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



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






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






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 Substandard antimicrobial drugs: Detection methods and contribution to antibiotic resistance
Muhammad H. Zaman, Ph.D., Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Currently completing M.D. portion of M.D./Ph.D. Program



002Iriny Ekladious – 2018
Design, Synthesis, and Evaluation of Poly(1,2-glycerol  carbonate)-Paclitaxel Conjugate Nanoparticles for the Tunable Delivery of Paclitaxe
Mark Grinstaff, Ph.D., Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry and Opthalmology





mariel-3-150x150Mariel Seiglie – 2018
Role of the Extended Amygdala Pituitary Adenylate Cyclase-Activating Polypeptided (PACAP) System in the Behavioral Response to Stress
Valentina Sabino, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics and Psychiatry



UnknownLeah (Kressin) Ray – 2018
Structural Underpinnings of Membrane Association and Mechanism in PglC, A Monotopic Phosphoglycosyl Transferase
Karen Allen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine
Postdoc at the University of California, San Francisco lab of Dr. Andrej Sali in the Dept. of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences



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



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




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



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Lisa Goldberg, Ph.D. – 2017
Systems Genetic Analysis of Addiction-relevant Traits
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




Natasha Khatri, Ph.D. – 2017
The Autism Protein Ube3A/E6AP Regulates Remodeling of Neuronal Dendritic Arborization
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



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Amy (Ying) Lin, Ph.D. – 2017
Autism Associated Mint2 Mutation Alters Neurexin Trafficking and Synaptic Function
Angela HoPh.D., Associate Professor of Biology




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




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




Kristen Hokenson, Ph.D. – 2016
BDNF: A Window on Intracellular Signaling that Controls Inhibitory Processes in the Brain
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




Elizabeth Shenk, Ph.D. – 2016
Mechanisms of Tetraploidy-Induced Tumorigenesis
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
Replication Stress and the Alternative Lengthening of Telomeres Pathway
Rachel Flynn, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine
Position: Associate Consultant, Amundsen Group, Division of Quintiles IMS, Cambridge, MA




Casey Carmichael, Ph.D. – 2016
Endogenous Central Signaling Mechanisms in Salt-Sensitive Hypertension
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
Norepinephrine-Evoked Renal Regulation of Sodium Homeostasis in Salt-Sensitive Hypertension
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
Pregnenolone Sulfate as a Modulator of Synaptic Plasticity
David Farb, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Pharmacology
Position: Clinical Coordinator, Sage Therapeutics.




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Larissa Estrada, Ph.D. – 2015
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 




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



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: Scientist, Neurological Rare Disease Unit at Sanofi, Framingham, MA




Megan Varnum, Ph.D. – 2015
An Anti-Inflammatory Glycoprotein, CD200, Restores Neurogenesis and Enhances Amyloid Phagocytosis in a Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease
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
Zebrafish Models of Human Leukemia: Technological Advances and Mechanical Insights 
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
Effects of Cocaine on Visual Processing in Zebrafish
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
Morpholog of Nucleus Accumbens Neurons in Morphine Conditioned Place Preference
Advisor: Gary Kaplan, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology
Position: Residency Program in Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School



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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: Residency Program in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Colorado Medical School



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Kim Coughlan, Ph.D. – 2015

Inhibition of AMPK via Phosphorylation at SER485/491: Multiple Mechanisms of Regulation
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 Saltis (Vanderweyde), Ph.D. – 2015
Regulated Protein Aggregation: How it Takes TIA-1 to Tangle
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
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: Technical Writer, Baxter


Stewart Image 2Tara Mehan (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: 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
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: 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
Advisor: Carmela Abraham, Ph.D., Professor of Biochemistry
Position: Medical Writer for Bluebird Bio, Cambridge MA




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



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
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
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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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
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



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: Associate Manager, Regulatory and Medical Writing – MMS Holdings, Inc. Toledo, Ohio



Chan 2011-4-7 ImageDiane Chan, M.D., Ph.D. – 2011
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: 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
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.
Position: Neurology Resident, UC San Diego Health System

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




Bethann Johnson, Ph.D. – 2010
“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: 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”
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: 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”
Advisor: R. Chris Pierce, Ph.D.
Position: Assistant Professor and Neurosurgeon, UCLA Neurosurgery, Los Angeles, CA



HsuCindy16(13)aCindy Hsu, M.D./Ph.D. – 2008
Thesis: “Regulation and Function of Leucine-rich Repeat Kinase 2 in MAPK Pathways: Implications in Parkinson’s Disease”
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”
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”
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: 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”
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: 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”
Advisor: Shelley J. Russek, Ph.D.
Position: Associate Principle Scientist in Neuroscience Discovery, 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: Senior Associate, Regulatory Affairs, Lyric Pharmaceuticals, Inc. San Francisco Bay Area


Karen PageKaren M. Page, Ph.D. – 2007
“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: 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”
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: 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”
Advisor: James Hamilton, Ph.D.
Position: Senior Research Scientist, C4 Therapeutics, Greater Boston