Recent Graduates

2015 MD/PhD Graduates

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  1. Laura DiChiacchio

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    Intern and Resident, General Surgery, Research for 2 years at end of residency: University of Maryland Medical Center.

    Thesis Title: Computational Prediction of RNA Secondary Structure with Applications to RNA Viruses

  2. Anat Kohn

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    Intern and Resident , Internal Medicine, Univ. Rochester/SMH

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

  3. Daniel Marker

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    Thesis Title: URMC-099, a Novel Kinase Inhibitor with Drug-like Properties, is Neuroprotective in Models of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Associated Neurocognitive Disorders

  4. Tristan Nicholson

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    Intern, Preliminary Surgery; Residency in Urology, Research afterwards, University of Washington, Seattle

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

  5. Salvatore Priore

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    Intern and Resident, Pathology (Anatomic/Clinical), Research at end, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

    Thesis Title: Discovery and Characterization of Influenza Virus RNA Secondary Structure

  6. Jharon Silva

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    Intern and Resident, Emergency Medicine, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

    Thesis Title: 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


  1. Melisa Carrasco

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    Resident in Preliminary Pediatrics/Child Neurology, University of Maryland Medical Center, Johns Hopkins, Hospital, Baltimore, MD

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

  2. Joanna Olsen

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    Resident in Anesthesiology/Critical Care Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR

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

  3. Scott A. Peslak

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    Resident in Internal Medicine-ABIM Research Pathway followed by Hematology/Oncology Fellowship, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

    Thesis Title: Erythropoiesis: Injury and Recovery

  4. Phillip Rappold

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    Resident in Surgery-Preliminary followed by Urology Surgery, University of Rochester Medical Center

    Thesis Title: Pathogenic mechanisms and novel therapeutic strategies in Parkinson disease

  5. Danny A. Rogers

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    Resident in Pediatrics-Preliminary/Child Neurology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

    Thesis Title: Novel Approaches for Targeting Undifferentiated Cells in Neuroblastoma

  6. Mercedes Szpunar

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    Resident in Psychiatry (Research Track), University California San Diego Medical Center

    Thesis Title: Evidence for Sympathetic Nervous System Regulation of Breast Cancer Progression

  7. Edward Vuong

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    Resident in Internal Medicine, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, Manhasset, NY

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

  8. Ethan Winkler

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    Resident in Neurological Surgery, University of California, San Francisco

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

  9. Michael Dacheng Wu

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    Resident in Anesthesiology/Research Pathway, University of California San Diego

    Thesis Title: Inhibition of Adult Hippocampal Neurogenesis by Sustained Interleukin-1β


  1. Youngsun Theresa Cho

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    Intern and Residency in Psychiatry, Yale/New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT

    Thesis Title: Dopaminergic Inputs to the Primate Amygdala

  2. Vincent Fong

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    Intern and Resident, Internal Medicine Research Track, Case Western Reserve, Cleveland, OH

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

  3. Michael Simon Jacob

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    Intern and Residency in Psychiatry, UCSF, San Francisco, CA

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

  4. Susan Sojung Lee

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    Intern & Residency in Child Neurology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati, OH

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

  5. Keith Olsen

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    Resident in Dermatology, Oregon Health & Science Univ., Portland, OR

    Thesis Title: The Role of Transglutaminase 2 in Pulmonary Fibrosis

  6. Rebecca L. Porter

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    Intern & Residency, Internal Medicine, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA

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

  7. Chris Richardson

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    Resident in Dermatology, Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester

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

  8. Adam Simning

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    Intern & Residency, Psychiatry, Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester

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


  1. Debbie Dang

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    Resident, Orthopaedic Surgery/Research, University of San Francisco

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

  2. Adam Christopher Dziorny

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    Resident, Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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

  3. Candace D. Gildner

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    Resident, Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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

  4. Ana Nunes

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    Resident, Internal Medicine/Research, Scripps Clinic/Green Hospital, San Diego, CA

    Thesis Title: Chemotherapeutic Agents and the CNS: Damage and Protection