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Student Clinician Ceremony

The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Class of 2018 was honored during the 14th annual Student Clinician Ceremony recognizing the transition of rising third-year medical students from the academic to the clinical years.

Ira J. Blader, PhD

Ira J. Blader, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology, is using new grant funding to build on prior research aiming to identify how the infection-causing parasite Toxoplasma gondii triggers seizures and other neurological complications in AIDS and cancer patients as well as fetuses.


Long white coats were donned by 185 new doctors in a ceremony marking the critical milestone of being officially inducted as medical residents in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Satyan Lakshminrusimha, MD

Satyan Lakshminrusimha, MD, has received the 2016 Mentor of the Year award from the Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (ESPR) in recognition of his excellence in developing trainees’ research skills and launching productive research careers.


G. Richard Braen, MD, associate dean for graduate medical education, has received the 2016 National Leadership Award from the New York State chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Christine Robertson and Jessica LaPiano

First-year medical students Jessica LaPiano and Christine Robertson have been awarded $30,000 annual tuition scholarships for their education in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.