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Meet Our Current Trainees

Quentin Adams, MD - Department of Radiation Oncology

  • R4
  • MD - University of Iowa
  • Research Interest - 
Christian Anderson

Christian Anderson, MD, PhD - Department of Internal Medicine

  • R1
  • MD - Case Western Reserve University SOM, Cleveland, OH
  • PhD - Case Western Reserve University SOM, Cleveland, OH
  • Research Interest - Quantitative Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Nick Bormann, MD - Department of Psychiatry

  • R3
  • MD - University of Iowa
  • Research Interests - Computational Psychiatry
  • Research Mentor - Aaron Boes, MD, PhD
Karen Cyndari

Karen Cyndari, MD, PhD, MS - Department of Emergency Medicine

  • R2
  • MS - Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY
  • PhD - Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY
  • MD - Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY
  • Research Interests - Infectious Diseases and Disaster Management
  • Research Mentor - Christine Petersen, DVM, PhD
Melvin Donaldson

Melvin Donaldson, MD, PhD - Department of Emergency Medicine

  • R1
  • MD - University of Minnesota Medical School
  • PhD - University of Minnesota Medical School
  • Research Interest - Injury Prevention and Resiliency
Rachel Genova

Rachel Genova, MD, PhD - Department of Internal Medicine

  • R1
  • MD - University of Iowa
  • PhD - University of Iowa
Jonathan Jeschke, MD, PhD

Jonathan Jeschke, MD, PhD - Stead Family Department of Pediatrics

  • R2
  • MD - Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
  • PhD - Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Gudbjorg Jonsdottir, MD, PhD - Department of Internal Medicine

  • F2
  • MD - University of Iceland
  • PhD - University of Iceland
  • Subspecialty - Hematology/Oncology
  • Research Interests - Multiple Myeloma, MGUS, and Cancer Epidemiology
Gregory Kirkpatrick

Gregory Kirkpatrick, MD, PhD - Department of Internal Medicine

  • R1
  • MD - University of Colorado, SOM
  • PhD - University of Colorado
Max Liu

Max Liu, MD, PhD - Department of Neurology

  • R1
  • MD - University of Iowa
  • PhD - University of Iowa
  • Research Interests - Developing Tau directed therapies in neurological diseases such as stroke and seizures. Neurodengeneration & Alzheimer's Disease
  • Research Mentor - Nandakumar Narayanan, MD, PhD
Jacob Miller

Jacob Miller, MD, PhD - Department of Psychiatry

  • Associate
  • MD - University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine
  • PhD - University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine
  • Research Interests - Neurogenetics and Neuroimaging
  • ​Research Mentor - Peg Nopoulos, MD
Emily Nguyen, MD, PhD

Emily Nguyen, MD, PhD - Department of Internal Medicine

  • R2
  • MD - University of Iowa
  • PhD - University of Iowa
  • Subspecialty - Cardiology
  • Research Interests - Mitochondrial regulation of vascular smooth muscle

Brandan Penaluna, MD, MBA - Department of Psychiatry

  • R2
  • MD - University of Iowa
  • MBA - University of Iowa
  • Research Interests: Interventional Psychiatry
  • Research Mentor: Nicholas T. Trapp, MD
Emily Phillips, MD

Emily Phillips, MD - Stead Family Department of Pediatrics

  • R2
  • MD - Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Anthony Purgianto, MD, PhD - Department of Psychiatry

  • R4
  • MD - Rosalind Franklin University
  • PhD - Rosalind Franklin University
  • Research Interests - Interventional Psychiatry/Neuromodulation for Mood Disorders
  • Research Mentor - Thomas Nickl-Jockschat, MD
Tyler Rasmussen, MD, PhD

Tyler Rasmussen, MD, PhD - Department of Internal Medicine

  • F2
  • MD - University of Iowa
  • PhD - University of Iowa
  • Subspecialty - Cardiology
  • Research Interests - Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Cardiovascular Disease
Kathleen Robinson, MD, PhD

Katie Robinson, MD, PhD - Department of Internal Medicine

  • F2
  • MD - University of Wisconsin
  • PhD - University of Wisconsin
  • Subspecialty - Endocrinology
  • Research Interests - Obesity, Metabolism, Medical Anthropology and Sociology
  • Research Mentors - Eli Perencevich, MD, MS and William Sivitz, MD

Matthew Rysavy, MD, PhD - Stead Family Department of Pediatrics

  • F3
  • MD - University of Iowa
  • PhD - University of Iowa
  • Subspecialty - Neonatology
  • Research Interests - Prognosis-Guided Neonatal Therapy
  • Research Mentor - Edward Bell, MD
Jeremy Sandgren, MD, PhD

Jeremy Sandgren, MD, PhD - Stead Family Department of Pediatrics

  • R2
  • MD - University of Iowa
  • PhD - University of Iowa
Kamel Shibbani

Kamel Shibbani, MD - Stead Family Department of Pediatrics

  • R4
  • MD - American University of Beirut
  • Subspecialty - Cardiology
  • Research Interests - Genetics of Congenital Heart Disease
  • Research Mentor - Ferhaan Ahmad, MD, PhD
Jen Streeter, MD, PhD

Jen Streeter, MD, PhD - Department of Internal Medicine

  • F4
  • MD - University of Iowa
  • PhD - University of Iowa
  • Subspecialty - Cardiology
  • Research Interests - Novel Therapeutic Targets in Cardiovascular Disease
  • Research Mentor - Dale Abel, MD, PhD
Madeleine Stump, MD, PhD

Madeliene Stump, MD, PhD - Department of Internal Medicine

  • R2 - Department of Dermatology
  • MD - University of Iowa
  • PhD - University of Iowa
  • Investigative Training Track
  • Research Mentor - Janet Fairley, MD

Oriana Gema Vanegas Calderon, MD - Stead Family Department of Pediatrics

  • R4
  • MD - Universidad Central de Venezuela
  • Subspecialty - Gastroenterology
  • Research Interests - Cystic Fibrosis (CF), Pancreatic Disease
  • Research Mentor - Aliye Uc, MD

Luis Vargas-Buonfiglio, MD - Department of Internal Medicine

  • R4
  • MD - Universidad Central de Venezuela
  • Subspecialty - Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine
  • Research Interests - Airway Host Defense, COPD, Air Pollution
  • Research Mentors - Joseph Zabner, MD and Alejandro Comellas, MD
Nanmeng Yu, MB, PhD

Nanmeng Yu, MD, PhD - Department of Internal Medicine

  • F3
  • MD - Wake Forest University
  • PhD - Wake Forest University
  • Subspecialty - Hematology - Oncology
  • Research Interests - Virus and Cancer Cell Biology
  • Research Mentor - George Weiner, MD
Arya Zandvakili

Arya Zandvakili, MD, PhD - Department of Internal Medicine

  • R1
  • MD-PhD - University of Cincinnati COM, MSTP Program
Johnson Zhang, MD

Johnson Zhang, MD - Department of Neurology

  • Associate
  • MD - Peking Union Medical College
  • Subspecialty - Movement Disorders
  • Research Interests - Cholinergic Projections and Cortical Gysfuntions: Neuromodulation in Long Body Dementia
  • Research Mentor: Nandakumar Narayanan, MD, PhD