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Carol DeatonCarol Deaton, Ph.D.

Investigating the Role of Presenilin Proteins and BAG3 in Vacuolar Function and Tau Dynamics

Advisor: Gail Johnson, Ph.D

Alison LivadaAlison (Roby) Livada, Ph.D.

Lung megakaryocytes are long-lived, arise from Flt3-negative bone marrow cells and contribute to platelet recovery in thrombocytopenia

Advisor: Craig Morrell, D.V.M., Ph.D.

David RichardsonDavid Richardson, Ph.D.

Probing Cognitive-Motor Interactions During Proactive and Reactive Control Using Mobile Brain/Body Imaging (MoBI)

Advisor: Edward Freedman, Ph.D. & John Foxe, Ph.D.

Celia SotoCelia Soto, Ph.D.

Elevated Lactate in Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Bone Marrow Microenvironment Dysfunction

Advisor: Benjamin Frisch, Ph.D.


Uday BaligaUday Baliga, Ph.D.

Gene Delivery to the lung: siRNA and Non-Viral Multigenic approaches

Advisor: David Dean, Ph.D.

Sara Blick-NitkoSara Katharina Blick-Nitko, Ph.D.

Platelet Ido1 in Plasmodium yoelii Uncomplicated Malaria Infection

Advisor: Craig Morrell, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Kimberly Burgos VillarKimberly Burgos Villar, Ph.D.

Expression and Function of SPRR1A, a Novel Marker of the Ischemic Cardiac Border Zone

Advisor: Eric Small, Ph.D.

Felicia GilelsFelicia Gilels, Ph.D.

The Role of JAG1-Notch Signaling in the Maturation and Function of the Inner Ear

Advisor: Amy Kiernan, Ph.D.

Jimin HanJimin Han, Ph.D.

Investigating the role of CLN3 in retinal pigment epithelium dysfunction in CLN3-Batten

Emma HouseEmma House, Ph.D.

Investigating the Role of CD4+ T Cells in Flavorings-Related Lung Disease

Advisor: Matthew McGraw, M.D.

Jiatong (Scarlett) LiuJiatong (Scarlett) Liu, B.Med., Ph.D.

The Role of Senescent Cells in Aging Fracture

Advisor: Lianping Xing, B.Med., Ph.D.

Courtney MarkhamCourtney Markham, Ph.D.

Dissecting the role(s) of the Notch ligand Jagged1 during sensory cell formation in the mammalian cochlea

Advisor: Amy Kiernan, Ph.D.

Cooper SailerCooper Sailer, Ph.D.

Characterization of CAR T cell phenotypes to augment response against solid tumors


Jessica AckermanJessica E. Ackerman, Ph.D.

Lineage Tracing and Spatial Transcriptomics Illustrate the Role of Myofibroblasts During Fibrotic Tendon Healing

Advisor: Alayna Loiselle, Ph.D.

John BachmanJohn Bachman, Ph.D.

The Contribution of Skeletal Muscle Stemcells to Prepubertal Skeletal Muscle Maturation and the Implications for Pediatric Cancer Radiotherapy

Advisor: Joe Chakkalakal, Ph.D.

Olivia MarolaOlivia Marola, Ph.D.

Mechanisms of Glaucoma-Relevant Retinal Ganglion Cell Death

Advisor: Richard Libby, Ph.D.

Carlos Ortiz-BonillaCarlos Ortiz-Bonilla, Ph.D.

Advisor: Yi-Fen Lee, Ph.D.

Chia-Hao WuChia-Hao Wu, Ph.D.

Roles of Extracellular Vesicle-Borne Protein Disulfide Isomerase in Bladder Cancer Recurrence

Advisor: Yi-Fen Lee, Ph.D.


Andrea AmitranoAndrea Amitrano, Ph.D.

Optical Control of CD8+ T Cell Mitochondrial Metabolism

Advisor: Minsoo Kim, Ph.D.

Ronghao WangRonghao Wang, Ph.D.

The roles of AR variants in Enzalutamide resistant prostate cancer

Advisor: Chawnshang Chang, Ph.D.


Jonathan BartkoJonathan Bartko, M.D., Ph.D.

Characterizing Context-Specific Roles for CHOP in ER Stress Signaling and Neurodevelopment

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

Katherine BestKatherine Best, Ph.D.

Defining Tendon Cell Localization, Functions, and Fate During Acute Flexor Tendon Injury and Repair

Advisor: Alayna Loiselle, Ph.D.

Fu Ju ChouFu Ju Chou, Ph.D.

The New Therapeutic Strategies for Improving the Efficacy and Reducing the Adverse Effects of Radiotherapy for Early Stage of Prostate Cancer

Advisor: Chawnshang Chang, Ph.D.

Madison DoolittleMadison Doolittle, Ph.D.

Investigating the Role of ZBTB40 in the Regulation of Osteoblast Function and Bone Mass

Advisor: Cheryl Ackert-Bicknell, Ph.D.

Robert HoffRobert Hoff, Ph.D.

Signal-dependent Activation of CncC, the Drosophila Homolog of Mammalian Nrf1 and Nrf2, is Repressed by Age and Neurodegenerative Factors

Advisor: Dirk Bohmann, Ph.D.

Jinbo LiJinbo Li, Ph.D.

TGFβ-induced degradation of TRAF3 in mesenchymal progenitor cells causes age-related osteoporosis

Advisor: Brendan Boyce, M.B.Ch.B.

Xi LinXi Lin, Ph.D.

The Effects of Macrophage on the Synovial Lymphatic System in Mice with Posttraumatic Osteoarthritis

Advisor: Lianping Xing, B.Med., Ph.D.

Jerry SaundersJerry Saunders, M.D., Ph.D.

A novel combination therapy enhances recovery following radiation exposure

Advisor: James Palis, M.D.

Chao XueChao Xue, Ph.D.

Cyclophilin A is a Novel Mediator of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Advisor: Bradford Berk, M.D., Ph.D.