Executive Council - 2016 2017
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Executive Council - 2016 - 2017

The Executive Council is made up of sixteen positions elected by the Institutional Representatives during the APSA Annual Meeting in April of each year. These positions are the only members of the Executive Council with voting privileges. The committee vice-chairs are included as non-voting members of the Executive Council and are appointed to their positions by the Executive Council. The vice-chairs may in the absence of the committee Committee serve as the proxy vote.

Visit the Executive Council leadership position page to find out more about the roles and responsibilities associated with each position.

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Daniel DelloStritto

Mr. Daniel Dellostritto is a sixth year MD/PhD student at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) in Ohio. He completed his undergraduate education at Kent State University (KSU) and in 2010, he graduated Summa Cum Laude with Honors in Integrated Life Sciences. His research at Northeast Ohio Medical University focuses on diabetic oxidative stress and its effects on microvascular function, focusing on its regulation by the TRPV1 (Transient Receptor Potential Vanilloid 1) ion channel. At NEOMED.  For his work, Daniel was awarded a prestigious American Heart Association Predoctoral grant. Mr. DelloStritto contributed to the creation of the MD/PhD program and was the co-founder of the local chapter of APSA. Furthermore, he has been involved with the Annual Meeting Planning Committee (2011-2015) as a member in 2011-2012 and a vice-chair for the 2013 Annual meeting and was Co-Chair with Ms. Sherry Wen for the 2014 Annual Meeting. Furthermore, Daniel was elected by to the role of President-Elect for APSA for the 2014-2015 EC and has continued on as President this year. His hopes are to continue to bring APSA to the forefront of physician-science leaders by making sure APSA continues to advocate on behalf of trainees.


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Michael Guo
Immediate Past-President

Mr. Michael Guo is an MD/PhD candidate at the University of Florida and is currently in the sixth year of his studies. He is pursuing his PhD at Harvard University/Boston Children’s Hospital/Broad Institute in the laboratory of Dr. Joel Hirschhorn, where he studies common and rare genetic variation underlying human anthropometric traits, with a particular focus on height and timing of puberty. Michael is a proud University of Michigan alumnus, graduating in 2010 with degrees in Business Administration and Cellular and Molecular Biology. He previously served as APSA President (2014-2015), President-Elect (2013-2014), and Treasurer (2012-2013).

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Alexander Adami

Mr. Alexander Adami is an MD-PhD student at the University of Connecticut Health Center. He received a BS in Information Technology and Web Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2010. His current research includes sickle cell disease, asthma, and the dynamics of the host-microbiome relationship. He has served as the Institutional Representative to APSA from the University of Connecticut since 2011, as Vice-Chair of the Public Relations committee from 2012 to 2014, and Chair of the Technology Committee in 2014 and 2015.  As President-Elect, Alex helps focus and strengthen the efforts of all of APSA's standing committees to provide support and resources for physician-scientist trainees.

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Peter Mittwede

Dr. Peter Mittwede is an MD/PhD candidate at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). He received his BS in Sports Medicine and Exercise Science in 2008 from Belhaven University, where he was active in leadership, research, community outreach, and athletics. At UMMC, he recently received his PhD in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, and is starting his seventh and final year in the MD/PhD program. His clinical interest is in the field of orthopedic surgery, and his research is focused on understanding the mechanisms of increased target organ damage after orthopedic trauma in the context of obesity. He has served as the philanthropy coordinator and president of the School of Graduate Studies, as well as president of the Associated Student Body at UMMC. Dr. Mittwede is passionate about becoming a surgeon-scientist at an academic medical center. An exercise enthusiast, Dr. Mittwede regularly participates in a variety of intramural and local sports leagues, and has run 8 marathons and 2 ultramarathons. He helped found his local APSA chapter, served as an institutional representative at UMMC for three years, spent one year as vice-chair on the Public Relations Committee, and one year as chair of the Membership Committee. He currently serves as vice president of APSA.

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Jillian Liu
Chair, Events Committee

 Ms. Jillian Liu is a fourth-year MD/PhD student in The Ohio State University Medical Scientist Training Program in Columbus, Ohio. She attended Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa where she graduated with a BSS in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Psychology. She is currently a second-year graduate student in The Center for Gene Therapy at Nationwide Children’s, where her research focuses on non-cell-autonomous mechanisms of motor neuron death in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Jillian has previously served on the 2013 APSA Midwest Regional Meeting planning committee, as Vice-Chair of Events for the 11th Annual APSA Meeting, and as the Institutional Representative for Ohio State University. She is an avid consumer of audiobooks, PRX podcasts, and black coffee.
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Hsiang-Chun "Jimmy" Chang
Chair, Fundraising Committee

Mr. Hsiang-Chun "Jimmy" Chang is an MD/PhD candidate at Northwestern University. He currently serves as the Chair for Fundraising Committee for 2015-2016, and has previously served as the Vice Chair on the same committee. Jimmy’s PhD work centers on cellular and mitochondrial iron regulation. He is interested in how modulation of mitochondrial iron can confer protective effects against oxidative stress in mice. Jimmy graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2009, with major in biology and minor in computer science. As an international student from Taiwan, he enjoys traveling to the other half of the globe to visit his family.

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Brandon Fox
Chair, Membership Committee

Mr. Brandon Fox is an MD/PhD student in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Scientist Training Program. He is currently a second year graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Jennifer Pollock, and his F30 supported research is focused on molecular mechanisms underlying vascular and renal complications of sickle cell disease. Brandon received his BS in Biomedical Engineering with Highest Honor from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he was a recipient of the President’s Undergraduate Research Award. As a strong believer in the importance of professional society involvement, he plans to focus his term on expanding APSA membership across all levels of physician-scientist training.


Josh Cohen
Chair, Partnerships Committee

Mr. Josh Cohen is currently a fifth year student (GS3) in the MD-PhD program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Josh graduated from Muhlenberg College in May of 2011 with a B.S. in Neuroscience. At UAB, Josh is pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience and has joined the lab of Dr. Sarah Clinton. His thesis project focuses on the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying individual differences in stress response. He has served on the Partnerships committee for the last few years and is entering is serving as the chair of the committee for a second year.

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Jennifer Kwan
Chair, Policy Committee

Dr. Jennifer Kwan is in the Physician Scientist Training Program, Internal Medicine-Cardiology track, at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She obtained her MD and PhD degrees from the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Illinois Chicago. She previously graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley with a BA in Molecular Cell Biology, where she was both a Cal Alumni Scholar and recipient of the Berkeley Academic Scholarship. She is a recipient of the University of Illinois College of Medicine leadership award, Chancellor's Service Award, Eugertha Bates Memorial Award and her PhD research on PI3K-Akt signaling, supported by an NIH T32 research fellowship, has earned her the Molecular Genetics Provost Deiss award and the Erdös Prize for Excellence in Basic Sciences. She has presented her research at various national science meetings, including the Keystone Symposia. Within APSA, Dr. Kwan previously served as the Vice President of external affairs where she helped initiate and build multiple partnerships, including with the Keystone Symposia, Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) and the American Heart Association (AHA). As the Policy Committee Committee for the past five years, she has helped design and launch several major initiatives including the F30 and Tomorrow’s Physician and developed a policy panel to address issues like biomedical research funding advocacy and policies governing intellectual property/translational research at the APSA Annual meeting. Completion of analysis of F30 survey data identified significant biomedical funding shortfalls for which APSA continues to advocate for coverage. Over the advocacy period and with support from AAMC GREAT group leaders and MD/PhD program directors, the number of NIH institutes participating in the F30 funding mechanism went from 10/27 to ALL NIH institutes. As Policy Committee five years ago, with input from leaders at the AAMC, ACE and AMWA, she helped develop and launch the pilot for the Tomorrow's Physician survey. The pilot is complete and data analyses from survey results have characterized future career interests of physicians and physician-scientists as well as identify significant factors that have helped or hindered their career development. Results have been accepted as peer reviewed abstracts and presented at the 2012 AAMC annual meeting and the Association for the Study of Higher Education. The Tomorrow's Physician national study results will be used to make data-based policy recommendations to help ensure the career success of physician-scientists in various career sectors, including academia, industry and government. To help with policy efforts and planning a longitudinal study to help assess factors that enable physician scientists to contribute to biomedical research, she has been in active discussions with ASCI and IOM leadership to facilitate synergistic efforts. She is also founder of the University of Illinois, College of Medicine Mentors Program that provides medical students with exposure to 26 different medical specialties and opportunities to apply and integrate their course material via real clinical cases. As Policy Committee Chair, Dr. Kwan plans to continue moving forward APSA Policy initiatives and strengthen external collaborations to help reach common goals for physician-scientist career development while working to create more benefits for APSA members.

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Stephanie Brosius
Chair, Public Relations Committee

Dr. Stephanie Brosius is a seventh year MD/PhD student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She received her BA from Washington University in St. Louis, where she studied Biochemistry and painting. Her dissertation work, which was supported by a F31 from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, focused on the role of the Schwann cell mitogen neuregulin-1 in the development of malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors. Stephanie has previously served on the Annual Meeting Committee. Following graduation this spring, she plans to pursue a residency in child neurology. Her ultimate goal is to combine her passion for research, clinical practice, and teaching via a career in academic medicine. 

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Alex Dussaq
Chair, Technology Committee

Mr. Alex Dussaq is currently a fifth year student (GS3) in the MD-PhD program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Before moving to Birmingham, Alex graduated from University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) in May 2010 with a dual degree in Mathematics and Biochemistry. Alex then spent a year as a staff scientist working with Dr. Joseph Gryzymski learning bioinformatics and computer science. At UAB, Alex is pursuing a PhD in Bioinformatics and has joined the lab of Dr. Christopher Willey. His thesis project focuses on developing web tools for analysis of kinomic peptide arrays, a new technology for measuring kinase activity in the cell. He served as the Vice Chair of the national APSA technology committee from 2014-2015 and as the webmaster since 2012 for his local APSA chapter. He currently serves as the chair of the national APSA technology committee.

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Andrew Harrison
Member-at-Large, DO-MD/PhD

Mr. Andrew M. Harrison was born and raised in NJ. In 2010, he graduated from Rutgers University (BS, Physics and Genetics) and entered the Medical Scientist Training Program at Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN). In 2015, he completed his doctoral dissertation research in clinical informatics & critical care on the development and implementation an automated, electronic medical record-based sepsis detection and alert system for use in the ICU setting (Mayo Graduate School’s Clinical and Translational Science track). This research was supported by a doctoral dissertation grant in Health Services Research from the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (R36 HS022799-01). Andrew has served on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) as a student member since 2014. His other academic interests include health policy and diversity in education. Related to these interests, Andrew has attended national conferences and lobbying events for the American College of Physicians, Physicians for a National Health Program, and is co-manager of Mayo Clinic’s Diversity in Education blog.

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Tyler Zahrli
Member-at-Large, Social Sciences & Humanities

Mr. Tyler Zahrli is a fourth year MD/PhD student at Saint Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He received a BA in Biology and a BA in Theological Studies with honors from Saint Louis University in 2012. Currently, Mr. Zahrli is working at the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics as the coordinator for the Bander Center, an endowed organization that promotes research and education in medical business ethics. His research interests include the non-pharmacological holistic healing measures, international clinical education programs, medical decision-making, professionalization of medicine, and education and assessment of medical professionalism. He currently serves on multiple boards of local and national organizations with the intent of promoting holistic medicine and professional behavior. Within APSA, Mr. Zahrli serves as the Member-at-Large for the Social Sciences and Humanities (MAL SSH), has developed a local APSA chapter, and is organizing the 2015 Midwest Regional Meeting in St. Louis.

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Zachary Kiss
Undergraduate Liaison

Mr. Zachary Kiss is a first year DO/PhD student at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic medicine. Mr. Kiss is pursuing an independently designed dual degree program in electrical and computer engineering, focused on developing intelligent data mining and machine learning techniques with applications to integrated clinical software and digital signal processing. Zachary is a recent graduate from the post-baccalaureate pre-health program at New York University, where he subsequently worked in Traaseth lab of membrane protein biophysics as a Junior Research Scientist. His research involved elucidating structural dynamics of a known multidrug resistant efflux pump using advanced biophysical interrogative techniques, predominantly: multidimensional solution and solid state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. At NYU, Zachary cofounded the Post-Baccalaureate Literature Review club and was awarded for outstanding commitment to community building. Prior to attending NYU, Zachary earned undergraduate degrees in both Geography and Theater from Rowan University. While at Rowan, he presented research at the 2012 Association of American Geographer's annual meeting regarding mathematical modeling of geospatial accessibility to healthcare facilities. Zachary’s clinical research interests revolve around optimization of healthcare delivery systems through “big data” utilization, and advancing diagnostic instrumentation.

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Leanne Dumeny
Undergraduate Liaison

Ms. Leanne Dumeny is a second year MD/PhD student at the University of Florida. She previously graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida with a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and an MS in Management. She aspires to become a physician-scientist while integrating her different interests in business and medicine. As an undergraduate, Ms. Dumeny was a UF-HHMI Science for Life Research Scholar and presented her research posters at several conferences. Her previous research focused on intimal hyperplasia development in vein grafts. She has previously served and continues to serve as one of the Undergraduate Liaisons for APSA and she is currently the Co-President of the UFCOM APSA Chapter.

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Sue Wagner
Executive Director

Ms. Sue Wagner 

Mariam Bonyadir
Vice-Chair, Events Committee

Ms. Mariam Bonyadir 

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Allyson Palmer

Vice-Chair, Events Committee 
 Ms. Allyson Palmer is a sixth-year MD-PhD student in the Mayo Clinic Medical Scientist Training Program. She is currently pursuing her thesis work in the Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging, exploring the role of cellular senescence in metabolic dysfunction in the context of obesity and aging.  Allyson graduated magna cum laude from the College of Wooster with a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2010. Allyson is the recipient of an F30 individual fellowship award from the National Institute on Aging as well as a Glenn/AFAR Scholarship for Research in the Biology of Aging. Within APSA, Allyson has previously served as an Institutional Representative and on the Events Committee as chair of the Residency Luncheon at the 2015 Annual Meeting. 
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Vice-Chair, Events Committee
 Mr. Harish Vasudevan is currently completing his medical school training at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He received his BS with Honors from the California Institute of Technology. At Caltech, Harish was awarded the Upper Class Merit Award for academic excellence. In addition, he received multiple research awards, including the Amgen Scholars Research Fellowship and Donald S. Clark Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship.  Following graduation from Caltech, Harish joined the Medical Scientist Training Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. His dissertation work focused on investigating the specificity of receptor tyrosine kinase signaling, a family of growth factor receptors critical for embryonic development and commonly mutated in cancer. Harish has authored several publications in peer-reviewed journals, including eLife, Developmental Cell and Developmental Biology. In his spare time, he enjoys playing and watching sports as well as catching up on TV shows years after they air.  With APSA, Harish has previously served as the Mount Sinai Institutional Representative and organized both the Northeast Regional Meeting and National Meeting.
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Vice-Chair, Fundraising Committee
 Mr. Krishan Chhiba is currently a fourth-year MD/PhD student at Northwestern University. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Cornell University, and is pursuing his PhD in Immunology in the laboratory of Dr. Paul Bryce. His thesis project addresses the epigenetic and genetic consequences of mast cell triggering in allergic disease with a focus on IL-33 expression. Currently, he is serving as Vice-Chair of the Fundraising Committee for the American Physician Scientists Association.
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Travis Hull
Vice-Chair, Membership Committee

Dr. Travis Hull is serving as the Vice Chair of the Membership committee. He has previously served as the founding member and president of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Local APSA Chapter. Travis is currently in his fifth year as an MD/PhD student in the UAB MSTP, where his graduate studies focus on the role of inflammation in the kidney and heart. Travis graduated from Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA in 2009 with a degree in biology and microbiology. In his post, Travis aims to expand and solidify the APSA’s local chapter initiative, to expand APSA’s reach within academic medical institutes across the country.


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Annie Hsieh
Vice-Chair, Membership Committee
 Dr. Annie Hsieh is a sixth year PhD student at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She received her MD degree from Tzu Chi University in Taiwan in 2010. Her lab moved from Hopkins to University of Pennsylvania in 2011, where she actually conducts her thesis project. She is currently pursuing her PhD in the Pathobiology, focusing on how oncogene Myc disrupt circadian clock and metabolism both in cancer cells and in fruit flies. She presented her research observations at multiple conferences including American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting, Keystone symposium, Society for Neuro-Oncology annual meeting and Gordon conference. Her clinical interest is neurology. Annie has been a member of APSA for five years. She served as an institutional representative at Johns Hopkins University for two years and served as Vice Chair of APSA’s membership committee for one year. During her time in membership committee, she helped with interactive sessions and institutional membership initiatives. She continues to serve as Vice Chair of membership committee this year and aim to bring fantastic speakers for the interactive sessions. She enjoys traveling, hiking and ballroom dancing in her free time. 
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Vice-Chair, Membership Committee 
 Ms. Bernadette DeRussy is a sixth year MD/PhD student at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. She received a BS in Biology from Millsaps College in 2010, and she is currently pursuing a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology. Her research focuses on understanding the maturation process of human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) and developing new antiviral therapies for HCMV. Bernadette currently serves as a Vice-Chair for the APSA Membership Committee, where she oversees the APSA Undergraduate Mentoring Program. 
Danielle Desjardins
Vice-Chair, Partnerships Committee 
 Ms. Danielle Desjardins 
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Vice-Chair, Partnerships Committee 
 Mr. Mohammed Dany is a fifth year MD/PhD student at Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, SC. He completed his undergraduate education at American University of Beirut. His research at MUSC focuses on studying lipid metabolism to develop novel therapeutic approaches in the context of cancer biology. His clinical interests are mainly in the field of dermatological malignancies. During his MD/PhD training, Mohammed Dany presented his research findings in several national and international meetings, including Experimental Biology where he received an award for excellence in research in experimental pathology, ASCI-APSA annual meeting where he received an award for best presentation, and SOHO where he received an outstanding young investigator award. He has also received travel awards to several meetings including ACLPS annual meeting, International Ceramide Conference, CSCTR meeting, and ASIP annual meeting.   At MUSC, he is elected as a presidential scholar and inducted into the student leadership honor society and Sigma Xi research scientific society. He also serves on the Institutional Review Board Committee as a reviewer and full member with voting rights. In APSA, Mohammed Dany has been active in the Partnerships Committee and is currently the Vice-Chair. He works on the partnerships with specialty based societies.
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Vice-Chair, Partnerships Committee 
 Ms. Karen Doersch is a 6th year MD/PhD student at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and is excited to be joining the Partnerships Committee as one of the Vice-Chairs. She completed Bachelor of Science in psychology and biology at Carnegie Mellon University in 2009 and began her MD/PhD at Texas A&M in 2010. Her graduate research focuses on wound healing in the context of immunology. Additional research interests include mechanical circulatory support and women’s health. As an APSA member, Karen has served as the Chair of Programming for the 2015 APSA South Regional Conference prior to joining the Partnerships Committee. 
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Aisha Siebert
Vice-Chair, Policy Committee 
 Ms. Aisha Siebert  is an MD/PhD student at the University of Rochester.  She completed her B.A. at Dartmouth College and her M.P.H. at Columbia University.  Her primary research interest is in evaluation of gene-environment interaction using bioinformatics methods.  Aisha is currently completing her PhD in Translational Biomedical Science under the mentorship of Dr. John Werren and Dr. Patricia Simpson-Haidaris.  Her dissertation research focuses on the use of natural products from Nasonia venom to study regulation of sorbitol metabolism in human kidney.  
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Vice-Chair, Public Relations Committee 
 Dr. Jung Park is serving as an editor of the APSA newsletter and a vice-chair or the public relations committee.  He is an MD-PhD student at the University of Iowa, and is currently finishing his 3rd year of medical school. He completed his PhD in Anatomy and Cell Biology in the laboratory of Dr. Ronald Weigel, where he focused on understanding the mechanism of cancer stem cells and transcriptional regulation of cellular proliferation.  Jung is a graduate of UC Berkeley, graduating with a BA in Molecular and Cell Biology.
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Ali Alawieh
Vice-Chair, Technology Committee

Mr. Ali Alawieh is a fifth year MD/PhD candidate at the Medical University of South Caroline (MUSC) in Charleston, South Carolina. Ali has graduated from the American University of Beirut with a high distinction BS in Biology in 2011. Following graduation, Ali accomplished two years of medical education at the American University of Beirut prior to transferring to the MD/PhD program at MUSC. He is currently pursuing a PhD in neurosciences with his research focused on the role of the complement cascade in injury and recovery after stroke along with the investigation of novel targeted approaches of complement modulation after stroke. Prior to his PhD, Ali was working on developing a global understanding of molecular pathogenesis of neurological diseases using data mining, computational bioinformatics and machine learning. Ali will use his expertise to serve on the Technology Committee at APSA.

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