Newly Arrived Fellows Answer, "Why Michigan?"

By Lynn McCain | August 18 2023

While many of our graduating residents choose to remain at Michigan for their fellowship training, each year the Department of Pathology welcomes a cohort of newly arriving Fellows to our Department. We are pleased to introduce this new cohort to you and to let them tell you in their own words why they chose Michigan for their Fellowship training.

Bayes, Matthew 500.jpgMatthew Bayes, MD, MPH – Chemical Pathology Fellow

Matthew G. Bayes, M.D., M.P.H. is our chemistry fellow for 23-24. He previously completed an AP/CP residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston where he also completed medical school and his MPH in epidemiology.  Prior to medical school and residency, Matt served with the U.S. Army in Germany as a combat engineer and graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He lived in the South Houston area next to the Johnson Space Center where both he and his wife Denise worked as NASA contractors for the Boeing Company on the International Space Station (ISS) project. During his 20+ years as an engineer in the aerospace and controls industry, Matt had the opportunity to work on many diverse projects ranging from work with small industrial displays and controllers, to the Boeing 777 Flight Management System, and finally the electrical and thermal control systems of the ISS where he was the lead engineer for on-orbit operations during assembly and activation.

After ISS assembly, Matt completed his second bachelor’s degree in molecular and cellular biology at the University of Houston. His interests include biomedical engineering, informatics, instrumentation, and laboratory medicine. One of the reasons he chose Michigan for his Chemical Pathology Fellowship was Michigan's strong pathology informatics divisions.

"I was an engineer in my previous life and have a background in software design, so I see myself being involved in analytics at some point. Chemistry is very data heavy so it’s a good fit (the Dr. Balis factor)...and I liked the all the faculty I met. Also, I had heard good things about Ann Arbor (don’t tell my wife, she’s an Ohio State alum). " 

His future plans include a Molecular Genetic Pathology fellowship in 24-25 at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. In his spare time, Matt enjoys hiking and kayaking with his wife.

Becker, Nicole 500.jpgNicole Becker, MD:  Neuropathology Fellow

Nicole, who was born and raised in Iowa, attended the University of Iowa for medical school where she completed a post-sophomore fellowship in pathology, cementing her interest in a career in pathology. She continued at Iowa to complete an AP/CP residency training and a surgical pathology fellowship prior to coming to the University of Michigan for a neuropathology fellowship.

“I chose the neuropathology fellowship at Michigan for its excellent training program where I could focus on and reach my career goals while learning and interacting with great faculty who are dedicated to all aspects of neuropathology.”

Outside of work, Nicoles likes spending time with her husband and their cat, Ollie. She also enjoys running, biking, playing the piano, and putting together jigsaw puzzles.

Hamnvag, Hans 500.jpgHans Magne Hamnvag, MD: Hematopathology Fellow

Hans was born and raised in Tromsø, which is a small city in the northern part of Norway, and attended medical school in Poznan, Poland at Poznan University of Medical Sciences. After medical school, Hans came to the United States to complete an AP/CP pathology residency at Loyola University Medical Center. He came to the University of Michigan to complete a fellowship in hematopathology.

“I decided to come to the University of Michigan for further training in hematopathology because the program offers excellent training in a collegial and friendly environment.”

In his free time, Hans likes to read, explore different restaurants, and go to the gym.

Jnawali, Anup 500.jpgAnup Jnawali, MBBS: Hematopathology Fellow

Anup was born in Tansen, a charming hill town located in the beautiful country of Nepal. He acquired his medical degree from Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences. Subsequently, he worked as a medical officer in the emergency department. In 2017, Anup relocated to the United States and actively contributed to the advancement of a vaccine aimed at combating Plasmodium falciparum malaria, while working at the Center for International Health Research. His journey led him to successfully complete an AP/CP residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

“The University of Michigan's hematopathology fellowship program is truly exceptional, boasting an exceptional team and a wide range of diverse cases. Being a part of this program fills me with tremendous excitement and anticipation. Furthermore, I have plans to fully immerse myself in Michigan's breathtaking natural wonders throughout the year."

Reddy, Arjun 500.jpgArjun Reddy, MD, MBA: Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellow

Arjun was born in Detroit, and was raised in the Toledo area. He attended college at Tufts University where he pursued a double major in political science and biology. His medical degree was completed the University of Southern California (USC), during which time enrolled in the dual-MD/MBA program jointly with the Marshall School of Business of USC and the Keck School of Medicine of USC. His CP residency was completed at the University of California, Irvine Medical.

“I have always admired the University of Michigan Health System for its outstanding resources and incredible patient care. I am excited to receive fellowship training in molecular genetic pathology and to learn from the expert faculty at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!”

Outside of work, Arjun enjoys playing tennis, skiing, and traveling in his free time, and is an avid fan of all Detroit-based professional sports teams. 

Wang, Mindy 500.jpgXioming (Mindy) Wang, PhD: Laboratory Genetics & Genomics Fellow

Mindy grew up in Beijing, China. After completing an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at Tsinghua University, she came to the United States for graduate school and obtained a Ph.D. degree in Molecular Biology in the laboratory of Dr. Joseph Hacia at the University of Southern California. Following graduation, she joined the biotech industry in the Bay area to develop single molecule-based in situ hybridization technologies.

“In the winter of 2018, I moved to Ann Arbor with my family and joined the Michigan Center for Translational Pathology as a research investigator to develop clinical biomarker tests for the diagnosis of renal cell carcinomas. I decided to take the LGG fellowship training at Michigan Medicine because of the collaborative, supportive and inclusive environment it offers.”

In her spare time, Mindy enjoys exploring Ann Arbor with her family. “The parks and public libraries hold a special place in our hearts as our ultimate favorites.”

Please join us in welcoming our newly arrived fellows to the Department.  We are glad you are here!