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College of Graduate Studies

Current Students

Cardiovascular Biology

NameMatric DateMentor

Adam Akerman, PhD student

2012Dr. Jeffrey A. Jones


Diana Fulmer, PhD student
Research Interest: Molecular mechanisms of ciliogenesis and the influence of primary cilia on heart valve development

2015Dr. Russell A. Norris
Dr. Joshua Lipschutz


Lilong (Leon) Guo, PhD student
Research Interest: Molecular mechanism of mitral valve diseases

2015Dr. Russell A. Norris

Daniel Herr, MD/PhD studentHerr
Research Interest: How epigenetic enzyme activity affects the heart's ability
to recover from acute ischemia/reperfusion injury

2011Dr. Donald R. Menick

Ludivine Renaud, PhD studentRenaud
Research Interest: Epigenetic regulation of microRNAs during cardiac remodeling

2010Dr. Donald R. Menick

Erik Strungs MD/PhD studentStrungs
Research Interest: Myocardial infarction, cardiac remodeling

2009Dr. Louis M. Lutrell

Katelynn Toomer, PhD studentToomer
Research Interest: Primary cilia's role in cardiac valve development and disease

2013Dr. Russell A. Norris

Jason Wheeler, PhD studentWheeler
Research Interest: Aneurysm Research, Cardiac Hypertrophy Signaling,
Esophageal Adenocarcinoma

2011Dr. Jeff Jones

Molecular Cell Regulation

NameMatric DateMentor

Tanjina Akter, PhD studentAkter
Research Interest: Scleroderma associated lung fibrosis

2013Dr. Galina S. Bogatkevich

Ran Jing, PhD studentJing
Research Interest: Modeling human liver development and disease using
IPSCs derived hepatocytes

2015Dr. Stephen Duncan

Aye Mon, PhD studentMon
Research Interest: Cell Biology analysis of VRK1 Kinase overexpression in
Mammary Epithelial Cell proliferation.

2015Dr. Paula Traktman

Xinh-Xinh Nguyen PhD studentNguyen
Research Interest: Use of model organisms and human genetics
to understand fundamental biological mechanisms & disease pathogenesis.  
Interested in the complex pathways associated with systemic sclerosis & 
identifying potential therapeutic strategies for scleroderma & other fibrotic disease

2015Dr. Carol Feghali-Bostwick

Charles Reese, PhD studentReese
Research Interest: Understanding the role of bone marrow derived cells in pathological fibrosis across organs


Dr. Stanley Hoffman
Dr. Elena Tourkina

Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences

NameMatric DateMentor

Jacqueline Bangma, PhD studentBantam
Research Interest: The application of analytical techniques in the assessment of environmental pollutants Perfluoroalkyl Acids (PFAAs) in wildlife and their impact on fecundity

2013Dr. John Bowden
Dr. Jessica Reiner

Theresa Cantu PhD studentCantu
Research Interest: Examining how environmental endocrine disruptors modulate oxidative stress and inflammation in sentinel species, such as the Nile crocodile and American alligator.  To do this, I utilize lipidomics to assess several oxidative stress biomarkers in wild populations and examine their relationship with trace elements (Hg, Al, Zn, etc.) and organic contaminants.  Comparative endocrinology, analytical chemistry, and field ecology of larger aquatic predators

2011Dr. John Bowden

Thomas Galligan, PhD studentGalligan
Research Interest: Examining the impacts of environmental contaminants, particularly organochlorine pesticides, on the endocrine system in the American alligator and common bottlenose dolphin

2013Dr. Ashley Boggs

Jenny Kemper, PhD studentKemper
Research Interest: Using genomic approaches to infer the phylogeny of ghost sharks and identify candidate sex-determining mechanisms and genes within these fishes

2012Dr. Gavin Naylor

Frances Nilsen, PhD studentNilsen
Research Interest: Investigating the sub-lethal effects of environmental contaminant exposure on sentinel species as proxies for human helath, using advanced -omics and analytical techniques

2013Dr. Stephen Long

Melissa Sokolosky, PhD studentSokolosky

2011Dr. Demetri Spyropoulos

Alexis Temkin, PhD studentTemken

2012Dr. Demetri Spyropoulos

Abby Wenzel, PhD studentWenzel
Research Interest: Using analytical techniques such as LC-MS/MS to detect and quantify phthalates and similar plasticizers in human and wildlife matrices. Utilizing molecular biology techniques such as dual luciferase transactivation assays to determine biological activities of emerging contaminants. Contribute to the current knowledge of human endocrine disruption particularly at critical time points such as fetal development, puberty, and pregnancy

2011Dr. John Kucklick

Oral Health Science

NameMatric DateMentor

Emily Durham, PhD studentDurham
Research Interest: Craniofacial biology and stem cells

2014Dr. James Cray

Jaden Lee, PhD studentLee
Research Interest: Oral opportunistic pathogens and oral epithelial  cell interaction, the mechanisms of modulation of epithelial response, bacterial colonization, trafficking, and persistence

2015Dr. Ozlem Yilmaz

JoAnn Roberts, PhD studentRoberts
Research Interest: Survival and persistence mechanisms of hte periodontal  pathogen , Porphyromonas gingivalis, in primary gingival epithelial cells (GECs) 

2016Dr. Ozlem Yilmaz

Alexandra Rogers, DMD/PhD studentRogers
Research Interest: Temporomandibular joint development, homeostasis and disease progression

2014Dr. Christine B. Kern

Emilie Rosset, DMD/PhD studentRosset
Research Interest: Cellular mechanisms of collagen assembly and the role of extracellular matrix in periodontal disease progression

2012Dr. Amy D. Bradshaw

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