Recent Graduates

Fall 2017 Graduates

Sarah Ahlbrand (MOCB, Dr. Volker Briken, Advisor)                          Characterizing the Inhibition of Innate Immune Signaling by Mycobacterium Tuberculosis
Currently: Medical Writer/Clinical Research Specialist

Narendranath Bhokisham (MOCB, Dr. Bill Bentley, Advisor)
Design of Enzyme Cascade and CRISPR-Cas9 Networks for Enabling Bioelectronic Communication
Currently: 

Andrew Foss-Grant (BEES, Dr. William Fagan, Advisor)          Quantitative Challenges in Ecology: Competition, Migration, and Social Learning
Currently:

 

Jessica Goodheart (BEES, Dr. Michael Cummings, Advisor)
Phylogenomics, Systematics, And Evolution Within The Nudibranch Group Cladobranchia (Mollusca: Gastropoda)
Currently: 

Noor White (BEES, Dr. Karen Carleton, Advisor)
Unraveling the Evolutionary History of Nocturnality in the Strisores
Currently: National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at The National Institutes of Health

Yizhou Yin (CBBG, Dr. John Moult, Advisor)                                      Computational methods in missense mutation analysis: phenotypes, pathogenicity, and protein engineering
Currently: 

 

Summer 2017 Graduates

Daniel Ayres (BEES, Dr. Michael P. Cummings, Advisor)
Research And Application Of Parallel Computing Algorithms For Statistical Phylogenetic Inference
Currently: 

Bess Dalby (MOCB, Dr. David Moser, Advisor)
Regulation of Gene Expressions by Fc Receptor Cross-Linking in Primary Human Macrohages
Currently: Statistical Analyst at BioStat Solutions Inc

Harley King (MOCB, Dr. Shunyuan Xiao, Advisor)                       Regulation of the broad-spectrum disease resistance protein RPW8.2 by phosphorylation and 14-3-3 in Arabidopsis
Currently:  

Julia Marré (MOCB, Dr. Antony Jose, Advisor)
Extracellular RNA Is Transported From One Generation To The Next In C. Elegans 
Currently: Cell & Molecular Biologist

Shrutii Sarda (CBBG, Dr. Sridhar Hannenhalli, Advisor)                           Mapping and Characterization of Functional Innovations in CIS-Acting Elements and Trans-Acting Factors
Currently: Bioinformatics Scientist at CooperGenomics

Steven Smith (CBBG, Dr. Najib El-Sayed & Dr. Jaques Ravel, Co-Advisor)                                                                                                 Identification and Characterization of Regulatory miRNAs and mRNAs in the Longitudinal Human Host Response to Vaginal Microbiota
Currently: 

Ganesh (Surya) Sundar (MOCB, Dr. Kevin McIver, Advisor)
Characterizing the Role of the Phosphoenolpyruvate Phosphotransferase System Enzyme IIs In the Pathogenesis of the Group A Streptococcus
Currently: Postdoctoral Fellow at Lab of Antimicrobial Discovery

Di Wu (MOCB, Dr. Kan Cao, Advisor)
Investigation of Lamin A Processing and Regulation
Currently: 

Jie Xiang (MOCB, Dr. Leslie Pick, Advisor)
"Investigating pair-rule gene orthologs in an intermediate germ beetle, Dermestes maculatus"
Currently: 

Juannan Zhou (BEES, Dr. Michelle Dudash & Dr. Elizabeth Zimmer, Co-Advisor)
Natural Selection, Population Genetics, And Trait Diversification of Silene
Stellata and its Pollinating Seed Predator Hadena Ectypa

Currently: 

Spring 2017 Graduates

Roxane Boutan (MOCB, Caren Chang, Advisor)
Bolt, an AP2/ERF Transcription Factor Regulates Abiotic Stress and Defense Responses in Arabiodpsis Thaliana 
Currently: 

David Brown (MOCB, Jon DInman & John Glass, Advisors)
Enhancing Gene Delivery to the Mammalian Nucleus for Applications in Viral Reverse Genetics and Human Artificial Chromosome Development
Currently: Postdoctoral fellow at J. Craig Venter Institute

Carolina Diller (BIOL, Charles Fenster, Advisor)
Evaluating the Effects of Pollinator Mediated Selection on Patterns of Floral Variation
Currently: Postdoctoral fellow at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa 

Beatrice Mao (BEES, Jerry Wilkinson & Cynthia Moss, Advisors)
Echolocation, High Frequency Hearing, And Gene Expression In The Inner Ear Of Bats
Currently: Postdoctoral research fellow at the National Institute of Deafness & Other Communication Disorders, NIH

Sarah Tweedt (BEES, Charles Delwiche & Doug Erwin, Advisors)
Development and the Early Animal Fossil record: Evolution and Phylogenetic Applications
Currently: Postdoctoral fellow at Yale University

Natalia Umana (BEES, Nathan Swenson, Advisor)
The Role of Functional Traits in Driving Species-Relative Abundance Distribution in Plant Communities
Currently:  Postdoctoral associate at Yale University; Assistant Professor in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan

Fall 2016 Graduates

Silvia Alvarez (BEES, Bill Fagan Advisor)
Fission-Fusion Dynamics In Mammals: Linking Animal Movement To Group Behavior
Currently: Searching for employment in Columbia and Latin America

Cora Johnston (BEES, Dan Gruner, Advisor)
Marine Community Assembly in a Dynamic Ecotone
Currently: Post doc at UC-Santa Barbara in a parasite ecology lab

Sara Linden (MOCB, Daniel Nelson, Advisor)
An Investigation on a Bacteriophage Endolysin Possessing Antimicrobial Activity Against Antibiotic Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus
Currently: Post doc at UMD in Nelson lab

Carly Muletz Wolz (BEES, Karen Lips, Advisor)
The Skin Microbiome of Plethodon Salamanders and its Association with Hosts’ Taxonomy, Environment, and Health Status
Currently: Researcher at Center for Conservation Genomics at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Jeff Quigley (MOCB, Volker Briken, Advisor)
The Cell Wall Lipid PDIM Mediates Phagosomal Escape and Host Cell Exit of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis
Currently:  Post doc at Northeaster in Dr. Kim Lewis's Lab

Sara Reynolds (MOCB, Bernard Moss & Jim Culver, Advisors)
Characterization of the Cowpox and Mousepox Homologs of the Smallpox Virus B22 Protein and Their Roles in Mouse Disease Models
Currently: Assistant Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University

Haoyue Zhang (MOCB, Kan Cao, Advisor)
Investigation of Smooth Muscle Cell Death and Genome Instability in Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome
Currently: Post doc at Children's Hospital of Philidelphia in Dr. Gerd Biobel's lab

Summer 2016 Graduates

 

Vasudevan Achuthan (MOCB, Jeff DeStefano, Advisor)
HIV Reverse Transcriptase Fidelity & Inhibition are Modulated by Divalent Cations in a Concentration-Dependent Manner In Vivo
Currently: Post doc research fellow at Harvard Medical School

Cheryl Lewis Ames (BEES, Allen Collins & Alexa Bely, Advisors)
Taxonomy, Morphology, and RNA-Seq Transcriptomics of the Cubozoan Alatina Alata, an Emerging Model Cnidarian
Currently:  Peter Buck Post Doctoral Fellow in Invertebrate Zoology at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History

Grace DiRenzo (BEES, Karen Lips, Advisor)
Community- and Population- Level Effects of Chytridiomycosis in a Neotropical Amphibian Community
Currently:  NSF Post Doctoral Fellow at UC-Santa Barbara

Charles Hawkins (CBMG, Zhongchi Liu, Advisor)
Shaping the Dicot Fruit: Molecular & Genomic Approaches to Fruit Development
Currently: Post doc at Washington State University & USDA/ARS

Micki Kuhlmann (MOCB, Anne Simon, Advisor)
Alternate Conformations Regulate Ribosomal Recoding in a Positive-sense RNA Virus
Currently: Post doctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health - National Cancer Institute

Gregg Mendez (MOCB, Charles Delwiche, Advisor)
Dinoflagelate Genomic Organization and Phylogenetic Marker Discovery Utilizing Deep Sequencing Data
Currently: Bioinformaticist at the Mayo Clinic

Jules Nchoutmboube (MOCB, George Belov, Advisor)
Mechanism of Upregulation of Phosphatidylcholine Synthesis During Picornavirus Infection & its Role in the Development of Viral Replication Organelles
Currently:  MRL Post doc research scientist at Merck Research Labs

Jennifer Shemansky (MOCB, Caren Chang, Advisor)
Exploring the Function and Regulation of Arabidopsis EIN2 in Ethylene Signaling
Currently:  Researcher at USDA

Andrew Simpson (BEES, Scott Wing & Charles Fenster, Advisors)
Using a Combination of Phylogenetic Comparative and Paleobotanical Methods to Elucidate Patterns of Lineage Selection in Rosales (Plantae: Anthphyta)

Elanor (Stevens) Spadafora (BEES, William Lamp, Advisor)
Analysis of Macroinvertebrate Communities in Seasonal Wetlands through Time, Space, and Species Traits
Currently:

Erika Tomei (MOCB, Steve Wolniak, Advisor)
Kinesin Motor Proteins are Essential for Male Gametophyte Development in the Water Fern Marsilea vestita
Currently:  Microscopy and Technical Sales at Vashaw Scientific Inc.

Spring 2016 Graduates

 

Tamara (Fischer) Collum (CBMG, Jim Culver, Advisor)
Characterization of Tobacco Mosaic Virus Directed Reprogramming of Phloem Gene Expression to Promote Viral Phloem Loading and Systemic Movement
Currently:  Post doctoral researcher in the Culver lab at UMD

Kasim George (MOCB, David O'Brochta, Advisor)
Genetic Manipulation of Anopheles Stephensi Immunity to Increase Plasmodium Falciparum Salivary Gland Sporozoite Infection Levels
Currently:  Post doc in insect genetic technologies RCN in the O'Brochta lab at IBBR

Ginger Houston-Ludlum (MOCB, Najib El-Sayed, Advisor)
Comparative Transcriptome Profiling of Human Foreskin Fibroblasts Infected with the Sylvio and Y Strains of Trypanosoma Cruzi
Currently:

Faith Kung (MOCB, Utpal Pal, Advisor)
Characterization of Borrelia Burdoferi Gene Product BBD18 for its Role(s) in Pathogen Biology and Infectivity
Currently:  Post doctoral fellow at UMD in Dr. Leslie Pick's lab

My Le (MOCB, Anne Simon, Advisor)
Structural Analysis of Ribosome Binding Elements of the 3’ UTR in Two Positive-Strand Plant RNA Viruses
Currently:   Post doc researcher at Indiana University in the Giedroc Group

Ashley Nazario-Toole (MOCB, Louisa Wu, Advisor)
Genome Wide Association Studies of Phagocytosis and the Cellular Immune Response in Drosophila Melanogaster
Currently:  Research Educator/Research Associate: UMD FIRE Program

Julie Samy (BEES, Jerry Wilkinson & Kaci Thompson, Advisors)
Social Structure of Asian Elephants (Elephas maximus) in Sri Lanka
Currently: 

Alyssa Stewart (BEES, Michele Dudash, Advisor)
Bat-Plant Pollination Interactions in Southern Thailand
Currently: Lecturer, Mahidol University, Thailand

Kayla Valdes (MOCB, Kevin McIver, Advisor)
Functional Characterization of the Link Between Carbohydrate Metabolism and Pathogenesis of the Invasive M1T1 Group A Streptococcus
Currently:  Biomedical Life Scientist at Leidos

Mona (Wu) Orr (MOCB, Vincent Lee, Advisor)
NanoRNAses are the Primary Enzymes Responsible for the Degradation of pGpG in c-di-GMP Signaling
Currently:  Post doc at the NIH-NICDH with Dr. Gisela Storz

Fall 2015 Graduates

 

Gina Tella Togna (MOCB, Jon Dinman & Pierre Comizzoli, Advisors)
Structural And Functional Characterization Of The Panamanian Golden Frog (Atelopus Zeteki) Spermatozoa – Impact Of Medium Osmolality And Cryopreservation On Motility And Cell Viability
Currently: Post doctoral fellow, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Laura Dillon (CBBG, Najib El-Sayed, Advisor)
Transcriptomic profiling of Leishmania parasites and host macrophages during an infection
Currently:   Biologics Project Manager, MedImmune

Ted Gibbons (CBBG, Charles Delwiche, Advisor)
Inferring Dinoflagellate Genome Structure, Function, and Evolution from Short-read High-throughput mRNA-seq
Currently: Bioinformatics scientist at Computomics GmbH in Tübingen, Germany

Justin Malin (CBBG, Sridhar Hannenhalli, Advisor)
Crowdsourcing: A Novel Group-Level Mechanism Structures Chromatin And Fosters Gene-Complex Activation
Currently: Post doctoral fellow at the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

Seth Schobel (CBBG, Michael Cummings & John Glass, Advisors)
The Viral Genomics Revolution: Big Data Approaches to Basic Viral Research, Surveillance, and Vaccine Development
Currently: Assistant Professor at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Summer 2015 Graduates

Katharine Briggs (MOCB, Zvi Kelman, Advisor)
Exploration of Lithium Ion Binding to Magnesium Bound Adenosine Triphosphate and Its Implications for Bipolar Disorder
Currently:   Post doctoral fellow at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

Maitreyi Chattopadhyay (CBMG, Anne Simon, Advisor)
Long and Short Distance RNA:RNA Interactions Modulate Vital Viral Processes in the Carmoviruses
Currently: ORISE Fellow at the FDA

Daniel Czerny (MOCB, Heven Sze, Advisor)
Probing the 3D structure and function of a cation/H+ exchanger in plant reproduction
Currently: Adjuct Biology Faculty at Reading Area Community College

Amanda Field (MOCB, Leslie Pick, Advisor)
The Evolution and Function of the Pair-rule Gene Fushi Tarazu
Currently: Mirzayan S & T Policy Fellow at the National Academy of Sciences

Jacob Hosen (BEES, Margaret Palmer, Advisor)
Alterations to Headwater Stream Microbial Communities and Carbon Cycling in Response to Environmental Change
Currently: Post doctoral associate Yale University Department of Forestry

Heather Miller (CBMG, Wenxia Song, Advisor)
The Regulation of B Cell Activation by Antigen Density and Membrane Damage
Currently: Post doctoral fellow at Rocky Mountain Laboratories

Richard Smith (BIOL, Ricardo Araneda, Advisor)
Neuromodulation in the Olfactory Bulb
Currently: Postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School

Frank Stearns (BEES, Charles Fenster, Advisor)
Moving Toward an Optimum: Adaptation Genetics of Arabidopsis Thaliana
Currently: Postdoctoral fellow in the Ostermeier Lab at Johns Hopkins University

Rahul Suresh (CBMG, David Mosser, Advisor)
Activation Of NLRP3 Inflammasomes During Complement-Mediated Phagocytosis By Macrophages
Currently: Postdoctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Laura VanBlargan (MOCB, Ted Pierson & Anne Simon, Advisors)
 Deconstructing The Polyclonal Antibody Response To Dengue Virus
Currently: Postdoctoral fellow at Washington University School of Medicine

 

Spring 2015 Graduates

Vivek Advani (CBMG, Jon Dinman, Advisor)
Establishing Link Between Translational Recoding and Human Disease
Currently: Research Educator/Research Associate UMD-FIRE Program

Senthil Velan Bhoopalan (CBMG, Dan Stein, Advisor)
Pour Some Sugar On Me: Role Of Gonococcal Surface Glycoconjugates In Bacteria-Bacteria Interaction
Currently: Pediatrics Resident, University of Nevada School of Medicine, Las Vegas, NV (other)

Gerry Carter (BEES, Jerry Wilkinson, Advisor)
Cooperation and social bonds in common vampire bats (desmodus rotundus)
Currently:  Assistant Professor, Ohio State University

Suna Gulay (MOCB, Jon Dinman, Advisor)
Building A Map of The Dynamic Ribosome
Currently: Postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health-National Institute of Child Health & Development

Kyle Miller Hesed (BIOL, Jerry Wilkinson, Advisor)
Dispersal and Population Ecology of the Red-backed Salamander (Plethodon cinereus)
Currently: Biology Faculty member, Hesston College

Shang-Hsuan Lin (BIOL, Marco Colombini, Advisor)
Discovery of an Escherichia Coli Channel with High Voltage Dependence and Cooperativity
Currently: Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota

Yong Lu (CBMG, Leslie Pick, Advisor)
Function and Evolution of Pair-rule Genes
Currently: Research Associate at SUNY-Stonybrook

Kevin Nyberg (BIOL, Carlos Machado, Advisor)
Comparative Transcriptomics of Long Intergenic Noncoding RNAs in Drosophila
Currently: Postdoctoral fellow in the Carthew Lab at Northwestern University

Lalitha Srinivasan (MOCB, Volker Briken, Advisor)
Role of Rv3167c in Necrosis and Autophagy Induction by and in Virulence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Currently: Scientist I at Meso Scale Diagnostics, LLC

 

Fall 2014 Graduates

Lijuan Du (MOCB, Jian Wang, Advisor)
JAK/STAT and Hippo Signaling Pathways Independently Regulate The Same Target Genes To Control Cell Proliferation
Currently: Postdoctoral fellow in the Roy Lab at UMD

Bryan Fleming (CBMG, David Mosser, Advisor)
Expanding our understanding of the Regulatory Macrophage
Currently: Postdoctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute

Rebecca Just (CBBG, Michael Cummings, Advisor)
The Forensic Mitochondrial DNA Horizon: Laying The Foundation To Extend Typing Efforts To The Full Mitochondrial Genome
Currently: Supervisory Research Scientist, American Registry of Pathology (ARP) 

Sharmishtha Musalgaonkar (CBMG, Jon Dinman, Advisor)
Ribosome in the Balance: Structural Equilibrium Ensures Translational Fidelity and Proper Gene Expression
Currently: Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Biosciences at the University of Texas at Austin

Katie Seeley-Fallen (CBMG, Wenxia Song, Advisor)
Actin-binding protein 1 links B-cell antigen receptors to negative signaling pathways
Currently:  Post doctoral researcher in the Song Lab at UMD

Liang-Chun (Mark) Wang (CBMG, Wenxia Song, Advisor)
Interactions of Neisseria Gonorrhoeae with Epithelial Cells
Currently: Research Educator UMD FIRE program

Qian Wang (MOCB, Louisa Wu, Advisor)
The Antiviral Role of Atg1 Against Drosophila X Virus in Drosophila Melanogaster
Currently: 

Chen-Hsin Yu (MOCB, John Moult, Advisor)
Analysis Of Consensus Genome-Wide Expression-QTLs And Their Relationships To Human Complex Trait Diseases
Currently: Postdoctoral Research Associate at Duke University of Medicine

Summer 2014 Graduates

Christian Che-Castaldo (BEES, Bill Fagan, Advisor)
The Role of Wood-Boring Insect Herbivory in Mediating Primary Succession
Currently: 

Katherine Fenstermacher (CBMG, Jeff DeStefano, Advisor)
Modulation of Nucleic Acid Binding by HIV-1 Reverse Transcriptase and Family A DNA Polymerases 
Currently: Postdoctoral Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the laboratory of Dr. Andrew Pekosz

Ryan Heselpoth (MOCB, Daniel Nelson, Advisor)
Engineering- Enhanced Structural Stability To The Streptococcal Bacteriophage Endolysin PlyC
Currently a post doc in Dr. Vincent Fischetti's Laboratory at Rockefeller University.

Nathan Jud (BEES, Charlies MItter & Scott Wing, Advisors)
The Ecology Of Early Cretaceous Angiosperms: Insights From The Fossil Record
Currently: Post doc at the Florida Museum of Natural History

Tammy Korolnek (MOCB, Iqbal Hamza, Advisor)
MRP5/ABCC5, A Conserved ABC Transporter, Regulates Metazoan Heme Homeostasis
Currently Postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia

Courtney LaPaglia Finch (MOCB, Daniel Perez, Advisor)
Reverse Genetics of Influenza B and the Development of a Novel LAIV Vaccine
Currently: ORISE post doctoral fellow at the Food & Drug Administration

Yuan Li (CBBG, Najib El-Sayed, Advisor)
Simultaneous transcriptome profiling of Trypanosoma cruzi parasites and their human host cells.
Currently Senior Quantitative Analyst with Capital One

Rebecca Renberg (MOCB, Norma Andrews, Advisor)
Residues Critical for Heme Transport in Leishmania Heme Response 1 (LHR1) from Leishmania amazonensis
Currently: Government contractor at The US Army Research Laboratory, to work on a biofuel project

Kevin Roelofs (CBMG, Vincent Lee, Advisor)
The Differential Radial Capillary Action of Ligand Assay Enables Systematic Identification and Characterization of Protein-Ligand Interactions
CurrentlyResearch Scientist - Molecular Analysis - Finch Therapeutics

Daniel Serrano (CBBG, Silvia Muro, Advisor)
Role of ICAM-1-Mediated Endocytosis on Endothelial Function and Implications for Carrier- Assisted Drug Delivery
Currently:  Research Associate, University of Maryland Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics

Sarada Viswanathan (PSYS Patrick Kanold & Loren Looger, Advisors)
Distinct laminar and molecular subcircuits of the Subplate Neurons
Currently: Research specialist, HHMI Janelia Farms

Spring 2014 Graduates

Clark Rushing (BEES, Michele Dudash & Peter Marra, Advisors):
Causes and Consequences of Long-Distance Dispersal in a Migratory Bird, the American Restart (Setophaga Ruticilla) 
Currently: Post doctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Mercedes Burns (BEES, Jeff Shultz, Advisor)
Phylogenetic Exploration of Mating System Evolution in the Easter North American Leiobunine Harvestment (Opiliones: Sclerosomatidae)
Currently: NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at San Diego State University; Just accepted an Assistant Professor position in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland - Baltimore County.

Vanya Paralanov (MOCB, Jon Dinman and John Glass, Advisors)
Moving Beyond Serovars: Using Cutting Edge Molecular Approaches to Redefine Our Understanding of Ureaplasmas
Currently: NRC Postdoc at National Institute of Standards and Technology

Kenneth Jensen (CBMG, Don Nuss, Advisor)
Functional characterization of papain-like protease p48 required for replication of hypovirus CHV-1 responsible for virulence-attenuation of the chestnut blight fungus
Currently: Research Scientist

Matthew Angel (CBMG, Daniel Perez, Advisor)
Reassortment and gene selection of influenza viruses in the ferret model and potential platforms for in vivo reverse genetics
Currently: Post doc, NIH

Kawther Abdilleh (MOCB, Carlos Machado, Advisor)
Patterns of gene expression and gene network evolution in Drosophila
Currently: Postdoctoral Fellow in Todd Streelman's lab,  Georgia Institute of Technology

Wayne Cabral (MOCB, Steve Mount & Joan Marini, Advisors)
Recessive Osteogenesis Imperfecta: Prevalence and Pathophysiology of Collagen Prolyl-3-Hydroxylation Complex Defects
Currently: Biologist at National Institutes of Health

Jorge Mendez Rios (CBMG, Jeff DeStefano & Bernard Moss, Advisors)
Investigation on Poxvirus host-range genes in mammalian cells
Currently: Post doctoral fellow at the NIH, Laboratory of Viral Diseases

Swati Shah (Volker Briken, Advisor)
Currently: 
Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Maryland

Kanika Gera (CBMG, Kevin McIver, Advisor)
The Phosphoenol Pyruvate Phosphotransferase (PTS) of Streptococcus Pyogenes are its Role in Virulence
Currently: Research Scientist at Open Medicine Institute

Lisa Injaian Hoover (MOCB, Brenda Fredericksen, Advisor)
Interferon- dependent and independent modulation of West Nile virus infections of human dermal fibroblasts
Currently: Senior Scientist at Precision for Medicine

Claire O'Quin (BIOL, Thomas  Kocher, Advisor)
The Genetic Basis Of Pigment Pattern Differentiation In Lake Malawi African Cichlids
Currently: Lecturer at University of Kentucky

Heather Cohen (CBMG, David Mosser, Advisor)
 The Identification and Characterization of an Intrinsic CD39/A2R-based Regulatory Mechanism that Governs Macrophage Activation Responses
Currently: Immuno-Oncology Postdoctoral Fellow at EMD Serono, Boston, MA

Juanji (Jessica) Tang (MOCB, Louisa Wu, Advisor)
PABP interacting protein, rogue, restrict viral accumulation in Drosophila. (tentative)
Currently: NHLBI Fellow

Dandan Li (MOCB, Zhongchi Liu, Advisor)
An investigation of mechanisms of an intron-mediated gene silencing
Currently: Postdoc at NCI (National Cancer Institute)

Zhuo Li (Zvi Keliman, Advisor)
Currently: 
Research Associate Professor at Third Institute of Oceanography of State Oceanic Administration

Swati Shah (CBMG, Volker Briken, Advisor)
Mechanisms of Innate Immune Evasion by Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Currently: Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Maryland, College Park