Scholarly Opportunities

2023 Summer Research Program

The 29th Annual Pritzker Summer Research Program proved to be another successful year of scholarship for a large number of second-year students. Funded in part by the NHLBI,  NIA, NCI, NIDDK(DULCE) the Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence, and The Center for Healthcare Delivery Science. The Summer Research Program allowed students to work closely with faculty mentors across the clinical, translational, and basic sciences. Thanks in large part to the continued guidance of Drs. Sola Olopade, Funmi Olopade, David Meltzer, Valerie Press, Rachel Wolfson, Erika Claud, and Arshiya Baig, the Summer Research Program has often given students a platform for ongoing research and a chance to present and publish their work on a national level.

After presenting their work to a panel of faculty judges, the following students were recognized for their excellence. The Pritzker School of Medicine would like to congratulate these second-year medical students:

The Joseph B. Kirsner Research Award for Excellence

Renee Tristano
Mentor: Dana Suskind, MD
Examining Misconceptions About Screen Media Use in Early Childhood: A Qualitative Study


The Sigma Xi Award for Impact on Society

Asim Dhungana
Mentor: Fredrick Howard, MD
Prediction of Breast Cancer Risk Recurrence Score Using Machine Learning


The Brain Research Foundation Award for Neuroscience

Mahalia Dalmage
Mentor: Bakhtiar Yamini, MD
Enhancing Chemosensitivity to Temozolomide using a NF-kB Inhibitor for Glioblastoma Treatment


Healthcare Delivery Science Award 

Victoria Ogunniyi
Mentor: Elizabeth Tung, MD, MS
Adult Suicidality, Social Isolation, and Parental Incarceration: Longitudinal Associations from Add Health


Overall Excellence in Scientific Quality, Content and Ability to Respond to Questions in the Performance of Research in Clinical or Social Sciences

David Deshpande
Mentor: Susan Rowell, MD
The Association Between Prehospital Tranexamic Acid and Seizures in Patients With Traumatic Brain Injury

Danielle Gaskin
Mentor: Trissa Babrowski, MD
Gender Disparities in Pre-Operative Management for Peripheral Arterial Disease, and Its Influence on Post-Operative Outcomes

Overall Excellence in Scientific Quality, Content and Ability to Respond to Questions in the Performance of Research in Basic Science

Dominic Montas
Mentor: Sean Polster, MD
The Influences of Gut Sterilization on Radiation Necrosis

Claire Wild
Mentor: Benjamin Shogan, MD
Differential Responses of Colorectal Tumoroids to a High Fat Diet: The Influence of Bile Acids on Different Tumor Models 

Overall Excellence in Scientific Quality, Content and Ability to Respond to Questions in the Performance of Research in Applied Science

Malik Scott
Mentor: Jeffrey Stepan, MD
Faulty Financial Forecasts: How Epic Falls Short in Evaluating the Social Determinants of Health

Alia Richardson
Mentor: Anna Volerman, MD
Psychosocial Predictors of Adolescent Depression and Mental Health Referral in a Mobile Medical Unit Program


Honorable Mention for Excellence

Zharia Crisp
Mentor: Jon Grant, MD, MPH
Impulsivity Across Psychiatric Disorders in Young Adults

Chime Ezenekwe
Mentor: Daniel Ginat, MD, MS
Utilizing Radiomic Features for Delineating Parathyroid Adenomas from Surrounding Anatomical Structures

Stanton Greenstone
Mentor: David Meltzer, MD, PhD
Effects of the Comprehensive Care Physician (CCP) Program on Hospitalization rates for Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions (ACSCs) vs. Non-ACSCs among Dual-Eligible and Non Dual-Eligible Medicare Beneficiaries

Woorin Jang
Mentor: Maria Madariaga, MD
Assessment of Lung Cancer Surgery Patient Education Materials from a Nation-Wide Sample

Katie Madden
Mentor: Julie Chor, MD, MPH
Factors Impacting the Viability of Group Prenatal Care for Transgender and Gender Diverse Pregnancies  

Manuel Panzardi
Mentor: Arshiya Baig, MD, MPH
Practical Perspectives on Telehealth Implementation: Virtual Diabetes Group Visits Across Health Systems

Sarah Shapiro
Mentor: K. Sarah Hoehn, MD, BSe
Mindful Meditation in Pediatric Inpatients

Nora Spadoni
Mentor: Laura Gleason, MD, MPH
Community Health Worker Training on Older Adults: A Qualitative Needs Assessment

Nitin Vidyasagar
Mentor: Valerie Press, MD, MPHVirtual Reality as a RESPITE: Relief Exploration for  Sickle Pain through Interventions using Technology Engagement