Current Graduate Students

Songita ChoudhurySongita Choudhury - 3rd year Ph.D. Student (M.D./Ph.D. Scholar)
B.S. (Electrical Engineering), California State University
Supervisor: Thomas R. Porter
Research Interest: Optimization of nanodroplets for myocardial ischemia and infarction detection

  • Choudhury SA, Xie F, Dayton PA, Porter TR. Acoustic Behavior of a Reactivated, Commercially Available Ultrasound Contrast Agent.  J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2017 Feb; (2):189-197.  Abstract
  • Porter TR, Choudhury SA, Xie F.  Utilization of diagnostic ultrasound and intravenous lipid-encapsulated perfluorocarbons in non-invasive targeted cardiovascular therapeutics.  J Ther Ultrasound. 2016 Jul 15; 4:18.  Abstract

Cassie Hays - 1st 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. 2017 Aug 18. 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 - 4th year Ph.D. Student
B.Med. Tongji University
Supervisor: Irving H. Zucker
Research Interest: Neurohormonal control in chronic heart failure
Cassandra Moshfegh - 1st 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

Michael PriceMichael Price - 4th year Ph.D. Student (M.D./Ph.D. Scholar)
B.S. (Pre-Med), Missouri Southern State University
Supervisor: Joseph H. Sisson
Research Interest: Regulation of airway cilia motility

  • Price ME, Pavlik JA, Sisson JH, Wyatt TA. Inhibition of protein phosphatase 1 reverses alcohol-induced ciliary dysfunction.  Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 308(6):L577-85, 2015. Abstract
  • Price ME, Pavlik JA, Liu M, Ding SJ, Wyatt TA, Sisson JH.  Alcohol drives S-nitrosylation and redox activation of protein phosphatase 1, causing bovine airway cilia dysfunction.  Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2017 Mar 1;312(3):L432-L439.  Abstract
Sarah Schlichte - 1st 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

 Salma Sharmin - 1st year Ph.D. IPMM StudentPicture of Salma Sharmin
B.S. & M.S. (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology), University of Dhaka
Supervisor: Hanjun Wang
Research Interest: TBA

  • Begum YA, Talukder KA, Azmi IJ, Shahnaij M, Sheikh A, Sharmin S, Svennerholm AM, Qadri F.  Resistance Pattern and Molecular Characterization of Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) Strains Isolated in Bangladesh.  PLoS One. 2016 Jul 18; 11(7):e0157415. Abstract
  • Chowdhury F, Mather AE, Begum YA, Asaduzzaman M, Baby N, Sharmin S, Biswas R, Uddin MI, LaRocque RC, Harris JB, Calderwood SB, Ryan ET, Clemens JD, Thomson NR, Qadri F.  Vibrio cholerae Serogroup O139: Isolation from Cholera Patients and Asymptomatic Household Family Members in Bangladesh between 2013 and 2014.  PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2015 Nov 12;9(11):e0004183. Abstract
Ahmed WafiAhmed Wafi - 3rd 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
Image to followBangchen Wang - 4th year Ph.D. Student (M.D./Ph.D. Scholar)
B.S. (Pre-Med), University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Supervisor: Steven C. Sansom
Research Interest: Regulation of K channels in the renal thick ascending limb

  • Wen D, Yuan Y, Cornelius RJ, Li H, Warner PC, Wang B, Wang-France J, Boettger T, Sansom SC. Deficient acid handling with distal RTA in the NBCe2 knockout mouse. Am J Physiol Renal Physiol 309(6):F523-30, 2015. Abstract
  • Wen D, Yuan Y, Warner PC, Wang B, Cornelius RJ, Wang-France J, Li H, Boettger T, Sansom SC. Increased epithelial sodium channel activity contributes to hypertension caused by Na+-HCO3 cotransporter electrogenic 2 deficiency. Hypertension 66(1):68-74, 2015. Abstract 
  • Cornelius RJ, Wang B, Wang-France J, Sansom SC.  Maintaining K balance on the low Na, high K diet.  Am J Physiol Renal Physiol. 2016  Abstract
  • Wang B, Wen D, Li H, Wang-France J, Sansom SC. Net K+ secretion in the thick ascending limb of mice on a low-Na, high-K diet. Kidney Int. 2017 Oct; 92(4):864-875. Abstract
Zhiqiu (Claire) Xia - 2nd 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