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Jason Karimy

Jason Karimy '16

Since graduating from the University of Colorado Denver in 2012, I have worked at the University of Maryland, Baltimore as a research assistant investigating the mechanisms of hydrocephalus following intraventricular hemorrhage. I aspire to become a physician-scientist and wanted more formal training and experience in research before medical school. To do this, I entered the Cellular and Molecular Biomedical Science Master’s program here at UMB. I have had a very positive experience in the program thus far. The course work was a tremendous help in preparing for the MCAT and has transferred over well to bench science. There are ample opportunities to work with experts of various fields and a wide range of classes to choose from.

Additionally, the program director and coordinators do a wonderful job at mentoring and helping ensure you are on the right path to obtain your goals for the future. During my time at the University of Maryland, Baltimore I have published three times and presented my work at multiple conferences locally and nationally.

I am currently working on submitting my fourth paper and writing my master’s thesis. I plan to defend my thesis in spring 2016 and hope to start medical school in the Fall of 2016.  Complications Associated with Decompressive Craniectomy: A Systematic Review.
Kurland DB, Khaladj-Ghom A, Stokum JA, Carusillo B, Karimy JK, Gerzanich V, Sahuquillo J, Simard JM. Neurocrit Care. 2015 Oct

Maria Larrosa-Garcia

Maria Larrosa-Garcia '16

I am a second year student in the Cellular, Molecular, Biomedical Science Master's Program, thanks to the Fulbright-Grifols Scholarship. Prior to attending the University of Maryland, I studied Pharmacy at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. My previous research experience was focused on proteomics and endocrinology; however, now I am especially interested in Translational Research in Oncology. I am currently working on novel drugs' biological characterization to treat leukemia under the supervision of Dr Rena Lapidus. Participating in this Program has enabled me to complete my knowledge regarding molecular and cellular biology, especially cancer biology, pathology and pharmacology. This allows me to deeply understand the current therapies in cancer and do my research in drug development in oncology, which is exactly what I aim to do in my future career.