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 is currently a 8th year MD/PhD student at LSUHSC-Shreveport with a research interest in cancer biology and DNA repair.


Deputy Editor

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Aidan Tan, University of New South Wales, Australia

Aidan is a 6th year medical student at the University of New South Wales and the deputy editor-in-chief for the AMSRJ. He serves on the editorial boards of numerous Australian, American, European, Asian and international peer-reviewed medical student journals but still struggles with spelling. One day he’ll read the dictionary.


Section Editor

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Gabriel Mirhaidari, Northeast Ohio Medical University - MD Candidate The Ohio State University College of Medicine - PhD Candidate

Gabriel graduated from Kent State University in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in Integrated Life Sciences. He is currently a 3rd year MD/PhD student with his MD being through Northeast Ohio Medical University and his PhD through The Ohio State University College of Medicine. His current speciality interests are in space medicine and orthopaedics with a research interest in tissue engineering.


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Ryan Mackay, LSUHSC Shreveport

Ryan graduated from Brigham Young University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in physiology. He is currently a 4th year MD/PhD student at LSUHSC-Shreveport with research interests in head and neck cancer and tumor angiogenesis.


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Julie Yi, Eastern Virginia Medical School

Julie completed her 3rd year at Eastern Virginia Medical School and is pursuing a year-long clinical research fellowship in dermatology. Her interests include personalized medicine, the psychosocial impact of chronic diseases, and disparities in health care access. She graduated from Duke University in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in neuroscience. In her free time, she enjoys photography and exploring nature.


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Michele Ly

Michele is a 3rd year medical student at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Johns Hopkins University in 2012 before building a clinical research career at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medicine. Her research interests are in the intersections of medical oncology and palliative care and her joys are in iced coffee, friends and family.


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.


Humanities Editor

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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.


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."


Copy Editor

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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