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Burger Raquel Burger-Calderon

Microbiology & Immunology

Deciphering the BK Virus Enigma in HIV Patients
Casbas-Hernandez Patricia Casbas-Hernandez Pathology Pregnancy, Obseogenic Environments and Basal-like Breast Cancer
Fanelli Rebecca Fanelli Neurobiology Neurodynamics of Habitual Alcohol Self-administration in Rats and Lessons for the Treatment of Alcoholism
Free Meghan Free Pathology T Cell Dysregulation in Patients with ANCA Disease
Hayes Tikvah Hayes Genetics Mechanisms of KRAS dependency in pancreatic adenocarcinoma
Houston Kaiulani Houston Chemical Biology Development of Single Cell Peptide-Based Assays for the Measurement of Kinase Activity Multiple Myeloma

Britta Jones



Epigenetic Modifications of autoantigen genes in humans with ANCA vasculitis


Peng Lei Peng Pharmaceutical Sciences Development of BTM Nanoparticles for Targeted Chemotherapy of Non-Small Lung Cancer
Roberts Adams Roberts Biochemistry & Biophysics Does-intensification of CPT-11 by Selective Inhibition of Bacterial β-glucornidase
Santoro Agostina Santoro Physiology Role of Insulin and Insulin-like Growth Factor Signaling in Obesity Associated Colorectal Cancer
Shaffer Joe Shaffer Neurobiology Identification of Disorder Subtypes in Schizophrenia
Woodford Rita-Marie T. Woodford Oral Biology Tumor-dependent Inflammation Modulation Increases Cancer Vaccine Efficacy
WoodfordWoodard Kenton Woodard Neurobiology Engineering Adeno-Associated Viral Vectors to Transduce Bipolar Cells of Human Retina
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Trainees who entered the program in 2009

Bortvedt Sarah Bortvedt Cell & Molecular Physiology The effect of insulin and insulin-like growth factors on colonic crypt stem cell proliferation/survival and colorectal cancer
cleary Katie Cleary Neurobiology Coming soon
council Sarah Council School of Dentistry The Role of Anaerobes in Polymicrobial CF airway infection.
lesharafulton LeShara Fulton

Microbiology & Immunology

Immune Mechanisms Important for the Pathogenesis of Graft-Versus-Host Disease
gibbs Eugene Gibbs Toxicology Light Microscopy Approaches to the Study of Nanoparticle Exposure of Human Lung Epithelial Cells
mullin Lee Mullin Biomedical Engineering Design and Analysis of an Acoustically-Active Paclitaxel Nanocapsule-Bound Microbubble Vehicle for Ultrasound-Targeted Chemotherapy
rinkenbaugh Amanda Rinkenbaugh Molecular & Cellular Pathology Role of NF-kappaB in Maintenance of Glioblastoma Stem Cells
roth Aleeza Roth Molecular & Cellular Pathology ANCA Antigens: Regulation of the autoimmune response to myeloperoxidase
sheridan John Sheridan Cell & Molecular Physiology Understanding the role of 17ß-estradiol and Synthetic Estrogens in the Regulation of Ca2+-activated Cl- Channels in Airway Epithelial Cells
sorrentino Jessica Sorrentino Toxicology Understanding p16INK4a regulation in vivo after exposure to noxious stimuli
tamburro Kristen Tamburro Genetics Curriculum Forensic Virology of HIV-Associated Mortality
wisz Amanda Wisz Microbiology & Immunology Defining Tolerance Mechanisms Regulating TLR-Induced B-cell Autoimmunity in Human SLE
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Trainees Who Entered the Program in 2008

Arce Roger Arce School of Dentistry - Oral Biology Understanding the potential role of infection of oral origin on the etiology and mechanisms of obstetric complications that lead to prematurity and growth restrictions.
Coggan Kimberly Coggan Microbiology & Immunology Reciprocal Regulation of Acute and Chronic Virulence Factor Expression in Pseudomonas aeruginosa During Cystic Fibrosis Airway Infection
Neely Crystal "CJ" Neely Microbiology & Immunology Reactivation of Latent Cytomegalovirus After Burn Injury in Both Patients and a Murine Model
Parker Lauren Parker Pharmacology Discovering novel Rho GEF inhibitors for Cancer treatment
Richardson Aaron Richardson Biomedical Engineering Target Contrast Imaging in Atherosclerosis and Other Vascular Diseases Using
Super-paramagnetic Iron Oxide Loaded RL Platelets
Rupan Rupninder "Rupan" Sandhu Pathology and Laboratory Medicine DNMT3b Mediated Hypermethylator Phenotype in Breast Cancer: Mechanism and Role in Chemotherapy
Shannahan Jonathan Shannahan Toxicology Susceptibility to Libby Amphibole Induced Pulmonary Disease in the Cardiovascular Compromised Subpopulation
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Trainees Who Entered the Program in  2007

DeSimone Michelle DeSimone Toxicology Identification of Chemical-Exposure Signatures in Renal Cell Carcinomas
Horvath Katherine Horvath Toxicology Cigarette Smoke Alters Influenza-Induced Immune Responses of the Respiratory Epithelium
Jones Shannon Jones Pharmacology The Role of Dendritic Cells and Macrophages in Regulating BCR Activation and Adaptive Immune Responses
Liesman Rachael Liesman Microbiology & Immunology Respiratory Virus Infection of the Inflamed Lung: Does Increased Proteolytic Activity Impact the Severity of Virus Infection?
Rodriguez Jessica Rodriguez Pathology and Laboratory Medicine The Role of Ring Finger 1 (MuRF1) in Protein Quality Control in the Heart
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Trainees Who Entered the Program in 2006

Joseph Burgents Microbiology & Immunology Role of Treg Migration in T Cell Medicated Melanoma Clearance
Kimberly Carpenter Neurobiology Functional and structural neuroimaging of social and executive brain circuitry in individuals with autism
Kate Hamilton Cell and   Molecular Physiology Role of Suppressor of Cytokine Signaling 3 (SOCS 3) in Inflammation-Associated and Sporadic Colorectal Cancer
Rachael Turner Biomedical Engineering Grafting of Human Hepatic Stem Cells for Use in Liver Failure Therapies
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