Pride 2024: LGBTQIA+ Resources from BU and Beyond

Happy 2024 Pride Month! In honor of Pride, we have compiled a list of resources for celebrating and supporting our LGBTQIA+ community. Below, you will find resources, information, and events, from Boston University, the greater Boston community and beyond. We recognize that this is not an exhaustive list, and we are always willing to add more resources, information and events. Please email GMS Community Relations Specialist Sarah Rowan at srowan@bu.edu if you have a resource you would like us to include below. Resources at Boston University Resources and Organizations Around Boston and Beyond Pride Month BU and Community Events Boston University Events Faculty & Staff Pride... More

William Lehman, PhD, and Jeffrey Browning, PhD, Receive 2024 GMS Educator of the Year Awards

Each year, the Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine honors two Graduate Medical Sciences faculty who deliver exceptional education to graduate students in masters and doctoral education. These awards are based on recommendations from across the GMS programs. This year, we are thrilled to share that GMS has awarded William Lehman, PhD, and Jeffrey Browning, PhD, with the 2024 Educator of the Year awards. Read more about Dr. Lehman and Dr. Browning below! William Lehman, PhD Professor and Vice Chair of Pharmacology, Physiology & Biophysics Lehman, recognized as the GMS Educator of the Year for master’s programs, has worked at BU since... More

Congratulations to the GMS Class of 2024!

Over 330 Graduate Medical Sciences students walked during the 2024 Master’s and MD & PhD Commencement exercises, held on Thursday, May 16, at the Boston University Track & Tennis Center. The day-long celebration began with the Master’s Convocation Ceremony at 10 a.m., followed by the MD & PhD Convocation Ceremony at 3 p.m. Graduates from August 2023 and January 2024, as well as degree candidates from May 2024 and August 2024, were welcome to participate. GMS has conferred, or will confer, the following degrees: 35 PhD 4 MD/PhD 43 MA 323 MS 10 MS/MPH The 415 total degrees include master’s degree candidates from... More

Congratulations to Our 2024 Outstanding Student Achievement Award Winners!

Graduate Medical Sciences is pleased to award four high-achieving, graduating students with Outstanding Student Achievement Awards in the categories “Outstanding Research” and “Community Service.” These students have made exceptional contributions to their departments and communities that have set them apart from their peers during their time at GMS. Meet each awardee below: Katharine Babcock, PhD, '24 PhD in Anatomy & Neurobiology Katharine Babcock is a January 2024 graduate of the PhD program in Anatomy & Neurobiology. She has been at Boston University for almost 10 years. From September 2014 to September 2016, Katharine worked as a research assistant at the BU Chronic Traumatic... More

2024 Outstanding Student Achievement Award: Master’s Research Category

Melanie Delgado '24 Melanie Delgado is a May 2024 master’s candidate in the Master of Science in Medical Science (MAMS) program. She matriculated into the MAMS program in Fall 2022. Melanie works for Michael Levy, MD, PhD, the director of the Neuroimmunology Clinic and Research Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital. There, she oversees a clinical trial investigating a new drug in the treatment of anti-NMDAR encephalitis. As part of her master’s thesis, Melanie also developed a cross-sectional study to better understand the use, dosing and adverse effects of medical marijuana in the symptom management of rare neuroimmune diseases. Melanie will soon... More

2024 Outstanding Student Achievement Award: Master’s Community Service Category

Gwendolyn Strickland '24 Gwendolyn Strickland is a master’s candidate in the Master of Science in Genetic Counseling Program. She matriculated into Boston University in Fall 2022 to pursue a dual MS/Master of Public Health degree at GMS and the School of Public Health (SPH).   Gwendolyn worked with the Boston Medical Center (BMC) Refugee Women’s Health Clinic to implement a group care model focused on case management services for recently arrived pregnant patients from Haiti. The project began as her SPH practicum. Gwendolyn hopes to take what she’s learned from this community service project and apply it to the field of genetic... More

2024 Outstanding Student Achievement Award: PhD Research Category

Anna Smith '24 Anna Smith is a PhD candidate in the Graduate Program in Molecular and Translational Medicine (MTM). She has been at Boston University for almost five years, having matriculated into the PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences in Fall 2019. Anna is completing her dissertation research in the lab of Associate Professor of Medicine Valerie Gouon-Evans, PhD, PharmD. Dr. Gouon-Evans directs the Boston University Liver Biologists (BULB) Program and is the associate director of the MTM program. Anna’s research focuses on finding alternatives to liver transplantation that transplant healthy liver cells instead of an entire organ. She defended her dissertation, “Human... More

2024 Outstanding Student Achievement Award: PhD Community Service Category

Katharine Babcock, PhD, '24 Katharine Babcock is a January 2024 graduate of the PhD program in Anatomy & Neurobiology. She has been at Boston University for almost 10 years. From September 2014 to September 2016, she worked as a research assistant at the BU Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) Center Brain Bank, before pursuing her master’s degree in the same lab until 2018.   From 2018 to 2023, Katharine pursued her PhD, graduating in January 2024. She is now a postdoctoral fellow at the CTE Center, working to publish two of her thesis chapters. Katharine's community service project, “BUtiful Brains,” won her the... More

GMS PhD Spotlight: Guillermo Arroyo Ataz

Guillermo Arroyo Ataz is a Pathology PhD candidate in the lab of Assistant Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Dennis Jones, PhD. His research focuses on studying the developmental origin of cells of the lymphatic system. Guillermo defended his dissertation, “Characterization of Mesodermal Origins of Lymphatic Muscle Cells,” in March 2024 and will graduate in May 2024. Read more about Guillermo below! What did you complete your dissertation research on and how did you settle on that topic? My dissertation research is mainly focused on elucidating the developmental origin of cells of the lymphatic system. This involves looking at the processes that... More

MISO Hosts Caribbean Reggae Workout and Celebration of Culture

The GMS Minority & International Scientists Organization (MISO) hosted an energetic Caribbean Reggae Workout and celebration of culture in Hiebert Lounge on Thursday, April 25. Following the workout portion of the afternoon, MISO President Amaya Lewis led a Caribbean Island Flags trivia and shared a brief history of the region. Attendees were also provided with snacks and beverages throughout the event. The event was beginner friendly and a great way to take a break from studying during finals season. Check out a slideshow from the event!