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Each month, the Dean’s Office recognizes and celebrates the achievements of our students, faculty, and staff with this summary.


Dr. Lise Eliot

Julia RauchLise Eliot, PhD, professor of neuroscience and interim discipline chair of humanities and health care, published an article with Julia Rauch, CMS ’23. The article, titled “Breaking the Binary: Gender versus Sex Analysis in Human Brain Imaging,” was published in the December issue of Neuroimage.


Med Jimenez

Med Jimenez, MS, CMS ’25, co-authored a manuscript titled “Thermal Damage Estimate Artifact Following Antecedent Biopsy” published in Cureus Journal of Medical Science. The paper found that MR-guided laser interstitial therapy combined with biopsy was shown imprecise with actual tissue destruction using a thermal damage estimate. The use of MR-guided laser therapy is an emerging treatment in neurosurgery and has promises for patients with intractable focal epilepsy. Med’s primary research mentor is Jeffrey Raskin, MD, FAANS, FAAP, who is a pediatric neurosurgeon at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.


Dr. David MuellerDavid Mueller, PhD, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, Center for Genetic Diseases, has been selected as an ad hoc reviewer for the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award. The award “supports scientists with outstanding records of creativity pursuing new research directions to develop pioneering approaches to major challenges in biomedical, social science, and behavioral research.” This is the fourth year in succession that Dr. Mueller has been appointed on this review committee.


Dr. Lalita Prasad Reddy

Lalita Prasad Reddy, PharmD, MS, BCPS, BCACP, CDCES, FCCP, assistant dean for basic science education and vice chair of foundational sciences and humanities, recently published a review book for advanced pharmacist board certification. The book, Endocrinology and Nephrology (ACCP, January 2023), the latest release in the 2022-2024 Pharmacotherapy Self-Assessment Program (PSAP), provides critical and robust updates on hot topics in endocrinology and nephrology. The book’s content was developed under the leadership of Faculty Panel Chair Dr. Prasad-Reddy.


Dr. Amanda SimanekA publication co-authored by Amanda M. Simanek, PhD, MPH, director of the Michael Reese Foundation Center for Health Equity Research and associate professor of humanities and health care, was selected as 1 of 8 research papers being featured as a “Paper of the Year” by the American Journal of Health Promotion. The paper, “Fight Like a Nerdy Girl: The Dear Pandemic Playbook for Combating Health Misinformation,” highlights the Dear Pandemic project of which Dr. Simanek is a co-founder and contributing writer. The goal of this “best of list” is to bring attention to high-impact studies from top researchers from around the world.