Universtiy of Miami Miller School of Medicine Graduate Studies

Medical Faculty Association’s Best Research Awards

Posted: 02.13.2017

On Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at the Miami Winter Symposium, three graduate students – Matthew Field, Ryan McCormack, and Chen-Ching “Vicky” Yuan – were officially honored as the 2016 recipients of the Medical Faculty Association’s Best Research Awards. This was a great opportunity for the students to be recognized before an international audience of scholars!

1st Place Winner – $1000 cash prize

Matthew Field
Cancer Biology Graduate Program (MD/PhD student)
Dissertation Title: Ocular Cancer Biomarkers, Mutation Profiles, and Therapeutic Strategies
Mentor: William Harbour, MD

2nd Place Winner – $750 cash prize

Ryan McCormack
Microbiology and Immunology Graduate Program (MD/PhD student)
Dissertation Title: Elucidating Perforin-2 mediated Killing Mechanisms Against Pathogenic Bacteria
Mentor(s): Thomas Malek, Ph.D. and Eckhard Podack, Ph.D.

3rd place Winner – $500 cash prize

Chen-Ching “Vicky” Yuan
Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Graduate Program
Dissertation Title: Structural and functional studies on animal models of hypertrophic, dilated and restrictive cardiomyopathy caused by myosin light chains mutations
Mentor: Danuta Szczesna-Cordary, Ph.D.

These highly competitive awards, established through a charitable gift to the UM Miller School of Medicine, recognize outstanding biomedical research among our graduate students. They must be nominated by their mentors and cannot self-nominate. The Medical Faculty Association also offers travel awards through the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies during the Spring and Fall semesters.