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Neuroscience

2018

Aleta Steevens

Aleta Steevens

The Dynamic Role of SOX2 in Mammalian Inner Ear Development

Advisor: Amy Kiernan, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc Fellow at University of Minnesota

2017

Matthew Cavanaugh

Matthew Cavanaugh, Ph.D.

Properties of training-induced visual recovery in cortical blindness

Advisor: Krystel R. Huxlin, Ph.D.

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

Kelli Fagan

Kelli 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 Fahrenthold

Berkeley 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 Feola

Julianne Feola, Ph.D.

The Role of Astrocytic Transglutaminase 2 in Mediating Cellular Viability

Advisor: Gail V. W. Johnson-Voll, Ph.D

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

Nguyen Mai

Nguyen Mai, Ph.D.

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

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

Now: Medical Student at Univ. Rochester

Heather Natola

Heather 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 Rausch

Rebecca Rausch, Ph.D.

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

Advisor: Richard Libby, Ph.D.

Now: Senior Scientist at EyeCRO, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Stephanie Syc-Mazurek

Stephanie Syc-Mazurek, Ph.D.

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

Advisor: Richard Libby, Ph.D.

Now: Medical Student at Univ. Rochester

Xiaowei Wang

Xiaowei 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-Medina

Laura Yunes-Medina, Ph.D.

The Role of Transglutaminase 2 in Neuronal Viability

Advisor: Gail V. W. Johnson-Voll, Ph.D

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

2016

Shiona Biswas

Shiona Biswas, M.S.

The roles of Lmo3 and Lmo4 in ventral telencephalon development

Advisor: Lin Gan, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Associate in Ophthamology at Univ. of Rochester

Ryan Dawes

Ryan Dawes, Ph.D.

β-adrenergic activation constrains breast cancer progression and modulates tumor-associated exosomes

Advisor: Edward Brown, Ph.D.

Now: Scientist at Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Rebecca Lowery

Rebecca Lowery, Ph.D.

The Role of Microglia and Fractalkine Signaling in Experience-dependent Synaptic Plasticity

Advisor: Ania K. Majewska, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Majewska Lab at Univ. of Rochester

Brianna Sleezer

Brianna Sleezer, Ph.D.

Contributions of Striatum and Orbitofrontal Cortex to Flexible Rule-Based Decision Making

Advisor: Ben Hayden, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow, Brain & Cognitive Sciences at Univ. of Rochester

Jennifer Stripay

Jennifer Stripay, Ph.D.

Targeting a network of cancer control nodes through rescue of c-Cbl; A novel therapeutic approach for Glioblastoma multiforme

Advisor: Mark Noble, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Tumor Cell Biology at St. Jude's Children Hospital

2015

Adrianne Chesser

Adrianne Chesser, M.D., Ph.D.

Selectively Enhancing Clearance of Pathological Tau Through the Use of Phytochemical Compounds

Advisor: Gail V. W. Johnson-Voll, Ph.D

Now: Resident, Internal Medicine at Allina Health

Susanne Pritchard Pallo

Susanne Pritchard Pallo, Ph.D.

The Role of Tau and Amyloid-Beta in Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Excitotoxicity

Advisor: Gail V. W. Johnson-Voll, Ph.D

Now: Public Relations Assistant at Univ. of Rochester

Fatima Rivera-Escalera

Fatima Rivera-Escalera, Ph.D.

The Contribution of CCR2+ Mononuclear Cells and Resident Microglia to Interleukin-1β Mediated Amyloid Beta Plaque Clearance

Advisor: M. Kerry O'Banion, M.D., Ph.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuroscience at Univ. of Virginia

Wei Sun

Wei Sun, M.D., M.S.

Studies of astrocytes using gene expression analysis

Advisor: Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., DMSc

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow at NIMH

2014

Irina Statnikova

Irina Statnikova, Ph.D.

GPi is Involved at Multiple Levels in Selection and Inhibition of Competing Motor Behaviors

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

Now: Medical Student at Univ. of Rochester

Neurobiology & Anatomy

2017

Evan McConnell

Evan McConnell, Ph.D.

The Role of Astrocytes in Noradrenaline Mediated Attenuation of Motor Tics

Advisor: Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., DMSc

Now: Medical Student at Univ. Rochester

John O'Donnell

John 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

2016

Christina Cloninger

Christina Cloninger, Ph.D.

Behavioral Evidence for Motion Specific Processing in the Auditory System

Advisor: Gary D. Paige, M.D., Ph.D.

Now: Scientist at Exponent

Grayson Sipe

Grayson Sipe, Ph.D.

The Role of P2Y12 in Non-Pathological Microglial Functions during Synaptic Plasticity

Advisor: Ania K. Majewska, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow, Brain & Cognitive Sciences at Univ. of Rochester

2015

Adam Pallus

Adam Pallus, Ph.D.

Head Movement Control during Visual Pursuit

Advisor: Edward G. Freedman, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow in Genome Sciences at Univ. of Washington

2014

Revathi Balasubramanian

Revathi Balasubramanian, B.E., M.S., Ph.D.

The role of Lhx9 in the development of mouse retinal cell subtypes and their laminar specification

Advisor: Lin Gan, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Ophthamology at Columbia Univ.

Imran Punekar

Imran Punekar, M.D., Ph.D.

Impulsivity in Parkinson Disease

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

Now: Resident, Anesthesiology at University of Rochester

Michele Saul

Michele Lavinia-Ann Saul, Ph.D.

Cell proliferation and migration into the amygdala during adolescence. Is it impacted by stress?

Advisor: Julie L. Fudge, M.D.

Now: Research Assistant Professor/Visiting Assistant Professor at Univ. of Rochester/St. John Fisher

Helen Wei

Helen Shinru Wei, M.D., Ph.D.

Functional Hyperemia in Cerebral Capillaries

Advisor: Edward Vates, M.D., Ph.D.

Now: Resident, General Surgery at Univ. of Rochester