Meet Our Current Trainees

Georgina Aldridge, MD, PhD

Georgina Aldridge, MD, PhD - Department of Neurology

  • F2
  • MD - University of Illinois
  • PhD - University of Illinois
  • Subspecialty - Dementia and Cognitive Neurology
  • Research Interests - Etiology of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Research Mentor - Nandakumar Narayanan, MD, PhD

Nick Bormann, MD - Department of Psychiatry

  • R1
  • MD - University of Iowa
  • Research Interests - Computational Psychiatry
  • Research Mentor - Aaron Boes, MD, PhD
Colin Burnett, MD

Colin Burnett, MD - Department of Internal Medicine

  • F1
  • MD - University of Iowa
  • Subspecialty - Cardiology
  • Research Interests - Cardiovascular Physiology and Metabolism
  • Research Mentor - Justin Grobe, PhD
Aubrey Chan, MD, PhD

Aubrey Chan, MD, PhD - Department of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry

  • F1
  • MD - University of Utah
  • PhD - University of Utah
  • Research Interests - Molecular Biology and Physiology of Mental Illnesses
  • Research Mentor - John Wemmie, MD, PhD
Faisal Fecto, MD, PhD

Faisal Fecto, MD, PhD - Department of Neurology

  • R4
  • MD - Aga Khan University
  • PhD - Northwestern University
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship - Northwestern University
  • Research Interests - Molecular Biology Diseases of Human Neurodegeneration
  • ​Research Mentor - Peg Nopoulos, MD

Gudbjorg Jonsdottir, MD, PhD - Department of Internal Medicine

  • R2
  • MD - University of Iceland
  • PhD - University of Iceland
  • Research Interests - Multiple Myeloma, MGUS, and Cancer Epidemiology
John Liggins, MD, MSc

John Liggins, MD, MS - Department of Psychiatry

  • R3
  • MD - Stanford University
  • MS - McGill University
  • Research Interests - Mood Disorders and Psychosis
  • Research Mentor - William Coryell, MD
Jacob Miller, MD, PhD

Jacob Miller, MD, PhD - Department of Psychiatry

  • R3
  • 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
Lisa Morselli, MD, PhD

Lisa Morselli, MD, PhD - Department of Internal Medicine

  • F3
  • MD - Universita di Pisa
  • PhD - Universita di Pisa
  • Subspecialty - Endocrinology
  • Research Interests - Neural Regulation of Metabolism
  • Research Mentor - Justin Grobe, PhD
Catherina (Cat) Pinnaro, MD

Catherina (Cat) Pinnaro, MD - Department of Pediatrics

  • F3
  • MD - New York Medical College
  • Subspecialty - Endocrinology
  • Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship - University of Iowa
  • Research Interests - Genetic Modifiers in Chromosomal Disorders
  • Research Mentor - Ben Darbro, MD, PhD

Anthony Purgianto, MD, PhD - Department of Psychiatry

  • R2
  • MD - Rosalind Franklin University
  • PhD - Rosalind Franklin University
  • Research Interests - Therapeutic Interventions for Mood Disorders
Tyler Rasmussen, MD, PhD

Tyler Rasmussen, MD, PhD - Department of Internal Medicine

  • R3
  • MD - University of Iowa
  • PhD - University of Iowa
  • Subspecialty - Cardiology
  • Research Interests - Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Cardiovascular Disease
Nicholas Reish, MD, PhD

Nicholas Reish, MD, PhD - Department of Neurology

  • R4
  • MD - University of Alabama—Birmingham
  • PhD - University of Alabama—Birmingham 
  • Research Interests - Neurovascular Diseases
  • Research Mentor - Harold Adams, MD
Kathleen Robinson, MD, PhD

Katie Robinson, MD, PhD - Department of Internal Medicine

  • R3
  • MD - University of Wisconsin
  • PhD - University of Wisconsin
  • Subspecialty - Endocrinology
  • Research Interests - Obesity, Metabolism, Medical Anthropology and Sociology
  • Research Mentor - Helena Laroche, MD, MS
Yang Roby, MD, PhD

Yang Roby, MD, PhD - Department of Psychiatry

  • R4
  • MD - China Medical University
  • PhD - Johns Hopkins University
  • Research Interests - Genetics of Psychiatry Diseases
  • Research Mentor - Gen Shinozaki, MD

Matthew Rysavy, MD, PhD - Department of Pediatrics

  • F1
  • MD - University of Iowa
  • PhD - University of Iowa
  • Subspecialty - Neonatology
  • Research Interests - Medical Outcomes Neonatology
  • Research Mentor - Edward Bell, MD

Steven Seyedin, MD - Department of Radiation Oncology

  • R4
  • MD - University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
  • Research Interests - Immune Enhancing Radiosensitizers
  • ​Research Mentors - Bryan Allen, MD, PhD and Joseph Caster, MD, PhD
Kamel Shibbani

Kamel Shibbani, MD - Department of Pediatrics

  • R2
  • 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

  • F2
  • MD - University of Iowa
  • PhD - University of Iowa
  • Subspecialty - Cardiology
  • Research Interests - Novel Therapeutic Targets in Cardiovascular Disease

Luis Vargas-Buonfiglio, MD - Department of Internal Medicine

  • R2
  • 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
Patricia Watkins, MD

Patricia Watkins, MD - Department of Pediatrics

  • F3
  • MD - University of North Dakota School of Medicine
  • Subspecialty - Neonatology
  • Research Interests - Neonatal Medicine, Metabolic Effects of Resuscitation
  • Research Mentor - Kelli Ryckman, MS, PhD
Sarah Wernimont, MD, PhD

Sarah Wernimont, MD, PhD - Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

  • F2
  • MD - University of Wisconsin
  • PhD - University of Wisconsin
  • Subspecialty - Maternal Fetal Medicine
  • Research Interests - Metabolic Control of Placental Development
  • Research Mentor - Eric Taylor, PhD
Nanmeng Yu, MB, PhD

Nanmeng Yu, MD, PhD - Department of Internal Medicine

  • F1
  • MD - Wake Forest University
  • PhD - Wake Forest University
  • Subspecialty - Hematology - Oncology
  • Research Interests - Virus and Cancer Cell Biology
  • Research Mentor - George Weiner, MD

Qiujun Yu, MD, PhD - Department of Internal Medicine

  • R1
  • MD - Fourth Military Medical University
  • PhD - Fourth Military Medical University
  • Research Interests - Cardiovascular Metabolism
Johnson Zhang, MD

Johnson Zhang, MD - Department of Neurology

  • F1
  • 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