Five medical students named Howard Hughes Medical Institute research fellows

The HHMI Medical Research Fellows will receive one year of mentored, biomedical research training.

Five medical students at Stanford have been named Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellows. They are among 68 students from 37 schools who were selected for the program, which allows medical, dental and veterinary students to pursue biomedical research at academic or nonprofit research institutions anywhere in the United States, except at the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland, and other federal agencies.

The students receive one year of mentored, biomedical research training and $41,000 of financial support. Following are the Stanford fellows, who all will remain at the School of Medicine for the program:

  • Leandra Barnes will work with Michael Longaker, MD, professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery, on macrophage-mediated wound healing.
  • Christopher Jensen will work with Joseph Woo, MD, professor of cardiothoracic surgery, on post-infarction cardiac remodeling.
  • Cesar Marquez will work with Eric Sweet-Cordero, MD, associate professor of pediatric hematology and oncology, on signaling pathways in lung cancer.
  • Marcelina Perez will work with Geoffrey Gurtner, MD, professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery, on diabetic wound healing.
  • Eric Trac will work with Stephen Quake, PhD, professor of bioengineering and of applied physics, and David Cornfield, MD, professor of pediatric pulmonary medicine, on antibiotic resistance in cystic fibrosis patients. 

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