• 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)

  • Tom Beckermann

    CURRENT POSITION: Postdoctoral Fellow (Nam Lab), Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
    Defended Dissertation from the George laboratory on 5/15/2014
    “Mutant Cardiac Sodium Channel Dysfunction Associated with Cardiomyopathy”
    Ph.D. Awarded: August 2014
    BS, Webster University (2005)

  • 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)

  • Kevin Bersell

    CURRENT POSITION: Medical Student, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
    Defended Dissertation from the Roden laboratory on 8/16/2016
    “Functional and Transcriptional Mechanisms of Familial Brugada Syndrome”
    Ph.D. Awarded: December 2016
    MA, Boston University (2010)
    BA, Saint Anselm College (2006)

  • Katherine Betke

    CURRENT POSITION: Medical Student, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth, Hanover, NH
    Defended Dissertation from the Hamm and Carneiro laboratories on 5/21/2014
    “The Role of G protein βγ Specificity in Modulation of Synaptic Transmission”
    Ph.D. Awarded: December 2016
    B.Sc., University of Victoria (2005)

  • 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)

  • Jeffery Bylund

    CURRENT POSITION: Advanced Biosystems Specialist, Nikon Instruments Inc., Melville, NY
    Defended Dissertation from Hatzopoulos laboratory on 03/02/2017
    “BMP signaling regulation by GREMLIN 2 promotes proliferation and differentiation of human iPS cell-derived cardiac progenitors to cardiomyocytes”
    Ph.D. Awarded: May 2017
    BA, University of Utah (2008)

  • Ryan Ceddia

    CURRENT POSITION: Postdoctoral Fellow, Sanford Burnham Prebys, Orlando, FL
    Defended Dissertation from the Breyer laboratory on 11/23/2015
    “The Role of the Prostaglandin E2 EP3 Receptor in Obesity, Insulin Resistance, and Glycemic Control”
    Ph.D. Awarded: December 2015
    MS, NC State (2007)
    BS, Ohio State (2015)

  • Qiuyan Chen

    CURRENT POSITION: Postdoctoral Fellow (John Tesmer's Lab), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Defended Dissertation from the Gurevich and Iverson laboratories on 10/1/2015
    “Structural Basis of Arrestin mediated GPCR signaling”
    Ph.D. Awarded: December 2015
    BS, Tonji University (2010)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • Michael Grannan

    CURRENT POSITION: Postdoctoral Fellow, Neuroscience & Pain Research Unit, Pfizer, Inc., Cambridge, MA
    Defended Dissertation from the Jones laboratory on 10/14/2016
    “Evaluating Novel Muscarinic Acetylcholine Receptor Potentiators for the Treatment of Cognitive Deficits in Schizophrenia”
    Ph.D. Awarded: December 2016
    BS, Purdue University (2010)

  • 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)

  • Max Joffe

    CURRENT POSITION: Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery, Vanderbilt University
    Defended Dissertation from the Grueter laboratory on 4/12/2016
    “Nucleus Accumbens N-methyl-D-aspartate Receptor Function and Reward Learning: Implications for Cocaine Use Disorders”
    Ph.D. Awarded: August 2016
    BS, University of Maryland, College Park (2010)

  • 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)

  • Rob Lavieri

    CURRENT POSITION: Project Manager, Health Info Sys, Proj. 1, VICTR, Vanderbilt University
    Defended Dissertation from the H. A. Brown laboratory on 9/22/2014
    “Synthesis, Development and Biochemical Characterization of Small Molecule, Isoform-Selective Phospholipase D Inhibitors and Photoactivatable Probes”
    Ph.D. Awarded: December 2014
    BA, Depauw University (2007)

  • 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)

  • Tu (Chou) Mai

    CURRENT POSITION: Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacogenomics Fellow, Department of Medicine, The University of Chicago
    Defended Dissertation from the Robertson laboratory on 5/30/2014
    "Hypo-osmotic Effects in Cardiovascular Control: Hepatic and Renal Mechanisms Underlying the Osmopressor Response"
    Ph.D. Awarded: August 2014
    BS, University of Wisconsin (2009)

  • Matthew Mazalouskas

    CURRENT POSITION: Postdoctoral Scientist, Elanco, Indianapolis, IN
    Defended Dissertation from the Wadzinski laboratory on 3/7/2014
    “The Composition, Regulation, and Function of Protein Serine/Threonine Kinase ● Phosphatase Signaling Modules”
    Ph.D. Awarded: May 2014
    BS, University of Southern Indiana (2004)

  • A. Scott McCall

    CURRENT POSITION: Medical Student, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
    Defended Dissertation from the Hudson laboratory on 6/17/2015
    “The Role of Peroxidasin in basement membrane physiology and human disease”
    Ph.D. Awarded: August 2015
    BS, Kansas State University (2009)

  • Alex Nackenoff

    Defended Dissertation from the Blakely laboratory on 3/14/2016
    "​Determination of Requisite SERT Antagonism for the Acute and Chronic Behavioral and Biochemical Antidepressant Effects of SSRIs, as Revealed Utilizing the SERT Met172 Mouse Model"
    Ph.D. Awarded: May 2016
    BA, Macalester College (2009)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • Kendra Oliver

    CURRENT POSITION: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Discovery Science Education, Vanderbilt University
    Defended Dissertation from the Hamm and Carneiro laboratories on 7/28/2016
    “Novel implications of lost serotonin transporter function on platelet biology”
    Ph.D. Awarded: December 2016
    BS, Loyola University (2010)

  • Rene Raphemot

    CURRENT POSITION: Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Chemistry, Duke University
    Defended Dissertation from the Denton laboratory on 5/14/2014
    "Of Mosquitoes and Men: Targeting Inward Rectifier Potassium (Kir) Channels for the Development of New Therapeutics and Insecticides"
    Ph.D. Awarded: August 2014
    BS, Morgan State University (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)

  • Lisa Murphy Scudder

    CURRENT POSITION: Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University
    Defended Dissertation from the George laboratory on 3/24/2014
    "The Physiology and Pathophysiology of the Fetal Splice Variant of the Cardiac Sodium Channel"
    Ph.D. Awarded: May 2014
    BS, Albany College of Pharmacology & Health (2009)

  • Rebecca Klar Senter

    CURRENT POSITION: Scientist, Pharmacology, Flexion Therapeutics
    Defended Dissertation from the Conn and Niswender laboratories on 7/14/2015
    “The Role of mGlu7 in Hippocampal Synaptic Plasticity: Implications for Novel Therapeutics for Rett Syndrome”
    Ph.D. Awarded: August 2015
    BS, St. Lawrence University (2010)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • Jing Wu

    CURRENT POSITION: Postdoctoral Research Scholar (Curt Sigmund's Lab), Department of Pharmacology, University of Iowa
    Defended Dissertation from the Harrison laboratory on 10/29/2014
    “Roles of oxidation and inflammation in aortic stiffening”
    Ph.D. Awarded: December 2014
    BM, Peking Univ. Health Science Center (2009)

  • Isaac Zike

    CURRENT POSITION:
    Defended Dissertation from the Veenstra-VanderWeele laboratory on 5/15/2017
    “Investigating the Role of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Candidate Gene SLC1A1 in the Basal Ganglia and Repetitive Behavior”
    Ph.D. Awarded: August 2017
    BS, University of Minnesota (2010)

  • 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)