Year 4

Kevin Breen

Kevin Breen

Hometown:  Idaho Falls, ID

Undergraduate Institution:  University of Idaho

Undergraduate Major:  Microbiology, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry and Philosophy

MD-PhD Phase:  Medical School Year 4

PhD Department/Program:  Neuroscience

PhD Advisor:  Monica Vetter, PhD

Clinical Interest:  Ophthamology

Research Description:  We study the early activation of microglia in glaucoma. My project focuses on increasing and decreasing microglial activation through manipulating the fractalkine signaling system and determining how this affects glaucoma progression. 

Joe Cho

Joe Cho

Hometown:  Rapidan, VA

Undergraduate Institution:  University of Virginia (Charlottesville)

Undergraduate Major:  Psychology

MD-PhD Phase:  Medical School Year 4

PhD Department/Program:  Oncological Sciences

PhD Advisor:  Sheri Holmen, PhD

Clinical Interest:  Medicine/Gastroenterology

Research Description:  Investigating the role of Akt1 in melanoma brain metastasis and determining the ability of different AKT isoforms to induce metastatic melanoma in vivo.

Mike Gee

Mike Gee

Hometown:  St. Louis, MO

Undergraduate Institution:  University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)

Undergraduate Major:  Physics

MD-PhD Phase:  Medical School Year 4

PhD Department/Program:  Bioengineering

PhD Advisor:  John White, PhD

Clinical Interest:  Neurosurgery

Research Description:  I use optogenetics, electrophysiology and two-photon microscopy to study the role of glial cells in epileptogenesis.

Dallas Shi

Dallas Shi

Hometown:  Tianjin, China

Undergraduate Institution:  University of Southern California

Undergraduate Major:  Biology and Cultural Competence in Medicine

MD-PhD Phase: Medical School Year 4

PhD Department/Program:  Human Genetics

PhD Advisor:  Dean Li, MD, PhD

Clinical Interest:  Neonatology/Ophthamology

Research Description:  I study the role of the small GTPase ARF6 in retinal endothelial cell stability.