Student and Alumni Spotlights

Cristobal Reyes Cuevas Featured on KXCI Community Radio
Jan 5 2023

The senior talks about his studies and future plans

Ike Chinyere, PhD, earned a prestigious scholarship
Oct 31 2022

Senior MD/PhD student and Department of Physiology alumni Ike Chinyere, PhD, was awarded a Biosense Webster Inc. medical student scholarship through the Association of Black Cardiologists earlier this month at the 2022 ABC gala in Atlanta.

White Coat Profile: Kathleen LeFiles
Jul 7 2022

A superhero and coffee enthusiast, Kathleen LeFiles is a ‘Wildcat Wonder.’ She was raised in Tucson, AZ, and attended the University of Arizona as a physiology major for undergrad. Even prior to that, though, she had discovered an interest in medicine. It was during her freshman year of high school in biology class, as she was learning about the cardiovascular system. She was absolutely fascinated by the heart’s design and function. That interest fueled her to learn more. And with the unwavering support of her family and friends, she was able to follow that desire to pursue her education all the way to medical school.

Trevor Nolan Tankersley earns university-wide award at the May 13 Commencement ceremony.
May 15 2022

Trevor Nolan Tankersley is graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences in physiology and medical sciences. Tankersley was born in Phoenix. Interested in health care and medicine, Tankersley joined Alpha Epsilon Delta his sophomore year of college, a national health pre-professional honors society dedicated to the encouragement and recognition of excellence in pre-professional health scholarship. Through AED, Tankersley participated in many community-driven volunteering events and attended many health-oriented lectures. He also volunteered at Z Mansion, working with those experiencing homelessness, and the Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation, an organization that engages young students interested in STEM who are underrepresented in these fields. Tankersley's strong interest in immunology started after an internship at a vaccine company. Additionally, his grandfather's diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's disease, and subsequent decision to volunteer in Alzheimer's vaccine studies, inspired Tankersley to continue that legacy by working to help find a cure. Beginning in the summer of 2020, Tankersley began conducting research in the lab of former associate professor Hsin-Jung Joyce Wu in the Department of Immunobiology, studying the impact of the gut microbiota on the immune system, which became the focus of his senior thesis. Tankersley later joined the lab of Janko Nikolich-Žugich, professor and head of the Department of Immunobiology in the College of Medicine – Tucson, to continue conducting research, and he declared a second thesis focused on SARS-CoV-2 and modeling the disease in mice. Tankersley has been awarded the Wildcat Excellence Award and the Dean's Distinction Award. After graduation, Tankersley will work as a research technician in the Nikolich-Žugich lab, further honing his skills as a researcher. He then hopes to apply to graduate school and eventually obtain a doctorate in immunobiology.

Meet Ike Chinyere, PhD, an Aspiring Cardiologist
Mar 2 2022

As Ike Chinyere, PhD, a University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson physiology graduate and now third-year medical student, breaks it down, biomedical research, clinical care and entrepreneurship fit together naturally in the UAHS Healthy Dose Blog.