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Program Graduates

Academic Year

Brandon Coughlin, Ph.D. Brandon Coughlin, Ph.D.

Dissertation: Regulation of IL-6 Signaling in Human Retinal Cells and Tissue in Health and Disease

Advisor: Susanne Mohr, Ph.D. 

Graduated: Summer 2019

Kaitlin Durga, M.S. Kaitlin Durga, M.S.

Thesis: Effects of Early Life Stress and Mast Cells on Brain Function and Behavior in the Mouse and Pig

Advisor: A.J. Robison, Ph.D.

Graduated: Summer 2020

Sonia Gentile, Ph.D. Sonia Gentile, Ph.D.

Dissertation: Targeting Cellular Signaling Pathways in ER Positive Breast Cancer

Advisor: Susan Conrad, Ph.D.

Graduated: Fall 2018

Trevor Gohl, M.S. Trevor Gohl, M.S.

Thesis: Lineage specific role for Adhesion and Degranulation promoting adaptor protein (ADAP) in iNKT cell development and functions

Advisor: Rupali Das, Ph.D.

Graduated: Spring 2018

Tanwir Hashem, M.S. Tanwir Hashem, M.S.

Thesis: CD2 regulates pathogenesis of asthma induced by house dust mite extract

Advisor: Rupali Das, Ph.D.

Graduated: Fall 2019

Jonathan Kasper, Ph.D. Jonathan Kasper, Ph.D.

Dissertation: The Role and Regulation of Pyruvate Dehydrogenase in Skeletal Muscle Bioenergetics and Type 2 Diabetes

Advisor: Robert Wiseman, Ph.D.

Graduated: Graduated Fall 2018

Sarah Keaton, Ph.D. Sarah Keaton, Ph.D.

Dissertation: The Role of Inflammation and the Kynurenine Pathway in Mood

Disorders and Pregnancy

Advisor: Lena Brundin, M.D., Ph.D.

Graduated: Spring 2019

Gizem Kurt, Ph.D. Gizem Kurt, Ph.D.

Dissertation: Lateral Hypothalamic Neurotensin Neurons Orchestrate Ingestive Behaviors

Advisor: Gina Leinninger, Ph.D.

Graduated: Fall 2019

Yan Levitsky, Ph.D. Yan Levitsky, Ph.D.

Dissertation: Microrespiromety to Study Ceramide-Induced Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Diabetic Retinopathy

Advisor: Julia Busik, Ph.D.

Graduated: Spring 2020

Matthew Lewis, Ph.D. Matthew Lewis, Ph.D.

Dissertation:  Mitochondrial Function Does Not Limit Aerobic Metabolism in Type 2 Diabetes: Magnetic Resonance Studies in The Goto-Kakizaki Rat

Advisor: Robert Wiseman, Ph.D.

Graduated: Fall 2019

Fatma Madi, M.S. Fatma Madi, M.S.

Thesis: Neuroprotective Effect of Intraocular Bdnf and Optogenetic Stimulation of Visual Cortex on Retinal Ganglion Cell Survival and Function in the Rat following Optic Nerve Injury

Advisor: Arthur Weber, Ph.D.

Graduated: Fall 2018

Sean Misek, Ph.D. Sean Misek, Ph.D.

Dissertation:  Characterization of Pharmacological Vulnerabilities in Drug-Resistant Melanoma Cells

Advisor: Kathleen Gallo, Ph.D.

Graduated: Spring 2020

Martin Ogrodzinski, Ph.D. Martin Ogrodzinski, Ph.D.

Dissertation: Targeting Metabolic Vulnerabilities in Breast Cancer Subtypes

Advisor: Sophia Lunt, Ph.D.

Graduated: Spring 2020

Jonathan Rennhack, Ph.D. Jonathan Rennhack, Ph.D.

Dissertation: Clinical Insights from Mouse Models of Breast Cancer

Advisor: Eran Andrechek, Ph.D.

Graduated: Fall 2018

Irving Salinas, M.S. Irving Salinas, M.S.

Thesis: Androgen Actions in PCOS Liver

Advisor: Aritro Sen, Ph.D.

Graduated: Fall 2019

Jonathan Schepper, Ph.D. Jonathan Schepper, Ph.D.

Dissertation: Investigation of the gut microbiota as a mediator and therapeutic target for secondary osteoporosis

Advisors: Laura McCabe, Ph.D. and Narayanan Parameswaran, BVSc., Ph.D.

Graduated: Spring 2019

Nguyen Truong, Ph.D. Nguyen Truong, Ph.D.

Dissertation: Impact of interferon gamma on pancreatic beta cell lipid metabolism and cellular function

Advisor: L. Karl Olson, Ph.D.

Graduated: Spring 2020