The Graduates of the Biological Sciences Ph.D. Program

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spring 2018 graduates

Alisha Barnes
CBMG | Dr. Stephen Wolniak
Dissertation: The Role in Aurora Kinase in the Developing Male gametophyte of Marsilea Vestita
Sindhuja Devanapally
CBMG | Dr. Antony Jose
Dissertation: Transgenerational Silencing at a Susceptible Locus in Caenorhabditis Elegans
Will Gammerdinger
BIOL | Dr. Thomas Kocher
Dissertation: The Diversity of Sex Chromosomes Within African Cichlids
Pratima Nandamuri
BIOL | Dr. Karen Carleton
Dissertation: Mechanisms Contributing to Opsin Expression Divergence in the Visual System of African Cichlids
Mengfei Peng
MOCB | Dr. Debabrata Biswas
Dissertation: Stimulation Growth And Metabolites Production
of Lactobacillus Control Enteric Bacterial Pathogen Infection Improving Gut Health
Matthew Conte
BIOL | Dr. Thomas Kocher
Dissertation: Structure and Evolution of African Cichlid Genomes
Alexander Novarro
BEES | Dr. Alexa Bely
Dissertation: Thermal Physiology in a Widespread Lungless Salamander
Stephen Christensen
CBMG | Dr. David Mosser
Dissertation: Meta-Transcriptomic Profiling of Human Cutaneous Leishmaniasis

winter 2018 graduates

John Clay
MOCB | Dr. Caren Chang
Dissertation: The Phytohormone Ethylene: (I) Investigating
the Molecular Function of RTE1 and (II) Insights on the Evolution of the Ethylene Biosynthesis and Signaling Pathways
Vincent Keith Hughitt
CBBG | Dr. Najib El-Sayed
Dissertation: Development and Optimization of Tools For Co-expression Network Analyses of Host-Pathogen Systems
Susan Park Ochsner
MOCB | Dr. Xiaoping Zhu
Dissertation: Mucosal Delivery of Influenza Vaccine Antigens

fall 2017 graduates

Sarah Ahlbrand
MOCB | Dr. Volker Briken
Dissertation: Characterizing the Inhibition of Innate Immune Signaling by Mycobacterium Tuberculosis
Post-Grad: Medical Writer/Clinical Research Specialist
Narendranath Bhokisham
MOCB | Dr. Volker Briken
Dissertation: Design of Enzyme Cascade and CRISPR-Cas9 Networks for Enabling Bioelectronic Communication
Andrew Foss-Grant
BEES | Dr. William Fagan
Dissertation: Quantitative Challenges in Ecology: Competition, Migration, and Social Learning
Jessica Goodheart
BEES | Dr. Michael Cummings
Dissertation: Phylogenomics, Systematics, And Evolution Within The Nudibranch Group Cladobranchia (Mollusca: Gastropoda)
Noor White
BEES | Dr. Karen Carleton
Dissertation: Unraveling the Evolutionary History of Nocturnality in the Strisores
Post-Grad: National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at The National Institutes of Health
Yizhou Yin
CBBG | Dr. John Moult
Dissertation: Computational Methods in Missense Mutation Analysis: Phenotypes, Pathogenicity, and Protein Engineering


Daniel Ayres
BEES | Dr. Michael Cummings
Dissertation: Research And Application Of Parallel Computing Algorithms For Statistical Phylogenetic Inference
Bess Dalby
MOCB | Dr. David Moser
Dissertation: Regulation of Gene Expressions by Fc Receptor Cross-Linking in Primary Human Macrohages
Post-Grad: Statistical Analyst at BioStat Solutions Inc
Harley King
MOCB | Dr. Shunyuan Xiao
Dissertation: Regulation of the broad-spectrum disease resistance protein RPW8.2 by phosphorylation and 14-3-3 in Arabidopsis
Julia Marré
MOCB | Dr. Antony Jose
Dissertation: Extracellular RNA Is Transported From One Generation To The Next In C. Elegans
Post-Grad: Cell & Molecular Biologist
Shrutii Sarda
CBBG | Dr. Sridhar Hannenhalli
Dissertation: Mapping and Characterization of Functional Innovations in CIS-Acting Elements and Trans-Acting Factors
Post-Grad: Bioinformatics Scientist at CooperGenomics
Yizhou Yin
CBBG | Dr. John Moult
Dissertation: Computational Methods in Missense Mutation Analysis: Phenotypes, Pathogenicity, and Protein Engineering
Steven Smith
CBBG | Dr. Najib El-Sayed & Dr. Jaques Ravel
Dissertation: Identification and Characterization of Regulatory miRNAs
and mRNAs in the Longitudinal Human Host Response to Vaginal Microbiota
Ganesh (Surya) Sundar
MOCB | Dr. Kevin McIver
Dissertation: Characterizing the Role of the Phosphoenolpyruvate
Phosphotransferase System Enzyme IIs In the Pathogenesis of the Group A Streptococcus
Post-Grad: Postdoctoral Fellow at Lab of Antimicrobial Discovery
Di Wu
MOCB | Dr. Kan Cao
Dissertation: Investigation of Lamin A Processing and Regulation
Jie Xiang
MOCB | Dr. Leslie Pick
Dissertation: Investigating pair-rule gene orthologs in an intermediate germ beetle, Dermestes maculatus
Juannan Zhou
BEES | Dr. Michelle Dudash & Dr. Elizabeth Zimmer
Dissertation: Natural Selection, Population Genetics, And Trait
Diversification of Silene Stellata and its Pollinating Seed Predator Hadena


Roxane Boutan
MOCB | Dr. Caren Chang
Dissertation: Bolt, an AP2/ERF Transcription Factor Regulates Abiotic Stress and Defense Responses in Arabiodpsis Thaliana
Post-Grad: Postdoctoral Fellow at Lab of Antimicrobial Discovery
David Brown
MOCB | Dr. Jon Dinman & Dr. John Glass
Dissertation: Enhancing Gene Delivery to the Mammalian Nucleus
for Applications in Viral Reverse Genetics and Human Artificial Chromosome Development
Post-Grad: Postdoctoral fellow at J. Craig Venter Institute
Carolina Diller
BIOL | Dr. Charles Fenster
Dissertation: Evaluating the Effects of Pollinator Mediated Selection on Patterns of Floral Variationg
Post-Grad: Postdoctoral fellow at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Beatrice Mao
BEES | Dr. Jerry Wilkinson & Dr. Cynthia Moss
Dissertation: Echolocation, High Frequency Hearing, And Gene Expression In The Inner Ear Of Bats
Post-Grad: Postdoctoral research fellow at the National Institute of Deafness & Other Communication Disorders, NIH
Sarah Tweedt
BEES | Dr. Charles Delwiche & Dr. Doug Erwin
Dissertation: Development and the Early Animal Fossil record: Evolution and Phylogenetic Applications
Post-Grad: Postdoctoral fellow at Yale University
Natalia Umana
BEES | Dr. Nathan Swenson
Dissertation: The Role of Functional Traits in Driving Species-Relative
Abundance Distribution in Plant Communities
Post-Grad: Postdoctoral associate at Yale University; Assistant
Professor in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan


Silvia Alvarez
BEES | Dr. Bill Fagan
Dissertation: Fission-Fusion Dynamics In Mammals: Linking Animal Movement To Group Behavior
Post-Grad: Searching for employment in Columbia and Latin America
Cora Johnston
BEES | Dr. Dan Gruner
Dissertation: Marine Community Assembly in a Dynamic Ecotone
Post-Grad: Post doc at UC-Santa Barbara in a parasite ecology lab
Sara Linden
MOCB | Dr. Daniel Nelson
Dissertation: An Investigation on a Bacteriophage Endolysin Possessing
Antimicrobial Activity Against Antibiotic Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus
Post-Grad: Post doc at UMD in Nelson lab
Carly Muletz Wolz
BEES | Dr. Karen Lips
Dissertation: The Skin Microbiome of Plethodon Salamanders and
its Association with Hosts’ Taxonomy, Environment, and Health Status
Post-Grad: Researcher at Center for Conservation Genomics at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Jeff Quigley
MOCB | Dr. Volker Briken
Dissertation: The Cell Wall Lipid PDIM Mediates Phagosomal Escape and Host Cell Exit of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis
Post-Grad: Post doc at Northeaster in Dr. Kim Lewis's Lab
Sara Reynolds
MOCB | Dr. Bernard Moss & Dr. Jim Culver
Dissertation: Characterization of the Cowpox and Mousepox Homologs
of the Smallpox Virus B22 Protein and Their Roles in Mouse Disease Models
Post-Grad: Assistant Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University
Haoyue Zhang
MOCB | Dr. Kan Cao
Dissertation: Investigation of Smooth Muscle Cell Death and Genome Instability in Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome
Post-Grad: Post doc at Children's Hospital of Philidelphia in Dr. Gerd Biobel's lab


Vasudevan Achuthan
MOCB | Dr. Jeff DeStefano
Dissertation: HIV Reverse Transcriptase Fidelity & Inhibition are Modulated
by Divalent Cations in a Concentration-Dependent Manner In Vivo
Post-Grad: Post doc research fellow at Harvard Medical School
Cheryl Lewis Ames
BEES | Dr. Allen Collins & Dr. Alexa Bely
Dissertation: Taxonomy, Morphology, and RNA-Seq Transcriptomics
of the Cubozoan Alatina Alata, an Emerging Model Cnidarian
Post-Grad: Peter Buck Post Doctoral Fellow in Invertebrate Zoology at
the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History
Grace DiRenzo
BEES | Dr. Karen Lips
Dissertation: Community- and Population- Level Effects of Chytridiomycosis in a Neotropical Amphibian Community
Post-Grad: NSF Post Doctoral Fellow at UC-Santa Barbara
Charles Hawkins
CBMG | Dr. Zhongchi Liu
Dissertation: Shaping the Dicot Fruit: Molecular & Genomic Approaches to Fruit Development
Post-Grad: Post doc at Washington State University & USDA/ARS
Micki Kuhlmann
MOCB | Dr. Anne Simon
Dissertation: Alternate Conformations Regulate Ribosomal Recoding in a Positive-sense RNA Virus
Post-Grad: Post doctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health - National Cancer Institute
Gregg Mendez
MOCB | Dr. Charles Delwiche
Dissertation: Dinoflagelate Genomic Organization and Phylogenetic Marker Discovery Utilizing Deep Sequencing Data
Post-Grad: Bioinformaticist at the Mayo Clinic
Jules Nchoutmboube
MOCB | Dr. George Belov
Dissertation: Mechanism of Upregulation of Phosphatidylcholine
Synthesis During Picornavirus Infection & its Role in the Development of Viral Replication Organelles
Post-Grad: MRL Post doc research scientist at Merck Research Labs
Jennifer Shemansky
MOCB | Dr. Caren Chang
Dissertation: Exploring the Function and Regulation of Arabidopsis EIN2 in Ethylene Signaling
Post-Grad: Researcher at USDA
Andrew Simpson
BEES | Dr. Scott Wing & Dr. Charles Fenster
Dissertation: Using a Combination of Phylogenetic Comparative and Paleobotanical
Methods to Elucidate Patterns of Lineage Selection in Rosales (Plantae: Anthphyta)
Elanor (Stevens) Spadafora
BEES | Dr. William Lamp
Dissertation: Analysis of Macroinvertebrate Communities in Seasonal Wetlands through Time, Space, and Species Traits
Erika Tomei
MOCB | Dr. Steve Wolniak
Dissertation: Kinesin Motor Proteins are Essential for Male Gametophyte Development in the Water Fern Marsilea vestita
Post-Grad: Microscopy and Technical Sales at Vashaw Scientific Inc.

Spring 2016 graduates

Tamara (Fischer) Collum
CBMG | Dr. Jim Culver
Dissertation: Characterization of Tobacco Mosaic Virus Directed Reprogramming
of Phloem Gene Expression to Promote Viral Phloem Loading and Systemic Movement
Post-Grad: Post doctoral researcher in the Culver lab at UMD
Kasim George
MOCB | Dr. David O'Brochta
Dissertation: Genetic Manipulation of Anopheles Stephensi Immunity
to Increase Plasmodium Falciparum Salivary Gland Sporozoite Infection Levels
Post-Grad: Post doc in insect genetic technologies RCN in the O'Brochta lab at IBBR
Ginger Houston-Ludlum
MOCB | Dr. Najib El-Sayed
Dissertation: Comparative Transcriptome Profiling of Human Foreskin
Fibroblasts Infected with the Sylvio and Y Strains of Trypanosoma Cruzi
Faith Kung
MOCB | Dr. Utpal Pal
Dissertation: Characterization of Borrelia Burdoferi Gene Product BBD18 for
its Role(s) in Pathogen Biology and Infectivity
Post-Grad: Post doctoral fellow at UMD in Dr. Leslie Pick's lab
My Le
MOCB | Dr. Anne Simon
Dissertation: Structural Analysis of Ribosome Binding Elements of the
3’ UTR in Two Positive-Strand Plant RNA Viruses
Post-Grad: Post doc researcher at Indiana University in the Giedroc Group
Ashley Nazario-Toole
MOCB | Dr. Louisa Wu
Dissertation: Genome Wide Association Studies of Phagocytosis and the Cellular Immune Response in Drosophila Melanogaster
Post-Grad: Research Educator/Research Associate: UMD FIRE Program
Julie Samy
BEES | Dr. Jerry Wilkinson & Dr. Kaci Thompson
Dissertation: Social Structure of Asian Elephants (Elephas maximus) in Sri Lanka
Alyssa Stewart
BEES | Dr. Michele Dudash
Dissertation: Bat-Plant Pollination Interactions in Southern Thailand
Post-Grad: Lecturer, Mahidol University, Thailand
Kayla Valdes
MOCB | Dr. Kevin McIver
Dissertation: Functional Characterization of the Link Between
Carbohydrate Metabolism and Pathogenesis of the Invasive M1T1 Group A Streptococcus
Post-Grad: Biomedical Life Scientist at Leidos
Mona (Wu) Orr
MOCB | Dr. Vincent Lee
Dissertation: NanoRNAses are the Primary Enzymes Responsible for
the Degradation of pGpG in c-di-GMP Signaling
Post-Grad: Post doc at the NIH-NICDH with Dr. Gisela Storz

fall 2015 graduates

Gina Tella Togna
MOCB | Dr. Jon Dinman & Dr. Pierre Comizzoli
Dissertation: Structural And Functional Characterization Of The
Panamanian Golden Frog (Atelopus Zeteki) Spermatozoa – Impact Of
Medium Osmolality And Cryopreservation On Motility And Cell Viability
Post-Grad: Post doctoral fellow, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Laura Dillon
CBBG | Dr. Najib El-Sayed
Dissertation: Transcriptomic profiling of Leishmania parasites and host macrophages during an infection
Post-Grad: Biologics Project Manager, MedImmune
Ted Gibbons
CBBG | Dr. Charles Delwiche
Dissertation: Inferring Dinoflagellate Genome Structure, Function, and
Evolution from Short-read High-throughput mRNA-seq
Post-Grad: Bioinformatics scientist at Computomics GmbH in Tübingen, Germany
Justin Malin
CBBG | Dr. Sridhar Hannenhalli
Dissertation: Crowdsourcing: A Novel Group-Level Mechanism
Structures Chromatin And Fosters Gene-Complex Activation
Post-Grad: Post doctoral fellow at the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
Seth Schobel
CBBG | Dr. Michael Cummings & Dr. John Glass
Dissertation: The Viral Genomics Revolution: Big Data Approaches
to Basic Viral Research, Surveillance, and Vaccine Development
Post-Grad: Assistant Professor at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

summer 2015 graduates

Katharine Briggs
MOCB | Dr. Zvi Kelman
Dissertation: Exploration of Lithium Ion Binding to Magnesium
Bound Adenosine Triphosphate and Its Implications for Bipolar Disorder
Post-Grad: Post doctoral fellow at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Maitreyi Chattopadhyay
CBMG | Dr. Anne Simon
Dissertation: Long and Short Distance RNA:RNA Interactions Modulate Vital Viral Processes in the Carmoviruses
Post-Grad: ORISE Fellow at the FDA
Daniel Czerny
MOCB | Dr. Heven Sze
Dissertation: Probing the 3D structure and function of a cation/H+
exchanger in plant reproduction
Post-Grad: Adjuct Biology Faculty at Reading Area Community College
Amanda Field
MOCB | Dr. Leslie Pick
Dissertation: The Evolution and Function of the Pair-rule Gene Fushi Tarazu
Post-Grad: Mirzayan S & T Policy Fellow at the National Academy of Sciences
Jacob Hosen
BEES | Dr. Margaret Palmer
Dissertation: Alterations to Headwater Stream Microbial Communities
and Carbon Cycling in Response to Environmental Change
Post-Grad: Post doctoral associate Yale University Department of Forestry
Heather Miller
CBMG | Dr. Wenxia Song
Dissertation: The Regulation of B Cell Activation by Antigen Density and Membrane Damage
Post-Grad: Post doctoral fellow at Rocky Mountain Laboratories
Richard Smith
BIOL | Dr. Ricardo Araneda
Dissertation: Neuromodulation in the Olfactory Bulb
Post-Grad: Postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School
Frank Stearns
BEES | Dr. Charles Fenster
Dissertation: Moving Toward an Optimum: Adaptation Genetics of Arabidopsis Thaliana
Post-Grad: Postdoctoral fellow in the Ostermeier Lab at Johns Hopkins University
Rahul Suresh
CBMG | Dr. David Mosser
Dissertation: Activation Of NLRP3 Inflammasomes During Complement-Mediated Phagocytosis By Macrophages
Post-Grad: Postdoctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Laura VanBlargan
MOCB | Dr. Ted Pierson & Dr. Anne Simon
Dissertation: Deconstructing The Polyclonal Antibody Response To Dengue Virus
Post-Grad: Postdoctoral fellow at Washington University School of Medicine

spring 2015 graduates

Vivek Advani
CBMG | Dr. Jon Dinman
Dissertation: Establishing Link Between Translational Recoding and Human Disease
Post-Grad: Research Educator/Research Associate UMD-FIRE Program
Senthil Velan Bhoopalan
CBMG | Dr. Dan Stein
Dissertation: Pour Some Sugar On Me: Role Of Gonococcal Surface Glycoconjugates In Bacteria-Bacteria Interaction
Post-Grad: Pediatrics Resident, University of Nevada School of Medicine, Las Vegas, NV (other)
Gerry Carter
BEES | Dr. Jerry Wilkinson
Dissertation: Cooperation and social bonds in common vampire bats (desmodus rotundus)
Post-Grad: Assistant Professor, Ohio State University
Suna Gulay
MOCB | Dr. Jon Dinman
Dissertation: Building A Map of The Dynamic Ribosome
Post-Grad: Postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health-National Institute of Child Health & Development
Kyle Miller Hesed
BIOL | Dr. Jerry Wilkinson
Dissertation: Dispersal and Population Ecology of the Red-backed Salamander (Plethodon cinereus)
Post-Grad: Biology Faculty member, Hesston College
Shang-Hsuan Lin
BIOL | Dr. Marco Colombini
Dissertation: Discovery of an Escherichia Coli Channel with High Voltage Dependence and Cooperativity
Post-Grad: Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota
Yong Lu
CBMG | Dr. Leslie Pick
Dissertation: Function and Evolution of Pair-rule Genes
Post-Grad: Research Associate at SUNY-Stonybrook
Kevin Nyberg
BIOL | Dr. Carlos Machado
Dissertation: Comparative Transcriptomics of Long Intergenic Noncoding RNAs in Drosophila
Post-Grad: Postdoctoral fellow in the Carthew Lab at Northwestern University
Lalitha Srinivasan
MOCB | Dr. Volker Briken
Dissertation: Role of Rv3167c in Necrosis and Autophagy Induction by and in Virulence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Post-Grad: Scientist I at Meso Scale Diagnostics, LLC

fall 2014 graduates

Lijuan Du
MOCB | Dr. Jian Wang
Dissertation: JAK/STAT and Hippo Signaling Pathways Independently Regulate
The Same Target Genes To Control Cell Proliferation
Post-Grad: Postdoctoral fellow in the Roy Lab at UMD
Bryan Fleming
CBMG | Dr. David Mosser
Dissertation: Expanding our understanding of the Regulatory Macrophage
Post-Grad: Postdoctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute
Rebecca Just
CBBG | Dr. Michael Cummings
Dissertation: The Forensic Mitochondrial DNA Horizon: Laying The
Foundation To Extend Typing Efforts To The Full Mitochondrial Genome
Post-Grad: Supervisory Research Scientist, American Registry of Pathology (ARP)
Sharmishtha Musalgaonkar
CBMG | Dr. Jon Dinman
Dissertation: Ribosome in the Balance: Structural Equilibrium Ensures Translational Fidelity and Proper Gene Expression
Post-Grad: Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Biosciences at the University of Texas at Austin
Katie Seeley-Fallen
CBMG | Dr. Wenxia Song
Dissertation: Actin-binding protein 1 links B-cell antigen receptors to negative signaling pathways
Post-Grad: Post doctoral researcher in the Song Lab at UMD
Liang-Chun (Mark) Wang
CBMG | Dr. Wenxia Song
Dissertation: Interactions of Neisseria Gonorrhoeae with Epithelial Cells
Post-Grad: Research Educator UMD FIRE program
Qian Wang
MOCB | Dr. Louisa Wu
Dissertation: The Antiviral Role of Atg1 Against Drosophila X Virus in Drosophila Melanogaster
Chen-Hsin Yu
MOCB | Dr. John Moult
Dissertation: Analysis Of Consensus Genome-Wide Expression-QTLs
And Their Relationships To Human Complex Trait Diseases
Post-Grad: Postdoctoral Research Associate at Duke University of Medicine


Christian Che-Castaldo
BEES | Dr. Bill Fagan
Dissertation: The Role of Wood-Boring Insect Herbivory in Mediating Primary Succession
Katherine Fenstermacher
CBMG | Dr. Jeff DeStefano
Dissertation: Modulation of Nucleic Acid Binding by HIV-1 Reverse Transcriptase and Family A DNA Polymerases
Post-Grad: Postdoctoral Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg
School of Public Health in the laboratory of Dr. Andrew Pekosz
Ryan Heselpoth
MOCB | Dr. Daniel Nelson
Dissertation: Engineering- Enhanced Structural Stability To The Streptococcal Bacteriophage Endolysin PlyC
Post-Grad: Post doc in Dr. Vincent Fischetti's Laboratory at Rockefeller University.
Nathan Jud
BEES | Dr. Charlies MItter & Dr. Scott Wing
Dissertation: The Ecology Of Early Cretaceous Angiosperms: Insights From The Fossil Record
Post-Grad: Post doc at the Florida Museum of Natural History
Tammy Korolnek
MOCB | Dr. Iqbal Hamza
Dissertation: MRP5/ABCC5, A Conserved ABC Transporter, Regulates Metazoan Heme Homeostasis
Post-Grad: Postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia
Courtney LaPaglia Finch
MOCB | Dr. Daniel Perez
Dissertation: Reverse Genetics of Influenza B and the Development of a Novel LAIV Vaccine
Post-Grad: ORISE post doctoral fellow at the Food & Drug Administration
Yuan Li
CBBG | Dr. Najib El-Sayed
Dissertation: Simultaneous transcriptome profiling of Trypanosoma cruzi parasites and their human host cells
Post-Grad: Senior Quantitative Analyst with Capital One
Rebecca Renberg
MOCB | Dr. Norma Andrews
Dissertation: Residues Critical for Heme Transport in Leishmania Heme
Response 1 (LHR1) from Leishmania amazonensis
Post-Grad: Government contractor at The US Army Research Laboratory,
to work on a biofuel project
Kevin Roelofs
CBMG | Dr. Vincent Lee
Dissertation: The Differential Radial Capillary Action of Ligand Assay
Enables Systematic Identification and Characterization of Protein-Ligand Interactions
Post-Grad: Research Scientist - Molecular Analysis - Finch Therapeutics
Daniel Serrano
CBBG | Dr. Silvia Muro
Dissertation: Role of ICAM-1-Mediated Endocytosis on Endothelial
Function and Implications for Carrier- Assisted Drug Delivery
Post-Grad: Research Associate, University of Maryland Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics
Sarada Viswanathan
PSYS | Dr. Patrick Kanold & Dr. Loren Looger
Dissertation: Distinct laminar and molecular subcircuits of the Subplate Neurons
Post-Grad: Research specialist, HHMI Janelia Farms

spring 2014 graduates

Clark Rushing
BEES | Dr. Michele Dudash & Dr. Peter Marra
Dissertation: Causes and Consequences of Long-Distance
Dispersal in a Migratory Bird, the American Restart (Setophaga Ruticilla)
Post-Grad: Post doctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Mercedes Burns
BEES | Dr. Jeff Shultz
Dissertation: Phylogenetic Exploration of Mating System Evolution
in the Easter North American Leiobunine Harvestment (Opiliones: Sclerosomatidae
Post-Grad: NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at San Diego State University
Vanya Paralanov
MOCB | Dr. Jon Dinman and Dr. John Glass
Dissertation: Moving Beyond Serovars: Using Cutting Edge
Molecular Approaches to Redefine Our Understanding of Ureaplasmas
Post-Grad: NRC Postdoc at National Institute of Standards and Technology
Kenneth Jensen
CBMG | Dr. Don Nuss
Dissertation: Functional characterization of papain-like protease
p48 required for replication of hypovirus CHV-1 responsible for virulence-attenuation of the chestnut blight fungus
Post-Grad: Research Scientist
Matthew Angel
CBMG | Dr. Daniel Perez
Dissertation: Reassortment and gene selection of influenza viruses
in the ferret model and potential platforms for in vivo reverse genetics
Post-Grad: Post doc, NIH
Kawther Abdilleh
MOCB | Dr. Carlos Machado
Dissertation: Patterns of gene expression and gene network evolution in Drosophila
Post-Grad: Postdoctoral Fellow in Todd Streelman's lab, Georgia Institute of Technology
Wayne Cabral
MOCB | Dr. Steve Mount & Dr. Joan Marini
Dissertation: Recessive Osteogenesis Imperfecta:
Prevalence and Pathophysiology of Collagen Prolyl-3-Hydroxylation Complex Defects
Post-Grad: Biologist at National Institutes of Health
Jorge Mendez Rios
CBMG | Dr. Jeff DeStefano & Dr. Bernard Moss
Dissertation: Investigation on Poxvirus host-range genes in mammalian cells
Post-Grad: Post doctoral fellow at the NIH, Laboratory of Viral Diseases
Swati Shah
CBMG | Dr. Volker Briken
Dissertation: Mechanisms of Innate Immune Evasion by Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Post-Grad: Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Maryland
Kanika Gera
CBMG | Dr. Kevin McIver
Dissertation: The Phosphoenol Pyruvate Phosphotransferase (PTS) of Streptococcus Pyogenes are its Role in Virulence
Post-Grad: Research Scientist at Open Medicine Institute
Lisa Injaian Hoover
MOCB | Dr. Brenda Fredericksen
Dissertation: Interferon- dependent and independent modulation
of West Nile virus infections of human dermal fibroblasts
Post-Grad: Senior Scientist at Precision for Medicine
Claire O'Quin
BIOL | Dr. Thomas Kocher
Dissertation: The Genetic Basis Of Pigment Pattern Differentiation In Lake Malawi African Cichlids
Post-Grad: Lecturer at University of Kentucky
Heather Cohen
CBMG | Dr. David Mosser
Dissertation: The Identification and Characterization of an Intrinsic
CD39/A2R-based Regulatory Mechanism that Governs Macrophage Activation Responses
Post-Grad: Immuno-Oncology Postdoctoral Fellow at EMD Serono, Boston, MA
Juanji (Jessica) Tang
MOCB | Dr. Louisa Wu
Dissertation: PABP interacting protein, rogue, restrict viral accumulation in Drosophila. (tentative)
Post-Grad: NHLBI Fellow
Dandan Li
MOCB | Dr. Zhongchi Liu
Dissertation: An investigation of mechanisms of an intron-mediated gene silencing
Post-Grad: Postdoc at NCI (National Cancer Institute)
Zhuo Li
Dr. Zvi Keliman
Post-Grad: Research Associate Professor at Third Institute of Oceanography of State Oceanic Administration
Chen-Hsin Yu
MOCB | Dr. John Moult
Dissertation: Analysis Of Consensus Genome-Wide Expression-QTLs
And Their Relationships To Human Complex Trait Diseases
Post-Grad: Postdoctoral Research Associate at Duke University of Medicine