Current Graduate Students

Integrative Physiology & Molecular Medicine (IPMM) students


Weilun Ai
– 3rd year PhD IPMM student Weilun Ai
BS (Medicine), Jianghan University; MSc (Cell Biology), Capital Medical University
Supervisor:  Saraswathi Viswanathan
Research Interest: Alcohol-associated liver disease and alcoholic cardiomyopathy.

  • Viswanathan Saraswathi, Narendra Kumar, Thiyagarajan Gopal, Saumya Bhatt, Weilun Ai, Carmen Ma, Geoffrey A Talmon , Cyrus Desouza. Lauric Acid versus Palmitic Acid: Effects on Adipose Tissue Inflammation, Insulin Resistance, and Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Obesity.  Biology (Basel). 2020 Oct 22; 9(11):346.  Abstract

Upendra Chalise – 4th year PhD IPMM student Upendra Chalise
B Pharmacy, Tribhuvan University
Supervisor:  Merry L. Lindsey
Research Interest: Studying potential resolution promoting factors which promotes wound healing after Myocardial infarction.

  • Tenkorang MAA, Chalise U, Daseke Ii MJ, Konfrst SR, Lindsey ML.  Understanding the mechanisms that determine extracellular matrix remodeling in the infarcted myocardium.  Biochem Soc Trans. 2019 Dec 20; 47(6):1679-1687.  Abstract
  • Daseke MJ 2nd, Tenkorang-Impraim MAA, Ma Y, Chalise U, Konfrst SR, Garrett MR, DeLeon-Pennell KY, Lindsey ML. Exogenous IL-4 shuts off pro-inflammation in neutrophils while stimulating anti-inflammation in macrophages to induce neutrophil phagocytosis following myocardial infarction. J Mol Cell Cardiol. 2020 Aug; 145:112-121. Abstract
  • Daseke MJ 2nd, Tenkorang MAA, Chalise U, Konfrst SR, Lindsey ML. Cardiac fibroblast activation during myocardial infarction wound healing: Fibroblast polarization after MI. Matrix Biol. 2020 Sep;91-92:109-116. Abstract

Deepan Chatterjee - 1st year PhD IPMM studentDeepan Chatterjee
BS/MS (Biotechnology), St. Xavier's College Kolkata
Supervisor: Robert E. Lewis, PhD
Research Interest: Understanding the potential roles of molecular scaffolds Kinase Suppressor of Ras 1 (KSR1) and KSR2 in Small cell lung cancer (SCLC).

Safwan Elkhatib – 4th year PhD IPMM student (MD/PhD Scholar)Safwan Elkhatib
BS (Kinesiology & Health), Iowa State University
Supervisors:  Adam J. Case and Kaushik P. Patel
Research Interest: Neuroimmune interactions in Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.

  • Elkhatib SK, Moshfegh CM, Watson GF, Case AJ. Peripheral inflammation is strongly linked to elevated zero maze behavior in repeated social defeat stress. Brain Behav Immun. 2020 Sep 2:S0889-1591(20)30827-8. Abstract
  • Elkhatib SK, Case AJ. Autonomic regulation of T-lymphocytes: Implications in cardiovascular disease. Pharmacol Res. 2019 Jun 6; 146:104293.  Abstract
  • Moshfegh CM, Elkhatib SK, Collins CW, Kohl AJ, Case AJ.  Autonomic and Redox Imbalance Correlates With T-Lymphocyte Inflammation in a Model of Chronic Social Defeat Stress.  Front Behav Neurosci. 2019 May 14; 13:103.  Abstract
  • Elkhatib SK, Neilsen BK, Sleightholm RL, Baine MJ, Zhen W.  A 47-year-old woman with nuclear protein in testis midline carcinoma masquerading as a sinus infection: a case report and review of the literature.  J Med Case Rep. 2019 Mar 11; 13(1):57.  Abstract
Adrian Flores - 3rd year PhD IPMM StudentAdrian Flores
BA (Biology), Roosevelt University
Supervisor: Gurudutt Pendyala
Research Interest: The vulnerability of pre and postnatal oxycodone exposed offspring to nicotine abuse.
  • Onajole OK, Lun S, Yun YJ, Langue DY, Jaskula-Dybka M, Flores A, Frazier E, Scurry AC, Zavala A, Arreola KR, Pierzchalski B, Ayitou AJ, Bishai WR. Design, synthesis, and biological evaluation of novel imidazo[1,2-a]pyridinecarboxamides as potent anti-tuberculosis agents. Chem Biol Drug Des. 2020 Dec; 96(6):1362-1371. PMID: 32515129. Abstract
  • Odegaard KE, Chand S, Wheeler S, Tiwari S, Flores A, Hernandez J, Savine M, Gowen A, Pendyala G, Yelamanchili SV. Role of Extracellular Vesicles in Substance Abuse and HIV-Related Neurological Pathologies. Int J Mol Sci. 2020 Sep 15; 21(18):E6765. PMID: 32942668.  Abstract

Austin Gowen - 2nd year PhD IPMM StudentAustin Gowen
BS (Biology), University of Nebraska - Omaha
Supervisor: Sowmya Yelamanchili
Research Interest: Pre-natal drug exposure and its impact on mild traumatic brain injury-related biological and behavioral sequelae

  • Shahjin F, Guda RS, Schaal VL, Odegaard K, Clark A, Gowen A, Xiao P, Lisco SJ, Pendyala G, Yelamanchili SV. Brain-Derived Extracellular Vesicle microRNA Signatures Associated with In Utero and Postnatal Oxycodone Exposure.  Cells 2019 Dec 19; 9(1):21.  Abstract
  • Gowen A, Shahjin F, Chand S, Odegaard KE, Yelamanchili SV. Mesenchymal Stem Cell-Derived Extracellular Vesicles: Challenges in Clinical Applications.  Front Cell Dev Biol. 2020 Mar 12; 8:149.  Abstract
  • Azadmanesh J, Gowen AM, Creger PE, Schafer ND, Blankenship JR. Filamentation Involves Two Overlapping, but Distinct, Programs of Filamentation in the Pathogenic Fungus Candida albicans.  G3 (Bethesda). 2017 Nov 6; 7(11):3797-3808.  Abstract
Taija Hahka - 3rd year PhD IPMM StudentTaija Hahka
BS (Biology), Doane College; MS (Physiology), UNMC
Supervisor: Hanjun Wang
Research Interest: Neural control & mechanisms that underlie cardiovascular and pulmonary responses; investigating diseases/disorders such as chronic heart failure, hypertension, COPD, & pain control.
  • Chapp AD, Behnke JE, Driscoll KM, Hahka T, LaLonde Z, Shan Z, Chen QH.  Elevated L-lactate Promotes Major Cellular Pathologies Associated with Neurodegenerative Diseases. Neurosci Bull. 2021 Mar; 37(3):380-384. Abstract
  • Hong J, Adam RJ, Gao L, Hahka T, Xia Z, Wang D, Nicholas TA, Zucker IH, Lisco SJ, Wang HJ. Macrophage activation in stellate ganglia contributes to lung injury-induced arrhythmogenesis in male rats. Acta Physiol (Oxf). 2021 Jun; 232(2):e13657. Abstract
Rana Kadry - 1st year PhD IPMM StudentRana Kadry
BPHARM, Zagazig University; BCCCP & MS (Pharmacy), University of Georgia
Research Interest: Cell signaling, Proteomics, Pulmonary diseases and clinical therapeutics
Kajal Kamra - 3rd year PhD IPMM StudentKamra Kajal
BS (Zoology), University of Delhi; MS (Physiology & Neuroscience), Wright State University
Supervisor: Hanjun Wang
Research Interest: Physiology and neural mechanisms that regulate breathe abnormality in acute lung injury condition.
Mane Polite Roneldine Mesidor - 2nd year PhD IPMM StudentMane Mesidor
BS (Biochemistry), Oklahoma Baptist University
Supervisor: Rebekah L. Gundry
Research Interest: Immunology and molecular biology
  • Wojtkiewicz M, Linda Berg Luecke L, Castro C, Burkovetskaya M, Mesidor  R, Gundry RL.  Bottom-up proteomic analysis of human adult cardiac tissue and isolated cardiomyocytes. J Mol Cell Cardiol. 2021 Aug 24; 162:20-31. PMID: 34437879.  Abstract

Corrine Monaco - 3rd year PhD IPMM StudentCorrine Monaco
BS (Zoology), State University of New York at Oswego
Supervisor: John S. Davis
Research Interest: Microenvironment of the ovarian corpus luteum and its changes during cyclic regression.
  • Van Hook MJ, Monaco C, Bierlein ER, Smith JC. Neuronal and Synaptic Plasticity in the Visual Thalamus in Mouse Models of Glaucoma. Front Cell Neurosci. 2020; 14:626056.  Abstract
Cassandra Moshfegh - 5th year PhD IPMM StudentPicture of Cassandra Moshfegh
BS (Biology), George Washington University
Supervisor: Adam J. Case
Research Interest: Studying the regulation of immune cell functions in psychological stress models
  • Elkhatib SK, Moshfegh CM, Watson GF, Case AJ. Peripheral inflammation is strongly linked to elevated zero maze behavior in repeated social defeat stress. Brain Behav Immun. 2020 Sep 2:S0889-1591(20)30827-8. Abstract
  • Moshfegh CM, Case AJ. The Redox-Metabolic Couple of T Lymphocytes: Potential Consequences for Hypertension. Antioxid Redox Signal. 2020 Apr 30. Abstract
  • Yu Z, Swiercz AP, Moshfegh CM, Hopkins L, Wiaderkiewicz J, Speth RC, Park J, Marvar PJ.  Angiotensin II Type 2 Receptor-Expressing Neurons in the Central Amygdala Influence Fear-Related Behavior.  Biol Psychiatry. 2019 Dec 15;86(12):899-909.  Abstract
  • Moshfegh CM, Collins CW, Gunda V, Vasanthakumar A, Cao JZ, Singh PK, Godley LA, Case AJ.  Mitochondrial superoxide disrupts the metabolic and epigenetic landscape of CD4+ and CD8+ T-lymphocytes.  Redox Biol. 2019 Oct;27:101141. Abstract
  • Moshfegh CM, Elkhatib SK, Collins CW, Kohl AJ, Case AJ.  Autonomic and Redox Imbalance Correlates With T-Lymphocyte Inflammation in a Model of Chronic Social Defeat Stress.  Front Behav Neurosci. 2019 May 14; 13:103. Abstract
Delia Omar - 1st year PhD IPMM StudentDelia Omar
BS (Pharmacy); MS (Clinical Pharmacy) University of Jordan
Research Interest: Regenerative Medicine Applications in Cardiovascular Diseases, Stem Cell Therapy
Molly Schieber - 3rd year MD/PhD IPMM StudentMolly Schieber
MS, University of Nebraska-Omaha
Supervisor: Iraklis Pipinos
Research Interest: Peripheral Artery Disease and Capillaries in Chronic Disease

Other StudentsMustafa Albahrani

Mustafa Albahrani - 2nd year PhD BISB student
BS (Bioinformaitcs), University of Nebraska-Omaha; MS (Biochemistry) Georgetown University
Supervisor: Rebekah L. Gundry

Tyler Kambis

Tyler Kambis - 4th year PhD MGCB student
BS (Biology), Sheperd University
Supervisor: Paras Kumar Mishra
Research Interest: Diabetic cardiomyopathy
  • Kambis TN, Shahshahan HR, Kar S, Yadav SK, Mishra PK. Transgenic Expression of miR-133a in the Diabetic Akita Heart Prevents Cardiac Remodeling and Cardiomyopathy.Front Cardiovasc Med. 2019 Apr 24; 6:45. Abstract
  • Kar S, Shahshahan HR, Kambis TN, Yadav SK, Li Z, Lefer DJ, Mishra PK. Hydrogen Sulfide Ameliorates Homocysteine-Induced Cardiac Remodeling and Dysfunction. Front Physiol. 2019 May 24; 10:598. Abstract
  • Kar S, Kambis TN, Mishra PK. Hydrogen sulfide-mediated regulation of cell death signaling ameliorates adverse cardiac remodeling and diabetic cardiomyopathy. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2019 Jun 1; 316(6):H1237-H1252.  Abstract
  • Yadav SK, Kambis TN, Kar S, Park SY, Mishra PK. MMP9 mediates acute hyperglycemia-induced human cardiac stem cell death by upregulating apoptosis and pyroptosis in vitro. Cell Death Dis. 2020 Mar 13; 11(3):186.  Abstract
  • Kar S, Shahshahan HR, Hackfort BT, Yadav SK, Yadav R, Kambis TN, Lefer DJ, Mishra PK. Exercise Training Promotes Cardiac Hydrogen Sulfide Biosynthesis and Mitigates Pyroptosis to Prevent High-Fat Diet-Induced Diabetic Cardiomyopathy. Antioxidants (Basel). 2019 Dec 11; 8(12):638. Abstract
Michael John Daseke - PhD student, University of Mississippi Medical CenterJohn Daseke
BA (Biology), DePauw University
Supervisor: Merry L. Lindsey
  • Daseke MJ 2nd, Valerio FM, Kalusche WJ, Ma Y, DeLeon-Pennell KY, Lindsey ML. Neutrophil proteome shifts over the myocardial infarction time continuum. Basic Res Cardiol. 2019 Aug 15; 114(5):37. Abstract
  • Mouton AJ, Ma Y, Rivera Gonzalez OJ, Daseke MJ 2nd, Flynn ER, Freeman TC, Garrett MR, DeLeon-Pennell KY, Lindsey ML. Fibroblast polarization over the myocardial infarction time continuum shifts roles from inflammation to angiogenesis. Basic Res Cardiol. 2019 Jan 11; 114(2):6. Abstract
  • Kaminski AR, Moore ET, Daseke MJ 2nd, Valerio FM, Flynn ER, Lindsey ML. The compendium of matrix metalloproteinase expression in the left ventricle of mice following myocardial infarction. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2020 Mar 1; 318(3):H706-H714. Abstract
  • Daseke MJ 2nd, Tenkorang-Impraim MAA, Ma Y, Chalise U, Konfrst SR, Garrett MR, DeLeon-Pennell KY, Lindsey ML. Exogenous IL-4 shuts off pro-inflammation in neutrophils while stimulating anti-inflammation in macrophages to induce neutrophil phagocytosis following myocardial infarction. J Mol Cell Cardiol. 2020 Aug; 145:112-121. Abstract
  • Daseke MJ 2nd, Tenkorang MAA, Chalise U, Konfrst SR, Lindsey ML. Cardiac fibroblast activation during myocardial infarction wound healing: Fibroblast polarization after MI. Matrix Biol. 2020 Sep; 91-92:109-116. Abstract
Linda Berg Luecke - PhD student, Medical College of WisconsinLinda Berg Luecke
Supervisor: Rebekah L. Gundry
  • Berg Luecke L, Waas M, Gundry RL. Reliable Protocols for Flow Cytometry Analysis of Intracellular Proteins in Pluripotent Stem Cell Derivatives: A Fit-For-Purpose Approach.  Curr Protoc Stem Cell Biol. 2019 Sep;50(1):e94.  Abstract