Alumni

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(Position listed is the last known position)

Justin Grassmeyer, Ph.D.
Advisory Wallace Thoreson, Ph.D.
December 12, 2018
Mechanisms of Calcium Dependent Neurotransmission in Photoreceptors
Position: third year medical student, UNMC

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

Niming Wu, Ph.D.
Advisor:  Howard S. Fox, M.D., Ph.D.
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, Ph.D.
Advisor: Woo-Yang Kim, Ph.D.
July 26, 2018
ARID1B and MACF1 in Murine Brain Development and Behavior
Position:  University of California, San Francisco

Xiangyi Wen, Ph.D.
Advisor: Wallace Thoreson, Ph.D.
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, Ph.D.
Advisor: R. Lee Mosley, Ph.D.
February 14, 2018
T Cell Mediated Immunity in a Model of Parkinson's Disease
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: Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Laboratory of Dr. Howard E. Gendelman, UNMC, Omaha, Nebraska

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: Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Laboratory of Dr. Eynav Klechevsky, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

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: Post-doctoral Research Associate, Department of Pathology/Microbiology, UNMC, Omaha, Nebraska

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, Kings College London (2015-present)

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