MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

MID Student Spotlights

Jennifer Hurtig: 2021 Dr. John J. Kopchick Fellowship

Anh Trinh Nguyen: 2021 Investing in Student Futures Fellowship

April Nguyen: ASM Texas Branch Goldschmidt Graduate Student Award

Erika Flores: 2019-2021 NIH Diversity Supplement

Minseon Kim: GSBS Endowment Scholarship

Unekwu Yakubu and Alec Santiago: Selected for the Scientist Mentoring and Diversity Program in BioTech

Alexandra Berroyer:

First authored publication of a review, Berroyer, A. and Kim, N. (2020). The functional consequences of eukaryotic Topoisomerase 1 interaction with G-quadruplex DNA. Genes. 11 (193): 1-16. doi:10.3390/genes11020193

Named co-president of the American Society for Microbiology Texas Medical Center Chapter

2020 Deans Research Scholarship Award

MID successfully defended thesis:


Robert Williams, Advisor: Michael Lorenz, PhD

PhD Thesis: Alternative Carbon Utilization as a Virulence Determinant for Candida albicans

Ayesha Khan, Advisor: Cesar Arias, MD, MSc, PhD

PhD Thesis: Molecular Mechanisms of Antimicrobial Resistance in Multi-Drug Resistant Enterococci

Kara Schoenemann, Advisor: William Margolin, PhD

 PhD Thesis: Mutations Within and Between Early Cell Division Proteins and their Effects on Division Regulation in Escherichia Coli


Ayesha Mahmood, Advisor: Charles Darkoh, PhD

   MS Thesis: Mechanistic Insights into Vancomycin Resistance in Clostridium (Clostridioides) difficile


FALL 2020

Wahaj Zuberi, Advisor: Nayun Kim, PhD

  MS Thesis: A Pharmacological Strategy against African Sleeping Sickness

Minseon Kim, Advisor: Ambro Van Hoof

          PhD Thesis: Functions of Dcp2 and Ski7 in mRNA Degradation