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Aleta Steevens

Aleta Steevens

The Dynamic Role of SOX2 in Mammalian Inner Ear Development

Advisor: Amy Kiernan, Ph.D.


Matthew Cavanaugh

Matthew Cavanaugh, Ph.D.

Properties of training-induced visual recovery in cortical blindness

Advisor: Krystel R. Huxlin, Ph.D.

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.

Berkeley Fahrenthold

Berkeley Fahrenthold, Ph.D.

Mechanisms of Retinal Cell Death Following Excitotoxic Injury

Advisor: Richard Libby, Ph.D.

Julianne Feola

Julianne Feola, Ph.D.

The Role of Astrocytic Transglutaminase 2 in Mediating Cellular Viability

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

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.

Heather Natola

Heather Natola, Ph.D.

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

Advisor: Christoph Pröschel, Ph.D.

Rebecca Rausch

Rebecca Rausch, Ph.D.

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

Advisor: Richard Libby, Ph.D.

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.

Xiaowei Wang

Xiaowei Wang, Ph.D.

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

Advisor: Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., DMSc

Laura Yunes-Medina

Laura Yunes-Medina, Ph.D.

The Role of Transglutaminase 2 in Neuronal Viability

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


Shiona Biswas

Shiona Biswas, M.S.

The roles of Lmo3 and Lmo4 in ventral telencephalon development

Advisor: Lin Gan, Ph.D.

Ryan Dawes

Ryan Dawes, Ph.D.

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

Advisor: Edward Brown, Ph.D.

Rebecca Lowery

Rebecca Lowery, Ph.D.

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

Advisor: Ania K. Majewska, Ph.D.

Brianna Sleezer

Brianna Sleezer, Ph.D.

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

Advisor: Ben Hayden, Ph.D.

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.


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

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

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.

Wei Sun

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

Studies of astrocytes using gene expression analysis

Advisor: Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., DMSc


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.

Neurobiology & Anatomy


Evan McConnell

Evan McConnell, Ph.D.

The Role of Astrocytes in Noradrenaline Mediated Attenuation of Motor Tics

Advisor: Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., DMSc

John O'Donnell

John O'Donnell, Ph.D.

Extracellular Ions And Volume Regulation In Brain States

Advisor: Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., DMSc


Christina Cloninger

Christina Cloninger, Ph.D.

Behavioral Evidence for Motion Specific Processing in the Auditory System

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

Grayson Sipe

Grayson Sipe, Ph.D.

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

Advisor: Ania K. Majewska, Ph.D.


Adam Pallus

Adam Pallus, Ph.D.

Head Movement Control during Visual Pursuit

Advisor: Edward G. Freedman, Ph.D.


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.

Imran Punekar

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

Impulsivity in Parkinson Disease

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

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.

Helen Wei

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

Functional Hyperemia in Cerebral Capillaries

Advisor: Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., DMSc