Spotlights

Students, Faculty & Alumni

GMS Student Spotlight: Elle Timmerman (BMFS ’23)

Elle Timmerman is a third-year student in the MS in Biomedical Forensic Sciences program at Boston University Graduate Medical Sciences. She is a Vice Commander in the BU Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and will commission as a United States Air Force Officer working in criminal investigations upon graduation. Read more about Elle’s journey below. Tell me about your journey to Boston. I was born in Newport Beach, California, and I spent my entire life in California. More

Shoumita Dasgupta, PhD, and Karin Schon, PhD, selected as Assistant Deans for Diversity & Inclusion

Congratulations to GMS faculty Shoumita Dasgupta, PhD and Karin Schon, PhD, both selected as Assistant Deans for Diversity & Inclusion at the Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine! They will serve in their roles alongside Alexis Ramirez, MD, and Ebonie Woolcock, MD. Read the full message from Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion Angelique Harris, PhD, below. To: Faculty, Staff, & Students From: Angelique Harris, PhD, Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion RE: New Assistant Deans for Diversity &... More

Student Spotlight: Natalia Lopez (MSCR ’23)

Natalia Lopez is a student in the Graduate Medical Sciences Masters in Clinical Research program. She also works full-time as a Senior Clinical Trial Manager for Moderna, where she manages a global Phase I oncology trial. Natalia graduated from Boston University Sargent College with a BS in Health Science in 2014 and will graduate from GMS in May 2023. Learn more about Natalia below! Can you tell me a little bit about your journey to Boston? I’m... More

Student Spotlight: Jhonatan Henao Vasquez

Jhonatan Henao Vasquez is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the Graduate Program in Molecular and Translational Medicine (MTM). Henao Vasquez entered Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS) through the Program in Biomedical Sciences (PiBS). He currently works in the Pulmonary Center, researching MIWI2 positive multi-ciliated cells.     Fourth-year PhD candidate Jhonatan Henao Vasquez is keeping his options open, but he knows that he sees himself returning to industry work. Originally from Colombia, Henao Vasquez and his family immigrated to New... More

Alumni Spotlight: Gabriel Chavez (OHS ‘22, GSDM ‘26)

Gabriel Chavez is a May 2022 graduate of the MS in Oral Health Sciences program at GMS. He is currently a first-year dental student at the Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine, where he was recently elected president of the D1 class. Gabriel is also a peer mentor through the DentMent program, which helps current OHS students adjust to the rigor of the program and life in Boston.  Tell me a little bit about your... More

Two Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine Faculty Awarded Career Development Professorships for Promising Scholars

Two Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine faculty -- Jean-Pierre Roussarie, PhD and Daniel Dempsey, PhD -- were awarded Career Development Professorships for Promising Scholars by Boston University. They were two of eight junior faculty honored across BU. Roussarie is an assistant professor in the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology, and Dempsey is an assistant professor in the Department of Dermatology. The BU Provost's Office awards these professorships to junior faculty nominated by the deans and colleagues... More

Faculty Spotlight: Jean-Pierre Roussarie, PhD

Jean-Pierre Roussarie, PhD, is an assistant professor of anatomy & neurobiology at Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine. His lab studies the molecular events leading to neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Roussarie is also a Community Catalyst Center mentor for the gGLOBAL and gPLUS affinity groups. Tell me about your journey to Boston. What brought you here? I was born in the U.S. but spent most of my life in France. My dad was... More

Oral Health Science Faculty Works to Eliminate Dental Disparities in Latinx Community

Raul Garcia, professor at Goldman School of Dental Medicine and faculty in the GMS Oral Health Sciences program, is working hard to increase access to quality dental care within underserved communities. His work was recently featured in a BU Today article highlighting seven Latinx researchers making a difference with their scholarship and science. Garcia discussed his identity and experience as a Latino living in the United States, which, according to the article, has had a "fundamental impact... More

Daniel Cifuentes, PhD, Studies RNA Regulation with Zebrafish and Viruses

This summer, Dr. Daniel Cifuentes, an assistant professor of biochemistry at Graduate Medical Sciences, received one of several $75,000 BU Ignition Awards aimed at helping promising research initiatives find a potential pathway to commercial success. The Cifuentes Lab works on a variety of projects that study the fundamental mechanisms of RNA regulation, a universal process for all life on Earth. RNA carries from the DNA the information necessary to create new proteins in the body, and faulty... More

GMS Faculty Spotlight: Dan Tzizik, PA

Dan Tzizik is the associate director of didactic education for the Physician Assistant Program. He has been a member of the New Hampshire National Guard for over two decades and joined the BU PA Program as a faculty member in 2020. Tzizik is also a faculty mentor for the GMS Community Catalyst Center gMAV affinity group. We spoke to Tzizik about his time in the National Guard, his role at BU, and his recent Innovative... More