Welcome New Fellows!
Jul 1, 2017 12:00 AM
Laura D. Smy PhD
Laura has come to Salt Lake City from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is a life-long learner, initially obtaining her 3-year BSc in Chemistry from the University of Toronto followed by an Advanced Diploma in Medical Laboratory Science from the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. She has worked as a Medical Technologist for Canadian Blood Services and SickKids Hospital in Toronto. While working, she obtained certification as a Pathologist Assistant. Laura returned to the University of Toronto once again in 2010 and upgraded her BSc to an honours degree with a double major in Chemistry and Biochemistry. She subsequently completed her PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2016. Her PhD thesis work investigated hair cortisol as a potential biomarker for adrenal suppression due to inhaled corticosteroid use in children and pregnant women, which led to her interest in maternal-fetal medicine and research. Additionally, Laura is interested in mass spectrometry and the quickly growing area of pharmacogenomics. Laura is excited to be attending the University of Utah and to be part of the ARUP Laboratories team as a Clinical Chemistry Fellow. Outside of training, she is looking forward to exploring Utah and seeing the beauty this state has to offer.
Combined Training in Clinical Chemistry and Clinical Immunology
Anu S. Maharjan, PhD
Anu grew up in both Kathmandu, Nepal, and in Silver Spring, Maryland. She graduated with a BA in Biochemistry in 2006 from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. In 2012, she earned her PhD in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from Rice University in Houston, Texas. Her PhD research focused on understanding the regulation of innate immune cells such as monocytes and fibrocytes. She did her postdoctoral training in muscle stem cell regeneration and in eosinophilic esophagitis at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, Connecticut. In 2014, she joined an inflammatory bowel disease laboratory as a research associate at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. There, she researched the crosstalk between intestinal inflammation and bone health. She is excited about her fellowship, and is happy to be back in a mountain country. She hopes to explore the national parks of Utah.
Alekdsandra M. Sowder, MD
Aleksandra grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas. She graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in Psychology in 2009. In 2013, she earned her MD at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and completed a residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at the University of Utah. Her research interests include head and neck pathology, especially thyroid lesions and head and neck cytology. Outside of work, Aleksandra enjoys hiking with her husband and dogs, road biking, and playing golf.
Michael B. Ward, MD
Michael received his undergraduate education at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and his medical education from the University of Texas School of Medicine in San Antonio. He completed his residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology as well as a surgical pathology fellowship at the University of Utah. He is currently working as a cytology fellow at the University of Utah. Michael enjoys playing guitar, spending time with his wife and four children, and any sort of outdoor activity. Michael’s work interests include teaching and undergraduate medical education, and his research interests include the molecular analysis of sarcomatoid renal cell carcinoma, urine testing for drugs of abuse, and amyloid precursor protein involvement in the pathogenesis of atherosclerotic plaques.
John J. Evans, MD
John grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. He graduated from The University of Nebraska with a BS in Biotechnology in 2006. In 2012, he earned his MD from the University of Nebraska Medical Center before completing an internship in General Surgery and Residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at the University of Colorado. Outside of work, John is an avid ice hockey fan and fisherman. He looks forward to exploring the many beautiful state and national parks in Utah with his family.
Amelia C. Fierro-Fine, MD
Amelia grew up in Ames, Iowa. She graduated from Carleton College with a BA in Chemistry in 2007. After a spending a year volunteer teaching in the Marshall Islands, she returned home to Iowa for medical school and a pathology externship. This past June, she completed AP/CP pathology residency and surgical pathology fellowship at Iowa. She and her husband are outdoors enthusiasts and are excited to explore Utah this year.
Timothy M. Hanley, MD, PhD
Tim grew up in Boston and graduated from Harvard with a BA in Government. In 2013, he earned MD and PhD degrees from Boston University School of Medicine. His dissertation work focused on the contribution of innate immune signaling pathways to HIV-1 replication in macrophages and dendritic cells. Outside of work, Tim enjoys running, cycling, hiking, camping, and spending time with his wife and two daughters. He looks forward to spending another year exploring the many national and state parks in Utah.
Nick Luem, MD
Nick was born in St. Louis, Missouri, spent his early life in California, but has also lived in Massachusetts, Barcelona, Spain, Oregon, Arizona, and most recently New Hampshire. He graduated with a BA in Religious Studies from Lewis & Clark College in 1997. He earned his medical degree from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland. He did an additional year as a post-sophomore pathology fellow and followed medical school with a one-year internship in the Department of General Surgery at OHSU. He took an officer commission in the United States Navy while in medical school and spent three years as a Dive Medical Officer in at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Outside of work, Nick enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, reclining in hammocks and sipping mezcal.
Richard E. Davis, PhD
Rich grew up in Draper, Utah, and graduated with a degree in Clinical Laboratory Science from Brigham Young University in 2009. After a period working as a certified Medical Laboratory Scientist, he earned a PhD in Immunology from the University of Iowa. His dissertation work focused on how the tropical protozoan parasite Leishmania avoids and changes the host immune response, specifically eliciting a novel neutrophil phenotype in human patients and mice. Rich enjoys hiking, running, baking and spending time with his family. While he grew up in Utah, he feels he took Utah's great outdoors for granted, something he hopes to rectify.
Bronwen H. N. Garner, MD, MPH
Bronwen grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She went to Georgia Tech for her undergraduate degree, University of Michigan for her MPH, and Medical College of Georgia for her MD. She spent the last 7 years in Durham, North Carolina, at Duke University, where she completed her Internal Medicine Residency and Infectious Disease Fellowship. Additionally, she spent a year as the Neuro-oncology hospitalist. Outside of work, Bronwen is an avid runner, and loves spending time with her husband, David, and their 4-year old son, Rhys.
Christina A. Kwong, MD, PhD
Christina grew up in San Francisco. She completed her undergraduate training in 2002 at University of California, Davis, with a BS in Animal Technology. In 2013, she earned her MD and PhD degrees from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Her PhD studies focused on the role of proton pumps in regulating tumor-associated macrophages. She continued her training at Loyola University Medical Center where she completed a residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. Christina's hobbies include reading, cooking and arts and crafts.
Nelly Adriana Tejada Romero, MD
Nelly Adriana was born in Colombia and grew up in Bogota, the capitol. She graduated in Medicine at the National University of Colombia. She finished her combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, followed by fellowships in Surgical Pathology at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut, Oncologic Pathology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, and Cytopathology at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. She continued her career in Montreal, Canada, as an attending Pathologist and Assistant Professor at Jewish General Hospital and McGill University. She has collaborated on research studies of pancreatic and gastro-intestinal endocrine tumors and EGFR in Lung Cancer. She stopped practicing Pathology for several years and has restarted her career at the University of Utah with a Surgical Pathology Fellowship followed by her current training in the Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship. Nelly Adriana enjoys reading history, learning French and German, dancing, and sporting activities. She is very enthusiastic about living in Utah where there are beautiful mountains that remind her the Andean Mountains of her native country.
Ana Ruano, MD
Ana completed medical school at Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala City, followed by residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, and a fellowship in oncologic surgical pathology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York. Her interests to date primarily concern oncologic pathology, including head and neck, breast and gynecologic pathology. She looks forward to rounding out her expertise with further specialization in pediatric pathology. Outside of medicine, she enjoys traveling and reading.
Matthew S. Johnson, MD
Matthew grew up in Saint Cloud, Minnesota. He received his undergraduate education at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, and his medical education from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, California. He completed his residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Currently, he is working as a surgical pathology fellow at the University of Utah. Outside of work, Matthew enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, watching sports, and is looking forward to snowboarding in Utah's world-class snow.
Jindong Wang, MD, PhD
Jindong grew up in Tianjin, China. He graduated from Beijing Medical University with a Bachelor of Medicine. In 2006, he earned his PhD in oncology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His PhD work was focused on the DNA replication and transcription mechanisms of EBV. Outside of work, Jindong enjoys hiking and traveling. He looks forward to exploring the many wonderful hiking trails and parks in Utah.
Tatiana Tvrdik, PhD
Tanya grew up in Bratislava, Slovakia, where she received her BS degree from Comenius University. She continued her studies in Sweden and received her PhD degree from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. After moving to Utah, Tanya got her MS degree in genetic counseling from the University of Utah. She has had a long-standing interest in molecular diagnostics of genetic diseases, and a determination to provide accurate and meaningful genetic test results. Tanya’s other life passion is to guide her five children on their way to achieving their academic and non-academic goals. In her spare time, Tanya loves to bake, garden, swim and hike.