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Recent Graduates

2017 MD/PhD Graduates



Adrianne Chesser

Adrianne Chesser, M.D., Ph.D.

Selectively Enhancing Clearance of Pathological Tau Through the Use of Phytochemical Compounds

Youssef Farhat

Youssef Farhat, M.D., Ph.D.

Identification of PAI-1 as a Biological Target for the Promotion of Scarless Flexor Tendon Healing

Jonathan Langdon

Jonathan Langdon, M.D., Ph.D.

Development of Single Track Location Shear Wave Viscoelasticity Imaging for Real-Time Characterization of Biological Tissues

Rialnat Lawal

Rialnat "Bisi" Lawal, M.D., Ph.D.

Osteolineage Notch Ligand Jagged1 Regulates Bon Homeostasis and Parathyroid Hormone-dependent Long Term Hematopoietic Stem Cell Function

Emily Walters

Emily Walters, M.D., Ph.D.

Non-Mutated Mediator Genes in Diverse Epithelial Cancer Types


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