The leadership team of Northwestern University Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) plays an active role in the success of MSTP students. Team members are available to provide guidance and support at all stages of students’ training. Read our bios below.
Dr. Chetkovich is the director of the Program.
He received a BA in Biochemistry and BS in Zoology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1985, his MD and PhD degrees in Neuroscience from the Baylor College of Medicine MSTP in 1994, and completed his residency training and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.
He joined the faculty of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 2002. He has an active practice as a board-certified neurologist in the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation Neurology Clinic and at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Chetkovich’s research is funded by awards from the NIH and focuses on understanding the role of ion channel subcellular localization and function in neurological diseases such as epilepsy, autism, and Alzheimer’s disease.
In addition to research, clinical service, teaching, and directing the MSTP, Dr. Chetkovich has served on a number of important national research committees, including study section at the NIH and American Epilepsy Foundation that reviews graduate and postdoctoral training grant applications. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha (AΩA) and numerous professional societies, and is a recipient of the Derek Denny-Brown Young Neurological Scholar Award from the American Neurological Association.
Associate Director, MSTP
Dr. Ardehali has chaired the MSTP Admissions Committee since 2008.
He received a BS in Computer Science from the University of Utah in 1990 and graduated from the Vanderbilt University MSTP in 1998. He completed Internal Medicine residency and Cardiology fellowship at Johns Hopkins University.
After a brief time on faculty at Hopkins, Dr. Ardehali was recruited to Feinberg in 2005, and he is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, and of Molecular Pharmacology and Biological Chemistry. His research involves the role of mitochondria and metabolic enzymes in cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Ardehali has received numerous awards, including the American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Cardiovascular Scientist (BCVS) Young Investigator Award, the Jeremiah Stamler Distinguished Young Investigator Award, Glaxo Smith Kline International Competitive Grant Awards for Young Investigators and a Schweppe Foundation Award. He is a Fellow of the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. He serves on numerous national committees, including the AHA BCVS leadership committee and is the chair of the AHA Membership/Communications committee. His research is funded by several awards, including four active NIH grants.
Associate Director, MSTP
Dr. Rice’s emphasis in MSTP is mentorship during the graduate phase of training. She has directed the MSTP 402 course, served on the MSTP Admissions Committee, and has been nominated four times for the Joost Award for outstanding M1 instruction. She is the current thesis advisor for two MSTP students, and has served on four other MSTP thesis committees.
Dr. Rice received her AB in Physics from the University of Chicago in 1995 and her PhD in Biophysics from UCSF in 2001. After postdoctoral work at Stanford, she became an Assistant Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology at Northwestern in 2003.
Dr. Rice has received a “V” Scholar Award, Schweppe Foundation Award, March of Dimes Basil O’Connor Award, and an American Heart Association Award, among others. Her research is focused on regulators of molecular motor proteins, and has been continually funded by the NIH since 2005. Dr. Rice is an active member of the Biophysical Society, having chaired the Motility Subgroup. She also served on an advisory committee for the NRC and as an ad-hoc reviewer for the NIH.
Dr. Rice is an avid athlete. She was the two-time MVP of the University of Chicago swim team, ran the Boston Marathon, won her age group in the Chicago Triathlon, and is the 2011 Illinois state champion criterium racer.
Jayms Peterson, PhD
Associate Director, MSTP
Dr. Peterson is responsible for managing the administrative and academic affairs of the MSTP.
He received his BS in Bioengineering from the University of Illinois in 1995 and his PhD in Neuroscience from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 2002. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine, and in 2005 he entered the lab of James Surmeier, PhD, Chair of the Department of Physiology at Feinberg, as a research associate. Throughout his scientific career, Dr. Peterson has utilized a wide array of electrophysiological, behavioral, and imaging techniques to study the neuropathology of dopaminergic CNS disorders. He has published numerous manuscripts in leading journals and has been funded by both the NIH and private foundations. In addition to a strong research background, Dr. Peterson participated in the Searle Center for Teaching Excellence Graduate Teaching Certificate Program at Northwestern, and has taught at Lake Forest College and Northeastern Illinois University.
Program Manager, MSTP
Joyce oversees MSTP student finance and registration, and supports the general administration of the Program.
Admissions and Special Events Coordinator, MSTP
Emily coordinates the MSTP admissions process and special events for the program.
Emily received a BS in Hospitality Management from Syracuse University. Prior to joining Northwestern University MSTP, she coordinated the recruitment efforts for the Duke University Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Program.
Third Year Student, MSTP
Maxwell is serving as the MSTP Student Council President for the 2015 – 2016 academic year.
Maxwell graduated from the University of Rhode Island with his baccalaureate in Biological Sciences and French and Francophone Studies. During his undergraduate, he worked in natural products chemistry with Dr. Navindra Seeram Ph.D. Following college, Maxwell completed a post-baccalaureate fellowship in spirochete microbiology with Dr. Justin Radolf M.D. at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Now as a first-year graduate student, Maxwell works in the reproductive physiology and bioengineering laboratory of Dr. Teresa Woodruff Ph.D. He is investigating the role of the cellular microenvironment in instructing testis organogenesis through the use of bioengineered culture systems. Outside of science and medicine, Maxwell enjoys cooking, reading, guitar, and athletics. He is an avid athlete and has competed in multiple olympic lifting competitions in the Chicago area.