Alumni
2016
Neha Zutshi, PhD
Advisor: Dr. Hamid Band
Dissertation: The Role of CBL Family of E3 Ubiquitin Ligases in Intestinal Epithelial Homeostasis
Lee Jaramillo, MS
Advisor: Dr. Nora Chapman
Thesis: Role of Stemloop D in Terminally Deleted Coxsackievirus B3 Replication
Matthew Dale, PhD
Advisor: Dr. B. Timothy Baxter
Dissertation: M1 Macrophage Polarization by Elastin-Derived Peptides Drives Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Formation
Derek Moormeier, PhD
Advisor: Dr. Ken Bayles
Dissertation: Spatiotemporal Control of Staphylococcus aureus Biofilm Development
2015
Weiwei Zhang, PhD
Advisor: Dr. Wing-Chung (John) Chan
Co-advisor: Dr. Kai Fu
Dissertation: The Role of Genetic Alterations in Tumor Initiation, Progression and Transformation
Abhilasha Purohit, PhD
Advisor: Dr. Rakesh Singh
Dissertation: The Role of CXCR2 in Pancreatic Cancer Development and Progression
Shane Smithee, PhD
Advisor: Dr. Nora Chapman
Dissertation: Characterization of The Replication of Coxsackievirus B3 with A Mutationally Disrupted CRE(2C)
Mohammad Awaji, MS
Advisor: Dr. Catherine Gebhart
Track: Clinical Laboratory Science
Vivek Mahajan, PhD
Advisor: Dr. Alexander Kabanov
Dissertation: Role of Macrophages on Muscle Transfection with pDNA/Pluronic Formulation
Cortney Heim, PhD
Advisor: Dr. Tammy Kielian
Dissertation: Myeloid-derived suppressor cells contribute to subversion of innate immunity during Staphylococcus aureus biofilm infection
Lin Zhang, PhD
Advisor: Dr. Jixin Dong
Dissertation: Role of Hippo-YAP Signaling In Mitosis and Prostate Cancer
Qamra Alqahtani, MS
Advisor: Dr. Allison Cushman-Vokoun
Track: Clinical Laboratory Science
Yinshi Yue, MS
Advisor: Dr. Kaihong Su
Thesis: Identification of Novel Autoantibodies for Lupus Nephritis
Sohinee Bhattacharyya, PhD
Advisor: Dr. Hamid Band
Dissertation: Role of the Endocytic Recycling Regulator EHD1 in Mammalian Development
Dallas Jones, PhD
Advisor: Dr. Zhixin (Jason) Zhang
Dissertation: Pax5 negatively regulates B lineage cell proliferation through inhibition of D cyclin expression
McKenzie Lehman, PhD
Advisor: Dr. Ken Bayles
Dissertation: Molecular mechanism of LytSR signal transduction during biofilm formation
2014
Katherine Maliszewski, PhD
Advisor: Dr. Paul Fey
Dissertation: Study of competence for DNA transformation in Staphylococcus aureus
Aqilah Alelew, MS
Advisor: Dr. Peter Iwen
Track: Clinical Laboratory Science
Song Li, PhD
Advisor: Dr. Kaihong Su
Dissertation: Study of Plasma Cell Repertoire in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Rheumatoid Arthritis
Carolyn Schaeffer, PhD
Advisor: Dr. Paul Fey
Dissertation: Contribution of accumulation-associated protein to Staphylococcus epidermidis virulence
Austin Nuxoll, PhD
Advisor: Dr. Paul Fey
Dissertation: Arginine Biosynthesis in Staphylococcus aureus
Hesham Hassan, PhD
Advisors: Dr. Rakesh Singh and Dr. Bhavana Dave
Dissertation: TP73 in Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Pathogenesis and Therapy
Shuping Yang, PhD
Advisor: Dr. Jixin Dong
Dissertation: Novel Phosphorylation of HIPPO-YAP Signaling Pathway Controls its Oncogenic Activity
Casey Gries, PhD
Advisor: Dr. Ken Bayles
Dissertation: Life or Death: Maintaining Bacterial Homeostasis
Abdulaziz Alhazmi, MS
Advisor: Dr. Nora Chapman
Thesis: Detection of Enteroviruses Persistence in Pancreas, Spleen and Heart
Juan Xiong, PhD
Advisor: Dr. Tammy Kielian
Dissertation: Aberrant Microglia and Inflammasome Function in Juvenile Batten Disease
Yenis Gutierrez-Murgas, MS
Advisor: Dr. Jessica Snowden
Thesis: Staphylococcus epidermidis biofilm infection induces an anti-inflammatory response
Hongyan Liao, PhD
Advisor: Dr. Zhixin (Jason) Zhang
Dissertation: Analyses of the Functional Antibody Repertoire in HIV-infected Individuals
Wanqin Xie, PhD
Advisor: Dr. Zhixin (Jason) Zhang
Dissertation: Molecular Regulation of V(D)J Recombination by Subnuclear Targeting of the RAG and NHEJ Factors
Tess E. Kuenstling, PhD
Advisor: Steven Hinrichs
Dissertation: Characterization of Influenza Hemagglutinin Vaccine Immunogenicity and Identification of Novel Anti-Influenza Therapeutics
Vinee Purohit, PhD
Advisor: Dr. Pankaj Singh
Dissertation: Mechanistic Insights into the Metabolic Aspects of Therapy Resistance in Pancreatic Cancer