Graduates and Successful Degree Defenses of BUSM Pathology

 

Emad Arafa, MA
(Nader Rahimi Lab)
Current Status: Masters Degree received May 2015; Entering BUSM PIBS PhD Program in the Fall of 2015
Patricia Chun, MA
(Nader Rahimi Lab)
Current Status: Masters Degree received May 2015
Jordan Shafran, MA
(Nader Rahimi Lab)
Current Status: Masters Degree received May 2015; Entering BUSM PIBS PhD Program in the Fall of 2015
Nicholas Woolf, MD/MA
(Nader Rahimi Lab)
Current Status: Masters Degree received May 2015; Returned to Boston University School of Medicine
Clarissa Koch, PhD
(Lawreen Connors Lab)
Current Status: Defended her thesis “Characterizing the Effect of Transthyretin Amyloid on the Heart” on March 16, 2015Postdoc at BUSM in Dr. Lawreen Connors Lab
Zachary Hunter, PhD
(Steve Treon Lab/CHB)
Current Status: Defended his thesis ”Whole Genome Sequencing Reveals that Recurrent MYD88 and CXCR4 Mutations Underlie the Genomic Landscape of Waldenström’s Macroglobulinemia” on December 2, 2014; Postdoc position at Children’s Hospital/Treon Lab
Caitlin S. Leibowitz Parello, PhD
(Deborah Stearns-Kurosawa and Shinichiro Kurosawa Lab)
Current Status: Defended her thesis “Investigating the Contributions of Leukocyte Responses and Kidney Cell Stress on Shiga- Toxin Pathogenesis” on November 21, 2014; Postdoc at UMass Medical Center/Worchester
Philip Bondzie, PhD
(Joel Henderson Lab)
Current Status: Defended his thesis “Out of Africa; The Role of APOL1 and MYH9 in Chronic Kidney Disease” on July 16, 2014; Postdoc at BUSM
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Chad Mayer, MD/PhD
(Deborah Stearns-Kurosawa and Shinichiro Kurosawa Lab)
Current Status: Defended his thesis “An Inside Job: Shiga Toxins, DAMPs, and a Tale of Endothelial Dysfunction” on May 9, 2014Returned to Boston University School of Medicine
Benjamin Lee, MA
(Deborah Stearns-Kurosawa and Shinichiro Kurosawa Lab)
Current Status: Masters Degree received May 2014; Thesis: “Examining Inflammatory Mechanisms and Potential Cytoprotective Therapeutics in Animal Models of Shiga Toxin Induced Kidney Injury”

Sun Young Jang, MA
Current Status: Masters Degree received May 2014; Thesis: “Characterization of the recruitment of intimal smooth muscle cells in vascular disease”
Evan Chiswick, PhD
(Daniel Remick Lab)
Current Status: Defended his thesis “Failure to Kill, Kills: Impaired Bacterial Killing Precedes Death in Polymicrobial Sepsis”on March 28, 2014; Postdoc at BUSM
John “Jed” Mahoney, PhD
(Wellington Cardoso Lab)
Current Status: Defended his thesis “The Hippo Pathways Effector Yap Controls Patterning and Differentiation of the Airway Epithelium” on March 21, 2014;Postdoc at Massachusetts General Hospital
Dominic Beal, PhD
(Daniel Remick Lab)
Current Status: Defended his thesis “Role of Macrophages in Cockroach Allergen-Induced Asthma” June 18, 2013; Associate Scientist at Biomodels, LLC
Timothy Norman, MA
(Krzysztof Blusztajn Lab)
Current Status: Masters Degree received May 2013; BUSM PIBS PhD Program in Pathology
Lujain Al-Sowaimel
(Joel Henderson Lab)
Current Status: Masters Degree received May 2013
David Stepien, MD/PhD
(Daniel Remick Lab)
Current Status: Defended his thesis “The Immune Response to Bacterial Pneumonia Following Traumatic Brain Injury” May 16, 2013; Returned to Boston University School of Medicine; Summer 2015 beginning his residency at University of Michigan Hospital Integrated Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Residency Program
Heather (Cohen) Leach
(Maria Trojanowska Lab)
Current Status: Defended her thesis “Role of Macrophages in Cockroach Allergen-Induced Asthma” March 27, 2013; Healthcare Analyst at GlobalData
Michael Greene, PhD
(Lawreen Connors Lab)
Current Status: Defended his thesis “Evidence for a Role of the Molecular Chaperone Clusterin in Systemic Amyloidosis” March 25, 2013; Postdoc at BUSM then returned to his hometown of Buffalo, New York
Rituparna Moitra, PhD
(Daniel Remick Lab)
Current Status: Defended her thesis “Heterogeneity In Survival To Sepsis: Inhibitory Immunoglobulin “G” In Plasma Blocks Macrophage Mediated Killing Of Enteric Bacteria July 25, 2012; Ritu re-located to Washington, DC and is currently working for the NIH
Patricia Kao, PhD
(Ivana Delalle Lab)
Current Status: Defended her thesis “Identifying Regulators of Brain Reserve and Neuropathological Changes in Cognitive and Mood Disorders” July 12, 2012; Tricia returned home and accepted a Postdoc position at the University of California, Davis Medical Center
Jacqueline (Bouchard) Loud, PhD
(Daniel Remick Lab)
Current Status: Defended her thesis “Immunological Mechanisms of Alcohol-Exacerbated Asthma” April 4, 2012; Jackie is a Senior Scientist, In-vivo Pharmacology at AbbVie
image22Edward Hartsough, PhD
(Nader Rahimi Lab)
Current Status: Defended his thesis “Molecular Regulation of VEGFR-2 Function and Expression through Post-Translational Modifications” March 26, 2012. Ed and his wife moved to the Pittsburgh area where he is a postdoc
image23Victoria Perry, PhD
(David Sherr Lab)
Current Status: Defended her thesis “Copy Number Aberrations And Integration Of Genomic Array Data In Preinvasive Breast Cancer” March 26, 2012. She continues her work and research with Amgen Corporation
image24Srimathi Srinivasan, PhD
(Nader Rahimi Lab)
Current Status: Defended her thesis “Molecular Regulation Of VEGFR-2 Expression And Activation In Endothelial Cells” March 22, 2012. After fielding several offers; Sri accepted a position at Tufts University
image25Madhu (Jagannathan) Bogdan, PhD
(Barb Nikolajczyk Lab)
Current Status: Defended her thesis “Cross-Talk Between Activated Immune Cells Exacerbates Inflammation In Type 2 Diabetes” October 28, 2011; Madhu initially accepted a position as postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Leonard Zon at Harvard Medical School. She is currently a Research scientist at Pronai Therapeutics in Michigan
image26Supraja Narasimhan, PhD
(David Sherr Lab)
Current Status: Defended her thesis “The Role of the Constitutively Active Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor in Mammary Tumor Progression” July 11, 2011
image27Nik Bajaj(David Harris Lab)
Current Status: Masters Degree received May 2011; Thesis: Characterization of a Domain Critical for the Cytotoxic Activity of a Mutant Prion Protein:” Nik is attended medical school at Rocky Vista University in Parker, Colorado. Nik will begin his residency this summer (2015) at the University of Illinois – COM – Chicago Neurology Residency Program
image28Mostafa Belghasem
(Joel Henderson Lab)
Current Status: Masters Degree received May 2011; Thesis: “Myosin Expression and Podocyte Function in Kidney’s Structure and Function in Heterozygous MYH9 Knockout Mice;” BUSM PIBS PhD Program in Pathology
image29Zach Hunter
(Steve Treon Lab/CHB)
Current Status: Masters Degree received May 2011; Thesis“Dysregulation of MicrRNA Expression impacts growth and survival pathways in Waldenström’s Macroglobulinemia;” Zach has entered BUSM Pathology PhD Program
image30Bessie Liu
(Krzysztof Blusztajn Lab)
Current Status: Masters Degree received May 2011; Thesis: “Perinatal Choline Supplementation Improves Impairments In Social Behavior and Alters Brain Gene Expression In a Valproic Acid Induced Rat Model of Autism”
image31Jillian Richmond
(William Cruikshank Lab)
Current Status: Defended her thesis “Subversion of Host Immunity by Mycobacterium Tuberculosis: Inhibition of PI3K/AKT by Mannose Lipoarabinomannan Hinders Th1 cell Migration and Promotes Soluble TNF Receptor Production April 4, 2011. First postdoc position at Harvard Medical School, and now at UMass Medical Center.
image32Alyson Mangini
(David Sherr Lab)
Current Status: Defended her thesis “The Role of Type I Interferons in T helper Cell Inflammatory Responses in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus;”
December 17, 2010; Allison has taken a position here at BU
image33Bryan Belikoff, MD/PhD
(Daniel Remick Lab)
Current Status: Defended his thesis “Regulation of the Immunosuppressive Hypoxia-A2 Adenosinergic Pathway: A Potential Therapeutic Target for the Treatment of Bacterial Sepsis” April 19, 2010; Returned to Medical School and went on to a residency program in California
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Catherine Cory
(Daniel Remick Lab)
Current Status: Received MA in Pathology, May 2010
Besam Khidhir
(Thomas King Lab)
Current Status: Defended his thesis Radiologic Localization of Pathologic LesionsUsing Image Registration” May 24, 2010; Returned to BU Medical School
image36Louis Vaickus, MD/PhD 
(Daniel Remick Lab)
Current Status: Defended May 25, 2010; Returned to Boston University School of Medicine; Completed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston and he is moving on to a Fellowship at MGH
image37Aditi Gurkar, PhD 
(Cyrus Vazari Lab)
Current Status: Defended her thesis “ATM/ATR-mediated Phosphorylation of Rad18 is Required for Efficient S-phase Progression and Replication Fork Stability” December 1, 2009
image38Rocco Richards, MA 
(Ian Rifkin Lab)
Current Status: MA Received – Fall 2009; Rocco went on to medical school and will be doing an upcoming residency here at BUSM
image39David Davis, PhD
(Ivana Delalle Lab)
Current Status: Defended his thesis “Actin Capping Protein Beta 2 Subunit (Capzb2) Function in Neurodevelopment and Neurodegeneration” July 29, 2009
image40John Meyers, PhD
(Adam Lerner Lab)
Current Status: Defended his thesis “Unique Cyclic Nucleotide Signaling In Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Represents A Potential Novel Therapeutic Target” July 20, 2009; accepted a postdoc position with Dr. Lerner here at BUSM
image41Jose Caicedo, PhD
(Neil Ruderman Lab)
Current Status: Defended his thesis “Palmitate-Induced Apoptosis in Retinal Pericytes: Roles of Oxidative Stress, NF-[kappa]B, Ceramide, Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress and AMP-activated Protein Kinase” February 25, 2009; Jose has been promoted to Instructor in the Department of Medicine
image42Elizabeth (Schuller) Duffy, MA
(Daniel Remick Lab)
Current Status MA Received – Fall 2009; Thesis: “Delayed Addition of Anti-oxidants Fails to Modulate Cytokine Production;” Lab Manager for the Remick Lab
image43Thomas Thomou, PhD 
Current Status: Defended his thesis ““Homeobox Gene Expression Profiles Demarcate Regional Identity of Human Fat Depots” August 4, 2009
image44Sandy (Solomon) Rolfe, PhD
Current Status: Defended her thesis “Activation and Roles of the Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor in Mammary Tumorgenesis” March 24, 2009
image45Kristen Ross, MD/PHD
(David Sherr Lab)
Current Status: Defended Summer 2008. Returned to Med School
image46Nichol Holodick, PhD
(Tom Rothstein Lab)
Current Status: Defended her thesis “B1 Cell Development and Signaling” Spring 2008
Fangming Gao, PhD
(Sam Thiagalingam Lab)
Current Status: Defended his thesis “The Role of P53 in the Mitotic Checkpoint Signaling Pathway that Maintains Genome Stability” on June 13, 2008
Sri Sridhar, PhD
(Avi Spira/Jerome Brody Lab)
Current Status: Defended his thesis The Impact of Smoking on Human Airway Epithelial Microrna and MRNA Expression” on August 18, 2008
Allysa Brown, MA
Current Status: Masters Degree received May 2007
Cheryl Spencer, MA
Current Status: Masters Degree received May 2007
image50Stacey Rivoira, MA
Current Status: Masters Degree received May 2006
Tesfahum Desta, MA
Current Status: Masters Degree received May 2005