Alumni

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(Position listed is the last known position)

Michael Trevarrow, PhD
Advisor: Max Kurz, PhD
April 23, 2021
"The Neurological Abnormalities of the BRain and Spinal Cord in Individuals with Cerebral Palsy"
Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, NE

Denise Cobb, PhD
Advisor: Howard E. Gendelman, MD
April 22, 2021
"Development of Long-Acting Tenofovir Protide Nanoformulations"
Position:

Katherine Odegaard, PhD
Advisor: Sowmya Yelamanchili, PhD
April 15, 2021
"In utero and Post Natal Oxycodone Exposure: Implications for Intergenerational Effects"
 

Rachel Spooner, PhD
Advisor: Tony Wilson, PhD
March 25, 2021
"Neural Osscillatory Activity Serving Sensorimotor Control is Regulated by the Mitochondrial Redox Environment in Health and Disease"
Position: Postdoctoral Research fellow, Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, NE

Brandon Lew, PhD
Advisor: Tony Wilson, PhD
February 24, 2021
"Multimodal Neuroimaging of HIV and Aging"
Position: Medical School, UNMC

Mohannad Almikhlafi, PhD
Advisor: Howard Fox, MD, PhD
March 26, 2020
"Characterization of Novel Animal Models of Parkinson's Disease"
Position: Assistant Professor, Taibah University, Saudi Arabia

Alex Wiesman, PhD
Advisor: Tony Wilson, PhD,
March 25, 2020
"Dynamic Oscillatory Interactions between neural Attention and Sensorimotor Systems"
Position: Instructor, Department of Neurological Sciences, UNMC

Brady Sillman, PhD
Advisor: Howard E. Gendelman, MD
April 19, 2019
"Development of a Long-Acting Nanoformulation of Dolutegravir for Prevention and Treatment of HIV-1 Infection"
Position: Post-doc fellow, Howard E. Gendelman's laboratory, UNMC

Ibrahim Ibrahim, MD, PhD
Advisor:  Howard E. Gendelman, MD
April 18, 2019
"Synthesis of a long-acting emtricitabine prodrug Nanoformulation"
Position:Assistant professor in the department of pharmacology, college of medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Christopher Woldstad, PhD
Advisor: Howard E. Gendelman, MD and Yutong Liu, PhD
April 16, 2019
"Human Immunodeficiency Virus Theranostics"


Nathan Smith, PhD
Advisor: Howard E. Gendelman, MD
April 15, 2019
"Polymer and Medicinal Chemistry to Generate Novel Long-Acting Antiretroviral Nanoformulations"
Position: Post-doc fellow, Howard E. Gendelman's and Benson Edagwa's laboratory, UNMC

Runze Zhao, PhD
Advisor: Jialin Zheng, MD
March 11, 2019
"Novel antiviral effect of ONC201 and its potential application in HIV_1 eradication"
Position: 3rd year medical student, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, China

Justin Grassmeyer, PhD
Advisor: Wallace Thoreson, PhD
December 12, 2018
"Mechanisms of Calcium Dependent Neurotransmission in Photoreceptors"
Position: Third year medical student, UNMC
In the News: Research team makes ophthalmology breakthrough

Hassan Alsaad, PhD
Advisor: Daniel Monaghan, PhD
November 28, 2018
"Neuronal and glial Expression of BluN2C and BluN2D NMDA Receptor Subunit mRNA in Different Regions of the Mouse Forebrain"

Niming Wu, PhD
Advisor:  Howard S. Fox, MD, PhD
November 27, 2018
"Sequence-Specific Extracellular MicroRNAs Activate TLR7"
Position: Department of Anesthesiology, Shanghai Ninth People's Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Center for Specialty Strategy Research of Shanghai Jiao Tong University China Hospital Development Institute, Shanghai

Jeffrey Moffett, PhD
Advisor: Woo-Yang Kim, PhD
July 26, 2018
"ARID1B and MACF1 in Murine Brain Development and Behavior"
Position:  Post-Doc, Neurology, University of California, San Francisco

Xiangyi Wen, PhD
Advisor: Wallace Thoreson, PhD
May 2, 2018
"Properties of Synaptic Transmission from Rods and Cones in the Outer Plexiform Layer of the Vertebrate Retina"
Position: Residency, department of ophthalmology, West China Hospital, Chengdu, Sichuan, China

Rebecca Wilshushen, PhD
Advisor: R. Lee Mosley, PhD
February 14, 2018
"T Cell Mediated Immunity in a Model of Parkinson's Disease"

Katherine Olson-Johnson, PhD
Advisor: Howard E. Gendelman, MD
November 28, 2017
"Evaluation of Immune Modulating Therapies for the Treatment of Parkinson's Disease"
Position: Instructor, Laboratory of Dr. Howard E. Gendelman, UNMC, Omaha, Nebraska

Charles Schutt, PhD
Advisor: R. Lee Mosley, PhD
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: Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Laboratory of Dr. Eynav Klechevsky, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

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

Megan Bosch, PhD
Advisor: Tammy Kielian, PhD
September 21, 2017
"Novel therapeutic approaches for Juvenile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis"
Position: Post-doctoral Research Associate, Department of Pathology/Microbiology, UNMC, Omaha, Nebraska

Nicholas Dekorver, PhD
Advisor: Stephen Bonasera, MD, PhD
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, PhD
Advisor: Huangui Xiong, MD, PhD
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, PhD
Advisor: Larisa Poluektova, MD, PhD
March 10, 2017
"Development of dual reconstituted humanized mice for studies of HIV-1 neuropathogenesis"
Position: Norwalk Hospital Internal Medicine, Norwalk, Connecticut

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

Han Liu, PhD
Advisor: Huangui Xiong, PhD
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, PhD
Advisor: Shilpa Buch, PhD
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, PhD
Advisor: Jialin Zheng, PhD
June 22, 2016
"The Role of Glutaminase and Extracellular Vesicles in Macrophages and Microglia"
Position: Medical student, Chinese University

Emily Harrison, PhD
Advisor: Howard Fox, PhD
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, PhD
Advisor: Wallace Thoreson, PhD
January 25, 2016
"Mechanisms of inhibitory feedback from horizontal cells to cone photoreceptors"
Position: Post Doctoral Research Associate, UNMC

Aditya Bade, PhD
Advisor: Howard E. Gendelman, PhD
December 4, 2015
"Development of Manganese-Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MEMRI) Methods to Study Pathophysiology Underlying Neurodegenerative Diseases in Murine Models "
Position: Instructor, Laboratory of Dr. Howard E. Gendelman, UNMC, Omaha, Nebraska

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

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

Shawna Woollard, PhD
Advisor: Georgette Kanmogne, PhD
August 12, 2015
"CCR5 and the blood-brain barrier during HIV-1 infection and cell-cell communications"

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

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

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

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

Benjamin C. Reiner, PhD
Advisor: Anna Dunaevsky, PhD
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, PhD
Advisor: Howard E. Gendelman, MD
March 18, 2015
"In vitro and in vivo evaluation of the nanoART carrying macrophage”
Position: Yale University Medical School

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

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

Danielle Fenster, PhD
Advisor:  Howard S. Fox, MD, PhD
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, PhD
Advisor:  Keshore Bidasee, PhD
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, PhD
Advisor: Wallace Thoreson
October 30, 2014
"Vesicle exocytosis from rod photoreceptor synapses"
Position: Post-doc, James R. Goldenring, MD, PhD, Vanderbilt University

Gang Zhang, PhD
Advisory: Howard E. Gendelman, MD
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, PhD
Advisor: Howard E. Gendelman, MD
August  26, 2014
"Brain Metabolomics in the Humanized Mouse Model of HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Dysfunction"
Position: 3rd year Medical Student, UNMC

Philip Purnell, PhD
Advisor: Howard Fox, MD, PhD
August 15, 2014
"Mediators of Neuronal Autophagy and Mitochondria"
Position:  Resident, West Virginia University SOM

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

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

Max Kuenstling, MS
Advisor: R Lee Mosley, PhD
Position: Grants Program Coordinator, UNMC Vice Chancellor for Research

Lance Villeneuve, PhD
Advisor: Howard Fox, MD, PhD
April 22, 2014
"The role of mitochondria in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disease"

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

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

Jianxun (Jensen) Xia, PhD
Advisor: Huangui Xiong, MD, PhD
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, PhD
Advisor: Howard Fox, MD, PhD
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, PhD
Advisor: Howard Fox, MD, PhD
November 18, 2013
"Inflammatory factors reduce neuronal autophagy"
Position: Chemical Analyst, Corbion

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

Amrita Datta Chaudhuri, PhD
Advisor: Howard Fox, MD, PhD
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, PhD
Advisor: Tammy Kielian, PhD
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, PhD
Advisor:  Keshore Bidasee, PhD
April 28, 2013
"Reactive Carbonyl Species and Cardiovascular Complications during Diabetes"
Position: Post-Doc Research Associate, UNeMed

Anna Brynskikh Boyum, PhD
Advisor: Alexander Kabanov, PhD
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, PhD
Advisor: Howard E. Gendelman, MD
April 16, 2012
"Immunophenotyping, Behavior and Therapeutic Efficacy Testing in Experimental Models and in Parkinson's Disease"
Position:  Post-Doc Fellow, Kings College London (2015-present)

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

Agnes Constantino Lenagh, PhD
Advisor: Jialin Zheng, MD
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, PhD
Advisor:  Myron Toews, PhD
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, PhD
Advisor:  Wallace Thoreson, PhD
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, MD, PhD
Advisor: Howard E. Gendelman, MD
March 31, 2011
"Development of a Macrophage-Mediated Delivery System for Crystalline Antiretroviral Nanoparticles"
Position: Principal of Arch Venture, Chicago, Illinois

 

Stephanie Kraft-Terry, PhD
Advisor:: Howard E. Gendelman, MD
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, PhD
Advisor: Wallace Thoreson, PhD
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, PhD
Advisor: John Davis, PhD
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, PhD
Advisor:  Jialin Zheng, MD
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, PhD
Advisor: David Bylund, PhD
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, PhD
Advisor: Anuja Ghorpade, PhD
August 14, 2009
"TIMP-1-mediated Neuroprotection in HIV-1 Infection of CNS"

Vivek Gautam, PhD
Advisor: Daniel Monaghan, PhD
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, PhD
Advisor: Howard E. Gendelman, MD
March 30, 2009
"Molecular Regulators of HIV-1 Pathogenesis"
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA

Dawn Eggert, PhD
Advisor: Howard E. Gendelman, MD
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, PhD
Advisor: Fredrick G. Hammel, PhD
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, PhD
Advisor: David Bylund, PhD
August 5, 2008
"Characterization of animal behavioral models using juvenile rats for screening antidepressant efficacy"
Position: Medical Student, UNMC

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

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

Karen Kassel, PhD
Advisor: Myron Toews, PhD
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