Benjamin Kaffenberger, MD

Benjamin Kaffenberger, MD

  • Associate Professor of Dermatology
    Director, Medical Student Research Program, OSU College of Medicine
    Vice-Chair of Research, Department of Dermatology, OSU Wexner Medical Center
    Dr. Kaffenberger specializes in hospital dermatology and works with individuals who have complex medical diseases, drug and allergic reactions, and autoimmune skin diseases. He is interested in diseases like Stevens-Johnson syndrome, drug and allergy hypersensitivity syndromes, pyoderma gangrenosum and ulcerating skin conditions, vasculitis and hidradenitis suppurativa. He is also very passionate about helping medical students build new skills while fostering their creativity.
Bianca McArrell

Bianca McArrell

  • Program Manager, OSU College of Medicine
    Bianca is the program manager for the Medical Student Research Program (MDSR) and the Masters of Medical Science Program in the OSU College of Medicine. She also serves as the advisor for the Landacre Research Honor Society.
Ginny Bumgardner, MD, PhD

Ginny Bumgardner, MD, PhD

  • Associate Dean for Physician Scientist Education and Training
    Professor of Surgery, Comprehensive Transplant Center
    Director, OSU Medical Scientist Training Program
    Director, Department of Surgery Research Training Program
    Dr. Bumgardners laboratory-based investigations are focused on the discovery of novel mechanisms that regulate de novo alloantibody production after transplant to uncover new targets for development of immunotherapeutics. These studies address the clinical problem of antibody-mediated allograft damage by investigating mechanisms that 1) drive or downregulate alloAb production or 2) cause tissue damage mediated by alloAb effector pathways.

Advisory Council

Tendy Chiang

Tendy Chiang, MD

  • Assistant Professor - Otolaryngology
    Dr. Chiang is a clinician scientist and associate professor at Nationwide Children's Hospital and The Ohio State University in Columbus Ohio. He leads a research program devoted to airway tissue engineering and studying the mechanisms of airway regeneration and repair.
Jonathan Davis

Jonathan (Jon) Davis, PhD

  • Assistant Professor - Physiology and Cell Biology
    Every physiological and biochemical function of the body is either directly controlled, or at minimum, modulated by calcium. My laboratory is interested in understanding the rules that govern the myriad of calcium-binding "sensors" and then applying these rules to re-engineer various calcium sensors to treat disease. We are developing gene therapy and protein delivery approaches to introduce our re-formulated proteins to diseased organs and cells.

Courtney Hebert, MD

  • Associate Professor - Biomedical Informatics
    Dr. Hebert is a practicing physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases and an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics (BMI) at the Ohio State University (OSU). Her research focuses on the secondary use of electronic health data to improve clinical decision making and patient care. Dr. Hebert received her Doctorate of Medicine from OSU in 2005 and completed an Internal Medicine residency and Infectious Diseases fellowship at the University of Chicago. Prior to joining the faculty in the department of BMI at OSU she participated in a National Library of Medicine-funded postdoctoral fellowship in clinical research informatics, and received a Master of Science degree in Public Health with a specialization in BMI from OSU.
Samantha King, PhD

Samantha King, PhD

  • Assistant Professor - Pediatrics
    Dr. King is a Principal Investigator in the Center for Microbial Pathogenesis at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. King’s research program focuses on the pathogenesis of alpha-hemolytic streptococci.
Sarah MacEwan, MD

Sarah MacEwan, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine
    Dr. MacEwan a health services researcher in the Division of General Internal Medicine and the Center for the Advancement of Team Science, Analytics, and Systems Thinking in Health Services and Implementation Science Research (CATALYST). My research focuses on improving patient engagement and quality of care using multi-stakeholder perspectives to inform patient- and provider-facing interventions.
Sayoko Moroi, MD, PhD

Sayoko E. Moroi, MD, PhD

  • William H. Havener, MD Endowed Professor
    Chair and Director of the Havener Eye Institute
    Professor of Ophthalmology
    Dr. Moroi specializes in the medical care and surgical management of glaucoma as well as treating patients with complex cataracts, unusually small eyes, “complex eyes” as part of a genetic condition, and complications after surgery.

Somashekar Krishna MD, MPH

  • Professor - Internal Medicine
    Dr. Somashekar Krishna is a Professor of Clinical Medicine and the director of Advanced Endoscopy at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSU), Columbus, Ohio. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed publications. He has authored several book chapters that include Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. He is a leading expert in the management of pancreatic cystic lesions. He has received several grants including NIH/NCI R01 funding for the accurate differentiation of pancreatic cysts using novel technologies.
Electra Paskett

Electra Paskett, PhD

  • Marion N. Rowley Chair in Cancer Research
    Dr. Paskett focuses on cancer prevention and control, especially among underserved populations. Her work includes the communities she works with in planning and executing studies. She also is the Founding Director of the OSU James Center for Cancer Health Equity .
Michael Root

Michael Root, MD, PhD

  • Clinical Professor, Microbial Infection and Immunity
    The Root laboratory explores the structure and function of viral fusion glycoproteins responsible for cellular entry of enveloped virus such as HIV-1.

Paul Stoodley, PhD

  • Professor, Microbial Infection and Immunity
    The Stoodley lab studies the role of S. aureus biofilms in periprosthetic joint infections (PJI) and ACL failures in collaboration with surgeons in Orthopedics and companies offering infection control strategies. Bacterial biofilms are highly tolerant of antibiotics and can resist debridement through their viscoelastic properties. The lab uses various microbiological and physical measurement techniques including confocal time lapse microscopy, particle sizing, rheometry and antibiotic susceptibility testing.
Faculty Reviewers

Faculty Reviewers

Each scholarship application was reviewed by at least two faculty members; without their commitment to the program the research scholarship program would not be possible. We would like to thank each member of the review committee listed below.

Jennifer Aldrink MD, Clinical Professor of Pediatric Surgery 
David Bahner MD, Clinical Professor Emergency Medicine
Gail Besner MD, Professor of Pediatric Surgery 
Dharini Bhammar PhD, MBBS, Assistant Professor, Medical Oncology
Jason Bischof MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
David Bond MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Hematology
SubhankarChakrabortyMD, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology Hepatology & Nutrition
Tendy Chiang MD, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology
Daniel Clinchot MD, Vice Dean for Education College Administration
Jordan Cloyd MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery Surgical Oncology
Zobeida Cruz-Monserrate PhD, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology Hepatology & Nutrition
Greg Cvetanovich MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopaedics
David Dean PhD, Associate Professor Materials Science and Engineering
Brittany Dulmage MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology
Kathleen Dungan MD, Professor of Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism
Michael Essandoh MD, Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology
Kanu Goyal MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopaedics
Tamar Gur MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
Yuchi Han MD, Professor of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine
Yousef Hannawi MD, Associate Professor of Neurology
Mahmoud Houmsse MD, Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine
Ling-Qun Hu MD, Professor of Anesthesiology
Andrew Hundley MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ben Kaffenberger MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology
Jessica Kaffenberger MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology
Jonathan Karnes MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics
Kevin Kerber MD, Professor of Neurology
Holli Loomans-Kropp PhD, Assistant Professor, Cancer Prevention and Control
Michael Lyons MD, Professor of Emergency Medicine
Yanhui Ma PhD, Ophthalmology
Robert Magnussen MD, Professor of Orthopaedics
Joel Mayerson MD, Clinical Professor of Orthopaedics
Leon McDougle MD, MPH, Professor of Family Medicine
Amy Moore MD, Professor and Chair of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Sayoko Moroi MD, PHD, Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Electra Paskett PhD, Professor Internal Medicine, Cancer Prevention and Control
Prasanth Pattisapu MD, Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology Otolaryngology
Ciaran Powers MD, PHD, Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery Neurological Surgery
Michael Prats MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine Emergency Medicine
Carmen Quatman MD, PHD, Associate Professor of Orthopaedics
Ryan Rauck MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics
Michael Root PhD, Clinical Professor School Biomedical Sciences Microbial Infection and Immunity
Lluis Samaranch PhD, Assistant Professor Neurological Surgery
Anasuya Sarkar PhD, Assistant Professor Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep
Jason Souza MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Dan Spakowicz PhD, Research Assistant Professor Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology
Carol Toris PhD, Ophthalmology
Mark Troyer MD, MPH, Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
Karla Vaz MD, Pediatric Gastroenterologist
Lorraine Wallace PhD, Associate Professor Biomedical Education and Anatomy
Gregory Wiet MD, Professor of Otolaryngology
Henry Xiang MD, MH, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics
Desale Yacob MD, Pediatric Gastroenterologist
Kai Zhao PhD, Associate Professor Otolaryngology