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THE LABORATORY REPORT Spring 2014 Page 7 SPOTLIGHT ON FORMER TRAINEES: Where Are They Now? Dr. Kirtee Raparia is currently an assistant professor of Pathology and Ophthalmology at Northwestern University in Chicago. She received her medical degree from Lady Hardinge Medical College in New Delhi, India. Following residency and fellowship training in ophthalmology, she then completed her AP/CP residency training in the Department of Pathology and Genomic Medicine at Houston Methodist Hospital in 2010. “My time at Methodist was the most important period in shaping my career. I was particularly inspired by Drs. Ro, Ayala, Schwartz, and Cagle. It was because of Dr. Cagle that I decided to make pulmonary pathology my primary area of clinical and research focus.” -Kirtee Raparia, M.D. Dr. Raparia was recruited as a pulmonary pathologist to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in 2010. She is actively involved in investigating the role of biomarkers and identifying potential targets for molecular therapy in lung cancer. “Dr. Raparia has a positive can-do attitude and has become one of the brightest new stars in pulmonary pathology,” explains Dr. Philip Cagle. “She has an active diagnostic and research career at one of the top medical schools in the country, has numerous articles and book chapters, and has been an invited speaker to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, and North America.” Her expertise is recognized on a national level, and she was invited to give a talk, entitled “Lymphoproliferative Neoplasms of Lung”, at the 93rd Annual Meeting of the Texas Society of Pathologists. In addition to her clinical and research duties, Dr. Raparia serves as a pulmonary pathology section editor for Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, a CAP spokesperson, and a member of CAP surgical pathology committee. She is a proud mother of two beautiful daughters and lives with her husband in Chicago. HMRI Summer Interns to Join Department Research Laboratoris For the 10th year since its inception in 2005, the Houston Methodist Research Institute (HMRI) Summer Student Program will welcome this summer’s cohort of bright undergraduate students. This year, the Program selected fortyfour students from the top local, national, and international academic institutions. Five of the students will be conducting research in laboratories in the Department of Pathology and Genomic Medicine. The students will complete their 10-week research projects during their June 2 to August 8 internships. Participation in summer research programs serves as a catalyst that propels budding investigators to further pursue their scientific passion. Students interested in basic, translational, or clinical research have been selected from a large pool of applicants by a committee led by the program director, Dr. Patricia Chévez- Barrios. Students are matched to a faculty member based on their expressed interests. In addition to completing an independent research project, the interns will attend weekly didactic lectures. At the end of their internship, the students will present their data at a day-long retreat. Dr. Chévez-Barrios instructs an intern in her laboratory. For more information on the HMRI Summer Student Program, please visit http://www.houstonmethodist.org/SummerStudentProgram Center for Molecular and Translational Human Infectious Diseases Research Laboratory of Dr. James M. Musser Jesus Paez Mayorga – Tecnológico de Monterrey Laboratory of Dr. Randall J. Olsen Francisco Jimenez – University of St. Thomas Ocular Pathology Research Laboratory Director, Dr. Patricia Chévez-Barrios Gabriella Hinojosa Garza - Tecnológico de Monterrey Cancer Pathology Laboratory Director, Dr. Youli Zu Lamia Alakrash – King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences James Zhang – Columbia University


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