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:


MU biomedical students showcase research

The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON — Medical research that has an opportunity to affect the health and well-being of the general population should be celebrated, which is one of the reasons for the showcase at Pullman Plaza Hotel.

More than a dozen projects by Marshall University biomedical science graduate students and faculty members showcased their work as part of the ninth annual Biomedical Sciences Retreat. The event gives graduate students in the university’s biomedical sciences program an opportunity to share their research, including projects to study the effects of drugs on the kidney, obesity and type 2 diabetes, and how neurons respond to different patterns of neural activity.

Elsa Mangiarua, a professor in the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Toxicology, said Ph.D. students get to share their work with each other, while newly admitted Ph.D. students get to see some of the research they will be getting into.

“There are a lot of good projects with positive results in translational research,” said Rachel Murphy, who is a first-year student from Kansas. “It sets the bar high to help medical science advance to the next step. It’s definitely inspiring.”

Marcus_Terneus2013That was also the observation from Marcus Terneus, senior manager of global EH&S occupational toxicology at Mylan Pharmaceuticals. He is a 2006 graduate of the Marshall Ph.D. program and served as the afternoon’s keynote speaker.

“I’m very proud. It’s exciting to see the growth and what projects are going on,” Terneus said. “I keep close eyes on what students are doing.”

He also told the group that the education and research opportunities he received prepared him for what he’s seen during the past seven years.

“It’s given me what I needed to succeed,” he said.

The research also was noted as impressive because of how groundbreaking the results could be. Second-year student Justin Tomblin’s project centered on the link between obesity and breast cancer and how to block the growth of abnormal tissue.

In West Virginia, which has high obesity rates, that kind of research could help quite a few folks, he said.

“It definitely feels like you are doing something that may help friends or relatives,” Tomblin said.

John Maher, the vice president for research at Marshall and executive director of the Marshall University Research Corporation, said after hearing some presentations that Marshall has a very strong biomedical sciences program. He also noted that they are working on relevant and important problems pertaining to regional health care.