2020 Interns

Meet the 2020 Interns

Due to COVID-19, our Clinical Research Internship Program during the summer of 2020 looked a little different. While the program typically welcomes 10-12 interns from across the country, for 2020 the program was scaled back to three interns from the Twin Cities area, who worked mostly remotely to assist with physician-initiated research projects. While the interns may not have been able to have all the typical intern experiences, they learned a tremendous amount from their physician and staff mentors and were able to help MHIF researchers continue several important research studies.

  • Chris Gitter returned to the program as lead intern and worked with Dr. Eric Fenstad on a pulmonary hypertension study. Meet Chris Gitter
  • Intern Archana Murali worked with Dr. Jason Alexander on a study involving veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA ECMO) complications. Meet Archana Murali
  • Intern Ananya Shah worked with Dr. Jay Traverse looking at microvascular obstructions (MVO) following STEMI heart attacks. Meet Ananya Shah
  • All three interns worked cooperatively on a study with Dr. Robert Hauser and Dr. Jay Sengupta looking at longevity of cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs).

Left to right: Ananya Shah, Chris Gitter, Archana Murali

“I’m really thankful that this internship specifically was able to happen, because of all the hard work behind the scenes that all of the different staff members did … from the staff mentors to the physician mentors, to scientific services … to everyone behind the scenes.” — Chris Gitter, Lead Intern