Current Graduate Students



Bobby Basu - 4th year Ph.D. Student
B.S. (Zoology), M.S. (Zoology), University of Calcutta
Supervisor: Matthew C. Zimmerman
Research Interest: Role of redox sensitive proteins in mediating angiotensin II-induced neurogenic hypertension
urmi.basu@unmc.edu

Case AJ, Li S, Basu U, Tian J, Zimmerman MC.  Mitochondrial-localized NADPH oxidase 4 is a source of superoxide in angiotensin II-stimulated neurons. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol 305: H19-28, 2013. Abstract    

Bryan Becker - 4th year Ph.D. Student
B.S. (Biological Sciences, Latin), University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Supervisor: Irving H. Zucker
Research Interest: Heart failure effects on K currents in the RVLM 
bryan.becker@unmc.edu

Paul Chakraborty Paul Chakraborty - 5th year Ph.D. Student
B.S. (Zoology), M.S. (Zoology), University of Calcutta
Supervisor: Shyamal K. Roy
Research Interest: Role of bone morphogenic protein in primordial follicle formation in the developing ovary
pchakrab@unmc.edu

Roy SK, Wang C, Mukherjee A, Chakraborty P. In vitro culture of fetal ovaries: a model to study factors regulating early follicular development. Methods Mol Biol 825:151-71, 2012. Abstract  

Chakraborty P, Roy SK. Expression of estrogen receptor α 36 (ESR36) in the hamster ovary through out the estrous cycle: effects of gonadotropins. PLoS One 8(3):e58291, 2013. Abstract

Ryan Cornelius

Ryan Cornelius - 5th year Ph.D. Student
B.S. (Biology), Minnesota State University - Mankato
Supervisor: Steven C. Sansom
Research Interest: Potassium section by the renal distal nephron
rcorneli@unmc.edu

Holtzclaw JD, Cornelius RJ, Hatcher LI, Sansom SC. Coupled ATP and potassium efflux from intercalated cells. Am J Physiol Renal Physiol 300: F1319-F1326, 2011. Abstract

Cornelius RJ, Wen D, Hatcher LI, Sansom SC. Bicarbonate promotes BK-α/β4-mediated K excretion in the renal distal nephron. Am J Physiol Renal Physiol 303: F1563-F1571, 2012. Abstract  

Wen D, Cornelius RJ, Yuan Y, Sanson SC. Regulation of BK-α expression in the distal nephron by aldosterone and urine pH. Am J Physiol Renal Physiol 305: F463-F476, 2013. Abstract

  Duy Ha - 3rd year Ph.D. Student (M.D./Ph.D. Scholar)
B.S. (Biology), Mind Brain Behavior Institute Honors Certificate (Neuroscience), Harvard University
Supervisors: Iraklis I. Pipinos and George P. Casale
Research Interest: Immune regulation of fibrosis in peripheral arterial disease-associated myopathy
dha@unmc.edu

Kosloski LM, Ha DM, Hutter JA, Stone DK, Pichler MR, Reynolds AD, Gendelman HE, Mosley RL. Adaptive immune regulation of glial homeostasis as an immunization strategy for neurodegenerative diseases. J Neurochem 114: 1261-1276, 2010.  Abstract

Ha D, Stone DK, Mosley RL, Gendelman HE. Immunization strategies for Parkinson's disease. Parkinsonism Relat Disord 18 (Suppl 1): S218-S221, 2012. Abstract



Mina Hanna - 2nd year M.S. Student
B.S. (Biotechnology), University of Nebraska - Omaha
Advisor: Pamela K. Carmines
Career Interest: Medicine
mina.hanna@unmc.edu

Cassie Hays - 4th year M.S. Student
B.S. (Biology), Doane College
Advisor: Carol M. Toris
Research Interest: Aqueous humor dynamics in puberty
cassandra.steiner@unmc.edu

Gulati V, Fan S, Hays CL, Samuelson TW, Ahmed II, Toris CB. A novel 8-mm Schlemm's canal scaffold reduces outflow resistance in a human anterior segment perfusion model. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 54: 1698-1704, 2013. Abstract    


Derek Passer - 1st year Ph.D. Student (M.D./Ph.D. Student) pursuing his research at Mass. General Hospital
B.G.S. (Human Biology), University of Kansas 
Superisor: Irving H. Zucker and Ibrahim Domian
Research Interest:Cell polarity effects on early cardiac development
dpasser@unmc.edu



Peter Pellegrino - 2nd year Ph.D. Student (M.D./Ph.D. Scholar)
B.S.E. (Biomedical Engineering), University of Iowa
Supervisor: Irving H. Zucker
Research Interest: Role of the central RhoA/Rho kinase pathway in modulating autonomic balance and oxidative stress in disease states
peter.pellegrino@unmc.edu

Haack KK, Gao L, Schiller AM, Curry PL, Pellegrino PR, Zucker IH. Central Rho kinase inhibition restores baroreflex sensitivity and angiotensin II type 1 receptor protein imbalance in conscious rabbits with chronic heart failure. Hypertension 61: 723-729, 2013. Abstract    

Schiller AM, Haack KK, Pellegrino PR, Curry PL, Zucker IH. Unilateral renal denervation improves autonomic balance in conscious rabbits with chronic heart failure.  Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 305: R886-R892, 2013.  Abstract



Curtis Perriotte-Olson - 1st year Ph.D. Student
B.S. (Biology/Molecular Biology Option), Chadron State College 
Supervisor: Pamela K. Carmines (Temporary)
Research Interest: TBA
c.perriotteolson@unmc.edu



Shamma Rahman - 1st year Ph.D. Student
B.S. (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology), University of Dhaka
Supervisor: Pamela K. Carmines (Temporary)
Research Interest: TBA
shamma.rahman@unmc.edu

 Krupa Savalia - 3rd year Ph.D. Student (M.D./Ph.D. Scholar)
B.S. (Biomedical Engineering), University of Southern California
Supervisor: Matthew C. Zimmerman
Research Interest: Neurophysiological mechanisms promoting hypertension
ksavalia@unmc.edu
Rosenbaugh EG, Savalia KK, Manickam DS, Zimmerman MC.  Antioxidant-based therapies for angiotensin II-associated cardiovascular diseases. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 304: R917-928, 2013. Abstract    
Alicia Diener

Alicia Schiller - 5th year Ph.D. Student
B.S. (Biology), University of Nebraska - Omaha
Supervisor: Irving H. Zucker
Research Interest: Cardiorenal syndrome
adiener@unmc.edu

Haack KK, Gao L, Schiller AM, Curry PL, Pellegrino PR, Zucker IH. Central Rho kinase inhibition restores baroreflex sensitivity and angiotensin II type 1 receptor protein imbalance in conscious rabbits with chronic heart failure. Hypertension 61: 723-729, 2013. Abstract     

Schiller AM, Haack KK, Pellegrino PR, Curry PL, Zucker IH. Unilateral renal denervation improves autonomic balance in conscious rabbits with chronic heart failure.  Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 305: R886-R892, 2013.  Abstract



John Ying - 3rd year Ph.D. Student
B.Med., Hunan Normal University; M.Med., Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Supervisor: Babu J. Padanilam
Research Interest: Role of p53 in ischemic kidney injury
yuan.ying@unmc.edu

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