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Congratulations to the MSTP students who recently completed their thesis defenses!

Posted by on Monday, May 30, 2022 in Honors and Awards .

NameGraduate Program (Mentor)Dissertation
Margaret Axelrod, PhDCancer Biology (Justin Balko, PharmD, PhD)Antigen Discovery in Immunotherapy-Associated Myocarditis and Blood-Based Biomarkers for Breast Cancer
Connor Beebout, PhDMicrobe-Host Interactions (Maria Hadjifrangiskou, PhD)Defining the Role of Aerobic Respiration in Uropathogenic Escherichia coli Physiology and Pathogenesis
Ben Brown, PhDChemical and Physical Biology (Jens Meiler, PhD)Integration of ligand-and structure-based cheminformatics tools with protein dynamic modeling for drug design
Rachel Brown, PhDCancer Biology (Chris Williams, MD, PhD)Myeloid Translocation Genes (MTGs) Coordinate Intestinal and Colonic Epithelial Differentiation, Regeneration, and Tumorigenesis
Bridget Collins, PhDNeuroscience (Jeff Neul, MD, PhD)Functional characterization of R294X and C-terminal MECP2 mutations in Rett syndrome
Courtney Edwards, PhDCancer Biology (Rachelle Johnson, PhD)Molecular Mechanisms of Breast Tumor Progression, Dormancy, and Bone Metastasis
Brynna Eisele, PhDPharmacology (John York, PhD)Modulation of Chondroitin Sulfation by Lithium-Inhibited Bisphosphate Nucleotidase 2
JooEun "Jay" Kang, PhDHuman Genetics (Doug Ruderfer, PhD)Leveraging biobanks to characterize the genetic architecture of suicide attempt, suicidal ideation, and treatment-resistant depression
Matt Madden, PhDMolecular Pathology & Immunology (Jeff Rathmell, PhD)Glucose and Glutamine in the Tumor Microenvironment and CD8 T Cell Function
Evonne McArthur, PhDHuman Genetics (Tony Capra, PhD)The contribution of the 3D genome to gene regulation, human evolution, and disease
Kelsey McNew, PhDMolecular Pathology & Immunology (Dan Moore, MD, PhD)The Fragility of Inducible Immune Tolerance in Type 1 Diabetes
Ayesha Muhammad, PhDHuman Genetics (Dan Roden, MD)Addressing challenges to genomic medicine: effects of rare and common variation on arrhythmia and pharmacogenetic phenotypes
Christopher Peek, PhDMicrobe Host Interactions (James Cassat, MD, PhD)Impact of intestinal inflammation on osteoclast differentiation and function
Brad Reinfeld, PhDCancer Biology (Kim Rathmell, MD, PhD)Deciphering Cell Specific Metabolic Programs in the Tumor Microenvironment
Maxwell Roeske, PhDNeuroscience (Stephan Heckers, MD)Mechanisms of hippocampal dysfunction in psychosis
Danny Sack, PhDEpidemiology (Carolyn Audet, PhD)A couples-based intervention and postpartum contraceptive update in Zambezia Province, Mozambique
Ayaka Sugiura, PhDMicrobe Host Interactions (Jeff Rathmell, PhD)Identifying differential metabolic dependencies in CDF+ T cell subsets using targeted in vivo CRISPR/Cas9-based screening
Christiaan Wijers, PhDMicrobe Host Interactions (Michael Noto, MD, PhD)The Role of the Gram-Negative Cell Envelope in the Pathogenesis and Treatment of Pneumonia
Matthew Wleklinski, PhDPharmacology (Bjorn Knollman, MD, PhD)Deciphering molecular and tissue mechanisms of Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia (CPVT)