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Duke Pediatric Research Scholars selected

Friday, June 2, 2017
Duke Pediatric Research Scholars program

The Duke Pediatric Research Scholars (DPRS) program recently announced the selection of 17 new scholars. The DPRS is dedicated to training young physician-scientists and preparing them for successful careers in academic medicine. The program focuses on the period from the completion of the MD, MD/PhD, or DO/PhD degree through residency and fellowship training, with the goal of achieving a full-time academic appointment as an investigator. The DPRS combines the intensive clinical training environment of Duke Children’s with the rigorous scientific training of the world-renowned laboratories at Duke University.


  • Julie Childers
  • Tiziana Tiffany Coppola
  • Ashley Helseth
  • Stephanie Johannes
  • Ganga Moorthy
  • Jonathan Pelletier
  • Elizabeth Thompson
  • Rohan Vilms


  • Samia Aleem
  • Brad Becken
  • Adam Bensimhon
  • Reid Chamberlain
  • Karan Kumar
  • Frances Saccoccio
  • Cory Stingl
  • Jariya Upadia
  • Kristin Weimer


Jillian Hurst, PhD, will become the Duke Pediatric Research Scholars (DPRS) program manager, beginning June 1, 2017. Jillian received her PhD in pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences from the University of Georgia for her work on the regulation of lysophospholipid signaling pathways in ovarian cancer and neural development in the laboratory of Shelley Hooks, PhD. She then moved to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to work on ubiquitin-mediated regulation of MAP kinase cascades in the laboratory of Henrik Dohlman, PhD. For the past five years, she has served as a staff science editor at the Journal of Clinical Investigation and JCI Insight.