Another president for the Medical Sciences students












One of the great advantages of the Biomedical Sciences MS, Medical Sciences Emphasis program (Med. Sci.) is that students typically feel very well prepared for their courses if they continue on to medical school. This provides them with the confidence to take on leadership roles with their peers. This year, the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine (JCESOM) Class of 2020 elected Preeya Shah, MS, to the role of President, and Dakota T. May, MS, will be Vice President. Both are graduates of the Med. Sci. program.

May noted, “The Biomedical Sciences Program provided me with the assurance to know that I could tackle medical school curriculum while taking on the role of Vice President for the class of 2020. Exposure to the same material and a revolving relationship with the faculty allowed for me to be comfortable and confident in taking it upon myself to be a leader and a responsible student.”

“Our two year journey completing the Biomedical Sciences Master Program has played an invaluable role in our preparation as first year medical students. Along with course exposure, we were given the opportunity to adapt and expand our methods of studying within the integrated curriculum. Additionally, we were able to build strong networks amongst students, faculty, and other members within Marshall’s community to prepare us for this next chapter in our journey,” added Shah.

Previous Med. Sci. students who were recently elected to Class President: Arron Dom, MD, Class of 2015; Matt Snyder, MS, Class of 2016; Michelle Studeny, Class of 2017; and Brad Gillon, Class of 2018.

For more about these students, please see We Are…Bridging Medicine and Science V. 1, N.4, page 12 here:


Fall Mixer


Students in the Joan C. Edwdeverj-and-shah-p_fall-mixer_2016ards School of Medicine (JCESOM) Biomedical Sciences (BMS) graduate program and medical school enjoyed a get-together at the Robert C Byrd Biotechnology Science Center (BBSC).
The warm weather gave the group a good excuse to get away from their studies for an hour to enjoy some snacks and play a round of cornhole on the front “patio.” dever-j-and-nellhaus-e_fall-mixer_2016



Lila, the Golden Retriever puppy offered a lot of stress relief too!


“Students from the BMS and Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) programs will often share courses with the medical students so it’s great for them to make some connections outside of class as well. In the future, they may want to collaborate on a project; the time to network in a relaxed atmosphere can be very valuable,” noted coordinator, Kelly Carothers.





Bake sale success

The Graduate Student Organization (GSO) held their Fall Bake Sale recently.Ward,-D-and-Butts,-M_GSO-bakesale.2016

“The GSO Fall bake sale provides funds for various GSO activities including the annual GSO scholarships and for community services like the Jared Box Project, where toys are donated to children at the local Children’s hospital. The GSO members enjoy this particular type of fundraiser because it provides the funds needed for our activities in the community and gives us a chance to bake! This year we baked rice krispy treats, puppy chow, almond butter bars, no bakes, peanut butter cookies, cupcakes, blueberry muffins, thumbprint cookies, apple carrot muffins, caramel heath cheesecake, double chocolate brownies and more!” noted Molly Butts, GSO President.

Call for Appalachian Cell Conference entries

The Appalachian Regional Cell Conference (ARCC) is run by student representatives from Marshall University (MU), West Virginia University (WVU), University of Kentucky (UK), and Ohio State University (OSU). In addition to the entries provided by students, there is a need for a few faculty volunteers to judge the oral and poster presentations.flyer_ARCC_2016-use-me

Please register by 3PM on September 23rd for inclusion in the conference booklet and to be considered for oral presentation. Registration:

Contact Rachel Murphy for more information at

We’re looking forward to seeing some of the great research in the region on October 1!

Journal of the American Heart Association publishes research from Shapiro’s lab

Yanling-YanYanling Yan, PhD, is the first author of Protein Carbonylation of an Amino Acid Residue of the Na/K‐ATPase α1 Subunit Determines Na/K‐ATPase Signaling and Sodium Transport in Renal Proximal Tubular Cells. 

“Besides its pumping function, we have reported that the Na/K-ATPase acts as a signal transducer, mediating reactive oxygen species (ROS) signaling and regulating Na reabsorption in the renal proximal tubule. We demonstrate in this publication that protein carbonylation (one of markers for oxidative stress) of an amino acid residue of the Na/K-ATPase α1 subunit plays an important role in this process. Future study on this topic will likely translate to new targets for interventions in the clinical treatment of diseases characterized by oxidative stress,” Dr. Yan stated.

An Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical and Translational Science (DCTS), Dr. Yan conducts research in the lab of Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine Dean Joseph Shapiro, MD, FAHA, FACP, FASN.

Read the full article:

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

SantanamNalini Santanam, PhD, MPH, FAHA, researches endometriosis and ovarian cancer in her lab.

“Though 10 to 15 percent of young women suffer from endometriosis and almost two-thirds of these women suffer from chronic pain, the exact nature of this disease is not very well understood. My laboratory has a long-standing interest in understanding why some women get endometriosis and have pain,” said Santanam.

Endometriosis increases risk to ovarian cancer. In Santanam’s lab they study the role of peritoneal microenvironment on endometriosis related ovarian cancer. They also investigate epigenetic pathways in this link between endometriosis and ovarian cancer.

Please see the following story published on Sept 2 in Huntington’s Herald-Dispatch:

Healthy Habits: Know signs of ovarian cancer

Sep 2, 2016

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and the American Cancer Society uses this opportunity to remind women that this type of cancer is difficult to detect in its early stages. Most of the signs and symptoms can also be caused by other less serious conditions, so it’s important to talk to a physician if your body is feeling different than normal. Women are more likely to have symptoms if the disease has spread beyond the ovaries, but even early-stage ovarian cancer can cause them. The most common symptoms include:

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
  • Urinary symptoms such as urgency (always feeling like you have to go) or frequency (having to go often)

When these symptoms are caused by ovarian cancer, they tend to be persistent and represent a change from normal – for example, they occur more often or are more severe.

Others symptoms of ovarian cancer can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Upset stomach
  • Back pain
  • Pain during sex
  • Constipation
  • Menstrual changes

If you are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, it’s important to have open discussions with your cancer care team. They want to answer all of your questions, no matter how trivial you might think they are.

For more information you can go online to the American Cancer Society Website at

Healthy Habits 2016 is a partnership among Cabell Huntington Hospital, Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and St. Mary’s Medical Center. We are a community working together to improve our health. Our goal is a simple one: to inform and encourage area residents on ways to improve their health. Join our conversation and “like” us on Facebook at

Meet this year’s students


Please help us welcome our new Research and Graduate Education students in the various Master’s programs: Biomedical Sciences Research, Biomedical Sciences Medical Sciences (Med. Sci.), and Clinical and Translational Science (CTS).

Several students come to us from Huntington or nearby communities while others are from as far away as China. There are many travelers among the group. Get to know them to find out who has been to Spain, New Zealand, France, or the Dominican Republic; has lived in Finland; or was born in South Africa.

There are singers, bass clarinet and guitar players, as well as animal lovers and ice cream aficionados. Competitive basketballers and skiers, a synchronized ice skater, hunters, runners, and hikers have also joined the BMS family. Discover who is a twin, who has gone shark diving, who is the movie trivia enthusiast, and best of all, who likes to bake.

No matter what background or hobbies they have, we are so glad to have them here!