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2015

Steven Baker

Currently: Postdoc, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Packaging Signals of Influenza A and B Viruses Contribute to Their Speciation and Can Be Manipulated for Novel Vaccine Development
Advisor:Luis Martinez-Sobrido, Ph.D.

Lisbeth Boule

Currently: Postdoc, University of Rochester Medical Center (Environmental Medicine)
"Characterizing the effects of developmental activation of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor on CD4+ T cell responses later in life"
Advisor:B. Paige Lawrence, Ph.D.

Benson Cheng

Currently: Postdoc, University of Rochester Medical Center
"Development of Live-Attenuated Arenavirus Vaccines"
Advisor:Luis Martinez-Sobrido, Ph.D.

Katie Lannan

Currently: Postdoc, University of Rochester
"Discovery of New Molecules that Regulate Platelet Function"
Advisor:Richard Phipps, Ph.D.

Daniel Martinelli

Currently: Postdoc, University of Rochester Medical Center
"Examination of the Roles of the Endopeptidase RipA and the Penicillin Binding Protein PonA2 in Mycobacterial Cell Wall Maintenance"
Advisor:Martin Pavelka, Ph.D.

2014

Andrew Buckley, Ph.D.

"Role of ß-Phosphoglucomutase in Carbon Metabolism and Stress Responsiveness of Streptococcus mutans" 
Advisor:Robert Glenn Quivey, Ph.D.

Meghan Bushway

Currently: Postdoc, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard
Analysis of Cellular Signaling Within the Human Placenta: Implications for Vascular Development and Trophoblast Cell Function
Advisor:Shawn Murphy, Ph.D.

Mudit Chaand, Ph.D.

Currently: Postdoc, Harvard School of Public Health
"Coordinated Regulation of Pathogenic Phenotypes and Host Response by the Vibrio cholerae Type Three Secretion System"
Advisor:Michelle Dziejman, Ph.D.

Kelly Miller, Ph.D.

Currently: Postdoc, Mass General hospital/Harvard Medical School
"Regulation and Function of Vibrio cholerae Type Three Secretion System Island Encoded Gene Products"
Advisor:Michelle Dziejman, Ph.D.

Isamar Ramos Rivera

Characterization of the Spx global regulator in Streptococcus mutan
Advisor:Jose A. Lemos, Ph.D.

Julie Sahler, Ph.D.

Currently: Postdoc, Cornell University
"Platelet-derived microparticles as transcellular messengers"
Advisor:Richard Phipps, Ph.D.

Sarah Suputo

Currently: Postdoc, University of Rochester
"Genetic characterization and mechanism of cross-talk between the cAMP/PKA and RAM pathways during Candida albicans hyphal morphogenesis"

2013

Sarah Amie, Ph.D.

Currently: Postdoc, Cornell University
Replication of HIV in macrophages: Effects of SAMHD1 on dNTP levels, viral mutagenesis, and antiviral efficacy
Advisor:Robert A. Bambara, Ph.D.

Sheila Bello-Irizarry, Ph.D.

Currently: Postdoc, University of Rochester Medical Center (Musculoskeletal)
MyD88-Dependent Signaling Pathways Contribute to both Host Defense and Immunopathogenesis during Pneumocystis Infection
Advisor:Terry W. Wright, Ph.D.

Kristy Bialas, Ph.D.

Currently: Postdoc, Duke (Human Vaccine Institute)
"Identifying the Molecular Determinants of Influenza Virus Morphology and its Correlation with Efficiency of Viral Spread In Vitro"
Advisor:Toru Takimoto, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Ryan Cummings, Ph.D.

Currently: Postdoc, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai
"Investigation, In Situ, of the Cutaneous Dendritic Cell Response Following Ionizing Radiation Exposure"
Advisor:Edith M. Lord, Ph.D.

Waaqo Daddacha, Ph.D.

Currently: Postdoc, Emory
"SAMHD1-mediated dNTP Pool Regulation in Macrophage: Effect on HIV-1 Reverse Transcription Kinetics and Fidelity"
Advisor:Baek Kim, Ph.D.

Donna Davidson, Ph.D.

Currently: Postdoc, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
"Elucidating the role of Soluble CD40 Ligand in the Pathogenesis of HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorders (HAND)"
Advisor:Sanjay Maggirwar, Ph.D.

Nan Deng, Ph.D.

Currently: Postdoc, University of Rochester Medical Center (Biostatistics)
"Diversity of cytokine expression patterns in the Th1-dominated human anti-influenza CD4 T cell response is due to both stochastic expression of Th1 cytokines, and a minor population of uncommitted Thpp cells"
Advisor:Tim R. Mosmann, Ph.D.

William Domm, Ph.D.

Currently: Postdoc, University of Rochester Medical Center (Neonatology)
"Optimizing Antigen Delivery Approaches for HIV Immunization"
Advisor:Stephen Dewhurst, Ph.D.

David Easterhoff, Ph.D.

Currently: Postdoc, University of North Carolina
"Characterization of Amyloid Fibrils in Seminal Fluid and Their Interaction with Pathogens"
Advisor:Stephen Dewhurst, Ph.D.

Anthony Gaca, Ph.D.

Currently: Postdoc, University of Rochester Medical Center (Center for Oral Biology)
"The Physiological Significance of (p)ppGpp in Enterococcus faeccalis"
Advisor:Jose A. Lemos, Ph.D.

Joanne Lim, Ph.D.

Currently: Postdoc, Dana Farber Cancer Institute (Harvard)
"Role of Interferons and Immunotherapy in Enhancing Radiation Treatment of Cancer"
Advisor:Edith M. Lord, Ph.D.

John Muchiri, Ph.D.

Currently: Ag. Dean, Faculty of Science and Technology, Kenya Methodist University, Meru, Kenya
"HIV-1 Reverse Transcriptase: Dissociation During Strand Transfer and Effects of Efavirenz on RNase H Activity"
Advisor:Robert A. Bambara, Ph.D.

Erin Noble, Ph.D.

Currently: Postdoc, Pennsylvania State University
"Influenza A Virus Replication: Biochemical Characterization of Conserved RNA Promoter Structure and PA Subunit Endonuclease Activity"
Advisor:Baek Kim, Ph.D.

Nelissa Pérez-Nazario, Ph.D.

Currently: Postdoc, University of Rochester Medical Center (Dermatology)
"Alveolar Epithelial Cell Activation of IKK2 during Pneumocystis Infection Regulates Immunity and Organism Clearance"
Advisor:Terry W. Wright, Ph.D.

Sesquile Ramon, Ph.D.

Currently: Postdoc, Brigham and Woman’s Hospital (Harvard)
"The Effects of Specialized Proresolving Lipid Mediators on B Lymphocyte Functions: Implications for B Cell Differentiation and Antibody Production"
Advisor:Richard Phipps, Ph.D.

Abigail Sedlacek, Ph.D.

Currently: Postdoc, University of Pittsburgh
"Enhancing T Cell and NK Cell Mediated anti-Tumor Immune Responses Through the use of Immunotherapy"
Advisor:Edith M. Lord, Ph.D.

Jharon Silva, M.D., Ph.D.

Currently: Intern and Resident, Emergency Medicine, University of Connecticut School of Medicine
"Modeling the Effect of HIV-1 Induced Neuroinflammation on the Cerebral Vasculature: Acute Intracranial Exposure to HIV-1 Tat Leads to Dysregulation of Cerebrovascular Reactivity, While Chronic Tat Exposure Results in Reduced Vascular Density"
Advisor:Stephen Dewhurst, Ph.D.

Jackie Tung, Ph.D.

Currently: Postdoc, Dana Farber Cancer Institute (Harvard)
"The regulation of CD4 T cells during adaptive immune responses in determining immunodominance"
Advisor:Andrea Sant, Ph.D.

Sarah Van Cor-Hosmer, Ph.D.

Currently: Postdoc, University of Massachusetts
"The Impact of dNTP Concentrations on the Early Stages of HIV-1 Transduction"
Advisor:Baek Kim, Ph.D.

2012

Adam Derr, Ph.D.

Currently: Microbiologist, Generic Team II, HFV-146 FDA / CVM / ONADE / DMT
"NADH oxidase and stress responses in Streptococcus mutans: a phenotypical and regulatory characterization"
Advisor:Robert Glenn Quivey, Ph.D.

Emily Desmet, Ph.D.

Currently: Assistant Professor, Le Moyne College
"Insight into Influenza Manipulation of its Target Cell and the countermeasures Taken by the Host to Limit Infection"
Advisor:Toru Takimoto, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Vincent Fong, M.D., Ph.D.

Currently: Intern and Resident, Internal Medicine Research Track, Case Western Reserve, Cleveland, OH
"Novel Targeting Strategies for Adenovirus Vectors: Investigating the Rad51 Promoter and Inducible Elements"
Advisor:Stephen Dewhurst, Ph.D.

Kaisha Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Currently: Field Application Scientist, Focus Diagnostics
"DNA Base Excision Repair: a Network of Defense, Mutagenesis, and Tolerance in Streptococcus mutans"
Advisor:Robert Glenn Quivey, Ph.D.

Matthew Kennedy, Ph.D.

Currently: Postdoc, Duke University Medical Center
"Macrophage Nucleotide Pools Uniquely Promote rNMP and dUMP Incorporation into HIV-1 DNA during Reverse Transcription: Affecting Viral Mutagenesis, Viability, and Potential Therapeutic Regimes"
Advisor:Baek Kim, Ph.D.

Jie Li, Ph.D.

Currently: Postdoc, University of California San Diego
"The Non-Antibody Producing Role of B Cells in Inflammatory-Erosive Arthritis"

Safiehkhatoon Moshkani, Ph.D.

Currently: Postdoc, Albany Medical College
"B cells in inflamed lymph nodes: a link between inflammation and autoimmunity"
Advisor:Andrea Bottaro, Ph.D.

Hristina Nedelkovska, Ph.D.

Currently: Postdoc, University of Rochester Medical Center (Center for Vaccine Biology and Immunology)
"Nonclassical MHC class Ib molecules: Critical players in tumor immune surveillance and potential immunotherapy targets"

Emilio Riaño, Ph.D.

Currently: Postdoc, University of Rochester Medical Center (Microbiology and Immunology)
"Dissecting the Multifunctional Arenavirus Nucleoprotein"
Advisor:Luis Martinez-Sobrido, Ph.D.

Brendaliz Santiago, Ph.D.

Currently: Postdoc, University of Rochester Medical Center (Center for Oral Biology)
"Role of Aminotransferases in branched-chain amino acid metabolism: acid tolerance and fatty acid synthesis in Streptococcus mutans"
Advisor:Robert Glenn Quivey, Ph.D.

2011

Maria Arevalo, Ph.D.

Currently: Postdoc, Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute (VGTI) – Florida
"Syndecans Mediate Dengue Viral Infection of Endothelial Cells In Vitro"
Advisor:Xia Jin, B.Med., Ph.D.

Kendra Bussey, Ph.D.

Currently: Postdoc, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung (Germany)
"Identification and Characterization of Polymerase Mutations that Contribute to Influenza Adaptation to Mammalian Hosts"
Advisor:Toru Takimoto, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Cristina Capella-González, Ph.D.

Currently: Postdoc, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus Ohio
"Alterations that influence dNTP substrate utilization by the adenovirus type 5 DNA polymerase result in selective modification of adenovirus replication"
Advisor:Stephen Dewhurst, Ph.D.

Winnie Chan, Ph.D.

Currently: Postdoc, University of Florida
"Investigating the Function of Vaccinia Virus Protein A33 during Morphogenesis, Egress, and Infectivity"
Advisor:Brian Ward, Ph.D.

Joanna Olsen, M.D., Ph.D.

Currently: Resident in Anesthesiology/Critical Care Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
"SEVI, A Natural Enhancer of HIV Infection, as a Novel Target to Prevent HIV Transmission"
Advisor:Stephen Dewhurst, Ph.D.

Keith Olsen, M.D., Ph.D.

Currently: Resident in Dermatology, Oregon Health & Science Univ., Portland, OR
"The Role of Transglutaminase 2 in Pulmonary Fibrosis"
Advisor:Patricia Sime, M.D.

John Puskas, Ph.D.

Currently: Research Scientist, Moffitt Cancer Center
"Development and Characterization of Attenuated IL-2 Fusion Proteins that can be Activated by Tumor-Expressed Proteases"
Advisor:John Frelinger, Ph.D.

Matthew Quinn, Ph.D.

Currently: Postdoc, Northwestern
"Investigation of the Intrinsic Antibody Dependent Enhancement Hypothesis"
Advisor: Xia Jin, B.Med., Ph.D.

Félix Santiago, Ph.D.

Currently: Postdoc, University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston
"The use of recombinant hemagglutinin proteins in the study of vaccination against emergent influenza viruses"
Advisors:Andrea Sant, Ph.D.David Topham, Ph.D.

Michael Valentino, Ph.D.

Currently: Postdoc, Harvard
"Development of a High Throughput Approach for the Identification of T Cell Epitopes in the Genomic Era: Application to Francisella tularensis"
Advisor:John Frelinger, Ph.D.