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William Alexander

William Alexander, M.D., Ph.D.

Oncogenic Mutations and Injury in the Mouse Liver

Advisor: Aram Francis Hezel, M.D.

Intern/Resident, Internal Medicine: State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Katherine Herman

Katherine Herman, M.D., Ph.D.

Spontaneous Immune Dysregulation in the Skin in the Absence of Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome Protein

Advisor: Deborah Fowell, Ph.D.

Intern/Resident, Pediatrics: Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA

Justin Komisarof

Justin Komisarof, M.D., Ph.D.

Patterns in Dysregulated, Non-mutated Cancer Mediator Gene Expression

Advisor: Hartmut Land, Ph.D.

Intern/Resident, Internal Medicine: University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Nguyen Mai

Nguyen Mai, M.D., Ph.D.

Role of Lung-Brain Coupling in Neutrophil Priming and Reperfusion Injury Following Global Cerebral Ischemia

Advisor: Marc W. Halterman, M.D., Ph.D.

Resident, Neurology: UC San Francisco

Evan McConnell

Evan McConnell, M.D., Ph.D.

The Role of Astrocytes in Noradrenaline Mediated Attenuation of Motor Tics

Advisor: Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., DMSc

Intern/Resident: Rochester Regional Health

Salvador Peña

Salvador Peña, M.D., Ph.D.

Hypoxia and the Mitochondrial Unfolded Protein Response

Advisor: Keith Webster Nehrke, Ph.D.

Intern/Resident, Anesthesiology: Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

Benjamin Plog

Benjamin Plog, M.D., Ph.D.

Novel Insight into Regulation of Glymphatic Flow with Implications for Traumatic Brain Injury

Advisor: Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., DMSc

Advisor: Edward Vates, M.D., Ph.D.

Resident, Neurological Surgery: Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO


Samuel Carrell

Samuel Carrell, M.D., Ph.D.

Testing the limits of antisense oligonucleotide treatment for myotonic dystrophy Type 1

Advisor: Charles A. Thornton, M.D.

Neurology Resident: Hospital of the University of PA

Amit Chowdhry

Amit Kumar Chowdhry, M.D., Ph.D.

Missing data in Meta-Analysis

Advisor: Michael McDermott, Ph.D.

Radiation Oncology Resident: Univ. Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospital

Andrew Cox

Andrew Cox, M.D., Ph.D.

Increasing the safety of the Live Attenuated Influenza Virus Vaccine

Advisor: Stephen Dewhurst, Ph.D.

Pediatrics Resident: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital MC-OH

Alison Gaylo

Alison Gaylo, M.D., Ph.D.

Mechanisms of CD4+ T cell motility in the inflamed dermal interstitium

Advisor: Deborah Fowell, Ph.D.

Dermatology Resident: UPMC Medical Education – PA

Andrew Shubin

Andrew Shubin, M.D., Ph.D.

Poly(ethylene glycol) Hydrogels for Salivary Gland Regeneration

Advisor: Danielle Benoit, Ph.D.

General Surgery Resident: U. Texas Southwestern Med Sch.-(Dallas)

Aisha Siebert

Aisha Siebert, M.D., Ph.D.

Parasitoid Wasp (Nasonia) Venoms: High Throughput Approach to Functional Characterization and Translational Application to Drug Discovery

Advisor: Jack Werren, Ph.D.

Urology Resident: Northwestern Univ. – Feinberg School (Chicago)


Adrianne Chesser

Adrianne Chesser, M.D., Ph.D.

Selectively Enhancing Clearance of Pathological Tau Through the Use of Phytochemical Compounds

Advisor: Gail V. W. Johnson, Ph.D

Resident, Family Medicine: Allina Health

Youssef Farhat

Youssef Farhat, M.D., Ph.D.

Identification of PAI-1 as a Biological Target for the Promotion of Scarless Flexor Tendon Healing

Advisor: Hani A. Awad, Ph.D.

Resident, Pathology: Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals

Jonathan Langdon

Jonathan Langdon, M.D., Ph.D.

Development of Single Track Location Shear Wave Viscoelasticity Imaging for Real-Time Characterization of Biological Tissues

Advisor: Stephen A. McAleavey, Ph.D

Resident, Diagnostic Radiology: Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven CT

Rialnat Lawal

Rialnat "Bisi" Lawal, M.D., Ph.D.

Osteolineage Notch Ligand Jagged1 Regulates Bon Homeostasis and Parathyroid Hormone-dependent Long Term Hematopoietic Stem Cell Function

Advisor: Laura M. Calvi, M.D.

Resident, Internal Medicine: University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Emily Walters

Emily Walters, M.D., Ph.D.

Non-Mutated Mediator Genes in Diverse Epithelial Cancer Types

Advisor: Helene R. McMurray, Ph.D.

Resident, Anesthesiology: University of California-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA


Laura Fornarola

Laura Fornarola, M.D., Ph.D.

The Role of PIN1 in Neuronal Programmed Cell Death Following Trophic Factor Deprivation

Advisor: Robert S. Freeman, Ph.D.

Resident, Anesthesiology: University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Natasha Golub

Natasha Golub, M.D., Ph.D.

Longitudinal Health Outcomes in Former Refugees

Advisor: Edwin Van Wijngaarden, Ph.D., M.Sc.

Resident, General Preventive Medicine: Johns Hopkins/Bloomberg, MD

Kevin Makino

Kevin Makino, M.D., Ph.D.

Income, Public Health Insurance Eligibility, and Children’s Insurance Status: Implications for Parental Distress, Parenting Behaviors and Child Socio-Emotional Health

Advisor: Peter J. Veazie, Ph.D.

Resident in Pediatrics: University of Hawaii

Lisa Niswander

Lisa Niswander, M.D., Ph.D.

Microenvironmental Regulation of Megakaryopoiesis and Thrombopoiesis by SDF-1

Advisor: James Palis, M.D.

Resident, Pediatrics: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Imran Punekar

Imran Punekar, M.D., Ph.D.

Impulsivity in Parkinson Disease

Advisor: Jonathan Mink, M.D., Ph.D.

Resident, Anesthesiology: University of Rochester

Drew Scoles

Drew Scoles, M.D., Ph.D.

Expanding the Application of Adaptive Optics Scanning Light Ophthalmoscopy

Advisor: Alfredo Dubra-Suarez, Ph.D.

Advisor: David R. Williams, Ph.D.

Resident, Ophthalmology: Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania

Helen Wei

Helen Shinru Wei, M.D., Ph.D.

Functional Hyperemia in Cerebral Capillaries

Advisor: Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., DMSc

Advisor: Edward Vates, M.D., Ph.D.

Resident, Surgery: University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Danielle deCampo

Danielle deCampo, M.D., Ph.D.

An Extended Amygdala Path with Implications for Early Life Stress

Advisor: Julie L. Fudge, M.D.

Resident, Child Neurology: Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD


Laura DiChiacchio

Laura DiChiacchio, M.D., Ph.D.

Computational Prediction of RNA Secondary Structure with Applications to RNA Viruses

Advisor: David H. Mathews, M.D., Ph.D.

Resident, Academic Surgery: University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD

Anat Kohn

Anat Kohn, M.D., Ph.D.

The Role of RBPjk-Dependent Notch Signaling During Cartilage Development of the Limb Skeleton

Advisor: Matthew J. Hilton, Ph.D.

Resident, Internal Medicine: University of Rochester/Strong, Rochester, NY

Daniel Marker

Daniel Marker, M.D., Ph.D.

URMC-099, a Novel Kinase Inhibitor with Drug-like Properties, is Neuroprotective in Models of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Associated Neurocognitive Disorders

Advisor: Harris A. Gelbard, M.D., Ph.D.

Resident in Pathology: Univ. of Pennsylvania Medical Center

Tristan Nicholson

Tristan Nicholson, M.D., Ph.D.

Estrogen receptor-alpha is a key mediator and therapeutic target in benign prostatic hyperplasia

Advisor: William Ricke, Ph.D.

Resident, Urology (Research Track): Univ. Washington Affiliated Hospitals

Salvatore Priore

Salvatore Priore, M.D., Ph.D.

Discovery and Characterization of Influenza Virus RNA Secondary Structure

Advisor: Douglas H. Turner, Ph.D.

Residency & Research, Anatomic Pathology: Hospital of Univ. of Pennsylvania (HUP)

Jharon Silva

Jharon Silva, M.D., Ph.D.

Modeling the Effect of HIV-1 Induced Neuroinflammation on the Cerebral Vasculature: Acute Intracranial Exposure to HIV-1 Tat Leads to Dysregulation of Cerebrovascular Reactivity, While Chronic Tat Exposure Results in Reduced Vascular Density

Advisor: Stephen Dewhurst, Ph.D.

Resident, Emergency Medicine: Univ. Connecticut School of Medicine