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The mission of the NIH/NIGMS-sponsored Systems and Integrative Biology (SIB) training program at The Ohio State University College of Medicine is to improve people’s lives through innovation in research and education that will allow for an understanding of how multiple organ systems and physiological processes function together to maintain homeostasis, and how disruption of this relationship causes disease.  To achieve this goal, our objective is to provide predoctoral trainees with 1) a curriculum that maintains high standards for intellectual interdisciplinary rigor and creativity, and 2) access to research opportunities that cross traditional disciplinary barriers.

The Systems and Integrative Biology training program fulfills a need for a graduate program that trains students to investigate human disease by joining together information across multiple biomedical science disciplines to solve complex biological problems. The SIB training program was designed to be an integral component of the Biomedical Sciences program, which serves as the parent training program that allows us to accomplish our mission. The program was designed to provide both breadth and depth of high quality training to prepare its graduates for successful careers in biomedical research.

The SIB trainees matriculate through the Biomedical Sciences program to meet all of the established requirements for graduation. Coursework, seminars, laboratory rotations, grant-writing, training in the responsible conduct of research, and eleven areas-of-research emphasis are the main mechanisms by which the program provides collaborative and interdisciplinary training opportunities. The faculty who participate in the SIB program are leading basic biomedical science researchers who are committed to student training and who embrace the vision of diversity in the academic research community. 

Although sharing activities between SIB and the Biomedical Sciences program trainees has strengthened all students, one goal of the SIB training program is to provide exclusive additional activities for the SIB trainees to strengthen their ability to fill the leadership positions of tomorrow in biomedical science research. Thus, we have designed a number of scholarly, career development, and social activities for the SIB trainees to achieve this goal.  Using this overall approach, our SIB trainees possess the interdisciplinary knowledge and skills that will enable them to achieve our training program mission and will position them well for leadership positions in a wide range of biomedical science careers. 

Trainees on Systems and Integrative Biology Training Program

Trainee, Year of Entry to Program, Prior Degree Institution (Mentor - Department)


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Matthew Cannon

 2016-2017 Recipient, The Ohio State University 

(advised by:  Rosa Lapalombella and John Byrd)



Megan Duggan
2015-2016 and 2016-2017 Recipient, Boston College
(advised by: William Carson - Surgery)​




Heather Eggleston
2015-2016 and 2016-2017 Recipient, Auburn University 
(advised by: Daniel WozniaMolec Vir, Imm & Med Genk - Microbial Infection and Immunity)

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Brandon Murphy

 2016-2017 Recipient, Indiana University 

(advised by:  Christin Burd and Michael Freitas)

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Jennifer Petrosino

 2016-2017 Recipient, University of Miami

(advised by:  Federica Accornero and Denis Guttridge)


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Leslee Sprague
2015-2016 and 2016-2017 Recipient, Ohio University
(advised by: Timothy Cripe - Pediatrics)



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Lindsay Webb
2015-2016 and 2016-2017 ​Recipient, University of Cincinnati
(advised by: Mireia Guerau - Health and Rehab Sciences)



David Frankhouser
2014-2015 and 2015-2016 Recipient, The Ohio State University
(advised by: Lisa Yee - Surgery and Qianben Wang - Molec Vir, Imm & Med Gen)



Christina Knippler
2014-2015 and 2015-2016 Recipient, University of Virginia 
(advised by: Matthew Ringel - Internal Medicine)





Craig Rush
2014-2015 and 2015-2016 Recipient, Ohio University
(advised by: Paul Goodfellow - Obstetrics and Gynecology)




Julia Scordo
2014-2015 and 2015-2016 Recipient, James Madison University
(advised by: Jordi Torrelles - Microbial Infection and Immunity)  





Nicholas Chesarino
2013-2014 and 2014-2015 Recipient, John Carroll University
(advised by: Jacob Yount - Microbial Infection and Immunity)​



Cecelia Miller
2013-2014 and 2014-2015 Recipient, The Ohio State University
(advised by: John Byrd - Internal Medicine)


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Juan Moliva
2013-2014 Recipient, Pennsylvania State University
(advised by: Jordi Torrelles - Microbial Infection and Immunity)





Kelsey Thornton
2013-2014 and 2014-2015 Recipient, University of Wisconsin
(advised by: Robert Baiocchi - Internal Medicine)



Waters, Catherine

Past Recipient, 2012-2013, Elon College

(advised by: Kay Huebner- (advised by: Kay Huebner- (advised by: Kay Huebner- Molec Vir, Imm & Med Gen)




Wu, Cynthia

Past Recipient, 2012-2013, Ohio State University
(advised by: Joanne Turner-Microbial Infection and Immunity)



Meisen, Hans

 Past Recipient, 2011-2013, Georgetown University

(advised by Balveen Kaur-Neurological Surgery)




Gerber, Madelyn

 Past Recipient, 2011-2013, University of Minnesota

(advised by Amanda Toland-Molec Vir, Imm & Med Gen ) 



Fritz, Sarah

 Past Recipient, 2011-2013, Gettysburgh College

(advised by Kathleen Boris-Lawrie-Molec Vir, Imm & Med Gen)



Domire, Jackie

 Past Recipient, 2011-2013, The University of Texas - Austin

(advised by Scott Harper-Pediatrics)




Santana, Estevan

Past Recipient, 2010-2012, The Ohio State University

(advised by Robert Munson-Pediatrics)



McMaken, Sara 

Past Recipient, 2010-2012, Iowa State University

(advised by Virgina Sanders-Molec Vir, Imm & Med Gen)


Jones, Chris

 Past Recipient, 2010-2012, Ohio University

(advised by Daniel Wozniak-Infectious Diseases)



Zorko, Nick

 Past Recipient, 2009-2011, Ohio State

​(advised by Michael Caligiuri-OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center)



Powell, Catherine

 Past Recipient, 2010-2011

(advised by Ramesh Ganju-Pathology)



Saldivar, Joshua

 Past Recipient, 2009-2011, Univ Arkansas

(advised by Kay Huebner-Mol. Virol, Immunol & Med Genetics)



Nye, Kelly

 Past Recipient, 2009-2011, Oberlin College

(advised by Traci Wilgus-Pathology) 



Frey, Erin

Past Recipient, 2009-2011, Ohio Wesleyan University

(advised by Candice Askwith-Neuroscience)



Jaime-Ramirez, Alena

 Past Recipient,  2008-2010, California State Univ-SF

(advised by: Scott Harper-Pediatrics/Gene Therapy)

Green, Jill

Past Recipient, 2008-2010, Bowling Green University

(advised by Kirk Mykyton-Pharmacology)


 Abboui, Besma

 Past Recipient, 2008-2010, Miami University Oxford

(advised by Steven Clinton-Hematology/Oncology)



Traynham, Christopher

Past Recipient, 2007-2009, Michigan State University

(advised by Mark Ziolo-Physiology/Cell Biology)



Smith, Kristen

 Past Recipient,  2007-2009, Vanderbilt University

(advised by Caroline Whitacre-Mol. Virol, Immunol & Med Genetics)



Costello, Heather

 Past Recipient, 20007-2009, Ohio Wesleyan University

(advised by Mark Peeples-Pediatrics/Immunology)


Beyer, Sasha

 Past Recipient, 2004-2006, Saint Mary’s College of Maryland

(advised by Sissy Jhiang-Physiology/Cell Biology)