Skip to main content
Explore URMC

Program Alumni



Jessica AckermanJessica E. Ackerman, M.S.

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

Advisor: Alayna Loiselle, Ph.D.

John BachmanJohn Bachman, M.S.

“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, M.S.

“Mechanisms of Glaucoma-Relevant Retinal Ganglion Cell Death”

Advisor: Richard Libby, Ph.D.

Chia-Hao WuChia-Hao Wu, M.S.

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

Advisor: Yi-Fen Lee, Ph.D.


Andrea AmitranoAndrea Amitrano, PhD

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.

Now: Professor, Southwest Medical University School of Basic Sciences, Dept. Biochem and Molecular Bio. at Luzhou Sichuan, China


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.

Now: Regulatory scientist / medical writer at RQM+

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.

Now: Postdoctoral Researcher at National Cancer Institute (NCI)

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.

Now: Research Fellow at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

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.

Now: Postdoctoral Associate at Richard Cripps, San Diego State Univ., San Diego,CA

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.

Now: Postdoctoral Associate at University of Rochester, Dept. Pathology

Jerry SaundersJerry Saunders, Ph.D.

16, 16-Dimethyl prostaglandin E2 (dmPGE2) and lisinopril cooperatively improve survival and mitigate injury in hematopoietic-acute radiation syndrome (H-ARS)

Advisor: James Palis, M.D.

Now: Returned to Medical School at University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY

Chao XueChao Xue, Ph.D.

Cyclophilin A is a Novel Mediator of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

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

Now: : Postdoc Assoc., Endowed Frederick Huetwell Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at University of Michigan


Richard BellRichard D. Bell, Ph.D.

Elucidating the Role of the Synovial Lymphatic Systems in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Advisor: Edward Schwarz, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow at Ivashkiv Lab, David Z. Rosensweig Genomic Research Ct., Hospital for Special Surgery, NY, NY

Brianna KalicharanBrianna Harley (Shares) Kalicharan, Ph.D.

The Role of Mitochondria in BMSC Osteogenic Function

Advisor: Roman Eliseev, M.D., Ph.D.

Now: Co-Director at UofR Cell Therapy Manufacturing Facility, Team-BMTD MS Program Dir.

Allison LiAllison Li, M.D., Ph.D.

Assessing the Role of Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)-Induced Bone Marrow Microenvironment Remodeling in MDS Progression

Advisor: Laura Calvi, M.D.

Now: Medical Student at University of Rochester Medical School, Rochester, NY

Robert MaynardRobert Maynard, Ph.D.

Establishing the Functional Role of Cped1 in the Genetic Regulation of the Osteoblast

Now: Instructor of Orthopedics at Univ. Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus


Haiqing BaiHaiqing Bai, Ph.D.

Pump Independent Functions of the Na+, K+ -ATPase B1 Subunit in Restoring Alveolar Epithelial Barrier

Advisor: David Dean, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc Fellow at Wyss Inst. Biologic Engineering Boston Mass.

Sarah CathelineSarah Elizabeth Catheline, Ph.D.

Inflammation in Osteoarthritis Pathogenesis: Contribution of IKKB/NF-KB Signaling and Interplay with Chondrocyte Hypertrophy

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Irina LermanIrina Lerman, M.D., Ph.D.

Neutrophil Elastase and SERPINB1 are Critical Regulators of Prostate Cancer Progression

Advisor: Stephen Hammes, M.D., Ph.D.

Now: Resident Physician at Univ. Rochester, Rochester, NY

Chi-Wen LoChi-Wen Roger Lo, Ph.D.

The Role of Serpin B13 Antibody in regeneration of Pancreatic B-cells

Advisor: Jan Czyzyk, M.D.

Now: Postdoc Scholar at Stanford Univ, CA

Xiaoting MaXiaoting Ma, Ph.D.

Paxillin Regulates Genomic Networks in Prostate Cancer

Now: Research Fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA

Zachary MurphyZachary Murphy, Ph.D.

STAT3 regulates primitive erythroid maturation both dependent and independently of erythropoietin signaling

Advisor: James Palis, M.D.

Now: Visiting Assistant Professor at St. John Fisher College and Postdoctoral Associate at University of Rochester

Min TianMin Tian, Ph.D.

An Nrf1- and Nrf2-related transcription factor, Cnc-C, mediates multiple stress responses in Drosophila melanogaster

Advisor: Dirk Bohmann, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc Assoc at Athenex

Pei-Lun WengPei-Lun Weng, Ph.D.

Progenitor cell contribution to maintenance and regeneration in salivary gland and olfactory epithelium

Advisor: Catherine Ovitt, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc Assoc at Yale University