External Fellowships

University of Minnesota MSTP students have a strong track record of obtaining external fellowship support for their thesis research. The MSTP facilitates the submission of successful grant applications by providing resources for preparing an application and holding workshops on the grant submission process. Our partner graduate programs also provide didactic coursework on grant writing and submission of fellowship applications.

Current external predoctoral fellowships:

Mathew Angelos
2015-2018
(NIH/NIDDK F30 DK107017)
Deciphering mechanisms of early human hematoendothelial development   

Amanda Barks  
2017-2021
(NIH/NICHD F30 HD093285) 
The effect of developmental iron deficiency on TET proteins and DNA hydrocymethlyation 

Adam Cheng
2015-2020
(NIH/NCI F30 CA200432)
HIV-1 VIF in AIDS-related malignancies

Michelle Corkrum
2016-2019
(NIH/NIDA F30 DA042510)
Effects of cocaine on astrocyte-neuron signaling in the nucleus accumbens

Clifford Csizmar
2016-2020
(NIH/NCI F30 CA210345)
Engineering reversible cell-cell interactions with chemically self-assembled CARS

Melvin Donaldson
2016-2021
(NIH/NCCIH F30 AT009162)
Yoga for chronic pain in veterans 

Lauren Jelenchick 
2017-2019 
(NIH/NCI F30 CA223591) 
Characterizing the mechanical maturation of the centromere in human cells in the context of aneuploidy and cancer 

Cameron McDonald-Hyman
2014-2018
(NIH/NHLBI F30 HL121873)
Modifying regulatory T-cell signaling to enhance reprevention of GVHD 

Lien Phung 
2017-2022
(NIH/NIA F30 AG057108) 
Structural dynamics of the myosin super relaxed state in aging muscle and metabolic disease  

Brian Sweis 
2017-2021
(NIH/NIDA F30 DA043326)
Optogenetic modulation of decision-making circuitry in mouse models of addiction

Mayank Verma
2015-2018
(NIH/NIAMS F30 AR066454)
Treatment of Muscular Dystrophy by increased angiogenesis

Jennifer Zick
2016-2019
(NIH/NIMH F30 MH108205)
Disordered cellular interactions in prefrontal local circuits: a new mechanistic theory of schizophrenia with convergent evidence across animal models

Previous external predoctoral fellowships:

John Albin
2009-2013
(NIH/NIDA F30 DA0263010)
Determining the role of APOBEC3 proteins in HIV-1 drug resistance

Brian Andersen
2013-2016
(NIH/NCI F30 CA167912
Annexin A2 as a novel enhancer of tumor-associated antigen processing

Caitlin Conboy
2012-2015
(NIH/NCI F30 CA171547)
Functional characterization of WAC, a candidate tumor suppressor gene in colorectal cancer

Sam Cramer
2012-2014
(NIH/NINDS F31 NS080338)
Optogenetic modulation of episodic dystonia in the tottering mouse

Michelle Hamline
2009-2012
(NIH/NHLBI F30 HL083996)
BCOR in cardiovascular development

Angela Hewitt
2010-2012
(NIH/NINDS F30 ND071686)
Does cerebellar cortex function as a forward internal model for motor control?

Marcos Kuroki
2012-2013
(American Heart Association)
Neural control of the splanchnic circulation in AngII-salt hypertension

Michael Lane
2012-2015
(American Heart Association)
Directed evolution of a protease to neutralize superantigens associated with Kawasaki Disease

Ava Lin
2009-2013
(NIH/NIA AG034033)
Spectroscopic probes of protein-protein interactions in muscle degeneration

Shawn Mahmud
2012-2015
(NIH/NIDDK F30 DK096844)
The role of IL2 and costimulation in Treg development, homeostasis, and function

Minelva Nanton
2010-2013
(NIH/NIAID F31 AI091298)
Defining the protective CD4+ T cell responses to Salmonella typhimurium

Ryan Nelson
2011-2015
(NIH/NIDDK F30 DK093242)
CD4+ T cell-based immunity to gastrointestinal infection

Oludare Odumade
2009-2011
(NIH/NIAID F31 AI084524)
The role of CD8+ T cells in response to EBV-induced infectious mononucleosis

Judit Perez Ortiz
2014-2016
(NIH/NIHDS F31 NS084540)
Praja2 and the regulation of ataxin-1 clearance in vivo

Jared Rowe
2009-2014
(NIH/NIDDK DK084674)
Acute infection overrides PDL-1 mediated T cell suppression in autoimmune DM

Jason Schenkel
2013-2016
(NIH/NIDDK F30 DK100159)
Trafficking & role of effector memory CD8 T cell subsets in small intestine

Anja Srienc
2013-2015
(American Heart Association)
Functional consequences of glial calcium signalingin ischemia

Nathan Welty
2013-2018
(NIH/NIDDK F30 DK097856)
In vivo functions of distinct CD103+ intestinal dendritic cell subsets