ability of mesenchymal stem cells to reduce inflammation, repair damaged tissue and promote blood vessel growth, Norma Sue Kenyon, Ph.D., discovered that delivering MSCs intravenously during islet transplantation more than doubled islet function, enhanced islet survival and reversed rejection episodes.

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