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Maya AnandMaya Anand - Columbia University

PhD Degree Program: EPI - Year: Grad 1

Jonathan BartkoJonathan Bartko, Ph.D. - University of Pittsburgh

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

PhD Degree Program: PWD - Year: Med 4

Interests: Defining hypoxia-induced ER stress signaling networks in the CNS

Catherine BeamishCatherine Beamish - Washington University

Adviser: Matthew Rand, Ph.D. | Rand Lab

PhD Degree Program: TOX - Year: Grad 2

Interests: Developmental toxicity of methylmercury and other heavy metals

Hannah BellHannah Bell, M.S. - Cornell University

Adviser: Michelle Dziejman, Ph.D. | Dziejman Lab

PhD Degree Program: IMV - Year: Med 3

Interests: Determining the function of a T3SS effector protein, VopZZ, in colonization and the disease process.

Michael-John BeltejarMichael-John Beltejar, Ph.D. - SUNY Brockport

Adviser: Cheryl Ackert-Bicknell, Ph.D. | Ackert-Bicknell Lab

PhD Degree Program: Genetics - Year: Med 4

Interests: Understanding the Genetic Basis for Bone-Matrix Quality

John BennettJohn Bennett - Hamilton College

Adviser: Rudi Fasan, Ph.D. | Fasan Lab

PhD Degree Program: Chem - Year: Grad 3

Interests: C-H functionalization

Hayley ChangHayley Chang - University of Rochester

Year: Med 2

Siddharth ChittaranjanSiddharth Chittaranjan - University of California, Berkeley

Year: Med 1

Udaysankar ChockanathanUdaysankar Chockanathan, M.S. - University of Chicago

Adviser: Krishnan Padmanabhan, Ph.D. | Neural Circuits and Computation Laboratory

PhD Degree Program: NBA - Year: Grad 6

Interests: Hippocampal population coding in mouse models of Alzheimer's disease

Zachary ChristensenZachary Christensen - Brigham Young University

Adviser: Edward Freedman, Ph.D. & John Foxe, Ph.D. | Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory

PhD Degree Program: TBS - Year: Grad 4

Interests: Identifying brain imaging biomarkers of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and its neurocognitive correlates

Ankit DahalAnkit Dahal - University of Pennsylvania

Adviser: Minsoo Kim, Ph.D. | Minsoo Kim Lab

PhD Degree Program: IMV - Year: Grad 2

Ian DeAndrea-LazarusIan DeAndrea-Lazarus - Gallaudet University

Adviser: Edward Freedman, Ph.D. & John Foxe, Ph.D. | Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory

PhD Degree Program: TBS - Year: Grad 5

Interests: Anticipatory biasing of visuospatial attention and anatomical connectivity in deaf children.

Carol DeatonCarol Deaton, M.S. - University of New Mexico

Adviser: Gail Johnson, Ph.D | Gail Johnson Lab

PhD Degree Program: PWD - Year: Grad 4

Interests: Presenilin 1-dependent regulation of lysosome function and tau clearance

Thomas DelgadoThomas Delgado - University of Florida

PhD Degree Program: NSC - Year: Grad 1

Michelle DuanMichelle Duan - Wellesley College

Year: Med 2

Alan FinkelsteinAlan Finkelstein - CUNY Queens College

Adviser: Giovanni Schifitto, M.D. & Jianhui Zhong, Ph.D. | Zhong Lab

PhD Degree Program: BME - Year: Grad 3

Interests: Applications of multimodal neuroimaging and machine learning in neuropathology

Karl FoleyKarl Foley, M.S. - Vasser College

Adviser: Houhui Xia, M.Sc., Ph.D. | Xia Lab

PhD Degree Program: NBA - Year: Grad 5

Interests: <p>The molecular mechanisms of learning and memory</p>

Ranran "Annette" FrenchRanran "Annette" French - Georgia Institute of Technology

Adviser: Greg DeAngelis, Ph.D. | DeAngelis Lab

PhD Degree Program: BCS - Year: Med 3

Interests: Human depth perception, cue integration, motion perception, causal inference

Gary GeGary Ge - University of Rochester

Adviser: Kevin Parker, Ph.D. & Jannick Rolland-Thompson, Ph.D. | Parker Lab | ODALab-Spectrum

PhD Degree Program: OPT - Year: Grad 4

Interests: Medical imaging - ultrasound, optical, and magnetic resonance imaging

Adam GeberAdam Geber - Columbia University

Adviser: David Topham, Ph.D. | Topham Lab

PhD Degree Program: IMV - Year: Grad 2

Jithin GeorgeJithin George - University of Scranton

Year: Med 1

Jonathan GigasJonathan Gigas - University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Adviser: Vera Gorbunova, Ph.D. | Gorbunova & Seluanov Laboratory

PhD Degree Program: BIO - Year: Grad 4

Interests: Molecular biology of aging, age-related disease, and sirtuin proteins

Nora GilliamNora Gilliam - Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis

PhD Degree Program: TBS - Year: Grad 1

Booyeon HanBooyeon Han, Ph.D. - Princeton University

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

PhD Degree Program: IMV - Year: Med 4

Interests: Cancer immune microenvironment and immunotherapy

Andrew HongAndrew Hong - University of California, Berkeley

Year: Med 2

Emily IsensteinEmily Isenstein - Cornell University

Adviser: Edward Freedman, Ph.D. & John Foxe, Ph.D. & Duje Tadin, Ph.D. | Tadin Lab

PhD Degree Program: BCS - Year: Grad 2

Interests: Proprioceptive functioning in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Howard "Mark" KenneyHoward "Mark" Kenney, M.S. - University of Rochester

Adviser: Edward Schwarz, Ph.D. | Schwarz Lab

PhD Degree Program: PWD - Year: Grad 3

Interests: Lymphatic dysfunction, inflammatory arthritis

Jeehyun KimJeehyun Kim - University of California, Berkeley

Year: Med 2

Anna KolstadAnna Kolstad - Princeton University

Year: Med 1

Marlene LawstonMarlene Lawston - Colgate University

Year: Med 2

Paul Suhwan LeePaul Suhwan Lee - University of Mississippi

Year: Med 1

Alison LivadaAlison Livada - The Pennsylvania State University

Adviser: Craig Morrell, D.V.M., Ph.D. | Morrell Lab

PhD Degree Program: PWD - Year: Grad 2

Interests: Megakaryocytes and platelets roles' in immunity

Svetlana MarkovaSvetlana Markova - City University of New York

Year: Med 2

Margaux MastenMargaux Masten - University of Rochester

Year: Med 1

Michael MeadowMichael Meadow - University of California, Los Angeles

Adviser: Andrei Seluanov, Ph.D. & Sina Ghaemmaghami, Ph.D. & Vera Gorbunova, Ph.D. | Gorbunova & Seluanov Laboratory

PhD Degree Program: BIO - Year: Grad 1

Interests: Understanding and exploiting mechanisms of protein degradation in the context of aging/longevity

Briaunna MinorBriaunna Minor - Xavier University of Louisiana

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

PhD Degree Program: IMV - Year: Grad 4

Interests: Tumor Immunology; Estrogen signaling in immune cell infiltrate of a mouse model for Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM).

Adwiteeya "Aditi" MisraAdwiteeya "Aditi" Misra - Dartmouth College

Adviser: Eric Small, Ph.D. | Small Lab

PhD Degree Program: BME - Year: Med 3

Interests: Influence of Cytokines on the Regenerative Potential of the Epicardium. Extracted and incubated hearts from embryos mice in cytokines

Keshia MoraKeshia Mora - Yale University

Adviser: Mark Buckley, Ph.D. & Alayna Loiselle, Ph.D. | Buckley Lab

PhD Degree Program: BME - Year: Med 3

Interests: Investigating the mechanism underlying the differential response of tendon cells to axial tension and transverse compression

Duy NguyenDuy Nguyen - Amherst College

Year: Med 2

Laura OwlettLaura Owlett, Ph.D. - SUNY Geneseo

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

PhD Degree Program: NBA - Year: Med 4

Interests: Investigating the role of Axl in modulating microglial clearance of amyloid beta plaques in Alzheimer’s disease

Rohith PalliRohith Palli, Ph.D. - University of Pittsburgh

Adviser: Juilee Thakar, Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: BSCB - Year: Med 4

Interests: Executable models of signaling pathways and application to HIV

Gavin PiesterGavin Piester - University of Rochester

PhD Degree Program: PWD - Year: Grad 1

Catherine PizzarelloCatherine Pizzarello - College of William and Mary

Adviser: Kirsi Järvinen-Seppo, M.D., Ph.D. | Järvinen-Seppo Lab

PhD Degree Program: IMV - Year: Grad 4

Interests: The role of human milk oligosaccharides in the regulation of intestinal epithelial cell cytokine expression

Emily PrzysindaEmily Przysinda, M.S. - Skidmore College

Adviser: Edmund Lalor, Ph.D. & David Dodell-Feder, Ph.D. | Lalor Lab

PhD Degree Program: NSC - Year: Grad 3

Interests: <p>Neural correlates of social cognition and hierarchical processing of language and music in clinical populations</p>

Shuyang "Sue" QinShuyang "Sue" Qin - California Institute of Technology

Adviser: Peter Prieto, M.D., M.P.H. & Scott Gerber, Ph.D. | Prieto Lab

PhD Degree Program: IMV - Year: Grad 4

Interests: Mechanisms of immunotherapy resistance in synchronous melanoma

Bryan RedmondBryan Redmond - Xavier University of Louisiana

Adviser: Krystel Huxlin, Ph.D. | Huxlin Lab

PhD Degree Program: NGP - Year: Grad 2

Interests: <p>Integrated neuro-ophthalmology, psychophysics, clinical and translational science research</p>

David RichardsonDavid Richardson, M.S. - University of Pittsburgh

Adviser: Edward Freedman, Ph.D. & John Foxe, Ph.D. | Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory

PhD Degree Program: PWD - Year: Grad 5

Interests: Neurophysiology and Movement

Elizabeth SaionzElizabeth Saionz, Ph.D. - University of Pennsylvania

Adviser: Krystel Huxlin, Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: TBS - Year: Med 4

Interests: Recovery of vision in cortically blind subjects through training

Noah SalamaNoah Salama - Washington & Jefferson College

Adviser: Laura Calvi, M.D. | Calvi Lab

PhD Degree Program: IMV - Year: Grad 3

Interests: To characterize long-term, post resolution polarized resident macrophage cell types and ascertain their phenotypic role in maintaining the tissue polarized state

Sarah SandkuhlerSarah Sandkuhler - University of Rochester

Year: Med 2

Jerry SaundersJerry Saunders, Ph.D. - Brandeis University

Adviser: James Palis, M.D.

PhD Degree Program: PWD - Year: Med 3

Interests: A novel combination therapy enhances recovery following radiation exposure

Colleen SchneiderColleen Schneider - Colgate University

Adviser: Brad Mahon, Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: BCS - Year: Med 4

Interests: Visual cortical plasticity in patients with strokes or brain tumors

Keshov SharmaKeshov Sharma, M.S. - Duke University

Adviser: Lizabeth Romanski, Ph.D. & Julie Fudge, M.D. | Fudge Lab | Romanski Lab

PhD Degree Program: NBA - Year: Grad 4

Interests: Identifying neural connections between the amygdala and prefrontal cortex in the non-human primate

Matthew SippleMatthew Sipple - Cornell University

Adviser: John Lueck, Ph.D. | Lueck Lab

PhD Degree Program: CMPP - Year: Grad 2

Interests: Characterizing the molecular underpinnings of muscle excitability in Myotonic Dystrophy and the development of potential therapeutics

Michael SportielloMichael Sportiello - University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee

Adviser: David Topham, Ph.D. | Topham Lab

PhD Degree Program: IMV - Year: Grad 3

Interests: Resident memory T cells, influenza immune response, influenza vaccine development, applied bioinformatic methods

Karol SzymulaKarol Szymula - University of Pennsylvania

Year: Med 2

Matthew TannerMatthew Tanner, Ph.D. - University of Oregon

Adviser: Charles Thornton, M.D.

PhD Degree Program: Genetics - Year: Med 4

Interests: Expanded repeat DNA tracts and their roles in splicing-mediated disease in myotonic dystrophy.

Sophie TroyerSophie Troyer - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Year: Med 1

Adam TyrlikAdam Tyrlik - University of Maryland - College Park

Year: Med 1

Arun VenkataramanArun Venkataraman - University of Rochester

Adviser: Jianhui Zhong, Ph.D. | Zhong Lab

PhD Degree Program: PAS - Year: Med 3

Interests: Utilizing MRI techniques to elucidate neuropathological alterations in neurodegenerative disorders and traumatic brain injury

Jesse WangJesse Wang - University of Connecticut

Adviser: Henry Kautz, Ph.D. | Kautz Lab

PhD Degree Program: TBS - Year: Med 3

Interests: Utilizing statistical speech analysis and natural language processing to capture and understand a physician-patient conversation, then automatically update eRecord with the appropriate information

Samuel WeisenthalSamuel Weisenthal - Hamilton College

Adviser: Martin Zand, M.D., Ph.D. & Michael McDermott, Ph.D. | Zand Lab | McDermott Lab

PhD Degree Program: - Year: Grad 5

Interests: Predictive analytics

Brendan WhitelawBrendan Whitelaw, Ph.D. - University of Pennsylvania

Adviser: Ania Majewska, Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: NBA - Year: Med 3

Interests: Microglia in neuronal development

Farangis "Fara" ZakusiloFarangis "Fara" Zakusilo, M.S. - CUNY Hunter College

Adviser: Vera Gorbunova, Ph.D. | Gorbunova & Seluanov Laboratory | O'Banion-Olschowka Labs

PhD Degree Program: NBA - Year: Grad 4

Interests: The basics of neurodegeneration, as well as basics and therapeutic approaches to neuroregeneration

Victor ZhangVictor Zhang - University of Rochester

PhD Degree Program: BME - Year: Grad 1