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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.

Emma HouseEmma House, Ph.D.

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

Advisor: Matthew McGraw, M.D.


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.

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, 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.

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