2013 Graduates

Graduate Name and Program Dissertation
Prince Awuah, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Platelet Derived Growth Factor Receptor Alpha Signaling in Liver Biology: Promises and Perils
Ashwini Balakrishnan, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Role of the Inositol Phosphatase INPP4B in the Generation of Ovarian Teratomas
Holly Berty, PhD
Biomedical Informatics
Semi-Automated Diagnosis of Pulmonary Hypertension Using PUMA, a Pulmonary Mapping and Analysis Tool
Andreea Bostan, PhD
Center for Neuroscience/Neurobiology
Basal Ganglia Pathways: Beyond the Closed-Loop Circuits with the Cerebral Cortex
Matthew F. Brown, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Caspase-3 Promotes Cell Proliferation and Inhibits DNA-Damage Induced Necrosis in Colorectal Cancer
Matthew J. Brown, PhD
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
The Contribution of One-Carbon Metabolism to the Pathogenesis of Francisella Tularensis
Virginia Burger, PhD
Computational Biology
Early Disease Detection Through Computational Pathology
Lu Chen, PhD
Immunology
Immunotherapeutic Action of T-bet Gene Modified Dendritic Cells
Cavita Chotoo, PhD
Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology
Utilizing C. Elegans as a Neurological Model to Characterize KCNL-2, an SK Channel Homologue
Elizabeth Delorme-Axford, PhD
Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology
Virus-Host Interactions at the Maternal-Fetal Interface
Christopher Divito, PhD
Center for Neuroscience/Neurobiology
Anion Conducting States of Excitatory Amino Acid Transporters
Anandita Dutta, PhD
Computational Biology
Structural Dynamics and Allosteric Signaling in Ionotropic Glutamate Receptors
Adam Farkas, PhD
Immunology
Dendritic Cells are Both Targets and Initiators of Peripheral Immune Tolerance to Self
Lauren Frazer, PhD
Immunology
Characterizing the Role of Innate and Adaptive Immune Responses in the Pathogenesis of Chlamydia Genital Tract Infection
Harshad Ghodke, PhD
Molecular Biophysics and Structural Biology
Single Molecule Studies of Damage Recognition by the Human UV-Damaged DNA-Binding Protein (UV-DDB)
Anna Guastafierro, PhD
Integrative Molecular Biology
In Vitro Analyses of Merkel Cell Polyomavirus Cell Biology
Rekha Gyanchandani, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
Molecular Determinants of Response to Antiangiogenic Therapies in Preclinical Models of Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Michelle Heid, PhD
Immunology
Dissecting the Mechanism of NLRP3 Inflammasome Activation in Individual Cells: The Role of Reactive Oxygen Species and Organelle Damage
Jason Heming, PhD
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
The Role of the Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 UL28 Protein in Terminase Complex Assembly and Function
Justin Hogg, PhD
Computational Biology
Advances in Rule-based Modeling: Compartments, Energy, and Hybrid Simulation, with Application to Sepsis and Cell Signaling
Judie Howrylak, PhD
Computational Biology
An Integrative Computational Framework for Defining Asthma Endotypes
Tzu-Wei Grace Huang, PhD
Computational Biology
An Integrated, Module-Based Biomarker Discovery Framework
Uzoma Iheagwara, PhD
Immunology
Exposure to Abnormal Self Antigens During Non-Malignant Inflammatory Events Provides Immunological Defense Against Tumors
Liang-I Kang, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
A New Role for Tissue-type Plasminogen Activator in Liver Injury
Amanda Kinnischtzke, PhD
Center for Neuroscience/Neurobiology
Cell Type Specific Connections From Primary Motor to Primary Somatosensory Cortex
Elizabeth Landrum, PhD
Molecular Biophysics and Structural Biology
The Kinetics and Thermodynamics of Polyglutamine Aggregation
Judong Lee, PhD
Immunology
Mechanisms of Tim-3 Signal Transduction in the Modulation of Downstream TCR Signaling
Kristen Leslie, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
Exploring the Role of EBP50 in Vascular Inflammation
Manasi Mayekar, PhD
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Uncovering the Mechanism of Chromatin Association of the PAF1 Transcription Elongation Complex
Meghan McCord, PhD
Center for Neuroscience/Neurobiology
Cooperative Calcium and Zinc Signaling Underlies Oxidant-Induced Neuronal Injury
Michelle Messmer, PhD
Immunology
Analysis of Cellular Sentinels for Extracellular Heat Shock Protein-Peptide Complexes
Jeffrey Meteer, PhD
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Activity Profiles & Mechanisms of Resistance of 3’-Azido-2’,3’-Dideoxynucleoside Analog Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors of HIV-1
Jamie Moroco, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
Diversity in Src-Family Kinase Activation Mechanisms: Implications for Selective Inhibitor Discovery
Caitlin Moyer, PhD
Center for Neuroscience/Neurobiology
Development and Disease: Quantification of Inhibitory and Excitatory Synaptic Structures in Primary Auditory Cortex During Adolescence and in Schizophrenia
Wazo Myint, PhD
Molecular Biophysics and Structural Biology
NMR Relaxation Methods to Detect Protein Dynamics: Evaluation of Accuracy, Improvement of the Methodology, and its Application
Lolita Nidadavolu, PhD
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Identification and Characterization of Senescence-Associated MicroRNAs in a Mouse Model of the XFE Progeroid Syndrome
Jia Yao Phuah, PhD
Immunology
Elucidating the Role of the Humoral Response in Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infected Cynomolgus Macaques
Herman Sandeep Prakasam, PhD
Integrative Molecular Biology
The Role of Adenosine in Regulating Urinary Bladder Function and A1AR-Mediated Membrane Trafficking in Umbrella Cells
Jonathan Proto, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
An Expanding Role for Nuclear Factor-κB in Muscle Stem Cells: Implications for the Treatment of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Dawn Reichenbach, PhD
Immunology
The Effects of Host Response and Vaccine Design on Early Signaling Profiles of MUC1-Specific T Cells
Brian Rosborough, PhD
Immunology
Manipulation of Regulatory Myeloid Cell Differentiation and Function and its Therapeutic Implications
Brian Russo, PhD
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Consequences of Immune Activation During Infection with Francisella Tularensis
Nina Sabins, PhD
Immunology
Engaging the Immune Response to Normalize the Tumor Microenvironment
Patricia Santos, PhD
Immunology
The Role of the E47-p21 Pathway in Long-Term Hematopoietic Stem Cells During Homeostasis and Under Repopulation Stress
Grant Schauer, PhD
Molecular Biophysics and Structural Biology
Impact of Nonnucleoside Reverse Transcriptase (RT) Inhibitors on the Enzyme-Substrate Interactions and Intramolecular Dynamics of Wild-Type and Drug Resistant HIV-1 RT
Brian Sicari, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Constructive Remodeling by Extracellular Matrix Bioscaffolds within the Skeletal Muscle Microenvironment
Samantha Slight, PhD
Immunology
CXCR5+ T Helper Cells Mediate Protective Immunity Against Tuberculosis
Kellie Smith, PhD
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Primary and Recall Cytotoxic T Lymphocyte Responses to Autologous Antigen in HIV-1-Infected Subjects
Kathryn Sobek, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Regulation, Function, and Clinical Relevance of ABCG2 in Prostate Cancer
Joshua Solomon, PhD
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Vitamin D Receptor Activity is Differentially Affected by the Co-Regulator HIC-5 in Prostate and Stromal Cells
Mitchell Springer, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
Modulation of Synaptic Amplification in Sympathetic Ganglia
Rachelle Stopczynski, PhD
Center for Neuroscience/Neurobiology
Neuroplastic Changes in a Mouse Model of Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma
Krishna Subramanian, PhD
Center for Neuroscience/Neurobiology
Restoration of Motor and Non-Motor Functions by Neurotrophic Factors in Nonhuman Primates with Dopamine Depletion
Qian Sun, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
The Role of Inflammasome and Caspase-1 in Regulating Adaptive Response to Oxidative Stress in Mouse Hepatocytes
Christina Szalinski, PhD
Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology
Modulation of Endocytic and Exocytic Traffic in Polarized Epithelial Cells
Joseph Tran, PhD
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
A CDC48 Cofactor Affects Ubiquitinated Protein Levels, Endoplasmic Reticulum Associated Degradation and Proteasome Subtypes
Jeffrey Walch, PhD
Immunology
Mechanisms of T Cell Migration to Vascularized Organ Transplants
Emily Wickline, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
The Story of Redundant Catenins and Their Roles in Cell-Cell Adhesion in the Liver
Jeffrey Wong, PhD
Immunology
Anti-Tumor and Pro-Tumor Interactions of Human NK Cells in Cancer
Xiong Zhang, PhD
Intergrative Molecular Biology
SRC Family Tyrosine Kinase Signaling in Mouse and Human Embryonic Stem Cells
Mark Zimmerman, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
Targeted Deletion of PTP4A3 Inhibits Colon Carcinogenesis and Angiogenesis
Cordelia Ziraldo, PhD
Computational Biology
Computational Models of Inflammation and Wound Healing