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The following are postdoctoral associate and graduate student alumni with their current positions and notable awards listed.

Postdoctoral Associates
Current Position & Notable Awards
Sandro Banfi, M.D.  Associate Investigator, TIGEM, Italy
Antonio Servadio, Ph.D. Consultant, Bioconsult AS
Nissim Ben-Arie, Ph.D. Chairman, Dept. of Cell & DevBiology, Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Sciences, Israel
Beena Koshy, Ph.D. President and CEO, Pipeline Genomics, LLC
Diego Lorenzetti, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar
Antoni Matilla, Ph.D.  Senior Lecturer, Univ. College London, UK
Claudia Benton, M.D. Deceased
Igna Van den Veyver, M.D.  Professor and Vice Chair of Research, OB/GYN, BCM
Wengzheng Zhang, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Univ. of Texas Medical School at Houston, TX
Nessan Bermingham, Ph.D.  Principal Biotech Analyst, Atlas Venture
Ruthie Amir, M.D. Director, Human Genetics, Zinman College of Physical Edu. & Sports Sciences at Wingate Institute
Xi Lin, M.D., Ph.D. Neurologist, WellSpan Neurology-WMG, Gettysburg, PA 17325
Kei Watase, M.D., Ph.D. Assoc. Prof., Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan
Melissa Yang, Ph.D. Principal Clinical Scientist, Lexicon Genetics,  Woodlands, TX
Puneet Opal, M.D., Ph.D. Assoc. Professor, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (K08 Award Recipient)
Hung-Kai Chen, M.D., Ph.D. Principal Scientist, GlaxoSmithKline (China)
Noah Shroyer, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Cincinnati, (NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship Award; 2005 K01 Award; 2011 GRG/AGA Young Investigator Basic Science Award)
Juan Young, Ph.D. Asst. Professor, University of Miami (2002 Alan P. Wolffe, Ph.D. Memorial Fellowship Award)
Paolo Moretti, M.D. Asst. Professor, Baylor College of Medicine (2002 NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship Award; 2005 K08 Award)
Hiroshi Tsuda, M.D., Ph.D. Asst. Professor, McGill University, Quebec, CA
Aaron Bowman, Ph.D. Asst. Professor, Vanderbilt University, TN (Hereditary Disease Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship)
Jeffrey Neul, M.D., Ph.D. Assoc. Professor, BCM, TX (2005 K08 Award; 2009 Philip R. Dodge Young Investigator Award)
Shay Ben-Shachar, M.D., Ph.D. Senior Physician, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center,  Israel
Stephen Maricich, M.D., Ph.D. Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh, PA (2006 K08; 2010 Philip R. Dodge Young Investigator (2006 K08; 2010 Philip R. Dodge Young Investigator Award)
Janghoo Lim, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Yale University (2009 K99 Award; 2009 Best Paper Award Open Category, Dept. of MHG, BCM)
Melissa Ramocki, M.D. Assistant Professor, BCM (2008 K08 Award)
Kaashif Ahmad, M.D. Neonatologist, Pediatrics Medical Group of San Antonio, TX (Pediatric Physician Scientist Development Program Award)
Christian Schaaf, M.D., Ph.D. Assistant Professor, BCM (2010 TCH Medical Staff Best and Most Complete Physician Award, Doris Duke Award, Chao Award, 2013 Bowes Award)
Adriano Flora, Ph.D. Senior Project Manager, Taconic Artemis GmbH, (Best Paper Award Open Category, Dept. of MHG, BCM; CPRIT Award)
Yasunari Sakai, M.D., Ph.D. Lecturer, Kyushu University, Japan
John Fryer, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Molecular Neuroscience, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL (NRSA postdoctoral fellowship)
Yoontae Lee, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, Poyang University of Science and Technology Molecular Life Sciences
Tiemo Klisch, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, BCM (CPRIT Award)
Hyojin Kang, Ph.D. Senior Researcher, Supercomputing Center, KISTI, Korea
Jing Han, Ph.D. Institute Research Scientist, MD Anderson Cancer Center , TX (2008 IRSF postdoctoral award)

 

Graduate Students Current Position & Notable Awards
Thomas Kwiatkowski, M.D., Ph.D. Neurologist, Berkshire Medical Center, Pittsfield, MA (Genetics, Ph.D. 1993; MD 1996 (MSTP)
Kimberly Ellison, Ph.D. (Genetics Ph.D., 1994)
Laura Schaefer, Ph.D. Scientist, Michigan State, East Lansing, MI (Genetics, Ph.D. 1996)
Siddharth Prakash, M.D., Ph.D. Asst. Professor, UT Health Science Center, Houston, TX (Genetics, Ph.D. 1999; MD 2001 (MSTP); 2000 Award for Best Overall Medical Student in Basic Sciences and Clinical Clerkships, M.D./Ph.D. Program; 1999 M.D./Ph.D. Scientific Symposium Award for Poster Presentation; 1997 Graduate Student Symposium Poster Prize; 1996 M.D./Ph.D. Activities and Symposium Subcommittee; 1993 NIH MSTP Grant, applicable to M.D./Ph.D. program at Baylor College of Medicine)
Christopher Cummings, Ph.D. Asst. Professor, BCM, Director of Research Development, Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, Houston, TX (Cell and Molecular Biology, Ph.D. 2000; Claude W. Smith Award: Best Student Performance in 2nd Year Graduate Studies, 1997; Claude W. Smith Award: Best Student Performance in 3rd Year Graduate Studies, 1998; Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) Retreat, Best Poster Award 1998; Keystone Symposium Student Scholarship, 1998; Graduate Student Symposium Platform Speaker Representing CMB, 1999; Keystone Symposium Student Scholarship, 1999; Honorary Member of the Japanese Society of Inherited Metabolic Diseases, 1999; Deborah K. Martin Achievement Award in Biomedical Research, Baylor College of Medicine, 2000; Sigma Xi Best Graduate Thesis Award 2001for Baylor, Rice, and UT)
Trena Cormier, Ph.D. Scientist, Amersham Biosciences, San Francisco, CA (Cell and Molecular Biology, Ph.D. 2000)
Patrick Cox, M.D., Ph.D. Radiologist, Radia Inc, Ps., Everett, WA (Neuroscience, Ph.D. 2001; MD 2002 (MSTP)) 
Mona Shahbazian, Ph.D. Principal Scientist, AcroMetrix Corp., Benicia, CA, (Genetics, Ph.D. 2002; (NRSA Predoctoral fellowship)
Seung-Yun Yoo, Ph.D. Manager, Market Research Team, Gilead Sciences (Neuroscience, Ph.D. 2003 (Honorable Mention, Student Platform Speaker), Baylor Graduate Student Symposium, 2002)
Vincent Wang, M.D., Ph.D. Private Practice, Texas Spine and Neurosurgery, Sugarland, TX (Developmental Biology, Ph.D. 2003; MD 2004 (MSTP); Brass Scholar Award, 2000; 1999 McNair Scholarship, Baylor College of Medicine; Honors in Basic Sciences 1997; Achievement Award in Basic Science M.D./Ph.D. Program 1997; (NRSA predoctoral fellowship)
Ann Collins, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow UNC, Chapel Hill (Genetics, Ph.D. 2005; NRSA predoctoral fellowship)
Carmen Lam, Ph.D. Research Scientist, ApoCell, Inc., Houston, TX (Neuroscience, PhD. 2006)
Bryan McGill, M.D., Ph.D. Residency, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, (Neuroscience, Ph.D. 2007; MD 2008 (MSTP); NRSA predoctoral fellowship)
Holly Cukier, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Miami, Miami, FL (Genetics, Ph.D. 2007; NRSA predoctoral fellowship)
Jennifer Gatchel, M.D., Ph.D. Resident, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA (Neuroscience, Ph.D. 2008; MD (MSTP) 2009; NRSA predoctoral fellowship) 
George Miesegaes, Ph.D. ORISE fellow, Bethesda, MD (Cell and Molecular Biology, Ph.D. 2008) 
Matthew Rose, M.D., Ph.D. Resident, Brigham and Women's Hospital of Harvard Medical School; (Developmental Biology, Ph.D. 2008; MD 2009 (MSTP); NRSA predoctoral fellowship; 2006 Best Paper Award Graduate Student Category, Dept. of MHG, BCM)
Juan Crespo-Barreto, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow, NIH, Bethesda, MD (Cell and Molecular Biology, Ph.D. 2009 (NRSA predoctoral fellowship; Brain Disorders and Development postdoctoral fellow)
Sharyl Fyffe, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh, PA (Genetics, Ph.D. 2008; 2007 John R. Kelsey, Jr., Student Speaker Award, BCM; 2007 Best Student Presentation Award, Dept. of MHG, BCM; 2008 MHG nominee Harold M. Weintraub Award, BCM) 
Maria Chahrour, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School (Molecular and Human Genetics, Ph.D. 2009; 2008 First place oral presentation award, Dept. of MHG Annual Retreat; 2008 Platform Speaker for the MHG Graduate Program and 2008 Beckman Platform Winner, Graduate Student Symposium, BCM; 2008 Travel grant, SABiosciences, to attend the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting)
Eric Hyun, M.D., Ph.D. Medical Resident, BCM (Developmental Biology, Ph. D. 2010; MD 2011 (MSTP); NRSA predoctoral fellowship)
Hsiao-Tuan Chao, M.D., Ph.D. Medical Resident, BCM (Neuroscience, Ph.D. 2010; MD 2011 (MSTP); NRSA predoctoral fellowship; 2002 Alumni scholarship; 2002-present McNair Scholar, MSTP; 2004-10 Baylor Research Advocates for Student Scientists (BRASS) Scholars; 2006 Trentin Scholar; 2007 Best Publication of 2007 Award, MSTP; 2008 Best Oral Presentation of 2008 Award, 31st Annual Scientists Symposium, MSTP; 2009 Deborah K. Martin Award, BCM Graduate Student Research Symposium; 2010 BCM Alumni Association Outstanding Student Award; 2010 BCM Graduate School graduation speaker; 2010  Houston LS&R Outstanding Community Baylor Research Advocates for Students (BRASS) Scholar; 2011 Best Postdoctoral Publication Award, MHG Dept.; 2011 Top 10 Autism Research Funding of 2010, Autism Speaks for Chao et al., Nature 2010; 2012 Drs. Benjamin and Margarie Mo Scholar, Chinese American Doctors Association of Houston)
Rodney Samaco, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, BCM (Genetics. Ph.D. 2010; Autism Speaks predoctoral fellowship; NIH Director's DP5 award) 
Juliette Kahle, Ph.D. Postdoc Fellow, ORD; NHEERL, EPHD, EPA (Genetics, Ph.D. 2011)
Steven Baker, M.D., Ph.D. Medical School, BCM (Developmental Biology, Ph.D. 2012; 1st Yr Academic Excellence Award MSTP; Excellence Award in Basic Science; 2010 and 2012 1st Place Poster Presentation MSTP Scientific Symposium; 1st Place Poster Presentation, Graduate Student Symposium; NRSA predoctoral fellowship)
Christopher McGraw, M.D., Ph.D. Medical School, BCM (Developmental Biology, Ph.D.2012, (BRASS Scholarship Recipient (5 yrs); Outstanding Oral Presenter Award, MSTP Symposium; Nominee, Deborah K. Martin; Achievement Award in Biomedical Research (most outstanding graduate student); NRSA predoctoral fellowship; 2013 BCM Graduate School graduation speaker)



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