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

2017 T32 Training Grant

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)


    2016 T32 Training Grant

    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)


              2015 T32 Training Grant

              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)


                                2014 T32 Training Grant

                                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"
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                                  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)