School of Medicine

Medical Student Research Program


Ganesh Adluru, PhD

Fellowship: University of Utah

Lab: Lab Website

Kurt H. Albertine, PhD

Dr. Albertine's research topic is acute and chronic lung disease, with emphasis on neonatal chronic lung disease. The focus of his studies is identification of molecular mechanisms that disrupt lung development in the preterm neonate who requires prolonged mechanical ventilation. Current studies are testing hypotheses about the effect of preter... Read More

Markus Amann, PhD, MS

Dr. Amann is a Professor of Anesthesiology, Theodore H. Stanley Presidential Endowed Chair in Anesthesiology, and Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Biomedical Engineering. His research focuses on the neural control of the circulation and breathing, and the etiology of central nervous system fatigue. Dr. Amann’s wor... Read More

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Joshua Leitch Bonkowsky, MD, PhD

Chief, Division of Pediatric Neurology

Dr. Josh Bonkowsky is an associate professor of Pediatric Neurology (Pediatrics) and of Neurology. His undergraduate training was at Harvard University; he obtained his MD and PhD degrees at the University of California, San Diego, and did his Pediatrics and Neurology/Pediatric Neurology training at the University of Utah and Boston Children's ... Read More

Specialties: Pediatric Neurology

Fellowship: University of Utah School of Medicine

Fellowship: Boston Children's Medical School

Residency: University of Utah School of Medicine

Medical School: University of California - San Diego School of Medicine

Fellowship: Institute of Molecular Pathology

Paul F. Bray, MD

Throughout his full academic career, Dr. Bray has continued to care for patients with blood diseases. He currently sees patients in clinic at the University of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute.  His clinical interests include: 1) Benign and non-malignant hematology, 2) Disorders of platelet number and function, 3) Bleeding... Read More

Specialties: Anemia, Benign Hematology, Coagulation, Disorders of Platelet Number and Function, Hematology/BMT, Hemorrhagic Disorders, Thrombocythemia, Thrombotic Disorders

Fellowship: University of California, San Francisco

Residency: Baylor College of Medicine

Medical School: University of Utah School of Medicine

K.C. Brennan, MD

K.C. Brennan, MD, is a clinician scientist who specializes in the treatment of headache. disorders. His lab studies the basic mechanisms of migraine and post-traumatic headache. See more about his lab here. You can also view his Twitter Account, Bioscience Profile, ResearchGate Profile, Google Scholar Profile, and PubMed Bibliography.... Read More

Specialties: Cluster, General Neurology, Headache, Migraine, Neurology, Traumatic Brain Injury

Fellowship: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Department of Neurology

Residency: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Adam Bress, PharmD, MS

Dr. Bress is currently an Associate Professor of Population Health Sciences with Tenure in the Division of Health System Innovation and Research and an Investigator at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System.  Dr. Bress is a formally-trained cardiovascular clinical pharmacist and population scientist. His research is focused on the prev... Read More

Specialties: Clinical Genetics, Epidemiology, Hypertension, Pharmacotherapy

Residency: University of Illinois at Chicago

Residency: Yale-New Haven Hospital

Benjamin S. Brooke, MD, PhD, FACS

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

Specialties: Varicose Veins, Vascular Surgery, Venous Insufficiency

Fellowship: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Medical School: University of Utah School of Medicine

Samuel M. Brown, MD, MS

Samuel Brown, M.D., M.S., is an attending physician in the Shock Trauma ICU at Intermountain Medical Center and assistant professor of pulmonary and critical care at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Board certified in pulmonary and critical care medicine, and a testamur of the National Board of Echocardiography. His clinical interests inc... Read More

Specialties: Critical Care, Echocardiography, Medical Ethics, Pulmonary

Fellowship: University of Utah School of Medicine/SLC VA Hospital, Department of Anesthesia

Fellowship: University of Utah

Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital

Medical School: Harvard Medical School

Dipayan Chaudhuri, MD, PhD

Dr. Dipayan Chaudhuri earned his medical and graduate degrees at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He then completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and subsequently a clinical fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Concurrently with his clinical fe... Read More

Specialties: Cardiology, Cardioversion, General Cardiology

Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital

Residency: University of California, San Francisco

Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Edward V. DiBella, PhD

Ed DiBella, PhD, is a professor and the director of the Utah Center for Advanced Imaging Research (UCAIR) in the Department of Radiology. He is an adjunct faculty member in Bioengineering, a member of the Center for Arrhythmia Research and Management (CARMA), and a member of the Experimental Therapeutics Program in the Huntsman Cancer Institute.&nb... Read More

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Anthony J. Donato, PhD, MS

My primary research focus is vascular aging, in particular the cellular, molecular and tissue specific events that induce reductions in muscle blood flow during exercise, impair arterial endothelial function and stiffen large elastic arteries in older rodents/adults. These vascular phenotypes contribute to the age related decline in functional capa... Read More

Derek J. Dosdall, PhD

Derek J. Dosdall, PhD, is an associate professor at the University of Utah in the Depatment of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. He has adjunct appointments in the Department of Bioengineering and the Deparmtment of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. He received his PhD in Bioengineering from Arizona State University... Read More

Stavros G. Drakos, MD, PhD, FACC

Dr. Stavros George Drakos is a Professor of Cardiology and Physiology at the Univ. of Utah Healthcare & School of Medicine and the Salt Lake VA Medical Center. He is the Medical Director of our institution's historic Cardiac Mechanical Support/Artificial Heart Program, Co-Director Heart Failure & Transplant and Direc... Read More

Specialties: Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiology, Cardioversion, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant

Fellowship: University of Utah/ Eccles Institute of Human Genetics

Fellowship: Harefield Heart Sciences Center/Imperial College London & University of Athens, Greece

Fellowship: UTAH Cardiac Transplant Program - University of Utah Health; Intermountain Health; SLC VA Health

Residency: University of Athens

Medical School: University of Athens

Angela Fagerlin, PhD

Chair, Department of Population Health Sciences

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Sarah Franklin, PhD

Sarah Franklin, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Utah with a research laboratory in the Nora Eccles Harrison Cardiovascular Research and Training Institute (CVRTI). She received her PhD from Brigham Young University and then received postdoctoral training at UCLA in the department of Anesthesiology. &n... Read More

Fellowship: University of California, Department of Anesthesiology

Tracy M. Frech, MD, MS

Tracy M. Frech, M.D., M.S. completed a combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics internship and residency at the University of Utah in 2005. She then finished a two-year Rheumatology fellowship in 2007 and Master in Clinical Investigation in 2009. Upon completion of her fellowship she joined the faculty in the Division of Rheumatology, and is currently... Read More

Specialties: Rheumatology

Fellowship: University of Utah School of Medicine

Residency: University of Utah School of Medicine

Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School

Rachel Hess, MD, MS

Chief, Division of Health System Innovation and Research

As a General Internist, Rachel Hess, MD, MS, provides primary care for adults. She has a special interest in women's health, particularly mid-life women's health. She is board certified in Internal Medicine. Her research focuses on understanding and improving patient-centered outcomes, such as health-related quality of life. She directs the Univeri... Read More

Specialties: General Internal Medicine

Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh and VA Pittsburgh Medical Center

Medical School: University of New Mexico, School of Medicine

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Lisa A. Lesniewski, MA, PhD

Dr. Lesniewski is an Associate Professor in the Division of Geriatrics and is an Adjunct Associate Professor with the Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology. She is a GRECC investigator and the Co-Principal Investigator of the Translational Vascular Physiology Lab.   ... Read More

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Robert S. MacLeod, PhD

Rob MacLeod was trained in physics, electrical engineering, and physiology & biophysics and is a Full Professor of Bioengineering and Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine (Cardiology) at the University of Utah. He is a co-founder and an Associate Director of the Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute and an Associate Director of th... Read More

Shannon Jay Odelberg, PhD

Shannon Odelberg, PhD, is a research associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiology, an investigator in the Molecular Medicine Program, and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Odelberg’s laboratory focuses on the sig... Read More

Kolawole S. Okuyemi, MD, MPH

Chair, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine

Kola Okuyemi, M.D., M.P.H., is a board certified family medicine physician who specializes in acute and chronic diseases and full spectrum care for patients of all ages. He received his medical degree from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria. Dr. Okuyemi  completed a family medicine residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center and obtain... Read More

Specialties: Family Medicine

Residency: University of Kansas School of Medicine

Residency: University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital