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2023 APSA Northeast Regional Conference 

March 4, 2023
Boston University
Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine
Registration still open!

Keynote Speaker

Jatin M. Vyas, MD, PhD

Jatin (Jay) M. Vyas is an Associate Professor in Medicine at the Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital in the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and an Associate Member of the Broad Institute. He attended Baylor College of Medicine in their Medical Scientist Training Program where Jay received his PhD in 1994 and MD in1996. Upon completion of his MD, Jay moved to Boston to complete his medical internship and residency in internal medicine in the Department of Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He completed his fellowship in Infectious Diseases in the Massachusetts General Hospital/Brigham and Women’s Hospital program. Following a period of extended post-doctoral research training in the Harvard Department of Pathology and Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Dr. Vyas joined the faculty of the Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital in 2007. Dr. Vyas is internationally recognized for his work in fungal immunology, investigating how our body responds to fungal pathogens. His work has elucidated the critical innate immune signaling pathways operant in macrophages and dendritic cells. In 2014, Jatin was named the tenth Program Director of the MGH Department of Medicine Residency Program, supervising 207 interns and residents. As an NIH-funded investigator with interests in basic scientific discovery, Dr. Vyas provides a unique perspective to the medical housestaff.



Saturday March 4th, 2023

9:00 - 10:00 AM


10:00 - 10:15 AM

Intro and APSA Representative

10:15 - 11:15 AM

Keynote Speaker:
Jatin M. Vyas, MD, PhD

11:15 - 11:30 AM

Student Lightning Talks

11:30 - 12:30 PM

Lunch and Poster Session

12:30 - 1:00 PM

Alumni Speaker
Omar Mohtar, MD, PhD

1:00 - 1:15 PM

Student Lightning Talks

1:30 - 2:45 PM

Breakout sessions

2:45 - 3:45 PM

PSTP/Research Track PD Panel

3:45 - 4:00 PM

Closing Remarks

Student Talks

Marc Vittoria (BU)

Abraham Bayer (Tufts)

Geena Jung (UPenn)

Jonah Donnefield (Harvard)

Kanita Chaudhry (UBuffalo)

Anthony Spinella (BU)

Inactivation of the Hippo tumor suppresor pathway promotes melanoma


T-Cell MyD88 is a Novel Regulator of Cardiac Fibrosis through Modulation of T-cell Activation


Pediatric low-grade glioma genetic models reveal dysregulation of repulsive guidance signaling and upregulation of GPR180

Ligament reconstruction using biosynthetic scaffold modulates expression of pathways related to ion homeostasis and collagen metabolism

Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor is a Novel Therapeutic Target in MYCN-Amplified Neuroblastoma


Defining oncogenic drivers of an age-associated, immune-evasive tumor population in oral squamous cell carcinoma

Breakout Sessions

  1. What is the role of the Physician Scientist in Modern Medicine (with Dr. Susie Huang, MD, PhD, Harvard)

  2. Surgeon Scientists: Life and Realities (with Drs Wayne Chan, MD, PhD and Tammy Nguyen, MD, PhD, UMass)

  3. Growing a research program: Running a lab as a physician scientist (with Dr. Neil Aronin, MD, UMass)

  4. Mentor-Mentees: How to nuture the relationship (with Dr. Steve Borkan, MD, BU)

  5. From Idea to Grant: Securing funding as a physician scientist (with Dr. Vickery Trinkaus-Randall, PhD, BU)

  6. Choices, choices, choices: Navigating physician scientist careers (with Dr. Omar Mohtar, MD, PhD)

  7. Physician scientists in medical education: How to grow clinical and scientific excellence (with Dr. Jon Kay, MD, UMass)

  8. Diversity in Research and Medicine (with Dr. Dennis Spencer, MD, PhD, Harvard)​

PSTP/Research Pathway Panel

Caroline L. Sokol, MD, PhD
Stanbury Physician-Scientist Pathway


Internal Medicine

Massachusetts General Hospital 

Rebecca Baron, MD
Science in Residency Pathway


Internal Medicine

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Steven D. Freedman, MD, PhD
Physician-Scientist Track


Internal Medicine

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center 


Marc Vittoria

MD/PhD candidate, BUSM

Important Dates

Please submit your abstract for a poster and/or lightning talk here by February 12th, 2023.

About the 2023 APSA NERM

Boston University Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine is excited to host the 2023 APSA Northeast Regional meeting back in person for the third time. We look forward to welcoming physician scientists and trainees of any level to Boston University for a day of collaboration and networking!

About Us

2023 APSA NERM Organizing Committee


Our Sponsors

Thank you!

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Questions? Don't hesitate to get in touch!

Please email us at etesami@

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