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August 14, 2018
Ralph Jozefowicz Honored for Mentoring Next Generation of Leaders in Neurology

August 10, 2018
MSTP Alum, Alan Kenny Headlines MSTP 18th Annual Retreat

August 7, 2018
NGP Student Monique Mendes Selected as a Neuroscience Scholars Program Fellow

August 3, 2018
New Issue of Opportunities To Explore - August 6-10, 2018

July 27, 2018
New Issue of Opportunities to Explore

July 23, 2018
Edward Ayoub, CMPP graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Archibald S. Perkins, was awarded an NRSA F31 beginning 8/1/18

July 23, 2018
New Issue of Opportunities to Explore

July 13, 2018
New Issue of Opportunities to Explore

July 9, 2018
Isaac Fisher, 5th year graduate student in the lab of Alan V. Smrcka, won first place for his poster at the EB/ASPET meeting in San Diego

July 5, 2018
New Issue of Opportunities to Explore

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Edith Lord

Edith M. Lord, PhD
Senior Associate Dean
for Graduate Education

Welcome from the Dean

The Office for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs supports the trainee community at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Whether you are a graduate student, a postdoctoral appointee, or are involved in a graduate school preparatory program, we are here to facilitate all aspects of your training.

We are happy to answer your questions, advise you of resources available to the University of Rochester community and link you to other trainees at the University of Rochester. We hope you will participate in the many academic and professional development activities the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry has to offer. Ultimately, you will determine the skills and abilities you develop during your time in Rochester and we encourage you to give this serious thought.

Welcome to the University of Rochester! I look forward to meeting you, discussing your scientific interests and working with you to develop a strong community of emerging scientific leaders.

Thesis Defenses

STAT3 regulates primitive erythroid maturation both dependent and independently of erythropoietin signaling

Zachary Murphy - Pahtology PhD Candidate

 Jan 18, 2018 @ 1:00 p.m.

  | 1-7619 Lower Adolph

The Biology of Anticodon Stem-Loop Modifications of Yeast tRNAs

Lu Han - Biochemistry PhD Candidate

 Jan 23, 2018 @ 2:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | Neuman Room (1-6823)

Investigation into the roles of vaccinia virus protein F13 and its molluscum contagiosum virus homolog MC021

Peter Joseph Bryk - Microbiology & Immunology PhD Candidate

 Jan 26, 2018 @ 12:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | Upper Aud 3-7619

Consequences of Developmental Ethanol Exposure on Synaptic Plasticity, Microglial Phenotype, and Dendritic Spine Dynamics

Elissa Li-yee Wong - Toxicology PhD Candidate

 Feb 07, 2018 @ 1:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | 1-9576 Case Method Room

Host: Dr. Ania K. Majewska

“Genetic and Pharmacological Regulation of Epigenetic Aging”

Yang Cheng - PhD candidate - Genetics

 Feb 27, 2018 @ 9:30 a.m.

 Medical Center | K307 (3-6408)

Cigarette Smoke Dysregulates innate-immune responses in Epithelial Cells to Viral Infection

Parker F. Duffney - Toxicology PhD Candidate

 Feb 27, 2018 @ 10:00 a.m.

 Medical Center | 3-7619 Upper Auditorium

Host: Dr. Patricia Sime

“The Adhesion GPCR, GPR56/ADGRG1, Inhibits Cell-ECM Signaling to Prevent Metastatic Melanoma Growth”

Michalle Warren Millar - PhD candidate - Genetics

 Feb 27, 2018 @ 1:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | 1-7619 Adolph (Lower) Aud

An Nrf1 and Nrf2- related transcription factor, Cnc-C, mediates multiple stress responses in Drosophila melanogaster

Min Tian - PhD candidate - Pathology

 Mar 01, 2018 @ 2:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 1-7619 Lower Adolph

Host: Dr. Dirk Bohmann (Advisor

The Role of PLC-Dependent Hydrolysis of Phosphatidylinositol 4-Phosphate in Signaling and Disease

Rafael Gil de Rubio - PhD candidate - Pharmacology

 Mar 05, 2018 @ 2:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | Ryan Case Method Room (1-9576)

Host: Dr. Alan Smrcka (Advisor)

KNa1.2 as a Cardiac Mitochondrial Potassium Channel with Metabolic Impact on Energy Usage

Charles Owen Smith - PhD candidate - Biochemistry

 Mar 06, 2018 @ 9:30 a.m.

 Medical Center | Neuman Room (1-6823)

Host: Dr. Paul Brookes (Advisor)

The Importance of G Protein Signaling in Immune Cell Function: A Novel Role for Active G Protein ?i in Cell Adhesion and Migration and the Therapeutic Potential of Targeting G?? in Inflammation

Jesi Lee Anne Y. To - PhD candidate - Pharmacology, Advisor: Dr. Alan Smrcka

 Mar 22, 2018 @ 1:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | K-207, 2-6408

Mitochondrial Metabolism in Bone Physiology and Pathology

Laura C. Shum - PhD candidate - Translational Biomedical Science, Advisor: Dr. Roman Eliseev

 Mar 28, 2018 @ 10:00 a.m.

 Medical Center | 1-7619 Adolph (Lower) Auditorium

Insights into G protein ?? Regulation of Phospholipase C?

Jerry Chukwuemeka Madukwe - PhD candidate - Biochemistry, Advisor: Dr. Alan Smrcka

 Apr 02, 2018 @ 1:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | Neuman Room (1-6823)

Mechanistic Analysis of Influenza A Virus Assembly and Host Gene Regulation

Chutikarn Chaimayo - PhD candidate - Microbiology & Immunology, Advisor: Dr. Toru Takimoto

 Apr 06, 2018 @ 1:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | Upper Auditorium (Room 3-7619)

Reproductive and Sexual Functioning after Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTMI) in Woman

Martina Afia Magdalena Anto-Ocrah - PhD Candidate - Epidemiology, Advisor: Dr. Edwin van Wijngaarden

 Apr 10, 2018 @ 1:00 p.m.

 Helen Wood Hall | 1W502

Mitochondrial Metabolism in Cardiac Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury

Jimmy Zhang - PhD Candidate - Physiology, Advisor: Dr. Paul Brookes

 Apr 11, 2018 @ 1:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | Neuman Room (1-6823)

Elucidating the Role of Cholesterol in Respiratory RNA Virus Infection and Transmission

Shringkhala Bajimaya - PhD candidate - Microbiology & Immunology, Advisor: Dr. Toru Takimoto

 Apr 13, 2018 @ 1:15 p.m.

 Medical Center | Adolph Auditorium, 1-7619

The Dynamic Role of SOX2 in Mammalian Inner Ear Development

Aleta Steevens - PhD Candidate - Neuroscience, Advisor: Dr. Amy Kiernan

 Apr 16, 2018 @ 12:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | Ryan Case Method Room (1-9576)

Pump Independent Functions of the Na+, K+ -ATPase B1 Subunit in Restoring Alveolar Epithelial Barrier

Haiqing Bai - PhD candidate - Pathology, Advisor: Dr. David A. Dean

 Apr 16, 2018 @ 1:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 3-6408 K 307

Neutrophil Elastase and SERPINB1 are Critical Regulators of Prostate Cancer Progression

Irina Lerman - PhD candidate - Pathology, Advisor: Dr. Stephen Hammes

 Apr 17, 2018 @ 2:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | 3-6408 K 307

Thesis Defense Seminar: Aryl hydrocarbon receptor activation during development reduces dendritic cell function later in life

Jessica L. Meyers - PhD candidate, Toxicology

 Apr 19, 2018 @ 1:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | Adolph Auditorium, 1-7619

Host: B. Paige Lawrence, Ph.D.

Thesis Defense: Region-specific Proteolysis Differentially Regulates Inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate Receptor Activity

Liwei Wang - PhD candidate - Pharmacology, Advisor: Dr. David Yule

 Apr 23, 2018 @ 2:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | Case Method Room (1-9576)

Disproportionate Premature Birth in Women of Low Socioeconomic Status: A Psychological and Physiological Stress Explanation of Financial Risk Removal

Nicolas Patrick Novick Goldstein - PhD candidate - Health Services Research and Policy, Advisor: Dr. Peter Veazie

 Apr 24, 2018 @ 12:00 p.m.

 Helen Wood Hall | 1W304

Lmx1a is required for Drosophila ovary stem cell niche formation and organogenesis

Andrew Allbee - PhD candidate - Genetics, Advisor: Dr. Benoit Biteau

 Apr 27, 2018 @ 3:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | 1-7619 Adolph (Lower) Auditorium

The Impact of Hospital Share of Nursing Home-originating Hospitalizations and Nursing Home Quality on 30-day Readmission Rates

Zhiqiu (Qiuqiu) Ye - PhD Candidate - Health Services Research & Policy, Advisor: Dr. Orna Intrator

 May 25, 2018 @ 11:00 a.m.

 Saunders Research Bulding | 1416

Midbrain Axonal Injury is the Signature Neurotrauma of Subconcussion and Concussion

Adnan A. Hirad - PhD Candidate - Translational Biomedical Science, Advisor: Dr. Jeff Bazarian

 May 29, 2018 @ 1:00 p.m.

  | 1-9576

Novel Statistical Methods for Gene Set Enrichment Analysis with Empirical Memberships for Overlapping Genes

Yun Zhang - PhD Candidate - Statistics, Advisor: Dr. Xing Qiu

 May 31, 2018 @ 2:00 p.m.

 Saunders Research Bulding | 1416

The Role of Serpin B13 Antibody in Regeneration of Pancreatic B-cells

Chi-Wen Lo - PhD Candidate - Pathology, Advisor: Dr. Jan Czyzyk

 Jun 06, 2018 @ 2:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | K-207 1-6408

Specificity determinants of homologous VapBC toxin-antitoxin systems

Lauren Rice Walling - PhD Candidate - Microbiology & Immunology, Advisor: Dr. Scott Butler

 Jun 12, 2018 @ 11:00 a.m.

 Medical Center | Whipple Auditorium, 2-6424

Progenitor cell contribution to maintenance and regeneration in salivary gland and olfactory epithelium

Pei-Lun Weng - PhD Candidate - Pathology, Advisor: Dr. Catherine Ovitt

 Jun 20, 2018 @ 1:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | K-307 3-6408

The Dichotomy of Curaxin Compounds in HIV-1 Latency

Maxime Junior Jean - PhD Candidate - Microbiology & Immunology, Advisor: Dr. Jian Zhu

 Jun 20, 2018 @ 3:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | K-207 2-6408

Cooperative and mechanistic roles of Mecom in hematopoiesis

Kelly A. McGlynn - PhD Candidate - Pharmacology, Advisor: Dr. Archibald Perkins

 Jun 25, 2018 @ 3:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | Case Method Room, 1-9576

Characterization of tRNA Quality Control Pathways in Yeast

Matthew John Payea - PhD Candidate - Biochemistry, Advisor: Dr. Eric Phizicky

 Jul 24, 2018 @ 1:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | Neuman Room (1-6823)

Chemokine Independent CD8+ T cell Migration

Brandon L. Walling - PhD Candidate - Microbiology & Immunology, Advisor: Dr. Minsoo Kim

 Aug 14, 2018 @ 10:00 a.m.

 Medical Center | K307 (3-6408)

Effects of P2Y2 Signaling on Regulation of Efferocytosis and CXCR4 Internalization

Taylor J. Moon - PhD Candidate - Microbiology & Immunology, Advisor: Dr. Michael R. Elliott

 Aug 15, 2018 @ 1:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | Lower Auditorium 1-7619

Understanding Differences in Cardiovascular Care for Acute Myocardial Infarction Patients with a Comorbid Mental Illiness

Chelsea Lyons Katz - PhD candidate - Health Services Research & Policy, Advisor: Dr. Peter Veazie

 Aug 17, 2018 @ 1:00 p.m.

 Helen Wood Hall | HWH 1W-509

Exploring the evolutionary relevance of MHC class 1-like molecules and innate-like Tcells in Xenopus tumor immunity

Maureen Ludmila Banach - PhD Candidate - Microbiology & Immunology, Advisor: Dr. Jacques Robert

 Aug 21, 2018 @ 1:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | K307 (3-6408)

Professional Development

Our Center for Professional Development works to supplement every trainee's scientific education with the professional and career development opportunities most appropriate to each individual trainee’s interests and skills.

Center for Professional Development

Traditional biomedical research training programs fail to adequately prepare trainees for the full diversity of careers that they will ultimately experience in the biomedical workforce. The UR Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (URBEST) program will therefore provide a flexible, autonomy-supportive learning program to support PhD graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in their career and professional development.

URBEST Program

Why Rochester?

Personal attention, close working relationships with your peers and faculty, and extensive participation in research are what you can expect from your experience in our graduate programs. You and your peers drive the educational experience and enjoy close interaction with faculty that will provide you with invaluable individual attention and mentoring. Rochester offers Interdisciplinary programs and a research opportunity that is progressively independent. We are a welcoming, learning community where you will find great friends and future colleagues.


Statistics and Facts

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