Editorial Team

The American Medical Student Research Journal was created by medical students to give future physician-scientists the opportunity to develop the critical thinking skills needed to succeed in academia and clinical practice. Our journal is authored, reviewed, and edited by medical students working under the guidance of faculty mentors. We believe that enhancing exposure to academic research through the development of analytic appraisal skills in the peer review process will enrich the conventional medical curriculum. Furthermore, we are dedicated to promoting interest in future career research through recognizing the scientific accomplishments of medical students across the country.

Editor-in-Chief

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Adam Yao Xiao, Louisiana State University Health Shreveport School of Medicine, United States

Adam graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2012 with a double major in biomedical engineering and economics. He helped design a novel device for treating female stress urinary incontinence as part of his undergraduate capstone project. He is currently a second year MD/PhD student at LSUHSC-Shreveport with a research interest in neuroscience.


Deputy Editor

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Aimee Alphonso, Yale School of Medicine

Aimee is a second year medical student at the Yale School of Medicine with a research interest in pediatrics. She graduated with Bachelors of Science degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from Yale University in 2011 and enjoys long walks with her puppy in her free time.


Basic Science Editor

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Adam Yao Xiao, Louisiana State University Health Shreveport School of Medicine, United States

Adam graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2012 with a double major in biomedical engineering and economics. He helped design a novel device for treating female stress urinary incontinence as part of his undergraduate capstone project. He is currently a second year MD/PhD student at LSUHSC-Shreveport with a research interest in neuroscience.


Clinical Research Editor

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Aimee Alphonso, Yale School of Medicine

Aimee is a second year medical student at the Yale School of Medicine with a research interest in pediatrics. She graduated with Bachelors of Science degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from Yale University in 2011 and enjoys long walks with her puppy in her free time.


Case Report Editor

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Conan So

Conan is a 4th year medical student at University of Maryland and is pursuing a Master in Public Health in Quantitative Methods at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health with a research focus on cost effectiveness. He graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2012. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, painting, coffee tasting, weightlifting, and learning magic tricks.


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Michael J. Strong, Tulane University School of Medicine, United States

Michael is a 6th year MD/PhD student at Tulane University School of Medicine. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI and Master of Science and Master of Public Health degrees from Tufts University, Boston, MA. He is currently in the research portion of his training in Dr. Erik Flemington’s laboratory. His thesis project utilizes next generation sequencing and bioinformatics to investigate oncogenic pathogens and their role in human malignancies. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, weightlifting, and reading.


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Amy L. Strong, Tulane University School of Medicine, United States

Amy is a 8th year MD/PhD student at Tulane University School of Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Emory University, Atlanta, GA. Amy then received her Master of Science and Master of Public Health degrees from Tufts University, Boston, MA. She is currently conducting research in the Center for Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine at Tulane University under the mentorship of Drs. Bruce Bunnell and Jeffrey Gimble. Her thesis project focuses on investigating the effects of obesity on adult stem cells and the impact on breast cancer tumorigenesis, bone formation, and regenerative medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and cooking.


Humanities Editor

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Katherine Morganti, Louisiana State University Health Shreveport School of Medicine

Katie completed her undergraduate education at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge in 2013. She received a BA in English Literature and a minor in Biological Sciences. Katie is currently a third year medical student who enjoys cooking, reading, movies, and traveling.


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Aaron Brumbaugh, New York Medical College

Aaron graduated from Dickinson College in 2014 with a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a minor in Chemistry.  While at Dickinson, he researched bioreduced nanaoparticles, and held a weekly radio show.  Now as a second year medical student at New York Medical College, he works as a volunteer and treasurer for La Casita de la Salud, the student-run clinic in East Harlem.  In his free time, Aaron enjoys snowboarding, finding new music, and running.


Technology Editor

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Conner C Brown, Louisiana State University Health Shreveport School of Medicine, United States

Conner graduated Louisiana State University in 2012 with a degree in Biological Sciences. Prior to his interest in medicine, Conner earned a degree in Computer Information Systems and worked in the Information Technology industry. He is currently a first year medical student at LSUHSC-Shreveport School of Medicine. In his free time, Conner serves as the Chief Technology Officer for a New York based software firm and consults for various firms throughout Louisiana.


Marketing Editor

Catherine Nix, Louisiana State University Health Shreveport School of Medicine

Catherine is a second year medical student at LSU Health Shreveport. She earned a BFA in Studio Art from Louisiana Tech University in 2012. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, woodworking, reading, and spending time with her cats.


Education Editor

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Charles Remie Vidrine, Louisiana State University Health Shreveport School of Medicine, United States

Charles “Beau” Vidrine graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor’s of Science in neuroscience and English in 2011 and a Master’s of Science in neuroscience in 2012.  Beau is currently a second year medical student.  He has experience in education at the graduate, undergraduate, high school, and middle school levels—as Graduate Teaching Assistant at Tulane’s Center for Anatomical and Movement Sciences and as Instructor of Science at Reeves High School prior to attending medical school.  He enjoys cooking, reading, movies, and music in his free time.  His favorite quote is by Bill Gates:  “From Those To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Expected."


Layout and Design Editor

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Mr. Charles Louis Madden, Louisiana State University Health Shreveport School of Medicine, United States

Charles Madden graduated from Centenary College of Lousisiana in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts. He is currently in his third year of medical school at LSUHSC Shreveport. He enjoys drawing in his free time as well as walking his dog Molly and reading comics.


Copy Editor

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Amanda Kate Allen, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Shreveport School of Medicine, United States

Amanda completed her undergraduate education with a BA in English Writing and Culture from Louisiana State University in 2014. She is currently a third year medical student. In her free time, she enjoys working out at her Crossfit gym, spending time with her two dogs, and kayaking.


Heloisa DeCarvalho, Boston University School of Medicine

I am currently an MS4 at BUSM. I am applying to Internal Medicine residency and am particularly interested in Pulmonary/Critical Care. Other than medicine I enjoy music, sports, and speding time with family and friends.


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Caroline Elizabeth Hagan, Louisiana State University Healthy Sciences Center- Shreveport, United States

Caroline completed her undergraduate education at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, in 2014. She graduated with a major in Biological Sciences and a minor in Community Nutrition. She has completed research under Dr. Cherie-Ann Nathan studying genetic variants in laryngeal carcinomas and their response to radiation therapy. In her free time, Caroline enjoys running, cooking, and spending time with her family.


Former Editors

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Taylor Steven Hollier Conrad, Editor-in-Chief, May 2015-May 2016


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Nadine M. Kaskas, Founding Editor-in-Chief, August 2013-May 2015


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David H. Ballard, Founding Deputy Editor, August 2013-May 2015