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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, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at University of Rochester


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.

Isaac FisherIsaac J. Fisher, Ph.D.

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

Advisor: Alan Smrcka, Ph.D.

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

Emma GrygotisEmma Grygotis, Ph.D.

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

Advisor: Denise Hocking, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, 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


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: Clinical Data Analyst in Oncology at AmerisourceBergen, Boston 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: Medical Writer at INVIVO 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 Director of Scientific Communication and Medical Education at Bayer Corporation, Whippany, NJ

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


Joseph BissonJoseph A. Bisson, Ph.D.

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

Advisor: Ethan Cohen, Ph.D.

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

Corey HoffmanCorey Hoffman, Ph.D.

The Bone Microenvironment in the Setting of Acute Injury and Aging

Advisor: Laura Calvi, M.D.

Now: Biologist at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington DC

Alina Monteagudo-CabelleroAlina M. Monteagudo-Cabellero, Ph.D.

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

Advisor: Gail Johnson, Ph.D

Now: Research Scientist at AZTherapies, Cambridge, MA

Makaia Papasergi-ScottMakaia M. Papasergi-Scott, Ph.D.

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

Advisor: Robert Freeman, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Research Associate at Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Michael TrembleyMichael A. Trembley, Ph.D.

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

Advisor: Eric Small, Ph.D.

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