Nicholas Mischel, a second-year M.D./Ph.D. student at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, has been awarded a fellowship from the American Heart Association.
To qualify for the fellowship, Mischel had to submit a 35-page application to the American Heart Association last January. The fellowship provides him with a stipend and covers travel costs for scientific meetings for two years, with an option of a competitive application for a third year.
Mischel works and studies under Patrick Mueller, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Physiology. The fellowship is based on work he proposes to conduct in Dr. Mueller’s lab involving alterations in the sympathetic nervous system’s control of blood pressure following physical activity versus sedentary conditions.
Dr. Mueller credited support from Ambika Mathur, Ph.D., assistant dean of Combined Degree Programs & Postdoctoral Affairs for the School of Medicine; fellow students and mentors within the program; and collaborators on Mischel’s project at WSU and Flinders University in Australia with Mischel securing the AHA fellowship.
Mischel, who hails from Redford Township, Mich., completed his undergraduate studies at Wayne State University. He chose to continue his graduate work at Wayne because of the experience he encountered during his studies.
“I had a great experience here. There are excellent research facilities and interesting research programs. I also like the fact that our M.D./Ph.D. program is young and trying to gain recognition. And it’s nice to be near friends and family” he said.
His interest in the study of cardiology stems from Mischel’s own experiences.
“I saw firsthand how devastating cardiovascular disease is to patients, he said. “My grandfather suffered a heart attack early in his retirement and because of it, all he had worked for and planned to do was suddenly, drastically and tragically precluded.”
Mischel plans to obtain a residency in a “research-friendly” environment such as internal medicine and later move to a fellowship in cardiology. Ultimately, he hopes to become a faculty member at an institution with strong research and clinical activities.