2008 Graduates

Graduate Name and Program Dissertation
Alex Bank, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
The Role of SMAC in NSAID-induced Apoptosis
Christa Bartos, PhD
Biomedical Informatics
Perceptions of Personal Power and their Relationship to Clinician’s Resistance to the Introduction of Computerized Physician Order Entry
John Caltagarone, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
Differential Localization of Hic-5 and Paxillin in the Brain of Alzheimer’s Disease Subjects
Paul Carlson, PhD
Molecular Virology & Microbiology
Recognition of Environmental Conditions Influences Francisella-Macrophage Interactions
Dev Chandra, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
Extrasynaptic GABA-A Receptors in the Mechanism of Action of Ethanol
Dan Constantinescu, PhD
Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology
Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms Contributing to the Accelerated Aging Phenotype in Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome
Anjali de Souza, PhD
Immunology
TIM-1 and TIM-2 as Regulators of T-Cell Activation
Richard Gerkin, PhD
Center for Neuroscience/Neurobiology
Synaptic Scaling and the Emergence of Network Dynamics
Hiyaa Ghosh, PhD
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Regulation of Translation and Transcription by SIRT1: Potential Novel Mechanisms for Regulating Stress Response and Aging
Stephen Goding, PhD
Immunology
Induction of Anti-Tumor Responses via Adoptively Transferred, Cytokine-Gene Transduced A-NK Cells
Sammy Grimaldo, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Regulation of Endothelial Cell Apoptosis by Vascular Endothelial Growth Inhibitor (VEGI) and Death Receptor 3 (DR3)
Christopher Guerriero, PhD
Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology
The Role of Phosphatidylinositol Metabolism and Actin in Polarized Biosynthetic Traffic
Xin He, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Role of PIK3IP1, a Negative P13K Regulator, in Hepatic Tumorigenesis and Metabolism
Ruth Ann Helmus, PhD
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Generation and Characterization of the Cellular Immune Response to a Clostridium perfringens anti-SIV Mucosal Vaccine
Jessica Hughes, PhD
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Borrelia burgdorferi Surface-Localized Proteins Expressed During Persistent Murine Infection and the Importance of BBA66 During Infection of C3H/HeJ Mice
Basak Isin, PhD
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
The Activation Mechanism of Rhodopsin Explored by Multiscale Methods
Xia Jiang, PhD
Biomedical Informatics
A Bayesian Network Model for Spatio-Temporal Event Surveillance
Zheng Jing, PhD
Center for Neuroscience/Neurobiology
The Localization of c-Abl in Alzheimer’s Disease
Jared Knickelbein, MD, PhD
Immunology
Noncytotoxic Lytic Granule-Mediated Maintenance of HSV-1 Neuronal Latency
Nandini Krishnamoorthy, PhD
Immunology
A Novel Mechanism of Th2  Induction
Rebecca Leeman, MD, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Prevention and Treatment of Head and Neck Cancer with Natural Compound Inhibitors of STAT3
Jing Lei, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Inhibition of Cardiac Allograft Arteriosclerosis by NOS (iNOS or eNOS) Specific Expression in Smooth Muscle or Endothelial Cells
Christopher Lewarchik, PhD
Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology
The Role of the R-domain in Regulated Trafficking of the Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator
Peter McDonald, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
Identification of Novel Potential Cancer Therapies by Synthetic Lethal Screening
Mark Miedel, PhD
Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology
The Role of Mucolipin-1 in Pathogenesis of the Lysosomal Storage Disease Mucolipidosis Type IV
Kathleen Morgan, PhD
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Genetic and Pharmacologic Analysis of the Mechanisms of Selenium Toxicity in Caenorhabditis Elegans
David Nauen, MD, PhD
Center for Neuroscience/Neurobiology
Mechanisms of Spike-Timing-Dependent  Potentiation Identified through Investigation of Activity at Individual Synapses
Asli Oztan Matos, PhD
Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology
Exocyst Complex and Membrane Trafficking in Polarized Epithelial Cells
Rekha Rapaka, PhD
Immunology
Mechanisms of Antibody-based Defense Against Pneumosystis
Patrick Redman, PhD
Center for Neuroscience/Neurobiology
Zinc-dependent Potassium Channel Modulation Mediates Neuronal Apoptosis
Eric Rubenstein, PhD
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Glucose Sensing and the Regulation of the AMP-Activated Protein Kinase in Yeast
Jonathan Shaffer, PhD
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Investigating the Regulation of c-Fes Non-Receptor Tyrosine Kinase Activation and Gene Expression
Brian Sheridan, PhD
Immunology
The Presence of Latent Virus Influences the Maintenance and Phenotype of the HSV-specific CD8 Memory Population
Kristen Skvorak, PhD
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Investigation of Gene and Cellular Therapies to Cure Maple Syrup Urine Disease (MSUD) in a Genetically Engineered Mouse Model
Erick Tatro, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Immunophilins FKBP52 and FKBP51 Modulate Glucocorticoid Receptor Distribution in Neurons and are Altered in HIV and Major Depressive Disorder
Robert Tomko, Jr., PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
Cellular and Biochemical Regulation of Cdc25A Phosphatase by Nitrosative Stress
Laura Vella, MD, PhD
Immunology
Cyclin B1: Abnormal Self/Tumor Antigen
Hillarie Windish, PhD
Immunology
Regulation of Immunopathology in Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infection