Alumni

 

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Maya Woodbury, Ph.D. – 2016
Thesis: 
Pregnenolone Sulfate as a Modulator of Synaptic Plasticity
Advisor: 
Tsuneya Ikezu, M.D./ Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology and Neurology
Position: Post-doc, Boston University School of Medicine – Ikezu lab

 

 

 

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Kristen Hokenson, Ph.D. – 2016
Thesis: 
BDNF: A Window on Intracellular Signaling that Controls Inhibitory Processes in the Brain
Advisor: 
Shelley Russek, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology and Biology; Director, BU Graduate Program for Neuroscience
Position: Medical Associate (Medical Writer), Chameleon (Healthcare Consultancy Group) New York City

 

 

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Elizabeth Shenk, Ph.D. – 2016
Thesis: 
Mechanisms of Tetraploidy-Induced Tumorigenesis
Advisor: 
Neil Ganem, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine
Position: Staff Scientist at Alliance Pharmaceuticals, Boston, MA 

 

 

 

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Kelli Cox, Ph.D. – 2016
Thesis: 
Replication Stress and the Alternative Lengthening of Telomeres Pathway
Advisor: 
Rachel Flynn, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine
Position: 

 

 

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Casey Carmichael, Ph.D. – 2016
Thesis: 
Endogenous Central Signaling Mechanisms in Salt-Sensitive Hypertension
Advisor: 
Richard Wainford, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine
Position: Consultant at Alcrita Consulting, Greater Boston

 

 

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Kathryn Walsh, Ph.D. – 2016
Thesis: 
Norepinephrine-Evoked Renal Regulation of Sodium Homeostasis in Salt-Sensitive Hypertension
Advisor: 
Richard Wainford, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine
Position: 

 

 

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Kavitha Sugunan, Ph.D. – 2015
Thesis: 
Pregnenolone Sulfate as a Modulator of Synaptic Plasticity
Advisor: 
David Farb, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Pharmacology
Position: Project Coordinator, ClinTec International, Greater Boston

 

 

 

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Larissa Estrada, Ph.D. – 2015
Thesis: 
Histochemical Markers of Myelin Damage and Impaired Remyelination in the Aging Rhesus Monkey Brain: Relationship to Cognitive Performance
Advisor: Douglas Rosen, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology 

Position: 

 

 

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Joon Y. Boon (Yvette), Ph.D. – 2015
Thesis: 
Post-Transcriptional Regulation of Alpha-Synuclein by Leucine-Rich Repeat Kinase 2 and Micro-RNAs with Implications for Parkinson’s Disease
Advisor: 
Benjamin Wolozin, M.D./Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology and Neurology   
Position: 

 

 

Cogswell ImageMeaghan Cogswell, Ph.D. – 2015
Thesis: A Disturbance in Inhibitory Systems Associated with Autism and Epilepsy
Advisor: Shelley Russek, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology and Biology; Director, BU Graduate Program for Neuroscience
Position: Postdoc Boston University School of Medicine – Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics

 

 

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Megan Varnum, Ph.D. – 2015
Thesis: 
An Anti-Inflammatory Glycoprotein, CD200, Restores Neurogenesis and Enhances Amyloid Phagocytosis in a Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease
Advisor: 
Tsuneya Ikezu, M.D./Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology and Neurology
Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Scripps Research Institute, Florida

 

 

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Nicholas Harrison, MA – 2015
Thesis: 
Zebrafish Models of Human Leukemia: Technological Advances and Mechanical Insights 
Advisor:
Hui Feng, M.D./Ph.D.
Position: MPH student at Boston University School of Public Health

 

 

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Lissa Riley, Ph.D. – 2015
Thesis: 
Effects of Cocaine on Visual Processing in Zebrafish
Advisor: 
Irina Zhdanova, M.D./Ph.D.
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow at Boston VA, via Harvard Medical School, (designing cognitive rehabilitation programs for people with traumatic brain injury or attention problems) Boston, MA




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Kendra Kobrin, Ph.D. – 2015
Thesis:
Morpholog of Nucleus Accumbens Neurons in Morphine Conditioned Place Preference
Advisor: Gary Kaplan, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology
Position: Currently completing the M.D. portion of the BUSM M.D./Ph.D. Program

 

 

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Jonathan Freedman, Ph.D. – 2015
Thesis: Synthesis and Characterization of Cationic Contrast Agents & Imaging of Articular Cartilage Using X-Ray Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance
Advisor: Mark Grinstaff, Ph.D., Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry and Opthamology
Position: Currently completing the M.D. portion of the BUSM M.D./Ph.D. Program

 

 


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Kim Coughlan, Ph.D. – 2015

Thesis: 
Inhibition of AMPK via Phosphorylation at SER485/491: Multiple Mechanisms of Regulation
Advisor: 
Neil Ruderman M.D./D.Phil., Professor of Medicine
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow at Shire Pharmaceuticals (studying rare diseases in their Discovery Biology and Translational Research Group) Lexington, MA

 

 

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Tara Vanderweyde, Ph.D. – 2015
Thesis: 
Regulated Protein Aggregation: How it Takes TIA-1 to Tangle
Advisor: 
Benjamin Wolozin, M.D./Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology and Neurology   
Position: Scientist at Aquinnah Pharmaceuticals – Cambridge, MA

 

 

 

Audrey Progress Report PhotoAudrey DiMauro, Ph.D. – 2014
Thesis: Functional Interactions Between the Hippocampus, Medial Entorhinal Cortex for Spatial and Nonspatial Processing
Advisor: Howard Eichenbaum, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Pharmacology. Director, Center for Memory and Brain; Director, Cognitive Neurobiology Laboratory; Director, Center for Neuroscience
Position: Residency in Pediatrics, Tufts Medical Center, Greater Boston

 

Progress Report PhotoMelissa (Thompson) Smith, D.V.M., Ph.D. – 2014
Thesis: Redox regulation of cysteine-674 of SERCA 2 is critical for growth factor- and ischemia-induced angiogenesis
Advisor: Richard Cohen, M.D.
Position: Anesthesiologist, University of Georgia School of Veterinarian Medicine

 

 

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Joy Miyashiro, M.A. – 2014
Thesis: Evaluation of Resolvin E1 as a Potential Therapeutic for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Advisor: Tsuneya Ikezu, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology and Neurology
Position: Scientist at Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, MA.

 

 

IMAG0356Conor Smith, Ph.D. – 2014
Thesis: Non-Canonical Cell Signaling Actions of Pregnenolone Sulfate, A Neurosteroid that Increases Intracellular Calcium, Activates CREB Phosphorylation and Stimulates Trafficking of NMDA Receptors to the Surface of Neurons
Advisor: David H. Farb, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Pharmacology
Position:Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dept. Anatomy & Cell Biology, University of Illinois at Chicago

 

Stewart Image 2Tara Stewart, Ph.D.- 2014
Thesis: A Systems Pharmacology Approach to Modulating Spatial Memory
Advisor: David H. Farb, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Pharmacology
Position: Analyst, Decision Resources, Inc., Waltham, MA

 

 

 

Nicole-1Nicole Piche-Nicholas, M.A. – 2013
Thesis: Changes in Complementarity Determining Regions Significantly ALter IgB binding to Neonatal Fc Receptor
Advisor: Lioudmila Tchistiakova, Ph.D., Directory, Engineered Immune Protein Group, Pfizer Global Biotherapeutics
Position: Senior Scientist at Pfizer, Greater Boston

 

 

Kieras 2011-9-8 ImageElizabeth Kieras, M.A. – 2013
Thesis: Functional Significance of the Interaction Between Inducible Costimulator (ICOS) and its Ligand (ICOSL) at Immune Cell Interfaces
Advisor: Lori Fitz, Ph.D., Principal Research Scientist II, Pfizer BioTherapeutics R&D, Inflammation and Immunology Research Unit
Position: Clinical Scientist at Pfizer, Greater Boston

 

 

Fallica ImageBrian Fallica, Ph.D. – 2013
Thesis: 3D Culture Platform for the Study of Cancer Biology and Drug Response
Advisor: Muhammad Zaman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Position: Consultant, The Amundsen Group, Greater Boston

 

 

TraceypictureTracey Tucker, Ph.D. – 2013
Thesis: The Human Klotho VS Variant: Focus on the Processing and Function of the V, S and VS Isoform
Advisor: Carmela Abraham, Ph.D., Professor of Biochemistry
Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA

 

 

 

AmyAmy Andreucci, M.A. – 2013
Thesis:
Anti-Inflammatory Drugs: An Appropriate Option for Treating Obesity?
Advisor:
Alan Herbert, MB.ChB./Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Neurology
Position:

 

 

Duffen ImageJennifer Lynn Parker Duffen, Ph.D. – 2013
Thesis: Adiponectin Receptors in Revascularization and Metabolic Dysfunction
Advisor: Kenneth Walsh, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine and Director, Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow at Pfizer, Greater Boston

 

 

DSC_5183-Rob-Freilich2-150x150Robert Freilich, Ph.D. – 2013  M.D. – 2015
Thesis: Roles of miR-155 in Microglia and Neurogenesis in Response to Toll-like Receptor Mediated Inflammation
Advisor: Tsuneya Ikezu, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology and Neurology
Position: Residency and Fellowship, NYU Medical Center, Medicine/Research Pathway

 

 

Gillespie-Image-2011-5-19-e1311012283241-150x150Earl Gillespie, Ph.D. – 2013
Thesis: Colonic Epithelial Genes in the Transition From Chronic Inflammation to Carcinoma in Colitis-Associated Cancer: Focus on the Truncated Neurokinin-1 Receptor
Advisor: Susan E. Leeman, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology
Position: Senior Analyst at Health Advances, Weston, MA

 

 

Snapshot-2010-10-21-09-32-42-144x150Amy Robinson, Ph.D., 2013
Thesis: Quantification of Brain-derived Neurotrophic Factor Expression in the Aging Monkey Brain
Advisor: Douglas Rosene, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow at Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience/Centre for Neural Computation, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

 

 

Shapero-Image-1-150x150Kayle Shapero, Ph.D., 2013
Thesis: Interactions between Valvular Cells: Implications for Heart Valve Tissue Engineering
Advisors: John E. Mayer, Jr., M.D., Professor of Surgery, and Joyce E. Bischoff, Ph.D., Professor of Surgery, Children’s Hospital
Position: Medical Student at Tufts School of Medicine, Greater Boston

 

 

Yohe 2011-7-18 ImageStefan Yohe, Ph.D. – 2013
Thesis: Superhydrophobic Materials for Drug Delivery
Advisor: Mark W. Grinstaff, Ph.D., Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Chemistry
Position: Technical Development Scientist in Drug Delivery at Genentech; San Francisco, CA

 

 

Benham Image 2Rebecca Benham, Ph.D. – 2012
Thesis: BDNF and JAK/STAT:Partners in Seizure-Induced GABAA Receptor Down Regulation.
Advisor: Shelley J. Russek, Ph.D., Professor Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Laboratory of Genetic Neuropharmacology, McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Greater Boston

 

Burke 2011-9-21 Image Rebecca Burke, Ph.D. – 2012
Thesis: Bone Morphogenetic Protein 9 and Insulin-like Growth Factor 2 Modulate the Cholinergic Phenotype of the Basal Forebrain Cholinergic System: Relevance to Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease
Advisor: Krsztof Blusztajn, Ph.D., Professor Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Position: Resident in Neurological Surgery at the University in Virginia

 

Ferree 2011-4-26 Image Retouched Andrew W. Ferree, Ph.D. – 2012
Thesis:
Mitochondria and Autophagy in the Context of Parkinson’s disease.
Advisor: Benjamin Wolozin, M.D./Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology and Neurology
Position: Residency in Neurology, Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA

 

 

Kim 2010-11-5 Image Julia H. Kim, Ph.D. – 2012
Thesis:
Growth Factor Regulation of Early Growth Response Factor 3 Localization and Function in Neurons
Advisor: Shelley J. Russek, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics
Position: Validation Consultant at Axis Consulting; San Diego, CA

 

 

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Thesis:
The Biology of TDP-43 Stress Granules: Novel Insights About Protein Aggregation in Neurodegenerative Disease
Advisor: Benjamin Wolozin, M.D./Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology and Neurology
Position: Clinical Development Project Manager, Massachusetts General Hospital, Greater Boston

 

 

08e7837Terence Ta, Ph.D. – 2012 Biomedical Engineering/Biomolecular Pharmacology
Thesis:
pH/Thermosensitive Liposomes Modified with Poly(N-isopropylacrlyamid-co-propyacrylic acid) Copolymers for Focused Ultrasound-Triggered Release of Doxorubicin
Advisor: Tyrone Porter, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
Position: Investigator at GSK Vaccines, Cambridge, MA

 

Krenzel-Rojas Image Eileen Krenzel Rojas, Ph.D. – 2012
Thesis: Identification of Site-Specific Fatty Acid and Bilirubin Binding Sites on Human Serum Albumin by 2D-NMR Spectroscopy.
Advisor: James Hamilton, Ph.D., Professor of Physiology and Biophysics
Position: 

 

 

NicoleNicole Northrop, Ph.D. – 2012
Thesis: The Role of Neuroinflammation in Stress & Methamphetamine-Induced Damage
Advisor: Bryan Yamamoto, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology
Position: Medical Writer II – Technical Lead, MMS Holdings, Inc. Toledo, Ohio

 

 

Chan 2011-4-7 ImageDiane Chan, M.D., Ph.D. – 2011
Thesis:
LRRK2 and HDAC6: Directing Traffic at the Crossroads Between Autophagy, Translation and Neurodegeneration
Advisor: Benjamin Wolozin, M.D./Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology and Neurology
Position: Currently completing her residency at Yale University in Neurology, Greater Boston

 

 

Cathy WeiCathy Wei, M.D., Ph.D. – 2011
Thesis: The Effect of Brain Region-Specific Adenosine A2A Receptor Knockout on Cognition and Psychomotor Behavior in Mice
Advisor: Jiang-Fan Chen, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Neurology and Pharmacology
Position: Resident Physician, Beth Israel Deaconess Harvard in Radiology, Boston, MA

 

 

Bedard ImagePatty Bedard, Ph.D. – 2010
Thesis:
Inhibition of Innate Immune Functions by P-Selectin and CXCR1 in Rodent Models of Cardiovascular Disease, Obesity and Insulin Resistance
Advisor: Ruth Gimeno, Ph.D., Adjunct Associate Professor of Pharmacology
Position: Associate Director, Cell Biology at Vital Therapies, Inc., San Diego, CA

 

 

MariaMaria Guillily, Ph.D. – 2010
Thesis: Understanding the Function of Parkinson’s Disease Associated Gene Leucine-Rich Repeat Kinase 2 in Caenorhabditis elegans: A Systems Biology Guided Approach
Advisor: Benjamin Wolozin, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology and Neurology
Position: Biological Science Online Educator (Neuroscience/Biomedical Science), Greater Boston

 

 

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Jacobi Cunningham, Ph.D. – 2010
Thesis:
“The Behavioral and Neurochemical Effects of Chronic Unpredictable Stress in Rats Pre-exposed to (+)3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)”
Advisor: Bryan Yamamoto, Ph.D.
Position: Scientist III at Alkermes, Greater Boston

 

 

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Bethann Johnson, Ph.D. – 2010
Thesis:
“The Effect of Chronic Stress on +3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) Neurotoxicity”
Advisor: Bryan Yamamoto, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology
Position: Scientist, Iowa State University

 

 

DesbiensSophie Desbiens, Ph.D. – 2009 (BME)
Thesis: “Therapeutic Agents for Cocaine Addiction: A Systems Pharmacology Approach”
Advisor: David H. Farb, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics
Position: Global Product Strategy, San Francisco Bay Area

 

 

GrisetAaron Griset, Ph.D.(BME) – 2009
Thesis: “Delivery of Paclitaxel Via pH-Responsive Polymeric Nanoparticles for Prevention of Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma Recurrence”
Advisor: Mark W. Grinstaff, Ph.D.
Position: Formulation Scientist at Selecta Biosciences, Greater Boston

 

 

WhittakerMatthew Whittaker, Ph.D – 2009
Thesis: “Pregnenolone Sulfate Modulate Neurotransmitter Release from Iolated Neuron Terminal of the Rate Striatum”
Advisor: David H. Farb, Ph.D.
Position Pharmacology/Toxicology Reviewer, FDA, Washington D.C. Metro Area

 

 

WinklerAaron Winkler, Ph.D. – 2009
Thesis: “Smoke Exposure of Primary Human Alveolar Macrophage-like Cells Impairs Nuclear Histone Deacetylase Expression and Results in Increased Cytokine Production”
Advisor: Cara Williams, Ph.D.
Position: Senior Research Scientist, Department of Inflammation, Pfizer, Greater Boston

 

 

Ausaf BariAusaf Bari, M.D., Ph.D. – 2008
Thesis: “The Role of the Nucleus Accumbens, Dopamine, and Glutamate Receptors in Cocaine Reward”
Advisor: R. Chris Pierce, Ph.D.
Position: Assistant Professor, UCLA Neurosurgery, Los Angeles, CA

 

 

Price Blair, Ph.D. – 2008
Thesis: “Stimulation of Toll-like Receptor 2 in Human Platelets Induces a Thrombo-Inflammatory Response”
Advisor: Jane Freedman, M.D.
Position: Assistant Professor of Biology, Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, VA.

 

Walther Heine, M.D./Ph.D. – 2011
Thesis: “The Spatiotemporal Receptive Field Properties of Rat Retinal Ganglion Cells”
Advisor: Christopher L. Passaglia, Ph.D.
Position: Neurology Resident, UC San Diego Health System

 

Sonia Podvin, Ph.D. – 2008
Thesis: “Characterization of the Anti-Aging Protein Klotho in Normal Brain Aging and Neurodegeneration”
Advisor: Carmela Abraham, Ph.D.
Position: Assistant Project Scientist, UC San Diego

 

Jamie Raudensky Doyle, Ph.D. – 2008
Thesis: “Neurochemical and Physiological Effects of Chronic Stress on Methamphetamine Toxicity”
Advisor: Bryan Yamamoto, Ph.D.
Position: Scientist II, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Greater Boston

 

Dan Roberts, M.D., Ph.D. – 2008
Thesis: “Regulation of Type A GABA Rector Alpha-4 Subunit and the N-Methyl-D Aspartate Receptor Subunit 1 by Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor”
Advisor: Shelley J. Russek, Ph.D.
Position: Resident at MEEI/ Harvard, Greater Boston

 

 

Tina Wu, Ph.D. – 2008
Thesis: “Endothelial Nitric Oxide Synthase (eNOS) Modification by Hypochlorous Acid and the Development of a Hypochlorous Acid Oxidation Assay”
Advisor: John F. Keaney, Jr, MD
Position: Regulatory Affairs Project Manager

 

 

David Eyerman, Ph.D. – 2007
Thesis: “The Role of the Vesicular Monoamine Transporter 2 and Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors in Methamphetamine Toxicity to the Rat Striatum”
Advisor: Bryan Yamamoto, Ph.D.
Position: Senior Scientist II, Life Sciences and Toxicology at Alkermes

 

 

YinghuiYinghui Hu, Ph.D. – 2007
Thesis: “Differential Regulation of GABRA1 Gene Expression in the CNS: A Role for  CREB/ICER Transcription Facotrs and their Relevance to Temporal Lobe Epilepsy”
Advisor: Shelley J. Russek, Ph.D.
Position: Biotechnology/Pharmaceutical Research, Merck Research Laboratories, Greater Philadelphia Area

 

 

Karla Mark, Ph.D. – 2007
Thesis: “Methamphetamine Neurotoxicity and the Polysynaptic Activation of Glutamatergic Neurons in the Basal Ganglia”
Advisor: Bryan Yamamoto, Ph.D.
Position: Consultant, Global Regulatory Affairs, Raptor Pharmaceuticals, San Francisco Bay Area

 

 

Karen PageKaren M. Page, Ph.D. – 2007
Thesis:
“The role of PKC-theta in IL 12-induced IFN-gamma production by natural killer cells”
Advisor: Marion Kasaian, Ph.D.
Position: Clinical Scientist, Pfizer, Greater Boston

 

 

Heath Schmidt, Ph.D. – 2007
Thesis: “The Limbic Circuitry Underlying the Reinstatement of Cocaine-Seeking Behavior in Rats”
Advisor: R. Chris Pierce, Ph.D.
Position: Research Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

 

 

Joseph Breier, Ph.D. – 2006
Thesis: “The Role of L-Tyrosine in the Neurotoxicity of (+) 3,4- Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) in the Rate and in a Serotonin Cell Line”
Advisor: Bryan Yamamoto, Ph.D.
Position: Technical Sales Specialist, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Greater Philadelphia Area

 

 

Kelley Burridge, Ph.D. – 2006 (BME)
Thesis: “Targeted Drug Delivery: Effects of Grafted Polyethylene Glycol on Ligand-Receptor Binding Under Flow”
Advisor: Joyce Wong, Ph.D.
Position: Interdisciplinary Scientist, Food and Drug Administration, Washington D.C.

 

 

Snapshot 2010-10-20 16-16-37Lori Fitz, Ph.D. – 2005
Thesis: “Activation-Induced Changes in the Histamine Content of Murine Mast Cells and their Adhesion to NIH-3T3 Fibroblasts”
Advisor: Marion Kasaian, Ph.D.
Position: Principal Research Scientist II, Pfizer BioTherapeutics R&D, Greater Boston

 

 

JeffreySimardPhotoJeffrey Simard, Ph.D. – 2005
Thesis: “Fatty Acid Transport: Binding to Human Serum Albumin and Trafficking in Model and Biological Membranes”
Advisor: James Hamilton, Ph.D.
Position: Senior Research Scientist, C4 Therapeutics, Greater Boston