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Adrian Moises Molina VargasAdrian Moises Molina Vargas

Advisor: Deborah Ossip, Ph.D.

Thomas O'ConnorThomas O'Connor, PhD

Adaptive and Protective Responses of Skeletal Muscle to Endurance Exercise in the Context of Aging

Advisor: Robert Dirksen, Ph.D.


Xiaolu WeiXiaolu Wei, Ph.D.

Segregation Distorter and satellite DNA regulation in Drosophila melanogaster

Advisor: Amanda Larracuente, Ph.D.

Li XieLi Xie, PhD

Deciphering EIF2B5 deficiency in Vanishing White Matter disease

Advisor: Christoph Pröschel, Ph.D.


Matthew IngallsMatthew Ingalls, PhD

Acinar cell dynamics in salivary gland homeostasis and recovery from injury

Advisor: Catherine Ovitt, Ph.D.


Matthew TannerMatthew Tanner, M.D., Ph.D.

mRNA splicing is a marker of molecular pathology and response to therapeutics in myotonic muscular dystrophy

Advisor: Charles Thornton, M.D.


Michael-John BeltejarMichael-John Beltejar, M.D., Ph.D.

Understanding the Genetic Basis for Bone-Matrix Quality

Advisor: Cheryl Ackert-Bicknell, Ph.D.

Scott FriedlandScott Friedland, M.D., Ph.D.

Arid1a, a subunit of the SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling complex, is a barrier to KrasG12D-driven tumorigenesis

Advisor: Aram Hezel, M.D.

Dalia GhoneimDalia Ghoneim, Ph.D.

New functions for RNA elucidated by evolutionary conservation

Advisor: Xin Li, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Research Corporation of the University of Hawai'i

Jared MerenessJared Mereness, Ph.D.

Type VI collagen promotes lung epithelial cell spreading and wound-closure

Advisor: Laurie Steiner, M.D.

Leigh  WexlerLeigh R. Wexler, Ph.D.

Mechanisms by which feeding state and sex are integrated to regulate chemosensory plasticity in C. elegans

Advisor: Douglas Portman, Ph.D.


Andrew AllbeeAndrew Allbee, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Advisor: Benoit Biteau, Ph.D.

Now: Resident, Pathology-Anatomic and Clinical at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Yang ChengYang Cheng, Ph.D.

Genetic and Pharmacological Regulation of Epigenetic Aging

Advisor: Dirk Bohmann, Ph.D.

Eugene KimEugene Kim

Mechanism Regulating Trachea-Esophageal Separation

Fanju MengFanju Meng, Ph.D.

Regulation of Stem Cell Proliferation and Differentitation by Drosophila Sox21a and Sox100B in the Adult Intestine

Advisor: Benoit Biteau, Ph.D.


William AlexanderWilliam Alexander, M.D., Ph.D.

Oncogenic Mutations and Injury in the Mouse Liver

Advisor: Aram Hezel, M.D.

Now: Intern/Resident, Internal Medicine at State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Samuel CarrellSamuel Carrell, M.D., Ph.D.

Testing the limits of antisense oligonucleotide treatment for myotonic dystrophy Type 1

Advisor: Charles Thornton, M.D.

Now: Neurology Resident at Hospital of the University of PA

Margaret HillMargaret Hill

The Origin of Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma and the Importance of MCL-1 for Tumor Development

Advisor: Aram Hezel, M.D.

Justin KomisarofJustin Komisarof, M.D., Ph.D.

Patterns in Dysregulated, Non-mutated Cancer Mediator Gene Expression

Advisor: Hartmut Land, Ph.D.

Now: Intern/Resident, Internal Medicine at University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Wenxuan LiuWenxuan Liu

Contributions of Adult Skeletal Muscle Stem Cells to the Regeneration and Lifelong Maintenance of Neuromuscular Junctions

Advisor: Matthew Hilton, Ph.D.

Deepika SharmaDeepika Sharma

HES1 Functions Downstream of SHH in the Pathogenesis of Preaxial Polydactyly

Wenli WangWenli Wang

RNA Gain-of-function Mechanism and Biomarker Development for Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1

Advisor: William Bowers, Ph.D.

Michelle WarrenMichelle Warren

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


Brittany KruppBrittany Marie Krupp

Uncovering the effects of loss of ATM in oligodendrocytes and oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPCs) in a novel murine model of Ataxia-telangiectasia (A-T)

Advisor: Margot Mayer-Pröschel, Ph.D.

Now: Genetic Counseling Intern at Northwestern University

Xuan LiXuan Li

RNAi Screens And Follow-up Studies to Investigate the Regulation of the Nrf2 Signaling Pathway And the Mechanism of Action of Sumoylation Inhibitor ML792

Advisor: Dirk Bohmann, Ph.D.

Nicole ScottNicole Scott

Targeting Lysosphingolipid-Induced Lysosomal Impairment as a Critical Point for Therapeutic Intervention in Lysosomal Storage Disorders

Advisor: Mark Noble, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Boston Children's Hospital


Lindy McClellandLindy McClelland, Ph.D.

Role of Tis11 Drosophila Intestinal Stem Cell Function

Advisor: Heinrich Jasper, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Buck Institute for Research on Aging

Emily WaltersEmily Walters, M.D., Ph.D.

Non-Mutated Mediator Genes in Diverse Epithelial Cancer Types

Advisor: Helene McMurray, Ph.D.

Now: Resident, Anesthesiology at University of California-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA


Seo-Kyoung HwangSeo-Kyoung Katie Hwang, M.S.

Advisor: Catherine Ovitt, Ph.D.

Edward VuongEdward Vuong, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Advisor: Douglas Portman, Ph.D.

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


Anat KohnAnat Kohn, M.D., Ph.D.

The Role of RBPjk-Dependent Notch Signaling During Cartilage Development of the Limb Skeleton

Advisor: Matthew Hilton, Ph.D.

Now: Resident, Internal Medicine at University of Rochester/Strong, Rochester, NY


Conan KinseyConan Kinsey, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Advisor: Hartmut Land, Ph.D.

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


Dan LiDan Li, Ph.D.

Advisor: Edward Schwarz, Ph.D.

Meng WangMeng (Carla) Wang, Ph.D.


Olga StolpnikOlga Stolpnik, M.S.

Advisor: Dirk Bohmann, Ph.D.


Margaret CasazzaMargaret Casazza

Advisor: Douglas Portman, Ph.D.

Mohammed RahmanMohammed Rahman, Ph.D.

Advisor: Dirk Bohmann, Ph.D.


Joogyung HyunJoogyung Hyun, Ph.D.

Advisor: Dirk Bohmann, Ph.D.

Xi LuoXi Luo, Ph.D.

Advisor: Dirk Bohmann, Ph.D.

Qiong WangQiong Wang, Ph.D.

Advisor: Dirk Bohmann, Ph.D.


Hai WuHai Wu, Ph.D.

Advisor: Dirk Bohmann, Ph.D.