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Haiqing BaiHaiqing Bai, M.S.

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

Advisor: David A. Dean, Ph.D.

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

Irina LermanIrina Lerman

Neutrophil Elastase and SERPINB1 are Critical Regulators of Prostate Cancer Progression

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

Now: Med. Student at Returned to URMC to finish Med school

Chi-Wen LoChi-Wen Roger Lo, M.S.

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

Advisor: Jan Czyzyk, M.D.

Now: Postdoc Scholar at Stanford Univ, CA

Zachary MurphyZachary Murphy

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

Advisor: James Palis, M.D.

Now: Postdoc Fellow at URMC Steiner lab

Min TianMin Tian

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

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

Advisor: Catherine E. Ovitt, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc Assoc at Yale University


Christopher FarnsworthChristopher Farnsworth

Increased Orthopaedic Infection Severity in Obesity/type 2 Diabetes is Associated with Impaired Humoral Immunity and S. Aureus Adaptation to the Host

Advisor: Robert A. Mooney, Ph.D.

Now: Clinical Chemistry fellow at Pathology and Immunology Washington Univ

Bradley MillsBradley Mills, Ph.D.

Intratumoral Induction of Dual Specificity Phosphatase 1 Regulates the Growth and Survival of the Glioblastoma Tumor Progenitor Population

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

Now: Postdoc Assoc at Dept. Surgery, URMC

Salvador PeñaSalvador Peña, Ph.D.

Hypoxia and the Mitochondrial Unfolded Protein Response

Advisor: Keith Webster Nehrke, Ph.D.

Now: Med resident 3 at URMC med ctr

Benjamin PlogBenjamin Plog, Ph.D.

Novel Insight into Regulation of Glymphatic Flow with Implications for Traumatic Brain Injury

Advisor: Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., DMSc

Now: Med resident 3 at URMC med ctr

Eric SchottEric Michael Schott

The Pathobiology of Osteoarthritis in Obesity: The Role of Synovial Inflammation, Joint Insulin Resistance, and Dysbiosis of the Gut Microbiome

Advisor: Michael John Zuscik, Ph.D.

Now: Head of Translational Research at Clin Sci Solarea Bio Cambridge MA


Jonathan CherryJonathan Cherry

Neuroinflammation and the Glial Response Contribute to Both Beneficial and Pathological Outcomes in Multiple Disease Models

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

Now: Postdoc Fellow at Lab of Ann McKee Boston Univ.

Amali EpaAmali Epa

Role of Cellular Cross-talk in Regulating Human Lung Fibroblast to Myofibroblast Differentiation

Advisor: Patricia Sime, M.D.

Now: Proj. Director at Clin Res Coord URMC

Jenna  FrameJenna Frame

Emergence and Regulation of Hemogenic Endothelium in the Mammalian Yolk Sac

Advisor: James Palis, M.D.

Now: Postdoc Fellow at Boston Children's Hospital

Ayse KizilyerAyse Kizilyer

The Role of Neurotrophin Signaling in Megakaryocyte Differentiation and Platelet Production

Advisor: Sanjay Maggirwar, Ph.D.

Now: Res. Assoc. at Mehmet Akif Ersoy Univ. Turkey

Ayse KizylerAyse Kizyler

The Role of Neurotrophin Signaling in Megakaryocyte Differentiation and Platelet Production

Advisor: Sanjay Maggirwar, Ph.D.

Rialnat LawalRialnat "Bisi" Lawal, M.D., Ph.D.

Osteolineage Notch Ligand Jagged1 Regulates Bon Homeostasis and Parathyroid Hormone-dependent Long Term Hematopoietic Stem Cell Function

Advisor: Laura M. Calvi, M.D.

Now: Internal Medicine Resident at University of Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospital

Allison Light-MillsAllison Light-Mills

The Role of Matrix Metalloproteinases in LH-induced Ovarian Steroidogenesis

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

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Rochester

Lisa NiswanderLisa Niswander, M.D., Ph.D.

Microenvironmental Regulation of Megakaryopoiesis and Thrombopoiesis by SDF-1

Advisor: James Palis, M.D.

Now: Fellow in Pediatric Hem/Oncol at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Phil. PA

Massiel StollaMassiel Chavez Stolla

Developmental Regulation of Platelet Function

Advisor: James Palis, M.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Washington

Michael WilsonMichael Wilson

The Role of MECOM Expression in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Regulation and Myeloid Lineage Commitment

Advisor: Archibald S. Perkins, M.D., Ph.D.

Now: COO at Simulated Inanimate Models LLC, Rochester, NY

Haobin YeHaobin Ye

Unique Physiological and Metabolic Properties of Blast Crisis Chronic Myeloid Leukemia

Advisor: Craig T. Jordan, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc Assoc at Colorado


HsiMin (Jim) HsiaoHsiMin (Jim) Hsiao

Pro-Resolving Lipid Mediators in the Resolution of Lung Inflammation

Advisor: Patricia Sime, M.D.

Now: Scientist II at Atara Biotherapeutics, Los Ang. CA

Michael MosesMichael Moses

Epigallocatechin gallate Elicits Stage-Specific Sensitivity and Affects Heat Shock Protein 90 in a Novel Human Prostate Cancer Progression Model

Advisor: Thomas A. Gasiewicz, Ph.D.

Now: Interagency Oncology Taskforce Fellow at US Food and Drug Administration

Tristan NicholsonTristan Nicholson, M.D., Ph.D.

Estrogen receptor-alpha is a key mediator and therapeutic target in benign prostatic hyperplasia

Advisor: William Ricke, Ph.D.

Now: Resident Physician at Univ. Wash. Urology Residency Res. Track

Shanshan ShiShanshan Shi

Deletion of Tak1 in Fibroblast-Specific 1 Positive Cells Reduces Tendon Adhesion Formation Via Reduced Myofibroblast Activation

Advisor: Regis O'Keefe, M.D., Ph.D.

Julianne SmithJulianne Smith

Osteoblastic VEGF Coordinates Remodeling of the Hematopoietic Stem Cell Niche

Advisor: Laura M. Calvi, M.D.

Now: Sr. Res. Assoc at Case Western Reserve, Albany NY

Cuicui WangCuicui Wang

Investigating the Role of NOTCH Signaling in Fracture Repair

Advisor: Matthew J. Hilton, Ph.D.


Andrew CampbellAndrew Campbell

Disruption of ATM Function and Divergent Phenotypes in Two Murine Models of Ataxia-telandiectasia

Advisor: Margot Mayer-Pröschel, Ph.D.

Now: Molecular Genetic Specialist at Molec. Diagnostics URMC

Tulin DadaliTulin Dadali, B.S.

The Role of CD38 in Regulating NAD Metabolism, Oxidative Stress Responses, and Activity of NAD-Consuming Enzymes

Advisor: Frances E. Lund, Ph.D.

Now: Sr. Sci at Genocea, Cambridge, MA

Nikesha GilmoreNikesha Gilmore


Advisor: Jacques Robert, Ph.D.

Now: Clinical Proj Manager at URMC

Nikesha HaynesNikesha Haynes

Conserved Roles of Nonclassical MHC Class lb Genes in Cancer Immunity and Modification of the Tumor Microenvironment in the Amphibian Xenopus Model

Advisor: Jacques Robert, Ph.D.

Tzu-Chieh HoTzu-Chieh (Kate) Ho

Evolution of Acute Myelogenous Leukemia Stem Cell Properties Following Treatment and Progression

Advisor: Craig T. Jordan, Ph.D.

Now: Assoc. Res Scientist at Columbia Univ. NY, NY

Laura NguyenLaura Nguyen

Factors that Affect HIV-1 Recombination Events and Viral Replication Kinetics during Reverse Transcription

Advisor: Kim Baek, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at Yale University

Joanne SoongJoanne Soong

The Role of Plexin B1 and Shp2 in MET Driven Melanocyte and Melanoma Biology

Advisor: Glynis A. Scott, M.D.

John VarroneJohn J. Varrone, M.S.

Evaluation of Anti-Glucosaminidase Monoclonal Antibodies as a Passive Vaccination for Implant-Associated Staphylococccus aureus Osteomylitis

Advisor: Edward M. Schwarz, Ph.D.

Now: Forensic Biologist at Monroe Cty Crime Lab. Roch. NY