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Amanda Heard

Professional Background

I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. I spent my entire life in the city until I moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma to attend college. I graduated from the University of Tulsa with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, with a minor in Spanish, and spent most of my time during undergrad either studying or running as a Cross Country and Track athlete. During the summers, I would return to St. Louis to work in Dr. Matt Walter’s hematology lab at Washington University. I was involved in a project investigating the role of the mutant U2AF1 spliceosome gene in hematopoiesis and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) pathogenesis.

Upon graduation, I was offered a full-time lab position at Washington University, working in Dr. Nathan Singh’s lab. I spent the next two years working to better understand chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell biology, specifically focusing on molecular mechanisms responsible for driving differential activity between CAR products with differing co-stimulatory regions.

I’m very excited to start my medical training and continue to learn about the fields of science and medicine!


KU School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
M.D.-Ph.D. Physician Scientist Program
Mail Stop 3062
1123 Delp Pavilion

3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, Kansas 66103