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Samantha AbbottSamantha Abbott, M.S.

Amygdala Connections Implicated in Social and Nonsocial Touch

Advisor: Lizabeth Romanski, Ph.D.

Joshua HinkleJoshua Hinkle, Ph.D.

Cranial irradiation-mediated dendritic spine loss is microglial complement receptor 3-dependent, sex-specific, and associated with cognitive impairment

Advisor: M. Kerry O'Banion, M.D., Ph.D. & John Olschowka, Ph.D.

Monique MendesMonique Mendes, Ph.D.

The kinetics of microglial ontogeny and maturation in the adult brain

Advisor: Ania Majewska, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Associate at Stanford University

Patrick Miller-RhodesPatrick Miller-Rhodes, M.S.

The Mixed-lineage Kinase 3 Inhibitor URMC-099 Exhibits Broad-Spectrum Activity in Mouse Models of Perioperative Neurocognitive Disorders

Advisor: Harris Gelbard, M.D., Ph.D.


Jessica HogestynJessica Hogestyn, Ph.D.

Human herpesvirus 6A latency gene U94A impairs motility and maturation in glial cells and neurons: Implications for neurodegenerative disease

Advisor: Margot Mayer-Pröschel, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow at Sanofi US

Rianne StowellRianne Stowell, Ph.D.

Noradrenergic modulation of microglial dynamics and synaptic plasticity

Advisor: Ania Majewska, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow at Univ. Rochester Dept. Neuroscience


Aleta SteevensAleta Steevens, Ph.D.

The Dynamic Role of SOX2 in Mammalian Inner Ear Development

Advisor: Amy Kiernan, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc Fellow at University of Minnesota


Matthew CavanaughMatthew Cavanaugh, Ph.D.

Properties of training-induced visual recovery in cortical blindness

Advisor: Krystel Huxlin, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc with Dr. Steve Feldon, Ophthalmology at Univ. of Rochester

Kelli FaganKelli Fagan, Ph.D.

The Genetic Sex of the Sensory Neuron ADF Confers Pheromone Attraction in C. elegans

Advisor: Douglas Portman, Ph.D.

Now: Data Scientist at BCBS

Berkeley FahrentholdBerkeley Fahrenthold, Ph.D.

Mechanisms of Retinal Cell Death Following Excitotoxic Injury

Advisor: Richard Libby, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow in Ophthamology at Univ. of Rochester

Julianne FeolaJulianne Feola, Ph.D.

The Role of Astrocytic Transglutaminase 2 in Mediating Cellular Viability

Advisor: Gail Johnson, Ph.D

Now: Regulatory Specialist at Masonic Cancer Center at Univ. of Michigan

Nguyen MaiNguyen Mai, M.D., Ph.D.

Role of Lung-Brain Coupling in Neutrophil Priming and Reperfusion Injury Following Global Cerebral Ischemia

Advisor: Marc Halterman, M.D., Ph.D.

Now: Resident, Neurology at UC San Francisco

Heather NatolaHeather Natola, Ph.D.

Restoring nervous system function: Using astrocytes to breathe new life into damaged neurons

Advisor: Christoph Pröschel, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc, Biomedical Genetics at Univ. of Rochester

Rebecca RauschRebecca Rausch, Ph.D.

Dissecting the Roles of Notch and BMP Signaling in Anterior Segment Dysgenesis

Advisor: Amy Kiernan, Ph.D. & Richard Libby, Ph.D.

Now: Senior Scientist at EyeCRO, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Stephanie Syc-MazurekStephanie Syc-Mazurek, M.D., Ph.D.

The Molecular Signaling Pathways Controlling Apoptotic Retinal Ganglion Cell Death after Axonal Injury

Advisor: Richard Libby, Ph.D.

Now: Resident, Neurology at Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education

Xiaowei WangXiaowei Wang, Ph.D.

Bayesian Semiparametric Measurement Error Models: Estimation, Variable Selection and Fast Algorithms

Advisor: Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., DMSc

Now: Postdoctoral Associate Nedergaard Lab at Univ. Rochester

Laura Yunes-MedinaLaura Yunes-Medina, Ph.D.

The Role of Transglutaminase 2 in Neuronal Viability

Advisor: Gail Johnson, Ph.D

Now: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Indiana Univ. School of Medicine

Neurobiology & Anatomy


Laura OwlettLaura Owlett, Ph.D.

Modulation of acute inflammation and Alzheimer’s disease pathology by Gas6-Axl interaction

Advisor: John Olschowka, Ph.D. & M. Kerry O'Banion, M.D., Ph.D.


Dawling Dionisio-SantosDawling Dionisio-Santos, Ph.D.

Ameliorating Alzheimer’s Disease tau pathology through immunomodulation: A novel role for interleukin 4 and glatiramer acetate

Advisor: M. Kerry O'Banion, M.D., Ph.D. & John Olschowka, Ph.D.

Aimee MorrisAimee Morris, M.D., Ph.D.

Functional Brain Network Structure in Focal Embouchure Dystonia and Related Disorders

Advisor: Jonathan Mink, M.D., Ph.D.

Now: Resident, Child Neurology at St. Louis Children’s Hospital


Evan McConnellEvan McConnell, M.D., Ph.D.

The Role of Astrocytes in Noradrenaline Mediated Attenuation of Motor Tics

Advisor: Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., DMSc

Now: Intern/Resident at Rochester Regional Health

John O'DonnellJohn O'Donnell, Ph.D.

Extracellular Ions And Volume Regulation In Brain States

Advisor: Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., DMSc

Now: Postdoc studying Imaging of Parkinson at Washington Univ. St. Louis