Spotlights

Students, Faculty & Alumni

Spotlight Interview: Dr. Kip Thomas

Dr. Kevin "Kip" Thomas is the Principal Investigator for the Laboratory for Human Neurobiology, as well as the Program Director for both the Master’s of Science in Bioimaging and Healthcare Emergency Management Degree Programs. He spoke with us about the newly installed 3 Tesla Philips Ingenia Elition MRI at the Center for Biomedical Imaging, the value of a Master's in Bioimaging, and more!   There's some exciting news coming to the BioImaging Program: a new 3T Philips... More

GMS Pathology Students Help With COVID-19 Research

During the 2020 SARS CoV-2 pandemic Pathology & Laboratory Sciences graduate students past and present stepped up to support the department in a major way. Manisha Cole (GMS 2021) and recent graduates Kyle de la Cena (GMS 2020), Carolina Lyon de Ana (MS 2017, PhD candidate) and Morgan Thompson (2017) were instrumental in setting up and supporting the BMC-BU Covid 19 biobank initiative, led by faculty member Assistant Professor Elizabeth R Duffy (GMS 2009).  This team has processed thousands of discarded human biospecimens to ensure... More

GMS Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Richard Giadone

Dr. Richard Giadone received his PhD in Molecular and Translational Medicine from Graduate Medical Sciences in May of 2020. He currently works with SARS-CoV-2 testing in the Murphy Lab in the Center for Regenerative Medicine (CReM). Q: Why did you choose to study molecular and translational medicine? A lot of people say that when they were young, they had no idea what they’d end up doing for their careers. What's strange about me though, is that from... More

GMS HPE Alumnus On COVID-19 Frontlines at BMC

Alumni Spotlight: Alex Sheng, MD, MHPE Dr. Sheng is the Associate Residency Program Director in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Boston Medical Center and Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Medicine. He received his Master’s degree in Health Professions Education from Boston University Graduate Medical Sciences in 2019. Q: Why did you decide to become a clinician educator and earn a Master’s degree in Health Professions Education at GMS? A: Physicians are natural teachers. We’re always... More

Meet Dr. Brady: Faces of Diversity

Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry What led you to pursue a career in mental health counseling and in particular why academia? I have been interested in the field of mental health for a very long time. When I finished my undergraduate degree in Sociology with plans to go to Law School I wanted to take a few years off to earn a living. I had the opportunity to work at a new forensic center for... More

Meet Fumi

PhD Candidate in the Department of Microbiology What drew you to Boston University for your graduate studies? It was mainly the friendly, collaborative atmosphere that the students had when I was interviewing here. It was less stressful in terms of there being more communication between students, and it being more supportive in a way I didn’t quite see in other programs.  If someone from the United States talks to you about wanting to visit Japan, where would you... More

Student Spotlight: Carolina Lyon De Ana

PhD candidate and BU PhD Student Organization (BPSO) officer Carolina Lyon De Ana fell in love with Boston when she first moved to the U.S. from Venezuela in 2008. After leaving the city to pursue her undergraduate degree from Florida Gulf Coast University, she knew she eventually wanted to move back here. In 2015, Carolina began the Master’s in Pathology and Laboratory Sciences program, which she completed in 2017. She knew she wanted to study pathology... More

We Will Jump In: 2019 PA Graduates Make Leap to Clinical World

“Today we celebrate the accomplishments of 28 highly successful individuals who comprise the Class of 2019,” said Program Director Susan White, MD, as she opened the fourth commencement exercises for the Physician Assistant Program held Aug. 15 in the 670 Albany Street auditorium. The newly conferred graduates now join the 131,000 practicing physician assistants across the U.S. The graduation ceremony marks the end a two-and-a-half year journey through an intensive course of study, including an integrated... More

Student Spotlight: Ali Tavasoli

Ali Tavasoli first realized he wanted to become a dentist while working at a student-run clinic at University of California Davis and helping the underserved community in the Sacramento area. “I got to see how, even though we think we are living in a land of opportunity, not everyone has that equal access to that opportunity, whether it’s in oral health or in general,” he said. Originally from Iran, Ali moved to the United States about six... More

Student Spotlight: Farah Herrawi

“When we think about health, we usually think about physical health,” said Farah Herrawi, a second-year Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine student. “There’s such a big need for people to be in the mental health profession, and that’s the thing that people tend to forget.” Farah is dedicated to advocating for people with mental health illnesses, and works primarily with immigrants and refugees. She said a major reason she decided to work with this population... More