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WRITER: TAMMARA MEESTER
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Release: June 8, 2000

Local UI student receives medical degree, Ph.D.

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- (Student name), originally from (hometown), received (his/her) M.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa during commencement ceremonies on May 12. (Student) is the (daughter/son) of (parents).

(Name) was a student in the UI Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), and earned (his/her) doctorate in (area). (His/Her) mentor was (mentor information).

Students graduating with the combined degree have received extensive training in both medicine and scientific research. By highlighting the interconnection between science and medicine, the MSTP hopes to produce physician scientists whose diverse training will enable them to have a greater impact on health care.

(EDITORS: Graduates are listed below alphabetically by hometown, beginning with Iowa)

IOWA

HIAWATHA Leland E. Lim; Leonardo and Zinnia Lim; doctorate in physiology and biophysics; mentor Kevin Campbell, Ph.D., UI professor in the department of physiology.

DES MOINES John H. Fingert; Gary and Loretta Fingert; doctorate in genetics; mentor Edwin Stone, M.D., Ph.D., UI professor in the department of ophthalmology.

MAQUOKETA James P. Dean; James and Marilyn Dean; doctorate in biochemistry; mentor Robert Deschenes, Ph.D., UI associate professor, department of biochemistry.

KENTUCKY

LEXINGTON Aimee W. Kao; David and Theresa Kao; doctorate in physiology and biophysics; mentor Jeffrey Pessin, Ph.D., UI professor in the department of physiology and biophysics.

UTAH

ST. GEORGE Daryl A. Scott; Robert and Doris Scott of Salt Lake City; doctorate in genetics; mentor Val Sheffield, M.D., Ph.D., UI professor in the department of pediatrics.

WASHINGTON

SEATTLE Colin P. West (December 1999, rather than May, graduate); Chris and Margaret West; doctorate in preventive medicine-biostatistics; mentor Jeff Dawson, Ph.D., UI associate professor in the department of biostatistics.

WISCONSIN

GREENDALE Douglas W. White; parents Tom White of Greenfield and Karen Kerans of Milwaukee; doctorate in immunology; mentor John Harty, Ph.D., UI associate professor in the department of microbiology.