Students

Student Name Research Interest Professor

Nicholas Aguirre Keith Baar
Hannah Aizad Nipavan Chiamvimonvat
Olga Balashova Neuromuscular physiology, cell signalling, kinases. Laura Borodinsky
Daniel Bedinger Diabetes, insulin resistance, and monoclonal antibody drug discovery. Sean Adams
Alissa Blum Our lab studies the toxicologic responses of the pulmonary vasculature in response to environmental particulates. My research focuses on the differential response of pulmonary microvascular endothelial cells to fine and ultrafine silicates. I am also interested in the link between equine silicosis and fragile bone disease. We are currently developing a mouse model of this equine disease to better understand physiological responses of the bone to inflammation. Dennis Wilson
Casey Boosalis Pamela Lein
Pearl Chen
Nicole Coggins
Christopher Cox Frank Sharp
Ailsa Dalgliesh Tissue engineered heart valves. Leigh Griffiths
Shannamar Dewey Ubiquitin Proteasome System in Diabetic Cardiomyopathy Aldrin Gomes
Cheryl Dykstra-Aiello Mechanisms of stroke and white matter injury Frank Sharp
Kenneth Eum The physiological functions of voltage gated potassium (Kv) channels are not well understood. To better understand the roles of Kv channels, one must first determine pharmacological drugs that intrinsically have a high affinity for certain Kv channels (there are 40 different subtypes). By modifying these high affinity allosteric inhibitors of Kv channels, I will be able to minimize the promiscuity these drugs and make them highly specific for one certain Kv subtype. Doing so will allow me to unravel the conundrums of Kv channel physiology. I am currently studying a mutant form of a tarantula toxin called Guangxitoxin (GxTX) to determine the physiological function of Kv2.1 channels. Jon Sack
Dione Fernandez Gretchen Casazza
Joel Figueroa Edward Schelegle
Amy Flowers
Bert Frederich Nipavan Chiamvimonvat
Jaclyn Gosliga Linda Barter
Kristi Hamilton I study how changes in the microbiota observed in obese individuals alter gut-brain axis signaling and food intake regulation. We also investigate how pre and probiotics have beneficial effects to restore gut barrier function in obesity. Helen Raybould
Anthony Herren Functional consequences of cardiac voltage gated sodium channel NaV1.5 pathological regulation in heart failure and arrhythmia. The role of CaMKII in cardiac health and disease. Donald Bers
Joyce Huang Conjugation of toxins to monoclonal antibodies to produce a potent specific antibody-toxin molecule that specifically targets Kv channels. Currently working with spider toxin GxTX and sea anemone toxin ShK. Jon Sack
Ian Kimball
Nicholas Klug Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Blood Brain Barrier Ion Transport. Martha O'Donnell
Jesse Krause Hormonal regulation of stress and reproduction in seasonally breeding songbirds. John Wingfield
Linda Lee Lipoproteins, vascular inflammation, vascular biology, vascular dementia John Rutledge
Jacqueline Levin Signaling mechanisms of spinal cord and muscle regeneration in the tail of the Xenopus laevis tadpole Laura Borodinsky
Tingting Liu Mitochondria, Heart failure. NRF2. Anne Knowlton
Xiyuan Lu Donald Bers
Philip Matern Currently focusing on the regulation of skeletal and cardiac muscle mass, and the role of E3 ligases (MuRF1 and MAFbx) in the regulation of atrophy and hypertrophy. Sue Bodine
Colin McCoin Sean Adams
Marissa Zubia McMackin Friedreich's Ataxia, neurodegenerative diseases Gino Cortopassi
Angela Papalamprou Antigen removal (decellularization) approaches for development of immunoacceptable xenogeneic scaffolds for myocardial tissue engineering. Leigh Griffiths
Mikella Robinson
Adam Ross Role of Pak1ip1 in craniofacial and neural development. Konstantinos Zarbalis
Karine Schaal Gretchen Casazza
Michael Steinman Sex differences in the involvement of oxytocin and arginine vasopressin in social withdrawal. Brian Trainor
Craig Steward
Tyler Stradleigh Mammalian retina: Dark adaptation. Dopamine-mediated neuromodulation. Immunohistochemistry and retinal anatomy. Andrew Ishida
Phung Thai Saul Schaefer
George Todd
Justin Van Hoorebeke Robert H Weiss
Katherine Watson Interested in developing imaging technology for early cancer detection, while concurrently designing targeted drug delivery vehicles that improve chemotherapeutic efficacy. Katherine Ferrara
Brittani Wood Julie Bossuyt
Karen Word Integrated endocrine and energetic responses to environmental challenges, developing a means to measure allostatic load John Wingfield
Alfred Yu Leber's Hereditary Optic Neuropathy, Mitochondria, Neurodegenerative Disease Gino Cortopassi

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