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Jessica Ackerman
Jessica Ackerman, M.S.

Research Interest:
Cellular and molecular mechanisms of scar-mediated tendon healing
Uday Baliga
Uday Baliga, M.S.

Research Interest:
Development of gene delivery techniques to the lung using electroporation and modified nucleic acids
Sara Blick-Nitko
Sara Blick-Nitko, M.S.

Research Interest:
The Multifactorial Roles of Platelets in Malaria Infection
Kimberly Burgos Villar
Kimberly Burgos Villar, M.S.

Research Interest:
Scar formation and inflammatory signaling after a myocardial infarction
Trae Carroll
Trae Carroll

Research Interest:

Tau Post-Translational Modifications mediate cellular dysfunctions in Alzheimer’s Disease

Chunmo (Mary) Chen
Chunmo (Mary) Chen, M.S.

Research Interest:

Phagocytosis of osteoblast in the MDS-like environment

Kiana Chen
Kiana Chen, M.S.

Research Interest:

The mechanism behind sexual dimorphism in TNF-induced erosive inflammatory arthritis

Carol Deaton
Carol Deaton, M.S.

Research Interest:
Presenilin 1-dependent regulation of lysosome function and tau clearance
Sophia Eliseeva
Sophia Eliseeva

Research Interest:

T. gondii-induced peripheral tissue reprogramming

Katherine Escalera-Rivera
Katherine Escalera-Rivera, M.S.

Research Interest:

Inflammatory processes involved in the onset and development of Osteoarthritis

Felicia Gilels
Felicia Gilels, M.S.

Research Interest:
The role of Notch signaling in the maintenance and function of cochlear sensory cells
Peter  Girardi
Peter  Girardi
First Year
Jimin Han
Jimin Han, M.S.

Research Interest:

Vision loss in CLN3 disease using a patient-derived hiPSC model

Emma House
Emma House, M.S.

Research Interest:

The role of CD4+ T-cells in the development of flavoring induced bronchiolitis obliterans

Mark James
Mark James, M.S.

Research Interest:

The molecular mechanisms leading to the onset and progression of osteoarthritis in aging and after injury and development of therapeutic treatments for articular cartilage protection and regeneration

Courtney Kellogg
Courtney Kellogg, M.S.

Research Interest:
Role of Jag1 during Inner Ear development
Jiatong (Scarlett) Liu
Jiatong (Scarlett) Liu, M.S.

Research Interest:

The role of senescent cells in fracture healing

Alison Livada
Alison Livada, M.S.

Research Interest:

Megakaryocytes and platelets roles' in immunity and Origin of lung megakaryocytes and their roles in shaping immune responses

Vania Lopez-Ruiz
Vania Lopez-Ruiz, MS

Research Interest:

Investigating ligand presentation by XNC4, a non-polymorphic MHC class I-like molecule that confers resistance to infections by non-TB mycobacteria in Xenopus

Carlos Ortiz-Bonilla
Carlos Ortiz-Bonilla, M.S.

Research Interest:
Elucidating a potential mechanism of action of Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) immunotherapy for non-muscle invasive bladder cancer
Yue Peng
Yue Peng, M.S.

Research Interest:

Investigating Lymphatics in Inflammatory-Erosive Arthritis

Liam Peterson
Liam Peterson
First Year
Rachel Piselli
Rachel Piselli, M.S.

Research Interest:
Transcription factor regulation of progenitor cells during development
Nabil Rahman
Nabil Rahman
First Year
Cooper Sailer
Cooper Sailer, M.S.

Research Interest:
Using optogenetics to explore chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell effector function in solid tumors
Celia Soto
Celia Soto, M.S.

Research Interest:

Investigating mechanisms of bone marrow microenvironmental dysfunction in acute myeloid leukemia

Lan Wang
Lan Wang, M.S.

Research Interest:

Investigating the mechanisms of pancreatic cancer dormancy

Emily Whitt
Emily Whitt, M.S.

Research Interest:

Epigenetic regulation of breast cancer invasion

Chen Yu
Chen Yu, M.S.

Research Interest:

Role of energy metabolism in regulating mesenchymal stem cell fate. Mitochondrial function in adipogenic versus osteogenic lineages.