Class of 2016

Xiangyun (Sharon) He, MD, PhD

Education and Training
Xiang Ya School of Medicine, Central South University, Changsha, P.R. China

MetroWest Medical Center, Framingham, MA


He X et al. Esophageal perforation, an atypical presentation of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Lymphoma & Myeloma 2011, An International Congress on Hematologic Malignancies. NYC. Oct 2011.

He X et al. Multiple lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma associated with Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia. Lymphoma & Myeloma 2011, An International Congress on Hematologic Malignancies. NYC. Oct 2011.

Oral presentation (National/international conference only) He X. High efficiency delivery of Clostridium difficile toxin A via FcγRI-mediated endocytosis. 48th Annual ICAAC/IDSA 46th Annual Meeting, Washington DC, 2008


He X, X Sun, S. Tzipori and H. Feng. A rapid and ultra-sensitive cell-based immunoassay for diagnosis of Clostridium difficile infection. (J Microbiol Methods. 2009 78(1): 97-100)

He X, X Sun, J Wang, X Wang, S Tzipori and H Feng. Antibody-enhanced, FcγR mediated endocytosis of Clostridium difficile toxin A. (Infect Immun.2009 77(6):2294-303)

Sun X, X He, S Tzipori, R Gerhard, and H Feng. Essential role of the glucosyltransferase activity in Clostridium difficile toxin-induced secretion of TNF-α by macrophages. (Micro Phaog. 2009 46(6): 298-305)

Yang G, Zhou B, Wang J, He X, Sun X, Nie W, Tzipori S, Feng H. Expression of recombinant Clostridium difficile toxin A and B in Bacillus megaterium. (BMC Microbiol. 2008 Nov 6:8 192)

He X and L. S. McDaniel. The genetic background of Streptococcus pneumoniae affects protection in mice immunized with PspA. FEMS Microbiology Letters. 2007 Apr;269(2):189-95. Epub 2007 Mar 13

He X, Thornton J, Carmicle-Davis S, McDaniel LS. Tex, a putative transcriptional accessory factor, is involved in pathogen fitness in Streptococcus pneumoniae. Microb Pathog 2006 Dec;41(6):199-206. Epub 2006 Sep 25.

Joyce Huang, MD, PhD

Education and Training
Nantong Medical College, China
University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ

Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, NJ


Huang J, Smirnov SV, Lewis-Antes A, Balan M, Li W, Tang S, Silke GV, Pütz MM, Smith GL, Kotenko SV (2007) Inhibition of type I and type III interferons by a secreted glycoprotein from Yaba-like disease virus. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 104, 9822-9827

Chi B, Dickensheets HL, Spann KM, Alston MA, Luongo C, Dumoutier L, Huang J, Renauld JC, Kotenko SV, Roederer M, Beeler JA, Donnelly RP, Collins PL, Rabin RL (2006) Alpha and lambda interferon together mediate suppression of CD4 T cells induced by respiratory syncytial virus. J Virol. 80, 5032-5040

Li W, Lewis-Antes A, Huang J, Balan M, Kotenko SV (2008) Regulation of apoptosis by type III interferons. Cell Prolif. 41, 960-79

Huang J, Kotenko S, Sapru S. Curing cancer: a novel immunotherapy technique for autoimmune and malignant diseases, New Jersey Chapter Scientific Meeting, American College of Physicians, Woodbridge, NJ, 2011

Monica Reddy Muppidi, MD

Education and Training
Jawaharlal Institute of Post-Graduate Medicine and Research, India

John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, IL


Muppidi MR, Griffiths EA, Thompson JE, Ford, A, Freyer CW, Wetzler M, Wang ES. Decitabine and sorafenib therapy in patients with FLT3-ITD mutant acute myeloid leukemia. Clin Lymph Myeloma Leukemia S15: p 73-79, June 2015 PMID:26297284

Monica Reddy Muppidi, Saby George. Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors in Renal Cell Carcinoma. The Journal of Targeted Therapies in Cancer 2015; 4: 47-52

Shobha J C, Muppidi MR. Interaction between Voriconazole and Glimeperide - A Case Report. Journal of Postgraduate Medicine. 2010 Jan; 56(1): 44-45. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 20393255.

Abstracts and Posters:

Nischala Ammanannagari, Monica Reddy Muppidi, Laurie Ann Ford, Evelena P. Ontiveros, James E. Thompson, Elizabeth A.Griffiths, Eunice S. Wang. ‘ Factors Predicting Clinical outcomes of Induction Hypomethylating Agents in Older Patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Poster presented at the Annual Scholarly Exchange Day, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, April 2016

Monica Reddy Muppidi, Craig W. Freyer, Laurie Ann Ford, Evelena P. Ontiveros, James E. Thompson, Elizabeth A.Griffiths, Eunice S. Wang. ‘CLAG±M (cladribine, cytarabine, granulocyte colony stimulating Factor ± mitoxantrone) Results In High Response Rates In Older Patients With Secondary And Relapsed/Refractory Acute Myeloid Leukemia- A Single Institute Experience’. Blood, 2015 126:1341

Monica Reddy Muppidi, Griffiths EA, Thompson JE, Ford, A, Freyer CW, Wetzler M, Wang ES. Decitabine and sorafenib therapy in patients with FLT3-ITD mutant acute myeloid leukemia is associated with high response rates- A Single Institute Experience. Blood, 2014: 124(21)

Monica Reddy Muppidi, Jayanthi Vijayakumar, Adrienne Groman, Kilian Salerno, Valerie Francescutti, John Kane III, Nikhil I. Khushalani. ‘Prognostic Factors in Hemangioendotheliomas (HE): Analysis based on the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program’. Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO) Vol 32, No 15_suppl, 2014: 10584

L Verda, W Trick , M R Muppidi, A Sahni, A Saini, S Khanna, S Borkowsky, K Das. Comparison of electronic caresets to guide Venous thromboembolism risk assessment. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2012 Jul; 27(Suppl.2): S148.

M R Muppidi, A Sahni, A Saini, S Khanna, L Verda,W Trick, S Borkowsky, S Gupta, K Das.. VTE Risk Assessment And Prophylaxis : The Reliability of Clinical Assessment by Medical Housestaff. Blood, Journal of the American Society of Hematology. 2011 Nov; 118(21): 4199.

S Gupta, M R Muppidi, K Batra, S Sandhu, I Metzner, T Lad. Primary care for cancer patients- A Primary care physician’s perspective. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2011 Nov; 7(S4): 113-114.

Priyankkumar “Priyank” Patel, MD

Education and Training
Smolensk State Medical Academy, Russian Federation

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI


HER2 status in elderly women with breast cancer. Laird-Fick H.S., Gardiner J.C., Tokala H., Patel P.P., Wei S., Dimitrov N.V. Accepted for publication in Journal of Geriatric Oncology, May 2013.


Gorukanti, P., Gourineni, V., Hession, S., Patel, P., Rayamajhi, S., Khan, S., Rawsthorne, L.. (2012, October). Analysis of use of CT angiogram in ‘Rule out Pulmonary Embolism’ patients – can we increase the effectiveness? . Poster presented at: CHEST 2012; Atlanta, Georgia.

Patel, P., Rayamajhi, S.. (2012, May). Catastrophic Antiphospholipid Syndrome presenting as Unusual pulmonary-renal disease.. Poster presented at: ACP Michigan Associates Day; Dearborn, MI.

Patel, P., Lomatchenko, Y.. (2008, April). Results of subtotal colectomy in patients with colonic obstruction due to tumors.. Oral Presentation presented at: 60th Scientific Students Conference; Smolensk, Russian Federation.

Pallawi Torka, MD

Education and Training
Jawaharlal Institute of Post-Graduate Medicine and Research, India

SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY


Gandhi S, Torka P, Hernandez-Ilizaliturri FJ. The Emerging role of Checkpoint Inhibitors in Lymphoid Malignancies. The Journal of Targeted Therapies in Cancer. 2015; 12.15: 53-62.

Torka P, Al Ustwani O, Wetzler M, Wang ES, Griffiths EA. Swallowing a Bitter Pill-Oral Arsenic Trioxide for Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia. Blood Reviews. 2015 Dec 3. doi: 10.1016/j.blre.2015.11.004. [Epub ahead of print] (PMID: 26709030)

Torka P, Hahn T, Bertolo J, Liu H, Ross M, Paplham P, Jankowski A, Deeb G, Chen G, McCarthy P. Autologous Reconstitution Leading to Sustained JAK2-V617F Negativity Post Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant in JAK2-V617F Positive Myelofibrosis. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2015 Nov;50(11):1480-2. doi: 10.1038/bmt.2015.169. Epub 2015 Jul 27. (PMID: 26214139)

Torka P, Griffiths E. Engineered T-cells for leukemia: a Review of Current Approaches and Applications. The Journal of Targeted Therapies in Cancer. 2015; 6.15:56-65.

Torka P, Gill S. Cotton Fever: An Evanescent Process Mimicking Sepsis in an Intravenous Drug Abuser. J Emerg Med. 2013 Jun;44(6):e385-7

Torka P, Aggarwal A. A 55-year old man with pruritic skin nodules. Neth J Med. 2012 Dec;70(10):466, 471.

Din N, Torka P, Hutchison RE, Riddell S, Wright J, Gajra A. Severe Isospora (Cystoisospora) belli diarrhea preceding the diagnosis of Human T-cell Leukemia Virus-1 associated T-cell Lymphoma. Case Rep Infect Dis. 2012;2012:640104.

Torka P, Sharma R. Green Urine. Neth J Med. 2012 Aug;70(6):282, 285

Torka P, Sharma R. Cannabinoid and Hyperemesis. Mayo Clin Proc. 2012; 87(5): 502-503

Sharma R, Torka P. Painless lumps: A manifestation of granulocytic sarcoma. Am J Med. 2010; 123 (10): 902-903

Torka P, Sharma R, Sood R. Rodenticide poisoning as a cause of quadriparesis: a rare entity. Am J Emerg Med. 2009; 27(5): 625. e1-3

Expert Group of the Association of Physicians of India on Adult Immunization in India. Executive Summary, The Association of Physicians of India Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines on Adult Immunization. J Assoc Physicians India. 2008; 57: 345-356

Pal GK, Pal P, Nanda N, Torka P. Effects of cholinomimetics injected into nucleus accumbens on food and water intake in rats. Biomedicine. 2008; 28: 43-46.

Sharma R, Torka P. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-delta induces insulin-induced gene-1 and suppresses hepatic lipogenesis in obese diabetic mice. Hepatology. 2008; 48(6): 2085-86.

Torka P. ‘Healing toes?!!’ How my attending taught me much more than just the ‘science’ of medicine. Upstate of Mind, Spring 2012 edition.


ENDO 2012, The Endocrine Society's 94th Annual Meeting & Expo. June 24th 2012, Houston, TX Dhaliwal R, Torka P (presenting author), John D, Kelly J, Moses A. Milk-Alkali Syndrome: A Re-Surfacing Cause of Hypercalcemia.

National ACP Conference, April 19th 2012, New Orleans, LA. Torka P, Buchan D. Flatbush Diabetes: Freedom from needles.

New York State Thoracic Society Annual Scientific Assembly, 2012, New York, NY. Torka P, Bair A. Lung cancer masquerading as atrial thrombus: a ticking time bomb.

Canadian Refugee Conference, 2011, Toronto, Canada. Torka P, Cronkright P, Arif O, Malhotra A. Managing Hepatitis B: A process- Improvement in Primary Care.

CHEST 2010. The annual meeting of American College of Chest Physicians, Vancouver, Canada. Torka P, Sharma SK, Guleria R, Sood S, Broor S, Kapil A, Khilnani GC. (2010). Microbial Patterns in Severe Exacerbations of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Requiring Mechanical Ventilation- Results from a tertiary care center in India.

British Society of Rheumatology Annual Meeting, 2008, Liverpool, United Kingdom. Torka P, Aneja R, Thabah MM, Vaidya B, Gupta R, Kumar A, Yadav RK, Deepak KK. Autonomic nervous system dysfunction in Rheumatoid Arthritis.


Mehta R, Torka P, Patel P, Przepolewski A, Levine E. A Survey of Outpatient Chemotherapy Dosing Practices among Obese Patients in a Tertiary Care Cancer Center: Identification of Barriers and Implementation of Full Weight-Based Dosing. NCCN Annual Conference 2016, Hollywood FL.

Torka P, Wallace P, Zhang Y, Chen G, Ho C, Balderman S, Ross M, Paiva B, Hernandez-Ilizaliturri FJ, McCarthy PL, Hahn T. Analysis of Immune Reconstitution after Autologous Hematopoietic Cell Transplant (AHCT) in Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma (DLBCL) and Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL) Patients Mobilized with Granulocyte Colony Stimulating Factor (G-CSF), with or without Plerixafor. Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplant 2016; 22(3); S155- S156

Torka P, Patel P, Tan W, Wilding G, Bhat SA, Czuczman MS, Lee KP, Deeb G, Neppalli V, Mavis C, Hernandez Ilizaliturri FJ. Augmenting Neutrophil Function By Administration of Peg-Filgrastim Potentiates Rituximab and Is Safe in Patients with Indolent B-Cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas: Results of a Phase II Study. Blood 2015; 126(23):3975

Torka P, Wallace P, Zhang Y, Chen G, Balderman S, Paiva B, Ho C, Ross M, Hernandez-Ilizaliturri FJ, McCarthy PL, Hahn T. Effect of Immune Reconstitution on Survival after Autologous Hematopoietic Cell Transplant for B-Cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Blood 2015; 126(23):3173

Torka P, Patel P, Tan W, Wilding G, Mavis C, Deeb G, Lee KP, Bhat SA, Czuczman MS, Hernandez Ilizaliturri FJ. Peg-filgrastim potentiates rituximab in patients with indolent lymphomas:results of a phase II study. Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia 2015. 15(2):S72.

Torka P, Hernandez-Ilizaliturri FJ, Bhat SA, Czuczman MS, Basra P, Kuvshinoff BW, Deeb G, Skitzki JJ, Neppalli V. Impact of clinical parameters on surgical outcomes in patients with hematological disorders undergoing splenectomy. J Clin Oncol 33, 2015 (suppl; abstr e17689)

Torka P, Hernandez Ilizaliturri FJ, Belliotti S, Mavis C, Gu J, Czuczman MS. Inhibition of the Nuclear Factor Kappa B (NFB)/Interferon Regulatory Factor 4 (IRF4) Signaling Pathway in Activated B-cell (ABC) Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma (DLBCL) by Combining MLN4924, a Novel NEDD8 Activating Enzyme Inhibitor (NAE) and Ibrutinib. Blood 2014; 124(21):1768

Patel P, Torka P, Neppalli V, Deeb G, Sait SNJ, Block AW, Bhat SA, Czuczman MS, Hernandez Ilizaliturri FJ. Intense cytarabine-based chemo-immunotherapy, central nervous system (CNS) prophylaxis and early high-dose chemotherapy and autologous stem cell support (HDC-ASCS) in first remission are associated with an improved clinical outcome in double-hit (DHL)/triple-hit (THL) diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. Blood 2014; 124(21):1768

Hardin C, Torka P, Panuganty V, Wand D, Spektor Z, Duffy S, Gajra A. Evaluation of Laboratory and Clinical Markers for Predicting Survival in TTP/HUS: A Single Center Retrospective Study. Blood 2013; 122(21):108

Aggarwal A, Aggarwal S, Kalamkar B, Torka P. YouTube as a Source of Information for Gallstone Disease. Am J Gastroenterol 2012; 107:S67–S112

Deng Zhang, MD, PhD

Education and Training
Zhejiang University, Hengyang, China

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI


Deng Zhang, Michael Anderson, Michael C. Huarng, and Evangelyn C. Alocilja, Nanoparticle-based bio-barcoded DNA sensor for the rapid detection of pagA gene of Bacillus anthracis. IEEE Transaction on Nanotechnology. 2011, 10(6): 1433-1438.

Deng Zhang, Michael C. Huarng, and Evangelyn C. Alocilja, A Multiplex Nanoparticle-based Bio-barcoded DNA Sensor for the Simultaneous Detection of Multiple Pathogens. Biosensors and Bioelectronics. 2010, 26(4):1736-1742.

Michael Anderson, Deng Zhang, and Evangelyn C. Alocilja, Spectral and electrical naniparticle-based molecular detection of Bacillus anthracis using co-polymer mass amplification. IEEE Transaction on Nanotechnology. 2010, 10 (1): 44-49.

Yang Liu, Deng Zhang, Evangelyn C. Alocilja, and Shantanu Chakrabartty, Biomolecules detection using a silver-enhanced gold nanoparticle-based biochip. Nanoscale Research Letters. 2010, 5(3):533-538.

Deng Zhang, David J. Carr, Evangelyn C. Alocilja, Fluorescent bio-barcode DNA Assay for the Detection of Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis, Biosensor & Bioelectronics. 2009, 24(5): 1377-1381.

Yang Liu, Deng Zhang, Evangelyn C. Alocilja, and Shantanu Chakrabartty, Design and characterization of a silver-enhanced gold nanoparticle-based biochip, Proceedings - IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems. 2009, 2433-2436

Deng Zhang, Evangelyn C. Alocilja, Characterization of Nano-porous Silicon-based DNA Biosensor for the Detection of Salmonella Enteritidis, IEEE Sensors Journal. 2008, 8(6): 775-780.

Joon-Hyung Jin, Deng Zhang, Evangelyn C. Alocilja, Label-free DNA Sensor on Nano-porous Silicon-polypyrrole Chip for Monitoring Salmonella Species, IEEE Sensors Journal. 2008, 8(6): 891-895

Deng Zhang, Songyue Chen, Lifeng Qin, Rong Li, Ping Wang, The novel immunobiosensors for detection of Escherichia coli O157:H7 using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, 2005 Proceedings - Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology. 2005, (7): 7111-7113

Deng Zhang, Songyue Cheng, Lifeng Qin et al. Research of a New Biosensor for Detecting Escherichia Coli O157:H7 with Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy, Chinese Journal of Sensor and Acutators. 2005, 18 (1): 5-9.


Borys Hrinczenko, Subramony Subramonia-Iyer, Deng Zhang, Brian Olsen, Adequacy of biopsy samples for molecular testing in patients with non-small cell lung cancer; 2012 ASCO Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, June 2012.