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Adam Jara, D.O./Ph.D.
who just completed his second year of medical school, will
devote the next three years to working on his Ph.D. He spent
summer 2008 learning protocols and techniques for his
doctoral research with John Kopchick, D.O., Goll-Ohio
Eminent Scholar and professor of molecular biology.
work with Kopchick will concern growth hormones and the
development of effective tests to detect biomarkers induced
by them, a subject that has interested Jara since he was an
undergraduate student studying molecular biology.
“Before coming to OU, I had followed the lab’s work on
obesity and growth hormone,” Jara says. “After meeting Dr.
Kopchick the summer before medical school, I knew his lab
and expertise would help provide a robust clinical and
laboratory training experience.”
According to Kopchick, Jara’s background in molecular
biology and dedication to both medicine and molecular
research made him a good fit for his lab.
is dedicated. He reads the literature, understands the
concepts and writes well,” said Kopchick. “I anticipate that
Adam will become a very good clinical researcher and a
leaving medical school, Jara hopes to work in an academic
setting, where he can practice clinical medicine while
reserving time to continue his research.
concurrent challenges of the dual-degree program help
students look at medical problems in a new way. By
participating in the dual-degree program, Zidron and Jara
enhance their critical thinking
and writing skills while contributing to
cutting edge developments in
“For one thing, I often
think more about the evidence base for treatments than I
probably would have without the research background,” Zidron
said. “I think that this [program] is something that has
benefitted me as a medical student and will make me a better
D.O./Ph.D. recipients (biological sciences):
James Brent Oliver, D.O.
Michael Murray, D.O.
Ross, D.O. (’07), Ph.D.
Mark Verdun, D.O.
Brian Yoder, D.O.
Flexing the research muscle