IMSD Program Graduates

Rey Ayon, MS Evolutionary Biology (2014-2017)

  • Advisor: Rachel Santymire

Daniel Ruiz, PhD Molecular Metabolism and Nutrition (2014-2019)

  • Thesis Advisor: Robert Sargis
  • Thesis Project: Developmental misprogramming of metabolism by environmental chemicals that disrupt glucocorticoid action

Eloesa McSorely, PhD Public Health Sciences (2014-2020)

  • Thesis Advisor: Diane Lauderdale
  • Thesis Project: Cognitive Aging in a Gene x Environment Context and Sleep and Cognition

Dayana Delgado, PhD Public Health Sciences (2015-2021)

  • Thesis Advisor: Brandon Pierce
  • Thesis Project : Genetic determinants of telomere length in a Bangladeshi population and disparities in genetic susceptibility to prostate cancer initiation
  • Cody Hernandez, PhD Cellular and Molecular Biology (2015-2021)
  • Thesis Advisor: Jonathan Staley
  • Thesis Project: Mechanism and Physiological Role of Prp22 in Mediating 3’ss Selection

Roy Morgan, PhD Genetics, Genomics, and Systems Biology (2015-2022)

  • Thesis Advisor: Barbara Kee
  • Thesis Project: Transcriptional Regulation of NKT Cell Development by Ets1 Transcription Factor 

Selina Baeza-Loya, PhD Neurobiology (2016-2022)

  • Thesis Advisor: Ruth Anne Eatock
  • Thesis Project: Investigating the contribution of sodium channel diversity to vestibular ganglion neuron firing patterns.

Elaine Kouame, PhD Immunology (2016-2022)

  • Thesis Advisor: Bana Jabri
  • Thesis Project: The role of Reovirus in oral tolerance and celiac disease. 

Evelyn Campbell, PhD Microbiology (2016-2022)

  • Thesis Advisor: Cathy Nagler
  • Thesis Project: An Investigation on the Role of TLR4 signaling on Saa induction and allergy development 

Martin Sepulveda, PhD Immunology (2017-2024)

  • Thesis Advisor: Marisa Alegre
  • Thesis Project: Gut-restricted microbiota effect on distal skin graft outcomes

Edgar Correa, PhD Cell and Molecular Biology (2017-2024)

  • Thesis Advisor: Paschalis Kratsios 
  • Thesis Project: Sex-specific motor neuron development and maintenance

Victor Mendoza, PhD Molecular Metabolism & Nutrition (2018-2023)

  • Thesis Advisor: Lev Becker
  • Thesis Project: The immune system & its role in diabetes and heart diease

Anthony Osuma, PhD Neuroscience (2018-2024)

  • Thesis Advisor: Paschalis Kratsios
  • Thesis Project: Effects of disrupted oxygen homeostasis on hippocampal physiology

Julian Bertini, MS Medical Physics (2019-2023)

  • Thesis Advisor: Tim Carroll 
  • Thesis Project: Using susceptibility weighted MRI to quantify oxygen in the brain

Corey Smith, PhD Medical Physics (2014-2019)

  • Thesis Advisor: Patrick La Rivière
  • Thesis Project : Image Reconstruction in Fluorescence Microscopy

Gabrielle Watkins, PhD Neurobiology (2014-2021)

  • Thesis Advisor: Christian Hansel
  • Thesis Project: Synaptic and intrinsic mechanisms of learning in the cerebellum

Juan Manuel Vazquez, PhD Human Genetics (2015-2020)

  • Thesis Advisor: Vincent Lynch
  • Thesis Project: The Role of Gene Duplication in Peto’s Paradox in Long-Lived Lineages

Eric McLean, MS Cellular and Molecular Biology (2015-2020)

  • Thesis Advisor: Jingyi Fei
  • Thesis Project: Single-cell Analysis of sRNA Expression during Salmonella Infection

Matthew Perez-Neut, PhD Cancer Biology (2015-2021)

  • Thesis Advisor: Yingming Zhao
  • Thesis Project : Identification of novel histone mark reader proteins

Erick X. Bayala, PhD Integrative Biology (2015-2022)

  • Thesis Advisor: Marcus Kronforst
  • Thesis Project: How to paint a butterfly? The developmental basis of butterfly color pattern variation 

Alexis Thomas, PhD Microbiology (2016-2023)

  • Thesis Advisor: Pheobe Rice
  • Thesis Project: Determining the regulation of SCC element in Staphylococci spp

Nadya Ali, PhD Evolutionary Biology (2017-2022)

  • Thesis Advisor: Rachel Santymire
  • Thesis Project: Understanding Population Viability and the Mechanisms Behind Infertility in the Black-footed ferret (Mustelid nigripes)

Maile Hollinger, PhD Immunology (2017-2024)

  • Thesis Advisor: Anne Sperling
  • Thesis Project: Protection against allergic inflammation using bacterial exopolysaccharides

Sarah Ann King, PhD Developmental, Regeneration, & Stem Cell Biology (2018-2023)

  • Thesis Advisor: Wu Xiaoyang
  • Thesis Project: Designing skin grafts/tissue engineering

Briana Banks, PhD Cancer Biology (2019-2024)

  • Thesis Advisor: Matthew Brady
  • Thesis Project: Determining the effect of chronic psychological stress during puberty and early adulthood on mammary development