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The Tri-Institutional MMPTP has been highly successful in recruiting outstanding trainees. To date, 31 trainees have completed the program: 25 at Duke, three at UNC-CH, two at NCSU, and one at both Duke and NCSU. Of these past trainees, two are governmental scientists, six are in industry, eight are academic research associates, one is a non-tenure track university laboratory administrator, and seven are tenure-track faculty members at research universities. Notably, three of our trainees have received K22 awards (Nielsen, Idnurm and Fortwendel). The following lists each trainee with his or her period of support, mentor, and current position.

 

Summary of Trainees (July 2017)

 

Current Trainees 

 

Anna Loksztejn, PhD

Period of Support: 12/2014 - 8/2017

Mentor: Kenichi Yokoyama, PhD

Venue: Duke

MMPTP Grant Year: 11

 

Jonathan Williams, PhD

Period of Support: 5/2015 - Present

Mentor: Sue Jinks-Robertson, PhD

Venue: Duke

MMPTP Grant Year: 11

 

Stacey Maskarinec, MD, PhD

Period of Support: 8/2015 - Present

Mentor: Vance Fowler, MD, PhD

Venue: Duke

MMPTP Grant Year: 12

 

Keats Shwab, PhD

Period of Support: 9/2015 - Present

Mentor: William Steinbach, MD, PhD

Venue: Duke

MMPTP Grant Year: 12

 

Aaron Smith, PhD

Period of Support: 10/2015 - Present

Mentor: Dennis Thiele, PhD

Venue: Duke

MMPTP Grant Year: 12

 

Erica Washington, PhD

Period of Support: 10/2015 - Present

Mentor: Richard Brennan, PhD

Venue: Duke

MMPTP Grant Year: 12

 

José Vargas-Muñiz, PhD

Period of Support: 8/2017 - Present

Mentor: Amy Gladfelter PhD

Venue: UNC-CH

MMPTP Grant Year: 14

 

 

Past Trainees

 

Robert A. Cramer, Jr., PhD

Period of Support: 06/2004 - 05/2007
Mentor: William J. Steinbach, MD / John R. Perfect, MD
Venue: Duke
Number of MMPTP-Supported Publications: Seven
Current Position: Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology; Dartmouth School of Medicine; Hanover, NH

 

Amy J. Powell, PhD

Period of Support: 05/2004 - 10/2007
Mentor: Ralph Dean, PhD
Venue: Duke
Number of MMPTP-Supported Publications: Three
Current Position: Sandia National Labs; Senior Technical Staff; Systems Biology, DOE; Albuquerque, NM

 

P. Brian Smith, MD, MPH, MHS

Period of Support: 07/2004 - 06/2006
Mentor: John Perfect, MD
Venue: Duke

Number of MMPTP-Supported Publications: Seven
Current Position: Associate Directory of Research Fellowships, DCRI; Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology); Chief of the Division of Quantitative Sciences; Duke University Medical Center; Durham, NC

 

Michael S. Price, PhD
Period of Support: 04/2005 - 04/2008

Mentor: J. Andrew Alspaugh, MD

Venue: Duke

Number of MMPTP-Supported Publications: Three

Current Position: Associate Professor; Biology, Liberty University; Lynchburg, VA

 

Kirsten Nielsen, PhD

Period of Support: 07/2005 - 07/2006
Mentor: Joseph Heitman, MD, PhD
Venue: Duke

Number of MMPTP-Supported Publications: Nine
Current Position: Associate Professor of Microbiology; University of Minnesota School of Medicine; Minneapolis, MN

 

Crystal Icenhour, PhD

Period of Support: 07/2005 - 07/2006
Mentor: John Perfect, MD
Venue: Duke

Current Position: CEO; Aperiomics, Inc.; Ashburn, VA

 

Xiaorong Lin, PhD

Period of Support: 01/2006 - 12/2007
Mentor: Joseph Heitman, MD, PhD
Venue: Duke

Number of MMPTP-Supported Publications: Nine
Current Position: Associate Professor of Biology; Texas A&M University; College Station, TX

 

Kimberly R. Bartsch, PhD

Period of Support: 05/2006 - 06/2008
Mentor: Vytas Bankaitis, PhD
Venue: UNC-CH

Number of MMPTP-Supported Publications: Six
Current Position: Adjunct Professor of Chemistry; Stevenson University; Stevenson, MD

 

Alexander Idnurm, PhD

Period of Support: 02/2007 - 09/2007
Mentor: Joseph Heitman, MD, PhD
Venue: Duke

Number of MMPTP-Supported Publications: Six
Current Position: Senior Lecturer; University of Melbourne, Australia

 

Marianela Rodriguez-Carres, PhD

Period of Support I: 05/2007 - 12/2008
Mentor: Joseph Heitman, MD, PhD

Venue: Duke

Period of Support II: 01/2009 - 05/2010

Mentors: Marc Cubeta, PhD / Rytas Vilgalys, PhD
Venue: NCSU / Duke

Number of MMPTP-Supported Publications: Five
Current Position: Scientist; BASF Corporation; Research Triangle Park, NC


Kathleen Miglia, PhD

Period of Support: 06/2007 - 06/2010
Mentor: Thomas Mitchell, PhD
Venue: Duke

Number of MMPTP-Supported Publications: Four
Current Position: Laboratory Administrator; Department of Biology; Duke University; Durham, NC


Jennifer Tenor, PhD

Period of Support: 06/2007 - 06/2010
Mentor: John Perfect, PhD
Venue: Duke

Number of MMPTP-Supported Publications: Two
Current Position: Senior Research Associate: Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases); Duke University Medical Center; Durham, NC


Peter V. Decker, PhD

Period of Support: 11/2007 - 10/2010
Mentor: Arno Greenleaf, PhD
Venue: Duke

Current Position: Managing Editor; Editing Services; American Journal Experts, a Research Square company; Durham, NC

 

Jarrod Fortwendel, PhD

Period of Support: 04/2008 - 04/2011
Mentor: William Steinbach, MD
Venue: Duke

Number of MMPTP-Supported Publications: Eleven
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology; College of Medicine; University of South Alabama; Mobile, AL


Joshua Burgess, PhD

Period of Support: 02/2009 - 05/2011
Mentor: William Goldman, PhD
Venue: UNC-CH

Current Position: Scientist; Epicentre (an Illumina Company); Madison, WI


Min Ni, PhD

Period of Support: 02/2011 - 05/2011
Mentor: Joseph Heitman, MD, PhD
Venue: Duke

Number of MMPTP-Supported Publications: Two
Current Position: Scientist; Molecular Profiling; Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Tarrytown, NY

 

Ryan Georgiana, PhD

Period of Support: 12/2009 - 08/2011
Mentor: John McCusker, PhD
Venue: Duke

Number of MMPTP-Supported Publications: Two
Current Position: Scientist; Renewable Energy Group, Inc.; San Francisco, CA

 

Wenjun Li, MD, PhD

Period of Support: 04/2012 - 05/2012
Mentor: Joseph Heitman, MD, PhD
Venue: Duke

Current Position: Microbial Genome Curator; NCBI, NIH; Bethesda, MD


Jennifer Horan, MD, PharmD

Period of Support: 08/2011 - 07/2012
Mentor: Barbara Alexander Lodge, MD
Venue: Duke

Number of MMPTP-Supported Publications: Three
Current Position: Instructor; Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases); Duke University Medical Center; Durham, NC


Richard Festa, PhD

Period of Support: 08/2011 - 07/2012
Mentor: Dennis Thiele, PhD
Venue: Duke

Number of MMPTP-Supported Publications: Three
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Microbiology & Immunology, VCU School of Medicine, VA

 

Soo Chan Lee, PhD

Period of Support: 03/2010 - 02/2013
Mentor: Joseph Heitman, MD, PhD
Venue: Duke

Number of MMPTP-Supported Publications: Ten
Current Position: Assistant Professor; Univ of Texas, San Antonio

 

Xuying Wang, PhD

Period of Support: 08/2012 - 03/2013
Mentor: Joseph Heitman, MD, PhD
Venue: Duke

Number of MMPTP-Supported Publications: Three
Current Position: Investigator; GlaxoSmithKline; Marquette Univ

 

William Franck, PhD

Period of Support: 06/2010 - 05/2013
Mentor: Ralph Dean, PhD
Venue: NCSU

Number of MMPTP-Supported Publications: Four
Current Position: Research; USDA, Northern Plains Ag. Research Lab; Sidney, MT


Jelena Catania, MD

Period of Support: 08/2012 - 07/2013
Mentor: Barbara Alexander Lodge, MD / Aimee Zass, MD, MHS
Venue: Duke

Number of MMPTP-Supported Publications: Two
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine/Infectious Disease, Univ of Central Florida College of Medicine

 

Ryoko Oono, PhD

Period of Support: 04/2011 - 12/2013
Mentor: Francois Lutzoni, PhD
Venue: Duke

Number of MMPTP-Supported Publications: TBD
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Ecology Evolution & Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara

 

Wei Song, MD, PhD

Period of Support: 08/2013 - 07/2014
Mentor: Thomas Petes, PhD
Venue: Duke

Number of MMPTP-Supported Publications: TBD
Current Position: Scientist, LabCorp, Research Triangle Park, NC

 

Stephanie Nay, PhD
Period of Support: 07/2013 - 11/30/2014

Mentor: Sue Jinks-Robertson, PhD
Venue: Duke

Number of MMPTP-Supported Publications: TBD
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow; University of Wisconsin

 

Kevin Roach, PhD

Period of Support: 02/2013 - 06/16/2015
Mentor: Joseph Heitman, MD, PhD
Venue: Duke

Number of MMPTP-Supported Publications: TBD

Current Position: Associate at McKinsey & Company, Seattle, WA

 

Pooja Strope, PhD

Period of Support: 08/2012 -  08/17/2015
Mentor: Fred Dietrich, PhD / John McCusker, PhD
Venue: Duke

Number of MMPTP-Supported Publications: TBD

Current Position: Fungal RefSeq Curator, NCBI

 

Laura Okagaki-Vraspir, PhD

Period of Support: 09/2012 - 11/2015
Mentors: William Goldman, PhD/ Ralph Dean, PhD
Venue: UNC-CH and NCSU

Number of MMPTP-Supported Publications: 2

Current Position: Federal Contractor, HWC, Inc, MN

 

Chelsea Boyd, PhD

Period of Support: 4/2014 - Present

Mentor: William Goldman, PhD

Venue: UNC-CH

Number of MMPTP-Supported Publications:

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, UNC-Chapel Hill

 

 
The Tri-Institutional MMPTP has a proven record of recruiting outstanding trainees who have successfully launched careers as governmental and industry scientists, academic research associates and tenure-track faculty, among others.
Tri-Institutional Molecular Mycology and Pathogenesis Training Program
(Tri-I MMPTP)

Box 3054 Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710 | Tel: 919 684 4008  

 

MMPTP Fellows Meetings

 

Smaller Eukaryotes Meeting (3rd Thursday of each month, unless noted)

 

Meetings start at 5:45 at the NC Biotechnology Center, which is convenient to Duke and most readily reached via Highway 147 to the Anderson Street exit. The NC Biotech Center is just around the corner as you exit the highway (take a right turn off the exit ramp, then a left turn at the first stop light, and the NC Biotech Center is the building on your right, 15 T. W. Alexander Dr., RTP.  In addition to two stellar talks, dinner is provided.
Download meeting schedule [PDF 216KB]

 

EPIC Meetings (last Friday of each month)

 

The Eukaryotic Pathogens Investigators Club (EPIC) is a monthly, student-organized meeting that brings together scientists that focus on eukaryotic pathogens from multiple departments at Duke University, including Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Biology, Immunology, Biochemistry, Infectious Diseases, and Pediatrics. Meetings occur on the last Friday of each month from 10:30 - 11:30 am in MSRB 001 and feature two speakers, primarily students or post-docs, giving informal work-in-progress style presentations with questions and discussions highly encouraged.