Current Graduate Students

Safwan Elkhatib

Safwan Elkhatib – 1st year Ph.D. IPMM student (M.D./Ph.D. Scholar)
B.S (Kinesiology & Health), Iowa State University
Supervisors:  Adam J. Case, Ph.D. and Kaushik P. Patel, Ph.D.
Research Interest: During states of increased sympathetic outflow (ie, psychological stress), how do neural and hormonal systems modulate the immune system?



Cassie Hays - 2nd year Ph.D. IPMM StudentPicture of Cassie Hays
B.S. (Biology), Doane College; M.S. (Physiology), UNMC
Supervisor: Wallace B. Thoreson
Research Interest: Retinal physiology

  • Hays CL, Okafor KC, Fan S, High R, Singh DP, Toris CB.  Consequences of Puberty on Efficacy of Intraocular Pressure-Lowering Drugs in Male Dutch-Belted Rabbits. J Ocul Pharmacol Ther. 2018 Jan/Feb; 34(1-2):76-84. Abstract
  • Toris CB, Fan S, Johnson TV, Camras LJ, Hays CL, Liu H, Ishimoto BM.  Aqueous Flow Measured by Fluorophotometry in the Mouse. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2016 Jul 1; 57(8):3844-52.  Abstract
  • Hays CL, Gulati V, Fan S, Samuelson TW, Ahmed II, Toris CB.  Improvement in outflow facility by two novel microinvasive glaucoma surgery implants.  Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2014 Mar 28; 55(3):1893-900. Abstract
  • Gulati V, Fan S, Hays CL, Samuelson TW, Ahmed II, Toris CB.  A novel 8-mm Schlemm's canal scaffold reduces outflow resistance in a human anterior segment perfusion model.  Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2013 Mar 5;54(3):1698-704. Abstract
May MaAnyun (May) Ma - 5th year Ph.D. Student
B.Med. Tongji University
Supervisor: Irving H. Zucker
Research Interest: The Interaction between Nrf2 and ACE2 in Angiotensin II-Induced Hypertension
Cassandra Moshfegh - 2nd year Ph.D. IPMM StudentPicture of Cassandra Moshfegh
B.S. (Biology), George Washington University
Supervisor: Adam J. Case
Research Interest: Studying the regulation of immune cell functions in psychological stress models
Sarah Schlichte - 2nd year Ph.D. IPMM StudentPicture of Sarah Schlichte
B.S. (Biology), Buena Vista University
Supervisor: Matthew C. Zimmerman
Research Interest: Nanoformulated superoxide dismutase (SOD) protein delivery
Ahmed WafiAhmed Wafi - 4th year Ph.D. Student
B.Med. (Medicine & Surgery), Jazan University; M.S. (Exercise Physiology), University of Louisville
Supervisor: Irving H. Zucker
Research Interest: Effect of exercise training on Nrf2 protein expression in the central nervous system during chronic heart failure
Zhiqiu (Claire) Xia - 3rd year Ph.D. IPMM Student Picture of Claire Xia
M.D. (Clinical Medicine) Sun Yat-Sen University
Supervisor: Hanjun Wang
Research Interest: Role of cardiac afferents in the cardiorenal axis in heart failure
  • Shanks J, Xia Z, Lisco SJ, Rozanski GJ, Schultz HD, Zucker IH, Wang HJ.  Sympatho-excitatory response to pulmonary chemosensitive spinal afferent activation in anesthetized, vagotomized rats.  Physiol Rep. 2018 Jun; 6 (12):e13742. Abstract