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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.

Corey Hoffman

Corey Hoffman, Ph.D.

The Bone Microenvironment in the Setting of Acute Injury and Aging

Advisor: Laura M. Calvi, M.D.

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

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.


Alina Ainbinder

Alina Ainbinder, Ph.D.

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

Advisor: Robert T. Dirksen, Ph.D.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Qiuyu Zhu

Qiuyu Zhu, Ph.D.

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

Advisor: Charles J. Lowenstein, M.D.


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.


Yelena Lerman

Yelena Lerman, Ph.D.

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

Advisor: Minsoo Kim, Ph.D.