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Clinical Research Masters Program ~ Success Stories

Former Clinical Research Curriculum Scholars have gone on to become independently funded investigators. They are our success stories. Please take time to review the successes of past Scholars below.

Amada Staiano, PhD, MSCRAmanda Staiano, PhD, MSCR (Class of 2017)
Research Interest: Childhood Obesity and Health Behavior

Over the past three years, Amanda has secured $2 million in external grant funding as a PI/Co-PI

Published 18 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 10 of which she was first author (journals included Obesity, Pediatric Obesity, and Journal of Nutrition Education & Behavior)

Promoted to Assistant Professor, Tenure Track July 2017

Honored at the LSU Ogden Honors College Graduation Ceremony- delivered the commencement speech, May 11, 2017

Conducted a TedXLSU Talk in November 2016 titled “The Serious Fun of Exergaming”

Maissaa Janbain, MD, MSCRMaissaa Janbain, MD, MSCR (Class of 2017)

Research Interest: Hemophilia and Anti-fibrinolytic Therapy

Over the past year, Maissaa has secured $200,000 in extramural grant funding as a PI.

Selected as a Scholar for the Tulane University School of Medicine Scientist Pipeline Program

Presented her work in an oral presentation at the International Society on Thrombosis and Hemostasis (ISTH) conference in Berlin, Germany, July 2017

Sarah Jolley, MD, MSCRSarah Jolley, MD, MSCR (Class of 2017)
Research Interest: Chronic Alcohol Use and Critical Illness Myopathy, particularly following Acute Lung Injury
Over the past year, Sarah has secured $200,000 in extramural grant funding as a Site PI.
Mentored 3 NIH T-32 funded medical students and 3 Pulmonary Critical Care in Medicine Fellows.


Derrick Samuelson, PhDDerrick Samuelson, PhD, Certificate in Clinical Research, (Class of 2017)
Research Interest: Alcohol-induced Intestinal Dysbiosis and Pulmonary host defense against infections
Within a year, Derrick has published 2 peer-reviewed manuscripts, both of which he was first author.
Received two travel awards to attend two conferences: Annual meeting of the Alcohol and Immunology Research Interest Group (AIRIG) and Gordon Conference on Alcohol-Induced End Organ Diseases. Derrick presented his Scholar research project in both.

Shigeki Saito, MD, MSCRShigeki Saito, MD, MSCR (Class of 2016)
Research Interest: Pulmonary Fibrosis and Anti-fibrotic Therapy
Over the past year, Shigeki has secured over $100,000 in extramural grant funding as a PI.
Awarded the Junior Physician Investigator Award, The American Federation for Medical Research (AFMR) 2017 and Junior Faculty Research Travel Award, The Southern Section-AFMR/Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (SSCI)

Courtney Peterson, PhD, MSCRCourtney Peterson, PhD, MSCR (Class of 2015)
In 2016, Courtney was selected as one of the University of Alabama- Birmingham (UAB) CCTS Mentored Career Development Program (KL2) awardees.
In a New York Times article published in August 2017, Courtney was quoted about timed eating, a major focus of her research:



Matthew Lammi, MD, MSCRMatthew Lammi, MD, MSCR (Class of 2015)
In the last two years, Matthew has secured $170,000 in extramural grants as a PI.
In 2017, Matthew has published 3 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 2 of which he is the corresponding author and 1 as first author.
Promoted to Associate Professor in 2017.