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2022

Maura ConnortonMaura Connorton, M.S.

The Future is Female: A Look at Fracture Therapeutics for Female Athletes

Now: Medical Student at Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA

Autumn HellandAutumn Helland

Genetic Mutations of ECM Components Resulting in Heritable Connective Tissue Disorders

Jing LiuJing Liu, M.S.

Electroporation Mediated Gene Delivery to Rescue the Alveolar Capillary Barrier Function for ARDS Treatment

Tyler McCullockTyler W. McCullock, M.S.

A Comprehensive Overview of Metabotropic Glutamate Receptor Dimer Signaling

Advisor: Paul Kammermeier, Ph.D.

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

2021

Miriam BarnettMiriam E. Barnett, Ph.D.

Differential Regulation of Opioid Receptor Signaling via Gα Proteins

Advisor: Jean Bidlack, Ph.D.

Now: Clinical Scientist at Myeloid Therapeutics at Biogen, Cambridge, MA

Si ChenSi (Vivian) Chen, Ph.D.

Regulation, Function and Mechanism of Phosphodiesterase 10A in Pathological Cardiac Remodeling and Dysfunction

Advisor: Chen Yan, Ph.D.

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

Louben DorvalLouben Dorval, Ph.D.

FGF21 Reduced Morphine Preference and the Development of Acute Antinociceptive Tolerance and Physical Dependence

Advisor: Jean Bidlack, Ph.D.

Now: Preclinical Scientist at Akero Therapeutics Inc., Boston, MA

Harsha SwamyHarsha Swamy, Ph.D.

Advisor: Angela Glading, Ph.D.

Now: Research Scientist at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Boston, MA

Lara TerryLara E. Terry, Ph.D.

Functional Analysis of Disease-associated Mutations in the Inositol 1,4,5-Trisphosphate Receptor

Advisor: David Yule, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoctoral IRTA Trainee (Intramural Research Training Award) at NIH-NIDCR, Bethseda, MA

Chongyang ZhangChongyang Zhang, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University, Stanford, CA

2020

Brandon BerryBrandon J. Berry, Ph.D.

Optogenetic Control of Mitochondria Alters Cellular Energy Sensing and Hypoxia Resistance

Advisor: Andrew Wojtovich, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Washington, Seattle, WA

2019

Edward AyoubEdward Ayoub, Ph.D.

Role of EVI1 in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Differentiation and Leukemia

Advisor: Archibald Perkins, M.D., Ph.D. & David Yule, Ph.D.

Now: TRIUMPH Postdoctoral Fellow at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston TX

Chen BraunChen Lagrissi Braun, Ph.D.

Chronic PKCβII Activation Inhibits IKs Channel Membrane Localization via Phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate: Implications for Long-QT1 Treatment

Advisor: Coeli Lopes, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Isaac FisherIsaac J. Fisher, Ph.D.

Understanding Molecular Mechanisms of G-protein subunit βγ Activation of Downstream Effectors

Now: Postdoctoral Researcher at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Emma NorrisEmma W. Norris, Ph.D.

Development of Acoustically-Modified Collagen-Based Biomaterials for Regenerative Medicine Applications

Advisor: Denise Hocking, Ph.D.

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

Manisha TayaManisha Taya, Ph.D.

Neutrophil Elastase and GPNMB as Novel Potential Therapeutic Targets in a Tsc2-null Mouse Model for Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) Tumor Growth

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

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow at UT Southwestern, Dallas TX

Kevin TylockKevin M. Tylock, Ph.D.

Biophysical and Molecular Mechanisms for QRS- and QTc-Interval Prolongation in Mice with Cardiac Expression of Expanded CUG repeat RNA

Advisor: Robert Dirksen, Ph.D.

Now: J.D. Candidate at UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law, Concord, NH

2018

Rafael Gil de RubioRafael H. Gil de Rubio, Ph.D.

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

Advisor: Alan Smrcka, Ph.D.

Now: Scientist at Riparian Pharmaceuticals, Watertown, MA

Kelly McGlynnKelly A. McGlynn, Ph.D.

Cooperative and Mechanistic Roles of Mecom in Hematopoiesis

Advisor: Robert Freeman, Ph.D. & Archibald Perkins, M.D., Ph.D.

Now: Scientist, Translational Biology at Constellation Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, MA

Jesi ToJesi 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 Smrcka, Ph.D.

Now: Sr. Medical Writer at McCann Health Medical Communications, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Xiaowen (Cindy) WangXiaowen (Cindy) Wang, Ph.D.

Targeting the c-Cbl Tumor Suppressor Protein as a Novel Therapeutic Approach in Overcoming Acquired Tamoxifen Resistance in Luminal Breast Cancer

Advisor: Mark Noble, Ph.D.

Now: Assistant Scientific Director of Global Medical Affairs at AbbVie Inc., Chicago, IL

Liwei WangLiwei Wang, Ph.D.

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

Advisor: David Yule, Ph.D.

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

Jimmy ZhangJimmy Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.

Mitochondrial Metabolism in Cardiac Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury

Advisor: Paul Brookes, Ph.D.

Now: Resident, Internal Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY