Akansha Jain, M6G



MSTP Learning Community:  Bean

MSTP Entry Date:  June 11, 2018

Graduate Program:

Molecular Physiology & Biophysics


Michael Welsh, MD

Graduate Profile Lab Website


2019 (Spring) - MOHD II Committee Liaison

2019 (Fall) - MOHD IV Committee Liaison

2018-2020 - MSTP Seminar Committee

2018-present - MSTP Retreat & I Heart Science Committee

2019-present - APSA Institutional Representative


2018 - Excellence in Molecular Physiology & Biophysics Research, Medical Student Research Conference, Sept 14

2021 - American Academy of Neurology Medical Student Research Award

2022 & 2023 - Best Trainee Internal Medicine Research Day Poster Award, 1st place 

2022 & 2023 - Internal Medicine Grand Rounds Presentations 

2022 - American Academy of Neurology Medical Student Scholarship to the Annual Meeting 

2022 - 37th Annual MD-PhD National Student Conference, Oral Presentation 

2023 - Graduate and Professional Student Government Research Grant 

2023 - University of Iowa Three Minute Thesis Finalist

2023 - Cold Spring Harbor Mechanisms of Metabolic Signaling Poster Presentation 

2023 - Successful PhD defense

2023 - Howard Hughes Institute Meeting Poster Presentation

2024 - Futures in Neurologic Research Scholarship to the Annual Meeting 

2024 - PBI Best Paper Competition Finalist 

2024 - PBI Best Paper Competition 2nd place 

2022, 2023,  2024 - AAP/ASCI/APSA Joint Meeting Poster Presentations 

2024 - Health Sciences Research Day, Mini Symposium Talk 


2020 Fall - MSTP USMLE Step 1 tutor

Mentoring students in Welsh lab


2017 - BA, Biology - University of Pennsylvania


ORCiD:  0000-0002-6991-9256

Guardia CM, Jain A, Mattera R, Friefeld A, Li Y, Bonifacino JS. RUSC2 and WDR47 oppositely regulate kinesin-1-dependent distribution of ATG9A to the cell periphery. Mol Biol Cell. 2021 Aug 25:mbcE21060295. doi: 10.1091/mbc.E21-06-0295. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34432492. (Pre-MSTP Publication)

Yu W, Moninger TO, Thurman AL, Xie Y, Jain A, Zarei K, Powers LS, Pezzulo AA, Stoltz DA, Welsh MJ. Cellular and molecular architecture of submucosal glands in wild-type and cystic fibrosis pigs. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2022 Jan 25;119(4). doi: 10.1073/pnas.2119759119. PubMed PMID: 35046051; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC8794846.

Rehman T, Karp PH, Thurman AL, Mather SE, Jain A, Cooney AL, Sinn PL, Pezzulo AA, Duffey ME, Welsh MJ. WNK Inhibition Increases Surface Liquid pH and Host Defense in Cystic Fibrosis Airway Epithelia. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2022 Jul 18. doi: 10.1165/rcmb.2022-0172OC. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35849656.

Jain, A, Kim, B., Yu, W., Moninger, T., Karp, P., Wagner, B., Welsh, M. (2024) Mitochondrial uncoupling proteins protect human airway epithelial ciliated cells from oxidative damage. PNAS. PMID: 38416686.

Johnson,D., Colijn, S., Richee, J., Yano, J., Burns, M., Davis, A. E., Pham, V. N., Saric, A., Jain, A., Yin, Y., Castranova, D., Melani, M., Fujita, M., Grainger, S., Bonifacino, J., Weinstein, B. M., and Stratman, A. N. (2024). Regulation of angiogenesis by endocytic trafficking mediated by cytoplasmic dynein 1 light intermediate chain 1. BioRxiv. doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2024.04.01.587559.

Abou Alaiwa, M.H. Hilkin, B.M., Price, M.P., Gansemer, N.D., Rector, M.R., Stroik, M.R., Powers, L.S., Whitworth, K.M., Samuel, M.S., Jain, A., Ostedgaard, L.S., Ernst, S.E., Philibet, W., Boyken, L.D., Moninger, T.O., Karp, P.H., Hornick, D.B., Sinn, P.L., Fischer, A.J., Pezzulo, A.A., McCray, P.B., Meyerholz, D.K., Zabner, J., Prather, R.S., Welsh., M.J., Stoltz, D.A.  (2024) Development and initial characterization of pigs with DNAI1 mutations and primary ciliary dyskinesia [Preprint]. doi:10.1101/2024.05.22.594822.