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College of Graduate Studies

Recents Graduates

May 17, 2013 MCBP Graduates

Emily Margaret Allen
M.S., Molecular and Cellular Biology and Pathobiology - Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Science
Pygmy Sperm Whale (Kogia Breviceps) Progenitor Cells Undergo Adipogenic Differentiation Under Low Oxygen Tension Unlike Terrestrial Mammalian Progenitors
Thesis Advisor: Dr. Demetri Spyropoulos
Matthew John Bertin
Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology and Pathobiology - Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Science
The Contribution of ACYL Amides to the Toxicity of the Harmful ALGA Prymnesium Parvum
Dissertation Advisor:  Dr. Peter Moeller

Carmine Gentile
Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology and Pathobiology - Cardiovascular Biology
The Role of VEGF and eNOS during Early Embryonic Vascular Developement
Dissertation Advisor:  Dr. Christopher Drake

Hsin-I Hung
Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology and Pathobiology - Cancer Biology
Mitochondrial Iron Uptake Through Mitoferrin2 Sensitizes Human Head and Neck Squamous Carcinoma Cells
to Photodynamic Therapy
Dissertation Advisor:  Dr. Anna-Liisa Nieminen

Jillian Grace Johnson
Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology and Pathobiology - Marine Biomedicine and Environmental ScienceMolecular Mechanisms Regulating Chronological Aging and Cell Death in the Toxic Dinoflagellate, Karenia Brevis
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Frances Van Dolah

Vondina Renee Moseley
Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology and Pathobiology - Cancer Biology
Epigenetic Modifications of Human Colon Cancer by the Green Tea Polyphenol, Epigallocatechin-3 gallate, EGCG
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Michael Wargovich
Joseph Alexander Palatinus
M.D., Medical University of South Carolina
Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology and Pathobiology - Cardiovascular Biology
Molecular Interactions of the Cx43 Carboxyl-Terminus
in Diabetic Cardiac Injury
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Robert Gourdie
Parker Callaway Wilson
M.D., Medical University of South Carolina
Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology and Pathobiology - Cardiovascular BiologyThe Angiotensin 2 Receptor Type 1 Biased Agonist [Sar1, Ile4, Ile8 ]– Ang II is a Negative Allosteric Modulator of Bradykinin B2 Receptor Signaling
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Louis Luttrell

May 18, 2012 MCBP Graduates

Stephanie Brunelle
Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology and Pathobiology - Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Science
Cell Cycle Regulation in the Florida Red Tide Dinoflagellate, Karenia brevis
Dissertation Advisor:  Dr. Frances VanDolah

Kathryn Alexa Orr Gandy
Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology and Pathobiology - Cancer Biology
Role of the Sphingosine Kinase/Sphingosine 1-Phosphate Pathway in Growth Factor/Cytokine Mechanisms
of Cellular Regulation
Dissertation Advisor:  Dr. Lina Obeid

Christopher Ryan Gault
Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology and Pathobiology - Cancer Biology
Sphingosine Kinase 1 is an Essential Enzyme for Ras Oncogenesis
Dissertation Advisor:  Dr. Lina Obeid
Linda Augusta Heffernan-Stroud
Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology and Pathobiology - Cell Regulation
Regulation of Sphingosine Kinase 1 is a Crucial Component of the p53 Tumor Suppressor Pathway
Dissertation Advisor:  Dr. Lina Obeid
 Barbara R. Lyon
Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology and Pathobiology - Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Science
A Proteomics Approach to Investigate the Physiology of Dimethylsulfoniopropionate Production in the Sea-Ice Diatom, Fragilariopsis cylindrus
Thomas Drakeford Mullen
Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology and Pathobiology - Cancer Biology
Ceramide Synthases: Roles in Sphingolipid Metabolism and Programmed Cell Death
Dissertation Advisor:  Dr. Lina Obeid
Nathanael David Pruett
Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology and Pathobiology - Cardiovascular Biology
Topographic Hox Expression in Adult Vasculture
Dissertation Advisor:  Dr. Alexander Awgulewitsch
 Glady Hazitha Samuel
Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology and Pathobiology - Cell Regulation
Novel Mediators of TGFB Signaling Contribute to Scleroderma Fibrosis: Role of Protein Phosphatase 2A
and Acid Spingomyelinase
Dissertation Advisor:  Dr. Maria Trojanowska
Tejas Shirish Tirodkar
Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology and Pathobiology - Cancer Biology
Role of Ceramide Synthase 6 in Sphingolipid Metabolism and TRAIL Sensitivity of Colorectal Cancer Cells
Dissertation Advisor:  Dr. Christina Voelkel-Johnson
 

May 20, 2011 MCBP Graduates

Margaret Elizabeth Grant-Burton
Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology and Pathobiology
Cardiovascular Biology: Regulation of VCAM-1 Expression by TGFβ2 During the Formation of the Epicardium
Dissertation Advisor:  Dr. Steve Kubalak

Jonathan Ty Butler
M.D., Medical University of South Carolina
Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology and Pathobiology
Cell Regulation: Influencing T Helper Cell Bias in Autoimmunity
Dissertation Advisor:  Dr. Narendra L. Banik

Loretta Lynn Jophlin
M.D., Medical University of South Carolina
Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology of South Carolina
Cell Regulation: Acute Crosstalk Between Retinoid and TGFB Signaling Pathways
Dissertation Advisor:  Dr. Steven W. Kubalak

Nikole E. Kimes
Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology and Pathobiology
Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Science:
The Coral Microbiome:  A Study in Structure, Function, and Temperature Influences
Dissertation Advisor:  Dr. Pamela Morris

Phillip Moschella
M.D., Medical University of South Carolina
Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology and Pathobiology
Cardiovascular Biology:  The Role of the Novel PKC Isoforms, PKC Epsilon and PKC Signaling During Cardiac Hypertrophy
Dependent Signaling During Cardiac Hypertrophy
Dissertation Advisor:  Dr. Dhandapani Kuppuswamy

Michael Patrick O’Quinn
M.D., Medical University of South Carolina
Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology and Pathobiology
Cell Regulation: The Effects of a Cx43 Carboxyl Terminal Peptide on Cardiac Wound Healing and Arrhythmogenesis
Dissertation Advisor:  Dr. Robert Gourdie

Brian Spencer Snarr
M.D., Medical University of South Carolina
Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology and Pathobiology
Cell Regulation: Role of the Dorsal Mesenchymal Protrusion in Cardiac Development
Dissertation Advisor:  Dr. Arno Wessels

Maria Isabel Vizcaino
Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology and Pathobiology
Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Science:
The Chemical Ecology of Pseudopterogorgia americana: A Focus on the Antimicrobial Potential of Pseudovibrio sp
Dissertation Advisors:  Dr. Pamela J. Morris & Peter D. R. Moeller

Ali Vural
Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology and Pathobiology
Cell Regulation: Factors Regulating the Subcellular Positioning of Activator of G-protein Signaling 3 (AGS3)
Dissertation Advisor:  Dr. Stephen M. Lanier

 

2010 MCBP Graduates

 

Rany Abdallah
B.S. American University of Beirut
M.D., Medical University of South Carolina
Ph.D., Pathology: Novel Implications of the Kallikrein-Kinin System in Diabetic Vasculapathy:
A Proposed Role of Prekallikrein in the Causation and Development of Vascular Pathology in Diabetes
Dissertation Advisor:  Dr. Ayad Jaffa

 

Mildred Embree
B.S. College of Charleston
D.M.D., Medical University of South Carolina
Ph.D., Molecular & Cellular Biology & Pathobiology: Cell Regulation
The Role of Extracellular Matrix Proteins Biglycan and Fibromodulin in Temporomandibular Joint Osteoarthritis
Dissertation Advisor:  Dr. Marian Young

 

Colleen Elizabeth Bryan
B.S., Coastal Carolina University
M.S., College of Charleston
Ph.D., Molecular & Cellular Biology & Pathobiology: Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences
Influence of Selenium and Mercury Chemistries on the Progression of Cardiomyopathy in Pygmy Sperm Whales, Kogia brevicepts
Dissertation Advisor:  Dr. Steven Christopher

 

Blake Catherine Ellis
B.S., Boston College
Ph.D., Molecular & Cellular Biology & Pathobiology: Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences
Characterization and Environmental Stressor Effects on the Vitamin D Pathway in Skin of the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)
Dissertation Advisor:  Dr. Mark Kindy

 

Erin Morris
B.H., University of Kentucky
Ph.D., Molecular & Cellular Biology & Pathobiology: Cell Regulation
TGFB/Smadl Signaling Defines a Subset of Scleroderma Fibroblasts
Dissertation Advisor:  Dr. Maria Trojanowska

 

Benjamin Adam Neely
B.S. University of Georgia
Ph.D., Molecular & Cellular Biology & Pathobiology: Marine and Environmental Sciences 
Effect of pH on Metal – and Nanoparticle – Microtube Interactions
Dissertation Advisor:  Dr. Pam Morris and Dr. Paul Bertsch

 

Christopher Samuel Potter
B.S., Palm Beach Atlantic College
M.S., Florida Atlantic University
Ph.D., Molecular & Cellular Biology & Pathobiology: Genetics and Development
Analysis of HOXC13 Regulated Hair Follicle Differentiation Pathways
Dissertation Advisor:  Dr. Alexander Awgulewitsch

 

Joshua Matthew Rhett
B.S. / B.A., College of Charleston
Ph.D., Molecular & Cellular Biology & Pathobiology: Cell Regulation
The Connexon Switch: Zonula Occludens-1 Regulates Connexin43 Hemichannel to Gap Junction Transition
Dissertation Advisor:  Dr. Robert Gourdie

 
 

2009 MCBP Graduates

PhD Degree

Angela Ghatnekar
Dissertation Title: "The Role of GATA-6 during Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in Systemic Sclerosis Patients"
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Maria Trojanowska
Current Position: Postdoc in Dr. Maria Trojanowska's lab, Medical University of South Carolina

Christina Grek
Dissertation Title: "The Role of Oxygen Sensitive Genes During Low Oxygen Tension in the Alveolar Epithelium"
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. John Baatz
Current Position: Postdoc at the Medical University of South Carolina

Jason Guichard
Dissertation Title: "Cardiomyocyte Signaling in Response to ATP Demand: The Role of Adenosine"
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Craig Beeson
Current Position: ABIM Research Pathway at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

 

Rebecca Johnston
Dissertation Title: "Beta3 Integrin-mediated Ubiquitination Controls Survival Signaling for Compensatory Hypertrophic Growth"
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Dhandapani Kuppuswamy
Current Position: Job Searching in DC

 

Kelli Margot Sas
Dissertation Title: "Immunological Responses of Lung Cells to Brevetoxin-2 Using in vitro and in vivo Approaches"
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. John Baatz
Current Position: Postdoc at the Medical University of South Carolina for Dr. Darwin Bell

 

Meagan Mollenhauer
Dissertation Title: "Determination of the Role of PPAR-alpha in Inflammatory Processes Following Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) Exposure in a Murine Model"
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Margie Peden -Adams
Current Position: NRC Postdoc with NOAA/NOS, Charleston, SC

 

Emily Monroe
Dissertation Title: "Characterization of Polyketide Synthases in the Florida Red Tide Dinoflagellate Karenia brevis"
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Frances Van Dolah
Current Position: Postdoc

 

Jennifer Mulligan
Dissertation Title: "Role of Endothelial Cells in a Novel Mechanism of Tumor-Induced Immune Suppression"
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. M. Rita Young
Current Position: Postdoc with Dr. Rodney Schlosser, M.D., of Otolaryngology, Medical University of South Carolina

Arindam Saha
Dissertation Title: "Mechanisms of Helicobacter pylori-induced Inhibition of Gastric H,K-ATPase Expression"
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Adam Smolka
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California at San Diego

 

Jessica Shockey
Dissertation Title: "Characterization of Crustin Antimicrobial Peptides from the Pacific Whiteleg Shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei"
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. John E. Baatz
Current Position: Postdoc in Dr. Erika Bullesbach's Lab, Medical University of South Carolina

Elaine Wirrig
Dissertation Title: "Hyaluronan and Proteoglycan Binding Link Proteins (Haplns) in Cardiac Development"
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Arno Wessels
Current Position: Postdoctoral position in Dr. Katherine Yutzey's lab at Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Julie Woolworth
Dissertation Title: "awd, the Drosophila homolog to the Human Tumor metastasis suppressor nm23, Function in Epithelial Morphogenesis"
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Tien Hsu
Current Position: Postdoctoral position at the Medical University of South Carolina with Dr. Omar Moussa

 

Jennifer Yordy
Dissertation Title: "Persistent Organic Pollutant (POP) Mixtures in Wild Bottlenose Dolphins: The Influence of Life History, Dietary Exposure, Physiology and their Potential for Endocrine Disruption"
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. John Kucklick
Current Position: Postdoctoral position with NIST

Youssef Zeidan
Dissertation Title: "Acid Sphingomyelinase: A Novel Mechanism of Regulation with Implications to Cancer Biology"
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Yusuf A. Hannun
Current Position: Continue in College of Medicine

 

MS in Biomedical Sciences

Latasha Amisial
Thesis Title: Non Thesis Degree
Thesis Advisor: Dr. Amy Wright
Current Position:


 

2008 MCBP Graduates

PhD Degree

 

Michelle Hsia
Dissertation Title: "Isolation, Purification, Structural Characterization, Detection, and Microbial Affects of a Polyether Toxin Produced by the Chain - Forming Dinoflagellate, Alexandrium monilatum
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Peter Moeller
Current Position: Environmental Education/Conservation/Outreach Director

 

Megan Marie Kibbey
Dissertation Title: "Insulin-like Growth Factor Binding Protein-2: Contributions of the C-terminal domain to IGF Binding and Role in Oral and Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma"
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Steven Rosenzweig
Current Position: General Practice Residency (GPR) Program at Tufts University

 

Gregor Krings
Dissertation Title: "Site Specific Relplication Fork Arrest within the Ribosomal DNA Intergenic Spacer Regions of Schzosaccharomyces Pombe"
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Deepak Bastia
Current Position: Residency in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

 

Kristy Lidie
Dissertation Title: "Characterization and Regulation of Gene Expression Networks in Response to Acute Environmental Stress in the Florida Red Tide dinoflagellate, Karenia brevis"
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Frances VanDolah
Current Position: Postdoctoral Position at the University of MD Center of Marine Biotechnology

Johathan M. Mitchell
Dissertation Title: "Role of the Paired Related Homeobox Genes in Orofacial Development
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Michael Kern
Current Position: Private Practice or Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency

 

Arun Palanisamy
Dissertation Title: "BMX - Mediated Signaling in Hypertrophying Heart"
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Dhandapani Kuppuswamy
Current Position: Research in Academic setting

 

Shawn Polson
Dissertation Title: "Comparative Analysis of Microbial Community Structure Associated with Acroporid Corals During a Disease Outbreak in the Florida Reef Tract
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Cheryl Woodley
Current Position: Postdoc at the University of Delaware, Department of Plant & Soil Sciences

 

Tracey Schock
Dissertation Title: Isolation, Purification and Structural Elucidation of Novel Chlorinated Compounds Associated with the Bloom Forming Cyanobacteria, Trichodesmium thiebautii"
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Peter Moeller
Current Position: Undecided

 

John Svenson
Dissertation Title: "The Effect of Estrogen and it's Receptors on Inflammatory Renal Disease"
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Gary Gilkeson
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina

 

MS in Biomedical Sciences

Ira Mains
Thesis Title: Non Thesis Degree
Thesis Advisor: Dr. Francis Spinale
Current Position: Attending Law School

Anandakumar Shunmugavel
Thesis Title: Non Thesis Degree
Thesis Advisor: Dr. Sammanda Ramamoorthy
Current Position:


 

2007 MCBP Graduates

PhD Degree

 

Frank Bartel
Dissertation Title: “Generation and Characterization of an Allelic Series of Etsl Gene Targeted Mice "
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Demetri Spyropoulos
Current Position: ABMG Accredidted Postdoctoral Fellowship

 

Anne Deschamps
Dissertation Title: "Induction, Activation, and Trafficking of Membrane Type-1 Matrix Metalloproteinase in Myocardial Ischemia and Reperfusion"
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Francis Spinale
Current Position: IRTA Postdoctoral position at NIH

Adrian Grimes
Dissertation Title: "The Zebrafish as a Model for Cardiac Outflow Limb Malformations"
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Margaret Kirby
Current Position:

 

Shantae James Jenkins
Dissertation Title: "Understanding the Proepicardial=Epicardial Transition in the Cardiogenesis of RXR alpha-/-Embryos"
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Steven Kubalak
Current Position: Year of Internal Medicine at MUSC

 

Mara Lennard Richard
Dissertation Title: "Characterization and Functional Analysis of the Oct 1 and BOB.1 Transcription Factors in the Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus)"
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Gregory Warr
Current Position: Hollings Marine Laboratory Genomics Core Manager

 

Javier Robalino
Dissertation Title: "Antiviral Immunity Induced by Double Stranded RNA in a Marine Invertebrate"
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Gregory Warr
Current Position: Associate Investigator at Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral, Guayaquil, Ecuador and as Director for Research & Development for Biotecnologia y Genetica Marina S.A.

Eric A. Sribnick
Dissertation Title: Estrogen as a Neuroprotectant in Spinal Cord Injury
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Narendra Banik
Current Position: Residency in Neurosurgery at Emory

 

Tarek A. Taha
Dissertation Title: "Down Regulation of Sphingosine Kinase-1: A Novel Mechanism of Regulation with Implications to Programmed Cell Death"
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Lina Obeid
Current Position: Orthopaedic Surgery Residency

 

Petra A. Tsuji
Dissertation Title: "Methoxylated Flavones as Potential Cancer Chemopreventive Agents - Human and Fish Models"
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Thomas Walle
Current Position: Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program, Postdoc at the National Cancer Institute

 

Peter J. Wieckowski
Dissertation Title: "Ampullar Innervation Defects in Infertile Male Mice Bearing Targeted Mutations in the Evx1 Gene"
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Demetri Spyropoulos
Current Position: Clinical In-Vitro Fertiliztion Embryology

 

Leslie Wooten
Dissertation Title: "The Sp3-dependent Repression of Human Telomerase Reverse Transcriptase (hTERT) Activity by the Bioactive Sphingolipid Ceramide"
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Besim Ogretmen
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Jacqueline Kraveka's Lab

 

2006 MCBP Graduates

PhD Degree

 

Matthew Jacques Jenny, IV
Dissertation Title: “Characterization of Metallothionein Gene Diversity in the American Oyster, Crassostrea virginica, by Transcriptomic, Proteomic and Genomic Approaches ”
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Robert Chapman
Current Position: Postdoc at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

 

Christiana S. Kappler
Dissertation Title: “Pathways Mediating Sodium-Calcium Exchanger Expression ”
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Donald Menick
Current Position:

 

Ratna Mirchandani
Dissertation Title: “Modulation of Monocyte-endothelial Interaction by Lovastatin, AICAR and GSNO: Implications for EAE ”
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Dr. Inderjit Singh
Current Position: Returned to India

 

Kevin S. Orwig
Dissertation Title: “Evaluation of Novel N-Terminal Capping Groups in Peptide-Based Drug Design: A SAR Study Utilizing Neurotensin ”
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Thomas Dix
Current Position: Postdoc at the University of Colorado

 

Ramandeep Rattan
Dissertation Title: “The RHo-ROCK & AMPK Pathways: Targets for Cancer Therapy ”
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Inderjit Singh
Current Position: Postdoc in Minnesota

 

Justin Turner
Dissertation Title: “Diverse Roles of Calmodulin and the Actin Cytoskeleton in Serotonin Receptor-mediated Activation of Na+/H+ Exchange ”
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. John Raymond
Current Position: Internship in Otolaryngology at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD

 

Joy Van Nostrand
Dissertation Title: “pH-Dependent Nickel Tolerance in B Burkholderia Vietmaniensis PR1(301) ”
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Pamela Morris
Current Position: Postdoc at University of Oklahoma, Norman-lab of J. Zhou, Ph.D.

 

John S. Yordy
Dissertation Title: “The Functional Interaction Between Ets 1 and SP100 ”
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Dennis Watson
Current Position: Preliminary year of Medicine at MD Anderson then to Radiation Oncology

 

MS in Biomedical Sciences

Christopher Johnston
Thesis Title: “The Microbial Diversity Associated with the Gorgonian Coral, Pseudopterogorgia Americana"
Thesis Advisor: Dr. Pamela Morris
Current Position: Molecular Biologist, National Ocean Service, NOAA, Charleston, SC

Erin Egan
Thesis Title: “Regulation of NCXH1 by the Beta-andrenergic Receptor in Feline Cardiomyocytes ”
Thesis Advisor: Dr. Donald Menick
Current Position: HIV Research at North Carolina State University, NC State College of Vetinary Medicine

Sangeetha Chandrasekaran
Thesis Title: “The Role of HDAC's in the Regulation of the NCX1 Gene ”
Thesis Advisor: Dr. Donald Menick
Current Position: Technician at UCLA

 

2005 MCBP Graduates

PhD Degree

Yair Adereth
Dissertation Title: “The Biological and Clinical Significance of MLP1: A Novel Mechanism of RNA-directed Integrin Protein Localization”
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Tien Hsu
Current Position: Postdoctoral position
 

Ralph J. Barker
Dissertation Title: “Z01 as a Factor in the Remodeling of Myocardial Gap Junctions”
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Robert G. Gourdie
Current Position: Postdoctoral Position

Kevin P. Becker
Dissertation Title: “The Pericentrion : Identification, Characterization, and Function of a Novel cPKC-Dependent Compartment”
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Yusuf A. Hannun
Current Position: Internship/Residency Yale University - Medicine (preliminary) and Neurology
Michael L. Bernard
Dissertation Title: “Structural and Functional Characterization of the Activator of G-protein Signaling 3 (AGS3)
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Stephen Lanier
Current Position: Internship/Residency Vanderbilt University
Robert R. Bowers
Dissertation Title: “Mechanisms of Seasonal Weight Loss in Siberian Hamsters: Sympathetic Nervous System Regulation of Body Fat”
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Thomas W. Gettys
Current Position: Postdoctoral Position, Johns Hopkins University, Boston, Massachusetts
Jeannie Chapman
Dissertation Title: “Characterization of the Colon Anion Exchanger, DRA, in Cellular Growth”
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Clifford Schweinfest
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Sciences and Engineering, University of South Carolina-Upstate, Spartanburg, South Carolina
Michelle Crosby
Dissertation Title: “The Role of PPAR-gamma in the Inflammatory Suppression of iNOS”
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Gary Gilkeson
Current Position: Internship/Residency Harbor UCLA Medical Center – Transitional Year Emory University - Ophthalmology
Christopher V. Crosby
Dissertation Title: “The Role of Hepatocytes Growth Factor and Vascular Endothelial Cadherin in Vasculogenesis”
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Christopher Drake
Current Position: Internship/Residency Harbor UCLA Medical Center – Transitional Year Emory University - Dermatology
Ron Feldman
Dissertation Title: “The Role of the Ets Transcription Factor Pdef in Breast Development and Cancer”
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Dennis Watson
Current Position: Internship/Residency Cleveland Clinic Foundation – Dermatology/Research
Eric Grund
Dissertation Title: “IL-2 Receptor Signaling Regulates Ets1 Translation in Human Natural Killer Cells”
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Robin Muise-Helmericks
Current Position: Postdoctoral position, Serono (biotech company), Boston, Massachusetts
Joshua M. Hubbard
Dissertation Title: “Pyk2 as a Therapeutic Target in Pancreatic Cancer”
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. David Cole
Current Position: Internship/Residency Greenville Hospital, South Carolina – Surgery (preliminary)University of Virginia – Radiology Diagnostics/Vascular Intervention
Ravinder Pannu
Dissertation Title: “A Novel Role for Lactosylceramide in Inducible Nitric Oxide Synthase Gene Expression and Astrogliosis in Spinal Cord Injury Induced Inflammatory Disease. Investigation of Potential Anti-inflammatory Interventions in Spinal Cord Injury”
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Inderjit Singh
Current Position: Postdoctoral Position, MUSC, Dr. Inderjit Singh's Laboratory
Richard E. Peterson, Jr.
Dissertation Title: “Antagonistic Roles for Two Isoforms of the Prx1 Homeobox Gene in Chondrogenesis”
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Michael Kern
Current Position: Postdoctoral Position, Yale University, Dr. Craig Crews' Laboratory
Benjamin J. Pettus
Dissertation Title: “The Synergistic Role of Sphingosine-1-phosphate in COX-2 Induction and Ceramide-1-phosphate in cPLA 2 Binding/Translocation”
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Yusuf Hannun
Current Position: Internship/Residency Riverside Regional Medical Center, Virginia – Transitional Year Barnes Jewish Hospital, Missouri – Radiology-Diagnostics Research, Drs. John Altman and Sam Speck
Mark Pilgrim
Dissertation Title: “Murine Cytomegalovirus Infection of the Salivary Gland: Investigation of the Salivary Gland as an Inductive Site in the Mucosal Immune System”
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Steve London
Current Position: Postdoctoral Position, Fellows in Research and Science Teaching (FIRST) Program, Emory University
Vijay Rao
Dissertation Title: “Regulation of the Cardiocyte Growth Response by the nPKC Isoform, PKC-Epsilon”Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Paul McDermott
Current Position: Internship/Residency Duke University – Internal Medicine
Nicole Redmond
Dissertation Title: “The Effect of Multiple Withdrawals from Chronic Ethanol on Expression and Function of the GABA A Receptor in Mice”
Dissertation Advisors: Drs. Mark W. Nowak and Howard C. Becker
Current Position: Internship/Residency
Emory University – Internal Medicine
Mark G. Slomiany
Dissertation Title: “Mechanisms of IGF-1 Induced VEGF and IGFBP-3 Expression and Autoregulation in Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells”
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Steven A. Rosenzweig
Current Position: Postdoctoral position, MUSC (Dr. Steve Rosenzweig's laboratory)
 

MS in Biomedical Sciences

Thomas J. Christl
Thesis Title: “The Ability of P-Glycoprotein Multixenobiotic Resistance Transporter to Respond to Two Common Aquatic Containments and Mitigate Resulting Toxicities”
Thesis Advisor: Dr. Geoffrey Scott

Cwengros, Emily E. Thesis Title: “Molecular Approaches to Investigating the Role of DMSP-lyase in the Dinoflaggellate, Karenia brevis”
Thesis Advisor: Dr. Giacomo Titullio

Jessica Paulk Peterson Thesis Title: “Differential Activation of Smad2 and Smad3 in the Embryonic Mouse Heart Suggests Distinctive Roles during Cardiogenesis”
Thesis Advisor: Dr. Steven W. Kubalak

  2004 MCBP Graduates

PhD Degree

Patrick Brian Giles
Dissertation Title: “VEGF Regulation of Endothelial Cell Survival, Proliferation and Lineage Recruitment during Embryonic Vascular Patterning”
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Christopher J. Drake
Current Position: Science Advisor, Needle & Rosenberg, P.C., Atlanta, Georgia

Michael G. Janech
Dissertation Title: “Identification and Molecular Characterization of Renal Urea Transporter Isoforms from the Euryhaline Elasmobranch, Dyasyatis sabina
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. David W. Ploth
Current Position: NSF International Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Jeffrey A. Jones
Dissertation Title: “Phosphatidic Acid: A Potent in vitro Regulator of Protein Phosphatase-1”
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Yusuf Hannun
Current Position: Postdoctoral position, Dr. Yusuf Hannun, Medical University of South Carolina

Gina Maria Keller
Dissertation Title: “Use of Regulatable Mutant p53 and Mutant Kras to Enhance Prostate Cancer Models ”
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. James S. Norris
Current Position: Unknown

Robert Sean Norman
Dissertation Title: “Exploring the Role of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa in Crude Oil Biodegration”
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Pamela J. Morris
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Biotechnology Center for Agriculture and the Environment, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey

Robert S. Smith, Jr. Dissertation Title: “Using a Gene Transfer Technique to Study the Role of Endothelial Nitric Oxide Synthase in Neovascularization and Myocardial Infarction”
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Julie Chao
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina

L. Ashley Smithwick
Dissertation Title: “Effect of Polychlorinated Biphenyl Biotransformation Processes on Immunological Responses in Murine Splenocytes”
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Pamela Morris
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Translational Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylavania

N. Andrew Whitlock
Dissertation Title: “The Role and Regulation of Heat Shock Protein 27 in Retinal Ischemic Preconditioning”
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Craig Crosson
Current Position:

Xingjun (Bill) Wu
Dissertation Title: “Studies of RDH10, A Novel All-Trans-Retinol Short-Chain Dehydrogenase/Reductase Identified from the Retinal Pigment Epithelium”
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Rosalie Crouch
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina

MS in Biomedical Sciences

Ibrahim Abdelrahman
Thesis Title: “Caspase regulation of de novo ceramide synthesis”
Thesis Advisor: Dr. David Perry

Christina Brown Fieber
Thesis Title: “Differential Regulation of the Akt Family of Kinases during Endothelial Angiogenic Stimulation”
Thesis Advisor: Dr. Robin Muise-Helmericks

Holly A. Gefroh
Thesis Title: “Molecular Characterization of Immunoglobulins M, G, and A in the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin, Tursiops truncatus ”Thesis Advisor: Dr. Tracy Romano

Amanda Graham
Thesis Title: “The USS Arizona and Bunker C Fuel Oil: An Environmental Study”
Thesis Advisor: Dr. Pamela Morris

Kerin A. McCormack
Thesis Title: “Effects of the Hepatic Lipase C-514T Polymorphism on Plasma Lipids and NMR Lipoprotein Subclasses in Subjects with Diabetes: European Americans with Type 1 (DCCT/EDIC COHORT) and Sea Island African Americans with Type 2”
Thesis Advisor: Dr. W. Timothy Garvey

2003 MCBP Graduates

PhD Degree

Melissa M. Fraser
Dissertation title: The molecular and functional characterization of the gene CaSm
Dissertation Adviser: Dr. Dennis Watson
Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, St. Jude Medical Center

Michelle L. Hairfield
Dissertation title: Roles for PLD1 and PI4P5K in polarized cell growth in S. cerevisiae and C. albicans
  
Dissertation Adviser: Dr. Joseph Dolan
Current position: Possible Postdoctoral Fellowship, UCSD

Joseph R. Kelley
Dissertation title: The cancer associated SM-like (CaSm) oncogene: A novel target for the gene therapy of pancreatic cancer
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. David Cole
Current position: Residency, UNC Chapel Hill and Medical College of Virginia (Radiology/Oncology)

Stewart M. Knoepp
Dissertation title: Role of phospholipase D2 and focal adhesion kinase in mitogenic signaling and cellular adhesion
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Kathryn Meier
Current position: Residency, Massachusetts General (Pathology)

Amanda C. LaRue
Dissertation title: Regulation of vascular pattern formation during vasculogenesis
Dissertation Adviser: Dr. Christopher Drake
Current position: NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship, MUSC (Dr. Makio Ogawa)

David C. McLean
Dissertation title: Maternal and paternal genetic affinities of Gullah-speaking African Americans
Dissertation Adviser: Dr. W. Timothy Garvey
Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, MUSC (Biometry)

Bryce A. Nelson
Dissertation title: High glucose and glucosamine induced insulin resistance in 3T3-L1 adipocytes
Dissertation Adviser: Dr. Maria Buse
Current position: Residency, Vanderbilt (Pediatrics)

Mark P. Rubinstein
Dissertation title: Making T cells more useful: 1) TCR gene transfer 2) Administration of IL-15 following vaccination
Dissertation Adviser: Dr. David Cole
Current position: Postdoctoral Position, Scripps Institute (Dr. Jeff Sprent)

Christopher D. Willey
Dissertation title: Mechanism of c-SRC activation and its role during cardiac hypertrophy
Dissertation Adviser: Dr. Dhan Kuppuswamy
Current position: Resident, Spartanburg and Vanderbilt University (Radiation/Oncology)

MS in Biomedical Sciences

Marie E. Nielsen
Thesis title: Trafficking of the insulin-responsive glucose transporter, GLUT4, in cardiocytes
Thesis Adviser: Dr. George Cooper/Dr. Donald Menick

Jeannette A. Weiner
Thesis title: Atrazine toxicity in microalgae: Differential sensitivities, predictive cellular characteristics, and subcellular alterations
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Michael Fulton

2002 MCBP Graduates

Paula Acierno
Dissertation title: A Novel Approach in the Immunotherapy of AIDS
Mentor: Dr. Sebastiano Gattoni-Celli
Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Norman Letvin's Laboratory, Beth Israel Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Elizabeth Chesterman
Dissertation title: Expression Analysis of Prx1 and Prx2 Homeodomain Proteins Leads to the Identification of an Internal Ribosomal Entry Site in Prx1 Transcripts
Mentor: Dr. Michael Kern
Current position: deceased

Deanne King
Dissertation title: TRAIL – Mediated Apoptosis in Prostate Cancer
Mentor: Dr. James Norris
Current position: Resident, Otolaryngology, University of Arkansas

Danforth Newton
Dissertation title: Development and Application of a Universal Donor Cell Line for the Preparation of Semiallogeneic Cell HybridsMentor: Dr. Sebastiano Gattoni-Celli
Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. John Baatz' Laboratory, MUSC

Victor Sementchenko
Dissertation title: The Function of Ets Transcription Factors Ets2 and ESF in Prostate Cancer
Mentor: Dr. Dennis Watson
Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Affymetrix, Inc., Santa Clara, California

Todd Shearer
Disseration title: Mitogen-activated Protein Kinase-dependent Secretion of Matrix Metalloproteinase-2 in Trabecular Meshwork Cells
Mentor: Dr. Craig Crosson
Current position: Research Pharmacologist, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Silver Spring, Maryland

William Tuxworth
Dissertation title: Differential Regulation of Translation Initiation in a Model of Cardiac Hypertrophy
Mentor: Dr. Paul McDermott
Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Paul McDermott's Laboratory, MUSC

MS in Biomedical Sciences

Yoko Okake Thesis title: Metabolism of the Flavonoid Galangin in Humans: Glucuronidation versus Oxidation
Mentor: Dr. Thomas Walle

 
 
 

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