|NMRC Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases Presents on Medical Research in the U.S. Navy at Alma Mater |
|From Naval Medical Research Center Public Affairs |
Commander Michael Stockelman, Ph.D., Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases, Naval Medical Research Center, is pictured speaking to Dr. Peter Stambrook, Stockelman’ s dissertation advisor at the University of Cincinnati.
SILVER SPRING, Md. – Commander Michael Stockelman, Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases, Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC), presented a seminar to the Cancer Biology Program at his Alma Mater, University of Cincinnati (UC), March 12, entitled “Medical Research in the U.S. Navy with an Emphasis on Infectious Disease” to a room full of his former mentors and teachers, as well as scientists and industry professionals.
Stockelman graduated from the Anatomy and Cell Biology Department at UC with a PhD in 1996. After reconnecting with Dr. Bob Cardell, former chairman of Anatomy and Cell Biology at UC, Stockelman was asked to present in their seminar series. Cardell, now emeritus, is still very involved with the graduate student program; “he really wanted the current students to hear about my career path and the options that are available working with the Navy in medical research,” said Stockelman.
His presentation focused on a general overview of the work done at NMRC, with a special emphasis on infectious diseases, particularly the work being done with Phage Therapeutics.
“Unfortunately, I didn’t see any of my former classmates at the presentation, but it was great seeing scientists who I knew as faculty and mentors then, and relating to them now as peers. I have grown a lot as a person and as a scientist in the past 20 years, so it was a chance to engage with them in a whole new way,” said Stockelman.
When asked what he would tell his college self if he were able to travel back in time, Stockelman joked “First, I would tell myself a few choice stocks to invest in,” he continued to say, “I would probably be impressed and shocked. I don’t think anyone saw the military as my future, and I am surprised at how people-oriented the work I do is. The other big surprise would come from the perspective of how practical/applied my work is. Back in school, we trained in research that was very much basic science; there was a huge learning curve to get into the product-oriented mindset.”
Stockelman noted, “Having the opportunity to present on the work I do, and getting to share some of the great research we are doing was a great opportunity.”