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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, 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.

Brianna SharesBrianna Harley Shares, Ph.D.

The Role of Mitochondria in BMSC Osteogenic Function

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


Richard BellRichard D Bell, Ph.D.

Elucidating the Role of the Synovial Lymphatic Systems in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Advisor: Edward Schwarz, Ph.D.

Allison LiAllison Li, Ph.D.

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

Advisor: Laura Calvi, M.D.

Robert MaynardRobert Maynard, M.S.

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


Haiqing BaiHaiqing Bai, M.S.

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, M.S.

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

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: Intern/Resident, Internal Medicine/Dermatology at University of Rochester Strong Memorial Hospital

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

Xiaoting MaXiaoting Ma, Ph.D.

Paxillin Regulates Genomic Networks in Prostate Cancer

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, 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


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 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 Halterman, M.D., Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc Assoc at Dept. Surgery, URMC

Salvador PeñaSalvador Peña, M.D., Ph.D.

Hypoxia and the Mitochondrial Unfolded Protein Response

Advisor: Keith Nehrke, Ph.D.

Now: Intern/Resident, Anesthesiology at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

Benjamin PlogBenjamin Plog, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Advisor: Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., DMSc & Edward Vates, M.D., Ph.D.

Now: Resident, Neurological Surgery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO

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 Zuscik, Ph.D. & Robert Mooney, 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. & John Olschowka, 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 Calvi, M.D.

Now: Resident, Internal Medicine at University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Allison Light-MillsAllison Light-Mills

The Role of Matrix Metalloproteinases in LH-induced Ovarian Steroidogenesis

Advisor: Stephen 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: Resident, Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, 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 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 Jordan, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc Assoc at Colorado