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Alina Ainbinder

Alina Ainbinder

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

Advisor: Robert T. Dirksen, Ph.D.

Ellie Carrell

Ellie M. Carrell

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

Advisor: Robert T. Dirksen, Ph.D.

Rahul Chandrasekhar

Rahul Chandrasekhar

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

Advisor: David Ian Yule, Ph.D.

Alex Fricke

Alex F. Fricke

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Advisor: Charles J. Lowenstein, M.D.


Hen Prizant

Hen Prizant

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

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Yelena Lerman

Yelena Lerman

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

Advisor: Minsoo Kim, Ph.D.


Ana Nunes

Ana Nunes, M.D., Ph.D.

Chemotherapeutic Agents and the CNS: Damage and Protection

Advisor: Douglas H. Turner, Ph.D.