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Current MD-PhD Student - Ben Satterfield

Ben Satterfield

Name: Ben Satterfield

Year in Program: GY2

Undergrad University: Brigham Young University

Mentor: Thomas W. Geisbert, Ph.D.

Graduate Program: Microbiology and Immunology

   

    Research Interests

  • Infectious diseases, especially virology and the animal model/human pathogenesis of high containment (BSL-4) viruses including vaccine and therapeutic development and testing against these viruses

    Honors & Awards

  • Brigham Young University Heritage Undergraduate Scholarship (2003-2009)
  • The Mayo Clinic Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (2008)
  • Brigham Young University's Department of Microbiology and Molecular Biology Student of the Month (December 2007)

    Publications

  • Gunnell, M. K., Lovelace, C. D., Satterfield, B. A., Moore, E. A., O'Neill, K. L. & Robison, R. A. (2012). A multiplex real-time PCR assay for the detection and differentiation of Francisella tuluarensis subspecies. J Med Microbiol 61, 1525-1531.
  • Satterfield, B. A., Stewart, A. F., Lew, C. S., Pickett, D. O., Cohen, M. N., Moore, E. A., Luedtke, P. F., O'Neill, K. L. & Robison, R. A. (2010). A quadruplex real-time PCR assay for rapid detection and differentiation of the Clostridium botulinum toxin genes A, B, E and F. J Med Microbiol 59, 55-64.
  • Stewart, A., Satterfield, B., Cohen, M., O'Neill, K. & Robison, R. (2008). A quadruplex real-time PCR assay for the detection of Yersinia pestis and its plasmids. J Med Microbiol 57, 324-331.

    Presentations

  • Poster presentation at the American Society for Microbiology Intermountain Branch, March, 2009. A Quadraplexed Real-Time PCR Assay for Rapid Detection and Differentiation of the Clostridium botulinum Toxin Genes A, B, E, and F in Pure Culture and Environmental Samples. Benjamin A. Satterfield, Alvin F. Stewart, David O. Pickett, Kim L. O'Neill, and Richard A Robison.
  • Poster presentation at the 4th International qPCR Symposium, March 2009. A Quadraplexed Real-Time PCR Assay for Rapid Detection and Differentiation of the Clostridium botulinum Toxin Genes A, B, E, and F in Pure Culture and Environmental Samples. Benjamin A. Satterfield, Alvin F. Stewart, David O. Pickett, Kim L. O'Neill, and Richard A Robison.
  • Oral/Visual presentation at the American Society for Microbiology Intermountain Branch, March, 2009. A Triplex Real-Time PCR Assay for the Detection and Differentiation of Francisella tularensis subspecies tularensis Type A.I, subspecies tularensis Type A.II, subspecies holarctica, and subspecies novicida. Mark Gunnell, Charity Carter, W. Scott Jonas, Benjamin Satterfield, Emkily Moore, Kim O'Neill, and Richard Robison.
  • Poster presentation at the Mayo Clinic Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Symposium, July 2008. Generation of a measles virus that cannot control interferon response: MVvac2 STAT1/STAT2 blind. Benjamin Satterfield, Patricia Devaux, Andrew Hudacek, Vincent Leonard, and Roberto Cattaneo.
  • Poster presentation at the American Society for Microbiology National Meeting, June 2008. A Real-Time PCR Assay for Rapid Identification and Differentiation of Mycobacterium ulcerans and Mycobacterium marinum. Benjamin A. Satterfield, Marissa N. Cohen, Kim L. O'Neill, and Richard A. Robison.
  • Oral/Visual presentation at the American Society for Microbiology Intermountain Branch, March, 2008. Differentiation of Mycobacterium ulcerans and Mycobacterium marinum by a Duplex Real-Time PCR Assay. Benjamin A. Satterfield, Marissa N. Cohen, Kim L. O'Neill, and Richard A. Robison.

    Hobbies or just something about yourself in general:

  • I grew up in Idaho, and I enjoy playing racquetball and the guitar.

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.