Cortney E. Heim
Cortney - Student of Distinction

Cortney E. Heim

PhD in Pathology & Microbiology

American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship (2013-2015)

The objective of the American Heart Association (AHA) Predoctoral Fellowship program is to provide research assistance and training to help students initiate careers in areas broadly-related to cardiovascular function, disease and stroke, or to related basic science, bioengineering or biotechnology, and public health problems.  Cortney Heim was awarded a two-year AHA fellowship for her project, entitled “Role of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) in Staphylococcus aureus biofilm persistence.”  Cortney enrolled at UNMC in the spring of 2012, and completed her dissertation research under the supervision of Tammy L. Kielian, PhD, receiving the PhD degree in August 2015.