Wagner Scholars Program

Providing a unique environment for graduate training in experimental pathology...

 

Robert H. Wagner Scholars Program in Molecular and Cellular Pathology

 

wagner-picture

Robert H. Wagner, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
1921-2001

The Robert H. Wagner Scholars Program in Molecular and Cellular Pathology memorializes the academic accomplishments and contributions of Dr. Robert Wagner to the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Wagner was a member of the faculty of the UNC School of Medicine from 1950-1986, and a pioneer in hemophilia research with numerous research accomplishments, including development of methods for purifying Factor VIII from normal blood for use in the treatment of patients with a common form of hemophilia, and development of laboratory tests that continue to be used today in the diagnosis of patients with bleeding disorders. Dr. Wagner was also a dedicated teacher. He mentored the first Ph.D. student that performed research in the Department of Pathology and then served as Director of the Graduate Studies from 1964-1986. During this period of time, the pathology graduate curriculum developed into a strong graduate educational program with diverse research training opportunities for Ph.D. students.


Dr. Wagner's final contribution to graduate education was to establish an endowment to support the training of exceptional graduate students in Molecular and Cellular Pathology. All applicants to the Molecular and Cellular Pathology Ph.D. program will be considered for this distinction.

 

Current Robert H. Wagner Scholars in Molecular and Cellular Pathology

 

Wagner-Rinkenbaugh

Amanda L. Rinkenbaugh (B.S. Biochemistry, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK)
Robert H. Wagner Scholar in Molecular and Cellular Pathology, 2009-present


Amanda is originally from Wichita, KS. She attended the University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK) as a Regent’s Scholar and member of the Honors College. As an undergraduate, she spent three years working in the laboratory of Dr. Bruce Roe on high through-put sequencing. She also completed her Honors Research Thesis on in situ hybridization with zebrafish. While at OU, she was recognized on the President’s Honor Roll for six semesters (4.0 GPA) and became a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. In July 2008, she graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Biochemistry. Amanda joined the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program in August 2008, as a recipient of the Director’s Award. At the end of her first year, she entered the Molecular and Cellular Pathology Department. She is supported by the Environmental Pathology Training Grant, HHMI Program in Translational Medicine, and the Robert H. Wagner Scholar’s Program.

 

Robbie-McNeill

Robbie McNeill (B.S., Biology, University of North Carolina at Wilmington)
Robert H. Wagner Scholar in Molecular and Cellular Pathology, 2011-present



Robert is originally from Falls Church, VA. He attended the University of North Carolina Wilmington, UNCW, (Wilmington, NC) for his undergraduate education. While at UNW, he worked for two years in the laboratory of Dr. Stephen Kinsey on skeletal muscle metabolism of marine organisms. He completed his honors research thesis on mitochondrial volume density and distribution in skeletal muscles of pelagic fishes. While at UNCW he received the Herbert and Shirley Mintzes Memorial Scholarship (which is awarded to the most promising undergraduate entering the biology major at UNCW). He was on the Dean’s list for eight semesters and was a two time Chancellor’s Achievement Award recipient. He became a member of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honors Society and the Phi Kappa Phi National Honors Society. In May 2011, he graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Honors Biology. Robbie joined the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in August 2011. In May 2012, he entered the Molecular and Cellular Pathology Graduate Program and joined the lab of Dr. Ryan Miller. Robert is supported by the HHMI Program in Translational Medicine and the Robert H. Wagner Scholar’s Program.

 

Past Robert H. Wagner Scholars in Molecular and Cellular Pathology


Mark W. Gramling, Ph.D.
Robert H. Wagner Scholar in Molecular and Cellular Pathology, 2005-2010

Lee E. Mangiante, M.S.
Robert H. Wagner Scholar in Molecular and Cellular Pathology, 2004-2009

J. Devon Risher, Ph.D.
Robert H. Wagner Scholar in Molecular and Cellular Pathology, 2004-2009

 

 

 

 

Molecular and Cellular Pathology Graduate Program