Alumni

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(Position listed is the last known position)

Katherine Olson, Ph.D.
Advisor: Howard E. Gendelman, M.D.
November 28, 2017
"Evaluation of Immune Modulating Therapies for the Treatment of Parkinson's Disease"
Position:

Charles Schutt, Ph.D.
Advisor: R. Lee Mosley, Ph.D.
November 22, 2017
"Effects of GM-CSF on Dendritic Cells and Regulatory T cells in Parkinson's Disease Patients and Models of Parkinson's Disease"
Position:

Li Yuan, Ph.D.
Advisor: Jyothi Arikkath, Ph.D.
October 5, 2017
"A role for proteolytic regulation of δ-catenin in spine remodeling"
Position:

Megan Bosch, Ph.D.
Advisor: Tammy Kielian, Ph.D.
September 21, 2017
"Novel therapeutic approaches for Juvenile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis"
Position:

Nicholas Dekorver, Ph.D.
Advisor: Stephen Bonasera, M.D., Ph.D.
June 15, 2017
"Pattern recognition receptors, immune proteins, and NF-kB signaling regulate behaviors associated with aging phenotypes"
Position: 3rd year medical student, UNMC

Enquan Xu, Ph.D.
Advisor: Huangui Xiong, M.D., Ph.D.
May 5, 2017
"Inflammasome activation by methamphetamine potentiates lipopolysaccharide stimulation of IL-1β production in microglia"
Position: Post-Doctoral research fellow, Johns Hopkins University/School of Medicine
Research Fellow, Institute for Cell Engineering

Weizhe Li, Ph.D.
Advisor: Larisa Poluektova, M.D., Ph.D.
March 10, 2017
"Development of dual reconstituted humanized mice for studies of HIV-1 neuropathogenesis"
Position: Norwalk Hospital Internal Medicine, Norwalk, Connecticut

Kiran Sapkota, Ph.D.
Advisor: Daniel Monaghan, Ph.D.
November 30, 2016
"Target validation and pharmacological characterization of novel NMDAR modulators"
Position: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, UNMC

Han Liu, Ph.D.
Advisor: Huangui Xiong, Ph.D.
August 5, 2016
"Voltage-gated K+ Channels and HIV-1-induced Neural Injury: Implications for Pathogenesis of HIV-1-associated Neurocognitive Disorders"
Position: Resident, The First affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University

Yu Cai, Ph.D.
Advisor: Shilpa Buch, Ph.D.
June 23, 2016
"Molecular mechanisms involved in neurotoxicity mediated by HIV proteins and drug abuse"
Position: Medical student, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, School of Medicine

Beiqing Wu, Ph.D.
Advisor: Jialin Zheng, Ph.D.
June 22, 2016
"The Role of Glutaminase and Extracellular Vesicles in Macrophages and Microglia"
Position: Medical student, Chinese University

Emily Harrison, Ph.D.
Advisor: Howard Fox, Ph.D.
April 20, 2016
"Expression and function of inflammation-associated miRNAs in traumatic brain injury"
Position: Post Doctoral Research Fellow, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Ted Warren, Ph.D.
Advisor: Wallace Thoreson, Ph.D.
January 25, 2016
"Mechanisms of inhibitory feedback from horizontal cells to cone photoreceptors"
Position: Post Doctoral Research Associate, UNMC

Aditya Bade, Ph.D.
Advisor: Howard E. Gendelman, Ph.D.
December 4, 2015
"Development of Manganese-Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MEMRI) Methods to Study Pathophysiology Underlying Neurodegenerative Diseases in Murine Models "
Position: Research Associate, UNMC

Ariel Burns, Ph.D.
Advisor: Pawel Ciborowski, Ph.D.
November 5, 2015
"Acute Methamphetamine Exposure Effects Histone Modifying Enzymes and Cytokine Production in Macrophages"
Position: Quest Diagnostics

Kristi (Anderson) Chase, Ph.D.
Advisor: R. Lee Mosley, Ph.D.
September 11, 2015
"Compensatory Mechanisms Under Dopaminergic Loss in Mouse Models of Parkinson's Disease"
Position: Medical Liason, Sanofi Genzyme

Shawna Woollard, Ph.D.
Advisor: Georgette Kanmogne, Ph.D.
August 12, 2015
"CCR5 and the blood-brain barrier during HIV-1 infection and cell-cell communications"
Position: Post Doctoral Research Associate, UNMC

Xiaohuan Xia, Ph.D.
Advisor: Iqbal Ahmad, Ph.D.
August 6, 2015
"The involvement of miRNAs in the regulation of RPCs"
Position: Post Doctoral fellow, UNMC

Yi Wang, Ph.D.
Advisor:  Jialin Zheng, M.D.
July 31, 2015
"Role of Glutaminase 1 in HIV-1 Associated Neurocognitive Disorders"
Position: Post Doctoral Research Associate, UNMC

Karlene Cork, Ph.D.
Advisor:  Wallace Thoreson, Ph.D.
July 28, 2015
"Characteristics of exocytosis and endocytosis in photoreceptors"
Position: Post Doctoral Research Associate, Wallace Thoreson, Ph.D. Laboratory, UNMC

Tianyzi Li, Ph.D.
Advisor: Howard E. Gendelman, M.D.
July 17, 2015
"Targeted Magnetite Tissue Delivery for antiretroviral pharmacokinetics"

Benjamin C. Reiner, Ph.D.
Advisor: Anna Dunaevsky, Ph.D.
April 15, 2015
“Experience-dependent synaptic structural plasticity in a mouse model of Fragile X Syndrome”
Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Perelman School or Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Andrea L. Martinez-Skinner, Ph.D.
Advisor: Howard E. Gendelman, M.D.
March 18, 2015
"In vitro and in vivo evaluation of the nanoART carrying macrophage”
Position: Yale University Medical School

Lu Yang, Ph.D.
Advisor: Shilpa Buch, Ph.D.
March 16, 2015
“ER stress mediated astrogliosis in HAND: Involvement of IP3R2”
Position: Post Doctoral Fellow, UNMC

Pavan Puligujja, Ph.D.
Advisor: Howard E. Gendelman, M.D.
January 16, 2015
"Cell-targeted Antiretroviral nanoformulations: Translational Studies in Mice"
Position:  Sr. Scientist- Formulations, Longevity Biotech

Danielle Fenster, Ph.D.
Advisor:  Howard S. Fox, M.D., Ph.D.
December 3, 2014
“Bioinformatics analyses of macrophage transcriptome profiles following HIV infection, cART, and METH treatments”
Position: Science Instructor, Creighton Prep High School, Omaha, NE

Fadhel Al-Omar, Ph.D.
Advisor:  Keshore Bidasee, Ph.D.
November 13, 2014
“Targeted Glyoxlase-1 Gene Transfer to Prevent CNS Complications in Diabetes”
Position: Assistant Professor, Medicine College, University of Damman, Damman City, Saudi Arabia

Minghui Chen, Ph.D.
Advisor: Wallace Thoreson
October 30, 2014
"Vesicle exocytosis from rod photoreceptor synapses"
Position: Post-doc, James R. Goldenring, M.D., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Gang Zhang, Ph.D.
Advisory: Howard E. Gendelman, M.D.
August 27, 2014
"Characterization and Regulation of NanoART Endosomal Trafficking"
Position: Post-doc fellow, Stephen Spector's laboratory, University of California, San Diego

Adrian Epstein, Ph.D.
Advisor: Howard E. Gendelman, M.D.
August  26, 2014
"Brain Metabolomics in the Humanized Mouse Model of HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Dysfunction"
Position: 3rd year Medical Student, UNMC

Philip Purnell, Ph.D.
Advisor: Howard Fox, M.D., Ph.D.
August 15, 2014
"Mediators of Neuronal Autophagy and Mitochondria"
Position:  Resident, West Virginia University SOM

Qiang Chen, Ph.D.
Advisor:  Jialin Zheng, M.D.
August 15, 2014
"CXCR7 Mediated Neural Progenitor Cell Migration and Signaling in the Absence of CXCR4"
Position: Drug Safety Scientist, Merck, China

Yongxiang Wang, Ph.D.
Advisor: Jialin Zheng, M.D.
August 1, 2014
"The Application of Cell Reprogramming in Parkinson's Disease"
Position: Shandong Provincial Hospital, Shandong, China

Max Kuenstling, M.S.
Advisor: R Lee Mosley, Ph.D.
Position: Grants Program Coordinator, UNMC Vice Chancellor for Research

Lance Villeneuve, Ph.D.
Advisor: Howard Fox, M.D., Ph.D.
April 22, 2014
"The role of mitochondria in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disease"
 Position:  Medical Student, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Nicole Haverland, Ph.D.
Advisor: Pawel Ciborowski, Ph.D.
April 7, 2014
"Proteomic alterations of the macrophage following HIV-1 infection and methamphetamine exposure"
Position:  Post-doc, Northwestern University

Lisa Kosloski Bilek, Ph.D.
Advisor: Howard E. Gendelman, M.D.
December 6, 2013
"Immune Modulation for Parkinson's Disease"
Position: Medical Science Liaison, AssureRx Health

Jianxun (Jensen) Xia, Ph.D.
Advisor: Huangui Xiong, M.D., Ph.D.
November 20, 2013
"An electrophysiological study of roles of d-serine and synergistic effects between gp120 and methamphetamine in the pathogenesis of HIV-1 associated neuronal dysfunction"
Position: Postdoc, City University of New York

Jessica Winkler, Ph.D.
Advisor: Howard Fox, M.D., Ph.D.
November 22, 2013
"Systems Biology as a tool to Elucidate Differentiation and Disease"
Position: Post Doc, Plant Genetics Laboratory, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Carly Ninemire Bycenski, Ph.D.
Advisor: Howard Fox, M.D., Ph.D.
November 18, 2013
"Inflammatory factors reduce neuronal autophagy"
Position: Chemical Analyst, Corbion

Poornima Suresh, M.S.
Advisor: Alexander V. Kabanov, Ph.D., Dr. Sci.
July 30, 2013
"Nanozymes for the delivery of superoxide dismutase 1 to the brain"
Position: American Journal Experts

Amrita Datta Chaudhuri, Ph.D.
Advisor: Howard Fox, M.D., Ph.D.
May 30, 2013
"Role of microRNA-142 in Human Immunodeficiency Virus 1-Associated Neurocognitive Disorders"
Position:  Post-doc Fellow, Dr. Eunsung Junn's laboratory, Rutgers University

Richa Hanamsagar, Ph.D.
Advisor: Tammy Kielian, Ph.D.
April 30, 2013
"Role of the Inflammasome in the Pathogenesis and Immune Responses to Staphylococcus Aureus Infection in the Central Nervous System"
Position: Post-Doc, Dr. Staci Bilbo's laboratory, Duke University Medical School.

Caronda Moore, Ph.D.
Advisor:  Keshore Bidasee, Ph.D.
April 28, 2013
"Reactive Carbonyl Species and Cardiovascular Complications during Diabetes"
Position: Post-Doc Research Associate, UNeMed

Anna Brynskikh Boyum, Ph.D.
Advisor: Alexander Kabanov, Ph.D.
February 6, 2013
"Block Ionomer Complexes of Antioxidant Enzymes (Nanozymes) As Therapeutics for Neurologic Disorders"
Position:  Managing Editor "American Journal of Ophthalmology - Case Reports"

Jessica Hutter-Saunders, Ph.D.
Advisor: Howard E. Gendelman, M.D.
April 16, 2012
"Immunophenotyping, Behavior and Therapeutic Efficacy Testing in Experimental Models and in Parkinson's Disease"
Position:  Post-Doc Fellow, Dr. Jorg Goronzy's laboratory, Department of Medicine, Division of Immunology and Rheumatology, Stanford University

David Stone, MD, Ph.D.
Advisor: Howard E. Gendelman, M.D.
April 9, 2012
"Neuroimmune Regulation in Models of Neurodegenerative Diseases"
Position:  House Officer, Internal Med Education, UNMC

Agnes Constantino Lenagh, Ph.D.
Advisor: Jialin Zheng, M.D.
November 18, 2011
"HIV-1 Clades B and C Infection Disparity in Macrophages: Potential Relevance to HIV-1 Neuropathogenesis"
Position:  Post-Doc Research Associate, UNeMED

Puttappa R. Dodmane, Ph.D.
Advisor:  Myron Toews, Ph.D.
July 5, 2011
"Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Activation and Regulation by an Aqueous Extract of Hogbarn Dust in Airway Epithelial Cells"
Position:  Senior Research Associate, Department of Pathology and Microbiology, UNMC

Aaron Mercer, Ph.D.
Advisor:  Wallace Thoreson, Ph.D.
April 22, 2011
Architecture of the Photoreceptor Ribbon Synapse: L-type Voltage-Gated Calcium Channel Mobility and the Role of Cholesterol in Neurotransmission
Position: Post-Doc Research Fellow, Departments of Molecular & Integrative Physiology and Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Ari Nowacek, M.D., Ph.D.
Advisor: Howard E. Gendelman, M.D.
March 31, 2011
"Development of a Macrophage-Mediated Delivery System for Crystalline Antiretroviral Nanoparticles"
Position: Resident, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

Stephanie Kraft-Terry, Ph.D.
Advisor:: Howard E. Gendelman, M.D.
March 28, 2011
"Dynamics of the monocyte-macrophage proteome during differentiation and HIV-1 infection" 
Position: Junior Specialist-Academic Advising and Assessment, Department of Biology, University of Hawaii, Manoa

Theodore (Ted) Bartoletti, Ph.D.
Advisor: Wallace Thoreson, Ph.D.
September 23, 2010
"Synaptic Strength at the Photoreceptor Ribbon Synapse: Vesicle Pools, CA (2+) Channel Number and Vesicular Glutamate Concentration"
Position: Post-Doc Research Fellowship, Hotchkiss Brain Institutes, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. 

Lynn Roy, Ph.D.
Advisor: John Davis, Ph.D.
November 16, 2009
"Cross-Talk between cAMP/PKA and GSK3-b/b-Catenin Signaling in Corpus Luteum Progesterone Sythesis"
Position: Notre Dame’s Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic; currently a student in the University of Notre Dame’s Master of Science in Patent Law program

Nicholas Whitney, Ph.D.
Advisor:  Jialin Zheng, M.D.
November 6, 2009
"The Role of Calcium-permeable AMPA Receptors Containing Q/R-unedited GluR2 Subunits in Neurogenesis"
Position:  Post-Doc Fellow, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Megan Montgomery, Ph.D.
Advisor: David Bylund, Ph.D.
August 24, 2009
"Binding and Functional Properties of the Alpha-2C-Del322-325 Adrenergic Receptor Polymorphis"
Position: Post-Doc Fellow, Division of Cardiology, University of California San Francisco (UCSF), San Francisco, California (Dr. Paul Simpson)

Clara Chao, Ph.D.
Advisor: Anuja Ghorpade, Ph.D.
August 14, 2009
"TIMP-1-mediated Neuroprotection in HIV-1 Infection of CNS"

Vivek Gautam, Ph.D.
Advisor: Daniel Monaghan, Ph.D.
July 7, 2009
"Identification of NMDA Receptor Subunit NR2D-Associated Signal Transduction Pathways: Novel Insights into Synaptic Plasticity and Excitotoxicity"
Position: Instructor, Department of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital

Sugato Banerjee, Ph.D.
Advisor: Howard E. Gendelman, M.D.
March 30, 2009
"Molecular Regulators of HIV-1 Pathogenesis"
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA

Dawn Eggert, Ph.D.
Advisor: Howard E. Gendelman, M.D.
March 5, 2009
"Development of Adjuvant Therapies for HIV-1 Associated Dementia"
Position: Post-Doc Research Associate, Nebraska Center for Virology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Crystal Cordes, Ph.D.
Advisor: Fredrick G. Hammel, Ph.D.
December 4, 2008
"Nitrosylative and oxidative regulation of insulin-degrading enzyme"
Position: Post-Doc Fellow, Department of Surgery, VA Medical Center, Omaha, NE

Abbey Reed, Ph.D.
Advisor: David Bylund, Ph.D.
August 5, 2008
"Characterization of animal behavioral models using juvenile rats for screening antidepressant efficacy"
Position: Medical Student, UNMC

Nathan Erdmann, M.D., Ph.D.
Advisor: Jialin Zheng, M.D.
June 27, 2008
"Brain Inflammation and Glutaminase-Mediated Excitoxicity in HIV-Associated Dementia"
Position: Infectious Disease Fellow, University of Alabama, Birmingham

Jessica Gardner-Mercer, Ph.D.
Mentor: Anuja Ghorpade, Ph.D.
April 25, 2007
"Astrocyte-TIMP-1 Regulation in Neuroinflammation"
 
Position: Senior Technical Writer, University of Michigan Health System

Karen Kassel, Ph.D.
Advisor: Myron Toews, Ph.D.
April 23, 2007
"Regulation of EGF Receptors and Mitogenic Signaling by LPA and b2-Adrenergic Receptors in Airway Cells"
Position: Post-Doc fellow, Department of Pharmacology, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill