MSTP | Meet Our Students

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Our current MSTP students come from across the nation and from a variety of private and public universities and liberal arts colleges. 

2017-2018 MSTP Students
Name Status PhD Specialization PI Research Topic/Thesis Title PhD Year
 Rebecca Abraham G1 Immunology      
 Saara-Anne Azizi G1 Chemistry      
 Anya Bershad M3 Integrative Neuroscience Harriet de Wit The Role of the Opioid System in Mediating Responses to Social Stimuli 2017
 Jeffrey Bunker G5   Immunology Albert Bendelac Commensal-Specific Immunoglobulin A  
 Daniel Camacho G4 Immunology Anne Sperling Mechanisms of IL-33 and IRF4-dependent airway inflammation  
 Sofija Canavan G4 Computational Neuroscience Dan Margoliash The role of sleep in the initiation, learning and maintenance of bird song  
 Benjamin Casterline   Immunology Julie Wardenburg Niche establishment by Bacteroides fragilis  
 Meytal Chernoff G1 Public Health Sciences      
 Justin Chew M2 Genetics, Genomics & Systems Biology Mike Rust The role of environmental noise in the evolution of cyanobacterial circadian clocks  
 Michael Clark G3 Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics Eduardo Perozo The structural basis of electromechanical coupling in voltage-gated ion channels  
 John Coukos G2 Chemistry Ray Moellering    
 Emily Cullum G1 Immunology      
 Wenli Dai G2 Biophysics Francisco Bezanilla/ Chris Weber    
 Reem Elorbany G2 Genetics, Genomics & Systems Biology Yoav Gilad    
 Blake Flood G3 Immunology Thomas Gajewski    
 Mary  Frith M1         
 Nina Gao G4 Public Policy (MeSH) David Meltzer    
 Hendrik  Glauninger M1         
 Alexander Guzzetta G4 Genetics, Genomics & Systems Biology Ivan Moskowitz Characterizing a novel role for hedgehog signaling in the cardiogenic mesoderm to control early cardiac development  
 Grace Hansen G1 Genetics, Genomics & Systems Biology      
 Aaron Hecht M4 Microbiology Julie Wardenburg "Pathogenic niche establishment of Bacteroides fragilis" 2016
 Phillip Hsu G3 Immunology Chuan He Role of post-transcriptional modifications in the immune response to viruses   
 Yifei Hu M1         
 Anthony Hung M1         
 Alan Hutchison M3 Biophysics Chuan He/Aaron Dinner "Improved statistical methods for analyzing circadian rhythms in high-throughput data" 2016
 Molly Imgruet G2 Cancer Biology Megan McNerney    
 Jennifer Jacobsen M3 Immunology Barbara Kee Role of Ezh2 in lymphocyte development 2017
 Matthew Jones M3 MSTP NIH Oxford/Cambridge Program    
 Megan  Kennedy M1         
 Lakshmi Kirkire G1 Cancer Biology      
 David Koren M2 Neurobiology Wei Wei Mechanisms of neurotransmitter co-release in the retinal direction-selectivity circuit  
 Somin Lee G1 Neurobiology      
 Victoria Lee G4 Immunology Pete Savage Self-specific T cell response in tumor immunity  
 Katie Long G3 Computational Neuroscience Sliman Bensmaia    
 Maya Lozinski G2 Public Policy (MeSH)      
 Mark Lunderberg M4 Microbiology Olaf Schneewind "Assembly of the Bacillus anthracis vegetative cell envelope" 2015
 Kaitlin McLean G3 Development, Regeneration & Stem Cell Biology Marcus Clark The role of Brwd1 in Chromatin Remodeling and Accessibility at the lgk Locus  
 Christine Miller G2 Immunology Pete Savage    
 Alexis Monical M1         
 Erin Mowers M4 Cancer Biology Kay Macleod "The role of autophagy in tumor progression and metastasis" 2016
 Rangarajan Nadadur M2 Development, Regeneration & Stem Cell Biology Ivan Moskowitz TBX5 and the Genetics of Atrial Fibrillation  
 Victoria Okuneye G3 Computational Neuroscience Sarah Keedy Investigation of Brain Networks associated with Abnormal Prediction Error Response and Delusion in Psychosis  
 Ramya Parameswaran G5   Biophysics Bozhi Tian/Erin Adams Modulating TCR Activation with Silicon Nanostructures  
 Sylvia Ranjeva G4 Ecology & Evolution Sarah Cobey/ Greg Dwyer Mechanisms of Diversity in the Ecological Community of Human Papillomavirus  
 Donald Rodriguez G1 Immunology      
 Ian Roundtree M2 Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics Chuan He   m6A-Dependent Gene Regulation by Nuclear Protein YTHDC1  
 Sara  Saheb Kashaf M1         
 Gabriel Salzman M2 Biophysics Demet Arac-Ozkan/ Shohei Koide Principles of drug target validation and biopharmaceutical discovery to the field of adhesion G protein-coupled receptors (aGPCRs)  
 Nicelio Sanchez-Luege G5   Development, Regeneration & Stem Cell Biology Ilaria Rebay Stabilization of Cell Fate by the Abelson Kinase During Terminal Differentiation of Photoreceptor Neurons  
 Kishan Sangani G1 Immunology      
 Arup Sarma M4 Computational Neuroscience David Freedman "Learning-Dependent Plasticity of Visual and Cognitive Encoding in Parieto-Frontal Networks" 2015
 Mat Schnorenberg G3 Institute for Molecular Engineering Matt Tirrell/ James LaBelle A Potent and Specific Approach to Targeting B-Cell Lymphoma: Disrupting Malignant Protein-Protein Interactions Using CD19-Targeted Stapled Peptide Amphiphile Nanoparticles  
 Caraline Sepich G1 Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics      
 Mario Shammas M1         
 Dustin Shaw G2 Immunology Patrick Wilson/ Bana Jabri    
 Sarah Sun M1         
 Samantha Thomas M3 Human Genetics Yoav Gilad "Induced pluripotent stem cells as a model to study individual variation and comparative genomics"  
 Jeremy Treger M4 Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics Francisco Bezanilla "Novel techniques in optical electrophysiology lead to new biophysical insights" 2015
 Sophia Uddin G4 Computational Neuroscience Howard Nusbaum How specialized for language are neural mechanisms in spoken word understanding?  
 Iboro Umana M4 Neurobiology Daniel McGehee "Nicotinic Modulation of Descending Pain Control Circuitry" 2015
 William Wagstaff G2 Cancer Biology Melody Swartz    
 Andrew Wang M1         
 Frank Wen G3 Ecology & Evolution Sarah Cobey   Ecological and evolutionary dynamics of influenza shaped by human immunity  
 Alyson Yee G3 Microbiology Jack Gilbert Microbiome determinants of maternal-fetal health in preterm birth  
 Zaina Zayyad G1 Computational Neuroscience      
 Katherine Zhou G4 Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics Tao Pan m6A recognition by RNA-binding proteins with low-complexity regions  
 Allen Zhu G1 Cancer Biology      
 Megan Zilla M4 Microbiology Dominique Missiakas "The role of LytR-CpsA-Psr enzymes in the lifecycle of Bacillus anthracis" 2015