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William AlexanderWilliam Alexander - Maryville College

Adviser: Aram Hezel, M.D.

PhD Degree Program: Genetics - Year: Grad 4

Interests: TGFβ superfamily signaling in biliary and pancreatic cancer

Andrew AllbeeAndrew Allbee - Miami University

Adviser: Benoit Biteau, Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: Genetics - Year: Grad 3

Interests: Role of a LIM-homeobox transcription factor in the establishment and maintenance of adult stem cell-niche units

Jonathan BartkoJonathan Bartko - University of Pittsburgh

Adviser: Marc Halterman, M.D., Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: PWD - Year: Grad 1

Interests: Defining hypoxia-induced ER stress signaling networks in the CNS

Hannah BellHannah Bell - Cornell University

Adviser: Deborah Fowell, Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: IMV - Year: Grad 1

Interests: Characterizing effector T cell motility in inflammation and infection 

Michael-John BeltejarMichael-John Beltejar - SUNY Brockport

Adviser: Cheryl Ackert-Bicknell, Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: Genetics - Year: Grad 4

Interests: Genetic contributions to bone strength

Elise BurgerElise Burger - Occidental College

Adviser: Felix Yarovinsky, M.D.

PhD Degree Program: IMV - Year: Grad 4

Interests: Mucosal immunology; host-pathogen interactions

Samuel CarrellSamuel Carrell - University of Iowa

Adviser: Marc Halterman, M.D., Ph.D. & Charles Thornton, M.D.

PhD Degree Program: Genetics - Year: Med 4

Interests: Testing the limits of antisense oligonucleotide treatment for myotonic dystrophy Type 1

Udaysankar ChockanathanUdaysankar Chockanathan - University of Chicago

Adviser: Axel Wismüller, M.D., Ph.D

PhD Degree Program: BSCB - Year: Grad 1

Interests: Comparison of the efficacy of various correlation and causation algorithms for quantifying interactions in resting-state fMRI brain activity using graph theory approaches

Amit ChowdhryAmit Chowdhry - Cornell University

Adviser: Michael McDermott, Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: Statistics - Year: Med 3

Interests: Missing data in meta-analysis

Andrew CoxAndrew Cox - Southern Nazarene University

Adviser: Stephen Dewhurst, Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: IMV - Year: Med 3

Interests: Temperature sensitivity of Influenza polymerase as a determinant of pathogenicity

Ian DeAndrea-LazarusIan DeAndrea-Lazarus - Gallaudet University

PhD Degree Program: TBS - Year: Grad 1

Interests: Task-evoked fMRI language mapping

Carol DeatonCarol Deaton - University of New Mexico

Dawling Dionisio-SantosDawling Dionisio-Santos - University of Puerto Rico

Adviser: John Olschowka, Ph.D. & M. Kerry O'Banion, M.D., Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: NBA - Year: Grad 2

Interests: Neuroinflammatory mechanisms that contribute to the development and progression of Alzheimer's Disease

Karl FoleyKarl Foley - Vasser College

PhD Degree Program: NSC - Year: Med 2

Scott FriedlandScott Friedland - University of Rochester

Adviser: Aram Hezel, M.D.

PhD Degree Program: Genetics - Year: Grad 3

Interests: Pancreatic Cancer and effects on the host

Alison GayloAlison Gaylo - Bucknell University

Adviser: Deborah Fowell, Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: IMV - Year: Med 3

Interests: Mechanisms of CD4+ T cell motility in the inflamed dermal interstitium

Gary GeGary Ge - University of Rochester

Jonathan GigasJonathan Gigas - University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Nicolas GoldsteinNicolas Goldstein - Washington University

Adviser: Peter Veazie, Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: HSR - Year: Grad 5

Interests: Urban health, health disparities, pediatric infectious disease

Booyeon HanBooyeon Han - Princeton University

Adviser: Scott Gerber, Ph.D. & David Linehan, M.D.

PhD Degree Program: IMV - Year: Grad 1

Interests: Cancer immune microenvironment and immunotherapy

Katherine HermanKatherine Herman - University of Rochester

Adviser: Deborah Fowell, Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: IMV - Year: Grad 5

Interests: The role of innate lymphoid cells in the development and resolution of dermal inflammation

Adnan HiradAdnan Hirad - CUNY Lehman

Adviser: Edwin Van Wijngaarden, Ph.D., M.Sc.

PhD Degree Program: TBS - Year: Grad 4

Interests: Characterizing the acute pathophysiology of mild traumatic brain injury

Maxime JeanMaxime Jean - Barry University

Adviser: Jian Zhu, Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: IMV - Year: Grad 3

Interests: HIV latency, antiretroviral drug discovery for HIV

Justin KomisarofJustin Komisarof - Harvard University

Adviser: Hartmut Land, Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: Genetics - Year: Grad 5

Interests: Cancer genomics, with a specific focus on investigating patterns of gene expression in solid tumors

Irina LermanIrina Lerman - University of Rochester

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

PhD Degree Program: PWD - Year: Grad 3

Interests: Molecular mechanisms of prostate carcinogenesis

Allison LiAllison Li - Washington University

Adviser: Laura Calvi, M.D.

PhD Degree Program: PWD - Year: Grad 3

Interests: Regulation of hematopoiesis in the bone marrow microenvironment

Ranran LiRanran Li - Georgia Institute of Technology

Nguyen MaiNguyen Mai - UCLA

Adviser: Marc Halterman, M.D., Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: NSC - Year: Grad 4

Interests: Cerebral ischemia-reperfusion injury

Hayley MartinHayley Martin - SUNY Geneseo

Adviser: Ann Dozier, Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: EPI - Year: Grad 2

Interests: Maternal child health epidemiology, specifically looking at prenatal care delivery and breastfeeding outcomes and motivation

Evan McConnellEvan McConnell - University of Rochester

Adviser: Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., DMSc

PhD Degree Program: NBA - Year: Grad 6

Interests: Deep brain stimulation, movement and cerebrovascular disorders

Briaunna MinorBriaunna Minor - Xavier University of Louisiana

Adwiteeya MisraAdwiteeya Misra - Dartmouth College

PhD Degree Program: BME - Year: Med 2

Keshia MoraKeshia Mora - Yale University

Adviser: Mark Buckley, Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: BME - Year: Grad 2

Interests: Biomedical Engineering

Aimee MorrisAimee Morris - Eastman School of Music

Adviser: Jonathan Mink, M.D., Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: NSC - Year: Grad 3

Interests: Musician Dystonia

Laura OwlettLaura Owlett - SUNY Geneseo

PhD Degree Program: NSC - Year: Med 2

Interests: Neuroinflammation

Rohith PalliRohith Palli - University of Pittsburgh

Adviser: Juilee Thakar, Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: BSCB - Year: Grad 1

Interests: Comparing conventional techniques to characterize resting-state fMRI brain activity to our Mutual Connectivity Analysis (MCA) approach using realistic simulated fMRI data

Salvador PenaSalvador Pena - University of Rochester

Adviser: Keith Nehrke, Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: PWD - Year: Grad 6

Interests: Role of mitochondria in stress and aging

Catherine PizzarelloCatherine Pizzarello - College of William and Mary

Benjamin PlogBenjamin Plog - University of Rochester

Adviser: Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., DMSc & Edward Vates, M.D., Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: PWD - Year: Grad 5

Interests: The role of astrocytes in CSF hydrodynamics

Shuyang QinShuyang Qin - California Institute of Technology

David RichardsonDavid Richardson - University of Pittsburgh

Adviser: Laura Calvi, M.D.

PhD Degree Program: PWD - Year: Grad 2

Interests: Neuroinflammation and neurodegenerative disease

Elizabeth SaionzElizabeth Saionz - University of Pennsylvania

Adviser: Krystel Huxlin, Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: TBS - Year: Grad 2

Interests: Recovery of vision in cortically blind subjects through training

Jerry SaundersJerry Saunders - Brandeis University

Adviser: James Palis, M.D.

PhD Degree Program: PWD - Year: Grad 2

Interests: Effect of ionizing radiation on the hematopoietic system.

Daniel SavageDaniel Savage - University of Rochester

Adviser: Wayne Knox, Ph.D. & Krystel Huxlin, Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: OPT - Year: Grad 5

Interests: Investigating photo modification of corneal ultrastructure using femtosecond pulsed laser light for potential applications in refractive vision correction

Colleen SchneiderColleen Schneider - Colgate University

Adviser: Brad Mahon, Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: BCS - Year: Grad 2

Interests: Visual cortical plasticity in patients with strokes or brain tumors

Keshov SharmaKeshov Sharma - Duke University

PhD Degree Program: NSC - Year: Med 2

Andrew ShubinAndrew Shubin - University of Washington Seattle

Adviser: Danielle Benoit, Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: BME - Year: Med 3

Interests: Poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogels for salivary gland regeneration

Aisha SiebertAisha Siebert - Dartmouth College

Adviser: Jack Werren, Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: TBS - Year: Med 3

Interests: Extended phenotype of ectoparasitic wasp (Nasonia) venoms - epigentics, genomics and therapeutic applications

Andrew SmithAndrew Smith - University of Rochester

Adviser: Stephen Dewhurst, Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: IMV - Year: Grad 2

Interests: Role of a polymerase defect in function of the live attenuated influenza A virus

Stephanie Syc-MazurekStephanie Syc-Mazurek - Brown University

Adviser: Richard Libby, Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: NSC - Year: Grad 4

Interests: Mechanisms of optic neuropathy-induced cell death

Matthew TannerMatthew Tanner - University of Oregon

Adviser: Charles Thornton, M.D.

PhD Degree Program: Genetics - Year: Grad 1

Interests: Expanded repeat DNA tracts and their roles in splicing-mediated disease in myotonic dystrophy

Farangis  TolibzodaFarangis Tolibzoda - CUNY Hunter College

Jomy VargheseJomy Varghese - Loyola University

Adviser: Danielle Benoit, Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: BME - Year: Grad 4

Interests: Controlled drug release via nanoparticle carriers (supported by an NIH F30 Research Fellowship)

Arun VenkataramanArun Venkataraman - University of Rochester

PhD Degree Program: PAS - Year: Med 2

Jesse WangJesse Wang - University of Connecticut

Samuel WeisenthalSamuel Weisenthal - Hamilton College

Adviser: Martin Zand, M.D., Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: TBS - Year: Grad 1

Interests: Predictive analytics

Brendan WhitelawBrendan Whitelaw - University of Pennsylvania

Emily WuEmily Wu - University of Michigan

Adviser: Edward Schwarz, Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: IMV - Year: Grad 2

Interests: Sexual dimorphism in rheumatoid arthritis

Jimmy ZhangJimmy Zhang - Cornell University

Adviser: Paul Brookes, Ph.D.

PhD Degree Program: PharmPhys - Year: Grad 3

Interests: Development of novel acute myocardial infarction therapeutics using metabolomics and high-throughput screening.