School of Medicine

Medical Student Research Program

NIDDK (A-L)

Brenda L. Bass, PhD

Brenda L. Bass, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Human Genetics, and a member of the Nuclear Control of Cell Growth & Differentiation Program at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.She is known for her contributions in defining double-stranded RNA-mediated pathways, inclu... Read More

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Srinivasan Beddhu, MD

Srinivasan Beddhu, MD is a tenured Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. Dr. Beddhu received his medical degree from Stanley Medical College, Chennai, India. He completed his internal medicine residency at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, NY and nephrology fello... Read More

Specialties: Dialysis, Nephrology & Hypertension

Fellowship: University Health Center of Pittsburgh

Residency: St. Mary's Hospital of Rochester

Residency: Bangalore Medical College

Residency: Stanley Medical College

Medical School: Stanley Medical College

Sihem Boudina, PhD

Sihem Boudina, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology at the College of Health and an investigator at the Molecular Medicine Program at the University of Utah. Dr. Boudina's research is focused at understanding the pathogenesis of obesity and cardiovascular disease. Particularly, her lab ha... Read More

Brian T. Bucher, MD

Dr. Brian T. Bucher is a board certified Pediatric Surgeon in the Division of Pediatric General Surgery with specialized training for surgical treatment for infants, children, and teenagers.  He is also an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University Of Utah School Of Medicine.    He sees patients at Primary Children’s... Read More

Specialties: Pediatric Surgery, Pediatric Trauma Surgery

Fellowship: Department of Pediatric Surgery/Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University

Residency: Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University

Residency: Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University

Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Alfred K. Cheung, MD

Chief, Division of Nephrology, Vice Chair for Research, Department of Internal Medicine

Alfred K. Cheung, M.D. is a Professor of Medicine, Chief of Division of Nephrology & Hypertension and Executive Director of the Dialysis Program at the University of Utah Hospital & Clinics. As a nephrologist, he manages a variety of kidney diseases, with particular interests in chronic kidney disease, hypertension and chronic dialysis. H... Read More

Specialties: Dialysis, Nephrology & Hypertension

Fellowship: University of California - San Diego

Fellowship: University of California - San Diego

Residency: Loma Linda University

Medical School: Albany Medical College

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

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

Robert S. Fujinami, PhD

Robert Fujinami received his B.A. from the University of Utah through the then Honor Program in Microbiology.  He completed his Ph.D. at Northwestern University and received post-doctoral training and Assistant Professorship at The Scripps Research Institute.  Prior to coming to the University of Utah as Professor, he was an Associate Pro... Read More

Christopher T. Gregg, PhD

RESEARCH OVERVIEW A major goal of our research is to uncover novel genetic and epigenetic mechanisms in the brain that regulate motivated behaviors. Alterations to motivated behaviors occur in a wide range of disorders, including anxiety disorders, major depression, addiction, bipolar disorder, autism spectrum disorders and eating disorders. M... Read More

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Stephen L. Guthery, MD, MS

Chief, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology

Dr. Guthery is the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Nutrition. His interests include the care of infants, children and adolescents with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and liver disease. His research involves understanding the genetic basis of and improving treatments for these conditions. Dr. Guthery is boar... Read More

Specialties: Inflammatory Bowel Disease/Crohn's/Ulcerative Colitis, Pediatric Crohn's Disease, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Hepatology, Pediatric Ulcerative Colitis

Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Medical School: Oregon Health Sciences University

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

Lynn B. Jorde, PhD

Chair, Department of Human Genetics

My laboratory has long been involved in studies of human genetic variation and disease. We have been involved in studies of human limb malformations, autism, hypertension, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, type 2 diabetes, schizophrenia, and a number of other Mendelian and common, complex diseases. For more than a decade, we have been involved in rese... Read More

Elizabeth A. Leibold, PhD

Elizabeth A. Leibold, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Division of Hematology and Hematologic Malignancies, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She holds an adjunct appointment as a Professor of Oncological Sciences at the Huntsman Cancer Institute and is a member of the Nuclear Control of Cell Growth and Differ... Read More

Nicola Longo, MD, PhD

Chief, Division of Medical Genetics

Nicola Longo MD PhD is a professor of Pediatrics, adjunct professor of Pathology, and Adjunct Professor of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Longo earned his M.D. and Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at the University of Parma School of Medicine in Italy. He received residency and fellow... Read More

Specialties: Medical Genetics, Pediatric Genetics

Fellowship: Emory University Affiliated Hospital

Residency: Emory University Affiliated Hospital

Fellowship: Emory University Affiliated Hospital

Medical School: University of Parma