Update on Current UB Sarnoff Scholars

Published March 29, 2011

The Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation sponsors a highly competitive Fellowship Program that offers medical students the opportunity to spend a year conducting intensive work in a biomedical research facility in the United States.

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“I have been granted an incredible opportunity to work with top scientists and the resources to perform my own projects. ”
Joshua Balderman, Class of 2013
Sarnoff Scholar

Two UB medical students are currently serving as Sarnoff Fellows.

Joshua Balderman, Class of 2013, is at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, where his preceptor is Joseph Loscalzo, MD, PhD, Hersey Professor of the Theory and Practice of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; and chair of the Department of Medicine and physician-in-chief at the hospital.

Loscalzo’s lab concentrates on reactive oxygen species in vascular biology and vascular calcification on a molecular level.

Balderman has focused his studies on the effects of microRNA on prevention of vascular calcification. He will present his research at the American Heart Association’s Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology 2011 Scientific Sessions April 28-30, in Chicago, Ill.

“My Sarnoff experience has been both the most challenging and fascinating year of education thus far,” Balderman says. “I have been granted an incredible opportunity to work with top scientists and the resources to perform my own projects. I’m sure that this year will strongly influence my future career decisions."

Mojdeh Kappus, Class of 2013, is at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where her preceptor is Alan Tall, MD, Tilden Weger Bieler Professor of Medicine.