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Current MD-PhD Student - Sydney Ramirez

Sydney Ramirez

Name: Sydney Ramirez

Year in Program: GY1

Undergrad University: California State University-Sacramento

Mentor: Shinji Makino DVM, Ph.D.

Graduate Program: Experimental Pathology

   

    Research Interests

  • Molecular Virology (pathogenesis; pathogen-host interactions

    Honors & Awards

  • Edward S. Reynold’s Award, Department of Pathology’s 18th Annual Research Day, Poster Presentation (2012)
  • NIH NIAID T32 Biodefense Training Program Award Recipient (2010-2012)
  • National Student Research Forum (NSRF) Co-Director (2010)
  • Truman Blocker Scholarship Recipient (2009)
  • Fogarty International Research Fellowship Award Recipient (2009)
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude from CSUS (2008)
  • Department of Biological Sciences Honors Program (2006-2007)
  • Phi Kappa Phi (2006-2008)
  • CSUS Dean's Honor List (2002-2008)
  • California Governor's Scholarship Award (2001)

    Publications

  • None at this time.

    Presentations

  • 18th Annual Pathology Department Trainee Research Day – A microRNA-based approach to improving Rift Valley fever virus vaccine safety, SI Ramirez1,2, K Terasaki2, S Murakami2, and S Makino1,2, Departments of Pathology1 and Microbiology & Immunology2, UTMB, Galveston, TX, 2012.
  • 2012 Annual IHII/McLaughlin Colloquium – Mutant Rift Valley fever MP-12 viruses containing target sequence(s) for endogenous microRNA enhance vaccine safety, SI Ramirez1, 2, K Terasaki1, S Murakami1, and S Makino1, 2, Departments of Microbiology1 & Immunology and Pathology2, UTMB, Galveston, TX, 2012.
  • 17th Annual Pathology Department Trainee Research Day - Using CNS-specific microRNAs to limit tissue tropism and decrease neurovirulence of Rift Valley Fever Virus, SI Ramirez1,2, K Terasaki2, S Murakami2, John Morrill2, CJ Peters1,2, and S Makino1,2, Departments of Pathology1 and Microbiology & Immunology2, UTMB, Galveston, TX, 2011.
  • 2011 Annual IHII/McLaughlin Colloquium – Using CNS-specific microRNAs to limit tissue tropism and decrease neurovirulence of Rift Valley Fever Virus, SI Ramirez1,2, K Terasaki1, S Murakami1, and S Makino1,2, Departments of Microbiology & Immunology1 and Pathology2, UTMB, Galveston, TX, 2011.
  • An approach to prevent RNA reassortment in Rift Valley fever virus Virus, K Terasaki1, SI Ramirez1,2, S Murakami1, and S Makino1,2, Departments of Microbiology & Immunology and Pathology, UTMB, Galveston, TX, 2011.
  • CSUS Department of Biological Sciences Honors Program Poster Presentation - Distribution of Antibody to Group A Streptococcal M Protein in Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections, Department of Biological Sciences, California State University, Sacramento, 2007.

    Hobbies or just something about yourself in general:

  • I enjoy spending time with my family.

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.