2009 Graduates

Graduate Name and Program Dissertation
Mandar Aras, PhD
Center for Neuroscience/Neurobiology
Zinc Signaling in Neuronal Tolerance
Ahmet Bakan, PhD
Computational Biology
Dynamics of Protein-Drug Interactions Inferred from Structural Ensembles and Physics-Based Models
Janine Bartholomew, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
Caveolin-1 mediated p53 activation in stress induced premature senescence and its antagonistic pleiotropic implications in cancer
Jonathan Beckel, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
Expression and Function of Urothelial Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors
Neil Bhola, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
Investigation of the mechanisms and therapeutic implications of crosstalk between G-protein-coupled receptors and the Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor in HNSCC
Susan Burke, PhD
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Regulation of the L-Type Pyruvate Kinase Gene by Glucose and cAMP in Islet Beta Cells
Frank Cackowski, PhD
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Osteoclasts are Important for Bone Angiogenesis
Lesley Colgan, PhD
Center for Neuroscience/Neurobiology
Trafficking and Activity Dependent Function of Vesicular Transporters
Christopher Crowe, PhD
Immunology
Critical Role of Interleukin-17 Receptor Signaling in the Immunopathology of Influenza Infection
Katherine D'Antonio, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Analysis of Novel Biomarkers in the Pathobiolgy of Prostate Cancer
Bado Hewa DeFranco, PhD
Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology
The Role of Gap Junctions in Cell Migration
Sherrie Divito, PhD
Immunology
Recipieint Dendritic Cells Dictate Allograft Fate
Gerald Douglas, PhD
Biomedical Informatics
Engineering and EMR System in the Developing World: Necessity is the Mother of Invention
Emily Drill, PhD
Center for Neuroscience/Neurobiology
Deciphering the Role of Tix in Dorsal Neural Progenitors and its Contribution to Brain Structure and Behavior
Lauren Drowley, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Cellular Cardiomyoplasty Based on Muscle Stem Cells: Implications for Therapy
Judson Englert, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
A Pathophysiologic Evaluation of the Receptor for Advanced Glycation End Products (RAGE) in the Lung
Arlee Fafalios, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Elucidating the Role of Translocator Protein in Prostate Cancer: Implications as a Therapeutic Target for Advanced Disease
Julia Gefter, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Receptor for Advanced Glycation End-Products: Expression and Signaling
Alison Groeger, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
Discovery and Characterization of Inflammation-Induced Electrophilic Fatty Acid Derivatives
Michael Hezel, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
LGMD-1C: Role of Caveolin-3 in Neuromuscular Junction Structure and Function
Regina Yuhaniak Irwin, PhD
Biomedical Informatics
Speech to Chart: Speech Recognition and Natural Language Processing for Dental Charting
Mayumi Kawabe, PhD
Immunology
Developing Combinational Immunotherapies Targeting Tumor Receptor Tyrosine Kinases
Corrine Kliment, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Extracellular Superoxide Dismutase, Oxidative Stress and Extracellular Matrix Syndecans in Pulmonary and Cardiac Fibrosis
Jonathan Lester, PhD
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Interactions between ICP4 and the Cellular Transcription of Machinery that Medicate HSV-1 Gene Expression
Michael Lipscomb, PhD
Immunology
The Role of T Cell-Associated Polarizing Transcription Factors in Dendritic Cell Priming of T Cells Towards Immunity or Tolerance; Role of T-Bet or Foxp3 Ectopic Expression in Dendritic Cells
Jonathan Lustgarten, PhD
Biomedical Informatics
A Bayesian Rule Generation Framework for "Omic" Biomedical Data Analysis
Lisa McEwen, PhD
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Interaction of Cationic Lipid Vaccines with Cells of the Adaptive Immune System
Mala Misra, PhD
Center for Neuroscience/Neurobiology
Hoxd10 and Hoxd11 Regulate Motor Column Patterning in the Lumbosacral Spinal Cord
Teodora Pene Dumitrescu, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
Investigating Src Family Kinase Hck Functions in Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia Using Chemical Genetic Meth
Jerrod Poe, PhD
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Bimolecular Fluorescence Complementation Reveals that HIV-1 Nef Oligomerization is Essential for CD4 Downregulation and Viral Replication
Pierre Queiroz De Oliveira, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
Elucidating the Role of Cdc25A in Hypoxia-Mediated Cell Cycle Arrest
Cyrus Raji, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
The Role of Hypertensive Vascular Disease in Brain Aging and Neurodegeneration
Sean Ryan, PhD
Immunology
Immunity and Tolerance to the Tumor-Associated Antigen MUC1
Miranda Sarachine, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
Roles of the Estrogen Receptors and the Nuclear Matrix in Breast Cancer Development and Tamoxifen Resistance
Mark Silvis, PhD
Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology
Rab GTPase Regulation of Apical Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator Recycling in Polarized Intestinal Epithelial Cells
Martha Sklavos, PhD
Immunology
Redox Modulation Protects from Antigen-Dependent and Antigen-Independent Injury in Islet Transplantation
Joshua Snyder, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
Epithelial Reparative Capacity Regulates Extracellular Matrix Dynamics and Innate Immunity
Nicole Spardy, PhD
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
The Human Papillomavirus Type 16 E7 (HPV-16 E7) Oncoprotein and the Host Cell DNA Damage Response
Guoming Sun, PhD
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Role of ING2 (Inhibitor of Growth Family Member 2) in Cellular Responses to DNA Damage
Roxana Teisanu, PhD
Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology
Isolation and Functional Analysis of Cellular Components of the Bronchiolar Stem Cell Hierarchy
Nuri Temiz, PhD
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Decoding the Protein-DNA Recognition Rules
Jeremy Tilstra, PhD
Immunology
Evaluating the Role of NF-eB Suppression in Ameliorating Mammalian Disease: An Examination of Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Diseases Associated with Aging
Laura M. Voeghtly, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Characterization of Proteinase Activation Peptides and their Potential as Diagnostic Markers of Disease
Peter Vosler, PhD
Center for Neuroscience/Neurobiology
Critical Role of Eukaryotic Translation Factor 4G in Mediating Ischemia-Induced Neuronal Death
Michelle Wood, PhD
Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology
USF1 and USF2: Molecular Regulators of the Switch between Proliferation and Differentiation in Postnatal Rat Sertoli Cells
Naveena Yanamala, PhD
Integrative Molecular Biology
Allosteric Modulation of G protein-Coupled Receptors
Jianping Zhao, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Role of Focal Adhesion Protein Migfilin in the Regulation of Cell Survival and Cell Cycle