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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Olsi Gjyshi, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, United States

Olsi is a seventh year MD/PhD student at RFUMS. He recently defended his PhD thesis on the role of the anti-oxidant response transcription factor Nrf2 in the development and progression of Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus infection and pathogenesis. He is currently a forth-year medical student. Olsi received his BA with a concentration in Biological Chemistry from the Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University.


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Worawan B Limpitikul, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, United States

Worawan is a sixth year MD/PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her research focus is mechanisms of cardiac calcium channel modulation. She received her Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Engineering and Bacherlors of Arts in Public Health Studies from Johns Hopkins University. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling.


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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

Francesca Armstrong, Louisiana State University Health Shreveport School of Medicine, United States

Francesca is a fourth year medical student at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport. She is a graduate of LSU with degrees in Biochemistry and Spanish. In her free time, she enjoys reading as well as training for 5ks and and triathlons.


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Mr. Ethan Hundley, Louisiana State University Health Science Center Shreveport Medical School, United States

Ethan Hundley graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He is currently a 3rd year medical student, and he enjoys reading, cycling, and playing music in his spare time.


Chelsea Balch Cipriano, Tulane University, United States

Chelsea graduated from Tulane University with a BA in 2010 and a Master of Public Health in 2011. After earning her MPH, she spent two years working for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) as a Presidential Management Fellow. Chelsea is now taking the pre-requisite courses to apply to medical school so she can someday join her public health experience with clinical skills and knowledge. She loves politics, exploring new cities through their food, and all things public health.


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Adam Carl Stephens, Centenary College of Louisiana, United States

Adam is currently enrolled in Centenary College of Louisiana as a third-year undergraduate; his major is in Communications (with emphasis in Writing). He currently serves as Copy Editor of Conglomerate, the Centenary newspaper, and Yoncopin, the Centenary yearbook. He intends to pursue a career as an editor. He enjoys reading and taking long walks.


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