Fifth Year (Ph.D. Program in Pathology)

Ayse Kizilyer

My current research focuses on the mechanism of inflammation caused by HIV-1 infection and substance abuse.

Hometown: Gaziantep, Turkey
M.S., Medical Biology, Gaziantep University, Turkey

Mentor: Sanjay Maggirwar

Ayse Kizilyer

Joanne Soong

Melanoma is a malignant growth of melanocytes that causes the majority of skin cancer related deaths. My research goal is to understand the intracellular mechanisms by which loss of Plexin B1 and Plexin C1 receptor expression contributes to melanoma progression, migration, and survival.

Hometown: Flushing, NY
B.S., Biology, SUNY at Stony Brook

Mentor: Glynis Scott

Joanne Soong

John Varrone

Staphylococcus aureus is the single leading cause of osteomyelitis, a bacterial infection of bone that is characterized by progressive inflammatory destruction.  It is estimated that 20 - 50% of these cases are due to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).  My research focuses on the development of a passive immunization to prevent MRSA reinfection, and consequently osteomyelitis, in patients undergoing total joint replacement revision surgery.

Hometown: New Haven, CT
M.S., Biology, Southern Connecticut State University

Mentor: Edward Schwarz

John Varrone