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Research Excellence Awards


With so many impactful findings coming out of the College of Medicine, we are delighted to showcase some of the more significant research publications. On a periodic basis, COM leadership selects papers to highlight from nominations for publications that have appeared in high impact journals with an MUSC faculty member as first or last author.

Congratulations to the to the Summer 2019 recipients of College of Medicine Research Excellence Awards – Dr. Wei Jiang, Dr. Stephen Tomlinson, and Dr. Michael Zile.

Photo of Wei Jian, MD

Wei Jiang, MD, Associate Professor, Microbiology & Immunology, was honored for her work and article, “Systemic Translocation of Staphylococcus Drives Autoantibody Production in HIV Disease,” published in Microbiome, February 2019.

Stephen Tomlinson, PhD

Stephen Tomlinson, PhD, Professor, Microbiology & Immunology, was honored for his work and article, “Targeted complement inhibition salvages stressed neuros and inhibits neuroinflammation after stroke in mice,” published in Science Translational Medicine, May 2018.

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Michael Zile, MD, Endowed Chair, Professor, Medicine, was honored for his work and article, “Effects of Sacubitril/Valsartan on Biomarkers of Extracellular Matrix Regulation in Patients with HFrEF,” published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, February 2019.


Previous Honorees

 Photo of Mark Rubinstein and John Wrangle

John Wrangle, MD, MPH (on right),  Assistant Professor of Medicine - Hematology/Oncology, and Mark Rubinstein, PhD (left), Assistant Professor of Surgery, were recognized for their work and article, “ALT-803,an IL-15 superagonist, in combination with nivolumab in patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer; a non-randomized, open-label, phase 1btrial”, published in The Lancet Oncology, May, 2018 (Volume 19 – Issue 5).

 Photo of Jeffrey Korte

Jeffrey Korte, PhD, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health Sciences, was recognized for his work and article, "Impact of HIV Self-Test Distribution to Male Partners of ANC Clients: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial in Kenya”, published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, December 1, 2018 (Volume 79 - Issue 4).

 Dr. Christopher Cowan and Dr. Makoto Taniguchi

Dr. Christopher Cowan and Dr. Makoto Taniguchi were highlighted for their work and article titled “HDAC5 and Its Target Gene, Npas4, Function in the Nucleus Accumbens to Regulate Cocaine-Conditioned Behaviors” published in Neuron, September 27, 2017.

Dr. Donald Menick and Dr. Lillianne Wright

Dr. Donald R. Menick and Dr. Lillianne H. Wright were recognized for their work and article titled “Angiokine Wisp-1 is increased in myocardial infarction and regulates cardiac endothelial signaling” published in JCI Insight, February 22, 2018.

Donna Roberts

Dr. Donna Roberts, Associate Professor of Radiology and Radiological Science, was highlighted for her work and article titled “Effects of Spaceflight onAstronaut Brain Structure as Indicated on MRI” published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Volume 377, No. 18, November 2, 2017.

Shikhar Mehrotra Ph.D.

Dr. ShikharMehrotra, Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, was recognized for his work and article titled “CD38-NAD+AxisRegulates Immunotherapeutic Anti- Tumor T Cell Response” published in Cell Metabolism, Volume 27, Issue 1, January 2018.

Photo of Stephen Duncan

Dr. Stephen A. Duncan, SmartState and Department Chair in the Department of Regenerative Medicine, was highlighted for his work and article titled “A Drug Screen using Human iPSC-Derived Hepatocyte-like Cells Reveals Cardiac Glycosides as a Potential Treatment for Hypercholesterolemia” published in Cell Stem Cell, Volume 20, Issue 4.

Photo of Phillip Howe

Dr. Philip H. Howe, Hans and Helen Koebig Chair in Clinical Oncology and Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, was recognized for his work and article titled “Cathepsin-B-mediated cleavage of Disabled-2 regulates TGF-_-induced autophagy” published in Nature Cell Biology, Volume 18, Number 8.

Photo Zihai Li and research associate

Dr. Zihai Li (pictured on right), Chair and Professor in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, was highlighted for his work and article titled “Platelets subvert T cell immunity against cancer via GARP-TGFᵦ axis” published in the May 2017 issue of Science Immunology.

Photo of Shaun Olsen

Dr. Shaun Olsen, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, was highlighted for his work and article titled “S. pombe Uba1-Ubc15 Structure Reveals a Novel Regulatory Mechanism of Ubiquitin E2 Activity” published in the February 16, 2017, issue of Molecular Cell.

Photo of Betty Tsao

Dr. Betty Tsao was highlighted for her work and article, "A missense variant in NDF1 is associated with susceptibility to multiple autoimmune diseases,"  published in the January 30, 2017, issue of Nature Genetics.

Photo Louis Luttrell

Dr. Luttrell was given the award for his work and article, "The conformational signature of arestin3 predicts its trafficking and signaling functions," published in the March 31, 2016, issue of Nature.