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2022

Jonathan Bartko

Jonathan Bartko, M.D., Ph.D.

Adviser: Marc Halterman, M.D., Ph.D.

Thesis: Characterizing Context-Specific Roles for CHOP in ER Stress Signaling and Neurodevelopment

Michael-John Beltejar

Michael-John Beltejar, M.D., Ph.D.

Adviser: Cheryl Ackert-Bicknell, Ph.D.

Thesis: Understanding the Genetic Basis for Bone-Matrix Quality

Booyeon Han

Booyeon Han, M.D., Ph.D.

Adviser: David Linehan, M.D. & Scott Gerber, Ph.D.

Thesis: Characterizing and Targeting the Pancreatic Tumor Draining Lymph Node to Enhance Antitumor Responses in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma

Laura Owlett

Laura Owlett, M.D., Ph.D.

Adviser: M. Kerry O'Banion, M.D., Ph.D. & John Olschowka, Ph.D.

Thesis: Modulation of acute inflammation and Alzheimer’s disease pathology by Gas6-Axl interaction

Rohith Palli

Rohith Palli, M.D., Ph.D.

Adviser: Juilee Thakar, Ph.D.

Thesis: Executable models of signaling pathways and application to HIV

Elizabeth Saionz

Elizabeth Saionz, M.D., Ph.D.

Adviser: Krystel Huxlin, Ph.D.

Thesis: Time is Vision: Properties of Vision Early after Occipital Stroke and Capacity for Recovery

Colleen Schneider

Colleen Schneider, M.D., Ph.D.

Thesis: The post-stroke brain: A comprehensive, longitudinal assessment of vascular, neural, and perceptual changes

Matthew Tanner

Matthew Tanner, M.D., Ph.D.

Adviser: Charles Thornton, M.D.

Thesis: mRNA splicing is a marker of molecular pathology and response to therapeutics in myotonic muscular dystrophy

2021

Dawling Dionisio-Santos

Dawling Dionisio-Santos, M.D., Ph.D.

Adviser: M. Kerry O'Banion, M.D., Ph.D. & John Olschowka, Ph.D.

Thesis: Ameliorating Alzheimer’s Disease tau pathology through immunomodulation: A novel role for interleukin 4 and glatiramer acetate

Scott Friedland

Scott Friedland, M.D., Ph.D.

Adviser: Aram Hezel, M.D.

Thesis: Arid1a, a subunit of the SWI/SNG chromatin remodeling complex, is a barrier to KrasG12D-driven tumorigenesis

Allison Li

Allison Li, M.D., Ph.D.

Adviser: Laura Calvi, M.D.

Thesis: Regulation of hematopoiesis in the bone marrow microenvironment

Hayley Martin

Hayley Martin, M.D., Ph.D.

Adviser: Ann Dozier, RN, Ph.D., FAAN

Thesis: Assessing the impact of Group Prenatal Care on Breastfeeding Behavior and Motivation

Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith, M.D., Ph.D.

Adviser: Stephen Dewhurst, Ph.D.

Thesis: Role of a polymerase defect in function of the live attenuated influenza A virus

Emily Wu

Emily Wu, M.D., Ph.D.

Adviser: Edward Schwarz, Ph.D.

Thesis: The Role of TNF-α in the Genesis of Inflammatory Interstitial Lung Disease in Rheumatoid Arthritis

2020

Andrew Allbee

Andrew Allbee, M.D., Ph.D.

Adviser: Benoit Biteau, Ph.D.

Thesis: Lmx1a is required for Drosophila ovary stem cell niche formation and organogenesis

Resident, Pathology-Anatomic and Clinical: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Nicolas Goldstein

Nicolas Goldstein, M.D., Ph.D.

Adviser: Peter Veazie, Ph.D.

Thesis: Disproportionate Premature Birth in Women of Low Socioeconomic Status: A Psychological and Physiological Stress Explanation of Financial Risk Removal

Resident, Pediatrics: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Adnan Hirad

Adnan Hirad, M.D., Ph.D.

Adviser: Jeffrey Bazarian, M.D., M.P.H. & Edwin van Wijngaarden, Ph.D., M.Sc.

Thesis: Midbrain Axonal Injury is the Signature Neurotrauma of Subconcussion and Concussion

Maxime Jean

Maxime Jean, M.D., Ph.D.

Adviser: Jian Zhu, Ph.D.

Thesis: The Dichotomy of Curaxin Compounds in HIV-1 Latency

Resident, Neurology: University of Rochester Strong Memorial Hospital

Irina Lerman

Irina Lerman, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Thesis: Neutrophil Elastase and SERPINB1 are Critical Regulators of Prostate Cancer Progression

Resident Physician: Univ. Rochester, Rochester, NY

Aimee Morris

Aimee Morris, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Thesis: Functional Brain Network Structure in Focal Embouchure Dystonia and Related Disorders

Resident, Child Neurology: St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Daniel Savage

Daniel Savage, M.D., Ph.D.

Adviser: Krystel Huxlin, Ph.D. & Wayne Knox, Ph.D.

Thesis: A Novel Non-Ablative Technique for Femtosecond Laser-Based Refractive Correction

Intern/Resident, Internal Medicine/Ophthalmology: University of Rochester Flaum Eye Institute

Stephanie Syc-Mazurek

Stephanie Syc-Mazurek, M.D., Ph.D.

Adviser: Richard Libby, Ph.D.

Thesis: The Molecular Signaling Pathways Controlling Apoptotic Retinal Ganglion Cell Death after Axonal Injury

Resident, Neurology: Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education

Jomy Varghese

Jomy Varghese, Ph.D.

Adviser: Danielle Benoit, Ph.D.

Thesis: Salivary Gland Radiation Protection

Resident, Anesthesiology: University of Michigan Hospital – Ann Arbor

Jimmy Zhang

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

Adviser: Paul Brookes, Ph.D.

Thesis: Mitochondrial Metabolism in Cardiac Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury

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

2019

William Alexander

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

Adviser: Aram Hezel, M.D.

Thesis: Oncogenic Mutations and Injury in the Mouse Liver

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

Katherine Herman

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

Adviser: Deborah Fowell, Ph.D.

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

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

Justin Komisarof

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

Adviser: Hartmut Land, Ph.D.

Thesis: Patterns in Dysregulated, Non-mutated Cancer Mediator Gene Expression

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

Nguyen Mai

Nguyen Mai, Ph.D.

Adviser: Marc Halterman, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Resident, Neurology: UC San Francisco

Evan McConnell

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

Adviser: Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., DMSc

Thesis: The Role of Astrocytes in Noradrenaline Mediated Attenuation of Motor Tics

Intern/Resident: Rochester Regional Health

Salvador Peña

Salvador Peña, M.D., Ph.D.

Adviser: Keith Nehrke, Ph.D.

Thesis: Hypoxia and the Mitochondrial Unfolded Protein Response

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

Benjamin Plog

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

Adviser: Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., DMSc & Edward Vates, M.D., Ph.D.

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

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

2018

Samuel Carrell

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

Adviser: Charles Thornton, M.D.

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

Neurology Resident: Hospital of the University of PA

Amit Chowdhry

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

Adviser: Michael McDermott, Ph.D.

Thesis: Missing data in Meta-Analysis

Radiation Oncology Resident: Univ. Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospital

Andrew Cox

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

Adviser: Stephen Dewhurst, Ph.D.

Thesis: Increasing the safety of the Live Attenuated Influenza Virus Vaccine

Pediatrics Resident: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital MC-OH

Alison Gaylo

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

Adviser: Deborah Fowell, Ph.D.

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

Dermatology Resident: UPMC Medical Education – PA

Andrew Shubin

Andrew Shubin, Ph.D.

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

Aisha Siebert

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

Adviser: Jack Werren, Ph.D.

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

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