Academic Affairs & Faculty Development

VPCAT Research Scholars Program


2014-2015 Scholar Cohort

Robert Bollo, MD, MS, FAANS, FACS, FAAP

Dr. Bollo is board-certified in neurosurgery and pediatric neurosurgery.  His primary focus is the surgical treatment of seizures in children, and he serves as the surgical director of the pediatric epilepsy program at Primary Children's Hospital. Dr. Bollo introduced laser ablation and robotic epilepsy surger... Read More

Specialties: Brain Tumors, Endoscopic Surgery, Epilepsy Surgery, Neuro Spine Surgery, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Robotic Neurosurgery, Stereotactic Laser Ablation, Surgery for Fetal Abnormalities, Traumatic Brain Injury

Fellowship: University of Utah School of Medicine

Residency: New York University Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital

Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine


Benjamin S. Brooke, MD, PhD, FACS, DFSVS

Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery, Department of Surgery

Benjamin S. Brooke, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Surgery, Biomedical Informatics (adjunct), Population Health Sciences (adjunct), and Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery.  He grew up in Salt Lake City, receiving his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Utah before heading east to complete his internship and r... Read More

Research Interests: Surgical Outcomes and Quality

Specialties: Varicose Veins, Vascular Surgery, Venous Insufficiency

Fellowship: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Medical School: University of Utah School of Medicine


Melissa Cheng, MD, MOH, MHS

Dr. Melissa Cheng joined the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health after her completion of residency in 2011. She graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine in 2008. She also has a Master of Health Science in International Health with an emphasis on complex humanitarian emergencies from Johns Hopkins Bloomber... Read More

Research Interests: Accidents, Occupational, Analgesics, Opioid, Occupational Medicine

Specialties: Occupational & Environmental Health, Occupational & Environmental Health, Occupational Medicine

Fellowship: University of Utah

Residency: University of Utah

Medical School: University of Utah


Jane M. Dyer, PhD, CNM, FNP, MBA

Jane Dyer has been a Certified Nurse Midwife for over 35 years. She has provided a wide variety of services for women and cared for them in a variety of settings including private practice, community health centers, family planning agencies and large group practices. She has attended births in small and large hospitals and birth centers. Her cur... Read More

Specialties: Certified Nurse Midwife, Women's Health


Summer Gibson, MD

Chief, Division of Neuromuscular

Dr. Summer Gibson is an associate professor of neurology and chief of the Neuromuscular Medicine Division at the University of Utah. She received her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio before completing her neurology residency training and a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology and neuromuscular diseases... Read More

Research Interests: Genetic Epidemiology, Motor Neuron Disease, Muscular Dystrophies

Specialties: ALS, Muscular Dystrophy, Neurology, Neuromuscular Diseases

Fellowship: University of Utah

Residency: University of Utah

Medical School: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio


Sujee Jeyapalina, PhD

Sujee Jeyapalina received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Research in 1994 and 1995, respectively, from King’s College, University of London. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry from Leicester University in 2005. After this, she joined the Department of Orthopaedics, the National Un... Read More

Research Interests: Antibiofilm Strategies, Antibiotics, Antifungal, Apatites, Biomaterials, Bone Substitutes, Bone remodeling around prosthetic components and biomaterials, Breast Implants, Dental Implants, Osseointegration, Skin Microbiome, Targeted Drug Delivery Systems, Wound Healing, mRNA Localization


Skyler G. Jennings, AuD


Deanna Kepka, MPH, PhD

Deanna Kepka, PhD, MPH, is a Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) investigator and an assistant professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Utah. She is a member of the Cancer Control and Population Sciences (CCPS) research groupKepka’s main research interests are the gaps in health care access and quality for vulnerable populations. She fo... Read More


Giavonni Lewis, MD, FACS

Dr. Giavonni Lewis is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Utah Hospital and Clinics. She received her general surgery training at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL. Her specialties include acute burn care, burn surgery and reconstruction. Additionally, she has formal training in surgical critical care with an emphas... Read More

Specialties: Burn Care, Burn Surgery, Critical Care, Frostbite, Telemedicine

Fellowship: Washington Hospital Center

Fellowship: Harborview Medical Center/University of Washington Burn Center

Residency: Loyola University Medical Center

Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine


Catherine M. Loc-Carrillo, MSc, PhD, BSc (Hons)

Dr. Loc-Carrillo obtained her BSc. (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff, her MSc. in Biotechnology from Nottingham Trent University, UK. and her PhD. from the University of Nottingham, UK. Between 2006 and 2009 she worked in the biotech field where she was a the Senior Research Scientist and manager... Read More

Research Interests: Animal Models to Study Infections, Infection Prevention and Control, Nonunions, Osteomyelitis, Phage Therapy, Surgical Site Infections, Wound Infection


Phone: 801-582-1565-Ext.3492

Lab: Lab Website

Scott McNally, MD, PhD

My goal as a neuroradiologist is to provide the best diagnostic imaging for patients with a variety of neurological diseases. My primary interest is in cerebrovascular disease and stroke. My roles include optimizing neurovascular imaging protocols, serving as co-moderator of our multidisciplinary neurovascular conference, and providing resident and... Read More

Specialties: Neuroradiology, Radiology

Fellowship: University of Utah

Residency: University of Utah

Medical School: Emory University


Quynh Nguyen, MPH, PhD


Robert Schlaberg, MD

Dr. Schlaberg is the Medical Director of the Microbial Amplified Detection, Virology, and Fecal Chemistry laboratories and an Assistant Medical Director of the Molecular Infectious Disease laboratories at ARUP. He is also an Assistant Professor of Pathology at the University of Utah, School of Medicine. Dr. Schlaberg received his MD and Doctor of M... Read More

Specialties: Pathology, Clinical

Fellowship: University of Utah and ARUP Laboratories

Residency: College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University

Medical School: University of Wurzburg


Adam M. Spivak, MD

Dr. Spivak joined the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Utah in the fall of 2011 after completing residency and fellowship training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. He cares for HIV patients as a member of the Clinic 1A staff and attends on the inpatient Infectious Diseases consult service at... Read More

Specialties: HIV/AIDS, Infectious Diseases

Fellowship: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Residency: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine


Gail L. Towsley, PhD, NHA


Vanessa Stevens, PhD

Vanessa Stevens, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacotherapy
Mentor: Heather Keenan, MD, PhD, MPH

Yelena Wu, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology Investigator, Huntsman Cancer Institute Dr. Wu's research focuses on fostering optimal health outcomes among youths (children, adolescents, and young adults) affected by cancer. Her work includes individuals who have a personal history of cancer and those who are at risk for developing cance... Read More

Research Interests: Cancer Genetics, Clinical Child Psychology, Familial Melanoma, Pediatric Psychology, Risk Communication, Skin Cancer Prevention, Treatment Adherence

Specialties: Behavioral Medicine, Oncology, Pediatric Behavioral Health