Melvin T. Donaldson

U of MN MSTP student Melvin Donaldson


Entering Class:


University of Washington
Biochemistry major, Chemistry minor
B.S., 2010

Université Pierre et Marie Curie
Molecular and Cellular Biology
M.S., 2011

MSTP Student Governance:

  • Student Advisory Committee 2016-2018
  • Student Admissions Committee 2016-2018

Honors and Awards:

  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Predoctoral MD/PhD Fellows, National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health, 2016-2021

Thesis Advisor: Erin Krebs, MD, MPH

Thesis Research

I study mind body health interventions for chronic pain among Minnesota veterans with special attention to yoga and meditation. I use quantitative and qualitative approaches to study how the experience of pain is influenced by an individual's mind body practices. My study is nested in a clinical trial of opiate effectiveness at the Minneapolis VA and in an observational study of post-traumatic stress and pain also at the Minneapolis VA.