2019 was the official first year of PROmoTE and the eight students certainly set the bar high for future cohorts. PROmoTE scholars participate in the NRTC Seminar Series, providing team oral presentations. MD seeking students present their research at the Dale J. Benos Medical Student Research Day in the Fall, and PhD seeking students present in the spring at the Department of Medicine Trainee Research Symposium. PROmoTE Scholars also have the opportunity to attend a national conference. Information about their current presentations is below and will be updated as new information is provided.

Fabian Berru & Stephen Cunningham

PROmoTE 2019 Team Research Topic: “Elevated Serum Phosphate induces genetic markers for Systematic Anemia and inflammation in murine hepatocytes”
PROmoTE Mentors: Dr. Orlando Gutierrez & Dr. Christian Faul

Current Scholar Highlights

FFabian Berruabian Berru - MS2, MD degree seeking
Berru, F. N., Womack, R. Gutierrez, O. M., "Ferric Citrate Affects Serum IL-6 Levels in CKD Patients", Poster Presented at: Dale J. Benos Medical School Research Day, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama; September 2019. 
scStephen Cunningham - Y2, PhD degree seeking
Presentations: 
- Stephen Cunningham, Brian Czaya, Beatrice Richter, Kylie Heitman, Christopher Yanucil, Isaac Campos, Dominik Kentrup, Fabian Berru, and Christian Faul, "Elevated Phosphate Levels Induce Markers of Systemic Inflammation and Anemia in Murine Hepatocytes", UAB Trainee Research Symposium, March, 2020.
- Accepted Poster Presentation - Experimental Biology. April 2020 (Conference cancelled due to COVID-19)
- Work in Progress (August 2020) : Department of Diabetes Endocrinology and Metabolism

Service: Treasurer,Graduate Biomedical Student Outreach club

Cody Savage & Chanelle Hunter

PROmoTE 2019 Team Research Topic “Developing Physiologically Relevant Tissue Chip Models of Renal Vasculature and the Study of Vascular Calcification”
PROmoTE Mentors: Dr. Palaniappan Sethu & Dr. Abolfazl Zarjou

Current Scholar Highlights

csCody Savage - MS2, MD degree seeking
Savage, C., Hunter, C. Spangler, D., Sethu, P. Zarjou, A., "Investigating the Role of Ferritin Heavy Chain in Vascular Calcification",Poster Presented at: Dale J. Benos Medical School Research Day, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama; September 2019. 

Awarded:
Physician Scientist Development Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grant (T35) - summer 2020
Serves as APSA Mentor, Treasurer for the Neurosurgery IG, & MS2 rep for the Anesthesiology IG
chChanelle Hunter - Y2, PhD degree seeking
Hunter, C., Savage, C., Donoghue, L., Sethu, P., Zarjou, A., "Developing Physiologically Relevant Tissure Chip Models of Renal Vasculature and the Study of Vascular Calcification",UAB Trainee Research Symposium, March, 2020.

Mary Claire Chumley & Ari Ginsparg

PROmoTE 2019 Team Research Topic: “A Series of Studies in Polycystic Kidney Disorder Approved with Team Science Techniques”
PROmoTE Mentors: Dr. Michal Mrug & Dr. Bradley Yoder

Current Scholar Highlights

MCCMary Claire Chumley - MS2, MD degree seeking
Chumley, M.C., Harrison, K, Williams, D. M., Kumar, V., Mrug, M. "Effects of Kidney Transplantation on Cytogenesis in Kidneys Procured from Deceased Donor with Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease". Poster Presented at: Dale J. Benos Medical School Research Day, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama; September 2019. 

Chumley, M.C., Kim, H., Mrug, M "
A Novel Prognostic Imaging Biomarker based on Individual Cyst Growth Rate in Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease" Poster Presented at: Dale J. Benos Medical School Research Day, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama; September 2020, as a part of the Summer Medical School research program. 


agAri Ginsparg - Y2, PhD degree seeking
Accepted Poster Presentation - Experimental Biology. April 2020 (Conference cancelled due to COVID-19)
Presented Poster on telomere binding protein design - RosettaCon - August 2020
Serves as Secretary of the Informatics Club

J. Miller Allan & Cailin Kellum

PROmoTE 2019 Team Research Topic:“Effects of Early Life Stress on cardiovascular function in a novel MSEW mouse strain and immunological homeostasis in adolescent humans”
PROmoTE Mentors: Dr. Daniel Feig, Dr. Jennifer Pollock, & Dr. Michael Seifert

Current Scholar Highlights

maJ. Miller Allan - MS2, MD degree seeking
Allan, J.M., Kellum, C.E., McPherson, K.C., Neder, T.H.; Sedakal, R., Seifert, M.E., Feig, D.I., Pollock, J.S.,"Effects of Early Life Stress on cardiovascular function in a novel MSEW mouse strain and immunological homeostasis in adolescent humans", Poster Presented at: Dale J. Benos Medical School Research Day, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama; September 2019. (Awarded 2nd Place - Renal Division)
ckCailin Kellum - Y2, PhD degree seeking
Cailin E. Kellum, J. Miller Allan, Kasi C. McPherson, Thomas H. Neder, Randee Sedaka, Michael E. Seifert, Daniel I. Feig, Jennifer S. Pollock. Early life stress mediates enhanced aortic vasorelaxation in Sv129 mice. UAB Trainee Research Symposium. March, 2020.

Accepted Poster Presentation - Experimental Biology. April 2020 (Conference cancelled due to COVID-19)
Accepted Poster Presentation - Hypertension 2020 - “Adverse Childhood Experiences impact blood pressure and pulse wave velocity in adolescents” (Clinical Science, Epidemiology, Therapeutics)
Awarded: PRIME T32 2020 - Present