Archive: Alumni News

Archive: Alumni News

Spring 2013
UW MSTP alumni Carl Stafstrom (entered ’76, graduated ’85) has received the 2012 Distinguished Neurology Teacher Award from the American Neurological Association. Dr. Stafstrom is a professor of neurology & pediatrics, as well as Chief of Pediatric Neurology, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI

Winter 2012
UW MSTP alumni Dan Miller (entered ’90, graduated ’96) recently figured out the mysterious genetics of a form of muscular dystrophy, known as FSHD. The
paper is published in Nature. As Dr. Miller explained in an article article in UW Today, “Most genetic mutations reduce the production of a protein, or a mutated gene might produce a detrimental protein. FSHD is unusual because it is most often caused by genetic deletions that paradoxically result in the production of DUX4 in the wrong tissue at the wrong time.” Dr. Miller is an associate professor in pediatrics at the University of Washington

UW MSTP alumni Greg Barsh (entered ’77, graduated ’84) was recently invited back to the UW to give two lectures. He gave a presentation on November 30th for the Division of Medical Genetics and on December 3 for the Department of Biology. Dr. Barsh studies the genetic and developmental basis for mammalian color patterns. He is the former director of Stanford University’s MSTP and is now an Investigator at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, Alabama. He is also the father of current UW MSTP student, Gabby Barsh, who is in her second year of medical school. You can read more about Dr. Barsh’s research on his lab website.

Autumn 2012
Two MSTP alumni, Brad Bernstein (entered ’92, graduated ‘99) and Michael Bender (entered ’82, graduated ’90) were contributors to the ENCODE (Encyclopedia of DNA Elements) project, published in the September issue of Nature. Dr. Brad Bernstein (entered ’92, graduated ‘99) is quoted in the New York Times that the ENCODE project will “drive science forward.”

Dr. Bernstein is Associate Professor of Pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School and Associate Member at the Broad Institute. He is also affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Systems Biology and Center for Cancer Research, and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute.

Dr. Bender is attending physician at Seattle Children’s Hospital and director of Odessa Brown Comprehensive Sickle Cell Clinic, as well as an associate professor in the department of Medicine, Division of Hematology. He also runs a research lab at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Dr. W. Conrad Liles (entered ’80, graduated ’87) recently returned to the UW as associate chair for research in the UW Department of Medicine. He maintains an active translational research program in sepsis, host defense, inflammation, innate immunity, immunodeficiency disorders, and immunomodulatory therapy. Following residency in internal medicine at Harvard/Massachusetts General Hospital, he returned to UW in 1991 as chief medical resident and in 1992 became a fellow in infectious diseases. In 1996, he joined the UW faculty. Dr. Liles then took a position at the University of Toronto, where he was the vice chair of research and a professor in the department of medicine.

Summer 2012
Dr. Jay Rubinstein (entered ’82, graduated ’88) was recently quoted in the New York Times regarding the use of an iPhone app as an alternative to a digital hearing aid. Dr. Rubinstein is director of the UW’s Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center, as well as a professor of Otolaryngology and Bioengineering.

Brad Bernstein (entered ’92, graduated ‘99) received the 2012 UW Medicine Alumni Association Alumni Early Achievement Award. Dr. Bernstein is Associate Professor of Pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School and Associate Member at the Broad Institute. He is also affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Systems Biology and Center for Cancer Research, and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute.

Dr. Jared Baeten (entered ’95, graduated ’03) has been an important contributing voice to the conversation of HIV prevention via birth control methods in Africa. Seattle Weekly featured his research. Dr. Baeten is a Associate Professor of Medicine & Global Health here at the University of Washington.