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Esraa FuratiEsraa Furati, Ph.D.

Insights into Roles of Aging and Chemokine Signaling During Neuromuscular Regeneration

Advisor: Joe Chakkalakal, Ph.D.

Jarreau HarrisonJarreau Harrison, Ph.D.

The Role of HspB8 In Maintaining tau Proteostasis

Advisor: Gail Johnson, Ph.D

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Amanda WahlAmanda Wahl, Ph.D.

Redefining the Function of Salivary Duct Cell Populations Utilizing a Structural, Functional, and Computational Approach

Advisor: David Yule, Ph.D.

Now: Technical Specialist at Troutman Pepper Law Firm, Rochester, NY

Anya WangAnya Wang, M.S.

Investigating Hydrogen Sulfide as a Regulator of Mitochondrial Complex II Reversal in Cardiac Ischemia

Advisor: Paul Brookes, Ph.D.

Now: Research Doctoral Student at Tufts University, Medford, MA


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

Tyler CouchTyler Couch, Ph.D.

Topography and Motion of the Acid-sensing Ion Channel 1 Intracellular Domains”

Advisor: David MacLean, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Rochester, Rochester NY

Autumn Helland-HauserAutumn Helland-Hauser, M.S.

Genetic Mutations of ECM Components Resulting in Heritable Connective Tissue Disorders

Now: Unknown

Jing LiuJing Liu, Ph.D.

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

Advisor: David MacLean, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Tyler McCullockTyler W. McCullock, Ph.D.

A Comprehensive Overview of Metabotropic Glutamate Receptor Dimer Signaling

Advisor: Paul Kammermeier, Ph.D.

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

Alexander MillikenAlexander S. Milliken, Ph.D.

Investigating Succinate and pH Dynamics in Cardiac Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury

Advisor: Paul Brookes, Ph.D.

Now: Scientific Communications Manager at AlphaGroup Medical Communications, Rochester NY

Nicholas NobilettiNicholas Nobiletti, Ph.D.

KRIT1-mediated regulation of the cellular response to inflammation

Advisor: Angela Glading, Ph.D.

Now: Senior Scientist at Frontage Laboratories, Inc., Downington, PA

Matthew RookMatthew Rook, Ph.D.

Optical Interrogation of Acid-Sensing Ion Channel Gating Mechanisms

Advisor: David MacLean, Ph.D.

Now: Scientist at Atalanta Therapeutics, Cambridge, MA

Bryce WestBryce West, M.S.

Methamphetamine abuse and the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Advisor: Gail Johnson, Ph.D

Now: BRAINS Laboratory at McGovern Medical School, Houston, TX


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.

Cyclic Nucleotide Phosphodiesterase and Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University, Stanford, CA


Brandon BerryBrandon J. Berry, Ph.D.

Optogenetic Control of Mitochondria Alters Cellular Energy Sensing and Hypoxia Resistance

Advisor: Andrew Wojtovich, Ph.D.

Now: Associate Editor at Science Translational Medicine at AAAS, Seattle, WA


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: Research Scientist 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: Attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Boston, MA