Safwan K. Elkhatib
Safwan Elkhatib

Safwan K. Elkhatib

PhD Candidate in IGPBS - Integrative Physiology & Molecular Medicine

American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship (202-2021)
NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctotal MD/PhD Fellowship (2020-2024)
American Physiological Society Cardiovascular Section Trainee Committee

Each NIH Institute offers Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD Fellowships (F30 NSRA) intended to enhance the integrated research and clinical training of promising predoctoral students who are matriculated in a combined MD/PhD training program and who intend careers as physician-scientists. After receiving a score of 1.0 (highest possible score) on his application, Safwan Elkhatib was awarded a 4-year F30 NSRA from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for his project, “Neuroimmune contributions to hypertension sensitization in a preclinical model of PTSD.”  The NIH fellowship replaces a 2-year predoctoral fellowship awarded by the American Heart Association earlier this year. Safwan’s research explores the contribution and origin of catecholamines in the T-lymphocyte-driven inflammation seen in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In addition to garnering funding from national sources, Safwan was named one of 11 recipients of the Lasker Foundation’s 7th annual Lasker Essay Contest. His essay, “Salk, Sabin, and the Crown of Health,” was chosen from among hundreds of entries submitted by young scientists and clinicians from around the world. Safwan also serves as a member of the Cardiovascular Section Trainee Committee of the American Physiological Society. An MD/PhD scholar, Safwan is pursuing his dissertation research under the tutelage of Adam J. Case, PhD, in the Department of Cellular & Integrative Physiology. After completing the PhD requirements, Safwan will pursue the final two years of his medical school training at UNMC.