Research; Break-through

2D - Early Career Investigators in Precision Medicine
(Attendance CEU 1.5)

Monday, October 9
1:20 PM - 2:50 PM

Timothy B. Curry

Director, Education Program, Center for Individualized Medicine
Mayo Clinic

Timothy B. Curry, MD, PhD, is the Director of the of the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine Education Program. anesthesiologist, he and his education team are helping provide the education to support the translation of individualized medicine and develop the next generation of researchers and clinicians in personalized medicine. As a clinical anesthesiologist, he is also involved in a number of projects with the Center for Individualized Medicine studying the role of pharmacogenomics in perioperative medication use as well as broad implementation of pharmacogenomic testing into the Mayo Clinic practice.

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Reynold C. Ly

PhD Candidate
Mayo Graduate School of the Biomedical Sciences

Reynold Ly is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in Rochester, MN. He is conducting his thesis work under the mentorship of Dr. Liewei Wang in elucidating the role of CDC25B in metformin anticancer response in triple negative breast cancer.

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Ahmed T. Ahmed

Postdoc research Fellow
Mayo Clinic

Ahmed T. Ahmed, MB, BCh, is an international medical graduate from Egypt. He completed his radiology residency, and 5 years ago, he started a career in research when he joined Mayo Clinic. During his time here, his research focus has been on epidemiological, evidence based, and knowledge synthesis studies (systematic review and meta-analysis). Since started at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Ahmed has changed his vision and future goals. He has over 20 peer-reviewed publications, and has developed an interest in pharmacogenetic and pharmacogenomic-related psychiatric research, where he recently got appointed in the Mayo Clinic - NIH T32 Clinical Pharmacology Training Program. In addition, Dr. Ahmed has completed a master's degree in clinical and translational science and his master's thesis is studying the pharmacogenomics of SNRI antidepressant response after SSRI treatment failure in major depressive disorder. Currently, he is working on several projects, one of which is "The Right Antidepressant: Pilot Project". Dr. Ahmed would like to pursue a career in psychiatric pharmacogenomic research and to be one of the main researchers in the field.

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Prasuna Kamireddi

Research trainee
Mayo Clinic

Prasuna Kamireddi, MBBS, is an international medical graduate from India who is currently working as a research trainee at Mayo Clinic, Florida. She is originally from a beautiful coastal city in the southern part of India called Visakhapatnam, where she graduated from Andhra Medical College in 2016. She aspires to be an accomplished neurologist and following her research interests in Stroke, she joined as a research trainee under Dr. William. D. Freeman, a renowned neurologist in Mayo Clinic, FL. Over the past 6 months, she has been working on research projects which are focused on individualizing and improving health care in stroke patients using pharmacogenomics and metabolomics. Inspired by the ideas and research of her mentor, Dr. Freeman, she believes that Individualized Medicine adds a new dimension to the quality of health care received by patients and wants to continue exploring it through her future clinical and research career.

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Umer Hassan

Research Scientist
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Umer Hassan, PhD, is a Research Scientist in the Department of Bioengineering at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) with a Research Affiliate appointment at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. He completed Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering with emphasis on biosensors and nanotechnology from UIUC in 2015. Umer's research has been focused on developing point-of-care (PoC) translational biosensors for disease diagnostic and therapeutic applications. His current work is focused on developing technologies to integrate biosensors and predictive analytics in an individualized way for sepsis theranostics. He is the recipient of Biomedical Engineering Society Early Career Development Award (2017), Baxter Young Investigator Award (2016), Emerging Engineer Award (2015), Cozad New Venture Competition Award (2014), NSF I-Corps Fellowship (2014) and Our Common Future Fellowship (2010).

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Charu Kaiwar

Research Fellow
Center for Individualized Medicine, Mayo Clinic

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Margot Cousin

Research Fellow
Center for Individualized Medicine, Mayo Clinic

Margot A. Cousin, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Health Sciences Research and in the Center for Individualized Medicine at Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Cousin earned her B.S. degree in diagnostic genetics and mathematics from Northern Michigan University. She worked for the Genomics Laboratory in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic and maintains certifications as a Medical Laboratory Technician and Cytogenetic Technologist through the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

Dr. Cousin then earned her Ph.D. in Clinical and Translational Science from Mayo Graduate School. Her thesis research focused on elucidating the genetic contribution to tobacco dependence and treatment response and identifying novel treatments through drug repurposing using a zebrafish model. In support of her graduate training, Dr. Cousin obtained an Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31) Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Dr. Cousin's current research focuses on increasing the diagnostic rate for rare undiagnosed disease through the use of novel -omic testing methodologies and functional studies of candidate genetic alterations. A current interest of hers centers on the use of whole transcriptome sequencing to identify and functionally assess genetic variation that may cause disease. Dr. Cousin aims to translate such methodological developments into clinical use to systematically improve the practice and delivery of precision medicine. She has authored many journal articles, abstracts, and presented at national and international meetings.

In addition to her research pursuits, Dr. Cousin has mentored middle school, high school, and undergraduate students on original research projects in the laboratory, and mentored rotating clinical laboratory fellows on the Diagnostic Odyssey Service Line within the Center for Individualized Medicine. She has also contributed to developing and teaching a graduate course titled: Case Studies in Precision Medicine within Mayo Graduate School.

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