Life After Pitt

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.

If you are one of our "Past Grads", please UPDATE US on what you're doing.

 

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Ceyda Acilan

Laboratory of Dr. William Saunders

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

Defended thesis in December 2006

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Acilan Ayhan is a Chief Researcher at TUBITAK in Instanbul, Turkey


Last updated: 3/28/14
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Yaw Adomako-Ankomah

Laboratory of Dr. Jon Boyle

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

Defended thesis in December 2013

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


Last updated: 3/28/14
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Annette Ahner

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Brodsky

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

Defended thesis in June 2005

Subsequent and/or 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: 12/13/11
Gerardo Arceo Gomez
Gerardo Arceo Gomez

Laboratory of Dr. Tia-Lynn Ashman

Thesis title : Uncovering the Consequences of Co-flowering and Pollinator Sharing: Effects of Local Community Context on Pollen Transfer Dynamics, Female Reproductive Success and Floral Evolution in Mimulus guttatus

Defended thesis in February 2014

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Arceo Gomez is a Postdoctoral Fellow with Monica Geber at Cornell University.


Last updated: 5/7/14
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Joshua Auld

Laboratory of Dr. Rick Relyea

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

Defended thesis in September 2008

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


Last updated: 6/4/13
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Amrita Balachandran

Laboratory of Dr. Graham Hatfull

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

Defended her thesis in January 2012

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


Last updated: 3/28/14
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Brandi Baros

Laboratory of Dr. Roger Hendrix

Thesis title : Mutational analysis of bateriophage HK97 cpasid structure and assembly

Defended her thesis in July 2002

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Baros is now an Assistant Professor at Penn State Shenango, pursuing her ambition to teach Biology at the University level.


Last updated: 3/28/14
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Lori Bibb

Laboratory of Dr. Graham Hatfull

Thesis title : "Site-Specific recombination of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis prophage-like element fRv1"
Defended her thesis in March 2004

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Bibb took a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Food and Drug Administration


Last updated: 12/13/11
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Alycia Bittner

Laboratory of Dr. Valerie Oke

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

Defended thesis in April 2008

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Bittner is Postdoctoral associate with Jade Wang at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Last updated: 4/18/13
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Matthew Bochman

Laboratory of Dr. Anthony Schwacha

Thesis title: Mcm2-7 Complex is the Eukaryotic Replicative Helicase

Defended thesis in September 2008

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


Last updated: 3/28/14
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Maggie Braun

Laboratory of Dr. Karen Arndt

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

Defended thesis in June 2007

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Braun is the Assistant Department Head for Undergraduate Affairs as well as an Assistant Teaching Professor at Carnegie Mellon University


Last updated: 5/23/13
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Daniel Bunker

Laboratory of Dr. Walter Carson

Thesis title: The application of competition theory to invaders and biological control: a test case with purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria), broad-leaved cattail (Typha latifolia), and a leaf-feeding beetle (Galerucella calmariensis)

Defended thesis in July 2004

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Bunker is an Assistant Professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, New Jersey.


Last updated: 7/16/13
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Kristen Butela

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Lawrence

Thesis title: Physiological Basis for Predator Escape in Salmonella

Defended thesis in June 2011

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


Last updated: 6/10/13
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Keith M Callenberg

Laboratory of Dr. Michael Grabe

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

Defended thesis in July 2013

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Callenberg is a Sr. Clinical Research Scientist at RedPath Integrated Pathology, Inc. in Pittsburgh


Last updated: 3/28/14
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Dengfeng Cao

Laboratory of Dr. Linda Jen-Jacobson

Thesis title : "The role of water in protein-DNA interactions"

Defended his thesis in February 2002

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Cao is both a Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pathology at the Peking University Cancer Hospital


Last updated: 6/10/13
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Om Choudhary

Laboratory of Dr. Michael Grabe

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

Defended thesis in November 2013

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Choudhary is a PostDoctoral Fellow at Behringer Ingelheim in Connecticut.


Last updated: 3/28/14
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Jared Cochran

Laboratory of Dr. Susan Gilbert

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

Defended thesis in November 2005

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


Last updated: 12/13/11
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Grace Colletti

Laboratory of Dr. Kirill Kiselov

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

Defended thesis in November 2011

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Colletti Farber is an Assistant Professor, Biology Department at the University of the Sciences, in Philadelphia.


Last updated: 2/27/13
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Rachel Collins

Laboratory of Dr. Walter Carson

Thesis title: The Effects of prescribed fire, canopy gaps and deer herbivory on tree species composition: implications of succession theory

Defended thesis in August 2003

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Collins is an Assistant Professor at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia.


Last updated: 7/16/13
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Patrick Costa

Laboratory of Dr. Karen Arndt

Thesis title : "Characterization of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae Transcription Factor Rtf1"
Defended his thesis in July 2001

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Costa added a MD to his credentials at Temple University, and practices medicine in Rochester, NY.


Last updated: 11/25/13
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James Cronin

Laboratory of Dr. Walter Carson

Thesis title: Explaining variation in herbivore control over plant communities

Defended thesis in August 2006

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Cronin is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


Last updated: 7/16/13
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Kevin Davis

Laboratory of Dr. Sandra Murray

Thesis title : The role of gap junctions in adrenal gland function

Defended his thesis in November 2003

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Davis is a Biology Instructor in the San Mateo County Community College District


Last updated: 3/28/14
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Jill Dembowski

Laboratory of Dr. Paula Grabowski

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

Defended thesis in September 2009

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Dembowski is a Research Associate in the Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh


Last updated: 3/28/14
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Tarek Wahid Elnaccash

Laboratory of Dr. Stephen Tonsor

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

Defended thesis in September 2011

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Elnaccash is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Donohue lab at Duke University


Last updated: 5/23/13
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Melissa Gallo

Laboratory of Dr. Gerard Campbell

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

Defended thesis in June 2008

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Gallo is a subsitute High School teacher


Last updated: 7/5/12
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Arabela Grigorescu

Laboratories of Dr. Linda Jen-Jacobson and Dr. John Rosenberg

Thesis title : Structural and energetic determinants of the DNA binding specificity of EcoRI endonuclease

Defended her thesis in May 2003

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Grigorescu is currently a Research Assistant Professor and Director of the Keck Biophysics Facility at Northwestern University


Last updated: 3/28/14
Maya Groner
Maya Groner

Laboratory of Dr. Rick Relyea

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

Defended thesis in September 2011

Subsequent and/or 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: 6/6/13
Sarah Hainer
Sarah Hainer

Laboratory of Dr. Joseph Martens

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

Defended thesis in July 2012

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


Last updated: 11/2/12
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Kyoungha Han

Laboratory of Dr. Paula Grabowski

Thesis title : "Alternative splicing of the grin1 CI cassette : Silencing mechanism"

Defended her thesis in August 2004

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Han went on to perform her post-doctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania.


Last updated: 7/5/12
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Stephen Hancock

Laboratory of Dr. Linda Jen-Jacobson

Thesis title: "A Molecular Strategy for DNA Bending"

Defended thesis in August 2008

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Hancock is performing his postdoctoral research with Dr. Reid Johnson in the Department of Biological Chemistry at UCLA


Last updated: 12/7/11
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Karen Hecht

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Brodsky

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

Defended thesis in July 2012

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


Last updated: 4/18/13
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Heather Hendrickson

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Lawrence

Thesis title : Chromosome Architecture and Evolution in Bacteria

Defended thesis in August 2007

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


Last updated: 6/10/14
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Jason Hoverman

Laboratory of Dr. Rick Relyea

Thesis title : "The ecology and evolution of inducible defenses in the freshwater snail Helisoma trivolvis"
Defended thesis in May 2007

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Hoverman is an Assistant Professor in Vertebrate Ecology at Purdue University.


Last updated: 6/6/13
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Stacy Hrizo

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Brodsky

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

Defended thesis in March 2008

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


Last updated: 12/13/11
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Hao Ji

Laboratory of Dr. Brian Traw

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

Defended thesis in August 2013

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


Last updated: 7/7/14
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Lisa Klumpp Callan

Laboratory of Dr. Susan Gilbert

Thesis title : "Mechanistic and Structural Analysis of Kinesin Mutants"

Defended her thesis in March 2003

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Callan is a Medical Director at inScience Communications, Springer Healthcare Ltd, Philadelphia


Last updated: 6/10/13
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Tiffany Knight

Laboratory of Dr. Susan Kalisz
Thesis title : "The effects of herbivory and pollen limitation on the population dynamics of Trillium grandiflorum"
Defended her thesis in April 2002
Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Knight is an Associate Professor in the Biology department at Washington University in St. Louis.


Last updated: 6/10/13
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Alex Kolb

Laboratory of: Dr. Jeffrey Brodsky

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

Defended Thesis: Spring, 2013

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


Last updated: 8/13/13
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Ira Kukic

Laboratory of Dr. Kirill Kiselov

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

Defended thesis in April 2014

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


Last updated: 5/28/14
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Derek Laux

Laboratory of Dr. Beth Roman

Thesis title : "Alk1 Signaling in Vascular Development"

Defended thesis in March 2013

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


Last updated: 3/28/14
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John Lewis

Laboratory of Dr. Graham Hatfull

Thesis title : "Control of Directionality in Mycobacteriophage L5 Integrase-Mediated Site-Specific Recombination"

Defended his thesis in October 2001

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Lewis is currently a Research Associate at the US Army Center for Environmental Health Research, Fort Detrick, MD


Last updated: 5/23/13
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Zachary Long

Laboratory of Dr. Walter Carson

Thesis title: The effect of herbivory on metrics of shade tolerance of understory trees in an old-growth beech-maple forest

Defended thesis in 1999

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Long went on to complete his Ph.D. in 2004 at Rutgers University and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.


Last updated: 7/16/13
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Li Luo

Laboratory of Dr. William Saunders

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

Defended thesis in September 2005

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Luo went on to a position in the Department of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School.


Last updated: 7/5/12
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Andrew Mackey

Laboratory of Dr. Susan Gilbert

Thesis title : "Comparative Analysis of the Kinesin, Ncd, and Kar3 Molecular Motors"

Defended his thesis in July 2002

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Mackey is currently a Post-Doctoral Associate with Dr. Mark S. Mooseker in the Department of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology at Yale University.


Last updated: 7/5/12
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Cassie Majetic

Laboratory of Dr. Tia-Lynn Ashman

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

Defended thesis in March 2008

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Majetic is an Assistant Professor in the Biology department at St. Mary's College


Last updated: 1/25/13
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Laura Marinelli

Laboratory of Dr. Graham Hatfull

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

Defended thesis in May 2008

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


Last updated: 12/7/11
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Manasi Mayekar

Laboratory of Dr. Karen Arndt

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

Defended thesis in October 2013

Subsequent and/or 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: 3/28/14
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Amie McClellan

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Brodsky

Thesis title: "The Role of Molecular Chaperones in Protein Translocation into the Yeast Endoplasmic Reticulum"

Defended her thesis in April 2000

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. McClellan is a faculty member at Bennington College, a small liberal arts college in Vermont


Last updated: 12/8/11
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Swarna Mohan

Laboratory of Dr. Andrew VanDemark

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

Defended thesis in July 2012

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Mohan is a Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Anesthesiology


Last updated: 11/2/12
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Michael Morrow

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Brodsky

Thesis title : "Characterization of high affinity ribosome binding to the endoplasmic reticulum of Saccharomyces cerevisiae"

Defended his thesis in June 2001

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Morrow is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Montana Western.


Last updated: 1/25/13
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John Paul

Laboratory of Dr. Stephen Tonsor

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

Defended thesis in April 2008

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


Last updated: 11/25/13
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Thomas Pendergast

Laboratory of Dr. Walter Carson

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

Defended thesis in December 2012

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


Last updated: 10/18/13
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Justin Pruneski

Laboratory of Dr. Joseph Martens

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

Defended thesis in December 2011

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


Last updated: 3/28/14
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April Randle

Laboratory of: Dr. Susan Kalisz

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

Defended thesis in April 2009

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


Last updated: 6/14/13
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Bonnie Reinhart

Laboratory of Dr. Richard Chaillet

Thesis title : "Maintenance of germ line and somatic DNA methylation during mouse development"

Defended her thesis in August 2003

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Reinhart is currently a research associate in the Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine


Last updated: 1/25/13
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Adam Retchless

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Lawrence

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

Defended thesis in July 2010

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Retchless is a Miller Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UC Berkeley, Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science


Last updated: 11/2/12
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Alejandro Royo

Laboratory of Dr. Walter Carson

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

Defended thesis in June 2005

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


Last updated: 7/11/13
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Ruta Sahasrabudhe

Laboratory of Dr. William Saunders

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

Defended thesis in May 2012

Subsequent and/or 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: 2/27/13
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Paul Sapienza

Laboratory of Dr. Linda Jen-Jacobson

Thesis title : Promiscuous mutant of the EcoRI endonuclease

Defended thesis in March 2005

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


Last updated: 5/1/14
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Stefan Schnitzer

Laboratory of Dr. Walter Carson

Thesis title: Treefall gaps and the maintenance of species diversity: redefining and expanding the Gap Hypothesis

Defended thesis in November 2000

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Schnitzer is currently a Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.



Last updated: 7/16/13
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Nancy Schoeppner

Laboratory of Dr. Rick Relyea

Thesis title : "Eavesdropping on the enemy: The importance of chemical cues for inducible defenses"
Defended thesis in April 2006

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Schoeppner went on to do her postdoctoral research with Dr. Martin Hay at the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Last updated: 7/5/12
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Henry Schumacher

Laboratory of Dr. Walter Carson

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

Defended thesis in March 2008

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


Last updated: 7/16/13
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Craig Scott

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Brodsky

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

Defended thesis in June 2007

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




Last updated: 7/5/12
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Sandlin Preecs Seguin

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Brodsky

Thesis title: Identification of Small Molecule Inhibitors of Polyomavirus Replication

Defended thesis in June 2011

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Seguin is a Curriculum and Faculty Development Specialist at the Life Science Informatics Center at Bellevue College, WA.


Last updated: 4/30/14
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Kathryn Sheldon

Laboratory of Dr. Karen Arndt

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

Defended thesis in November 2005

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Kumer is a Research Associate in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology department at Penn State University


Last updated: 6/10/13
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J. Vaughn Spencer

Laboratory of Dr. Karen Arndt
Thesis title : "Analysis of Yeast TBP binding polarity and helices H1 + H1' Using Genetics and Biochemical Apporoaches"
Defended his thesis in September 2001
Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Spencer is currently an attorney with Woodcock Washburn LLP in Philadelphia.


Last updated: 4/17/13
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Lisa Sproul

Laboratory of Dr. Susan Gilbert

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

Defended thesis in August 2006

Subsequent and/or Current Position: After becoming Dr. Sproul-Hoverman, Lisa formed Hoverman Scientific and Medical Communications, Inc.  In this capacity, Lisa serves as a Senior Grant and Proposal Specialist for Microsoft's Health Solutions Group. In addition, Lisa serves as an Assistant Editor at INCOSE and a Proposal & Project Manager at Elusys Therapeutics, Inc.


Last updated: 3/28/14
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Janette Steets

Laboratory of Dr. Tia-Lynn Ashman

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

Defended thesis in June 2005

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Steets is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Botany at Oklahoma State University


Last updated: 1/25/13
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Henry Stevens

Laboratory of Dr. Walter Carson

Thesis title: Understanding why plant diversity declines with increasing soil resource availability increases: tests of the important hypotheses

Defended thesis in April 1999

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Stevens is an Associate Professor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.


Last updated: 7/16/13
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Aaron Stoler

Laboratory of Dr. Rick Relyea

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

Defended thesis in March 2013

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Stoler is a postdoctoral researcher at Oakland University in Rochester, MI with Dr. Tom Raffel


Last updated: 3/31/14
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Nathaniel Szewczyk

Laboratory of Dr. Lewis Jacobson
Thesis title : "Control of protein degradation in muscle by the Ras signaling pathway and upstream growth factor receptors"
Defended his thesis in June 2002
Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Szewczyk moved on to become a postdoctoral research associate in the lab of Dr. Catharine Conley at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA. He then joined the faculty as an Associate professor at the University of Nottingham, UK.


Last updated: 4/17/13
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Jacqueline Townsend

Laboratory of Dr. Linda Jen-Jacobson

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

Defended thesis in July 2011

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Townsend is an Adjunct Instructor at Colorado State University - Global Campus


Last updated: 1/25/13
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Feng-Ling (Emily) Tsai

Laboratory of Dr. Anthony Schwacha

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

Defended thesis in March 2012

Subsequent and/or Current Position:  Dr. Tsai is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Johns Hopkins University


Last updated: 6/4/13
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DanJu Tso

Laboratory of Dr. Roger Hendrix

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

Defended thesis in January 2010

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


Last updated: 4/17/13
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Priyanka Upadhyai

Laboratory of Dr. Gerard Campbell

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

Defended thesis in May 2013

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Upadhyai is a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester, UK.


Last updated: 3/28/14
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Julia van Kessel

Laboratory of Dr. Graham Hatfull

Thesis title: Recombineering in Mycobacteria: Mutagenesis Using Phage Recombination Proteins

Defended thesis in July 2008

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Van Kessel is an Assistant Research Scientist in the Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry Department at IU Bloomington


Last updated: 5/1/14
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Shruthi Vembar

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Brodsky

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

Defended thesis in May 2009

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


Last updated: 12/7/11
Marcie Warner
Marcie Warner

Laboratory of Dr. Karen Arndt

Thesis title: "The Saccharomyces cerevisiae Paf1 Transcription Elongation Complex is Connected to Chromatin Modification through the Multifunctional Rtf1 Subunit and the Inositol Polyphosphate Signaling Pathway"

Defended thesis in October 2008

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Warner serves is the Gene Team Coordinator for our department's K-12 Outreach Program.


Last updated: 2/4/13
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Amy Wehn

Laboratory of Dr. Deborah Chapman

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

Defended thesis in June 2010

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Wehn is a Technical Sales Representative at STEMCELL Technologies in North Carolina


Last updated: 6/10/13
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Phillip White

Laboratory of Dr. Deborah Chapman

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

Defended thesis in October 2006

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. White is currently pursuing his post-doctoral studies.


Last updated: 12/13/11
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Hans Wildschutte

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Lawrence

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

Defended thesis in August 2006

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


Last updated: 1/25/13
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Stephanie Winter

Laboratory of Dr. Gerard Campbell

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

Defended thesis in July 2005

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


Last updated: 4/18/13
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Marnin Wolfe

Laboratory of Dr. Steve Tonsor

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

Defended thesis in August 2013

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


Last updated: 11/25/13
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Christine Wright

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Brodsky

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

Defended thesis in April 2007

Subsequent and/or 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: 4/17/13
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Qian Wu

Laboratory of William Saunders

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

Defended thesis in April 2008

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


Last updated: 12/7/11
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Fengfeng Xu

Laboratory of Dr. William Saunders

Thesis title: 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 thesis in March 2010

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Xu is a Researcher at the National Taiwan University Hospital in Tapei


Last updated: 3/31/14
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Lucy (Chunyan) Xu

Laboratory of Dr. Richard Carthew

Thesis title : "Muiltiple signals integrate with cell-specific factors to regulate transcription of the Drosophila prospero gene"

Defended her thesis in August 2001

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Senior Clinical Research Scientist in Clinical Translational Medicine at Eisai Pharmaceuticals


Last updated: 4/17/13
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Jun Xu

Laboratory of Dr. Roger Hendrix

Thesis title : A conserved framshift strategy in dsDNA long tailed bacteriophages

Defended his thesis in February 2001

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Xu is a Principal Scientist at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, OH.


Last updated: 3/31/14
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Mick Yoder

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Hildebrand

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

Defended thesis in July 2007

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


Last updated: 3/31/14
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Robert Youker

Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Brodsky

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

Defended thesis in September 2005

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Youker is currently a Research Associate at the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Medicine, Division of Renal-Electrolyte


Last updated: 7/5/12
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Xuemei Zeng

Laboratory of Dr. William Saunders

Thesis title : "Function of S. cerevisae kinetochore protein Slk19p in regulating spindle integrity, mitotic exit and meiotic chromosome segregation"

Defended her thesis in March 2001

Subsequent and/or Current Position: Dr. Zeng is a research scientist in the Biomedical Mass Spectrometry Center at the University of Pittsburgh


Last updated: 5/23/13
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Ping Zhang

Laboratory of Dr. Paula Grabowski

Thesis title : Signaling from Depolarization to Alternative Splicing: Identification of Molecular Links Mediating Inducible Exon Skipping

Defended thesis in August 2011

Subsequent and/or Current Position:


Last updated: 9/24/12
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Wade Znosko

Laboratory of Dr. Michael Tsang

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

Defended title in June 2010

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


Last updated: 1/25/13