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2020 Incoming Students

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Maya AnandMaya Anand, BS - Columbia University

Adviser: Christopher Seplaki, Ph.D. & Allison Magnuson, D.O. | Seplaki Lab

PhD Degree Program: EPI - Year: Grad 2

Catherine BeamishCatherine Beamish, BS - Washington University

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

PhD Degree Program: TOX - Year: Grad 3

Research:

Developmental toxicity of methylmercury and other heavy metals

Adib BehrouziAdib Behrouzi, BS - Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis

Year: Med 1

Hannah BellHannah Bell, Ph.D., M.S. - Cornell University

Adviser: Michelle Dziejman, Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: IMV - Year: Med 3

Research:

The Function of Type Three Secretion System Protein VopZZ in Vibrio choleraeInfection

John BennettJohn Bennett, BS - Hamilton College

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

PhD Degree Program: Chem - Year: Grad 4

Research:

C-H functionalization

Hayley ChangHayley Chang, BS - University of Rochester

PhD Degree Program: PWD - Year: Grad 1

Research:

Exploring neurophysiological changes of multisensory processing in knockout mouse models of childhood rare diseases

Siddharth ChittaranjanSiddharth Chittaranjan, BS - University of California, Berkeley

Year: Med 2

Udaysankar ChockanathanUdaysankar Chockanathan, Ph.D. - University of Chicago

Adviser: Krishnan Padmanabhan, Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: NGP - Year: Med 3

Research:

Variations in neuronal population activity across behaviors, brain regions, and disease

Zachary ChristensenZachary Christensen, BS - Brigham Young University

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

PhD Degree Program: TBS - Year: Grad 5

Research:

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

Ankit DahalAnkit Dahal, BS - University of Pennsylvania

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

PhD Degree Program: IMV - Year: Grad 3

Ian DeAndrea-LazarusIan DeAndrea-Lazarus, BS - Gallaudet University

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

PhD Degree Program: TBS - Year: Med 3

Research:

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 5

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

Thomas DelgadoThomas Delgado, BS - University of Florida

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

PhD Degree Program: NSC - Year: Grad 2

Research:

The role of transglutaminase 2 in mediating how astrocytes respond in injury

Michelle DuanMichelle Duan, BS - Wellesley College

PhD Degree Program: BME - Year: Grad 1

Alan FinkelsteinAlan Finkelstein, BS - CUNY Queens College

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

PhD Degree Program: BME - Year: Grad 4

Research:

Applications of multimodal neuroimaging and machine learning in neuropathology

Karl FoleyKarl Foley, Ph.D., M.S. - Vasser College

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

PhD Degree Program: NGP - Year: Med 3

Research:

Protein phosphates 1 isoforms differentially regulate synaptic transmission and plasticity

Ranran "Annette" FrenchRanran "Annette" French, Ph.D - Georgia Institute of Technology

Adviser: Greg DeAngelis, Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: BCS - Year: Med 4

Research:

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

Gary GeGary Ge, BS - University of Rochester

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

PhD Degree Program: OPT - Year: Grad 5

Research:

Medical imaging - ultrasound, optical, and magnetic resonance imaging

Adam GeberAdam Geber, BS - Columbia University

Adviser: David Topham, Ph.D. | Topham Lab | Program for Advanced Immune Bioimaging

PhD Degree Program: IMV - Year: Grad 3

Jithin GeorgeJithin George, BS - University of Scranton

Year: Med 1

Jonathan GigasJonathan Gigas, BS - University of Massachusetts - Amherst

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

PhD Degree Program: BIO - Year: Grad 5

Research:

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

Nora GilliamNora Gilliam, BS - Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis

PhD Degree Program: TBS - Year: Med 1

Daniel HanDaniel Han, BA - University of California, Berkeley

Year: Med 1

Andrew HongAndrew Hong, BS - University of California, Berkeley

PhD Degree Program: Chem - Year: Grad 1

Emily IsensteinEmily Isenstein, BS - Cornell University

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

PhD Degree Program: BCS - Year: Grad 3

Research:

Tactile and proprioceptive functioning in autism spectrum disorder and related neurodevelopmental disorders, visual/proprioceptive integration

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

Adviser: Edward Schwarz, Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: PWD - Year: Med 3

Research:

Elucidating the Mechanisms of Lymphatic Muscle Cell Dysfunction in Arthritic Flare

Jeehyun KimJeehyun Kim, BS - University of California, Berkeley

PhD Degree Program: NGP - Year: Grad 1

Research:

'Neurophysiology and Neurodegenerative Diseases

Anna KolstadAnna Kolstad, BS - Princeton University

Year: Med 2

Marlene LawstonMarlene Lawston, BS - Colgate University

Year: Grad 1

Paul Suhwan LeePaul Suhwan Lee, BS - University of Mississippi

Year: Med 1

Alison LivadaAlison Livada, M.S. - The Pennsylvania State University

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

PhD Degree Program: PWD - Year: Grad 3

Research:

Megakaryocytes and platelets roles' in immunity and Origin of lung megakaryocytes and their roles in shaping immune responses

Svetlana MarkovaSvetlana Markova, BS - City University of New York

PhD Degree Program: IMV - Year: Med 2

Margaux MastenMargaux Masten, BS - University of Rochester

PhD Degree Program: NGP - Year: Grad 1

Amber McFerrenAmber McFerren, BS - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Year: Med 1

Michael MeadowMichael Meadow, BS - 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 2

Research:

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

Briaunna MinorBriaunna Minor, BS - Xavier University of Louisiana

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

PhD Degree Program: IMV - Year: Grad 5

Research:

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

Adwiteeya "Aditi" MisraAdwiteeya "Aditi" Misra, Ph.D. - Dartmouth College

Adviser: Eric Small, Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: BME - Year: Med 4

Research:

 Transcriptomic Analysis of Neonatal Cardiac Regeneration and Scar Resolution

Keshia MoraKeshia Mora, Ph.D. - Yale University

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

PhD Degree Program: BME - Year: Med 4

Research:

Multiaxial and multiscale strain assessment of the impinged Achilles tendon insertion

Duy NguyenDuy Nguyen, BS - Amherst College

Adviser: Patrick Murphy, Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: Genetics - Year: Grad 1

Gavin PiesterGavin Piester, BS - University of Rochester

Adviser: Ania Majewska, Ph.D. | Majewska Lab

PhD Degree Program: PWD - Year: Grad 2

Catherine PizzarelloCatherine Pizzarello, BS - College of William and Mary

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

PhD Degree Program: IMV - Year: Grad 5

Research:

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 4

Research: Neural correlates of social cognition and hierarchical processing of language and music in clinical populations

Shuyang "Sue" QinShuyang "Sue" Qin, Ph.D - California Institute of Technology

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

PhD Degree Program: IMV - Year: Med 3

Research:

Effects of Intertumoral Heterogeneity on Immunosuppresion and Immunotherapy Resistance in Synchronous Melanoma 

Bryan RedmondBryan Redmond, BS - Xavier University of Louisiana

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

PhD Degree Program: NSC - Year: Grad 3

Research:

Integrated neuro-ophthalmology, psychophysics, clinical and translational science research

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 6

Research: Neurophysiology and Movement

Noah SalamaNoah Salama, BS - Washington & Jefferson College

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

PhD Degree Program: IMV - Year: Grad 4

Research:

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, BS - University of Rochester

PhD Degree Program: PWD - Year: Grad 1

Jerry SaundersJerry Saunders, Ph.D. - Brandeis University

Adviser: James Palis, M.D.

PhD Degree Program: PWD - Year: Med 4

Research:

16, 16-Dimethyl prostaglandin E2 (dmPGE2) and lisinopril cooperatively improve survival and mitigate injury in hematopoietic-acute radiation syndrome (H-ARS)

Keshov SharmaKeshov Sharma, Ph.D. - Duke University

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

PhD Degree Program: NBA - Year: Med 3

Research:

Amygdala-Prefrontal Circuits Implicated in Expression Perception

Matthew SippleMatthew Sipple, M.S. - Cornell University

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

PhD Degree Program: CMPP - Year: Grad 3

Research:

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

Levy SominskyLevy Sominsky, BA - Vanderbilt University

Year: Med 1

Michael SportielloMichael Sportiello, BS - University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee

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

PhD Degree Program: IMV - Year: Grad 4

Research:

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

Emma StrawdermanEmma Strawderman, BS - University of Rochester

Year: Med 1

Mohammed (Usman) SyedMohammed (Usman) Syed, BS - Tufts University

Year: Med 1

Karol SzymulaKarol Szymula, BS - University of Pennsylvania

PhD Degree Program: BME - Year: Grad 1

Sophie TroyerSophie Troyer, BS - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Year: Med 2

Adam TyrlikAdam Tyrlik, BS - University of Maryland - College Park

Year: Med 2

Arun VenkataramanArun Venkataraman, Ph.D. - University of Rochester

Adviser: Jianhui Zhong, Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: PAS - Year: Med 4

Research:

How fast can we go? Optimizing Diffusion MRI (dMRI) Acquisition

Michael VeraMichael Vera, BS - Sacred Heart University

Year: Med 1

Jesse WangJesse Wang, Ph.D. - University of Connecticut

Adviser: Henry Kautz, Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: TBS - Year: Med 4

Research:

A Patient-Centered Digital Scribe

Samuel WeisenthalSamuel Weisenthal, BS - Hamilton College

Adviser: Ashkan Ertefaie, Ph.D. & Sally Thurston, Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: - Year: Grad 6

Research:

Constrained policy estimation for Markov decision processes

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

Adviser: Ania Majewska, Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: NBA - Year: Med 4

Research:

Mechanisms of ATP-dependent microglial process motility

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

Adviser: Vera Gorbunova, Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: NBA - Year: Med 3

Research:

Protective mechanisms in Naked Mole Rat CNS: roles of extracellular matrix and astroglia

Victor ZhangVictor Zhang, BS - University of Rochester

Adviser: James McGrath, Ph.D. & Hani Awad, Ph.D. | Awad Lab | McGrath Lab

PhD Degree Program: BME - Year: Grad 2