2018 Incoming Students
The MSTP's greatest asset is its talented and dedicated students. Our students are devoted to biomedical science and medicine, participating in the MD Double Helix Curriculum, a wide variety of graduate programs, and co-curricular events of the MSTP. In addition, our students volunteer in a range of medical and scientific outreach activities and take an active role in program administration.
Andrew Allbee - Miami University
Adviser: Benoit Biteau, Ph.D.
PhD Degree Program: Genetics - Year: Med 4
Interests: Role of a LIM-homeobox transcription factor in the establishment and maintenance of adult stem cell-niche units
John Bennett - Hamilton College
PhD Degree Program: Chem - Year: Grad 1
Interests: Biochemistry, organic synthesis, drug discovery, cell signaling, cell metabolism
Udaysankar Chockanathan - University of Chicago
Adviser: Krishnan Padmanabhan, Ph.D.
PhD Degree Program: NSC - Year: Grad 4
Interests: Comparison of the efficacy of various correlation and causation algorithms for quantifying interactions in resting-state fMRI brain activity using graph theory approaches
Carol Deaton - University of New Mexico
Adviser: Gail Johnson, Ph.D
PhD Degree Program: PWD - Year: Grad 2
Interests: Studying the Role of Heat Shock Factor 1 in Neuronal Autophagy
Alan Finkelstein - CUNY Queens College
PhD Degree Program: BME - Year: Grad 1
Interests: Broadly I am interested in biochemistry, pharmacology and physiology. A bit more specifcally, I'm interested in the molecular basis of disease, and development of novel therapeutics.
Jonathan Gigas - University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Adviser: Vera Gorbunova, Ph.D.
PhD Degree Program: BIO - Year: Grad 2
Interests: Studying human Sirtuin6 protein variant found in centenarian individuals.
Maxime Jean - Barry University
Adviser: Jian Zhu, Ph.D.
PhD Degree Program: IMV - Year: Med 4
Interests: HIV latency, antiretroviral drug discovery for HIV
Howard "Mark" Kenney - University of Rochester
Year: Grad 1
Interests: Pathology, musculoskeletal, neuroscience, disease mechanisms, human translational
Allison Li - Washington University
Adviser: Laura Calvi, M.D.
PhD Degree Program: PWD - Year: Med 3
Interests: Regulation of hematopoiesis in the bone marrow microenvironment
Hayley Martin - SUNY Geneseo
Adviser: Ann Dozier, RN, Ph.D., FAAN
PhD Degree Program: EPI - Year: Med 3
Interests: Maternal child health epidemiology, specifically looking at prenatal care delivery and breastfeeding outcomes and motivation
Briaunna Minor - Xavier University of Louisiana
Adviser: Stephen Hammes, M.D., Ph.D.
PhD Degree Program: IMV - Year: Grad 2
Interests: I have a deep interest in the Human Immunodeficiency Virus; I also have interest in the cancer immunologyas well as the intersections of virology and cancer biosciences
Adwiteeya "Aditi" Misra - Dartmouth College
Adviser: Eric Small, Ph.D.
PhD Degree Program: BME - Year: Grad 3
Interests: Influence of Cytokines on the Regenerative Potential of the Epicardium. Extracted and incubated hearts from embryos mice in cytokines
Emily Przysinda - Skidmore College
PhD Degree Program: NSC - Year: Grad 1
Interests: Neural mechanisms of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Epilepsy, MS, Alzheimers, Learning disorders, ADHD & other neurological disease or disorders
Noah Salama - Washington & Jefferson College
Adviser: Deborah Fowell, Ph.D.
PhD Degree Program: IMV - Year: Grad 1
Interests: To characterize long-term, post resolution polarized resident macrophage cell types and ascertain their phenotypic role in maintaining the tissue polarized state
Daniel Savage - University of Rochester
Adviser: Krystel Huxlin, Ph.D. & Wayne Knox, Ph.D.
PhD Degree Program: OPT - Year: Med 4
Interests: Investigating photo modification of corneal ultrastructure using femtosecond pulsed laser light for potential applications in refractive vision correction
Colleen Schneider - Colgate University
Adviser: Brad Mahon, Ph.D.
PhD Degree Program: BCS - Year: Grad 5
Interests: Visual cortical plasticity in patients with strokes or brain tumors
Andrew Smith - University of Rochester
Adviser: Stephen Dewhurst, Ph.D.
PhD Degree Program: IMV - Year: Med 3
Interests: Role of a polymerase defect in function of the live attenuated influenza A virus
Michael Sportiello - University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee
PhD Degree Program: IMV - Year: Grad 1
Interests: Virology, influenza, HIV, basic research
Jomy Varghese - Loyola University
Adviser: Danielle Benoit, Ph.D.
PhD Degree Program: BME - Year: Med 4
Interests: Controlled drug release via nanoparticle carriers (supported by an NIH F30 Research Fellowship)
Arun Venkataraman - University of Rochester
Adviser: Jianhui Zhong, Ph.D.
PhD Degree Program: PAS - Year: Grad 3
Interests: Utilizing MRI techniques to elucidate neuropathological alterations in neurodegenerative disorders and traumatic brain injury
Jesse Wang - University of Connecticut
Adviser: Henry Kautz, Ph.D.
PhD Degree Program: TBS - Year: Grad 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
Jimmy Zhang - Cornell University
Adviser: Paul Brookes, Ph.D.
PhD Degree Program: CMPP - Year: Med 4
Interests: Development of novel acute myocardial infarction therapeutics using metabolomics and high-throughput screening.