John graduated from Colgate University in Hamilton, NY, in 2012 and currently is an MS1 at SUNY Upstate Medical University in New York. He spent time off between undergrad and medical school as a research fellow at the NIH, then as a trauma scribe at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, MD, and finally as a research fellow at the FDA. John devoted two years at the NIH to two independent projects: researching a familial disease termed hyperparathyroidism-jaw tumor syndrome and investigating the neurological pathway specific to pruritogen response. I spent my year at the FDA looking into genome-wide epigenetic markers of tumorigenesis, including miRNA expression profiles and DNA methylation patterns. In medical school I became interested in infectious disease research. I am using the Ben Kean Fellowship to study patterns of familial inheritance of susceptibility/protective phenotypes to dengue virus infection. Ultimately, my goal is to use my interest in ID to provide relief to underserved populations, especially in rural areas.
Project: "The economic impact of dengue infection on families in Thailand"
June 1, 2017 - July 26, 2017