2015 Graduates

Graduate Name and Program Dissertation
Vanessa Ante, PhD
Molecular Virology and Microbiology 
LeuO regulation of adaptive responses in Vibrio cholerae
Andrea Braganza, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
UBE3B is a mitchondria-associated E3 ubiquitin ligase whose activity is modulated by its interaction with Calmodulin to respond to oxidative stress
Kristine-Ann Buela, PhD
Immunology
The role of dendritic cells in the cornea in the adaptive immune response following herpes simplex Virus-1 ocular infection.
Murat Cabonoglu, PhD
Computational Biology
Probabilistic latent factor models for transformative drug discovery
Alexis Chidi, PhD
Clinical and Translational Science
Evaluating Treatment of Chronic Liver Disease & Hepatocellular Carcinoma
Lia Edmunds, PhD
Molecular Genetics and Developmental Biology
Regulation of metabolism by the oncoprotein c-Myc
Waleed Elsegeiny, PhD
Immunology
The effects of Anti-CD20 therapy on susceptibility to pneumocystis infection and the CD4+ T-cell signals that mediate change
Prerna Grover, PhD
Intergrative Molecular Biology
Understanding active ABL Kinase conformations: Application to disver of small molecular allosteric modulators
Justine Harkness, PhD
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Cell type dependent effects of HSV transcription
Katherine Harris, PhD
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Manipulation of host cell death and innate immune signaling pathways by Coxsackievirus B3
Rashed Harun, PhD
Neurobiology
A framework for characterizing regional alterations in dopamine neurotransmission in the context of drugs and disease using fast-scan cyclic voltammetry
Matthew Hedberg, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
Leveraging next generation sequencing to elucidate the spectrum of genetic alterations underlying head and neck cancer and identify potential therapeutic targets
Andrew Hertsenberg, PhD
Molecular Genetics and Developmental Biology
Stem cells for the treatment of corneal fibrosis
Lindsey Kelly, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Identification and functional characterization of STRN-ALK fusions as a therapeutic target in aggressive forms of thyroid cancer
Neil Kelly, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Vascular remodeling in pulmonary hypertension
Caitlin Kirkwood, PhD
Neurobiology
The role of neuronal calcium sensor protein VILIP-1 in Aß-induced neuronal death in Alzheimer Disease
Lillian Laemmle, PhD
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Polycycstronic HSV vectors for the differentiation of embryonic stem cells toward a cardiac lineage
Mark Langhans, PhD Molecular Genetics and Developmental Biology Wdpcp affects skeletogenesis via the hedgehog pathway
Shuang Li, PhD
Neurobiology
Cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying vulnerability and resilience to noise-induced tinnitus
Ricardo Londono, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Mechanisms of biomaterial-mediated cardiac and esophageal repair
Arturo Lopez Pineda, PhD
Biomedical Informatics
Bayesian frameworks for parsimonious modeling of molecular cancer data
Lisa McIlvried, PhD
Neurobiology
Identification of factors contributing to the initiation of migraine: The impact of sex-, stress-, and sympathetic-dependent changes in the dura
Letitia Monin Aldama, PhD
Immunology
T cell plasticity and co-infections in mycobacterial diseases
Austin Nuschke, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Improving the clinical utility of mesenchymal stem cells through enhancing cell survival: engineered and cellular approaches
Hayeon Kim, PhD
Clinical and Translational Science
Cost effectiveness analyses of radiation therapy treatments
Elizabeth Oczypok, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Receptor for advanced glycation endproducts mediates allergic airway inflammation via group 2 innate lymphoid cells
Hyunjung Oh, PhD
Neurobiology
The role of dendritic BDNP transcripts on altered inhibitory circuitry in aging and depression
David Osei-Hwedieh, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
The effect of sickle hemoglobin mutation on red blood cell storage integrity and post transfusion viability
Noah Peyser, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
PTPRT/D mutation or promoter methylation: Implications for STAT3 inhibition
Venkatesan Raghavan, PhD
Intergrative Molecular Biology
Shear stress stimulated apical endocytosis in renal proximal tubule epithelia
Mahesh Raundhal, PhD
Immunology
Characterization of immune response in corticosteroid-refractory severe asthma in humans and mice
Brad Rocco, PhD
Neurobiology
Quantification of GAD67 protein levels in axonal boutons from distinct subtypes of GABA neurons: Redefining circuit level alterations in the prefrontal cortex of schizophrenia
Katrina Romagnoli, PhD
Biomedical Informatics
User-centered design and evaluation of pharmacogenomic information portal to support clinical decision-making
Emily Rosenberger, PhD
Clinical and Translational Science
Psychosocial factors and mobile health intervention: impact on long-term outcomes after lung-transplantation
Alvaro Sanches Ortiz, PhD
Clinical and Translational Science
Mortality and costs from acute care surgical emergencies
Andrej Savol, PhD
Computational Biology
Spectral approaches for identifying kinetic features in molecular dynamics simulations of globular proteins
John Sekar, PhD
Computational Biology
Rule-based modeling of cell signaling: Advances in model construction, visualization and simulation
Daniel Simmonds, PhD
Neurobiology
Protracted development of brain systems underlying working memory in adoloscence: a longitudinal study
Lauren Skvarca, PhD
Molecular Genetics and Developmental Biology
Acute kidney injury in zebrafish larvae as a regeneration model for drug discovery
Jihee Sohn, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
The role of non-myogenic mesenchumal stem cells in skeletal muscle dystrophin/utrophin double knockout mice
Joshua Sturm, PhD
Neurobiology
Development and plasticity of intrinsic connectivity in the central nucleus of the mouse inferior colliculus
Edgar Tafaleng, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Modeling the personalized variations in liver disease due to α1-antitrypsin deficiency using induced pluripotent stem cell-derived hepatocyte-like cells
Atif Towheed, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
Allotopic RNA expression strategy to rescue an endogenous mitochondrial ATP6[1] mutation in Drosophila
Anny Treat, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
The role of NHERF1/EBP50 in WNT signaling in the epithelium
Valerie Villanueva, PhD
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Characterization of an unusual repressor encoded by microbacteriophage BPs