2012 Graduates

Graduate Name and Program Dissertation
Amin Afrazi, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Regulation of Toll-like Receptor 4 Signaling and Expression by Endogenous Heat Shock Protein 70 in the Newborn Intestinal Epithelium
Reety Arora, PhD
Integrative Molecular Biology
Merkel Cell Polyomavirus Positive Merkel Cell Carcinoma - From Diagnosis to Therapy
Sarah Beckman, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Development of Approaches to Improve the Regenerative Potential of Muscle Stem Cells
Erik Berk, PhD
Immunology
Dendritic Cells Regulate the Induction of Effector and Memory CD8+ T Cells
Rakshita Charan, PhD
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Deubiquitinating Enzyme A20 and its Role in NF-kappaB Regulation: Implications for Treatment of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Meghan Delmastro-Greenwood, PhD
Immunology
Overcoming Self-Reactivity Through Immunological and Metabolic Redox Modulation
Collin Diedrich, PhD
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
SIV Increases Susceptibility to Tuberculosis by Manipulating M. Tuberculosis-Specific Immunological Responses
Hermancia Eugene, PhD
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Developing a Broadly Reactive HIV Envelope Vaccine
Jelena Grahovac, PhD
Integrative Molecular Biology
Cues from the Extracellular Space: Matrix Proteins Regulate Melanoma Invasion
Himanshu Grover, PhD
Biomedical Informatics
Context-Sensitive Markov Models for Peptide Scoring and Identification from Tandem Mass Spectrometry
Marc Hansel, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Derived from Adult and Fetal Hepatocytes for the Study and Treatment of Liver Metabolic Diseases
Brian Herman, PhD
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Structure-Activity-Resistance Relationships of Novel Nucleoside and Nucleotide HIV-1 Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors
Nydiaris Hernandez-Santos, PhD
Immunology
Interleukin-17-Mediated Adaptive Immunity to Candida Albicans in Oropharyngeal Candidiasis
Max Horowitz, PhD
Biomedical Informatics
Transcriptional Regulation of Alpha-synuclein by GATA2 in Substantia Nigra
Kritika Kachapati, PhD
Immunology
The Role of CD137POS T Regulatory Cells and Soluble CD137 in Type One Diabetes
Chad Kimmel, PhD
Biomedical Informatics
Incorporation of Knowledge for Network-based Candidate Gene Prioritization
Jeffrey Koenitzer, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
Electrophilic Nitro-Fatty Acid Regulation of Mitochondrial Function
Jean Lin, PhD
Immunology
TIM-1 Signaling and Localization During T Cell Activation
Chao Ma, PhD
Computational Biology
Novel Algorithms and Tools for Ligand-Based Drug Design
Rohan Manohar, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Isolation and Expansion of a Unique Stem Cell Population from Human and Mouse Gallbladders
Benjamin Matta, PhD
Immunology
Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cells are Key Regulators of Immune Tolerance
Pavle Milutinovic, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
The Receptor for Advanced Glycation End Products is a Central Mediator of Asthma Pathogenesis
Rakesh Mishra, PhD
Molecular Biophysics and Structural Biology
Biophysical Mechanisms of Amyloid Nucleation in Polyglutamine Containing HTT Fragments
Di Mo, PhD
Integrative Molecular Biology
Endolyn Sorting and Function During Kidney Development
Kyaw Myint, PhD
Computational Biology
QSAR Methods Development, Virtual, and Experimental Screening for Cannabinoid Ligand Discovery
Hatice Osmanbeyoglu, PhD
Biomedical Informatics
Information Integration Approaches for Investigating Estrogen Receptor Mediated Transcription
Shoghag Panjarian, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
Investigating Allosteric Regulation of ABL and BCR-ABL Kinases: Implications for Small Molecule Inhibitors
Vivek Patel, PhD
Center for Neuroscience/Neurobiology
Microtubule Dynamics in Oxidatively-Stressed Neuronal Cells
Bart Phillips, PhD
Molecular Genetics and Developmental Biology
GDNF Signaling Regulates YBX1/mRNA Interactions in Mouse Spermatogonia
Stephanie Poe, PhD
Immunology
STATI- Regulated Lung MDSC-Like Cells Aid Resolution of Inflammation After Bacterial Pneumonia
Jessica Porter, PhD
Center for Neuroscience/Neurobiology
The Effects of Cocaine Self-Administration on Cognition and Brain Metabolism
Kelly Quesnelle, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
Intracellular Signaling Mechanisms of Resistance to EGFR-Targeting Agents
Aparna Rao, PhD
Immunology
Integration of HSP90 Inhibition in Combinational Immunotherapy Targeting Receptor Tyrosine Kinase EphA2
Melanie Rodrigues, PhD
Integrative Molecular Biology
Life and Death of Mesenchymal Stem Cells/Multipotential Stromal Cells: Countervailing Regulation by Survival and Apoptotic Signaling
Jonathan Sager, PhD
Center for Neuroscience/Neurobiology
Using Zebrafish as a Model System for DYT1 Dystonia
Deanna Schmitt, PhD
Immunology
Role of Innate Host Defenses in Acute and Vaccination Models of Pneumonic Tularemia
Deepak Soneji, PhD
Center for Neuroscience/Neurobiology
Molecular Mechanisms of Phenotypic Change in Intact Nociceptors
Anthony St. Leger, PhD
Immunology
Expanding the Functional CD8+ T Cell Repertoire Reduces HSV-1 Reactivation from Latency in Sensory Ganglia
Jonathan Steckbeck, PhD
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Experimental Determination of the Topology of the HIV-1 gp41 C-Terminal Tail
David Svilar, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
DNA Glycosylases as Modulators of Chemotherapeutic Response
Thankam Thyvalikakath, PhD
Biomedical Informatics
Designing Clinical Data Presentation Using Cognitive Task Analysis Methods
Lauren Wagner , PhD
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
HSV-1 ICP4, A Multifaceted POLII Transcription Factor
Abigail Wald, PhD
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Role of microRNA-363 in Human Papillomavirus-Associated Squamous Cell Carcinoma
of the Head and Neck
Sarah Wheeler, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
EGFRvIII expression and signaling in Head Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Man Yan Wong, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
Delivery and Exocytosis of Neuropeptide Vesicles to the Nerve Terminal