The following is a list and profiles for the recent BRASS Scholars.

Kristyn Hoffman

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Kristyn Hoffman

Kristyn Hoffman grew up in Valparaiso, Ind. She graduated from Purdue University in 2012 with a degree in Animal Sciences, and continued her studies at Purdue’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She earned her D.V.M. in May, 2016. Throughout her undergraduate and professional coursework, she worked on various research projects using animal models of infectious disease and learned the intricacies of how to apply this research to human medicine. 

Kristyn is now a first-year graduate student in the Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology. She hopes to apply her veterinary degree and what she learns at Baylor College of Medicine to studying animal models of viral, bacterial, or parasitic human pathogens so that we may one day have effective preventative or curative therapies against them. 

Kristyn’s favorite hobby is traveling, and she has been fortunate enough to travel to Romania and Ecuador for service-based study abroad projects. When she is not traveling, she loves spending time with her two dogs and looks forward to exploring Houston. Kristyn is grateful for the wonderful opportunity to join the BRASS family. She is excited about becoming involved in the community through BRASS events.

Patrick Hunt

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Patrick Hunt

Patrick Hunt grew up in Plano, Texas, with his parents and 10 siblings. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin as a member of the Dean’s Scholars program. During his time in Austin, he conducted research in evolutionary biology as well as viral genetics. After graduation, Patrick enrolled in the M.D. /Ph.D. program at Baylor College of Medicine, where he completed clinical rotations in internal medicine, neurology & surgery before beginning graduate school.

Patrick is a member of the Molecular & Human Genetics graduate program at Baylor and is interested in studying neurodevelopment and neurodegeneration. He is also interested in developing as an advocate for those with mental disorders. 

Outside of school, Patrick loves to run and spends most of the year training for long distance races. He also enjoys swimming as well as reading. He is honored to join the BRASS family and is very excited about becoming more involved with BRASS events, especially the Brain Lab.

Zachary Kadow

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Zachary Kadow

Zach Kadow was born and reared in a small town in Northeast Wisconsin. He attended Drake University in Des Moines where he found a love for science working towards degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, and molecular biology. It was also during this period that he became exposed to medical research through the study of exercise on heart disease at a local medical school Des Moines University. To combine his passions for both medicine and research he decided to apply to M.D./Ph.D. programs across the country. His interview at Baylor College of Medicine was his first visit to Texas and he immediately was won over by the opportunities of the Texas Medical Center as well as the amazing scientists and physicians who worked there.

Two years later he is now a first-year graduate student in the Developmental Biology graduate program and is still fascinated by the heart. His time in medical school has greatly shaped his research goals and he is now interested in studying the processes of heart development and regeneration due to the hope they offer for finding new treatments for cardiovascular disease.

Zach has greatly enjoyed living in Houston the past two years. As a Midwest transplant, his favorite parts are likely the amazing food and warm weather that allows him to play tennis year round. Growing up on the shores of Lake Michigan, he has always enjoyed the outdoors and continues to camp and hike when he has the opportunity. Zach is honored to become a member of the BRASS family and is excited for this opportunity to advocate for biomedical research within the Houston community.

Michael Lam

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Michael Lam

Michael Lam was born in Houston, Texas, and grew up in the burgeoning city of Sugar Land, Texas. He attended Rice University, where he graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Bioengineering with Distinction in Research and Creative Works. During his time in college, he was under the mentorship of Dr. Junghae Suh to enhance and re-engineer adeno-associated virus for improved cellular targeting in the context of heart disease such as a myocardial infarction or coronary artery disease.

Michael is currently a first-year graduate student in the M.D./Ph.D. program and is part of the Translational Biology and Molecular Medicine Program and is interested in cancer immunotherapy -  leveraging immune cells to target hematological and solid malignancies and therefore impacting future treatments for these cancers. Michael has also had clinical experience through his clinical rotations in internal medicine, surgery, and neurology and he hopes to specialize in hematology/oncology where he hopes to deliver and improve upon current treatments for treating various malignancies.

When not the lab, Michael enjoys baking, playing the guitar and traveling to different countries (and of course taking many photos). He enjoys being able to experience the culture and uniqueness of the foods in various regions of the world and hopes to continue visiting more and more countries. Michael is ecstatic and excited to be part of the BRASS community and hopes to spread his passion for biomedical research and serve as a liaison and advocate for science going on in Houston. He looks forward to being able to meet many more people in the community and volunteering at future BRASS events!

Previous BRASS Scholars

Wanderson Cabral Rezende
Elizabeth Campbell
Carli Domenico
Joanne Hsu

Zachary Criss
Paul Fahey
Larissa Nitschke
Jarey Wang

Derrick Chu
Amanda Koire
Michael Gundry
Lin Zhu

Charlene Emerson
Kathleen Manning
Emily Packard
Amy Pohodich

Meagan Barry, Ph.D.
Mark Hamilton, Ph.D.
Rob Seilheimer

Erol Bakkalbasi, M.S.
Sarah Ciupek, Ph.D.

Philip Boone, Ph.D.
Cathryn Cadwell, Ph.D.
Nya Nelson, Ph.D.

Mathew Burstein, Ph.D.
Minhtran Ngo, Ph.D.
Beatriz A. Santillan, Ph.D.

Chris McGraw, Ph.D.
Shelly Buffington, Ph.D.
Matthew Bainbridge, Ph.D.

Heather Franco, Ph.D.
Geoff Preidis, Ph.D.
Molly Schroeder, Ph.D.

Chris Bland, Ph.D.
Mark Edson, Ph.D.
Misha Koshelev, Ph.D.

Hsia-Tuan Chao, Ph.D.
Shannon Griswold, Ph.D.
Ankur Nagaraja, Ph.D.

Eric Hyun, Ph.D.
Verena Kallhoff-Munoz, Ph.D.

Matthew Rose, M.D., Ph.D.

Brenda Bohnsack, M.D., Ph.D.
Michiya Nishino, Ph.D.
Sara Copeland Shalin, Ph.D.

Michael Greenbaum, Ph.D.
Stacy Johnson, M.D., Ph.D.

Lynnette Burks Nance, Ph.D.
Mark Pennesi, M.D., Ph.D.

Vincent Wang, M.D., Ph.D.

Isaac Brownell, M.D., Ph.D.
Sergy Lemeshko, M.D., Ph.D.

Matthew Baker, Ph.D.
Laura Mackey Lorentzen, Ph.D.

Julia Elvin, M.D., Ph.D.