Recent PhD graduates by department

The Office of Biomedical Graduate Programs are proud to list our Ph.D. graduates from various departments within the Wayne State University School of Medicine.

  • Anatomy and Cell Biology

    Amy Bascom
    Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Harry Goshgarian
    Dissertation title: Unstable Ventilatory Control in Sleep after Spinal Cord Injury: The Contribution of Hypoventilation and Chemosensitivity.
    Postgraduate positions: Research Assistant, Detroit Medical Center

    Elizabeth Berger
    Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Linda Hazlett
    Dissertation title: Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide: Immunoregulatory Role in Ocular Inflammation.
    Postgraduate positions: Assistant Professor, Anatomy & Cell Biology, Wayne State University School of Medicine

    David Bissig
    Program:Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Bruce Berkowitz
    Dissertation title:Predicting Vision Loss In Healthy Aging With Manganese-Enhanced MRI Of The Rat Eye.
    Postgraduate positions: Neurology Resident, UC-Davis Health System.

    Mirela Cerghet
    Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Robert Skoff
    Dissertation title: Sexual Dimorphism of Neuroglia Cells.
    Postgraduate positions: Neurology Resident, Henry Ford Hospital

    John Chunta
    Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Advisor: Dr.Rodney Braun
    Dissertation title: Radiosensitizing Hypoxic Tumors through Metabolic Inhibition.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, William Beaumont Hospital; Senior Scientist – Imaging Operations and Corporate Radiation Safety Officer, Molecular Imaging Inc.; Senior Scientific Content Manager, TRM Oncology

    Shengjie Cui
    Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Zhuo-Hua Pan
    Dissertation title: Improving AAV Transduction Effciency in Retinal Bipolar Cells for Optogenetic Vision Restoration
    Postgraduate positions: -

    Megan Foldenauer
    Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Linda Hazlett
    Dissertation title: Substance P and the Host Immune Response.
    Postgraduate positions: Multimedia Image-Guided Surgery Specialist-Neurosurgery, University of Michigan

    Christopher Gayer
    Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Marc Basson
    Dissertation title: The Role of PI3K, AKT and ERK in Strain-Induced Cell Migration and Proliferation.
    Postgraduate positions: Surgery Resident & Pediatric Surgical Fellow, Wayne State University

    Tushar Ganjawala
    Program: Anatomy and Cell Biology 
    Advisor: Dr. Zhuo-Hua Pan
    Dissertation Title: Development of More Light Sensitive and Red-Shifted Channelrhodopsin Variants for Optogenetic Vision Restoration.
    Postgraduate Positions:

    Caiping Hu
    Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Zhuo-Hua Pan
    Dissertation title: Voltage Gated Calcium Channels in Retinal Bipolar Cells.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, State University of New York-Buffalo

    Yonglu Huang
    Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Harry G. Goshgarian
    Dissertation title: Changes in the Crossed Phrenic Pathway and Crossed Phrenic Activity during Postnatal Development.
    Postgraduate positions: Internal Medicine Resident, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

    Andrew Jerome
    Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Susmit Suvas
    Dissertation title:  The Role of Neurokinin Receptors and Satellite Glial Cells in Herpes Simplex Virus 1 Latency.
    Postgraduate positions: -

    Philip Jessmon
    Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Advisor: Dr. David Armant
    Dissertation title: Human Trophoblast Survival and Invasion in the Developing Placenta: Autocrine Regulation by HBEGF.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Medical Writer II, MMS Holdings; Researcher, Truven Health Analytics

    Xiaoyu Jiang
    Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Linda Hazlett
    Dissertation title: VIP and Host Immunity.
    Postgraduate positions: Studying for US Medical Licensing Exam

    Srinivasu Kallakuri
    Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Jose Rafols
    Dissertation title: The Endothelin Receptor and Axonal Degeneration in a Model of Diffuse Brain Injury.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Wayne State University

    David Krolewski
    Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Paul Walker
    Dissertation title: Dopamine D1 and D2 Receptor-Mediated Immediate-Early Gene Expression in the Striatum and Frontal Cortex and Its Relationship to Motor Behaviors in the Rat.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan Molecular & Behavioral Neuroscience Institute

    Shahrzad Lighvani
    Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Linda Hazlett
    Dissertation title: The Role of Neuropeptides in Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Cornell Infection.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Scripps Research Institute

    Zitao Liu
    Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Randell Armant
    Dissertation title: Regulations of Trophoblast Differentiation during Implantation and Placentation: The Central Role of Intracellular Calcium as a Second Messenger and Its Transactivation of ERBB Receptor Tyrosine Kinases.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Qi Lu
    Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Zhuo-Hua Pan
    Dissertation title: Characterization of High-Voltage-Activated Calcium Channels in Retinal Bipolar Cells.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Wayne State University

    Pushpa Rao
    Program: Anatomy and Cell Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Susmit Suvas 
    Dissertation Title: “Alterations in Ocular Surface Systems During the Pathogenesis of Herpes Stromal Keratitis
    Postgraduate Positions:

    Kajana Satkunendrarajah
    Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Harry Goshgarian
    Dissertation title: 3′, 5′-Cyclic Monophosphate-Mediated Respiratory Recovery Following High Cervical Spinal Cord Hemisection.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University Health Network-Toronto

    Haoshen Shi
    Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Burger
    Dissertation Title:“Inflammation in the Pathogenesis of Diabetic Retinopathy”
    Postgraduate Positions:

    Muthulekha Swamydas
    Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Robert Skoff
    Dissertation title: Role of Hormones in the Sexual Dimorphism of Oligodendrocytes
    Postgraduate postions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of North Carolina-Charlotte; Biologist/Senior Research Associate, National Institutes of Health

    Carrie Tatar
    Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Robert Skoff
    Dissertation title: Determinants of CNS Adult Neurogenesis Are Sex, Hormones, Mouse, Strain, Age, and Brain Region Specific.
    Postgraduate positions: Radiology Assistant Professor, Michigan State University-College of Osteopathic Medicine

    Jennifer Thomas
    Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Ryan Thummel
    Dissertation title: Characterization of Adult Zebrafish Retinal Regeneration Following Two Different Damage Models.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Washington

    Janelle Walker
    Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Harry Goshgarian
    Dissertation title: An Analysis of Plasticity in the Rat Respiratory System Following Acute and Chronic Cervical Spinal Cord Injury Using Nanotechnology to Induce or Enhance Recovery of Diaphragmatic Function.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Wayne State University School of Medicine

    Zhiyu Wang
    Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Michelle Kurpakus-Wheater
    Dissertation title: The Effect of Hypoxia on the Urokinase Plasminogen Activator System and Cell Adhesion and Migration in Human Corneal Epithelial Cells.
    Postgraduate Positions: Resident, Cleveland Clinic; Resident, CHI Franciscan Health

    Chaowen Wu
    Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Zhuo-Hua Pan
    Dissertation title: A Expression of Microbial Rhodopsins in Retinal Neurons with Subcellular Targeting Motifs: For the study of the Structure/Function of Aii Amacrine Cells and for Vision Restoration.
    Postgraduate positions: MD/PhD, Plastic Surgery Resident, Medical College of Wisconsin

    Minhao Wu
    Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Linda Hazlett
    Dissertation title: Defensins in Ocular Immunity.
    Postgraduate positions: Research Scientist, Guanzho University – China

    Bing Xu
    Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Fu-Shin Yu
    Dissertation title: The Innate Immunity of the Cornea Against Microbial Infection.
    Postgraduate positions: 

    Jia Yin
    Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Fu-Shin Yu
    Dissertation title: Molecular Regulation of Corneal Epithelial Wound Healing.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Wayne State University; Resident Physician, Sinai-Grace Hospital; Ophthalmology Resident, Kresge Eye Institute

    Gi Sang Yoon
    Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Fu-Shin Yu
    Dissertation title: The Transcriptional Regulation of Flagellin-Induced Protection of the Cornea: Role of IRF1 and ATF3.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan

    Lisi Yuan
    Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Marc Basson
    Dissertation title: Molecular Mechanisms of Strain-Stimulated Intestinal Epithelial Cell Differentiation and Migration.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Associate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Resident Physician, Cleveland Clinic

    Wei Zhang
    Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Bruce Berkowitz
    Dissertation title: Retinal Oxygenation in Experimental Retinopathy of Prematurity.
    Postgraduate positions: Research Scientist, University of Texas-San Antonio

    Yi Zhang
    Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Zhuo-Hua Pan
    Dissertation title: The Expression, Physiology, Neurotoxicity and Modulation of Microbial-Type Rhodopsins in Retinal Neurons.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, New York University; Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University

    Wenjing Zhong
    Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Dan Rappolee
    Dissertation title: Stress and Elevated MAPK8, 9 Phospho Mediate Decreased Growth And Induce Differentiation Of Trophoblast Stem Cell During Implantation.
    Postgraduate positions: General Dentist, Bridge Dental Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

    Zimei Zhou
    Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Linda Hazlett
    Dissertation title: Apoptosis in Ocular Inflammation
    Postdoctoral positions: Ophthalmology Resident, Bronx Lebanon Hospital

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Anupama Ahuja
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. David Evans
    Dissertation title: Pyrimidine Biosynthesis in Aquifex Aeolicus Lessons from an Ancestral Organism.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University; Associate Research Scientist, Yale University; Associate Director – Office of Technology Licensing, Brandeis University

    Govindaraja Atikukke
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Russell Finley
    Dissertation title: The Role of Cyclin J in Drosophila Oogenesis: Interactions with the piRNA Pathway.
    Postgraduate positions: Cofounder and CTO, ITOS Oncology

    Monica Bame
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. William Brusilow
    Dissertation title: Understanding the Gender-Specific Effects of MSO Treatment in ALS Mice: A Metabolic Characterization of the SOD1-G93A Mouse Model.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan – IHR-Biotech Life Science Healthcare Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices

    Dulmini Barupala 
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Timothy Stemmler
    Dissertation title: Characterization of the Yeast Cysteine Desulfarase Complex within the Mitochondrial Fe-S Cluster Biogenesis.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Jianglei Chen
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Jianjun Wang
    Dissertation title: Structural and Functional Studies of MESD a Specialized Chaperone Protein of LRP5/6 in Wnt Signaling.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Wayne State University

    Song Chen
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. David Evans
    Dissertation title: The Role of CAD, FLASH and FAM129B in Cancer Cell Survival and Apoptosis.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan

    Jeremy Cook
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Timothy Stemmler
    Dissertation title: Frataxin, the Mitochondrial Iron Chaperone for Fe-S Cluster Bioassembly.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California-Los Angeles

    Tamaria Dewdney
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Ladislau Kovari
    Dissertation title: Biochemical, Structural, and Drug Design Studies of Multi-Drug Resistant HIV-1 Therapeutic Targets.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute – Harvard Medical School

    Russell D’Souza
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Sharon Ackerman Gatti
    Dissertation title: Investigation of Mutations in Nuclear Genes that Affect the ATP Synthase
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Stephen Dzul
    Program:Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisors: Dr(s): Timothy Stemmler and David Evans
    Dissertation Title: “Insights into DeNovo Fe-S Cluster Biogenesis via the Eukaryotic Fe-S Cluster Pathway(ISC) in Vitro”
    Postgraduate Positions: —

    Bin Fan
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Barry Rosen
    Dissertation title: Biochemical and Functional Studies on Copa:The Escherichia Coli Cu (I)-Translocating P-Type ATPase.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Genentech; Scientist, Avidia Inc.; Senior Scientist, Amgen

    Hsueh-Liang Fu
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Barry Rosen
    Dissertation title: Mechanism of Arsenic Detoxification.
    Postgraduate position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Wayne State University

    Xiaoqing Guan
    Program: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Chunying Li
    Dissertation title: P120 Catenin Regulates Inflammation in Macrophage.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Ayana Hinton
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Sharon Ackerman
    Dissertation title: Probing the Mechanisms of ATP11P and ATP12P through Biochemical and Molecular Biological Studies.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Tufts University; Assistant Professor, Denison University

    Yuning Hou
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Chunying Li
    Dissertation title: A Critical Role of CXCR2 PDZ-Mediated Interactions in Endothelial Progenitor Cell Homing and Angiogenesis.
    Postgraduate positions: 

    Yuefei Huang
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Jianjun Wang
    Dissertation title: A Novel In Vivo Protein Refolding Technique.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Rutgers University; Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School; Intern, Partners HealthCare Innovation

    Amruta Jambekar
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. William Brusilow
    Dissertation title: Use of Methionine Sulfoximine to Dissect the Role of Glutamine Synthetase and Glutamine in Progression of Acute Liver Failure.
    Postgraduate positons: Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Molecular Medicine – Clinical Proteomics, St John’s Research
    Center – St John’s Hospital, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

    Xuan Jiang
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Barry Rosen
    Dissertation title: Properties and Mechanism of Trivalent Arsenicals Transport by Mammalian Glucose Permease GLUT1.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California-Los Angeles; Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Colorado

    Yong Jiang
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Barry Rosen
    Dissertation title: Mechanisms of Insulator-Like Element and the Nucleotide Binding Domains of a Resistance Pump.
    Postgraduate positions: 

    Yuanyuan Jiang
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Zhe Yang
    Dissertation title: Structural Basis of Epigenetic Regulation and Protein Scaffolding in Development and Diseases.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Karmanos Cancer Institute

    Fatima Kona
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Domenico Gatti
    Dissertation title: Structure-Function Studies of Aquafax aeolicus 3-Deoxy-D-Manno Octulosonate 8-Phosphate (KD08P) Synthase.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Karmanos Cancer Center

    Kalyan Kondapalli
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Tim Stemmler
    Dissertation title: Structure-Function Studies of Frataxin: An Iron Chaperone in the Mitochondrial Fe-S Cluster and Heme Biosynthetic Pathways.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; Assistant Professor, University of Michigan-Dearborn

    Damian Kotsis
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. David Evans
    Dissertation title: Regulation of De Novo Pyrimidine Biosynthesis by CAD and CTP Synthetase.
    Postgraduate positions: Reviewer, Kelly Law Registry; Associate Attorney, Harness Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

    Yung-Feng Lin
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Barry Rosen
    Dissertation title: An Arsenic Metallochaperone for an Arsenic Detoxification Pump.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Emory University School of Medicine; Assistant Professor, Taipei Medical University

    Ming Liu
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Richard Needleman
    Dissertation title: Targets of Phenylbutyrate – A Differentiating Agent – In Saccharomyces Cerevisiae.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California-Los Angeles

    Ye Liu
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Vasily Studitsky
    Dissertation title: Mechanism of Enhancer Action over a Large Distance and Transcription through Nucleosome by RNA Polymerase II.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University; Senior Scientist, Novavax; Associate Director of Genetic Engineering, Novavax

    Zhigang Liu
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Ladislau Kovari
    Dissertation title: Crystallographic, Molecular Dynamics, and Enzymatic Studies of Multi-Drug Resistant HIV-1 Protease and Impkications for Structure Based Drug Design.
    Postgraduate positions: MD/PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Cleveland Clinic; Postdoctoral Fellow Case Western Reserve University; Medical Resident, Harbor Hospital – Maryland

    Gargi Mahapatra
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Maik Hutteman
    Dissertation title: Regulation of Cytochrome c Functions by Phosphorylation.
    Postgraduate positions: 

    Sandhya Muralidharan
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Bharati Mitra
    Dissertation title: Investigating the Metal Binding Sites in ZNTA, a Zinc Transporting ATPase.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, State University of New York, Stony Brook University

    Kirit Pindolia
    Program: Molecular Biology & Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Rafael Fridman
    Dissertation title: Topological Characterization of a Transcribing Gene Affinity Purified from Mammalian Cells.
    Postgraduate positions: Consultant, Home Healthcare Solutions; Scientist/Lead Investigator, Henry Ford Health System

    Tyler Peters
    Program: Molecular Biology & Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. William Brusilow
    Dissertation title: Methionine sulfoximine: A Novel Anti-Inflammatory Agent
    Postgraduate positions: -

    Gheorghe Proteasa
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Ladislau Kovari
    Dissertation title: Structure-Function Studies of the HIV-1 Protease Multi-Drug Resistant Clinical Isolates.
    Postgraduate positions: Assistant Professor, City University of New York

    Swati Rawat
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Timothy Stemmler
    Dissertation title: Molecular Details of the Mitochondrial Fe-S Cluster Assembly Pathway.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California-Irvine; Executive Committee Member of the Association for Official and Analytical Chemists – Southern California Section

    Andria Rodrigues
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Timothy Stemmler
    Dissertation title: Characterization of Initial Iron Binding Location and the Structure/Iron Binding Site on S. Cerevisiae ISU and on D. Melanogaster Frataxin.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Jian Shen
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Barry Rosen
    Dissertation title: Nonequivalent Arsa Nucleotide Binding Site and Preliminary Studies of an Arsa Homolgue in Yeast.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Roche; Scientist, ThermoFisher Scientific; Resident Physician, Creighton University

    Fredric Sigoillot
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Hedeel Guy-Evans
    Dissertation title: Phosphorylation of the Multifunctional Protein CAD by MAP Kinase, PKA and PKC Cascades Leads to the Cellular Control of De Novo Pyrimidine Biosynthesis and is Associated with Differential Localizations of CAD.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School; Investigator II, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research

    Arun Sivashanmugam
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Jianjun Wang
    Dissertation title: Structural Studies and Functional Characterization of Exchangeable Apolipoproteins in Lipoprotein Formation and Transport.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Nicholas Spellmon
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Zhe Yang
    Dissertation title: Structural Insights into the Bilobal Regulation of SMYD2 and SMYD3
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Poorna Subramanian
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Timothy Stemmler and Dr. Brian Edwards
    Dissertation title: Elucidation of the Functional Role of PCBP-The Cytosolic Iron Chaperone Protein Family, in Cellular Iron Homeostasis.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University

    Jian Wang
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Domenico Gatti
    Dissertation title: Structure and Function of Aquifex Aeolicus 3-Deoxy-D-Manno-Octulosonate-8-Phosphate Synthase and Protein and Ligand Dynamics in 4-Hydroxybenzoate Hydroxylase.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Shuo Wang
    Program: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Chunying Li
    Dissertation title: CXCR2 Macromolecular Complex in Pancreatic Cancer: A Potential Therapeutic Target in Tumor Growth.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Yong Wang
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Ladislau Kovari
    Dissertation title: Drug Resistance Mechanisms and Drug Design Strategies for Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Hepatitis C Virus Proteases.
    Postgraduate positions: Lecturer, Central South University of China

    Marco Wong
    Program: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Barry Rosen
    Dissertation title: CADC, A Metalloregulatory Protein of the Cadmium Resistance Operon of Staphylococcus Aureus P1258.
    Postgraduate positions: MD/PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Stowers Institute for Medical Research; Physician Scientist, Proteon Therapeutics; Medical Director, Proteon Therapeutics

    Hung-Chi Yang
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Barry Rosen
    Dissertation title: Functional and Structural Studies of a Novel Arsenic Detoxification Pathway in the Legume Symbiont Sinorhizobium Meliloti.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Taiwan

    Jianbo Yang
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Barry Rosen
    Dissertation title: Characterization of ArsD: an Arsenic Chaperone for the ArsABAs (III)-translocating ATPase.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Florida International University

    Ravikiran Yedidi
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr.Ladislau Kovari
    Dissertation title: Structure Based Design of Potent Inhibitors Against Multidrug-resistant HIV-1 Protease Variants.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institutes of Health

    Pengfei Zhang
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Brian Edwards
    Dissertation title: Structural Studies of Pyrimidine Biosynthesis in Humans and in a Hyperthermophilic Eubacterium, Aquifes Aeolicus
    Postgraduate positions: Research Fellow, Harvard University

    Yao Zhou
    Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Barry Rosen
    Dissertation title: Biochemical and Functional Studies on the Eukaryotic Arsenate/Antimonite Reductases
    Postgraduate positions: 

  • Cancer Biology

    Sidra Ahsan
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Michael Tainsky
    Dissertation title: Therapeutic Targeting Of Bmp2 In Nf1-Deficient Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumors (mpnsts).
    Postgraduate positions: Product Manager, Advaita Bioinformatics; Technology Transfer and Patenting Specialist, National Cancer Institute

    Alan Arnold
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Ramzi Mohammad
    Dissertation title: Small-Molecule Inhibitors targeting survival pathways in B-cell Lymphoma.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Fox Chase Cancer Center; Instructor, City College of New York

    Natasha Atanaskova
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Kaladhar Reddy
    Dissertation title: The Role of Growth Factor and Estrogen Receptor Cross-Talk in Tumor Progression.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Andrea Baillo
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Stephen Eithier
    Dissertation title: Amphiregulin (AREG) and Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF): Disparate in EGFR Signaling and Trafficking.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Eastern Virginia Medical School; Quality Assurance and Control Lead, Maui Brewing Company

    Alaina Boyer
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Stephen Ethier
    Dissertation title: Effects of HER-2 Over Expression in Human Mammary Epithelial Cells: Evidence of Altered HER-2 Signaling and Crosstalk between Insulin and EGF Signaling.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Washington-St. Louis; Research Scientist and Consultant, Jericho Sciences; Research Associate, Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance

    Aaron Burr
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Sokol Todi
    Dissertation title: Hrd1 Partners In Endoplasmic Reticulum-Associated Degradation.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan; Medical Writer, MMS Holdings Inc.

    John Caldwell
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Taub
    Dissertation title: Identifying Mechanisms of Resistance and Potential Therapeutic Targets for Pediatric Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
    Postgraduate positions: 

    Michelle Castelli
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. David Kessel
    Dissertation title: Mechanisms by Which the Bile Acid UDCA Enhances the Efficacy of BCL-2 Targeting Photodynamic Therapy.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    David Craig
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Marc Basson
    Dissertation title: Mechanical Signaling Mechanisms Underlying Pressure-Stimulated Tumor Cell Adhesion.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Rosemarie Chirco
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. H-R. C. Kim
    Dissertation title: The Novel Functions of TIMP-1: Regulation of Apoptosis and Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition in Breast Epithelial Cells.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Ivory Dean
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Shijie Sheng
    Dissertation title: The Tumor-Suppressive Role of Secreted Maspin via the Exosome.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California-San Francisco

    Yijun Deng
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Larry Matherly
    Dissertation title: Structure/function of Folate Transporters and Role in Development of Anti-Cancer Drugs.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Sita Desmoulin
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Larry Matherly
    Dissertation title: The Human Proton-Coupled Folate Transporter: Biology and Therapeutic Applications to Cancer.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University – Massachusetts General Hospital

    Melissa Dobson
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Rafael Fridman
    Dissertation title: Regulatory and Functional Aspects of FoxO3a Transcription Factor and their Implications in Prostate Cancer.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan; Associate Scientist II, Emergent BioSolutions; Medical Writer I, MMS Holdings Inc.

    Christina Downey
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Marc Basson
    Dissertation title: Molecular Mechanisms of Pressure-Stimulated Cancer Cell Signaling.
    Postgraduate positions: Resident Physician, St. John Providence Health System

    Prasanna Ekambaram
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Kenneth Honn
    Dissertation title: Role of Thromboxane Receptors-alpha in Prostate Cancer Progression.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Associate, University of Pittsburgh – Children’s Hospital

    Daniel Feldmann
    Program:Cancer Biology
    Advisors:Dr(s). Stephan Patrick and Olivia Merkel
    Dissertation Title:“Preparation and Utility of Polymeric Nanoparticles for the Delivery of siRNA as a Cancer Therapy”
    Postgraduate Positions:

    Farhana Feroze-Merzoug
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Fazlul Sarkar and Yong Chen
    Dissertation title: Androgen Regulation of the Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) and its Receptor in Prostate Cancer.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Wayne State University; Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institutes of Health; Principal Research Scientist, Eli Lilly and Company

    Michael Frezza
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Ping Dou
    Dissertation title: Activation of Tumor Cell Death Program by Targeting the Ubiquitin-Proteasome Pathway: Significance in Cancer Treatment and Prevention.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Karmanos Cancer Institute; Technical Sales Specialist, Helena Laboratories

    Aviva L. Fridman
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Michael Tainsky
    Dissertation title: Gene Expression Pathways Altered In Cellular Immortalization.
    Postgraduate positions: Research Assistant, Karmanos Cancer Institute; Editor, The Larvol Group; Director of Operations, The Larvol Group

    Anthony Guastella
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Sandeep Mittal
    Dissertation Title: Tryptophan Metabolism in Patient-Derived Brain Tumors: In Vitro and In Vivo Studies of the Kynurenine Pathway.
    Postgraduate Positions:

    Kelly Haagenson
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Gen Sheng Wu
    Dissertation title: The Expression and Regulation of MKPs in Breast Cancer Tamoxifen Sensitivity.
    Postgraduate positions: Editorial Board Coordinator, Larvol Group; Medical Affairs Consultant, Medtronic

    Aimalie Hardaway
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Izabela Podgorski
    Dissertation title: Adipocyte-induced inflammation in prostate tumor progression in bone: Role of CXCR2 and osteopontin signaling axes
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Cleveland Clinic

    Dawn Hart
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. George Brush
    Dissertation title: Meiosis-Specific Phosphorylation of Replication Protein A: A Mechanistic and Functional Analysis.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Associate Professor, Grand Valley State University

    Andreana Holowatyj
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Michele Cote
    Dissertation title: Clinicopathology and Molecular Determinants Underlying Benign Breast and Breast Cancer Lesions.
    Postgraduate Positions: —

    Newton Hurst
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Hygong-Reh Kim
    Dissertation title: Molecular Mechanisms of Platelet-Derived Growth Factor-CC (PDGF-CC) Activation by Serine Proteases: Implications for Breast Cancer Progression.
    Postgraduate positions: Transitional Resident, Crittenton Hospital; Radiation Oncology Resident, Detroit Medical Center

    Jonathan Irish 
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Stephen P. Ethier & Dr. Zeng-Quan Yang
    Dissertation title: WHSC1L1 Regulates Estrogen Receptor Activity in SUM Breast Cancer Cells.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Sriram Krishnamoorthy
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Kenneth Honn
    Dissertation title: 12-Lipoxygenase and Prostate Cancer Angiogenesis in the Normoxic and Hypoxic Microenvironment
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Scientist I/II, Biogen Idec

    Sarah Krueger
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Michael Joiner
    Dissertation title: Regulation of The G2 Cell-Cycle Checkpoints in Response to Low-Dose Ionizing Radiation.
    Postgraduate positions: Research Associate I/II, William Beaumont Health System

    Katie M. LaComb-Conley
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. H-R. C. Kim
    Dissertation title: Matriptase/PDGF D/—PDGFR Signaling Axis in Human Prostate Cancer: The Role of PTEN in the Regulation of PDGF D Expression.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Kristin Landis-Piwowar
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Q. Ping Dou
    Dissertation title: Molecular Studies on Stability, Biotransformation, and Cellular Targets of Dietary Polyphenois: Implications in Human Cancer Prevention and Treatment.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan; Lecturer, Wayne State University; Assistant Professor, Oakland University

    Amanda Larson-Gedman
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Larry Matherly
    Dissertation title: Molecular and Therapeutic Implications of NOTCH1 Signaling in Pediatric T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital; Field Applications Scientist, Illumina

    Xiang Liu
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Larry Matherly
    Dissertation title: Characterization of Membrane Topology and Structural and Functional Elements of the Human Reduced Folate Carrier Protein.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Julie Madden
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Julie Boerner
    Dissertation title: Combating Resistance to Epidermal Growth Factor Inhibitors in Triple Negative Breast Cancer.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan

    Elizabeth Masko
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. David Evans
    Dissertation title: Intracellular regulation of the multifunctional protein CAD in Breast Cancer.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Associate and Research Scientist, Duke University; Project Manager, INC Research

    Christopher McHugh
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Anthony Shields
    Dissertation title: Imaging Anti-Proliferative Compounds with FLT-PET.
    Postgraduate positions: 

    Brooke McKnight
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Nerissa Viola-Villegas
    Dissertation Title: Utilizing ImmunoPET to Monitor Tumor Response to Treatment in Breast Cancer.
    Postgraduate Positions:

    Edith Mensah-Osman
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Ramzi Mohammed
    Dissertation title: Mechanism of DNA Damage, Cell Cycle Arrest and Apoptosis in Indolent B-cell Lymphomas.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan; Assistant Professor, University of Toledo College of Medicine

    Vesna Milacic
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Q. Ping Dou
    Dissertation title: The ubiquitin-proteasome pathway as a molecular target for potential anticancer agents.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Michigan; Director of Research Project Management, SARC – Sarcoma Alliance for Research through Collaboration

    Shermaine Mitchell-Ryan
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Larry Matherly
    Dissertation title: The Therapeutic Targeting of Folate Receptor Alpha Positive Epithelial Ovarian Cancer via Folate Receptor Selective Novel 5- and 6- Substituted Pyrrolo [2,3-D] Pyrimidine Antifolates.
    Postgraduate positions: 

    Benchamart Moolmuang
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Michael Tainsky
    Dissertation title: CREG1 and its Enhancement of p16INK4a-Induced Senescence.
    Postgraduate positions: Researcher, Chulabhorn Research Institute – Laboratory of Chemical Carcinogenesis

    Andrew Murray
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Karin List
    Dissertation Title: “Identifying the the Role in Type-II Transmembrane Serine Protease TMPRSS13 in Breast Cancer”
     

    Jyoti Nautiyal
    Program: 
    Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Adhip Majumdar
    Dissertation title: Targeting Multiple Signaling in Breast and Colon Cancers.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Wayne State University

    Sridhar Nimmagadda
    Program: 
    Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Anthony Shields
    Dissertation title: Pyrimidine Analogs: Different Roles in PET Imaging.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; Associate Professor of Radiology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

    Pamela Osenkowski
    Program: 
    Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Rafael Fridman
    Dissertation title: Regulation of Membrane Type 1 – Matrix Metalloproteinase (MT1-MMP) on the Cell Surface
    Postgraduate positions: Associate Faculty Member, Loyola University-Chicago

    Amy Parman
    Program:
     Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. George Brush
    Dissertation title: MEC1 and Replication Protein A: Biochemical and Functional Analysis of an Extraordinary Enzyme and Protein.
    Postgraduate positions: Senior Field Applications Specialist II, Promega

    Katelyn Powell
    Program: 
    Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Sreenivasa Chinni
    Dissertation title: TMPRSS2-ERG Regulation of Androgen Biosynthetic Enzyme Expression, DHT Synthesis, and Androgen Receptor Activation in Prostate Cancer.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Moffitt Cancer Center

    Michael Price
    Program: 
    Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. David Kessel
    Dissertation title: A Role for Reactive Oxygen Species in Photodynamic Therapy.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Wayne State University; Research Associate National Institute of Health – Perinatology Branch at Hutzel Women’s Hospital

    Maggie Purcell
    Program: 
    Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Michael Tainsky
    Dissertation title: Pathway Profiling of Replicative and Induced Senescence.
    Postgraduate positions: Clinical Coordinator, McLaren Health; Toxicology Lab General Supervisor sand LC-MS Operator, Comprehensive Pain Specialists

    Olga Radkevich
    Program: 
    Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Wei-Zen Wei
    Dissertation title: Her-2 DNA Vaccination and Intratumoral Immune Modulation.
    Postgraduate positions: Dermatology Resident, University of Chicago; Resident Physician, St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital

    Stefanie Roshy
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Bonnie Sloane
    Dissertation title: The Role of Protesases During Development and Malignant Progression of the Mammary Acinar Structure In Vitro.
     

    Jennifer Rothberg
    Program: 
    Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Bonnie Sloane
    Dissertation title: Acidic Pericellular PH: Effects on Proteolysis and Gene Expression as Determined in 3D Models of Breast Carcinoma.
     

    Aaron Sabbota
    Program:
     Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Michael Cher
    Dissertation title: Prostate Cancer Progression and Tumor-Induced Osteolysis: Implications of a Tumor-Associated MT1-MMP/RANKL/RANK Signaling Axis.
    Postgraduate positions: Resident Physician, University of Rochester Medical Center

    Omid Saeed Tehrani
    Program: 
    Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Anthony Shields
    Dissertation title: Studying kinetics and cellular metabolism of pyrimidine based analogs as pet imaging agents.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan; Internal Medicine Resident Doctor, Capital Health System; Postdoctoral Fellow, Karmanos Cancer Institute

    Kara Sawarynski
    Program: 
    Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. George Brush
    Dissertation title: Characterization of a Cyclin-Dependent Kinase Inhibitor during Meiosis In Yeast
    Postgraduate positions: Adjunct Faculty – Natural Sciences, Lawrence Technological University; Research Associate, William Beaumont Hospital; Assistant Professor Oakland University

    Sara Schmitt
    Program:
     Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Q. Ping Dou
    Dissertation title: Molecular Studies on the Anti-Tumor Effects of Metal-Based Complexes: Involvement of the Ubiquitin-Proteasome and Apoptotic Pathways.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

    Seema Shah
    Program: 
    Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Raymond Mattingly
    Dissertation title: Loss of RAP1GAP: A Driver in the Progression from DCIS of the Breast to IDC.
     

    Angela Sosin
    Program:
     Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Ayad Al-Katib
    Dissertation title: HDM2 Small-Molecule Inhibitors for Therapeutic Intervention in B-Cell Lymphoma.
    Postgraduate positions: Clinical Research Associate and Clinical Trials Management Coordinator, Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Flint

    Haihao Sun
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: 
    Dr. Anthony Shields
    Dissertation title: Development of the Thymidine Analogs as Positron Emission Tomography Imaging and Antineoplastic Agents.
    Postgraduate positions: Medical Officer, Food and Drug Administration

    Lin Tang
    Program: Cancer Biology
    Advisor: 
    Dr. Michael Tainsky
    Dissertation title: Study of Promoter Hypermethylation Regulated Interferon Signaling Pathway in Immortalization.
    Postgraduate positions: Bioinformatics Scientist, AviaraDx Inc.; Senior Scientist, Sequenom; Senior Computational Biologist, Celgene

    Elizabeth Tovar
    Program: 
    Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Kenneth Honn
    Dissertation title: A Novel Role for 12-Lipoxygenase in c-Met and Integrin β4Axis Crosstalk.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Van Andel Institute

    Alison Van Dyke
    Program: 
    Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Ann Schwartz
    Dissertation title: Inflammation in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: Associations with Risk and Survival in Women.
    Postgraduate positions: Pathology Resident, Yale New Haven Hospital

    Jesse Veenstra
    Program: 
    Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Wei-Zen Wei
    Dissertation title: Impact of Cryoablation on Tumor Immunity.
     

    Daniela Ventro
    Program: 
    Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Qingping Dou
    Dissertation title: The Bca2 And Ampk Paradigm: Unraveling The Cancer Connection.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Roswell Park Cancer Institute; Freelance Scientific Editor, Crimson Interactive; Freelance Medical Copy Editor, Graphic World Inc.

    Bernadette Victor
    Program:
     Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Bonnie Sloane
    Dissertation title: Functional In Vitro Analyses of Lipid Raft-Associated Cathepsin B: Implication for the Invasive Phenotype of Inflammatory Breast Cancer.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Associate, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital

    Richard Warner
    Program: 
    Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Hyeong-Reh Kim
    Dissertation title: Analysis of the Structure and Function of a TIMP-1/CD63 Complex and its Relationship to a MT1-MMP/CD63 Complex.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Huntsman Cancer Institute – University of Utah

    Michael Wilson
    Program: 
    Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Larry Matherly
    Dissertation title: Structural Characterization and Therapeutic Utility of the Proton-Coupled Folate Transporter
     

    Gina Zoratti
    Program: 
    Cancer Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Karin List
    Dissertation title: Matriptase Mediated c-Met Signaling in Breast Cancer.
    Postgraduate positions: Clinical Liaison for Biobanking Core, Karmanos Cancer Institute

  • Cellular and Clinical Neurobiology

    Dawn Albertson
    Program: Cellular & Clinical Neurobiology
    Advisor: Dr. Michael Bannon
    Dissertation title: Gene Expression Profiles of Drug Abuse: An Analysis of Transcriptome Alterations in the Nucleus Accumbens of Human Cocaine and Heroin Abusers
    Postgraduate positions: Associate Professor, Minnesota State University-Mankato

    Warren Alilain
    Program: Cellular & Clinical Neurobiology
    Advisor: Dr. Harry Goshgarian
    Dissertation title: NMDA and AMPA Receptor Subunit Plasticity in the Phrenic Motor Nucleus Following Chronice Upper Cervical Level Spinal Cord Injury in the Rat
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Case Western Reserve University; Staff Scientist, The MetroHealth System

    Mays Imad
    Program: Cellular & Clinical Neurobiology
    Advisor: Dr. Thomas Fischer
    Dissertation title: 5-HT2A Receptor Activation Excites a Subpopulation of Pyramidal Cells in Deep Layer V of the Rat Prefrontal Cortex
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Arizona – Department of Neurobiology

    Christian Kreipke
    Program: Cellular & Clinical Neurobiology
    Advisor: Dr. Paul Walker
    Dissertation title: NMDA and D1 Receptor Mechanisms of Movement Control: Differential Regulatory Mechanisms in the Intact and Dopamine Depleted Striatum
    Postgraduate positions: Assistant Professor, Wayne State University

    Todd Mitchell
    Program: Cellular & Clinical Neurobiology
    Advisor: Dr. Gregory Moore
    Dissertation title: Mood Stabilizers and Neuroprotection.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Mahdieh Sadidi
    Program: Cellular & Clinical Neurobiology
    Advisor: Dr. Donald Kuhn
    Dissertation title: Footprints of Neurotoxicity: Posttranslational Modication of Tyrosine Hydroxylase.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan

    Mihaela Sin
    Program: Cellular & Clinical Neurology
    Advisor: Dr. Michael Bannon
    Dissertation title: Development of Experimental Models to Study the Expression of the Preprotachykinin-A Gene in the Striatum.
    Postgraduate positions: Medical Writer, MMS Holdings Inc.

    Lance Swick
    Program: Cellular & Clinical Neurobiology
    Advisor: Dr. Gregory Kapatos
    Dissertation title: Discovery of Human GTP Cyclohydrolase I Protein Binding Partners.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of North Carolina; Vice President of Research and Development, Chesson Laboratory Associates Inc.

    Jennifer Taylor
    Program: Cellular & Clinical Neurology
    Advisor: Dr. Paul Walker
    Dissertation title: The Contribution of Serotonin 2A Receptors to Excessive Motor Behaviors Related to Dopamine Receptor Supersensitivity in a Rat Model of Parkinson’s Disease.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan; Lecturer, University of Michigan; Undergraduate Neuroscience Lab Course Manager, Michigan State University

  • Immunology and Microbiology

    Lisa Abernathy 
    Program: Immunology & Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. Gilda Hillman
    Dissertation title: Soy Isoflavones Mediate Radioprotection Of Normal Lung Tissue By Modulating The Radiation-Induced Inflammatory Response.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Indiana University School of Medicine.

    Basel Abuaita
    Program: Immunology & Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Withey
    Dissertation title: Post-Transcriptional Regulation of Vibrio Cholerae Virulence Activator ToxT.
    Postgraduate positions: Research Assistant, University of Michigan

    Jonathan Allen
    Program: Immunology & Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. Melody Neely
    Dissertation title: Pleiotropic Regulatory Function of the Lysr Family Transcriptional Regulator Cpsy During Streptococcus Iniae Systemic Infection.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

    Dwayne Baxa
    Program: Immunology & Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. K.Y. Yoshimura
    Dissertation title: The Reduction of NF-kB By Genistein In T-Cell Lymphomas Generated By Mink Cell Focus-Forming Virus.
    Postgraduate positions: Assistant Staff Scientist and Technical Director, Infectious Diseases Lab – Henry Ford Hospital; Assistant Professor, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

    Nicholas Brown
    Program: Immunology & Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. Yi-Chi Kong
    Dissertation title: Examination of the Roles of MHC Class ll Molecules and Regulatory T Cells in Experimental Autoimmune Thyroiditis.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Chicago; Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan; Transplant Immunology Fellow, University of Chicago

    Stephanie Conant
    Program: Immunology & Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. Robert Swanborg
    Dissertation title: Amino Acid Recognition of Encephalitogenic Myelin Peptides and the Participation of Innate Immunity in Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis Induction
    Postgraduate positions: Associate Professor, University of Detroit Mercy

    Aditya Dandekar
    Program: Immunology & Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. Kezhong Zhang
    Dissertation title: Role Of Crebh In Endotoxin Mediated Modulation Of Hepatic Metabolism.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Virginia

    Jennifer Dittmer
    Program: Immunology & Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Withey
    Dissertation title: Functional Characterization of the Cholera Toxin Promoter of Vibrio Cholerae.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    David Fischer
    Program: Immunology & Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. Roy Sundick
    Dissertation title: Membrane-Bound Immunomodulators as Adjuvants in a Cell Culture-Based Avian Influenza Vaccine.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center – Ohio State University

    Keith Fusinski
    Program: Immunology & Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. Thomas Holland
    Dissertation title: Adenovirus 36 E4orf1 Gene Induces Differentiation of 3T3-L1 Cells.
    Postgraduate positions: Medical Laboratory Technologist, Henry Ford Macomb Hospital; Adjunct Professor, Wayne State University; Toxicologist, US Environmental Protection Agency

    Heather Gibson
    Program: Immunology & Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. Wei-Zen Wei and Henry Wong
    Dissertation title: CTLA-4 Transcriptional Activation: Regulation of Induced Expression.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Associate, Wayne State University

    Sonya Greene
    Program: Immunology & Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. Nancy Freitag
    Dissertation title: Characterization of PRFA-Regulated Virulence Gene Expression in Listeria Monocytogenes.
    Postgraduate positions: Director of Workforce Development, United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation

    Stephen Gurczynski
    Program: Immunology & Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. Philip Pellett
    Dissertation title: Human Cytomegalovirus US17 Locus Fine-Tunes Innate and Intrinsic Immune Responses.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine – University of Michigan

    Brett Hanson
    Program: Immunology & Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. Melody Neely
    Dissertation title: Analysis of the Streptococcal CpsA Protein in DNA-Binding and Regulation of Capsule and Cell Wall maintenance.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics – University of California-Irvine

    Melphine Harriott
    Program: Immunology & Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. Mairi Noverr
    Dissertation title: Effects of Prostaglandin E2 on Candida Albicans Biofilms.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Henry Ford Hospital – Infectious Diseases Translational Research Center; Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Oakland University

    Suresh Kari
    Program: Immunology & Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. Yi-Chi Kong
    Dissertation title: Examining Autoimmune Sequelae during Cancer Immunotherapy in a Combined Autoimmune Thyroiditis and Tumor Mouse Model.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Thomas Jefferson University

    Taba Kheradmand
    Program: Immunology & Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. Robert Swanborg
    Dissertation title: Natural Killer Cells and their Role in the Regulation of T cell Proliferation.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University; Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Laboratory Director; University of Chicago Medical Center; Transplant Immunology Laboratory, Gift of Life Michigan

    Anne Kizy
    Program: Immunology & Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. Melody Neely
    Dissertation title: A genetic exploration reveals novel Streptococcus pyrogenes virulence factors important for in vivo survival and biofilm.
    Post graduate positions: Medical Writer, MMS Holdings Inc.; Scientific Director, Henry Ford Health System; Medical Science Liaison, Theravance Biopharma Inc.

    Gitanjali Kundu
    Program: Immunology & Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. Mairi Noverr
    Dissertation title: Immunomodulatory Effect of Host and Fungal Eicosanoids During Host- Pathogen Interactions with Candida Albicans.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Jinzhu Li
    Program: Immunology & Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. Harley Tse
    Dissertation title: Immunological Mechanism for Initiation of Relapses of Experimental Allergic Encephalitomyelitis.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellowship, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

    Beth Lowe
    Program: Immunology & Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. Melody Neely
    Dissertation title: Analysis of Systematic Dissemination of the Zoonotic Pathogen Streptococcus Iniae and the Importance of Capsule.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Lin Lu
    Program: Immunology & Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. Alan Hudson
    Dissertation title: RSF1 and RSF2, Nuclear Genes Encoding Proteins Required for Respiratory Growth and Mitochondrial DNA Maintenance in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Children’s Memorial Hospital– Chicago; Resident, Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

    Jesse Miller
    Program: Immunology & Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. Melody Neely
    Dissertation title: Large Scale Screen Highlights the Importance of Capsule for the Systemic Zoonotic Pathogen, Streptococcus Iniae.
    Postgraduate positions: Marine Biologist, University of Mississippi; Microbiology Specialist, 3M; Research Scientist, NSF International

    Mahomed-Yunus Moosa
    Program: Immunology & Microbiology
    Advisor: Robert Akins
    Dissertation title: Investigation of Virulence and Resistant Gene Expression in Candida Albicans: Studies on Primary Isolates Form Patients’ with Acute Vulvovaginal Candidiasis.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Rebecca Morgan
    Program: Immunology & Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. Paul Wooley
    Dissertation title: Glucose-6-Phosphate and Joint Antigen Reactivity in Two Mouse Models of Autoimmune Arthritis.
    Postgraduate positions: Lab Manager, Wayne State University; Research Studies Coordinator, National Jewish Medical and Research Center; Sales and Business Analyst, University Physician Inc.

    Gerald Morris
    Program: Immunology & Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. Yi-Chi Kong
    Dissertation title: Characterization of Regulatory T Cells Mediating Induced Tolerance to Experimental Autoimmune Thyroiditis.
    Postgraduate positions: MD/PhD, Instructor – Department of Pathology/Immunology, Washington University; Assistant Professor, University of California-San Diego

    Paramita Mukherjee
    Program: Immunology & Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. Paul Wooley
    Dissertation title: Tumor Necrosis Factor Receptor Gene Therapy Influences Humoral and Cellular Immune Responses in Collagen Induced Arthritis.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Resident, Nephrology Fellow, University of Washington; Internal Medicine Nocturnist, Group Health Cooperative; Nephrologist, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center; Medical Director, Puget Sound Kidney Center

    Audelia Munguia 
    Program: Immunology & Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. Paul Roberts
    Dissertation title: Host Cell and Viral Determinants Involved in the Formation of Filamentous Influenza a Virus Particles.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Miami; Postdoctoral Fellow, Mayo Clinic; Manager of Medical Writing, MMS Holdings Inc.

    Daniel Ortiz
    Program: Immunology & Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. Philip Pellet
    Dissertation title: The Roles Of Human Cytomegalovirus Tegument Proteins Pul48 And Pul103 During Lytic Infection.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Marshfield Clinic

    Phanramphoei Namprachan-Frantz
    Program: Immunology & Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. Melody Neely
    Dissertation title: Identification of the Role of the Sal Locus in Streptococcus Pyogenes Virulence During Host-Pathogen Interactions.
    Postgraduate positions: Research Scientist, National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC) – Thailand

    Suparna Nanua
    Program: Immunology and Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. Fayth Yoshimura
    Dissertation title: Elucidation of the Mechanism Involved in Oncogenic Murine Leukemia Virus Induced Apoptosis.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Washington University; Pathologist, Saint Luke’s Health System

    Quinn Parks
    Program: Immunology and Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Hobden
    Dissertation title: Determinants of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Ocular Virulence
    Postgraduate positions: Microbiology Scientific Research Fellow

    Hilary Phelps
    Program: Immunology and Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. Melody Neely
    Dissertation title: Characterization of Streptococcus Pyogenes Factors Required for Host-Pathogen Interactions
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Michigan State University; Director of Research, TransPharm Preclinical Solutions; Senior Scientist, Zoetis

    Shari Pilon
    Program: Immunology and Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. W.-Z Wei
    Dissertation title: Anti-Tumor Immunity Induced by ERBB-2 DNA Vaccines.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Comprehensive Cancer Center – University of Michigan; Research Scientist, Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute; Assistant Professor, University of South Florida

    Sarah Plecha
    Program: Immunology & Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Withey
    Dissertation title: The Mechanism for Inhibition of Vibrio Cholerae Virulence Gene Expression by Bile and Its Fatty Acid Components.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toledo

    George Roberts
    Program: Immunology and Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. Alan Hudson
    Dissertation title: In Yeast, the RSF1 Gene Product Functions in the Transition from Fermentative to Glycerol-Based Respiratory Growth.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Wayne State University; Statistical Analyst/ Data Modeler, Quicken Loans

    Hannah Rowe
    Program: Immunology & Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. Melody Neely
    Dissertation title: Cell Envelope Modifications by LCP Family Proteins of Group B Streptococcus and Virulence Signaling by Peptides of the Salivaricin Locus of Streptococcus Pyrogenes.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toledo

    Keri Schaubert
    Program: Immunology and Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. June Kan-Mitchell
    Dissertation title: Characterization and exploitation Of the Human T Cell Repertoire to a Potentially Protective HIV-1 Epitope in GAG p24
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan; Law Clerk, Daley DeBofsky & Bryant; Associate, Cozen O’Connor

    Janice Speshock
    Program: Immunology and Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr.Christopher Roberts
    Dissertation title: Fatal Bacteremia Occurs In Mice Co-Infected with Filamentous Influenza A Virus and Serotype 3 Streptococcus Pneumoniae
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Wright –Patterson Air Force Base; Assistant Professor, Tarleton State University

    Joshua Thomson
    Program: Immunology & Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Withey
    Dissertation title: Mechanisms for Bicarbonate-Mediated Virulence in Vibrio Cholerae.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Prachi Trivedi
    Program: Immunology and Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. Robert Swanborg
    Dissertation title: Mechanism of Regulation of T Cell Responses by Natural Killer (NK CD3-) Cells.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Paula Whittington
    Program: Immunology & Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. Wei-zen Wei
    Dissertation title: Her-2 Vaccines: Mechanism of Action and Clinical Implications.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Yufang Yang
    Program: Immunology and Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. Roy Sundick
    Dissertation title: A Novel Method to Produce Avian Influenza Vaccine Bearing Membrane-Bound Chil-2.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Jiayi Yu
    Program: Immunology & Microbiology
    Advisor: Dr. Michael Shaw
    Dissertation title: Interleukin 13 D E2-A Novel Splice Variant of Interleukin-13 with inflammatory Function.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, MD Anderson Cancer Center; Instructor, MD Anderson Cancer Center

  • Medical Physics

    Justus Adamson
    Program: Medical Physics
    Advisor: Dr. Qiuwen Wu & Dr. Jay Burmeister
    Dissertation title: Prostate Intrafraction Motion Assessed by Simultaneous kV Fluoroscopy at MV Delivery.
    Postgraduate positions: Medical Physics Resident, Duke University Medical Center; Assistant Professor, Duke University – Department of Radiation Oncology

    Khalid Alyousef
    Program: Medical Physics
    Advisor: Dr. Mark Yudelev
    Dissertation title: A Novel Approach to Mixed Field Dosimetry Utilizing a Prototype Silicon Based P-1-N Diodes
    Postgraduate positions: Assistant Professor, King Abdul-Aziz Medical Center

    Janice Campbell
    Program: Medical Physics
    Advisor: Dr. Jay Burmeister
    Dissertation title: Development of Dose Response to Y-90 Microsphere Treatment of Metastatic Liver Cancer by Quantitative Analysis of Spect and Pet Images.
    Postgraduate Positions: Nuclear Medicine Physicist, William Beaumont Hospital

    Mikhail Chetvertkov
    Program: Medical Physics
    Advisor: Dr. Indrin Chetty
    Dissertation title: Principal Component Analysis-Based Anatomical Motion Models for Use in Adaptive Radiation Therapy of Head and Neck Cancer Patients.
    Postgraduate positions: Medical Physics Resident, MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Alberto Delazerda
    Program: Medical Physics
    Advisor: Dr. Colin Orton
    Dissertation title: Inverse Planning for Low-Dose-Rate Prostate Brachytherapy by Simulated Annealing under Fuzzy Expert Control.
    Postgraduate positions: Assistant Professor, University of Miami

    Charles Dodge
    Program: Medical Physics
    Advisor: Dr. Michael Flynn and Dr. Jay Burmeister
    Dissertation title: A Rapid Method for the Simulation of Filtered X-Ray Spectra in Diagnostic Imaging Systems.
    Postgraduate positions: Research Physicist, NASA; Medical and Health Physicist, St. Luke’s; Director of Imaging Physics, Houston Methodist Hospital

    Jonathon Farr
    Program: Medical Physics
    Advisor: Dr. Mark Yudelev
    Dissertation title: A Fast Neutron Multi-Leaf collimator (MLC) for Intensity Modulated Neutron Radiotherapy (IMNRT).
    Postgraduate position: Chief of Radiation Physics, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

    Hector Garnica
    Program: Medical Physics
    Advisor: Dr. Frank Van den Heuvel
    Dissertation title: Radiation Source Modeling for Monte Carlo-Based Treatment Planning Systems.
    Postgraduate positions: Investigator, Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute, University of Monterrey

    Carri Glide
    Program: Medical Physics
    Advisor: Dr. Neb Duric
    Dissertation title: A Novel Approach to Evaluating Breast Density Using Ultrasound Tomography.
    Postgraduate positions: Research Medical Physicist, William Beaumont Hospital; Senior Staff Physicist, Henry Ford Health System; Associate Professor, Wayne State University School of Medicine

    Tongming He
    Program: Medical Physics
    Advisor: Dr. Frank van De Huevel
    Dissertation title: Implementation of Amonter Carlo Based Inverse Planning Model for Clinical IMRT with MCNP Code.
    Postgraduate positions: Medical Physicist and Clinical Associate Professor, Oregon Health and Science University; Medical Physicist, Swedish Medical Center

    Ching-Yi Hsieh
    Program: Medical Physics
    Advisor: Dr. Jacob Burmeister
    Dissertation title: Quantifying Magnetic Moments and Susceptibilities of Small Cylindrical and Spherical Objects in MRI.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Brian Loughery
    Program: Medical Physics
    Advisor: Dr. Michael Snyder
    Dissertation title: Kilovoltage Intensity Modulated RadioTherapy
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Adrian Nalichowski
    Program: Medical Physics
    Advisor: Dr. Jacob Burmeister
    Dissertation title: Clinical Applications of Advanced Rotational Radiation Therapy
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Ryan Price
    Program: Medical Physics
    Advisor: Dr. Carrie Glide-Hurst
    Dissertation title: Toward Magnetic Resonance Only Treatment Planning: Distortion Mitigation and Image-Guided Radiation Therapy Validation.
    Postgraduate positions: Medical Physics Resident, University of Washington

    Mark Sak
    Program: Medical Physics
    Advisor: Dr. Neb Duric
    Dissertation title: The Use of Sound Speed Measurements Made by Ultrasound Tomography as a Measure of Breast Density.
    Postgraduate Positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Karmanos Cancer Center

    Lakshmi Santanam
    Program: Medical Physics
    Advisor: Dr. Jay Burmeister
    Dissertation title: Clinical Applications of IMRT to Adenocarcinoma of Prostate: Portal Dose Verification and Intensity Modulated Neutron Radiotherapy.
    Postgraduate positions: Associate Professor, Washington University

    Mark Smyczynski
    Program: Medical Physics
    Advisor: Dr. Michael King and Dr. Otto Muzik
    Dissertation title: An Investigation of the Impact and Correction of Respiratory Motion on the Detection of Small Lung Lesions in SPECT Imaging.
    Postgraduate positions: Radiation Oncologist, University of Massachusetts Medical Center

    Ning Wen
    Program: Medical Physics
    Advisor: Dr. Teamour Nurushev
    Dissertation title: The Strategy of Adaptive Radiation Therapy.
    Postgraduate positions: Clinical Assistant Professor, Wayne State University School of Medicine; Chief Medical Physicist, Henry Ford Health System

    Bo Zhao
    Program: Medical Physics
    Advisor: Dr. Jacob Burmeister
    Dissertation title: Beyond The Dvh – Spatial And Biological Radiotherapy Treatment Planning.
    Postgraduate positions: Medical Physicist Resident, Karmanos Cancer Institute; Senior Associate Physicist, Henry Ford Health System

  • Molecular and Cellular Toxicology

    Mohamed Abdelmegeed
    Program: Molecular & Cellular Toxicology
    Advisor: Dr. Raymond Novak
    Dissertation title: The Activation of Signaling Pathways and the Regulation of Heme-Oxygenase 1 and Cytochrome P450 2E1 by Ketone Bodies in Primary Cultured Rat Hepatocytes.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Wayne State University School of Medicine; Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California San Francisco; NIRTA Fellow, NIAAA/NIH

    Nicholas Carruthers
    Program: Molecular & Cellular Toxicology
    Advisor: Dr. Paul Stemmer
    Dissertation title: Methionine Oxidation in Calmodulin-Binding Domains.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Western Ontario

    Althea Elliott
    Program: Molecular & Cellular Toxicology
    Advisor: Dr. John Reiners
    Dissertation title: Regulation of the Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor by Ubiquitin Conjugating Enzyme Inhibitor P-Anilinoaniline.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Jiaqi Fu
    Program: Molecular & Cellular Toxicology
    Advisor: Dr. Melissa Runge-Morris
    Dissertation title: Estrogen Sulfotransferase (SULT1E1) Expression and Function in MCF10A-Series Breast Epithelial Cells: Role as a Modifier of Breast Carcinogenesis and Regulation by Proliferation State
    Postgraduate position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan

    Miriam Kleinman
    Program: Molecular & Cellular Toxicology
    Advisor: Dr. John Reiners Jr.
    Dissertation title: Cationic Amphiphilic Drug-Induced Autophagosome Sequestration Within Vimentin Itermediate Filament Networks Results in Prolonged Autophagosome Half-Life.
    Postgraduate positions: President and Founder of Teava, LLC; Founder and CEO of Karo Rx, LLC

    Stephanie Lomonaco
    Program: Molecular & Cellular Toxicology
    Advisor: Dr. Gan Wang
    Dissertation title: The Role of Nucleotide Excision Repair in DNA Damage Mediated Apoptosis and Cell Cycle Regulation.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Bryan Thibodeau
    Program: Molecular & Cellular Toxicology
    Advisor: Dr. Fred Miller
    Dissertation title: , Identification and Characterization of CXCR4 as a Modulator of Progression in the MCF10AT Model of Proliferative Breast Disease.
    Postgraduate positions: Research Associate, William Beaumont Hospital

    Luan Wang
    Program: Molecular & Cellular Toxicology
    Advisor: Dr. Douglas Ruden
    Dissertation title: A Protective Role Of Autophagy In A Drosophila Model Of Friedreich’s Ataxia (frda).
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Jie Zheng
    Program: Molecular & Cellular Toxicology
    Advisor: Dr. Raymond Novak
    Dissertation title: Cross-Talk Between the TGF-Beta/Smad and PI3K/Akt Pathways in the Human Breast Epithelial MCF10A Cell Lineage – Implication of Signaling Inhibitors.
    Postgraduate positions: —

  • Molecular Genetics and Genomics

    Batoul Abdallah
    Program: Molecular Genetics and Genomics
    Advisor: Dr. Henry Heng
    Dissertation title: Fuzzy Inheritance: A Novel Form of Somatic Cell Inheritance that Regulates Cell Population Heterogeneity.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Paul Albosta
    Program: Molecular Biology and Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Russell Finley
    Dissertation title: Drosophila Cyclin J and the Somatic piRNA Pathway Cooperate to Regulate Germline Stem Cells.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Massachusetts Medical School

    Shruti Bagla
    Program: Molecular Biology and Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Loeb
    Dissertation title: Linking the Molecular, Electrical and Anatomical Properties of Human Epileptic Brain.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Children’s Hospital of Michigan – Department of Pediatric Neurology

    Daniel Barkmeier
    Program: Molecular Biology & Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Loeb
    Dissertation title: The Interictal State in Epilepsy.
    Postgraduate positions: MD/PhD, Transitional Year Resident, Spectrum Health System

    Thomas Beaumont
    Program: Molecular Biology & Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Loeb
    Dissertation title: Defining the Human Epileptic Transcriptome.
    Postgraduate positions: Neurological Surgery Resident, Washington University

    Amy Boddy
    Program: Molecular Biology & Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Derek Wildman
    Dissertation title: Insights into Human Brain Evolution through Phylogenetic Analysis and Comparative Genomics.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Evolution and Cancer at University of California-San Francisco; Postdoctoral Fellow, Arizona State University

    Maria Cypher
    Program: Molecular Biology & Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Leon Carlock
    Dissertation title: Novel Synthesis and Degradation Pathways for the Myelin Proteolipid Proteins.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Wayne State University School of Medicine; Founder and Director of Research, GliaGen; Founder, CaCy Therapeutics, LLC

    Gurdip Daffu
    Program: Molecular Biology & Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. John Kamholz
    Dissertation title: An Investigation of the role of the Proteolipid Protein Specific Domain in Central Nervous System Myelin.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University Medical Center; Postdoctoral Fellow, New York University School of Medicine

    Raymond Esper
    Program: Molecular Biology & Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Loeb
    Dissertation title: Neuregulin, Neurotrophic Factors, and Protein Kinase C in Axoglial Signaling
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Wayne State University; Physician, University of Michigan Health System; Physician, Florida Cancer Specialists

    Nermin Gerges
    Program: Molecular Biology & Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Russell Finley
    Dissertation title: Functional Analysis of a Highly Conserved Cyclin, Cyclin Y, in Drosophila Melanogaster.
    Postgraduate positions: Cell Therapy Development Specialist, Moffitt Cancer Center

    Scott Henry
    Program: Molecular Biology & Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Scott Dulchavsky
    Dissertation title: Biolistic Augmentation of Wound Healing in Diabetic and Steroid Treated Rats.
    Postgraduate position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Detroit Medical Center, University of Louisville

    Steven Horne
    Program: Molecular Genetics & Genomics
    Advisor: Dr. Henry Heng
    Dissertation title: Effective Drug Treatment Induces Drug Resistance Through Rapid Genome Alteration-Mediated Cancer Evolution.
    Postgraduate Positions: —

    Natalie Jameson
    Program: Molecular Biology & Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Derek Wildman
    Dissertation title: Callitrichine Life History Adaptations.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Wayne State University; Scientist I, Progenity Inc.

    Graham Johnson
    Program: Molecular Biology & Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Stephen Krawetz
    Dissertation title: Towards A Unified Model Of Sperm Chromatin Structure.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Cynthia Kalita
    Program: Molecular Genetics and Genomics
    Advisor: Dr. Francesca Luca and Dr. Roger Pique-Regi
    Dissertation title: Validating Functional Mechanisms for Non-Coding Genetic Variants Associated with Complex Traits.
    Postgraduate Positions: —

    Najla Kfoury
    Program: Molecular Biology & Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Gregory Kapatos
    Dissertation title: Differential target gene recruitment and cellular distribution of CCAAT/Enhancer Binding Proteins alpha, beta and delta in the rodent brain.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Associate, Washington University – St. Louis

    Jeremy Laukka
    Program: Molecular Biology & Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. John Kamholz
    Dissertation title: Application of Magnetic Resonance Imaging to Understanding the Pathogenesis of the X-linked Leukodystrophy Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease.
    Postgraduate positions: Assistant Professor, Michigan State University; Adjunct Faculty, Detroit Medical Center – Department of Neurology, Assistant Professor, University of Toledo

    Lesley Lawrenson
    Program: Molecular Biology & Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Hong-Qiang Heng
    Dissertation title: Tracking Profiles of Genomic Instability in Spontaneous Transformation and Tumorigenesis.
    Postgraduate positions: MD/PhD, Year 3 Medical School Student, Wayne State University

    Guy Lenk
    Program: Molecular Biology & Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Helena Kuivaniemi
    Dissertation title: Refinement of the Genetic Susceptibility Loci for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan; Research Investigator, University of Michigan

    Qunfang Li
    Program: Molecular Biology and Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Loeb
    Dissertation title: Neuregulin-Extracellular Matrix Interactions in Synaptic Development and Cancer.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Karmanos Cancer Institute

    John Lillvis
    Program: Molecular Biology & Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Wayne Lancaster and Dr. Helena Kuivaniemi
    Dissertation title: Towards an Understanding of the Etiology of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms: Identification of Genes Implicated in AAA Risk and Development.
    Postgraduate positions: MD/PhD, Ophthalmology Resident, Kresge Eye Institute

    Amelia Linnemann
    Program: Molecular Biology and Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Stephen Krawetz
    Dissertation title: Analysis of Nuclear Scaffold/Matrix Attachment: The Role of Genome Organization in Transcription.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Assistant Scientist, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Dongmei Liu
    Program: Molecular Biology and Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Russell Finley
    Dissertation title: Determination of the Essential Functions of a Conserved Cyclin, Cyclin Y, In Drosophila.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California-La Jolla

    Zhenzhong Ma
    Program: Molecular Biology & Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Loeb
    Dissertation title: Axogial Communication Mediated by Soluble Neuregulin-1 and BDNF.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center

    Kathleen Maheras
    Program: Molecular Biology & Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Alexander Gow
    Dissertation title: Neural Circuitry Deficits Associated With Dysfunctional Myelin.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Wayne State University School of Medicine

    Dumrong Mairiang
    Program: Molecular Biology & Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Russell Finley
    Dissertation title: Characterization of Intracellular Interactions between Dengue Virus and Host Proteins.
    Postgraduate positions: Researcher, Medical Biotechnology Unit- Siriraj Hospital, Thailand

    Rui Martins
    Program: Molecular Biology & Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Stephen Krawetz
    Dissertation title: Toward an Understanding of the Molecular Events that Precede Transcription of the Protamine Cluster.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, The Gurdon Institute-Cambridge University; Researcher Development Advisor for Postdoctoral Fellows, Centre for Academic and Professional Development.

    Roberto Mendez
    Program: Molecular Biology and Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Kezhong Zhang
    Dissertation title: The Role of CREBH in Hepatic Energy Regulation under Metabolic Stress.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Gregory Moyerbrailean
    Program: Molecular Genetics & Genomics
    Advisor: Dr. Francesca Luca
    Dissertation title: Modeling the Mechanism Underlying Environmental and Genetic Determinants of Gene Expression and Complex Traits.
    Postgraduate positions: —-

    Thilakam Murali
    Program: Molecular Biology & Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Russell Finley
    Dissertation title: The Drosophila Interactions Database: Integrating the Interactome and Transcriptome.
    Postgraduate positions: Research Technician, Wayne State University

    David O’Hagan
    Program: Molecular Biology & Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Geradus Tromp
    Dissertation title: mRNA Surveillance and Human Disease.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Burnham Institute; Staff Scientist, Karmanos Cancer Institute; Adjunct Faculty, Schoolcraft College

    Mark Pankonin
    Program: Molecular Biology & Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Loeb
    Dissertation title: Specific Heparan Sulfate Interactions Target and Potentiate Neuregulin-1 Signaling.
    Postgraduate positions: Gastroenterology Physician, Covenant Digestive Care Center

    Zachary Papper
    Program: Molecular Biology and Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Derek Wildman
    Dissertation title: Evolution of Lactate Dehydrogenase Genes in Primates, with Special Consideration of Nucleotide Organization in Mammalian Promoters.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University Medical Center; City Research Scientist and Director of Data Intelligence Group, New York City Department of Finance

    Kirit Pindolia
    Program: Molecular Biology & Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Rafael Fridman
    Dissertation title: Topological Characterization of a Transcribing Gene Affinity Purified from Mammalian Cells.
    Postgraduate positions: Consultant, Home Healthcare Solutions; Scientist/Lead Investigator, Henry Ford Health System

    Neeraja Purandare
    Program: Molecular Genetics & Genomics
    Advisor: Dr. Lawrence Grossman
    Dissertation title:Chchd10 a Novel Bi-Organellar Regulator of Cellular Metabolism: Implications for Neurodegeneration
    Postgraduate positions: -

    Daniel Radecki 
    Program: Molecular Biology and Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Alexander Gow
    Dissertation title: Analysis of the Secondary Neurodegenerative Consequences of Primary Oligodendrocyte Stress Through the Use of the Novel O Biden Mouse Model.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Sanjay Rakhade
    Program: Molecular Biology & Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Loeb
    Dissertation title: Activity Dependent Gene Expression in Human Neocortical Epilepsy.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School; Instructor, Harvard Medical School; Medical Director of Neurology and Clinical Development, Genzyme (a Sanofi Company)

    Raquel Ritchie
    Program: Molecular Biology & Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Li Li
    Dissertation title: Understanding the Transcriptional Regulatory Network of Smooth Muscle Genes in Response to TGF-Beta Signaling.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan; Assistant Professor, Michigan State University

    Stacey Sakowski
    Program: Molecular Biology & Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Donald Kuhn
    Dissertation title: Tryptophan Hydroxylase Isoforms 1 and 2: Functional Characterization, Tissue Distribution and Posttranslational Modification.
    Postgraduate positions: Adjunct Professor, University of Michigan-Dearborn; Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; Adjunct Professor, Madonna University; Deputy Managing Director, A.Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute

    Levant Sipahi
    Program: Molecular Biology and Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Derek Wildman and Dr. Monica Uddin
    Dissertation title: Proximate and Evolutionary Insights into the Epigenetics of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Ramaswamy Sharma
    Program: Molecular Biology & Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Alexander Gow
    Dissertation title: Roles of ATF3 and Caspase-12 in Neurodegeneration.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, The Forsyth Institute; Research Associate, Harvard University; Assistant Professor, University of Texas-San Antonio Health Science Center

    Jianbin Shen
    Program: Molecular Biology & Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Li Li
    Dissertation title: Identifying SM22 as a Key Player in Arterial Diseases.
    Postgraduate positions: Internal Medicine Resident, Yale University

    Jaime Stafford
    Program: Molecular Biology & Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Michael Tainsky
    Dissertation title: “Missing Heritability and Novel Germline Risk Loci in Hereditary Ovarian Cancer: Insights from Whole Exome Sequencing and Functional Analyses”
    Postgraduate Positions:—

    Joshua Stevens
    Program: Molecular Biology and Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Henry Heng
    Dissertation title: Mitotic Cell Death by Chromosome Fragmentation: Discovery, Analysis and Applications.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Wayne State University

    Daochun Sun
    Program: Molecular Biology & Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Michael Tainsky
    Dissertation title: Identification of Transcriptional Mechanisms Downstream of NF1 Gene Deficiency in Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumors.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

    Nataliya Turchyn
    Program: Molecular Biology and Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Aleksandar Popadic
    Dissertation title: The Cellular and Genetic Mechanisms Underlying the Morphological Diversity of Insects.
    Postgraduate positions: Lecturer; Wayne State University

    JiaJing Wang
    Program: Molecular Biology & Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Loeb
    Dissertation title: Role of Neuregulin1 in Neuromuscular Junction Development.
    Postgraduate positions: Research Assistant, Department of Pathology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

    Shantel Weinsheimer
    Program: Molecular Biology & Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Geradus Tromp
    Dissertation title: Identification of Positional and Functional Candidate Genes in Intracranial Aneurysm
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California-San Francisco

    Shannon Wills
    Program: Molecular Biology & Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Geradus Tromp
    Dissertation title: —
    Postgraduate positions: Clinical Research Associate, William Beaumont Hospital; Clinical Research Associate, Barrett’s Esophagus and Thoracic Research; Hospitalist, Cancer Care Associates; Hematology Oncology Hospitalist, Henry Ford Health System; Principle Investigator CCDR, Beaumont Health System

    Susan Wykes
    Program: Molecular Biology and Genetics
    Advisor: Stephen Krawetz
    Dissertation title: Dynamic Chromatin: The Organization and Regulation of Haploid-Specific Domains.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Wayne State University

    Li Yang
    Program: Molecular Biology and Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Li Li
    Dissertation title: Study of a Novel Gene Hemogen/EDAG in Hematopoiesis and Spermatogenesis.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California-Los Angeles; Associate Professor, East Carolina University

    Ze Zheng
    Program: Molecular Biology and Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Kezhong Zhang
    Dissertation title: CREBH, A Novel Liver Clock Keeper for Energy Metabolism.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University

    Jinhui Zhong
    Program: Molecular Biology and Genetics
    Advisor: Dr. Russell Finley
    Dissertation title: Development of High Throughput Yeast Two-Hybrid Strategies for Proteome-Wide Protein-Protein Interaction Maps.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institutes of Health-Baltimore

  • Pathology

    Olga Astapova
    Program: Pathology
    Advisor: Dr. Todd Leff
    Dissertation title: Mechanistic Studies of a Novel PPAR-gamma Mutant that Causes Lipodystrophy and Diabetes.
    Postgraduate Positions: MD/PhD, Internal Medicine Resident, University of Rochester

    Hector Biliran
    Program: Pathology
    Advisor: Dr. Shijie Sheng
    Dissertation title: Complex Regulation of Urokinase-Type Plasminogen Activator by Tumor Suppressive Maspin.
    Postgraduate positions: Associate Professor, Xavier University of Louisiana

    Alyssa Bottrell
    Program: Pathology
    Advisor: Dr. Hyeong-Reh Kim
    Dissertation title: The Role of PDGF C and Its Splice Variant in Breast Cancer.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Jinah Cho
    Program: Pathology
    Advisor: Dr. Rafael Fridman
    Dissertation title: Biochemical and Biological Studies on the Regulation of MT1-MMP (MMP-14) at the Tumor Cell Surface.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Boston Children’s Hospital

    Rahul Deshmukh
    Program: Pathology
    Advisor: Dr. Qingping Dou
    Dissertation title: Proteasome Inhibition as a Potential Anti-Breast Cancer Therapy: Mechanisms of Action and Resistance-Reversing Strategies.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Wayne State University Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; Ad hoc Reviewer, European Journal of Medical Chemistry

    Allison Gartung
    Program: Pathology
    Advisor: Dr. Menq-Jer Lee
    Dissertation title: —
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

    Wei Huang
    Program: Pathology
    Advisor: Dr. James Thomas
    Dissertation title: Platelet-Derived Growth Factor D (PDGF D) Signaling and Human Prostate Cancer Progression.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Associate, Wayne State University

    Sangeeta Joshi
    Program: Pathology
    Advisor: Dr. Kenneth Honn
    Dissertation title: A Novel Interaction Between 12-Lipoxygenase and 4 Integrin Plays a Role in Cancer Progression.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Roswell Park Cancer Institute; Scientist, OncoTartis Inc.

    Seaho Kim
    Program: Pathology
    Advisor: Rafael Fridman
    Dissertation title: Regulation of Membrane Type-Matrix Metalloproteinases (Mt-Mmps) in Non-Malignant and Malignant Cells.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Albert Einstein Medical Center; Postdoctoral Associate, Weill Cornell Medical College

    Yun-Hee Lee
    Program: Pathology
    Advisor: Dr.Todd Leff
    Dissertation title: Cellular Plasticity in White Adipose Tissue: In Vivo Identification of Bipotent Adipocyte Progenitors in Adult White Adipose Tissue.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Wayne State University

    Deborah Leicht
    Program: Pathology
    Advisor: Dr. Guri Tzivion
    Dissertation title: RAF-1 Regulation By Its Downstream Effectors, MEK and ERK.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan

    Gang Li
    Program: Pathology
    Advisor: Dr. Todd Leff
    Dissertation title: Molecular Analysis of PPARy Mutations Associated with Diabetes and Lipodystrophy
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Wayne State University; Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University Medical Center; Staff Scientist, Genzyme – A Sanofi Company; Senior Scientist, Acceleron Pharma

    Jaron Lockett
    Program: Pathology
    Advisor: Dr.Shijie Sheng
    Dissertation title: Maspin as a Regulator of Extracellular Matrix Proteolysis
    Postgraduate positions: Management Intern, National Institutes of Health; Program Analyst, National Institute for General Medical Science – NIH

    Ma’in Maitah
    Program: Pathology
    Advisor: Dr. Fazlul Sarkar
    Dissertation title: Hedgehog Signaling: A Potential Therapeutic Target for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer.
    Postgraduate positions: —-

    Emilio Mottillo
    Program: Pathology
    Advisor: Dr. James Granneman
    Dissertation title: Fatty Acid Fate in Determining Inflammation and Oxidation in Adipose Tissue.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Guelph-Canada; Postdoctoral Fellow, McMaster University – Department of Medicine

    Christopher Pierson
    Program: Pathology
    Advisor: Dr. Anders Sima
    Dissertation title: Diabetic Neuropathy: A Heterogeneous, Dynamic, And Progressive Disorder.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard – Brigham & Women’s Hospital; Postdoctoral Fellow, Boston Children’s Hospital; Assistant Professor, Ohio State University College of Medicine; Neuropathologist, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

    Megan Schober
    Program: Pathology
    Advisor: Dr. Yong Chen Hyeong Reh Kim
    Dissertation title: Effects of Hormonal Environment on Prostate Cancer Progression.
    Postgraduate positions: MD/ PhD, Urology Resident, William Beaumont Hospital; Urologist, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

    Jinghua Shi
    Program: Pathology
    Advisor: Dr. Lucia Schuger
    Dissertation title: P311 Induces Myofibroblast Amoeboid-Like Migration through Rala Activation
    Postgraduate positions: Medical Practice Professional in San Francisco

    Qing Sun
    Program: Pathology
    Advisor: Dr. Rafael Fridman
    Dissertation title: Biochemical and Biological Characterization of Membrane Type 6-Matrix Metalloproteinase.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute; Assay Development Scientist, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

    Jannifer Tyrrell
    Program: Pathology
    Advisor: Dr. Todd Leff
    Dissertation title: Linking Environmental Toxicant Exposure to Diabetes Susceptibility.
    Postgraduate positions: Teaching, Grand Valley State University

    Zhiwei Wang
    Program: Pathology
    Advisor: Dr.Fazlul Sarkar
    Dissertation title: Notch Signaling: A Potential Therapeutic Target for Pancreatic Cancer
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Wayne State University; Instructor, Harvard Medical School

    Lin Zhang
    Program: Pathology
    Advisor: Dr. Todd Leff
    Dissertation title: A direct link between cellular metabolism and gene expression: AMP-activated protein kinase as a transcriptional co-repressor.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Oakridge National Lab

  • Pharmacology

    Kadija Abounit
    Program: Pharmacology
    Advisor: Dr. Roy McCauley
    Dissertation title: The Process of Autophagy in an In Vitro Model of Myocardial Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, FDA Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research; Intern, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield; Senior Associate, Optimity Advisors

    Bavneet Benipal
    Program: Pharmacology
    Advisor: Dr. Lawrence H. Lash
    Dissertation title: Renal Compensatory Hypertrophy, Mitochondria and Redox Status
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral fellow, Univ. of Pennsylvania

    Grant Blouse
    Program: Pharmacology
    Advisor: Dr. Joseph Shore
    Dissertation title: Protien Engineering of Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor-1 Provides New Insights into the Inhibition Mechanism of Serpins.
    Postgraduate positions: Adjunct Instructor in Pharmacology, Wayne State University

    Wei Cao
    Program: Pharmacology
    Advisor: Dr. Ray Matherly
    Dissertation title: Characterization of Membrane Topology and a Substrate-Binding Domain of the Human Reduced Folate Carrier.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Sreenivasa Chandana
    Program: Pharmacology
    Advisor: Dr. Diane Chugani
    Dissertation title: Functional Neuroimaging of Autism Using Positron Emission Tomography.
    Postgraduate positions: Hematologist/ Medical Oncologist, West Michigan Cancer Center & Institute for Blood Disorders

    Chien-Chung Chen
    Program: Pharmacology
    Advisor: Dr.Hai-Young Wu
    Dissertation title: —
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine; Senior Editor, Medjaden Bioscience Limited; Assistant Professor, Chang Gung University; Senior Scientist, WuXi Apptec

    Joshua Dilworth
    Program: Pharmacology
    Advisor: Dr. Raymond Mattingly
    Dissertation title: The EGFR: RAS Axis in Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor Cells
    Postgraduate positions: MD/PhD, Resident Physician in Radiation Oncology, William Beaumont Hospital

    Bee Ding
    Program: Pharmacology
    Advisor: Dr. Larry Matherly
    Dissertation title: Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of the Human Reduced Folate Carrier.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Sarah Dubaisi
    Program: Pharmacology
    Advisor: Dr. Melissa Runge-Morris
    Dissertation title: Characterization of Cytosolic Sulfotransferase Expression and Regulation in Human Liver and Intestine.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Ying Feng
    Program: Pharmacology
    Advisor: Dr. Nicholas Davis
    Dissertation title: Regulation of the Yeast a-Factor Receptor (Ste3p) by Phosphorylation, Ubiquitination, and Endocytosis.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan; Assistant Research Scientist, National Tsing Hua University

    Courtney Giordano
    Program: Pharmacology
    Advisor: Dr. Stanley R. Terlecky
    Dissertation title: Effects of Altering the Peroxisomal Redox State in Models of Degenerative Disease.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Eric Hales
    Program: Pharmacology
    Advisor: Dr. Hai-Young Wu
    Dissertation title: The Chromosome Architectural Role of LeuO in Transcriptional Regulation.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Karmanos Cancer Institute; Regulatory Affairs, FDA

    Mary Irwin
    Program: Pharmacology
    Advisor: Dr. Julie Boerner
    Dissertation title: A Role for Lipid Rafts in EGFR TKI Resistance in Breast Cancer.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas – MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Christopher Jedeszko
    Program: Pharmacology
    Advisor: Dr. Bonnie Sloane
    Dissertation title: 3D Organotypic Cultures of Ductal Carcinoma in Situ Model the effects of Stroma on Breast Cancer Progression.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto; Principal Scientist – Bioproduction, Xagenic Inc.

    Hitchintan Kaur
    Program: Pharmacology
    Advisor: Dr. Raymond Mattingly
    Dissertation title: Analysis of Gene Expression Alterations in Premalignant Progression from Normal Mammary Epithelium to Ductal Carcinoma in Situ by Multiple Orthogonal Tools.
    Postgraduate positions: Pharmacist, Community Pharmacy; Scientist-Medical Writing, MMS Holding Inc.

    Jay Koepke
    Program: Pharmacology
    Advisor: Dr. Stanley R. Terlecky
    Dissertation title: Peroxisome Senescence and the Role of Catalase Import in Cellular Aging
    Postgraduate positions: Staff Scientist EXT Life Sciences Inc.; Professor, Florida Southwestern State College

    Julie E. Legakis
    Program: Pharmacology
    Advisor: Dr. Stanley R. Terlecky
    Dissertation title: Peroxisome Biogenesis in Human Health, Disease, and Aging
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan – Life Sciences Institute; Research Associate and Protocol Coordinator – NIH Perinatology Research Branch

    Heather McClung
    Program: Pharmacology
    Advisor: Dr. Sandra Rempel
    Dissertation title: The Role of SPARC Acidic Domain and EGF-like Module in Glioma Migration, Invasion, and Signaling.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Van Andel Institute; Researcher, Helen Devos Children’s Hospital; Laboratory Manager, Van Andel Institute

    Kelly McGregor
    Program: Pharmacology
    Advisor: Dr. Rodrigo Andrade
    Dissertation title: Using A Novel Optogenetic Approach To Directly Assess 5-Ht1a Somatodendritic Autoreceptor Function In Response To Chronic Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor Treatment.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Raymond Menard
    Program: Pharmacology
    Advisor: Dr. Raymond Mattingly
    Dissertation title: The Role of P21-Activated Kinase in Cell Signaling.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Chicago Instructor, St. Petersburg College

    Michelle Milstein
    Program: Pharmacology
    Advisor: Dr. Steven Cala
    Dissertation title: Triadin Glycosylation and Calcium-Release Complexes in Heart.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Wayne State University School of Medicine; Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Investigator and Lab Specialist, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; Research Associate, Oakland University

    Nicole Najor
    Program: Pharmacology
    Advisor: Dr. George Brush
    Dissertation title: Meiotic DNA Re-replication and the Recombination Checkpoint.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University – Feinberg School of Medicine

    Asmita Pant
    Program: Pharmacology
    Advisor: Dr. Thomas Kocarek
    Dissertation title:Farnesol-Mediated Regulation of Hepatic Lipid Metabolism in Heparg Cells.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Irene Papanayotou
    Program: Pharmacology
    Advisor: Dr. Nicholas Davis
    Dissertation title: Palmitoylation and the Yeast Casein Kinase, Yck2.
    Postgraduate positions: Medical Writer, MMS Holdings Inc.

    Scott Payton
    Program: Pharmacology
    Advisor: Dr. Larry Matherly
    Dissertation title: Transcriptional and Post-Transcriptional Regulation of the Human Reduced Folate Carrier Gene.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan; Associate Medical Director, Big Communications; Director of Scientific Strategy; Conisus LLC; Scientific Director, Articulate Science –Nucleus Global Company

    Margaret Prior
    Program: Pharmacology
    Advisor: Dr. Nicholas Davis
    Dissertation title: Search for the Functions that Mediation Protein Palmitoylation and Depalmitoylation.
    Postgraduate positions: Resident Physician, William Beaumont Hospital

    Wen Qu 
    Program: Pharmacology
    Advisor: Dr. Douglas Ruden
    Dissertation title: Identification of Lead-Sensitive Expression QTLs and Splicing QTLs in Drosophila Melanogaster by Analysis of RNA-SEQ Data.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Komal Sane
    Program: Pharmacology
    Advisor: Dr. Raymond Mattingly
    Dissertation title: Induction and Regulation of Autophagy by Novel Prenylation Inhibitors in Sts-26t Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor (MPNST) Cells.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute – Harvard Medical School; Director of Content, Cypher Genomics

    Arko Sen
    Program: Pharmacology
    Advisor: Dr. Douglas Ruden
    Dissertation title: Epigenome is an Early Biomarker for Environmental Stress and Activate Protective Transcriptional Changes.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Min Shen
    Program: Pharmacology
    Advisor: Dr. Q. Ping Dou
    Dissertation title: Overcoming Tumor Drug Resistance by Activating Amp-Activated Protein Kinase and Destabilizing Oncoproteins.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Beimeng Sun
    Program: Pharmacology
    Advisor: Dr. Nicholas Davis
    Dissertation title: Ligand-Induced Endocytosis and Recycling of the Yeast a-Factor Receptor.
    Postgraduate positions: Research Scientist, DuPont Pioneer

    Joanna Sutton
    Program: Pharmacology
    Advisor: Dr. Sokol Todi
    Dissertation title: The Influence of Protein Context on Polyglutamine Toxicity in Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 3.

    Fausto Varela
    Program: Pharmacology
    Advisor: Dr. Karin List and Dr. Sokol Todi
    Dissertation Title: The Role of the Cell-Surface Protease TMPRSS13 in Colorectal Cancer.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Claudio Villalobos
    Program: Pharmacology
    Advisor: Dr. Rodrigo Andrade
    Dissertation title: Regulation of Neuronal Excitability: New Mechanisms for Slow after Hyperpolarization Activation and Modulation.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Chile – Santiago

    Johnathan Whetstine
    Program: Pharmacology
    Advisor: Dr. Larry Matherly
    Dissertation title: Characterization of the Molecular Mechanisms Regulating Human Reduced Folate Carrier Gene Expression in Human Tissues.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School; Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

    Jonathon Wojtkowiak
    Program: Pharmacology
    Advisor: Dr. Raymond Mattingly
    Dissertation title: The Induction of Apoptosis and Autophagy in Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor Cells by a Combination of Prenylation Inhibitors.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Scientist, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center; Medical Science Liaison – Oncology, Eli Lilly and Company

    Christopher Wood
    Program: Pharmacology
    Advisor: Dr. Stanley R. Terlecky
    Dissertation title: Cellular Characterization of Human Hypocatalasemia and the Role of PEX14p Phosphorylation in Peroxisome Biogenesis
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania – Cell and Developmental Biology

    Qing Zhong
    Program: Pharmacology
    Advisor: Dr. Lawrence Lash
    Dissertation title: Redox Regulation of Diabetic Nephropathy.
    Postgraduate positions: —

  • Physiology

    Neha Aggarwal
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Douglas Yingst
    Dissertation title: Photodynamic Therapy As An Effective Therapeutic Approach In Mame Models Of Triple Negative And Inflammatory Breast Cancers
    Postgraduate positions: Science Communications Specialist, The Journal of Clinical Investigation

    Rania Abu-Hamdah
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Jena Bhanu
    Dissertation title: Regulation of the Water Channel Aquaporin 1and Aquaporin 6: Isolation and Reconstitution of the Regulatory Complex.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University, Postdoctoral Fellow, Wayne State University; Assistant Professor, Birzeit University-Palestine

    Jamie Anderson
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Barry Franklin
    Dissertation title: Comparison of Thrombotic and Fibrinolytic Responses to Submaximal and Maximal Arm Versus Leg Exercise in Patients with Coronary Artery Disease.
    Postgraduate positions: Teacher, South Lyon Co-op Preschool

    Eric Ansorge
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Donal O’Leary
    Dissertation title: Muscle Metaboreflex control of Coronary Blood flow and Ventricular Function.
    Postgraduate positions: Major, U.S. Army

    Douglas Atchison
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. William Beierwaltes
    Dissertation title: The Modulation of Renin Secretion by Renal Cortical Interstitial Calcium.
    Postgraduate positions: MD/PhD, Internal Medicine Resident, University of Michigan

    Jimmy Belotte
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Ghassan Saed
    Dissertation title: The Role of Oxidative Stress in the Establishment of Resistance to Cisplatin in Epithelial Ovarian Cancer Cells.

    Mark Britton
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Joseph Dunbar
    Dissertation title: The Effects of Middle Cerebral Artery Occlusions on CNS Apoptotic Events in Normal and Diabetic Rats.

    Paulo Caceres
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Pablo Ortiz
    Dissertation title: Regulation of NKCC2 Trafficking by Vesicle Fusion Proteins VAMP2 and VAMP3 in the Thick Ascending Limb.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Henry Ford Health System

    Chaim Colen
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Andrew Sloan
    Dissertation title: Gene Therapy and Radiation of Malignant Glioma by Targeting Glioma Specific Lactate Transporter.
    Postgraduate positions: CEO, Colen Publishing LLC; Founder/CEO Colen Ventures; Neurosurgeon, McLaren Northern Michigan

    Matthew Coutsos
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Donal O’Leary
    Dissertation title: Muscle Metaboreflex Control of Coronary Blood Flow and Ventricular Contractility during Dynamic Exerciese in Normal and Heart Failure Conditions.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Ottawa

    Maryetta Dombrowski
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Patrick Mueller
    Dissertation title: Investigation Of Whether Sedentary And Physically Active Conditions Lead To Altered Gabaergic Signaling In The Rvlm.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Wayne State University School of Medicine

    Yi Dong
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Karin Przyklenk
    Dissertation title: Mitochondrial Dynamics: Exploring a Novel Target against Myocardial Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury.
    Postgraduate positions: Resident in Internal Medicine, Detroit Medical Center

    Catherine DuPont
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Carol Brenner
    Dissertation title: Incidence and Mechanisms of Chromosomal Anomalies during Early Development of Rhesus Macaques.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Erasmus Medical Center-University of Rotterdam

    Sijana Dzinic
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Ram
    Dissertation title: Chemotaxis and Mechanisms Mediating Escherichia Coli-Host Specificity.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Wayne State University

    Samuel Edwin
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Marappa Subramanian
    Dissertation title: Matrix Metalloproteinase in Pregnancy and Parturition.

    Amanda Flack
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Bhanu Jena
    Dissertation title: Altered Morphology and Compositions of Zymogen Granules in Acute Pancreatitis.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Wayne State University

    Todd Francis
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. James Rillema, Ph.D. and Saroj Mathupala, Ph.D.
    Dissertation title: Metabolic Targeting of Malignant Glioma: Modulation of Glycolytic Flux by Erythropoietic Factors.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow Cleveland Clinic Center for Spine Health; Staff Neurosurgeon, Cleveland Center

    Michael Franklin
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Dixon Woodbury
    Dissertation title: Calculation, Comparison and Modeling of Single Channel Proton Flux across Reconstituted Wildtype and Lutnat Fo of the F1F0 Atpase From Eschichia Coli.
    Postgraduate positions: Vice President of IS, The Bartech Group

    Rani Fritz
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. David Armant
    Dissertation title: Trophoblast Retrieval And Isolation From The Cervix (tric) For Non-Invasive Prenatal Genetic Diagnosis And Prediction Of Abnormal Pregnancy Outcome.
    Postgraduate positions: Reproductive Endocrinology an Infertility Fellow, Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

    Tiffini Gibson
    Program: Physiology with a Reproductive Science Concentration
    Advisor: Dr. Carol Brenner, Ph.D.
    Dissertation title: The Impact of the Mitochondrial DNA Genome on Skeletal Muscle and Preimplantation Development in the Rhesus Macaque.
    Postgraduate positions: Laboratory Director, Reproductive Medicine Associates of Texas

    Juan Gonzalez Velez
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Robert Sokol
    Dissertation title: Cervical Remodeling/Ripening at Term and Preterm Delivery: The Same Mechanism Initiated by Different Mediators and Different Effector Cells.
    Postgraduate positions: Perinatology Physician, University of California-San Francisco

    Kevin Gordish
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. William Beierwaltes
    Dissertation title: The Acute And Chronic Effects Of Resveratrol On Renal Function And Blood Pressure.
    Postgraduate positions: Research Analyst; Henry Ford Health System

    Crystal Hill-Pryor
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Joseph Dunbar
    Dissertation title: The Leptin-Proopiomelanocortin (POMC) Regulation of Cardiovascular Dynamics in Rats.
    Postgraduate positions: Combat Casualty Care-Medical Research, Fort Detrick

    Judith Ingles
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Condon
    Dissertation Title: “Appropriate Conditioning of the Uterine Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress Response Inhibits Preterm Birth”

    Jennell Jackson
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Ghassan Saed
    Dissertation title: —
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Wayne State University School of Medicine

    Jill Jamison
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr.Donald DeGracia
    Dissertation title: Mechanisms of Persistent Retranslation Arrest Following Global Brain Ischemia and Reperfusion.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Wayne State University; Adjunct Professor, St. Clair Community College; Medical Science Liaison, Teva Pharmaceuticals

    Chandni Jain
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Randall Armant
    Dissertation title: Molecular Regulation of Trophoblast Survival during Placentation and Pathologies of Placental Insufficiency.

    Jasdeep Kaur
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Donal O’Leary
    Dissertation title: Muscle Metaboreflex and Arterial Baroreflex: Action, Interaction and Altered Control in Heart Failure

    Foaz Kayali
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Donald DeGracia
    Dissertation title: The Role of Stress Granules in Persistent Translation Arrest in the Post Ischemic Hippocampus.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Mt. Sinai-NYC; Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Chicago; General Surgery Resident, Baystate Health Center; Radiology Resident, Richmond University Medical Center

    Tiffany Kent
    Program: Physiology
    Advisors: Dr. Raymond Iezzi and Dr. James Rillema
    Dissertation title: Drug Delivery Methods & Pharmacological Approaches for Treatment of Retinal Degenerative Diseases and its Applicability for Improving Visual Function as Mediated by Artificial Approaches.
    Postgraduate positions: MD/PhD, Ophthalmology Resident, Washington University; Ophthalmologist, Ophthalmic Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Center – Missouri

    Keyona King-Medina
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr.Pablo Ortiz
    Dissertation title: The Role of Alstrom Syndrome 1 (ALMS1) in Hypertenson, Salt Sensitivity and Metabolic Syndrome
    Postgraduate positions: -

    Jong-Kyung Kim
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Donal O’Leary
    Dissertation title: Interaction between the Arterial Baroreflex and Muscle Metaboreflex.
    Postgraduate positions: Associate Professor, Kyung-Hee University-Suwon

    Nicole Fletcher-King
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Ghassan Saed
    Dissertation title: The Role of Oxidative Stress in the Pathogenesis of Ovarian Cancer.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Wayne State University; Adjunct Faculty, Macomb Community College

    Kelley LaBonty
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Donald O’Leary
    Dissertation title: The Effect of Body Positions on Cerebral Blood Flow, Cognition, Cardiac Output, Mean Arterial Blood Pressure, and Motor Function in Patients Undergoing Shoulder Surgery: Lateral Versus Beach Chair Positions Under General Anesthesia.
    Postgraduate positions: Clinical Instructor and Assistant Director, University of Michigan

    Kenneth Lewis
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Bhanu Jena
    Dissertation Title: “Understanding the Molecular Structure, Composition, and Regulation of the Neuronal Porosome Complex”

    Rong Liu
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Jian-Ping Jin
    Dissertation title: Calponin and Cytoskeleton Dynamics in Macrophage Functions and the Pathogenesis of Atherosclerosis.

    Monique Lewis
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Donald DeGracia
    Dissertation title: Mechanisms of Translation Arrest Following Focal Brain Ischemia.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Wayne State University Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

    Dhiman Maitra
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Husam Abu-Soud
    Dissertation title:Destruction of Biological Tetrapyrrole Macrocycles by Hypochlorous Acid and its Scavenging by Lycopene.
    Postgraduate positions: Research Associate, Wayne State University; Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

    Katherine Massey
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Douglas Yingst
    Dissertation title: Role of Phosphorylation of the Alpha-subunit in Mechanisms Regulating the Activity of the Rate Kidney Na, K-ATPase by Angiotensin II.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Henry Ford Hospital; Instructor, ITT-Tech; Director, Michigan Neonatal Bank

    Joseph McClure
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Tadeusz Scislo
    Dissertation title: Neural and Humoral Control of Regional Vascular Beds via A1 Adenosine Receptors Located in the Nucleus of the Solitary Tract.
    Postgraduate positions: Founder of McClure’s Pickles

    Timothy McFarland
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Steven Cala
    Dissertation title: Cardiac Calsequestrin Phosphorylation and Trafficking in the Mammalian Cardiomyocyte.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Wayne State University School of Medicine; Scientist-Bioassay Operations and Quality Control, Emergent BioSolutions

    Victoria McIntosh
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Robert Lasley
    Dissertation title: Sex Differences in the Cardiac β-Adrenergic Receptor Contractile Response.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Wayne State University

    Janet Miller
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. J.P. McAllister
    Dissertation title: Gene Expression in Congenital Hydrocephalus and the Subsequent Effects of Gliosis.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Wayne State University; Research scientist, Central Michigan University

    Zeljka Minic
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Tadeusz Scislo
    Dissertation title:  Mechanisms Mediating Modulation Of The Cardiopulmonary Chemoreflex Control Of Regional Sympathetic Outputs By Adenosine A1 And A2a Receptors In The Nts.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Wayne State University School of Medicine; Co-founder, Detroit Sock and Stocking Company

    Nicholas Mischel
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Patrick Mueller
    Dissertation title: Physical Inactivity versus Activity Enhances Sympathetic Nervous System Activation from Neurons in the Rostral Ventrolateral Medulla (RVLM).
    Postgraduate positions: Psychiatry Resident, Duke University

    Heather Montie
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Donald DeGracia
    Dissertation title: The Unfolded Protein Response: Differentiation, Nitric Oxide and Ischemic Injury.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Thomas Jefferson University; Assistant Professor, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

    Alina Murariu
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Jonathon Sullivan
    Dissertation title: Survival Signaling by Insulin in Early Brian Reperfusion.
    Postgraduate positions: Internal Medicine Resident, Rochester Medical Group – William Beaumont Hospital; Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

    Samar Nasser
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. John Flack
    Dissertation title: Effect of Dimethylarginine Dimethylaminohydrolase in the Development of Salt Sensitivity.
    Postgraduate positions: Assistant Professor, George Washington University; Director of Research Partnership, University of Michigan- Dearborn/ Oakwood Healthcare Research Partnership

    Jessica Ouyang
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Steven Cala
    Dissertation title: Blast-Induced Tinnitus: A Combined Behavioral, Memri and Electrophysiology Study.
    Postgraduate positions: Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Detroit Medical Center

    Cheri Owen
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Blaine White
    Dissertation title: Mechanisms Regulating Phosphorylation of the a-Subunit of Eukaryotic Initiation Factor 2 during Post-Ischemic Brain Reperfusion.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Wayne State University School of Medicine;
    Independent Representative; Richard Wolf Medical Instruments Corporation; Independent Representative, Medical Innovations Inc.

    Olesya Plazyo
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Nardhy Gomez-Lopez
    Dissertation title: The Role of Alarmins, Invariant NKT Cells and Senescence in the Pathophysiology of Sterile Intra-Amniotic Inflammation

    Vanesa Ramseyer
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Gar.vin
    Dissertation title: Thick Ascending Limb Nitric Oxide Production and Inhibition of NKCC2 Activity are Impaired in Angiotensin II-Induced Hypertension.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Wayne State University

    Christian Reynolds
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Karin Przyklenk
    Dissertation title: Preclinical Evaluation Of Infrared Light Therapy In A Rat Model Of Neonatal Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Richard Rhiew
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. John Phillis
    Dissertation title: Gene Expression Profiling of Chemoresistance in Human Malignant Gliomas.
    Postgraduate positions: Neurosurgery Resident, Wayne State University School of Medicine; Neurosurgeon, University Hospitals Case Medical Center

    Natalie Rizk
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Joseph Dunbar
    Dissertation title: Cerebral Ischemia Induced Apoptosis and Necrosis in Normal and Diabetic Rats.
    Postgraduate positions: MD/ PhD, Resident in Otolaryngology, Detroit Medical Center; General Surgery Resident, Akron General Medical Center, General Surgery Resident, William Beaumont Hospital

    David Rodenbaugh
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Stephen DiCarlo
    Dissertation title: The Influence of Paraplegia on Blood Pressure Related Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors and the Susceptibility to Ventricular Arrhythmias.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan; Faculty Member, Minnesota State University; Assistant Professor – Department of Biomedical Sciences, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

    Javier Sala Mercado
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Donal O’Leary
    Dissertation title: Muscle Metaboreflex Control of Ventricular Contractility During Dynamic Exercise in Normal and Heart Failure Conditions.
    Postgraduate positions: Assistant Professor of Research, Wayne State University-Cardiovascular Research Institute

    Thomas Sanderson
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Gary Krause
    Dissertation title: Insulin-Mediated Suppression of Cytochrome C Release from Mitochondria after Transient Brain Ischemia.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Wayne State University; Associate Professor, Wayne State University

    Abdulghani Sankari
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Safwan Badr
    Dissertation title: Effect of ventilatory motor Output on Upper Airway Mechanics during Sleep.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, John D. Dingell VA Medical Center; Assistant Professor, Wayne State University

    Christos Strubakos
    Program: Physiology
    Advisors: Dr. Thomas Sanderson and Dr. Malik Huttemann
    Dissertation title: Non-invasive Mitochondrial Modulation with Near-infrared Light Reduces Brain Injury after Stroke.
    Postgraduate positions: -

    hysiology
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Husam Abu-Soud
    Dissertation title: The Impact of Myeloperoxidase and its Related Oxidants on Metaphase Ii Mouse Oocyte Quality.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Aasef Shaikh
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Paul Finlayson
    Dissertation title: Pharmacological Modulation of Superior Olivary Complex Neural Excitability.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Fellow, Washington University; Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University; Neurologist, Cleveland Clinic

    Jill Slater
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Daniel Rappolee
    Dissertation title: Hyperosmotic Stress Enzyme Signaling Modulates OCT4, NANOG, and REX1 Expression and Induces Prioritized Differentiation of Murine Embryonic Stem Cells.
    Postgraduate positions: Lecturer, University of Michigan-Flint

    Na’ama Sleiman
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Steven Cala
    Dissertation title: Junctional Sarcoplasmic Reticulum Protein Processing and Trafficking in Cardiac Tissue and Primary Cultured Cardiomyocytes.
    Postgraduate positions: Instructor/Clinical Research Project Coordinator, University of Detroit-Mercy

    Marty Spranger
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Donal O’Leary
    Dissertation title: Muscle Metaboreflex Control of Cardiovascular Function in Hypertension.
    Postgraduate positions: Assistant Professor of Physiology, Michigan State University

    John Steele III
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. J Pat McAlliester
    Dissertation title: Patterns of Neuronal Degeneration in a New Muring Model of Diffuse Closed Head Injury (CHI).
    Postgraduate positions: Neurosurgeon, Wilford Hall US Airforce Medical Center

    Jeffrey Szymanski
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Donald DeGracia
    Dissertation title: Investigation of Post-transcriptional Regulation after Global Brain Ischemia and Reperfusion Injury.
    Postgraduate positions: MD/PhD Pathology Resident, Washington University

    Anna Valina-Toth
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. John Flack
    Dissertation title: Vitamin D and Parathyroid Hormone Relationships with Obesity, Nitric Oxide Metabolites, Oxidative Stress, Blood Pressure, Vascular Function and Salt Sensitivity in African Americans.
    Postgraduate positions: MD/PhD, Completing MD portion of MD/PhD program, Case Western University

    Haihui Wang
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Donald DeGracia
    Dissertation title: Ribonomic Control During Global Brain Ischemia and Reperfusion.
    Postgraduate positions: —

    Chen-Ning Young
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. L. Boyd Savoy and Dr. Stanley R. Terlecky
    Dissertation title: Role of Reactive Oxygen Species in the – Activated Human Primary Keratinocytes: Implication for Psoriasis.
    Postgraduate positions: Health Science Specialist, John D. Dingell Veterans Affairs Medical Center

    Enbo Zhan
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Robert Lasley
    Dissertation title: Adenosine A2B Receptor Effects on Post-MI Remodeling and Cardiac Fibroblast Function.
    Postgraduate positions: Cardiologist, Harbin Medical University

    Leah Zhang
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Bhanu Jena
    Dissertation title: Molecular Mechanisms of Snare Assembly and Expulsion of Intravesicular Contents in Cell Secretion.
    Postgraduate positions: Professor, Wayne State University

    Sichang Zhou
    Program: Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Daniel Rappolee
    Dissertation title: Cell Lineage Choice During Differentiation of Trophoblast Stem Cells (tsc) is Dependent on Oxygen Levels, and Mediated by Stress Enzyme Pathways and Mitochondrial Function.
    Postgraduate positions: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

  • Translational Neuroscience

    Denise Briggs
    Program: Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences
    Advisor: Dr. Donald Kuhn
    Dissertation title: Cognitive, Psychiatric, and Neuropathological Manifestations of Repetitve Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.

    Erik Brown
    Program: Translational Neuroscience
    Advisor: Dr. Eishi Asano
    Dissertation title: Multi-Modality Assessment of Language Function.

    Dhruman Goradia
    Program: Translational Neuroscience
    Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Stanley
    Dissertation title: Evidence Of Distinctive Structural Alterations That Differentiate ADHD Boys With And Without A Co-morbid Reading Disability.

    Hilary Marusak
    Program: Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences
    Advisor: Dr. Moriah Thomason
    Dissertation title: Childhood Trauma and Emotion Processing Neurocircuitry.

    Brianne Mohl
    Program: Translational Neuroscience
    Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Stanley
    Dissertation title: Neural Alterations Influencing Skilled Reading in ADHD: A Task-Based FMRI Study.

    Andrew Neff
    Program: Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences
    Advisor: Dr. Paul Burghardt
    Dissertation Title: Intestinal Bacteria and Their Relationship with Dietary Fiber, Tryptophan Metabolism, and Appetite.

    Helen Wu
    Program: Translational Neuroscience
    Advisors: Dr. Jeffrey Stanley and Dr. Jeffrey Loeb
    Dissertation title: “Identification of Metabolite Biomarkers in Epilepsy using H MRS