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Recent Graduates

2015 MD/PhD Graduates




Laura Fornarola

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

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

Natasha Golub

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

Longitudinal Health Outcomes in Former Refugees

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

Lisa Niswander

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

Microenvironmental Regulation of Megakaryopoiesis and Thrombopoiesis by SDF-1

Imran Punekar

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

Impulsivity in Parkinson Disease

Drew Scoles

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

Expanding the Application of Adaptive Optics Scanning Light Ophthalmoscopy

Helen Wei

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

Functional Hyperemia in Cerebral Capillaries

Danielle deCampo

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

An Extended Amygdala Path with Implications for Early Life Stress


Laura DiChiacchio

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

Computational Prediction of RNA Secondary Structure with Applications to RNA Viruses

Anat Kohn

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

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

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

Tristan Nicholson

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

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

Salvatore Priore

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

Discovery and Characterization of Influenza Virus RNA Secondary Structure

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


Melisa Carrasco

Melisa Carrasco, M.D., Ph.D.

Cognitive Role of Medial PFC in Error Processing: Lessons Learned from Healthy Children and Pediatric OCD, Anxiety, and ASD

Joanna Olsen

Joanna Olsen, M.D., Ph.D.

SEVI, A Natural Enhancer of HIV Infection, as a Novel Target to Prevent HIV Transmission

Scott Peslak

Scott A. Peslak, M.D., Ph.D.

Erythropoiesis: Injury and Recovery

Phillip Rappold

Phillip Rappold, M.D., Ph.D.

Pathogenic Mechanisms and novel Therapeutic Strategies in Parkinson Disease

Danny Rogers

Danny A. Rogers, M.D., Ph.D.

Novel Approaches for Targeting Undifferentiated Cells in Neuroblastoma

Mercedes Szpunar

Mercedes Szpunar, M.D., Ph.D.

Evidence for Sympathetic Nervous System Regulation of Breast Cancer Progression

Edward Vuong

Edward Vuong, M.D., Ph.D.

lep-5: a long noncoding RNA is a novel heterochronic regulator in C. elegans

Ethan Winkler

Ethan Winkler, M.D., Ph.D.

Vascular-mediated neuronal injury: the role of blood-spinal cord barrier disruption in the pathogenesis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Michael Wu

Michael Dacheng Wu, M.D., Ph.D.

Inhibition of Adult Hippocampal Neurogenesis by Sustained Interleukin-1β


Youngsun Cho

Youngsun Theresa Cho, M.D., Ph.D.

Defining Limbic Subsystems: Examining a Functional Reward Network and Cortico-Amygdala-Striatal Anatomic Circuits

Vincent Fong

Vincent Fong, M.D., Ph.D.

Novel Targeting Strategies for Adenovirus Vectors: Investigating the Rad51 Promoter and Inducible Elements

Michael Jacob

Michael Simon Jacob, M.D., Ph.D.

The active control of self-movement perception: Neuronal mechanisms and cognitive aging

Susan Lee

Susan Sojung Lee, M.D., Ph.D.

Audiovisual Integration During Language Comprehension: The Neural Basis of Social Communication in Autism and Typical Development

Keith Olsen

Keith Olsen, M.D., Ph.D.

The Role of Transglutaminase 2 in Pulmonary Fibrosis

Rebecca Porter

Rebecca L. Porter, Ph.D., M.D.

Prostaglandin E2 is a Positive Regulator of Hematopoietic Stem and Progenitor Cells under Normal Conditions and in Response to Radiation Injury

Chris Richardson

Chris Richardson, M.D., Ph.D.

A Study of the Molecular Characteristics of 9G4+ Autoantibodies and of B cell Tolerance in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Adam Simning

Adam Simning, Ph.D., M.D.

Anxiety and Depression in Older Adult Public Housing Residents: Prevalence, Correlates, and Implications for Care


Debbie Dang

Debbie Dang, M.D., Ph.D.

Chondrocyte-specific β-catenin Expression drives cell-autonomous and non-cell-autonomous maturation to promote growth plate and secondary ossification center development

Adam Dziorny

Adam Christopher Dziorny, M.D., Ph.D.

Exposure to an Augmented Acoustic Environment (AAE) Improves Neural Correlates of Auditory Processing

Candace Gildner

Candace D. Gildner, M.D., Ph.D.

Effect of Vitronectin on the Deposition, Conformation, and Physiologic Properties of Extracellular Matrix Fibronectin

Ana Nunes

Ana Nunes, M.D., Ph.D.

Chemotherapeutic Agents and the CNS: Damage and Protection