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Student Spotlight - Ronald Inglehart

Ronald Inglehart 

Ronald Inglehart
Public Health
Ann Arbor, MI








Research interests:

Epidemiology of Head and Neck Cancer, especially the role of HPV in Head and Neck Cancers.

​Awards, honors, publications:

Awards and honors:

  • 2012 Induction into Phi Beta Kappa

Selected publications:

  • Taberna M, Inglehart RC, Pickard RKL, Fakhry C, Agrawal A, Katz M, Gillison ML (2017). Significant changes in sexual behavior after a diagnosis of HPV-positive and HPV-negative oral cancer. Cancer, 123.
  • Inglehart RC, Taberna M, Pickard RKL, Hoff M, Fakhry C, Ozer E, ... & Gillison ML (2016). HPV knowledge gaps and information seeking by oral cancer patients. Oral Oncology, 63, 23-29.
  • Piao S, Inglehart RC, Scanlon CS, Russo N, Banerjee R, & D'Silva NJ (2016). CDH11 inhibits proliferation and invasion in head and neck cancer. Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine.
  • Scanlon CS, Banerjee R, Inglehart RC, Liu M, Russo N, Hariharan A, Van Tubergen EA, Corson SL, Asangani IA, Mistretta CM, Chinnaiyan AM & D’Silva NJ (2015). Galanin modulates the neural niche to favour perineural invasion in head and neck cancer. Nature Communications, 6.
  • Inglehart RC, Scanlon CS, & D’Silva NJ (2014). Reviewing and reconsidering invasion assays in head and neck cancer. Oral Oncology, 50(12), 1137-1143.
  • Banerjee R, Russo N, Liu M, Basrur V, Bellile E, Palanisamy N, Scanlon CS, Tubergen EA, Inglehart RC, Metwally T, Mani RS, Yocum A, Nyati MK, Castilho RM, Varambally S, Chinnaiyan AM & D’Silva NJ (2014). TRIP13 promotes error-prone nonhomologous end joining and induces chemoresistance in head and neck cancer. Nature Communications, 5.
  • Banerjee R, Van Tubergen EA, Scanlon CS, Vander Broek R, Lints JP, Liu M, Russo N, Inglehart RC, Wang Y, Polverini PJ, Kirkwood KL, D’Silva NJ (2014). The G protein-coupled receptor GALR2 promotes angiogenesis in head and neck cancer. Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, 13(5), 1323-1333.
  • Shultz GV, Winschel GA, Inglehart RC, Coppola BP (2014). Eliciting student explanations of experimental results using an online discussion board. Journal of Chemical Education, 91(5), 684-686.
  • Liu M, Scanlon CS, Banerjee R, Russo N, Inglehart RC, Willis, AL, Weiss SJ, D’Silva NJ (2013). The histone methyltransferase EZH2 mediates tumor progression on the chick chorioallantoic membrane assay, a novel model of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. Translational Oncology, 6(3), 273-281.
  • Scanlon CS, Inglehart RC, D’Silva NJ (2013). Emerging value: The chick chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) model in oral carcinogenesis research. J Carcinogene Mutagene S, 5 Scanlon CS, Van Tubergen E A, Inglehart RC, D'Silva NJ. (2013). Biomarkers of epithelial-mesenchymal transition in squamous cell carcinoma. Journal of Dental Research, 92(2), 114-121.
  • Inglehart RF, Borinskaya S, Cotter A, Harro J, Inglehart RC, Ponarin E, & Welzel C (2013). Genes, security, tolerance and happiness. Higher School of Economics Research Papers, 31/SOC.
  • Russo N, Wang X, Liu M, Banerjee R, Goto M, Scanlon CS, Metwally T, Inglehart RC, Tsodikov A, Duffy S, Van Tubergen EA, Bradford C, Carey T, Wolf G, Chinnaiyan AM, D’Silva NJ (2012). A novel approach to biomarker discovery in head and neck cancer using an autoantibody signature. Oncogene, 32(42), 5026-5037.
  • Banerjee R, Mani R, Russo N, Scanlon CS, Tsodikov A, Jing X, Cao Q, Palanisamy N, Metwally T, Inglehart RC, Tomlins S, Bradford C, Carey T, Wolf G, Kalyana-Sundaram S, Chinnaiyan AM, Varambally S, D’Silva NJ (2011). The tumor suppressor gene rap1GAP is silenced by miR-101-mediated EZH2 overexpression in invasive squamous cell carcinoma. Oncogene, 30(42), 4339-4349.

Long term goals/ aspirations:

My long-term professional goal is to make a positive contribution to population health through prevention and improving care outcomes. Currently, I am focused on doing this with Head and Neck cancer.

​Post MSTP Training dream job:

My career goal is to become a research professor at a large midwestern research university. I want to be able to work on my research while remaining involved in patient care.



What you enjoy outside of school:

Outside of school, I enjoy learning about history, politics, and current events.

A talent you have always wanted:


Favorite book:

“The Book of the New Sun,” Gene Wolfe.

Favorite quote:

“I've described my usual writing process as scrambling from peak to peak of inspiration through foggy valleys of logic. Inspiration is better — when you can get it.” – LM Bujould

Can't live without:

Family, and a few good friends.

If you weren't in MSTP, what would you be doing now?

In high school, I assumed that I would go to law school. My older sisters had, and my father taught law students. Senior year of high school, I took an EMT training course and found that I loved being part of a team helping patients. That experience formed the foundation of my eventual choice of the medical profession. Perhaps, if I had not taken that course, I would have stayed on the path I first expected to take, and would now be a law student.