Past Trainees Supported by the T32 Training Grant (2014-2017)


  • Andrea Belovich

    Defended Dissertation from the Galli laboratory on 12/14/2016, “Reverse transport of the dopamine transporter in neuropsychiatric disease: Mechanisms of regulation and dysfunction”
    Ph.D. Awarded: May 2017
    BS, Arizona State University (2011)


  • Rachel Crouch

    CURRENT POSITION: Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Craig Lindsley's Lab), Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery, Vanderbilt University
    Defended Dissertation from the Daniels laboratory on 11/1/2016, “Aldehyde Oxidase Drug Metabolism: Evaluation of Drug Interaction Potential and Allometric Scaling Methods to Predict Human Pharmacokinetics”
    Ph.D. Awarded: December 2016
    Pharm.D., Lipscomb University (2012)

  • Blake Dieckmann

    M.S., (2016)

  • Elizabeth Ennis

    CURRENT POSITION: Postdoctoral Scholar, School of Pharmacy, Bioengineering, University of California, San Francisco
    Defended Dissertation from the Blakely laboratory on 2/12/2016, “Identification and Characterization of Novel Inhibitors of the Presynaptic, Hemicholinium-3-Sensitive Choline Transporter”
    Ph.D. Awarded: May 2016
    BS, Case Western (2010)

  • Thuy Nguyen

    Defended Dissertation from the Roberts and Aschner laboratories on 8/19/2016
    “Oxidative Stress in C. elegans: Discovery of a Mechanistic Role for -Ketoaldehyde Lipid Peroxidation Products in the Free Radical Theory of Aging”
    Ph.D. Awarded: December 2016
    BS, Trinity University (2008)

  • Zack Zurawski

    CURRENT POSITION: Postdoctoral Fellow (Heidi Hamm's Lab), Department of Pharmacology, Vanderbilt University
    Defended Dissertation from the Hamm laboratory on 1/11/2016
    "The molecular requirements of the Gβγ-SNARE interaction"
    Ph.D. Awarded: May 2016
    BS, SUNY at Buffalo (2009)


  • Joel Everett

    M.S. (2015)

  • Tromondae (TK) Feaster

    CURRENT POSITION: Technical Applications Scientist, Cellular Dynamics International, Madison, WI
    Defended Dissertation from the Hong laboratory on 11/5/2015, “Implementation of Human-induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-derived Cardiomyocyte to Model Excitation-Contraction Coupling in Health and Disease”
    Ph.D. Awarded: December 2015
    MS, Tennessee State University (2010)

  • Craig Goodwin

    CURRENT POSITION: Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Channing Der's Lab), Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    Defended Dissertation from the Fesik laboratory on 10/21/2015
    “Targeting K-Ras, Pak1-Kinase, and Mcl-1 for the Treatment of Cancer”
    Ph.D. Awarded: December 2015
    BS, Erskine College (2009)

  • Matthew Karolak

    CURRENT POSITION: Health Innovation Challenge Team Leader, University of Washington
    Defended Dissertation from the Elefteriou laboratory on 7/1/2015
    “Neurofibromin Regulated Signaling Pathways in Endochondral Ossification”
    Ph.D. Awarded: August 2015
    BS, University of Arizona (2010)

  • Michele LeNoue-Newton

    CURRENT POSITION: Research Analyst, Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center, Nashville, TN
    Defended Dissertation from the Spiller laboratory on 11/12/2015
    "The Role of Alpha4 in regulating the PP2A family of serine/threonine phosphatases: a structural, biochemical, and cell-based approach"
    Ph.D. Awarded: December 2015
    BS, University of Louisville (2000)

  • Michael Nedelcovych

    CURRENT POSITION: Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Barbara Stauch Slusher's Lab), Drug Discovery, Johns Hopkins
    Defended Dissertation from the Jones laboratory on 11/9/2015
    "​Selective Antagonism of mGluR5 Alters Sleep-Wake and Quantitative EEG and Ameliorates Behavioral Abnormalities in a Rodent Model of Traumatic Stress"
    Ph.D. Awarded: December 2015
    BS,College of William & Mary, Williamsburg (2009)

  • Sara Savage

    CURRENT POSITION: Graduate Student, Department of Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
    Defended Dissertation from the Penn laboratory on 8/21/2015
    "​The role of PPARβ/δ in diabetic retinopathy"
    Ph.D. Awarded: December 2015
    BS, Miami University (2009)

  • Cierra Spencer

    CURRENT POSITION: Staff Research Associate III/Postdoc, Northern California Insititute for Research and Education
    Defended Dissertation from the H. A. Brown laboratory on 12/30/2014
    "Biochemical characterization of a Pseudomonas aeruginosa phospholipase D"
    Ph.D. Awarded: May 2015
    BS, University of Alabama (2009)

  • Cody Wenthur

    CURRENT POSITION: Research Associate, Department of Chemistry, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA
    Defended Dissertation from the Lindsley laboratory on 7/7/2015
    "Development and Characterization of Novel Allosteric Modulators Acting on metabotropic Glutamate Receptors 2 and 3"
    Ph.D. Awarded: August 2015
    Pharm.D., Purdue University (2011)


  • Lyndsey Anderson

    CURRENT POSITION: Research Fellow, The Lambert Initiative for Annabinoid Therapeutics, Department of Pharmacology, School of Medical Sciences, University of Sydney, Australia
    Defended Dissertation from the George laboratory on 2/28/2014, "Pharmacological and Genetic Rescue of Idiopathic Epilepsies"
    Ph.D. Awarded: May 2015
    BS, University of Wisconsin, Madison (2008)

  • Ron Bruntz

    CURRENT POSITION: Postdoctoral Fellow (Teresa Fan's Lab), University of Kentucky, Lexington
    Defended Dissertation from the H. A. Brown laboratory on 12/16/2013, "Identification and characterization of novel components in the phospholipase D activation pathway"
    Ph.D. Awarded: May 2014
    BS, University of Kentucky, Lexington (2005)

  • Bryan Fioret

    CURRENT POSITION: Postdoctoral Associate, Duke University
    Defended Dissertation from the Hatzopoulos laboratory on 6/30/2014, “Endothelial cells serve as a cardiac progenitor population in the adult heart during homeostasis and contribute to repair after ischemic injury”
    Ph.D. Awarded: August 2014
    BS, Centre College (2008)

  • Odaine Gordon

    CURRENT POSITION: Scientist, Achaogen Pharmaceuticals, South San Francisco, CA
    Defended Dissertation from the Schneider laboratory on 3/13/2014
    “Oxidative Metabolites of Curcumin and their Biological Activity”
    Ph.D. Awarded: May 2014
    BS, Barry University (2008)

  • Karen Ho

    CURRENT POSITION: Postdoctoral Fellow, Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Rhode Island
    Defended Dissertation from the Calkins laboratory on 8/19/2014
    “The Transient Receptor Potential Vanilloid-1 Channel and Stress-Induced Astrocyte Migration”
    Ph.D. Awarded: December 2014
    BA, Boston University (2008)

  • David Stephens

    CURRENT POSITION: Scientist II, Nanotechnology Characterization Lab, Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, Advance Technology Research Facility
    Defended Dissertation from the Hearth laboratory on 5/23/2014
    "Nanonetworks as Innovative Platforms for Therapeutic Solubilization and Delivery"
    Ph.D. Awarded: August 2014
    BS, University of St. Thomas (2009)