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Current MD-PhD Student - Amanda Price

Amanda Price

Name: Amanda Price

Year in Program: GY1

Undergrad University: Louisiana State University

Mentor: Kathryn A. Cunningham, PhD

Graduate Program: Neuroscience


    Research Interests

  • Neurocircuitry of addiction

    Honors & Awards

  • Savage Award - University of Texas Medical Branch (2012)
  • University Medalist - Louisiana State University (2012)
  • Distinguished Communicator Award - Louisiana State University (2012)
  • Brandon J. Latiolais Memorial Scholarship - Louisiana State University (2011)
  • Tiger Athletic Foundation Scholarship - Louisiana State University (2010)
  • Golden Key International Honour Society (2009)
  • Phi Sigma Theta (2009)
  • Alpha Lambda Delta (2009)
  • Phi Eta Sigma (2009)
  • LSU Alumni Association (Top 100) Scholarship - Louisiana State University (2008)
  • Chancellor's Future Leaders in Research - Louisiana State University (2008)


  • Broussard, T.C., Kobe, M.J., Pakhomova, S., Neau, D.B., Price, A.E., Champion, T.S., and Waldrop, G.W. The three-dimensional structure of the biotin carboxylase-biotin carboxyl carrier protein complex of E. coli acetyl-CoA carboxylase. Structure 21(4): 650-657, 2013.
  • Broussard, T.C., Price, A.E., Laborde, S.M., and Waldrop, G.W. Complex Formation and Regulation of Escherichia coli Acetyl-CoA Carboxylase. Submitted.


  • Price, A.E., Payne, M.E., Laborde, S.M., Broussard, T.B., and Waldrop, G.W. Insight into complex formation and regulation of acetyl-CoA carboxylase, Louisiana State University Summer Undergraduate Research Forum. Baton Rouge, LA. July 28, 2011.
  • Price, A.E., Broussard, T.B., and Waldrop, G.W. Biotin carboxylase heterodimer provides insight into half-sites reactivity, Louisiana State University Summer Undergraduate Research Forum. Baton Rouge, LA. July 29, 2010.

    Hobbies or just something about yourself in general:

  • I enjoy dancing, tennis, and cooking.

Career Development

The career development of an MD-PhD student is critically important and extends out well past the date of graduation with the dual degrees. The UTMB MD-PhD Program carefully guides and nurtures students throughout the Program. Early in the Program, critical issues are mentor selection and choice of a graduate program. MD-PhD students meet regularly with a faculty advisor, a student "big sibling" and members of the advisory committee. Opportunities to be exposed to research opportunities are provided through Program activities as well as the scientific activities on campus. Most students do their initial laboratory rotation during the summer before starting medical school. Additional laboratory rotations can be completed during the summer before the first and second years of medical school and after the second year of medical school. Once students are established in their labs, they are guided through their research by a mentor and dissertation committee.

For MD-PhD students, selection of the dissertation committee is essential and our Program requires students to include a member who is an MD scientist who can provide guidance on career progress and residency selections. As thesis defense approaches, students design their optimal clinical experiences with members of the MD-PhD committee to maximize chances to obtain the types of residency training that will be most compatible with further development as a physician scientist. The Program runs career guidance seminars to alert students to many of the important issues, pitfalls and milestones that they will need to navigate in the future. These include the pros and cons of short-track residencies, the need for additional postdoctoral training, and how to select and negotiate a first faculty appointment. The UTMB MD-PhD graduate is thus well positioned to make the most out of the advantages that MD-PhD careers offer.