Pathologist Investigator Residency / Research Training Program - PIRRT / Physician Scientist Graduates

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Edward Plowey, MD, PhD

Dr. Plowey - Current Faculty Profile
- Graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign MSTP
- PhD in Molecular and Integrative Physiology with Tony G. Waldrop
- Started Pathology residency training: 2005
- PIRRT research year: 2006-2007 with Charleen T. Chu
- Additional research: 2008-2009 Charleen T. Chu and Jon Johnson
- Fellowship: Neuropathology
- Current position: Assistant Professor of Pathology, Stanford University

"The PIRRT program allowed me to dedicate one full year's effort to postdoctoral bench research following my first year of AP/NP Residency. Along with a second year of postdoctoral research between my third and fourth years of AP/NP training, the PIRRT program helped me to integrate critical research training time with a rigorous graduate medical education. This training helped me to establish the underpinnings of my independent research program today. The PIRRT program was a major factor in making me the top candidate for an excellent academic neuropathology faculty position with 75% effort dedicated to my laboratory research."

Julia Kofler, MD

Dr. Kofler - Current Faculty Profile
- Graduate of the MD program of the University of Vienna, Austria
- Started Pathology residency training: 2005
- PIRRT funded research year: 2007-08 with Clayton Wiley
- Fellowship: Neuropathology
- Current position: Assistant Professor of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh



 

Craig Horbinski, MD, PhD

Dr. Horbinski - Current Faculty Profile
- Graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo MSTP
- AP/NP training: 2004-2009, joining the fellowship component of PIRRT
- Fellowship research mentor: Ian Pollack, MD
- Current position: Assistant Professor of Pathology and of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

"After my M.D., Ph.D. training, I went to Charleen Chu's laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh to study the roles of oxidative stress and autophagy in neurodegenerative diseases. I then chose pathology as a medical specialty because of the opportunity to merge research and clinical endeavors while studying disease on a fundamental level. My training as an Anatomic Pathology resident and Neuropathology fellow at the University of Pittsburgh has given me invaluable new skills and insights. The high volume of cases allowed me to analyze and interpret clinical molecular diagnostic biomarker tests on literally hundreds of gliomas, fostering an interest in the molecular biology of gliomas. Because of this unique opportunity, I have developed expertise in pediatric and adult glioma biomarkers, and have successfully obtained a K08 that focuses on autophagy and oxidative stress in gliomas. The variety and quality of experiences available at the University of Pittsburgh made it possible for me to utilize all my training to pursue such novel avenues of research."

Scott Kulich, MD, PhD

- Current Faculty Profile
- AP/CP/NP training: 1996-2003
- Research mentor during training: Charleen Chu, MD, PhD
- Current position: Associate Professor of Pathology, Pittsburgh Veterans Affairs Hospital

Rafael Medina-Flores, MD

- Current Faculty Profile
- NP training: 2001-2003
- Research mentor during training: Clayton Wiley, MD, PhD
- Current position: Neuropathologist, Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, Wisconsin

Marie C. DeFrances, MD, PhD

Dr. DeFrances - Current Faculty Profile
- AP training: 1997-2001, University of Pittsburgh
- Research mentor during training: George Michalopoulos
- Current position: Associate Professor of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh




Rebecca Crowley, MD, MS

- Current Faculty Profile
- AP/Medical Informatics training: 1997-2001, University of Pittsburgh
- Research mentor during training: Michael Becich
- Current position: Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Intelligent Systems and Pathology, University of Pittsburgh

David Krisky, MD, PhD

- AP training: 1999-2002, University of Pittsburgh
- Research mentor during training: Joseph Glorioso
- Current position: Senior Director of Medical Science and Clinical Safety, Diamyd Medical

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