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2014 MD/PhD Graduates

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  1. Melisa Carrasco

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    Resident in Preliminary Pediatrics/Child Neurology, University of Maryland Medical Center, Johns Hopkins, Hospital, Baltimore, MD

    Thesis Title: Cognitive Role of Medial PFC in Error Processing: Lessons Learned from Healthy Children and Pediatric OCD, Anxiety, and ASD

  2. Joanna Olsen

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    Resident in Anesthesiology/Critical Care Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR

    Thesis Title: SEVI, A Natural Enhancer of HIV Infection, as a Novel Target to Prevent HIV Transmission

  3. Scott A. Peslak

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    Resident in Internal Medicine-ABIM Research Pathway followed by Hematology/Oncology Fellowship, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

    Thesis Title: Erythropoiesis: Injury and Recovery

  4. Phillip Rappold

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    Resident in Surgery-Preliminary followed by Urology Surgery, University of Rochester Medical Center

    Thesis Title: Pathogenic mechanisms and novel therapeutic strategies in Parkinson disease

  5. Danny A. Rogers

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    Resident in Pediatrics-Preliminary/Child Neurology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

    Thesis Title: Novel Approaches for Targeting Undifferentiated Cells in Neuroblastoma

  6. Mercedes Szpunar

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    Resident in Psychiatry (Research Track), University California San Diego Medical Center

    Thesis Title: Evidence for Sympathetic Nervous System Regulation of Breast Cancer Progression

  7. Edward Vuong

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    Resident in Internal Medicine, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, Manhasset, NY

    Thesis Title: lep-5: a long noncoding RNA is a novel heterochronic regulator in C. elegans

  8. Ethan Winkler

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    Resident in Neurological Surgery, University of California, San Francisco

    Thesis Title: Vascular-mediated neuronal injury: the role of blood-spinal cord barrier disruption in the pathogenesis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

  9. Michael Dacheng Wu

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    Resident in Anesthesiology/Research Pathway, University of California San Diego

    Thesis Title: Inhibition of Adult Hippocampal Neurogenesis by Sustained Interleukin-1β


  1. Youngsun Theresa Cho

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    Intern and Residency in Psychiatry, Yale/New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT

    Thesis Title: Dopaminergic Inputs to the Primate Amygdala

  2. Vincent Fong

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    Intern and Resident, Internal Medicine Research Track, Case Western Reserve, Cleveland, OH

    Thesis Title: Novel Targeting Strategies for Adenovirus Vectors: Investigating the Rad51 Promoter and Inducible Elements

  3. Michael Simon Jacob

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    Intern and Residency in Psychiatry, UCSF, San Francisco, CA

    Thesis Title: The active control of self-movement perception: Neuronal mechanisms and cognitive aging

  4. Susan Sojung Lee

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    Intern & Residency in Child Neurology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati, OH

    Thesis Title: Audiovisual Integration During Language Comprehension: The Neural Basis of Social Communication in Autism and Typical Development

  5. Keith Olsen

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    Resident in Dermatology, Oregon Health & Science Univ., Portland, OR

    Thesis Title: The Role of Transglutaminase 2 in Pulmonary Fibrosis

  6. Rebecca L. Porter

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    Intern & Residency, Internal Medicine, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA

    Thesis Title: Prostaglandin E2 is a Positive Regulator of Hematopoietic Stem and Progenitor Cells under Normal Conditions and in Response to Radiation Injury

  7. Chris Richardson

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    Resident in Dermatology, Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester

    Thesis Title: A Study of the Molecular Characteristics of 9G4+ Autoantibodies and of B cell Tolerance in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

  8. Adam Simning

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    Intern & Residency, Psychiatry, Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester

    Thesis Title: Anxiety and Depression in Older Adult Public Housing Residents: Prevalence, Correlates, and Implications for Care


  1. Debbie Dang

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    Resident, Orthopaedic Surgery/Research, University of San Francisco

    Thesis Title: Chondrocyte-specific β-catenin Expression drives cell-autonomous and non-cell-autonomous maturation to promote growth plate and secondary ossification center development

  2. Adam Christopher Dziorny

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    Resident, Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

    Thesis Title: Exposure to an Augmented Acoustic Environment (AAE) Improves Neural Correlates of Auditory Processing

  3. Candace D. Gildner

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    Resident, Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

    Thesis Title: Effect of Vitronectin on the Deposition, Conformation, and Physiologic Properties of Extracellular Matrix Fibronectin

  4. Ana Nunes

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    Resident, Internal Medicine/Research, Scripps Clinic/Green Hospital, San Diego, CA

    Thesis Title: Chemotherapeutic Agents and the CNS: Damage and Protection


  1. Robert D. Ambrosini

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    Diagnostic Radiology Resident, Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester

    Thesis Title: Automated Detection and Growth Rate Determination of Metastatic Tumors in the Brain and Lungs

  2. Abdallah Y. Bitar

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    Internal Medicine Research Track Resident, Scripps Clinic/Green Hosp, San Diego, CA

    Thesis Title: Progress Toward The Total Synthesis of Roseophilin

  3. Qi NanNan Cui

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    Ophthalmology Resident, UCSF, San Francisco, CA

    Thesis Title: Auditory and Visual Integration and Plasticity

  4. Katherine Eisenberg

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    Family Medicine/Urban Resident, Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester

    Thesis Title: Lead Exposure in Refugee Children in the United States

  5. Conan Kinsey

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    Internal Medicine Resident, Univ. Utah Affiliated Hospitals, Salt Lake City, UT

    Thesis Title: Autophagy Induced by Cooperating Oncogenic Mutations is Essential for the Cancer Phenotype and Requires the Expression of the Novel Cooperation Response Gene Plac8

  6. Kofi Mensah

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    Orthopaedic Surgery Resident, Hospital for Special Surgery (Cornell Univ.), NYC

    Thesis Title: Type I Interferon Effects on Osteoclast Fusion: Insights into Non-Erosive Inflammatory Arthritis

  7. David Meoli

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    Internal Medicine Research Track Resident, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

    Thesis Title: Vascular Cell Migration in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

  8. Michael James Moravan

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    Radiation Oncology Resident, Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester

    Thesis Title: Irradiation of mouse brain leads to neuroinflammation and delayed infiltration of immune cells: role of interleukin-1 and ccr2 signaling

  9. Nancy Ann Oberheim Bush

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    Neurology Resident, UCSF, San Francisco, CA

    Thesis Title: The Functional Organization of Astrocytes in Normal and Epileptic Brain