Alumni

Qiu Ruan – 2021
Thesis: Dissecting the multi-functional role of heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein H1 in methamphetamine addiction traits: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: Camron Bryant, Ph.D.
Position: Application Scientist, Euretos

Sema Quadir – 2020
Thesis: Involvement of Sigma Receptors in the Detrimental Effects of Chronic Alcohol Exposure: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisors: Valentina Sabino, Ph.D. and Pietro Cottone, Ph.D.
Position: Postdoctoral Researach Associate at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Jeremy Burns – 2020
Thesis: Differential accumulation of storage bodies with aging defines discrete subsets of microglia in the healthy brain:PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: Michael Mingueneau, Ph.D.
Position: Senior Scientist at Abata Therapeutics

Veronica Go – 2020
Thesis:: Tiny But Mighty: Mesenchymal Stem Cell-Derived Extracellular Vesciles as a Therapeutic in a Monkey Nodel of Cortical Injury: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisors: Tara Moore, Ph.D. and Douglas Rosene, Ph.D.
Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, City of Hope

Franco Puleo – 2020
Thesis:
 Integrated renal and neural mechanisms contributing to sodium homeostasis and blood pressure regulation: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: Richard Wainford, Ph.D.
Position: Scientist, Eurofins PSS Insourcing Solutions

Angel Rubio – 2019
Thesis:
 Designing chemokine-loaded temperature-sensitive liposomes: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisors: Tyrone M. Porter Ph.D. and Xuemei Zhong, Ph.D.
Position: Scientific Writer at ImmunityBio, Inc.

Margarita Tararina – 2019
Thesis: Structural and mechanistic analyses of a nicotine- degrading enzyme from Pseudomonas putida: towards design of tools and biotherapeutics: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: Karen N. Allen, Ph.D.
Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Pennsylvania

Emily Mason-Osann – 2019
Thesis:
Defining Mechanisms that Regulate the Alternative Lengthening of Telomere: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: Rachel Flynn, Ph.D.
Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, AstraZeneca

Ryan Quinton – 2019
Thesis:
 Whole Genome Doubling Confers Unique Genetic Vulnerabilities on Tumor Cells
Advisor: Neil Ganem, PhD
Position: Finishing MD training, PhD in Pharmacology

Brandon Maziuk – 2019
Thesis:
 Establishing RNA binding proteins as key components of Alzheimer’s disease pathophysiology: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor:Benjamin Wolozin, M.D., Ph.D.
Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Biogen

Alyssa Frame – 2019
Thesis:
 Integrated Renal and Neural Mechanisms Contributing to Sodium Homeostasis and Blood Pressure Regulation: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: Richard Wainford, Ph.D.
Position: Completing MD training

Christopher Gromisch – 2019
Thesis:
 Development of a novel antibody drug conjugate for the treatment of pancreatic adenocarcinoma: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: Mark Grinstaff, Ph.D.
Position: Completing MD training

Julia J.A. Guzova – 2019
Thesis:
 Evaluation of the NOD-like receptor protein 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome pathway in human myelomonocytic THP1 cells: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: J. Perry Hall, Ph.D.
Position: Senior Scientist, Pfizer

Kathryn Hixson – 2019
Thesis:
 Mapping the transcriptome of neuronal JAK/STAT signaling in response to status epilepticus: PhD in Neuroscience with Specialization in Pharmacology
Advisor: Shelley J Russek, Ph.D.
Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of North Carolina Catalyst for Rare Diseases, Chapel Hill

Yoonjoo Lee – 2019
Thesis:
 Sustained CA2+ mobilizations: a quantitative approach to predict their importance in cell-cell communication: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: Vickery Trinkaus-Randall, Ph.D.
Position: Completing MD training

Kevin Hua – 2019
Thesis:
 The SYK Tyrosine Kinase Suppresses Autolysosome Biogenesis via Activation of mTORC1 in Pancreatic Cancer Cells Lines: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: Anurag Singh, Ph.D.
Position: Completing MD training

Cari Meisel – 2019
Thesis:
 Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles for Early Detection of Calcific Aortic Valve Disease: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: Joyce Wong, Ph.D.
Position: Director of Research and Development, NanoTomer, Inc., Cambridge, Mass.

Catherine Moore – 2019
Thesis:
 The Neurobiological Bases of Compulsive Eating: PhD in Neuroscience with Specialization in Pharmacology
Advisor: Pietro Cottone, Ph.D.
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Sanghee Lim – 2019
Thesis:
 Mechanisms of Kinase-Dependent Regulation of Hippo Tumor Suppressor Signaling: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: Neil Ganem, Ph.D.
Position: Completing MD training

Jessica Min-Debartolo – 2018
Thesis:
Inhibition of TSP-1 and STAT3 as independent approaches to attenuate hepatic fibrosis: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor:
 Robert Martinez, Ph.D., Director, Renal Exploratory – Pfizer
Position: 
Pfizer Scientist

Amanda Bolgioni-Smith – 2018
Thesis:
Defining the roles of YAP/TAZ in controlling cell fate decisions following abnormal mitosis: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor:
 Neil Ganem, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine, Section of Hematology and Medical Oncology
Position: 
Director of BEST Program, BUSM _ GMS

Leah Huiting – 2018
Thesis:
Functional and Mechanistic Characterization of Ubiquitin Fusion Degradation 1 in MYC-Driven Leukemogenesis: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: 
Hui Feng, M.D./Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine
Position: 
Life Science Consultant, Putnam Associates, Boston, MA

Zohar Weinstein – 2018
Thesis:
 Substandard antimicrobial drugs: Detection methods and contribution to antibiotic resistance: PhD in Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: 
Muhammad H. Zaman, Ph.D., Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Position: 
Currently completing M.D. portion of M.D./Ph.D. Program

Iriny Ekladious – 2018
Thesis: 
Design, Synthesis, and Evaluation of Poly(1,2-glycerol  carbonate)-Paclitaxel Conjugate Nanoparticles for the Tunable Delivery of Paclitaxe: PhD in Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: 
Mark Grinstaff, Ph.D., Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry and Opthalmology
Position:  

Mariel Seiglie – 2018
Thesis: 
Role of the Extended Amygdala Pituitary Adenylate Cyclase-Activating Polypeptided (PACAP) System in the Behavioral Response to Stress: PhD in Neuroscience 
Advisor: 
Valentina Sabino, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics and Psychiatry
Position:  

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Thesis: 
Structural Underpinnings of Membrane Association and Mechanism in PglC, A Monotopic Phosphoglycosyl Transferase: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: 
Karen Allen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine
Position:  
Postdoc at the University of California, San Francisco lab of Dr. Andrej Sali in the Dept. of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences

Trevor Grant, Ph.D. – 2017
Thesis: STK38L Kinase Ablation Promotes Loss of Cell Viability in a Subset of KRAS-Dependent Pancreatic Cancer Cell Lines: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: : Anurag Singh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine
Position: Scientist, Minerva Biotechnologies, Waltham, MA

Dan Apicco, Ph.D. – 2017
Thesis: 
Emerging Roles for RNA Binding Proteins in Alzheimer’s Disease and Frontotemporal Dementia: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: 
Benjamin Wolozin, M.D./Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology and Neurology   
Position: Postdoc at Biogen, Cambridge, MA

Neema Yazdani, Ph.D. – 2017
Thesis: 
Neurobiological Mechanisms of Heterogeneous Nuclear Ribonucleoprotein H1 in Methamphetamine Stimulant and Addictive Behaviors: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: 
Camron BryantPh.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Psychiatry
Position: Project Manager, AMGEN –  California

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Lisa Goldberg, Ph.D. – 2017
Thesis: 
Systems Genetic Analysis of Addiction-relevant Traits: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor:
Camron BryantPh.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Psychiatry
Position:  Postdoc Fellowship at Penn State – Dr. Tom Gould’s Neurobiological Investigation of Learning and Addiction

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Natasha Khatri, Ph.D. – 2017
Thesis: 
The Autism Protein Ube3A/E6AP Regulates Remodeling of Neuronal Dendritic Arborization: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor:
Hengye Man, M.D./ Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology and Pharmacology
Position: Lecturer and Instructor in the College of General Studies (Natural Sciences and Mathematics Department) Boston University

Amy (Ying) Lin, Ph.D. – 2017
Thesis: 
Autism Associated Mint2 Mutation Alters Neurexin Trafficking and Synaptic Function: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: 
Angela HoPh.D., Associate Professor of Biology
Position:  Postdoctoral Fellowship at Weill Cornell Medicine – New York, NY

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Emily Lough, Ph.D. – 2017
Thesis: 
Exploration of a Doxurubicin-polymer Conjugate in Lipid-polymer Hybrid Nanoparticle Drug Delivery: PhD in Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: 
Tyrone PorterPh.D., Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Position: Consultant at Trinity Partners – Waltham, MA

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Maya Woodbury, Ph.D. – 2016
Thesis: 
Pregnenolone Sulfate as a Modulator of Synaptic Plasticity: PhD in Neuroscience 
Advisor: 
Tsuneya Ikezu, M.D./ Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology and Neurology
Position:  Senior Scientist, AbbVie – Cambridge, MA

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Kristen Hokenson, Ph.D. – 2016
Thesis: 
BDNF: A Window on Intracellular Signaling that Controls Inhibitory Processes in the Brain: PhD in Pharmacology
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: PhD in Biomedical Engineering
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: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: 
Rachel Flynn, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine
Position: Associate Consultant, Amundsen Group, Division of Quintiles IMS, Cambridge, MA

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Casey Carmichael, Ph.D. – 2016
Thesis: 
Endogenous Central Signaling Mechanisms in Salt-Sensitive Hypertension: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: 
Richard Wainford, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine
Position: Business Associate, ZS Associates, Los Angeles, CA

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Kathryn Walsh, Ph.D. – 2016
Thesis: 
Norepinephrine-Evoked Renal Regulation of Sodium Homeostasis in Salt-Sensitive Hypertension: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: 
Richard Wainford, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine
Position: Scientist – Preclinical Pharmacology at Inetllia Therapeutics, Inc., Cambridge, MA

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Kavitha Sugunan, Ph.D. – 2015
Thesis: 
Pregnenolone Sulfate as a Modulator of Synaptic Plasticity: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: 
David Farb, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Pharmacology
Position: Clinical Coordinator, Sage Therapeutics.

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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: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: Douglas Rosen, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology 

Position: Contract Research Associate at Wyeth, Cambridge, MA

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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: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: 
Benjamin Wolozin, M.D./Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology and Neurology   
Position: Instructor at Eduwell Boston Inc., Boston, MA

Cogswell ImageMeaghan Cogswell, Ph.D. – 2015
Thesis: A Disturbance in Inhibitory Systems Associated with Autism and Epilepsy: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: Shelley Russek, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology and Biology; Director, BU Graduate Program for Neuroscience
Position: Senior Scientist, Neurological Rare Disease Unit at Sanofi, Framingham, MAphoto_Meg

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: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: 
Tsuneya Ikezu, M.D./Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology and Neurology
Position: Entrepreneur in Residence at Spartan Innovations (a subsidiary of Michigan State University Foundation)

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Nicholas Harrison, MA – 2015
Thesis: 
Zebrafish Models of Human Leukemia: Technological Advances and Mechanical Insights: MS in Pharmacology 
Advisor:
Hui Feng, M.D./Ph.D.
Position: Senior Research Assistant, with MPH, at Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy

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Lissa Riley, Ph.D. – 2015
Thesis: 
Effects of Cocaine on Visual Processing in Zebrafish: PhD in Neuroscience 
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

Kobrin 2011-8-5 ImageKendra Kobrin, Ph.D. – 2015
Thesis:
Morpholog of Nucleus Accumbens Neurons in Morphine Conditioned Place Preference: PhD in Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: Gary Kaplan, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology
Position: Residency Program in Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School

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: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: Mark Grinstaff, Ph.D., Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry and Opthamology
Position: Residency Program in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Colorado Medical School

kc pic1[1]Kim Coughlan, Ph.D. – 2015
Thesis: 
Inhibition of AMPK via Phosphorylation at SER485/491: Multiple Mechanisms of Regulation: PhD in Pharmacology
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

Tara Saltis (Vanderweyde), Ph.D. – 2015
Thesis: 
Regulated Protein Aggregation: How it Takes TIA-1 to Tangle: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: 
Benjamin Wolozin, M.D./Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology and Neurology   
Position: Project Manager;  Fulcram Research Group- Waltham, MA

Audrey Progress Report PhotoAudrey DiMauro, Ph.D. – 2014
Thesis: Functional Interactions Between the Hippocampus, Medial Entorhinal Cortex for Spatial and Nonspatial Processing: PhD in Pharmacology
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: PhD in Pharmacology
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: PhD in Pharmacology
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: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: David H. Farb, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Pharmacology
Position: Technical Writer, Baxter

Stewart Image 2Tara Mehan (Stewart), Ph.D.- 2014
Thesis: A Systems Pharmacology Approach to Modulating Spatial Memory: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: David H. Farb, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Pharmacology
Position: Life Sciences Consultant,  Putnam Associates

 

Nicole-1Nicole Piche-Nicholas, M.A. – 2013
Thesis: Changes in Complementarity Determining Regions Significantly ALter IgB binding to Neonatal Fc Receptor: PhD in Pharmacology
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: PhD in Pharmacology
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: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: Muhammad Zaman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Position: Senior Consultant at The Amundsen Group – A Division of QuintilesIMS, Greater Boston

TraceypictureTracey Tucker (Zhou), Ph.D. – 2013
Thesis: The Human Klotho VS Variant: Focus on the Processing and Function of the V, S and VS Isoform: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: Carmela Abraham, Ph.D., Professor of Biochemistry
Position: Medical Writer for Bluebird Bio, Cambridge MA

 

AmyAmy Andreucci, M.A. – 2013
Thesis:
Anti-Inflammatory Drugs: An Appropriate Option for Treating Obesity?: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor:
Alan Herbert, MB.ChB./Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Neurology
Position: Senior Research Associate II at Eleven Biotherapeutics, Cambridge, MA

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

Robert Freilich, Ph.D. – 2013  M.D. – 2015
Thesis: Roles of miR-155 in Microglia and Neurogenesis in Response to Toll-like Receptor Mediated Inflammation: PhD in Pharmacology
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: PhD in Pharmacology
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: PhD in Pharmacology
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: PhD in Pharmacology
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: PhD in Biomedical Engineering
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.: PhD in Pharmacology
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: PhD in Pharmacology
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: PhD in Pharmacology
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: PhD in Pharmacology
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: PhD in Pharmacology
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
Thesis:
pH/Thermosensitive Liposomes Modified with Poly(N-isopropylacrlyamid-co-propyacrylic acid) Copolymers for Focused Ultrasound-Triggered Release of Doxorubicin: PhD in Biomedical Engineering
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: PhD in Pharmacology
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: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: Bryan Yamamoto, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology
Position: Associate Manager, Regulatory and Medical Writing – 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: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: Benjamin Wolozin, M.D./Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology and Neurology
Position: Neurology Fellow, MGH and Brigham and Women’s Hospital

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: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: Jiang-Fan Chen, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Neurology and Pharmacology
Position: Resident Physician, Beth Israel Deaconess Harvard in Radiology, Boston, MA

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

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: PhD in Pharmacology
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: PhD in Pharmacology
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): PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: Bryan Yamamoto, Ph.D.
Position: Senior Scientist 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: PhD in Pharmacology
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: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: David H. Farb, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics
Position: Director, New Product Commercialization, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

GrisetAaron Griset, Ph.D.(BME) – 2009
Thesis: Delivery of Paclitaxel Via pH-Responsive Polymeric Nanoparticles for Prevention of Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma Recurrence:PhD in Biomedical Engineering
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: PhD in Pharmacology
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: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: Cara Williams, Ph.D.
Position: Associate Research Fellow, Tolerance Lead; 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: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: R. Chris Pierce, Ph.D.
Position: Assistant Professor and Neurosurgeon, UCLA Neurosurgery, Los Angeles, CA

Cindy Hsu, M.D./Ph.D. – 2008
Thesis: Regulation and Function of Leucine-rich Repeat Kinase 2 in MAPK Pathways: Implications in Parkinson’s Disease: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: Benjamin Wolozin, M.D./ Ph.D.
Position: Assistant Professor at University of Michigan in Emergency Medicine and Surgery with NIH funding

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

Sonia Podvin, Ph.D. – 2008
Thesis: Characterization of the Anti-Aging Protein Klotho in Normal Brain Aging and Neurodegeneration: PhD in Pharmacology
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: PhD in Pharmacology
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: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: Shelley J. Russek, Ph.D.
Position: Otolaryngologist at UCONN Health.

Tina Wu, Ph.D. – 2008
Thesis: Endothelial Nitric Oxide Synthase (eNOS) Modification by Hypochlorous Acid and the Development of a Hypochlorous Acid Oxidation Assay: PhD in Pharmacology
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: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: Bryan Yamamoto, Ph.D.
Position: Director In-Vivo Pharmacology at Fulcrum Therapeutics

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: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: Shelley J. Russek, Ph.D.
Position: Principle Scientist, Johnson & Johnson

Karla Mark, Ph.D. – 2007
Thesis: Methamphetamine Neurotoxicity and the Polysynaptic Activation of Glutamatergic Neurons in the Basal Ganglia: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: Bryan Yamamoto, Ph.D.
Position: Senior Associate, Regulatory Affairs, Lyric Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 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: PhD in Pharmacology
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: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: R. Chris Pierce, Ph.D.
Position: Director, Early Clinical Development at Pfizer

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: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: Bryan Yamamoto, Ph.D.
Position: Technical Sales Specialist, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Greater Philadelphia Area

Kelley Burridge, Ph.D. – 2006
Thesis: Targeted Drug Delivery: Effects of Grafted Polyethylene Glycol on Ligand-Receptor Binding Under Flow: PhD in Biomedical Engineering
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: PhD in Pharmacology
Advisor: Marion Kasaian, Ph.D.
Position: Head of Precision Medicine; Bioanalytical Lab, Pfizer, Greater Boston

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