2010 Graduates

Graduate Name and Program Dissertation
Mark Bailey, PhD
Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology
Role of the Sixth Transmembrane Domain in the Calcium-Dependent Gating of the Intermediate Conductance Calcium-Activated Potassium Channel, KCa3.1
James Bales, PhD
Center for Neuroscience/Neurobiology
Dopamine and cAMP Regulated Phosphoprotein, 32 kDA: A Novel Therapeutic in Traumatic Brain Injury
Kristen Bartoli, PhD
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Discovery and Characterization of the Interphase Function of Miotic Motors in Protein Synthesis
Nicholas Bateman, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
A Proteomic Analysis of Neoplastic Progression in Breast Cancer
Paula Bernal, PhD
Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology
Pulmonary Endothelium and the Role of Zinc in Hypoxia Induced Vasoconstriction
Ethan Block, PhD
Cell Biology and Molecular Phyiology
Mechanisms of epidermal growth factor receptor activation after epithelial wounding
Matthew Boyer, PhD
Molecular Genetics and Developmental Biology
DNMT3b's Role in Hematopoietic Stem Cells
Marianne Bryan, PhD
Immunology
T. Cruzi Parasite-Specific Humoral Immunity Versus Polyclonal Activation
Justin Caserta, PhD
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Contribution of Complex Formation in the In Vitro and In Vivo Action of Clostridium Perfringens Enterotoxin
Jessica Chu, PhD
Immunology
Innate Immune Sensing of a Bacterial Pore-Forming Toxin: The Role of the NLRP3 Inflammasome
Shelley Cockrell, PhD
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
The Role of the Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 UL25 Protein in DNA Packaging and Virion Assembly
Gina Coudriet, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Hepatocyte growth factor regulates inflammatory mediated diseases by suppression of IL-6: Implications for Type 2 Diabetes
Shanshan Cui, PhD
Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology
Role of Phosphatidylinositol Metabolism in Renal Epithelial Membrane Traffic
Tanxing Cui, PhD
Molecular Biophysics and Structural Biology
Investigations of Structures and Dynamics of Transmembrane Proteins and Implications in the Action of Inhalational Anesthetics
Hikmat Daghestani, PhD
Molecular Biophysics and Structural Biology
Biophysical and Pharmacological Characterization of Cytoplasmic Dynein Heavy Chain 1
Eric de Groh, PhD
Integrative Molecular Biology
4-(Phenylthio)Butanoic Acid, A Novel Histone Deacetylase Inhibitor, Stimulates Renal Progenitor Cell Proliferation
Austin Dulak, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
Analyzing the Impact of EGFR-induced c-Met Phosphorylation in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Arpana Dutta, PhD
Integrative Molecular Biology
Biophysical characterization of chemically unfolded states of the membrane protein rhodopsin
Saman Eghtesad, PhD
Molecular Genetics and Developmental Biology
Effects of manipulating the immune system on dystrophin gene transfer and dystrophic phenotype in striated muscles of Duchenne muscular dystrophy model, mdx mouse
Thorbjorg Einarsdottir, PhD
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Function and regulation of CD8 T cells during mycobacterium tuberculosis infection in a murine model
Angela Erazo, PhD
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Varicella-Zoster Virus ORF66 Kinase: Revealing Critical Cell-Specific Roles of the Kinase and its Targeting of the Nuclear Matrix Protein, Matrin 3
Michael Ferenczy, PhD
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Epigenetic regulation of quiescent herpes simplex virus Type 1 gene expression
Patrick Fisher, PhD
Center for Neuroscience/Neurobiology
In Vivo Assessment of Serotonergic Signaling Pathways Underlying the Corticolimbic Response to Threat in Humans
Gregory Frank, PhD
Immunology
Dendritic Cells and CD4 T cells: Dual Roles in the Clearance and Pathogenesis of Herpes Simplex Viral Infection
Amy Gardiner, PhD
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
The Human Papillomavirus Type 16 E6 Oncogene Regulates microRNA-218 via the Histone Acetyltransferase p300 in Cervical Carcinoma Cells
Christin Glorioso, PhD
Center for Neuroscience/Neurobiology
Between destiny and disease: genetics and molecular pathways of CNS aging
Angela Green, PhD
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Effector and Regulatory CD4 T cells During Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection

Steven Handler, PhD
Biomedical Informatics

Detecting Adverse Drug Reactions in the Nursing Home Setting Using a Clinical Event Monitor
Sangeetha Iyer, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
Role of the Alpha 4-Containing GABA A Receptors in Anesthetic and Ethanol Antagonist Effects: Insights from a Global Knockout Mouse Model
Brian Janelsins, PhD
Immunology
The Role of Neurokinin 1 Receptor in Modulalting the Immune-Stimulatory Function of Dendritic Cells
Heather Kling, PhD
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Humoral Immunity to the Opportunistic Pathogen, Pneumocystis, in a Simian Model of HIV Infection
Christi Kolarcik, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Beyond Biomarker Discovery: Retinoid Signaling in Motor Neurons and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Bhanu Koppanati, PhD
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
In Utero Gene D4elivery of AAV Vectors for Efficient Treatment of Muscle Disorders
Nina Korzeniewski, PhD
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Mechanisms of Human Papillomavirus Type 16 E7 (HPV-16 E7) - Induced Disruption of Centriole Duplication Control
David Kuhrt, PhD
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
SIV Infection Results in Detrimental Phenotypic an Functional Alterations of the Naive and Memory B Cell Compartments that are Initiated During Acute Infection
Michael Leibowitz, PhD
Immunology
Regulation of antigen processing machinery component expression in head and neck cancer by signal transducers and activators of transcription and src homology-2 domain-containing phosphatase
Bowen Liu, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Investigation of the Role of Glypican 3 in Liver Regeneration and Hepatocyte Proliferation
Jiangxia Liu, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
The application of metabolic network analysis in understanding and targeting metabolism for drug discovery
Sean McBurney, PhD
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Development of Broadly Reactive HIV-1/AIDS Virus-like Particle Vaccines
Kari Nejak-Bowen, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Beta-catenin in liver: A matter of life and death
Gerald Nora, PhD
Molecular Biophysics and Structural Biology
Processing of Alternative DNA Structures in the Human Telomere
Angel Pardee, PhD
Immunology
Cancer Immunotherapy Targeting T Cell Costimulatory Molecules
Heather Piwowar, PhD
Biomedical Informatics
Foundational Studies for Measuring the Impact, Prevalence, and Patterns of Publicly Sharing Biomedical Research Data
Srividya Ramachandran, PhD
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Influence on Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 Glycoprotein B on Viral Pathogenecity and the CD8+ T Cell Response
Ja'Nean Reay, PhD
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Therapeutic Gene Therapy for Cancer with Interleukin-23
Kui Shen, PhD
Computational Biology
Meta-Analysis for Pathway Enrichment Analysis and Biomarker Detection When Combining Multiple Genomic Studies
Timothy Shipley, PhD
Immunology
Pneumocystis Colonization and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in a Simian Model of HIV Infection
Terri Thayer, PhD
Immunology
Critical role for superoxide production in the pathogenesis of autoimmune diabetes
Michael Thompson, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Beta-Catenin: A Friend or Foe in Liver Pathobiology?
Dan Wang, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Dissection of novel pathways leading to podocyte dysfunction and proteinuria
Yan Wang, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
Uncovering the biological functions of phosphatase of regenerating liver-2
David Wheeler, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
The PDZ adaptor protein, NHERF1, organizes and regulates protein complexes at the cell membrane
Pengrong Yan, PhD
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Regulation of HTLV-1 Oncoprotein Tax by PDLIM2
Chenjie Yang, PhD
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Characterization of Tumor-Derived Exosomes and Their Role in Immune Regulation