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Elliot Burghardt, M6G



MSTP Learning Community:  Boulware

MSTP Entry Date:  August 10, 2015

PhD Program:



Daniel Sewell, PhD

Joe Cavanaugh, PhD

Agglomerative and Divisive Hierarchical Bayesian Clustering with Methods for Longitudinal and Time-to-Event Data

Thesis Defense:  November 15, 2021


2015 Fall - Foundations Medical Student Liaison Committee

2016-2017 - Vice President of EQUAL Meds (Iowa Queer and Allied Medical Students)

2017-2018 - Board Member/Webmaster of EQUAL Meds (Iowa Queer and Allied Medical Students)

2017-2019 - Graduate Student Senator (Biostatistics)

2018-2019 - Biostatistics Diversity Committee

2018-2019 - Graduate Student Senate Graduate Student Success Committee Chair

2018-2020 - Graduate and Professional Student Government Delegate

2018-2020 - Graduate and Professional Student Government Sustainabilty Committee

2019-2020 - College of Public Health Graduate Student Association President

2016-2017 - MSTP Recruitment Committee

2016-present - MSTP Applicant Task Force

2016-present - MSTP Retreat & I Heart Science Committee

2018-present - MSTP Wellness Committee


2015 - University of Iowa Research Foundation Inventor Award

2015 - Research Excellence in Internal Medicine Poster Award

2016, 2017 – University of Iowa Inventor Award

2018 - University of Iowa Graduate College Orientation Specialist

2020 - Ballard Seashore Dissertation Fellowship Fall 2020


Fall 2016 - Foundations Tutor, MOHD I Tutor

Spring 2017 - MOHD III Tutor

Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019 - Step 1 Tutor group

2019 Jan - UI Health Care STEM Night at the Iowa Children's Museum

2021 SUMR - Case-Based Learning (CBL) co-leader for group of SUMR students during two sessions

2021 SUMR - Facilitated two sessions of Clinical Skills Session (patient-provider encounters) to SUMR students


2013 - BS, Bioengineering - Clemson University


ORCiD: 0000-0002-9921-7634

Evans LP, Boehme N, Wu S, Burghardt EL, Akurathi A, Todd BP, Newell EA, Ferguson PJ, Mahajan VB, Dutca LM, Harper MM, Bassuk AG. Sex Does Not Influence Visual Outcomes After Blast-Mediated Traumatic Brain Injury but IL-1 Pathway Mutations Confer Partial Rescue. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2020 Oct 1;61(12):7. doi: 10.1167/iovs.61.12.7. PubMed PMID: 33030508; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7582458.

Chahine LM, Brumm MC, Caspell-Garcia C, Oertel W, Mollenhauer B, Amara A, Fernandez-Arcos A, Tolosa E, Simonet C, Hogl B, Videnovic A, Hutten SJ, Tanner C, Weintraub D, Burghardt E, Coffey C, Cho HR, Kieburtz K, Poston KL, Merchant K, Galasko D, Foroud T, Siderowf A, Marek K, Simuni T, Iranzo A. Dopamine transporter imaging predicts clinically-defined α-synucleinopathy in REM sleep behavior disorder. Ann Clin Transl Neurol. 2021 Jan;8(1):201-212. doi: 10.1002/acn3.51269. Epub 2020 Dec 15. PubMed PMID: 33321002; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7818144.

Kruspe S, Dickey DD, Urak KT, Blanco GN, Miller MJ, Clark KC, Burghardt E, Gutierrez WR, Phadke SD, Kamboj S, Ginader T, Smith BJ, Grimm SK, Schappet J, Ozer H, Thomas A, McNamara JO 2nd, Chan CH, Giangrande PH. Rapid and Sensitive Detection of Breast Cancer Cells in Patient Blood with Nuclease-Activated Probe Technology. Mol Ther Nucleic Acids. 2017 Sep 15;8:542-557. doi: 10.1016/j.omtn.2017.08.004. Epub 2017 Aug 12. PubMed PMID: 28918054; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5577414.

Picillo M, LaFontant DE, Bressman S, Caspell-Garcia C, Coffey C, Cho HR, Burghardt EL, Dahodwala N, Sanders-Pullman R, Tanner CM, Amara AW; Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative. Sex-Related Longitudinal Change of Motor, Non- Motor, and Biological Features in Early Parkinson's Disease. J Parkinsons Dis. 2021 Nov 4. doi: 10.3233/JPD-212892. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34744052.