Two UA Med Students Headed to Harvard, Johns Hopkins This Summer for Geriatrics Studies

American Federation for Aging Research logoTwo more University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson students have been awarded Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program scholarships from the American Federation for Aging Research that are sponsored by the National Institute on Aging, a unit of the National Institutes of Health.

They are John Lee and Anthony Maltagliati.

Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program logoJohn is a first-year medical student who earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Emory University in Atlanta and served as a student researcher at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix as well as a high school teacher for the U.S. Peace Corps in Lesotho, Southern Africa. In addition, he’s a member of the Aging Interest Group at the UA College of Medicine - Tucson. He was accepted into the 2018 MSTAR program at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Anthony, also a first-year medical student, was accepted into the Boston MSTAR program at Harvard Medical School. He holds a master’s degree in cellular and molecular medicine and bachelor’s degree in physiology from the UA. His experience includes serving as a student researcher in the UA labs of Kenneth Ramos, MD, PhD, PharmB, and Jean Wilson, PhD, and, at the Phoenix VA Health Care System, the lab of Raymond Migrino, MD. In addition, he has been a student mentor in the UA BLAISER (Border Latino & American Indian Summer Exposure to Research) and SIMI (Summer Institute on Medical Ignorance) Summer Research Programs and has volunteered for UA clinical and non-clinical outreach—known as Commitment to Underserved Peoples (CUPS) Programs—at the college through Students Helping In-Need Elders (SHINE), Sight Savers, MedCat Companions, SunSmarts and Clinica Amistad.

Dr. Mindy FainTheir mentor for the MSTAR awards is Mindy Fain, MD, chief of the UA Division of Geriatrics, General Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine, co-director of the UA Center on Aging, the Anne and Alden Hart Endowed Chair in Medicine and a professor of medicine and associate professor of nursing.

In all, 33 UA medical students have won MSTAR scholarships over the past decade—25 from the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and eight from the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix.

For past MSTAR Scholars from the University of Arizona, see the article link below.

“Two Tucson Med Students Bring UA Scholarship Awards in Aging Research to Thirty in a Decade” | Posted April 28, 2017

Release Date: 
05/01/2018 - 11:00am