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2020 First Years

Current First-year Students


Halima Aweis
Halima Aweis
Second Year
Miriam Barnett
Miriam Barnett, M.S.
Bidlack Lab

Research Interest: Pharmacological properties of opioids and the signaling mechanisms at the kappa opioid receptor.
Amanda Bradley
Amanda Bradley
Second Year
Si Chen
Si Chen, M.S.
Yan Lab

Research Interest: Focuses on the role of cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterase 10A (PDE10A) in regulating cardiac hypertrophy and dysfunction.
Lily Cisco
Lily Cisco
Lueck Lab

Research Interest: Pathomechanism of skeletal muscle weakness and degeneration in Myotonic Dystrophy
Maura Connorton
Maura Connorton
Second Year
Tyler Couch
Tyler Couch, M.S.
MacLean Lab

Research Interest: Intracellular dynamics and protein interactors of human acid-sensing ion channels
David  Delemos
Dean Lab

Research Interest: Exploring the use of electroporation for gene delivery to the lung to treat cystic fibrosis
Louben Dorval
Louben Dorval, M.S.
Bidlack Lab

Research Interest: Investigating the effects of Fibroblast Growth Factor 21 (FGF21) on opioid preference and the development of analgesic opioid tolerance and dependence
Esraa Furati
Esraa Furati, M.S.
Chakkalakal Lab

Research Interest: Cell-specific genetic and pharmacological targeting of C-C chemokine receptor type 2 (Ccr2) to promote aged and denervated skeletal muscle regeneration following injury
Jarreau Harrison
Jarreau Harrison
Gail Johnson Lab

Research Interest: The role of HspB8 and BAG3 in mediating autophagy and tau clearance
Miao He
Miao He
Second Year
Autumn Helland
Autumn Helland
Second Year
Kai-Ting Huang
Kai-Ting Huang
Yule Lab

Research Interest: Alteration of cytosolic Ca2+ machinery, mitochondrial Ca2+ handling, and mitochondrial metabolism contributing to the progression of Sjogren's syndrome
Wooree Ko
Wooree Ko
Lueck Lab

Research Interest: Exploring the use of suppressor tRNAs for suppression of nonsense mutations in the CFTR gene as a potential treatment for cystic fibrosis
Chen Li
Chen Li
Morrell Lab

Research Interest: The role of platelets in immune system
Jing Liu
Jing Liu, M.S.
Dean Lab

Research Interest: To study the effect of beta 1 subunit of the Na,K- ATPase in regulating tight junction and barrier function in acute lung injury in vivo.
Tyler McCullock
Tyler McCullock, M.S.
Kammermeier Lab

Research Interest: Molecular and cellular regulation of metabotropic glutamate receptor dimerization
Alexander Milliken
Alexander Milliken, M.S.
Brookes Lab

Research Interest: Studies the underlying molecular mechanisms of cardiac ischemia reperfusion injury to design novel therapeutic approaches
Nicholas  Nobiletti
Nicholas  Nobiletti, M.S.
Glading Lab

Research Interest: Regulation of neutrophil adhesion and function by KRIT1.
Matthew Rook
Matthew Rook, M.S.
MacLean Lab

Research Interest: Structural and Stoichiometric Elucidation of Acid-Sensing Ion Channel Gating Mechanisms
Matthew Sipple
Matthew Sipple
Lueck Lab
Medical Scientist Training Program (M.D., Ph.D.)

Research Interest: Characterizing the molecular underpinnings of muscle excitability in Myotonic Dystrophy and the development of potential therapeutics
Harsha Swamy
Harsha Swamy, M.S.
Glading Lab

Research Interest: Structural and binding relationships regulating KRIT1 localization and function.
Lara Terry
Lara Terry, M.S.
Yule Lab

Research Interest: Studies the structural and functional effects of mutations in the inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor
Amanda Wahl
Amanda Wahl
Yule Lab

Research Interest: Elucidating the Mechanisms of Salivary Gland Dysfunction Following γ-Irradiation Using 3DMultiscale Modeling
Chongyang Zhang
Chongyang Zhang, M.S.
Yan Lab

Research Interest: Focuses on the role of cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterase 1C in smooth muscle cell remodeling in human vessel diseases.
Nan Zhao
Nan Zhao
Dirksen Lab

Research Interest: Pathophysiological mechanisms of Tubular Aggregate Myopathy (TAM) in Orai1 G100S mice