From The Brink: “They Fell in Love with Each Other, Then with the Same Science”

They Fell in Love with Each Other, Then with the Same Science" The Brink; July 18, 2023 The Brink recently featured GMS faculty mentors Ruslan Afasizhev and Inna Afasizheva in an article detailing the married couple's journey to Boston University and shared love for small RNA biology.  Afasizhev is also BU Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine professor of molecular and cell biology, and Afasizheva is a SDM associate professor of molecular and cell biology. Together, they have studied and published dozens of papers on the mechanics of mitochondrial DNA and RNA in Trypanosoma brucei, a single-celled, disease-causing parasite. Read more about their journey and research at... More

GMS Program Spotlight: MS in Biomedical Research Technologies

At the heart of a career in biomedical sciences is the application of constantly evolving instrumentation and biotechnology. Now more than ever before, a strong demand exists for scientists trained across a wide spectrum of biomedical technologies. The Master of Science in Biomedical Research Technologies program at Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine exists to prepare students for exactly that: a career as an expert in the biological technologies necessary to answer today’s – and the future’s – most pressing scientific research questions. The program is co-directed by Katya Ravid, DSc, and Louis Gerstenfeld, PhD. Ravid is a cardiovascular medicine... More

MD/PhD Spotlight: Shen Ning ’24

Shen Ning is an MD/PhD student in her third year of medical school at Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine. She completed her Graduate Medical Sciences PhD training in the Graduate Program for Neuroscience, where she conducted her research at the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. Shen is the co-founder and CEO of INIA Biosciences, an award-winning startup, developing the next-generation smart wearable ultrasound device to reduce inflammation and treat autoimmune and chronic inflammatory disease.  Tell me a little bit about your journey at Boston University. I’m a current MD/PhD student currently in my third year... More

C3 Hosts First Ice Cream Social of Summer 2023

The GMS Community Catalyst Center brought its popular Ice Cream Socials back for Summer 2023! C3 hosted the first social on Thursday, June 22 in the C3 Suite (L-306). Students on campus for the summer -- as well as GMS faculty and staff -- gathered to take a break from the work day, catch up, and enjoy a sweet treat. The social featured four kinds of ice cream, as well as a toppings and fruit bar. The social was well attended by students across GMS Master's and PhD programs. The next two Ice Cream Socials will take place on Wednesday, July 19, and... More

GMS Faculty Spotlight: Christopher Andry, MPhil, PhD

Christopher Andry, MPhil, PhD, is the Chief of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Boston University Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine. Dr. Andry’s career at BMC and BU has spanned more than 40 years, during which time he has demonstrated a deep-rooted commitment to and passion for the mission of the BMC Health System, the Medical Campus, Boston University and the Boston community at large. Learn more about Dr. Andry and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine below! Tell us... More

Fourteen Students Join Summer 2023 GMS STaRS Program Cohort

Earlier in June, 14 students arrived to campus to begin their work in the 2023 Summer Training as Research Scholars (STaRS) Program cohort through Graduate Medical Sciences. The 2023 cohort includes six second-year undergraduates, four third-year undergraduates, two fourth-year undergraduates and two first-year medical students from Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine. This year’s scholars are: Mikaili Senwah Spelman College Matthew Byrne Georgia Institute of Technology Shira Freilich Vassar College Chioma Okolo Howard University Jacqueline Alford McGill University Malia Cole University of Massachusetts Amherst Leila Rivera Rosario Universidad de Puerto Rico at Arecibo Valerie Reyes Ortiz University of Puerto Rico at Cayey Jessica Bacelar Brandeis University Arielle Gilliam Curry College Diana Rodriguez Bates College Stevia Nanfack Tsakem The College of New Jersey Elizabeth Puyo Boston University... More

GMS Celebrates Pride at 2023 Red Sox Pride Celebration Game

Congratulations to the eight GMS students who won tickets to the Boston Red Sox Pride Celebration game on Tuesday, June 13! The raffle, held by the Community Catalyst Center, ran for one week between May 31 and June 7. The students who won the raffle included: Darby Gavin Mylene Gorzynski Varuna Jasodanand Ashley Mainville Anosha Khawaja-Lopez Jillianne Son Each student won two tickets -- one for themselves and one for a guest. The Red Sox played the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night's game. Ticket holders to the game received an exclusive Red Sox Jersey in Pride colors. They also had access to a... More

Dollar$ and $ense: June 2023

Presented by Student Financial Services Student Loan Repayment Pause The Department of Education’s student loan repayment pause will end on June 30, 2023. Payments will resume 60 days after the end of the. The loan repayment pause, which began in March 2020, includes temporary 0% interest rates, reprieve on loan payments, and paused collection of defaulted federal student loans. Further information and FAQs can be found on the Federal Student Aid website’s announcement on Coronavirus and Forbearance Info for Students, Borrowers, and Parents.  Complete the 2023-2024 FAFSA The 2023-2024 FAFSA is available to complete for the academic year. If you plan on using Federal Direct Unsubsidized... More

June 5: Enhancing Security on the Medical Campus

To: BUMC Students, Faculty and Staff From: BUMC Communications Date: June 5, 2023 Beginning June 12, the Instructional (L), Housman Research (R) first floor stairwells and cross-corridor entrances from L to E (Evans), L to A-Building will go to card access only from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. weekdays and 24-hour card access on weekends and holidays, including Intersession. All students, faculty and staff must use their ID badge to gain access through the buildings, stairwells and elevators during these times. Please wear your BU ID at all times when on campus. Please do not allow others to piggyback through card-accessed doors, including stairwells and elevators; they must use their own ID. Public safety is a shared responsibility. If... More

PhD Student Spotlight: Michelle Nguyen

Michelle Nguyen is a PhD candidate in the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology & Biophysics. She works in the lab of Associate Professor of Microbiology John Connor at the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory (NEIDL). Michelle’s research studies how SARS-CoV-2 interacts with the inner lining of blood vessels in order to understand the effect of the virus on the endothelium and endothelial cells. Michelle is a recipient of a Draper Fellowship, which will allow her to conduct her own research under the supervision of a University faculty advisor and a Draper technical staff supervisor. Learn more about Michelle and her fellowship... More