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  • 2022 application season opens

    November 1
  • 2022 Student application deadline

    March 1
  • 2022 Letters of reference deadline

    March 1
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    April 15
  • 2022 Program at JAX Farmington begins

    Late August
Note: The incoming cohort of 2023 Postbacc Fellows at JAX trainees will be hosted on our Bar Harbor, ME campus

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Alisha Tillman

Alisha conducted female reproduction research in the lab of Ewelina Bolcun-Filas.  She joined the Postbacc program at JAX to prepare for med school.

My ultimate goal is to be an OB/GYN who empowers women holistically by providing quality healthcare and safety in underserved communities.

Alisha is currently pursuing her MD at VCOM - Auburn.

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Ashley Tucker

I am working alongside Dr. Julie Wells and Dr. Carol Bult to develop and characterize a mouse model of metastatic lung cancer as I prepare to matriculate into a MD-PhD program next summer. Although metastasis is a primary cause of cancer death, there is a lack of reliable and reproducible in vivo models to investigate this process. Our model builds on an existing lung cancer model that harbors an inducible oncogenic KrasG12D mutation and Trp53 deletion. We have added to this model a damaging mutation in the Dicer1 gene that is inducible in a cell-type specific manner. My part of the project involves the investigation of mRNA expression levels throughout the development of lung adenocarcinomas and metastases, handling both the bench work and computational components involved. We aim to generate such a model to better understand the underlying mechanisms of metastasis, ultimately focusing on the miRNA communication between cells during cancer progression and their potential use as therapeutic targets.

 Ashley is currently pursuing an MD - PhD at UConn Health.

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Jin Komerska

Undergrad Institution: Grinnell College
Undergrad major(s): Biochemistry

Why are you planning to earn a MD/PhD?
I am excited to help patients through their journeys of health and healing, and it is important to me that I approach issues from multiple perspectives to gain a broader view of the topic. An MD-PhD will help me develop a wider understanding of the systems and diseases that I will work with, and enable me to be involved in several different aspects of providing treatment.

How do you like to spend time out of lab/away from academic work?
I enjoy playing ultimate frisbee, spending time outside, and petting every dog I meet.

Jin is currently pursuing and MD-PhD at The University of Wisconsin - Madison.

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Carlos Leon