Vafa Bayat, MD, PhD

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Mutations in the Mitochondrial Methionyl-tRNA Synthetase Cause a Neurodegenerative Phenotype in Flies and a Recessive Ataxia (ARSAL) in Humans


Postdoc           Bingwei Lu Lab, 2015-present, Department of Pathology, Stanford School of Medicine

Residency       Anatomic Pathology, 2013-2015, Stanford School of Medicine

M.D.                Baylor College of Medicine, 2004-2006, 2012-2013

Ph.D.               Program in Developmental Biology, Baylor College of Medicine, December 2011

                        Advisor:  Hugo J. Bellen, D.V.M., Ph.D.

B.S.                 University of Houston, Main Campus; Honors College, 2000 -- Biology (magna cum laude, Honors College); Minor: Chemistry

Selected awards

2016                Invited speaker for Regenerative Medicine at Stanford Seminar Series

2013                Invited speaker (for top ten poster) at the 2013 Association of Clinical Scientists meeting in Boston, MA.

2013                Stanley J. Korsmeyer Young Investigator Award from the ASCI/AAP Councils (for best poster) at the 2013 ASCI/AAP/APSA Annual Meeting.

2013                2013 ASCI/AAP/APSA Annual Meeting (Chicago, IL) travel award; BCM representative at the APSA Business Meeting

2013                Guest Speaker, General Biology 2 class, University of Houston-Main Campus

2012                Thesis work recognized in separate BCM and PLoS Biology press releases and an article in the International Business Times Science section

2011                Beckman Platform Speaker Award (on behalf of the Program in Developmental Biology) (1st place), BCM Graduate School Symposium

2010                Beckman Poster Award (1st place), BCM Graduate School Symposium

2010                2nd place Graduate Student Poster Award, 51st Annual Drosophila Meeting, DC

2010                Invited speaker, Southwest Region Developmental Biology meeting, Austin, TX

2004-2012       Recipient of Medical Scientist Training Program tuition funding, stipend award

2004-2012       Edward and Josephine Hudson Scholar

2000                Golden Key National Honor Society membership

1996-2000       Recipient of a 4-year, $12,000 Alumni Scholarship

1996                National Honor Society, National French Honor Society, Honors College, AP Scholar with Honor award

Presenting at the Regenerative Medicine at Stanford series