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2018

Shringkhala Bajimaya, Ph.D.

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

Advisor: Toru Takimoto, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Maureen Banach, Ph.D.

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

Advisor: Jacques Robert, Ph.D.

Peter Bryk, Ph.D.

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

Advisor: Brian Ward, Ph.D.

Chutikarn Chaimayo, Ph.D.

Mechanistic Analysis of Influenza A Virus Assembly and Host Gene Regulation

Advisor: Toru Takimoto, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Maxime Jean, M.S., Ph.D.

The Dichotomy of Curaxin Compounds in HIV-1 Latency

Advisor: Jian Zhu, Ph.D.

Christopher Kovacs, M.S., Ph.D.

Defining Functional Roles for the Rhamnose-glucose Polysaccharides of Streptococcus mutans

Advisor: Robert Glenn Quivey, Ph.D.

Taylor Moon, Ph.D.

Effects of P2Y2 Signaling on Regulation of Efferocytosis and CXCR4 Internalization

Advisor: Michael R. Elliott, Ph.D.

Aditi Murthy, M.S., Ph.D.

Impact of tumor hypoxia on immune response: implication for radiotherapy and anti-tumor immunity

Advisor: Edith M. Lord, Ph.D.

Lauren Walling, Ph.D.

Specificity determinants of homologous VapBC toxin-antitoxin systems

Advisor: Scott Butler, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at NIH

Brandon Walling, Ph.D.

Chemokine Independent CD8+ T cell Migration

Advisor: Minsoo Kim, Ph.D.

2017

Chris Anderson, Ph.D.

The Effect of Memory B cells on Influenza Vaccination, Immune Focusing, and Implications on Vaccine Design

Advisor: David Topham, Ph.D.

Anna Bird, Ph.D.

The Role of Neutrophils in the Pathogenesis of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Advisor: Deborah Fowell, Ph.D.

Matthew Brewer, Ph.D.

The Effects that Antigen Density and Composition of Nanoparticles has on the Immune Response

Advisor: Stephen Dewhurst, Ph.D.

Kelli Connolly, Ph.D.

Targeting the radiotherapy-induced immune response leads to increased efficacy and survival in preclinical tumor models

Advisor: Scott Gerber, Ph.D.

Anthony DiPiazza, Ph.D.

Insights into CD4 T Cell-Mediated Immunity to Influenza Viruses

Advisor: Andrea Sant, Ph.D.

Katherine Herman, Ph.D.

Spontaneous Immune Dysregulation in the Skin in the Absence of Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome Protein

Advisor: Deborah Fowell, Ph.D.

Ian Perry, Ph.D.

o Analysis of the capacity of Salmonella Typhimurium to infect the human placenta

Advisor: Shawn Murphy, Ph.D.

2016

Catlyn Blanchard, Ph.D.

New Therapeutic Methods to Treat Infections Caused by The ESKAPE Pathogens

Advisor: Paul Dunman, Ph.D.

Andrew Cox, M.D., Ph.D.

Increasing the safety of the Live Attenuated Influenza Virus Vaccine

Advisor: Stephen Dewhurst, Ph.D.

Alison Gaylo, M.D., Ph.D.

Mechanisms of CD4+ T cell motility in the inflamed dermal interstitium

Advisor: Deborah Fowell, Ph.D.

Patrick Murphy, Ph.D.

Effects of inflammation on tissue-resident macrophage efferocytosis responses and population dynamics

Advisor: Michael R. Elliott, Ph.D.

Madeline Sofia, Ph.D.

Coordinated Regulation of Virulence, Motility, Biofilm and Stress Response Phenotypes in Type Three Secretion System Positive Vibrio cholerae

Advisor: Michelle Dziejman, Ph.D.

2015

Steven Baker, Ph.D.

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.

Now: Postdoc at University of Wisconsin-Madison

Lisbeth Boule, Ph.D.

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.

Now: Postdoc at University of Rochester Medical Center (Environmental Medicine)

Benson Cheng, Ph.D.

Development of Live-Attenuated Arenavirus Vaccines

Advisor: Luis Martinez-Sobrido, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at University of Rochester Medical Center

Katie Lannan, Ph.D.

Discovery of New Molecules that Regulate Platelet Function

Advisor: Richard Phipps, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at University of Rochester

Daniel Martinelli, Ph.D.

Examination of the Roles of the Endopeptidase RipA and the Penicillin Binding Protein PonA2 in Mycobacterial Cell Wall Maintenance

Advisor: Martin Pavelka, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at University of Rochester Medical Center

2014

Andrew Buckley, Ph.D.

Role of ß-Phosphoglucomutase in Carbon Metabolism and Stress Responsiveness of Streptococcus mutans

Advisor: Robert Glenn Quivey, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc

Meghan Bushway, Ph.D.

Analysis of Cellular Signaling Within the Human Placenta: Implications for Vascular Development and Trophoblast Cell Function

Advisor: Shawn Murphy, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at University of Rochester

Mudit Chaand, Ph.D.

Coordinated Regulation of Pathogenic Phenotypes and Host Response by the Vibrio cholerae Type Three Secretion System

Advisor: Michelle Dziejman, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at Harvard School of Public Health

Kelly Miller, Ph.D.

Regulation and Function of Vibrio cholerae Type Three Secretion System Island Encoded Gene Products

Advisor: Michelle Dziejman, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at Mass General hospital/Harvard Medical School

Isamar Ramos Rivera, Ph.D.

Characterization of the Spx global regulator in Streptococcus mutans

Advisor: Jose A. Lemos, Ph.D.

Julie Sahler, Ph.D.

Platelet-derived microparticles as transcellular messengers

Advisor: Richard Phipps, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at University of Rochester Medical Center (Environmental Medicine)

Sarah Saputo, Ph.D.

Genetic characterization and mechanism of cross-talk between the cAMP/PKA and RAM pathways during Candida albicans hyphal morphogenesis

Advisor: Robert Glenn Quivey, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at University of Rochester

2013

Sarah Amie, Ph.D.

Replication of HIV in macrophages: Effects of SAMHD1 on dNTP levels, viral mutagenesis, and antiviral efficacy

Advisor: Robert A. Bambara, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at Cornell University

Sheila Bello-Irizarry, Ph.D.

MyD88-Dependent Signaling Pathways Contribute to both Host Defense and Immunopathogenesis during Pneumocystis Infection

Advisor: Terry W. Wright, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at University of Rochester Medical Center (Musculoskeletal)

Kristy Bialas, Ph.D.

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.

Now: Postdoc at Duke (Human Vaccine Institute)

Ryan Cummings, Ph.D.

Investigation, In Situ, of the Cutaneous Dendritic Cell Response Following Ionizing Radiation Exposure

Advisor: Edith M. Lord, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai

Waaqo Daddacha, Ph.D.

SAMHD1-mediated dNTP Pool Regulation in Macrophage: Effect on HIV-1 Reverse Transcription Kinetics and Fidelity

Advisor: Baek Kim, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at Emory

Donna Davidson, Ph.D.

Elucidating the role of Soluble CD40 Ligand in the Pathogenesis of HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorders (HAND)

Advisor: Sanjay Maggirwar, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Nan Deng, Ph.D.

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.

Now: Postdoc at University of Rochester Medical Center (Biostatistics)

William Domm, Ph.D.

Optimizing Antigen Delivery Approaches for HIV Immunization

Advisor: Stephen Dewhurst, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at University of Rochester Medical Center (Neonatology)

David Easterhoff, Ph.D.

Characterization of Amyloid Fibrils in Seminal Fluid and Their Interaction with Pathogens

Advisor: Stephen Dewhurst, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at University of North Carolina

Anthony Gaca, Ph.D.

The Physiological Significance of (p)ppGpp in Enterococcus faeccalis

Advisor: Jose A. Lemos, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at University of Rochester Medical Center (Center for Oral Biology)

Joanne Lim, Ph.D.

Role of Interferons and Immunotherapy in Enhancing Radiation Treatment of Cancer

Advisor: Edith M. Lord, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at Dana Farber Cancer Institute (Harvard)

John Muchiri, Ph.D.

HIV-1 Reverse Transcriptase: Dissociation During Strand Transfer and Effects of Efavirenz on RNase H Activity

Advisor: Robert A. Bambara, Ph.D.

Now: Ag. Dean at Faculty of Science and Technology, Kenya Methodist University, Meru, Kenya

Erin Noble, Ph.D.

Influenza A Virus Replication: Biochemical Characterization of Conserved RNA Promoter Structure and PA Subunit Endonuclease Activity

Advisor: Baek Kim, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at Pennsylvania State University

Nelissa Pérez-Nazario, Ph.D.

Alveolar Epithelial Cell Activation of IKK2 during Pneumocystis Infection Regulates Immunity and Organism Clearance

Advisor: Terry W. Wright, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at University of Rochester Medical Center (Dermatology)

Sesquile Ramon, Ph.D.

The Effects of Specialized Proresolving Lipid Mediators on B Lymphocyte Functions: Implications for B Cell Differentiation and Antibody Production

Advisor: Richard Phipps, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at Brigham and Woman’s Hospital (Harvard)

Abigail Sedlacek, Ph.D.

Enhancing T Cell and NK Cell Mediated anti-Tumor Immune Responses Through the use of Immunotherapy

Advisor: Edith M. Lord, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at University of Pittsburgh

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

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.

Now: Intern and Resident at Emergency Medicine, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Jackie Tung, Ph.D.

The regulation of CD4 T cells during adaptive immune responses in determining immunodominance

Advisor: Andrea Sant, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at Dana Farber Cancer Institute (Harvard)

Sarah Van Cor-Hosmer, Ph.D.

The Impact of dNTP Concentrations on the Early Stages of HIV-1 Transduction

Advisor: Baek Kim, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at University of Massachusetts

2012

Adam Derr, Ph.D.

NADH oxidase and stress responses in Streptococcus mutans: a phenotypical and regulatory characterization

Advisor: Robert Glenn Quivey, Ph.D.

Now: Microbiologist at Generic Team II, HFV-146 FDA / CVM / ONADE / DMT

Emily Desmet, Ph.D.

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.

Now: Assistant Professor at Le Moyne College

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

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

Advisor: Stephen Dewhurst, Ph.D.

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

Kaisha Gonzalez, Ph.D.

DNA Base Excision Repair: a Network of Defense, Mutagenesis, and Tolerance in Streptococcus mutans

Advisor: Robert Glenn Quivey, Ph.D.

Now: Field Application Scientist at Focus Diagnostics

Matthew Kennedy, Ph.D.

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.

Now: Postdoc at Duke University Medical Center

Jie Li, Ph.D.

The Non-Antibody Producing Role of B Cells in Inflammatory-Erosive Arthritis

Advisor: Edward M. Schwarz, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at University of California San Diego

Safiehkhatoon Moshkani, Ph.D.

B cells in inflamed lymph nodes: a link between inflammation and autoimmunity

Advisor: Andrea Bottaro, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at Albany Medical College

Hristina Nedelkovska, Ph.D.

Nonclassical MHC class Ib molecules: Critical players in tumor immune surveillance and potential immunotherapy targets

Advisor: Jacques Robert, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at University of Rochester Medical Center (Center for Vaccine Biology and Immunology)

Emilio Riaño, Ph.D.

Dissecting the Multifunctional Arenavirus Nucleoprotein

Advisor: Luis Martinez-Sobrido, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at University of Rochester Medical Center (Micriobiology and Immunology)

Brendaliz Santiago, Ph.D.

Role of Aminotransferases in branched-chain amino acid metabolism: acid tolerance and fatty acid synthesis in Streptococcus mutans

Advisor: Robert Glenn Quivey, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at University of Rochester Medical Center (Center for Oral Biology)

2011

Maria Arevalo, Ph.D.

Syndecans Mediate Dengue Viral Infection of Endothelial Cells In Vitro

Advisor: Xia Jin, B.Med., Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute (VGTI) – Florida

Kendra Bussey, Ph.D.

Identification and Characterization of Polymerase Mutations that Contribute to Influenza Adaptation to Mammalian Hosts

Advisor: Toru Takimoto, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung (Germany)

Cristina Capella-González, Ph.D.

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.

Now: Postdoc at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus Ohio

Winnie Chan, Ph.D.

Investigating the Function of Vaccinia Virus Protein A33 during Morphogenesis, Egress, and Infectivity

Advisor: Brian Ward, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at University of Florida

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

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

Advisor: Stephen Dewhurst, Ph.D.

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

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

The Role of Transglutaminase 2 in Pulmonary Fibrosis

Advisor: Patricia Sime, M.D.

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

John Puskas, Ph.D.

Development and Characterization of Attenuated IL-2 Fusion Proteins that can be Activated by Tumor-Expressed Proteases

Advisor: John Frelinger, Ph.D.

Now: Research Scientist at Moffitt Cancer Center

Matthew Quinn, Ph.D.

Investigation of the Intrinsic Antibody Dependent Enhancement Hypothesis

Advisor: Xia Jin, B.Med., Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at Northwestern

Félix Santiago, Ph.D.

The use of recombinant hemagglutinin proteins in the study of vaccination against emergent influenza viruses

Advisor: David Topham, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston

Michael Valentino, Ph.D.

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.

Now: Postdoc at Harvard

2010

Mohammad Alam, Ph.D.

Vibrio cholerae Type Three Secretion System Regulators and Effectors: Identification and Role in Pathogenesis

Advisor: Michelle Dziejman, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at Emory University

Olivia Tono Block, Ph.D.

Evaluation of Dengue Envelope Glycoprotein Domain III as a Subunit Vaccine Candidate for Prophylaxis of Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever/Shock Syndrome

Advisor: Robert Rose, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at University of Rochester Medical Center (Infectious Diseases)

Kevin Cook, Ph.D.

The Regulation of GATA-3 Expression and Function During Th2 Differentiation

Advisor: Jim Miller, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Rochester

Amalia Earley, Ph.D.

Investigating the Role of Vaccinia Virus Protein A34 in Viral Morphogenesis and its Interaction with B5 and A33

Advisor: Brian Ward, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at University of Rochester Medical Center (Pathology)

Ana Goyos, Ph.D.

Evolution and Immune Functions of Nonclassical MHC Class lb Genes in the Clawed Frogs Xenopus laevis and Silurana tropicalis

Advisor: Jacques Robert, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at Stanford School of Medicine

Vinnie Isabella, Ph.D.

Genetic and Biochemical Analysis of NsrR, a Nitric Oxide-Responsive Repressor in Neisseria gonorrhoeae

Advisor: Virgina Clark, Ph.D.

Now: Senior Scientist at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals

Michelle Kiebala, Ph.D.

The Regulation of GATA-3 Expression and Function During Th2 Differentiation

Advisor: Sanjay Maggirwar, Ph.D.

Now: Research Assistant Professor at University of Rochester Medical Center (Microbiology & Immunology)

Eric LoVullo, Ph.D.

Genetic Manipulation of the Biological Threat Agent Francisella tularensis

Advisor: Martin Pavelka, Ph.D.

Now: Research Associate at US Department of Agriculture

Tam Quach, Ph.D.

Characterization of human anergic naïve B cells with decreased expression of surface IgM

Advisor: Ignacio Sanz, M.D.

Now: Visiting Scientist at Medizinische Hochschule Hannover (Germany)

Chris Richardson, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Advisor: Ignacio Sanz, M.D.

Now: Resident in Dermatology at Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester

Bess Sorensen, Ph.D.

Mechanisms of Intratumoral Vascular and Immune Alteration via Local Cytokine Treatment of Melanoma

Advisor: Edith M. Lord, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at Harvard