Our Graduates

Our graduate students move on to a variety of career paths. Some have opted for Academia, either at research or teaching Universities, while others have ventured into the growing biotechnology sector, while other have opted for service in the public sector. Some students move to further their education in either law school or medical school. Whichever the path, the training they received at the Department of Biological Sciences has prepared them well. Here are a few of our recent graduates.

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Elizabeth English

Laboratory of Dr. Jon Boyle

ThesisThe evolution of host mitochondrial association and its impact on Toxoplasma gondii infection

Defended in January 2017

Current Position: Dr. English is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Pathobiology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Last updated: 7/31/17
Bryce Lunt

Laboratory of Dr. Graham Hatfull

ThesisExploring the Requirements of the Mycobacterium Phage Brujita Integrase

Defended in January 2017

Current Position: Dr. Lunt is a a Senior Scientist at Zoetis Inc.

Last updated: 7/5/17
Carl Nicolas Keiser

Laboratory of Dr. Jon Pruitt

ThesisGroup Composition in Social Spiders: Collective Behavior, Keystone Individuals, and Bacterial Transmission Dynamics

Defended in August 2016

Current Position: Dr. Keiser is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Academy of Fellows and Biosciences Department at Rice University (& see updated photo in this folder)

Last updated: 7/5/17
William Glassford

Laboratory of Dr. Mark Rebeiz

ThesisInvestigating the Evolutionary Origins and Modification of Novel Morphologies and their Developmental Networks

Defended in May 2016

Current Position: Dr. Glassford is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Columbia University Medical Center

Last updated: 7/5/17
Eric Griffin

Laboratory of Dr. Walter Carson

ThesisThe Greater Unseen: On The Identities, Distributions, And Impacts Of Foliar Bacteria On Tropical Arboreal Species.

Defended in April 2016

Current Position: Dr. Griffin is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater, Maryland.

Last updated: 7/5/17
Elizabeth Raupach

Laboratory of Dr. Karen Arndt

ThesisAnalysis of non-protein coding DNA transcription for roles in regulating gene expression

Defended in April 2016

Current Position: Dr. Raupach is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen)

Last updated: 7/5/17
Nana Zhang

Laboratory of Dr. Stephen Tonsor

ThesisVariation and Local Adaptation in Stress Response using Statistical Analysis and Bioinformatics

Defended in April 2016

Current Position: Dr. Zhang is a a Field Application Scientist at Novogene.

Last updated: 7/5/17
Matthew Koski

Laboratory of Dr. Tia-Lynn Ashman

ThesisThe Evolutionary Ecology of Ultraviolet Floral Pigmentation

Defended in May 2015

Current Position: Dr. Koski is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Virginia

Last updated: 7/5/17
Tushar Gupta

Laboratory of Dr. Jim Pipas

ThesisCellular Transformation by Polyomavirus Oncoproteins

Defended in December 2014

Current Position: Dr. Gupta is a Scientist in the Protein Engineering and Antibody Technology Group at Merck Serono, Boston, MA

Last updated: 12/13/16
George Meindl

Laboratory of Dr. Tia-Lynn Ashman

Thesis: Ecological and Evolutionary Consequences of Plant Growth on Serpentine Soils: Effects of Soil Metals on Plant Morphology, Metal Accumulation, Plant-Pollinator Interactions, and Pollen-Pistil Interactions

Defended in November 2014

Current Position: Dr. Meindl is a Research Associate at Purdue University

Last updated: 7/5/17
Sriram Vijayraghavan

Laboratory of Dr. Anthony Schwacha

Thesis: Coordination Between DNA Replication and Genome Stability Requires Specific Mcm2-7 ATPase Active Sites

Defended in July 2014

Current Position: Dr. Vijayraghavan is a a post doc in John McCusker's lab at Duke University

Last updated: 7/5/17
Ira Kukic

Laboratory of Dr. Kirill Kiselov

Thesis: Unclogging the Zinc Sink: Examining the Role of Zinc Trafficking in Mucolipidosis Type IV and Lysosomes

Defended in April 2014

Current Position: Dr. Kukic is a Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University School of Medicine.

Last updated: 7/5/17
Debamitra Das

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Hildebrand

Thesis: Investigating the Molecular Mechanism of Shroom-Rock Interaction and Its Role in Cellular and Tissue Morphogenesis

Defended in March 2014

Current Position: Dr. Das is a Post Doctoral Fellow at Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Centre in the lab of Dr. Stephen Baylin

Last updated: 7/5/17
Nicholas Simon

Laboratory of Dr. Anthony Schwacha

Thesis: Stop and Go: Activation of the Eukaryotic Replicative Helicase–Mcm 2-7

Defended in March 2014

Current Position: Dr. Simon is a Science Officer for the Breast Cancer Research Program at the Congressionally Directed Research Program (contracted through Ripple Effect Communications)

Last updated: 7/5/17
Yaw Adomako-Ankomah

Laboratory of Dr. Jon Boyle

Thesis: Comparative analysis of gene duplication: impact of tandemly duplicated genes on trait evolution in Toxoplasma gondii

Defended in December 2013

Current Position: Dr. Adomako-Ankomah is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH.

Last updated: 7/5/17
Om Choudhary

Laboratory of Dr. Michael Grabe

Thesis: ATP permeation across outer mitochondrial membrane - insight from structure and function

Defended in November 2013

Current Position: Dr. Choudhary is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Computational & Systems Biology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Last updated: 7/5/17
Manasi Mayekar

Laboratory of Dr. Karen Arndt

Thesis: Uncovering the Mechanism of Chromatin Association of the Paf1 Transcription Elongation Complex

Defended in October 2013

Current Position: Dr. Mayekar is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab of Dr. Peter Johnson at the NIH, National Cancer Institute at Frederick

Last updated: 7/5/17
Hao Ji

Laboratory of Dr. Brian Traw

Thesis: Using Genome-wide Approaches to Understand Natural Variation in Plant Fitness- and Defense- Related Traits

Defended in August 2013

Current Position: Dr. Hao Ji is a Research and Development Analyst at Progressive Insurance

Last updated: 7/5/17
Marnin Wolfe

Laboratory of Dr. Steve Tonsor

Thesis: Trade-offs in Form and Function: Variation in Carbon Economic Strategies and Adaptation Across a Climate Gradient in the Annual Plant, Arabidopsis thaliana

Defended in August 2013

Current Position: Dr. Wolfe is a postdoc at Cornell working on the NextGen Cassava Project (nextgencassava.org).

Last updated: 7/5/17
Keith M Callenberg

Laboratory of Dr. Michael Grabe

Thesis: Membrane bending is critical for assessing the thermodynamic stability of proteins in the membrane

Defended in July 2013

Current Position: Dr. Callenberg is the Lead Bioinformatics Scientist at UPMC Presbyterian

Last updated: 7/5/17
Priyanka Upadhyai

Laboratory of Dr. Gerard Campbell

Thesis: Unraveling Mechanisms of Transcriptional Repression: Novel Insights from Brinker

Defended in May 2013

Current Position: Dr. Upadhyai is an Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Genetics, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, India

Last updated: 7/5/17
Alex Kolb

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Brodsky

Thesis: A yeast genomic screen to identify effectors of Kir2.1 plasma membrane residence

Defended in Spring 2013

Current Position: Alex Kolb is a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Minnesota

Last updated: 7/5/17
Derek Laux

Laboratory of Dr. Beth Roman

Thesis: Alk1 Signaling in Vascular Development

Defended in March 2013

Current Position: Dr. Laux is a postdoc at the University of Ediinburgh in Scotland

Last updated: 7/5/17
Aaron Stoler

Laboratory of Dr. Rick Relyea

Thesis: After the Fall: How Changes in Temperate Forests Alter Wetland Communities

Defended in March 2013

Current Position: Dr. Stoler is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology at Oakland University in Michigan.

Last updated: 7/5/17
Thomas Pendergast

Laboratory of Dr. Walter Carson

Thesis: Explaining patterns of dominance in old-field communities: trade-offs, feedbacks, mutualisms and enemies

Defended in December 2012

Current Position: Dr. Pendergast is currently a lecturer at the University of South Carolina.

Last updated: 7/5/17
Sarah Hainer

Laboratory of Dr. Joseph Martens

Thesis: Examining the Contribution of Chromatin and Chromatin Associated Factors to Transcription Regulation

Defended in July 2012

Current Position: Dr. Hainer is a Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Massachusetts, Department of Gene Expression and Regulation

Last updated: 7/5/17
Ruta Sahasrabudhe

Laboratory of Dr. William Saunders

Thesis: Identification of the Causes of Cytokinesis Failure in Cancer Cells

Defended in May 2012

Current Position: Dr. Sahasrabudhe went on to perform her post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Luis Carvajal-Carmona in the department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at UC Davis

Last updated: 7/5/17
Swarna Mohan

Laboratory of Dr. Andrew VanDemark

Thesis: The Regulation of Apical Constriction: Rock 'N' Shroom Structures

Defended in July 2012

Current Position: Dr. Mohan is a Special Lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University.

Last updated: 7/5/17
Feng-Ling (Emily) Tsai

Laboratory of Dr. Anthony Schwacha

Thesis: The Mcm2~7 Replicative Helicase is Essential to Coordinate DNA Replication, S~phase Checkpoint and Sister Chromatid Cohesion

Defended in March 2012

Current Position: Dr. Tsai is a QC Scientist at Impax Laboratories in Taiwan.

Last updated: 7/5/17
Amrita Balachandran

Laboratory of Dr. Graham Hatfull

Thesis: Characterization of Gene Expression During Biofilm Development in Mycobacterium smegmatis, and Genetic Analysis of a Surface Translocation-Defective Transposon Mutant

Defended in January 2012

Current Position: Dr. Balachandran is a Science Researcher and Writer at The HistoryMakers in Chicago

Last updated: 7/5/17
Justin Pruneski

Laboratory of Dr. Joseph Martens

ThesisIdentification and Characterization of Factors Required for Repression of the Yeast SER3 Gene by SRG1 Intergenic Transcription

Defended in December 2011

Current Position: Dr. Pruneski is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Heidelberg University in Ohio

Last updated: 7/5/17
Grace Colletti

Laboratory of Dr. Kirill Kiselov

Thesis: Acute Downregulation of the Lysosomal Ion Channel TRPML1 Induces Cathepsin B and Bax Dependent Apoptosis

Defended in November 2011

Current Position: Dr. Colletti (now Dr. Farber) is an Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of the Sciences, Philadelphia.

Last updated: 7/5/17
Tarek Wahid Elnaccash

Laboratory of Dr. Stephen Tonsor

Thesis: Evolvability in a Variable World: Genetic Architecture of Arabidopsis thaliana and Its Implications for Adaptation

Defended in September 2011

Current Position: Dr. Elnaccash is a Statistics Teacher (Independent Contractor) for SAS.

Last updated: 7/5/17
Maya Groner

Laboratory of Dr. Rick Relyea

Thesis: Effects of Multiple Stressors on the Dynamics of a Fungal Pathogen Associated with Global Amphibian Declines

Defended in September 2011

Current Position: Dr. Groner is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the in the department of health management at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada

Last updated: 7/5/17
Jacqueline Townsend

Laboratory of Dr. Linda Jen-Jacobson

Thesis: A New Spin on Specificity: EcoRI Endonuclease-DNA Complexes Studied by Thermodynamics and Electron Spin Resonance Spectroscopy

Defended in July 2011

Current Position: Dr. Townsend is the Lead Faculty and Content Expert for Colorado State University - Global.

Last updated: 7/5/17
Kristen Butela

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Lawrence

Thesis: Physiological Basis for Predator Escape in Salmonella

Defended in June 2011

Current Position: Dr. Butela is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Seton Hill University.

Last updated: 7/5/17
Sandlin Seguin

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Brodsky

Thesis: Identification of Small Molecule Inhibitors of Polyomavirus Replication

Defended in June 2011

Current Position: Dr. Seguin is an eLearning Specialist at Tableau Software in Seattle.

Last updated: 7/5/17
Adam Retchless

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Lawrence

Thesis: The Effect of Ecological Differentiation on Genetic Recombination in the Enterobacteria

Defended in July 2010

Current Position: Dr. Retchless is a bioinformatician at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Last updated: 7/5/17
Deborah Farkas

Laboratory of Dr. Deborah Chapman

Thesis: Straightening Out the Mechanisms of Axial Elongation Using Mouse Mutant Analysis

Defended in June 2010

Current Position: Dr. Farkas is the Director of Educational Development at the Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education, and Research at UPMC

Last updated: 7/5/17
Amy Wehn

Laboratory of Dr. Deborah Chapman

Thesis: "Competition between T-box Transcription Factors Contributes to Developmental Dynamics of the Mouse Embryo"

Defended in June 2010

Current Position: Dr. Wehn is a s a Technical Sales Specialist in Cell Therapy at Irvine Scientific.

Last updated: 7/5/17
Wade Znosko

Laboratory of Dr. Michael Tsang

Thesis: Overlapping Functions of Pea3 ETS Transcription Factors in FGF Signaling during Zebrafish Development

Defended in June 2010

Current Position: Dr. Znosko is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Longwood University in Virginia

Last updated: 6/21/16
Fengfeng Xu

Laboratory of Dr. William Saunders

Thesis: The Novel Role for GpIba in Cytokinesis and Tetraploidization in Cancer Cells, and Mitotic Slippage in Noncancer Cells Induced by a Microtubule Disruptor, Disorazole C1

Defended in March 2010

Current Position: Dr. Xu is currently a senior consultant at Navigant Consulting.

Last updated: 7/5/17
DanJu Tso

Laboratory of Dr. Roger Hendrix

Thesis: "Unwinding the Mysteries of Bacteriophage HK97 Prohead Assembly and Head Protein Crosslinking"

Defended in January 2010

Current Position: Dr. Tso is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine

Last updated: 7/5/17
Jill Dembowski

Laboratory of Dr. Paula Grabowski

Thesis: Splicing Silencing by the CUGBP2 Splicing Factor: Mechanism of Action and Combinatorial Code for Splicing Silencing with Implications for Autoregulation

Defended in September 2009

Current Position: Dr. Dembowski is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh

Last updated: 7/5/17
Shruthi Vembar

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Brodsky

Thesis: "Genetic and Biochemical Analyses of Hsp70-Hsp40 Interactions in Saccharomyces cerevisiae Provide Insights into Specificity and Mechanisms of Regulation"

Defended in May 2009

Current Position: Dr. Vembar is performing her postdoctoral research in the Scherf lab at Institut Pasteur in Paris

Last updated: 7/5/17
April Randle

Laboratory of: Dr. Susan Kalisz

Thesis: Ecological and Evolutionary Factors that Influence Species Boundaries in Collinsia

Defended in April 2009

Current Position: Dr. Randle is a post-doctoral associate with Dr. Pat Bedinger at Colorado State University.

Last updated: 7/5/17
Phillip White

Laboratory of Dr. Deborah Chapman

Thesis: "Molecular studies to understand the role of Tbx6 in somitogenesis"

Defended in October 2006

Current Position: Dr. White is currently pursuing his post-doctoral studies.

Last updated: 7/5/17
Joshua Auld

Laboratory of Dr. Rick Relyea

Thesis: Enemy Effects on Mating System Evolution: Avoiding Inbreeding when Death is on the Line

Defended in September 2008

Current Position: Dr. Auld is an Assistant Professor of Biology at West Chester University in Philadelphia.

Last updated: 7/5/17
Matthew Bochman

Laboratory of Dr. Anthony Schwacha

Thesis: Mcm2-7 Complex is the Eukaryotic Replicative Helicase

Defended in September 2008

Current Position: Dr. Bochman is an Assistant Professor in the Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry Department at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Last updated: 7/5/17
Stephen Hancock

Laboratory of Dr. Linda Jen-Jacobson

Thesis: "A Molecular Strategy for DNA Bending"

Defended in August 2008

Current Position: Dr. Hancock is an Assistant Project Scientist at UCLA

Last updated: 7/5/17
Hans Wildschutte

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Lawrence

Thesis: "Protozoan predation and the maintenance of O-antigen diversity in Salmonella"

Defended in August 2006

Current Position: Dr. Wildschutte is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Bowling Green State University

Last updated: 7/5/17
Karen Hecht

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Brodsky

Thesis: Characterization of Ybr074 (Pff1), a conserved vacuolar membrane metalloprotease family member

Defended in July 2012

Current Position: Karen is a post-doctoral research associate at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Sequim, WA

Last updated: 7/5/17
Julia van Kessel

Laboratory of Dr. Graham Hatfull

Thesis: Recombineering in Mycobacteria: Mutagenesis Using Phage Recombination Proteins

Defended in July 2008

Current Position: Dr. Van Kessel is an Assistant Professor in the Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry Department at IU Bloomington

Last updated: 7/5/17
Melissa Gallo

Laboratory of Dr. Gerard Campbell

Thesis: "The Devil in the Details: Multiple Positive and Negative Inputs Generate Graded Brinker Expression in Drosophila"

Defended in June 2008

Current Position: Dr. Gallo is a Biology teacher at North Allegheny High School

Last updated: 7/5/17
Laura Marinelli

Laboratory of Dr. Graham Hatfull

Thesis: "Why Length Isn’t Everything: Characterization of a Cell Wall Hydrolase Motif in Mycobacteriophage Tape Measure Proteins"

Defended in May 2008

Current Position: Dr. Marinelli is performing her postdoctoral research in the Modlin lab in the medical dermatology department at UCLA

Last updated: 7/5/17
Alycia Bittner

Laboratory of Dr. Valerie Oke

Thesis: Stressed Out:  Multiple rpoH and groEL Genes in Sinorhizobium meliloti

Defended in April 2008

Current Position: Dr. Bittner is a Senior Science Editor at JoVE

Last updated: 7/5/17
John Paul

Laboratory of Dr. Stephen Tonsor

Thesis: "The Role of Evolutionary History in Explaining the Variation in Abundance and Distribution of Plant Species"

Defended in April 2008

Current Position: Dr. Paul is an Assistant Professor at the University of San Francisco

Last updated: 7/5/17
Qian Wu

Laboratory of William Saunders

Thesis: "Cytoskeletal Defects Lead to Cytokinesis Failure and Genomic Instability in Cancer Cells"

Defended in April 2008

Current Position: Dr. Wu is performing her postdoctoral research at the University of Pittsburgh in the Department of Pathology

Last updated: 7/5/17
Stacy Hrizo

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Brodsky

Thesis: "The Contribution of Molecular Chaperones to the ER Associated Degradation of Apolipoprotein B in both Yeast and Mammalian Systems"

Defended in March 2008

Current Position: Dr. Hrizo is an Assistant Professor at Slippery Rock University in the Department of Biology

Last updated: 7/5/17
Cassie Majetic

Laboratory of Dr. Tia-Lynn Ashman

Thesis: The Evolutionary Ecology of Floral Scent in Hesperis matronalis: Assessing the Potential for Pollinator-Mediated Natural Selection

Defended in March 2008

Current Position: Dr. Majetic is an Associate Professor in the Biology department at St. Mary's College

Last updated: 7/5/17
Henry Schumacher

Laboratory of Dr. Walter Carson

Thesis: Patterns of shifting tree species composition and diversity loss in 19 old-growth forest stands in Pennsylvania

Defended in March 2008

Current Position: Dr. Schumacher is a Project Ecologist at Golder Associates in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Last updated: 7/5/17
Heather Hendrickson

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Lawrence

Thesis: Chromosome Architecture and Evolution in Bacteria

Defended in August 2007

Current Position: Dr. Hendrickson is a lecturer in Evolutionary Genetics at Massey University in Auckland New Zealand.

Last updated: 7/5/17
Mick Yoder

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Hildebrand

Thesis: "Characterization of the Shroom Protein Family Member, Shroom4, and its Role in Cytoskeletal Rearrangements"

Defended in July 2007

Current Position: Dr. Yoder is an Assistant Professor in the Biology department of The College at Old Westbury, SUNY.

Last updated: 7/5/17
Maggie Braun

Laboratory of Dr. Karen Arndt

Thesis: "Characterization of Rkr1, a nuclear ring-domain protein with functional connections to chromatin modification in Saccharomyces cerevisiae"

Defended in June 2007

Current Position: Dr. Braun is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs in the Mellon College of Science and an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University.

Last updated: 7/5/17
Craig Scott

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Brodsky

Thesis: "ADD66, a gene required for the endoplasmic reticulum associated degradation (ERAD) of alpha-1 antitrypsin-Z in yeast, facilitates proteasome assembly"

Defended in June 2007

Current Position: Dr. Scott went on to an Assistant Professor position at Clarion University, Pennsylvania.



Last updated: 7/5/17
Jason Hoverman

Laboratory of Dr. Rick Relyea

Thesis: The ecology and evolution of inducible defenses in the freshwater snail Helisoma trivolvis

Defended in May 2007

Current Position: Dr. Hoverman is an Assistant Professor of Vertebrate Ecology at Purdue University.

Last updated: 7/5/17
Christine Wright

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Brodsky

Thesis: "The Role of Molecular Chaperones in Yeast Cell Wall Integrity and Identification of Chaperone Modulators that Interfere with Simian Virus 40 Replication"

Defended in April 2007

Current Position: Dr. Wright is currently a postdoctoral research associate with Dr. Mary-Ann Bjornsti at The University of Alabama, Birmingham, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology

Last updated: 7/5/17
Ceyda Acilan

Laboratory of Dr. William Saunders

Thesis: DNA Repair Pathways Involved in the Formation of Anaphase Bridges

Defended in December 2006

Current Position: Dr. Acilan Ayhan is an Associate Professor at the TUBITAK Mamara Research Center in Turkey.

Last updated: 7/5/17
James Cronin

Laboratory of Dr. Walter Carson

Thesis: Explaining variation in herbivore control over plant communities

Defended in August 2006

Current Position: Dr. Cronin is an Ecologist for the USGS National Wetlands Research Center in Virginia.

Last updated: 7/5/17
Lisa Sproul

Laboratory of Dr. Susan Gilbert

Thesis: The Other One: Dead Head Vik1 Modulates Different Kinesin Kar3 Microtubule Interactions from Cik1

Defended in August 2006

Current Position: Dr. Sproul (now Dr. Hoverman) is a SBIR/STTR Program Specialist for the State of Indiana, an Assistant Editor at INCOSE, and the owner of Hoverman Scientific and Medical Communications, Inc.

Last updated: 7/5/17
Nancy Schoeppner

Laboratory of Dr. Rick Relyea

Thesis: "Eavesdropping on the enemy: The importance of chemical cues for inducible defenses"

Defended in April 2006

Current Position: Dr. Schoeppner is a Biology teacher at Beaufort Academy

Last updated: 7/5/17
Jared Cochran

Laboratory of Dr. Susan Gilbert

Thesis: "Investigation of the Mechanochemical Cycle of the Mitotic Kinesin Eg5"

Defended in November 2005

Current Position: Dr. Cochran is an Assistant Professor in the Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry department at Indiana University, Bloomington

Last updated: 7/5/17
Kathryn Sheldon

Laboratory of Dr. Karen Arndt

Thesis: Involvement of the RNA polymerase II-associated Paf1 complex in transcriptional regulation and 3'-end formation of snoRNAs

Defended in November 2005

Current Position: Dr. Sheldon is a Research Project Manager in the Institute for Personalized Medicine at Penn State University

Last updated: 7/5/17
Li Luo

Laboratory of Dr. William Saunders

Thesis: Chromosome segregational defects: their origin, fate and contribution to genomic instability

Defended in September 2005

Current Position: Dr. Luo is a Technology Consultant for the JLYT Industry Group, VanStem Inc.

Last updated: 7/5/17
Robert Youker

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Brodsky

Thesis: "The role of molecular chaperones in the ER associated degradation of the Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator in the budding yeast S. cerevisiae"

Defended in September 2005

Current Position: Dr. Youker is an Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology at Western Carolina University.

Last updated: 7/5/17
Stephanie Winter

Laboratory of Dr. Gerard Campbell

Thesis: Repression of Dpp targets in the Drosophila wing by Brinker

Defended in July 2005

Current Position: Dr. Winter is currently working as a content architect with Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Last updated: 7/5/17
Annette Ahner

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Brodsky

Thesis: "The role of cytoplasmic chaperones in the biogenesis, maturation and degradation of cytoplasmic and integral membrane proteins"

Defended in June 2005

Current Position: Dr. Ahner went on to a post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Raymond Frizzell at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Last updated: 7/5/17
Alejandro Royo

Laboratory of Dr. Walter Carson

Thesis: Mammal-plant dynamics in forests: interactions and implications for understory plant diversity

Defended in June 2005

Current Position: Dr. Royo is a Research Ecologist for the USDA Forest Service, Forestry Sciences Laboratory in Irvine, Pennsylvania.

Last updated: 7/5/17
Janette Steets

Laboratory of Dr. Tia-Lynn Ashman

Thesis: Consequences for the demography of Impatiens capensis (Balsaminaceae)

Defended in June 2005

Current Position: Dr. Steets is an Associate Professor in the Department of Botany at Oklahoma State University

Last updated: 7/5/17
Paul Sapienza

Laboratory of Dr. Linda Jen-Jacobson

Thesis: Promiscuous mutant of the EcoRI endonuclease

Defended in March 2005

Current Position: Dr. Sapeinza is a Research Assistant Professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Last updated: 7/5/17
Lori Bibb

Laboratory of Dr. Graham Hatfull

Thesis: Site-Specific recombination of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis prophage-like element fRv1

Defended in March 2004

Current Position: Dr. Bibb (now Dr. Keating) is a Scientist and Writer in Washington, D.C.

Last updated: 6/21/16
Dominique Barbeau
Last updated: 11/19/17
Christine Cucinotta
Last updated: 9/29/17
Jenna Zalewski
Last updated: 9/29/17