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STaRS Student Symposium August 7

July 21st, 2014 in General News

Please Join us for the Summer Training as Research Scholars Program Symposium on Thursday August 7 in room K 103.  Please see the  STaRS symposm flyer and the Program Abstracts.

STaRS is located on the Boston University Medical Campus (BUMC) in the South End of Boston, a  small multicultural neighborhood with a lively arts community.  Boston is defined by its neighborhoods .  As a major college-oriented city Boston offers many cultural and recreational activities to engage the varied interests of  a large and diverse student population.   STaRS provides opportunities for research scholars to explore Boston, visit major attractions, and meet other like-minded students enjoying summer in the city.


Forensic Anthropology Program Joins TRACES in Decomposition Project

July 2nd, 2014 in Academics, BMFS, General News

The Graduate Program in Forensic Anthropology, within the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences at Boston University School of Medicine has been invited to participate in a multi-site international taphonomy (decomposition) study to establish the natural decomposition of tissues from day zero until they become fully skeletonized or mummified. BU’s team, including Program Director, Dr. Tara Moore, Associate Director, Dr. Donald Siwek and Board Certified Forensic Anthropologist Dr. James Pokines has committed to the placement of 10  pigs in their decomposition field, located on 32 acres in Holliston, MA. They will be documenting temperature, rain and the progression of decomposition. The data collection includes recordings of a Total Body Score subject to a graded scale for the head and neck area, trunk and limbs. The ultimate endpoint is when samples achieve full skeletonization and the decomposition process has come to a stop. This particular project is expected to reveal how decomposition is affected by temperature changes around the globe and contribute to the understanding and interpretation of taphonomic data.

Along with Boston University, The Taphonomic Research in Anthropology: Centre for Experimental Studies (TRACES) has invited 4 other institutions, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Central Lancaster, U.K., Turkish Police Forensic Laboratory-Ankara Turkey and The Ministry of Justice-Bangkok, Thailand.

The  Forensic Anthropology program at BUSM is designed to train individuals in the theory, practice, and methods of biological and skeletal anthropology employed by forensic anthropologists in medicolegal death investigations. Students receive extensive training in osteology, forensic anthropological techniques and procedures, forensic anthropology field methods, biological anthropology theory, taphonomy, human anatomy, crime scene investigation and methods of human identification. This is a full-time 42 credit Master of Science program. To learn more about this program and others, please visit the Graduate Medical Sciences website.

RCR Summer Workshops

May 29th, 2014 in General News


Summer 2014

Registration for the Advanced Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)


Online Preparation (Step 1 of the Advanced RCR Program) was expanded as of September 1, 2013 to include two parts.  To enroll:

Part A, go to Blackboard and self-enroll in the course entitled Introductory Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) (Ongoing) (about 1 hour; PowerPoint with quiz). To self-enroll: go to your Blackboard Learn homepage, click on the second tab all blackboard learn courses, and on the left hand side of that page search for RCR and the course will be displayed in a list.; and

Part B, go to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative CITI and

  1. Sign up for a CITI account using your Boston University email address.
  2. Affiliate with Boston University (please note that if you affiliate with Boston University Medical Campus through CITI, you will not be able to access the RCR course).
  3. Enroll in and complete the BU RCR for Doctoral Candidates and Post-docs course (about two hours; three online modules with quizzes).

New RCR participants (those who commence the RCR program on or after September 1, 2013) must complete both Step 1A and 1B prior to attending any workshop or alternative RCR course.  NO CREDIT WILL BE GIVEN FOR ATTENDANCE AT A WORKSHOP IF YOU DID NOT COMPLETE BOTH PARTS A AND B OF ADVANCED RCR ONLINE PREPARATION BEFORE ATTENDING THE WORKSHOP.

Continuing RCR Participants (those who commenced the RCR program prior to September 1, 2013 either by attending at least one  workshop or by completing BU Advanced RCR Online Preparation in the old format) will be given credit for Step 1 upon completion of BU Advanced RCR Online Preparation in the old format on Blackboard.  You will not be required to complete Part B of Step 1, although you are urged to do so for your own benefit.


Doctoral candidates are recommended to complete Steps 1 (A and B) in the second year of their doctoral program; commence Step 2 (the four Core RCR workshops) in their second or third year; and complete the four workshops at the rate of one workshop per semester, so that all workshops are completed, at the latest, by the end of the fourth year.

Postdoctoral researchers are recommended to complete Step 1 as early as possible in their position at BU; commence Step 2 (the four Core RCR workshops) in the semester in which Step 1 is completed; and complete the four workshops at the rate of at least one workshop per semester.

Participants with NIH or NSF compliance requirements (of which your PI will inform you) must complete Step 1 within 30 days of receiving support from NIH or NSF. If you are a doctoral candidate or postdoctoral researcher, Advanced RCR Step 2 must then be commenced as soon as available and completed within not more than four semesters (not less than one workshop per semester).

Please register NOW for Summer 2014 Workshops at:

To check the status of your attendance, please go to:


At CRC: Photonics Center, Colloquium Room (9th Floor) 

Workshop 1: Data Integrity – Tuesday, May 27, 1-3 PM


Workshop 4: Objectivity in Science – Tuesday, June 17, 1-3 PM

At BUMC: School of Medicine, Hiebert Lounge (14th Floor) 

Workshop 2: Collaborative Research – Wednesday, June 4, 1-3 PM


Workshop 3: Scientific Publication – Wednesday, June 11, 1-3 PM



For information on the overall RCR Program, including the changes, go to:

MAMS Symposium April 7

April 3rd, 2014 in General News

MAMS Symposium Flyer 4

2014 BUMC Arts Days 3/31-4/1

March 26th, 2014 in General News

BUMC Art Days 2014

Monday-Tuesday, March 31-April 1
BUSM Instructional Building, 14th Floor Hiebert Lounge
Submissions due Friday, March 28

All students, faculty and staff at BUMC are encouraged to submit artwork of any medium to the 24th annual “Art Days,” initiated by BUSM Dean Emeritus Aram Chobanian, MD, to foster the support and growth of the creative arts at BUMC. The exhibition is mounted by the Creative Arts Society.


This is the third year of a university-wide arts initiative with an annual keyword to be used as a thematic organizer for various courses and events. The Keyword for this year is “transformation.” Transformation is marked by metamorphosis or a process of profound or radical change. See While there may be a special section at Art Days displaying works addressing transformation, it is also fine to submit work not related to the keyword.


Submissions should be delivered on Friday, March 28. Paintings, photos, poetry, sculpture, needlework, etc. will be accepted. Pieces should be framed if possible. Security will be provided. Works will be returned April 2. Specific instructions including where to deliver your work will be sent at a later date to those who respond to this announcement.


To be placed on the submit list or if you have any questions please contact Keith Tornheim, PhD, 638-8296 or


PhD Dissertation Seminars

March 20th, 2014 in General News, PhD Thesis Defense, Research

CANDIDATE -Anna Eisenstein

DEPARTMENT OR PROGRAM: Molecular and Translational Medicine
TITLE OF DISSERTATION: “The Role of the A2B Adenosine Receptor in Adipogenesis and in Obesity-Induced Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus”
DATE, TIME, AND PLACE: Friday, April 25, 2014 at 9:00a.m.
Boston University School of Medicine , 650 Albany Street, Room X-715

Medical Sciences Open House 3/21/14

March 17th, 2014 in Prospective Student

MAMS Open House 32114

3/14 Deadline – Educator of the Year Nominations

March 13th, 2014 in General News

To: BUSM Students in the MD, MD/PhD, MA, and PhD Programs:




The BUSM Committee on Faculty Affairs (CFA) established four annual awards to recognize the teaching excellence of faculty as determined by student recommendations. The awards are for BUSM faculty who teach in:

1-    The Pre-clinical Medical Sciences; 

2-    The Clinical Sciences;

3-    The Graduate Sciences, Masters Programs;

4-    The Graduate Sciences, Doctoral Programs.

A nomination form and description of the award are available on the Office of Medical Education webpage:

Please ACT NOW to nominate faculty whose teaching has especially contributed to excellence at BUSM for you and your classmates. The selection is based in part on the number of nominations for a faculty member, so take part in expressing your recommendation through the nomination process. Nominations for this year’s awards will be accepted until March 14.

Many thanks for your help in identifying those faculty who have made a positive impact on you and an outstanding contribution to the school with their work this year in the MD, MD/PhD,  MA, and PhD programs. The awardees will be honored at our graduation ceremonies.

For the Committee on Faculty Affairs Educator of the Year Awards, Edward B. Feinberg, MD, MPH, Chair



Spotlight on MD/PhD Student: Chad Mayer

March 11th, 2014 in Homepage Spotlights, Student Spotlight

Chad Mayer
MD/PhD Candidate
Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Chad Mayer

What brought you to BU?
I decided in college that I wanted to pursue medicine as a career as a way to bring together my love of science and desire to help people in life-altering ways.  While in college I had the chance to get involved in research with one of my professors, and after graduation continued in biomedical research in Seattle.  I have always loved Boston and New England, so I was thrilled when I was accepted to the program here at Boston University, matriculating in 2009.

What program are you in?
I am currently finishing up the PhD portion of the MD/PhD dual-degree program here at Boston University, and am anticipating returning to the 3rd year of medical school this summer.  I have been earning my PhD in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

What kind of research are you involved in?
My research involved better understanding how toxins secreted by certain species of E. coli cause tissue damage, and how both the toxins and that tissue damage compromise endothelial function.  Infection with this bacterium is a leading cause of acute kidney injury in otherwise healthy children, with no current therapies beyond supportive, and I hope that the translational work we are doing will point others in the direction of possible therapies.

What do you hope to do after you earn your degree?
After earning my degree I would like to pursue a residency and fellowship program that combines clinical experience with research training.  I have really enjoyed my experiences tutoring and being on committees here at BU, and would want to work at an academic medical center where there are ample opportunities to mentor students and teach others about all the exciting things medicine and science have to offer.

You were recently awarded the Keystone Award.
The award helps minority students to travel to the national MD/PhD conference in Keystone, CO.  This is a conference run by the MD/PhD students there and is an exciting opportunity to learn about other programs and network on a national level.

Are you involved in many activities on campus?
One great advantage of the MD/PhD program is that during the PhD years students have the opportunity to get involved in a much deeper way on campus.  As such MD/PhD students make up the majority of the tutors for courses such as DRx in BUSM II.  I have been tutoring DRx for 3 years, since taking my USMLE 1.  In addition, I was elected to be one of the MD/PhD student representatives on the admissions committee, and this is my second year helping to decide which of the many excellent candidates will interview and ultimately be accepted to Boston University’s MD/PhD program.  Finally, along with some other MD/PhD students I helped to start a monthly seminar focusing on success stories in scientific careers where we have had the opportunity to hear from some amazing speakers.  I have greatly enjoyed the opportunities that I have had and I hope that wherever I go I can continue to work in whatever program I am in to improve it.

What is your favorite part of your life as a student?
My favorite part of life as a student and an MD/PhD is the way I can make my own opportunities with the support of the faculty here at BU.   Stepping into leadership during my PhD years I have really enjoyed getting involved, and the way so many of the faculty are so approachable and support students’ visions for new interest groups and opportunities really gives students a chance to make their years at the School of Medicine their own personal experience.

What do you enjoy doing outside of BU?
Outside of BU I am very involved in my church and spend a lot of time driving around New England, going on day and weekend trips to the several states we border.  Being from the California and Washington, I’m still not over how easy it is to be in a different state in 30 minutes, and love exploring all the historical towns.  I am also a homebrewer and have enjoyed making up personal beer recipes and sampling the beers other students have brewed!

Do you have any advice for current students?
Don’t think of your program as something to get through.  Networking as you go along and joining committees or starting new seminars can get you recognized on campus and bring opportunities your way you didn’t know existed.  Get involved early while you have time, and work to improve things and make the changes you want to see happen!

Spotlight on Postdoc: Juliane Hirnet

March 11th, 2014 in Homepage Spotlights, Student Spotlight

Juliane Hirnet
Postdoctoral Fellow
Viglianti Lab, Department of Microbiology

Juliane Hirnet

What brought you to BU?
I did my PhD work in Germany in a Russian-German collaboration project, during which I spent some time in a Russian lab. After finishing the PhD I wanted to do a postdoc in an English-speaking country. I was very open regarding the geographical location (mostly US and UK) and applied at several universities, including BU. My PhD thesis was about polioviruses and I wanted to stay in the area of virology, so when I heard about a postdoc position in Prof. Viglianti’s lab in the Department of Microbiology at BUMC, I applied. He liked me and here I am.

What kind of research are you involved in?
My current project is investigating HIV escape mutants from rosiglitazone treatment. Rosiglitazone is an approved drug used to treat diabetes, but it also has restrictive effects on HIV replication.  Using the mutants I try to uncover the mechanism with which rosiglitazone effects HIV. We also recently started a new interesting project looking into interactions of gingivitis-causing bacteria and HIV infections.

You recently started the post-doc blog, can you tell me about it?

postdoc blog
As the comic above demonstrates postdocs are often invisible at research institutions, the postdoc blogs gives postdocs an opportunity to read and write about things that are important to them, which are often very different from the topics important to PhD students or faculty. I also hope that PhD students and faculty read it and maybe raise awareness of postdocs, so we don’t stay “ghosts”.

Since the current funding situation isn’t very good, I have been looking into alternative careers and science writing was something I am interested in, the postdoc blog is also a good way for me to practice writing and learning about publishing and editing. Currently it is mostly me doing the writing, but every postdoc at BU is certainly invited to contribute.

Are you involved in many activities on campus?
I am a member of the Postdoc advisory committee, which meets every three months to discuss postdoc issues with administrators and faculty. Currently we are working on a mentoring program for postdocs.

What do you enjoy doing outside of BU?
Postdocs work a lot and when we don’t work we think about work…I also enjoy traveling, back to Europe to see my family and around New England on weekend trips.

Do you have any advice for current students?
It is crucially important to start thinking about the future early, just getting the PhD, even a brilliant one, is no longer enough to secure a job or funding. Start applying for postdocs even before you start writing your thesis and go to as many networking events as possible.