Alumni

Sizhao LuSizhao Lu, Ph.D., July 2015

Thesis: Transcriptional and Post-transcriptional Regulation of Hepcidin and Iron Metabolism by Lipid Signaling in the Liver
Mentor: Dee Harrison-Findik Ph.D.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (Dr. Weiser-evans lab)

James Reinecke, Ph.D.James Reinecke, Ph.D., June 2015

Thesis: EHD1 and EHD3 jointly regulate the centrosome cycle in human cells:  Implications for cell cycle progression, ciliogenesis and membrane trafficking
Mentor: Steve Caplan, Ph.D.
Current Position: Currently enrolled UNMC Medical School

Arokia Priyanka Vaz, Ph.D.Arokia Priyanka Vaz, Ph.D., April 2015

Thesis: Multifunctional Role of Pancreatic Differentiation 2 (PD2) in Pancreatic Cancer
Mentor: Surinder K. Batra, Ph.D.
Current Position: Postdoctoral fellowship at the Princess Margaret Cancer Center, University Health Network (UHN), Toronto, Canada.

 

Bhopal Mohapatra, Ph.D.Bhopal Mohapatra, Ph.D., December 2014

Thesis: The Role of Cbl and Cbl-b ubiquitin ligases in mammary gland development and mammary stem cell homeostasis
Mentor: Hamid Band, Ph.D.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate

 

Parul Katoch, Ph.D.Parul Katoch, Ph.D., June 2014

Thesis: THE CYTOPLASMIC TAIL OF CONNEXIN32 IN GAP JUNCTION ASSEMBLY
Mentor: Parmender P. Mehta, Ph.D.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Srustidhar Das, Ph.D.Srustidhar Das, Ph.D., June 2014

Thesis: Role of Membrane Bound Mucins (MUC4,MUC16 and MUC17)  in Gastro Intestinal (GI) Cancer
Mentor: Surinder Batra , Ph.D.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dr. Eduardo Villablanca, Karolinska, Stockholm, Sweden

Weike Ji, Ph.D.Weike Ji, Ph.D., April 2014

Thesis: Identification and Developmental Expression of RanGAP1 in Mouse Lenses and Analysis of Its Functions in Mitosis of Lens Epithelial and Hela Cells
Mentor: David Li, Ph.D.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Hanover, IN

Dhanya Haridas, Ph.D.Dhanya Haridas, Ph.D., April 2014

Thesis: Mucin 16 (MUC16) in Pancreatic Cancer: Expression and Functional Studies
Mentor: Surinder K. Batra, Ph.D.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Sai Srinivas Panapakkam Giridharan, Ph.D.Sai Srinivas Panapakkam Giridharan, Ph.D., July 2013

Thesis: Functions of MICAL-family proteins in tubular recycling endosome biogenesis and cytoskeletal regulation
Mentor: Steve Caplan, Ph.D.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate 

Bishuang Cai, Ph.D.Bishuang Cai, Ph.D., July 2013

Thesis: C-terminal Eps15 Homology Domain (EHD) protein-mediated membrane vesiculation and control of glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchored protein trafficking
Mentor: Steve Caplan, Ph.D.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Neeley A. Remmers, Ph.D.Neeley A. Remmers, Ph.D., July 2013

Thesis: Mucins in the Pathophysiology of Pancreatic Cancer with a Focus on MUC7
Mentor: Tony Hollingsworth, Ph.D.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Jennifer Kopanic, Ph.D.Jennifer Kopanic, Ph.D., April 2013

Thesis: Structural characterization of the connexin45 carboxyl-terminal domain and its interactions with molecular partners
Mentor: Paul Sorgen, Ph.D.
Current Position:Postdoctoral Research Associate in the laboratory of Dr. James A. Huntington, Department of Haematology,
Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, University of Cambridge, England.

Rosslyn Grosely, Ph.D.

Rosslyn Grosely, Ph.D., April 2013

Thesis: Biophysical characterization and effects of pH and phosphorylation on the secondary structure of the intrinsically disordered connexin43 carboxyl-terminus attached to the 4th transmembrane domain
Mentor: Paul Sorgen, Ph.D.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Drs. Puglisi and Glenn Labs, Stanford School of Medicine, California

Parama Dey, Ph.D.

Parama Dey, Ph.D., September 2012

Thesis: Role of novel cell cycle regulator(s) in pancreatic cancer
Mentor: Surinder K. Batra, Ph.D.
Current Position:

Kelly Stauch, Ph.D.

Kelly Stauch, Ph.D., July 2012

Thesis: Structural characterization of the Connexin32 carboxyl-terminal domain and mutants that cause Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease: Effects on protein partner interactions
Mentor: Paul Sorgen, Ph.D.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Howard Fox Laboratory, Pharmacology/Experimental Neuroscience, UNMC

Navneet Momi, Ph.D.

Navneet Momi, Ph.D., July 2012

Thesis: Smoking and pancreatic cancer
Mentor: Surinder K. Batra, Ph.D.
Current Position:

Kristen Johnson, Ph.D.

Kristen Johnson, Ph.D., July 2012

Thesis: Endocytosis of Connexin43 and gap junction assembly
Mentor: Parmender Mehta, Ph.D.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Keith Johnson Laboratory, COD-Oral Biology, UNMC

Lili Gong, Ph.D.

Lili Gong, Ph.D., February 2012

Thesis: Regulation of ocular lens differentiation by protein sumoylation
Mentor: David Li, Ph.D.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Systems Biology Department, University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Mi Deng, Ph.D.

Mi Deng, Ph.D., February 2012

Thesis: Roles of paired Box 6 and its downstream genes in human pancreatic cancer
Mentor: David Li, Ph.D.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas

Jason Porta, Ph.D.

Jason Porta, Ph.D., December 2011

Thesis: Modulated crystals of profilin: actin
Mentor: Gloria Borgstahl, Ph.D.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow,Dr. Michael Rossmann Laboratory, Department of Biological Sciences, Purdue University, Illinois

Juliati Rahajeng, Ph.D.

Juliati Rahajeng, Ph.D., July 2011

Thesis: The roles of Rab effectors and their interaction patterns in endocytic trafficking
Mentor: Steve Caplan, Ph.D.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Endocrinology and Metabolism - Dr. Palade Laboratory, University of California - San Diego

Sudhir Singh, Ph.D

Sudhir Singh, Ph.D. May 2011

Thesis: Relaxin activates PPARy through a pathway involving CREB and PGC1α
Mentor: Robert Bennett, Ph.D.
Current Position: Life Technologies, San Diego, California

Subhankar Chakraborty, Ph.D.

Subhankar Chakraborty, Ph.D., April 2011

Thesis: Novel insights into the molecular markers for early detection of pancreatic cancer
Mentor: Surinder K. Batra, Ph.D.
Current Position: Medical Resident, College of Medicine - UNMC

Dulce Maroni, Ph.D.

Dulce Maroni, Ph.D., April 2011

Thesis: Role of the transforming growth factor Beta 1 in the regression of the corpus luteum
Mentor: John Davis, Ph.D.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Mayumi Naramura Laboratory, Eppley Institute - UNMC

Christopher Connelly, Ph.D.Christopher Connelly, Ph.D., August 2010

Thesis: Mannose 6-phosphate/insulin-like growth factor II receptor: multivalent ligand interactions and effects on IGF2-dependent growth
Mentor: Richard MacDonald, Ph.D.
Current Position: Research and Development Scientist, Streck Laboratories, Omaha

Michelle Montgomery (Hartman), Ph.D.Michelle Montgomery (Hartman), Ph.D., August 2010

Thesis: Ligand binding and ectodomain shedding of the mannose 6-phosphate/insulin-like growth factor II response
Mentor: Richard MacDonald, Ph.D.
Current Position:Scientist, Aegis Food Testing Laboratory, North Sioux City, South Dakota

Michelle Lewallen (Behrens), Ph.D.Michelle Lewallen (Behrens), Ph.D., August 2010

Thesis: Insights into mechanisms of regulation of gene expression by the MUC1 cytoplasmic tail
Mentor: Tony Hollingsworth, Ph.D.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Stowers Institute, Kansas City

Harini Chakravarthy, Ph.D.Harini Chakravarthy, Ph.D., July 2010

Thesis: Identification and regulation of novel Sox2:Oct4 target genes in mouse embryonic stem cells
Mentor: Angie Rizzino, Ph.D.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Developmental Biology, Stanford School of Medicine

Razia Aziz-Seible, Ph.D.Razia Aziz-Seible, Ph.D., May 2010

Thesis: The role of cellular fibronectin in the promotion of alcohol-induced liver injury
Mentor: Carol Casey, Ph.D.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Osteoporosis Research Center, Creighton University

Shantibhusan Senapati, Ph.D.Shantibhusan Senapati, Ph.D., April 2010

Thesis: Mechanisms associated with MUC4-mediated metastasis of pancreatic cancer cells
Mentor: Surinder K. Batra, Ph.D.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher,Columbus Comprehensive Cancer Center, Ohio State University

Amit Tuli, Ph.D.Amit Tuli, Ph.D., September 2009

Thesis: Regulation of the major histocompatibility complex class I antigen presentation pathway by amyloid precursor-like protein 2
Mentor: Joyce C. Solheim, Ph.D.
Current Position:Ramanujan Fellow, IMTECH, India

Mahak Sharma, Ph.D.Mahak Sharma, Ph.D., September 2009

Thesis: Role of C-terminal EHDs and their interaction partners in endocytic trafficking
Mentor: Steve Caplan, Ph.D.
Current Position:Assistant Professor, Biology, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Mohali Knowledge City,Punjab, India

Shonali Deb, Ph.D.Shonali Deb, Ph.D., August 2009

Thesis: Molecular characterization of PD2/Paf1 (RNA polymerase II-associated factor I)
Mentor: Surinder K. Batra, Ph.D.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard University

Sangeeta Bafna, Ph.D.Sangeeta Bafna, Ph.D., June 2009

Thesis: Functional studies of MUC4 mucin in pancreatic cancer
Mentor: Surinder K. Batra, Ph.D.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Vanderbilt University

Marko Jovic, Ph.D.Marko Jovic, Ph.D., May 2009

Thesis: Mechanisms of EHD1-mediated endocytic recycling
Mentor: Steve Caplan, Ph.D.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, National Institutes of Health