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2018

Rafael Gil de Rubio

Rafael H. Gil de Rubio

The Role of PLC-Dependent Hydrolysis of Phosphatidylinositol 4-Phosphate in Signaling and Disease

Advisor: Alan Victor Smrcka, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Michigan

Jesi To

Jesi Lee Anne To, Ph.D.

The Importance of G Protein Signaling in Immune Cell Function: A Novel Role for Active G Protein in Cell Adhesion and Migration and the Therapeutic Potential of Targeting G in Inflammation

Advisor: Alan Victor Smrcka, Ph.D.

Now: Medical Affairs Fellow at Promius Pharma, Princeton, NJ

Liwei Wang

Liwei Wang, Ph.D.

Region-specific Proteolysis Differentially Regulates Inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate Receptor Activity

Advisor: David Ian Yule, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at New York University, New York, NY

Jimmy Zhang

Jimmy Zhang, Ph.D.

Mitochondrial Metabolism in Cardiac Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury

Advisor: Paul S. Brookes, Ph.D.

Now: Medical-Scientist Training Program at University of Rochester

2017

Amanda Amoh

Amanda N. Amoh, M.S.

Pharmacological Investigation into the Congenital Long QT Syndrome Type 3

Advisor: Coeli M.B. Lopes, Ph.D.

Joseph Bisson

Joseph A. Bisson, Ph.D.

The Role of Non-canonical Wnt Signaling in Heart Development and Repair

Advisor: Ethan David Cohen, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University, New York, NY

Corey Hoffman

Corey Hoffman, Ph.D.

The Bone Microenvironment in the Setting of Acute Injury and Aging

Advisor: Laura M. Calvi, M.D.

Now: ORISE Fellow/Contract Officer at Biomedical Advanced Research Development Authority, U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services, Washington, DC

Alina Monteagudo-Cabellero

Alina M. Monteagudo-Cabellero, Ph.D.

Transglutaminase 2 Role in Neurological Disease and Injury: Alterations in Proliferation, Migration, and Metabolism

Advisor: Gail V. W. Johnson-Voll, Ph.D

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Neurology at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Makaia Papasergi-Scott

Makaia M. Papasergi-Scott, Ph.D.

Phosphorylation Regulates Molecular Chaperoning and GEF Functions of Ric-8A in Heterotrimeric G-protein Signaling

Advisor: Robert S. Freeman, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow at Department of Environmental Medicine, University of Rochester, Rochester NY

Breandan Quinn

Breandan R. Quinn, M.S.

Transglutaminase 2 (TG2): Friend or Foe?

Advisor: Gail V. W. Johnson-Voll, Ph.D

Now: Laboratory Technician at University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Michael Trembley

Michael A. Trembley, Ph.D.

Linking the cytoskeleton to transcription: A role for myocardin-related transcription factors in heart development and disease

Advisor: Eric M. Small, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Rachel Walker

Rachel L. Walker, M.S.

Mitochondrial Calcium Buffering in C. elegans

Advisor: Keith Webster Nehrke, Ph.D.

Now: Medical Illustration MFA Program at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

2016

Alina Ainbinder

Alina Ainbinder, Ph.D.

Structural and Functional Impact of Mitochondrial Ca2+ Signaling in Skeletal Muscle

Advisor: Robert T. Dirksen, Ph.D.

Now: Research Scientist at Broad Institute of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard, Cambridge, MA

Ellie Carrell

Ellie M. Carrell, Ph.D.

Short- and Long-term Roles for Orai1 in Skeletal Muscle Structure and Function

Advisor: Robert T. Dirksen, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Neurology at University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Rahul Chandrasekhar

Rahul Chandrasekhar, Ph.D.

Unique Regulatory Properties of Heterotetrameric Inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate Receptors Revealed by Studying Concatenated Receptor Constructs

Advisor: David Ian Yule, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Cell Biology at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC

Peter DiStefano

Peter V. DiStefano, Ph.D.

Regulation of Endothelial Cell Behavior and Vascular Function by Krev Interaction Trapped Protein 1 (KRIT1)

Advisor: Angela Glading, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow, Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at Toronto General Hospital/ Research Institute (UHN), Toronto, ON

Laura Fornarola

Laura Fornarola, M.D., Ph.D.

The Role of PIN1 in Neuronal Programmed Cell Death Following Trophic Factor Deprivation

Advisor: Robert S. Freeman, Ph.D.

Now: Resident, Anesthesiology at University of Rochester

Alex Fricke

Alex F. Fricke, Ph.D.

Ca2+ Signaling Involved in Pancreatic Stellate Cell Proliferation and Identification of a Potential Therapeutic Target

Advisor: David Ian Yule, Ph.D.

Now: Fellow, Department of Neurology at Center for Health and Technology, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Mary Gantz Marker

Mary A. Gantz Marker, Ph.D.

Cell-type and Stimulus-specific Regulation of JUN and BIM by EGLN3 in Multiple Models of Neuronal Death

Advisor: Robert S. Freeman, Ph.D.

Walter Knight

Walter E. Knight, Ph.D.

Regulation, Function, and Mechanisms of Cyclic Nucleotide Phosphodiesterase 1C in Pathological Cardiac Remodeling and Dysfunction

Advisor: Chen Yan, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Medicine at University of Colorado-Denver, Aurora, CO

Bharti Patel

Bharti R. Patel, Ph.D.

Heterotrimeric G-Protein α Subunit Chaperone Ric-8A as a Novel Target for Cancer Therapeutics

Advisor: Gregory G. Tall, Ph.D.

Now: Research Scientist at Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research, Cambridge, MA

Hannah Stoveken

Hannah Stoveken, Ph.D.

Activation of Adhesion G Protein-coupled Receptors by a Tethered Agonist: Mechanism of Action and Pharmacological Modulation

Advisor: Gregory G. Tall, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow at The Scripps Research Institute-Florida Campus, Jupiter, FL

Qiuyu Zhu

Qiuyu Zhu, Ph.D.

The Role of STXBP5, VAMP8, and SNAP23 in Endothelial Exocytosis

Advisor: Charles J. Lowenstein, M.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow at Broad Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, Cambridge, MA

2015

Yelena Lerman

Yelena V. Lerman, Ph.D.

Integrin alpha3beta1 on Neutrophils during Sepsis and TLR-mediated Inflammation: From Function to Immunotherapy Implications

Advisor: Minsoo Kim, Ph.D.

Now: Health Project Coordinator at Wilmot Cancer Center, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Kristina Modjeski

Kristina L. Modjeski, Ph.D.

Get a GRIP: The Role of a PDZ Scaffolding Protein in Platelets and T Cells

Advisor: Craig N. Morrell, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Now: Student at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Blacksburg, VA

Hen Prizant

Hen Prizant, Ph.D.

mTOR-mediated Leiomyoma Growth in Uterine-specific Tsc2-null Mice is Exclusively Dependent on Estradiol Signaling – Implications in the Treatment of Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM)

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

Now: Postdoctoral Associate at Center for Vaccine Biology and Immunology, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY