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Medical Sciences Minor Becomes Truman Scholar, Fulbright Recipient, and UC Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence Recipient

Mohamed Elzarka

April 2017: Medical Sciences Minor, Mohamed Elzarka, was recently awarded three prestigious honors: Truman Scholar, Fulbright recipient, and UC Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence recipient. Mohamed is the first UC student to win the Truman Scholarship, one of the most prestigious honors available to undergraduates. He will graduate in Spring 2017 with majors in Liberal Art and Neuroscience, minors in Medical Sciences, Political Science, Spanish, and Psychology, and a certificate in International Human Rights. Mohamed is a UC College of Medicine Connections student and is part of UC's University Honors Program. Read more about Mohamed's successes and plans for the future here and here.



Faculty Awards, Grants, and New Positions

Mike Lieberman, PhD

Headshot of David Askew, PhD

Ed Choi, PhD

January 24, 2017: Medical Sciences congratulates several faculty members for recent accomplishments and accolades:

  • Michael Lieberman, PhD will assume the position of Interim Chair for the Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry, and Microbiology starting February 1st, 2017. Dr. Lieberman has been a member of the Molecular Genetics faculty since 1983 after coming to Cincinnati from the Harvard School of Public Health where he was an Assistant Professor. He was named Professor in 1995 and in 2002 was named a Distinguished Teaching Professor. From 2009 to 2012 Dr. Lieberman served as Interim Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the University of Cincinnati. 
  • David Askew, PhD received a $2 million NIH RO1 research award to study molecular pathways of the pathogenic fungus Aspergillus fumigatus. These NIH awards provide funds to outstanding researchers working on important issues in human health. Dr. Askew is the Director of Service Experiences in the Medical Sciences Program and a Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
  • Ed Choi, PhD was awarded the Best Teacher Award in the course Fundamentals of Cellular Medicine from the College of Medicine's Office of Medical Education. Dr. Choi is the Director of Admission for the Medical Sciences Minor and an Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry, and Microbiology.
  • Michael Lieberman, PhD was awarded the Best Teacher Award in the course Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine from the College of Medicine's Office of Medical Education. Dr. Lieberman is the co-Director for Curriculum in the Medical Sciences Program and a Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry, and Microbiology. 

Medical Sciences Professor Dr. David Askew Receives Excellence in Teaching Award

Headshot of David Askew, PhD

November 21, 2016: David Askew, PhD received the Health Sciences Graduate Association's Richard Akeson Excellence Teaching Award. The award was founded in 1990 in an effort to recognize the contributions of the outstanding faculty in graduate programs at the UC College of Medicine. Graduate students in the medical school nominate faculty who they view as excelling in the area of teaching in the classroom and/or the lab. Dr. Askew is the Director of Service Experiences in the Medical Sciences Program and a Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. 



Medical Sciences Students Attend Ohio Physiological Society Annual Meeting

MEDS group at OPS 2016

November 19, 2016: Students and faculty from UC's undergraduate medical sciences program took part today in the Ohio Physiological Society (OPS) annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1975, OPS is a regional chapter of the American Physiological Society (APS). The OPS meeting featured the APS Keynote Lecture, "Role of sphingolipids in muscle insulin resistance: Correlation or causation" by Joseph T. Brozinick, PhD, Eli Lilly Company, over 70 poster presentations and a series of platform presentations given by students, postdoctoral fellows, and early-career faculty. OPS is an ideal regional forum for students and trainees to present their work in biomedical and translational science.

Medical sciences minor Mohamed Elzarka was awarded the Peter K. Lauf Travel Award. This award comprises a cash prize of $50 plus a travel award of $750 so that Mohamed can attend Experimental Biology 2017 in Chicago. Mohamed, a liberal arts major, has been conducting research in the laboratory of Mindy Call, PhD, research assistant professor of ophthalmology, at UC College of Medicine. Mohamed presented his poster titled "Use of human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells to treat corneal opacity acquired through injury and infection."

Welcome, Class of 2020!

Photo of Medical Sciences class of 2020

August 22, 2016: The Medical Sciences major welcomed 71 first-years to campus as part of the record-breaking incoming UC class of 2020. These impressive Medical Sciences majors had an average 3.82 high school GPA, an average 31.1 ACT, and an average 1379 SAT score. Six of them are Connections students and almost half of them received Cincinnati scholarships. Welcome to UC, the College of Medicine, and the Medical Sciences program!


Congratulations to Graduating Minors!

April 30, 2016: The Medical Sciences program congratulates the 26 UC students graduating with a minor in Medical Sciences this semester. These students are graduating with plans that include attending UC's medical school, attending University of Toledo's MSBS graduate program, volunteering in Honduras, working at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, attending UC's MS program in Nutrition, and working in public health in Senegal. Congratulations to all!

Medical Sciences Students Receive Barry Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mentions

April 14, 2016: Medical Science major, Aswin Bikkani, and Medical Science minor, Mohamed Elzarka were congratulated by the University of Cincinnati this week after receiving Honorable Mentions from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. The Goldwater award was established by Congress to encourage high achieving undergraduate students to pursue careers in research, science, math, and engineering. UC may nominate only four individuals for consideration in the nationwide competition.

Aswin P Bikkani
Institution: University of Cincinnati
Major(s): Medical Sciences, Chemistry minor
Career Goal: To obtain an M.D./Ph.D. in order to tackle kidney disease by understanding the kidneys development, conducting research in either basic or translational aspects of developmental biology.

Mohamed H Elzarka
Institution: University of Cincinnati
Major(s): Neurobiology, Medical Sciences minor
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Investigate underlying mechanisms of neurodegenerative disease, develop therapeutic treatments, and teach at the university level.

Join the UC community in congratulating both these students on their achievements! Find a full list of 2016 Honorable Mentions here.

Medical Sciences Student Recognized During State of the University

Aswin Bikkani, State of the University 2016

April 5, 2016: In his State of the University address, President Santa Ono recognized the accomplishments of the Medical Sciences program and student Aswin Bikkani in particular. 

"Thinking 'outside the box,' the College of Medicine offered its first undergraduate major beginning this academic year. Among the students in its first cohort of 40 is Aswin Bikkani, from Westlake, Ohio. This game-changing program, offering a Bachelor of Medical Sciences, attracted laudatory remarks from Darrell Kirsch, the head of the Association of American Medical Colleges, when he visited campus in August.

Aswin’s first year in the new program has already taken him to great heights. He received a full scholarship to become both an undergraduate student and a medical school student. He also received a 2015 Tylenol Future Care Scholarship of $10,000.

In December, Aswin became one of five students nationally to be invited to Stockholm to be part of the Nobel Prize ceremonies, the world’s most esteemed award ceremonies. Aswin is here this afternoon. Please stand, Aswin, so you can congratulate you. Thank you for representing Cincinnati in Sweden."

Read President Ono's full State of the University here.



Introducing the MedSci Ballers

MedSci Ballers, 2015-2016

March 3, 2016: In the first round of the playoffs, the MedSci Ballers (0-4) won in a dramatic fashion over a 1-3 team. After hitting a three pointer to bring the game into overtime, a late lay-up led the MedSci Ballers to their first victory of the season. 

Pictured: Alec, Zohabe, Coach Rahul, Matt, Akshar, Rohan, Jenna,  Avanti, Niki, Coach Harish, Rohan, and Umar. Not pictured: Scottie.

Congratulations to Graduating Students!

December 11, 2015: Congratulations to our three Medical Sciences minors who are graduating this weekend - Alex, Lauren, and Austin. We are so proud of you and can't wait to hear about all the wonderful things you do next! Best wishes!



Medical Sciences Major Travels to Sweden for Nobel Week

December 5, 2015: Medical Sciences major, Aswin Bikkani, is one of five students nationally to attend the Nobel Prize Award ceremonies in Stockholm, Sweden, December 5-11, 2015. Read More >>



Medical Sciences Students Travel to Kentucky for Service Experience

KY trip

October 2, 2015: Over the first weekend of October, six Medical Sciences students traveled to Scottsville, Kentucky to volunteer at the Center for Courageous Kids (CCK). The camp provides “a place where children living with life threatening illnesses and their families…come free of charge and have fun, find respite, feel normal and forget about their every day struggles.” On this Epilepsy Retreat Weekend, each volunteer was assigned a child and assisted them with activities such as arts and crafts, bowling, archery, horseback riding, fishing, and swimming.

AAMC President Calls Medical Sciences Program "Innovative" and "A Model for the Nation"

Drs. Richard Lofgren, Darrell Kirch, and William Ball

July 28, 2015: AAMC President Darrell Kirch, MD, visited UC's Academic Health Center earlier this month as part of an effort to visit medical schools and teaching hospitals across the country. Kirch called the Medical Sciences program "a wonderful blend for any undergraduate interested in a career in the health sciences. It is designed to achieve a balance of the core elements of the biological and natural sciences, as well as making important links to the humanities and the liberal arts. If I were entering college thinking about a future in a health professions, this UC program would have enormous appeal to me." Read More >>


New Medical Sciences Major Holds Orientation for First Freshman Class

July 8, 2015: Completing Freshman Orientation this week, over 40 students will enter the medical sciences major in the freshman class this fall. Read More >>



Medical Sciences Student Named a 2015 APS Undergraduate Research Excellence Fellow

Shahana_PrakashMay 20, 2015: UC student Shahana Prakash has been awarded an Undergraduate Research Excellence Fellowship (UGREF) by the American Physiological Society (APS). Shahana, a rising senior and biology major, is also enrolled in the UC college of medicine's medical sciences program minor. Shahana is conducting research in the laboratory of Bryan Mackenzie, PhD, associate professor of physiology, where she is studying the role of divalent metal-ion transporter-1 (DMT1) in the intestinal absorption of iron and of the toxic heavy metal cadmium. 

Now in its second year, the APS UGREF program seeks to encourage students to pursue careers as basic research scientists. In 2015, 28 applicants worldwide vied for the six research positions. Participants are selected based on academic merit, the quality of the proposed experience and the availability of appropriate faculty mentors who are established APS investigators. Students must have at least nine months or more of research experience in a lab to be eligible. Each Fellow receives a $4,000 stipend during the 10-week fellowship and an additional $1,300 in travel funds to present his or her research at the Experimental Biology 2016 meeting in San Diego. UGREF Fellows participate in hands-on research and learn to develop a hypothesis, design and troubleshoot experiments, collect and analyze data, and write and present results. 

Medical Sciences Program Celebrates Graduating Seniors

April 24, 2015: UC's undergraduate medical sciences program capped the year with a Senior Send-off and Cook-out today in UC's Levine Park. Students and faculty enjoyed a barbecue and sunny weather, and marked the graduation of the medical sciences program's first full cohort of students in the minor.



Medical Sciences Program Students Launch the MedCat Jr. Newsletter

November 13, 2014: MedCat Jr—the monthly newsletter of UC's Undergraduate Program in Medical Sciences—was launched today. It is a student-oriented and student-driven publication of the medical sciences program's Student Government. 



Ohio Board of Regents Approves UC's Major in Medical Sciences

September 10, 2014: Ohio Board of Regents today gave its final approval of UC College of Medicine's proposed Major in Medical Sciences. This step gives UC the green light to launch the Major in Medical Sciences commencing with the freshman class in fall 2015. Prospective students and parents can learn more about admissions to the program by visiting Overview of the Major in Medical Sciences.



New Undergraduate Minor Welcomes First Class

September 5, 2013: The College of Medicine’s first undergraduate program starts this semester with 32 students enrolled in the new minor in medical sciences. Read More >>

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Medical Sciences Contacts

Anil Menon, PhD
Program Director

Dave Wieczorek, PhD
Director of Major Admissions

Beth Shelton, MEd
Program Coordinator

Rachel Shah, MEd
Academic Advisor