By Dirk Hoffman
Published June 13, 2023
The Office of Biomedical Education conducted its seventh annual white coat ceremony to recognize 23 students from the Class of 2022-2023 in the PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences (PPBS) and two students from the MD-PhD Program who are matching to their doctoral laboratories.
“Back at orientation in August, I said the primary goal of what we are doing is twofold: how to do science and to learn how to be a scientist, and those are two very different things,” he told the students.
“As you enter into your laboratories, you are going to be focused on the work and the questions, but I encourage you to not to forget to turn around,” Panepinto added. “You will be looking in at your projects, but turn around and look out. Look at the world and ask yourself ‘what can I do to make it better?’ So, I encourage you to hang onto that and keep the fire in the belly going.”
“For you PhD biosciences students, receiving your lab coat symbolizes a transition from learning in a classroom setting to becoming true scientists in the laboratory,” she said.
“While your lab coat serves a functional purpose, it is also a symbol of trust, professionalism and education.”
Brashear also handed out two awards that were presented by Laboratory Product Sales (LPS), one of the sponsors of the white coat ceremony.
Caleb Buerger won the Academic Achievement Award, which is presented to a PPBS student who demonstrates mastery of the first-year course curriculum.
The Rotation Award is presented to a PPBS student nominated by a faculty mentor for outstanding research during a laboratory rotation.
He also reminded students “that a great way to serve your interdisciplinary education is to stay in touch with your peers, go to people’s talks, look at their posters and papers. That is a good way to not only scientifically broaden your experience, but also further your education.”
The PPBS students are listed below, with their department and mentor matches.
|Anagha Betadpur ||Microbiology and Immunology ||Elsa Bou Ghanem, PhD|
|Sheta Biswas ||Oral Biology ||Jill M. Kramer, DDS, PhD|
|Caleb Buerger ||Microbiology and Immunology ||Elizabeth A. Wohlfert, PhD |
|Elizabeth Castro ||Neuroscience ||Barry S. Willer, PhD |
Sarah Muldoon, PhD
|Musea Chang ||Microbiology and Immunology ||Roberto Pili, MD|
|Jazmin Corral ||Pharmacology and Toxicology||Pablo M. Paez, PhD|
|Rhonda Drewes ||Computational Cell Biology, Anatomy & Pathology ||Yongho Bae, PhD|
|Sandy Enriquez ||Biochemistry ||Xiuqian Mu, MD, PhD|
|Mercedes Fisk ||Structural Biology ||Andrew M. Gulick, PhD |
|Julia Furfaro ||Microbiology and Immunology||John C. Panepinto, PhD |
|Karissa Garbarini ||Neuroscience ||Pablo M. Paez, PhD |
|Ephraim Gardner ||Pharmacology and Toxicology ||Remi M.Adelaiye-Ogala, PhD|
|Arthur Germakovski ||Pharmaceutical Sciences||Jason A. Sprowl, PhD|
|Luke Graser || |
|John M. Canty Jr., MD|
|Meagan Hutchinson ||Neuroscience ||Arin Bhattacharjee, PhD|
|Eliana Kenner ||Neuroscience ||Jian Feng, PhD|
|Maia Mazzaferro ||Microbiology and Immunology ||John C. Panepinto, PhD|
|Eric Mendelson ||Microbiology and Immunology ||Elizabeth A. Wohlfert, PhD |
|Thomas Mousso ||Computational Cell Biology, Anatomy & Pathology ||Yongho Bae, PhD |
|Hope Nyarady ||Neuroscience ||Thomas J. Covey, PhD|
|Patrick Oduro ||Structural Biology |
|Sabrina Orsi ||Pharmacology and Toxicology ||Roberto Pili, MD |
|Mikennah Paddock ||Neuroscience ||Fraser J. Sim, PhD|
|Lucas Palmer ||Microbiology and Immunology ||Ira J. Blader, PhD|
|Pooja Shah ||Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center || |
Joyce Ohm, PhD
The PPBS provides an entry portal and a common first-year curriculum, mentoring, hands-on opportunities and financial support.
With its laboratory rotation system, students can explore a variety of disciplines before committing to their specific area of research.
The white coat ceremony was conducted May 25 in the Ronald I. Dozoretz, MD ’62 Auditorium at the Jacobs School building. A brief reception in the building’s atrium followed the ceremony.