IMSD Graduate Students

IMSD Program meeting

2017 IMSD Students

IMSD Program Meeting

2018 IMSD Students

IMSD Graduate Students

Joash Lake

  • Matriculated: 2019
  • Graduate Program: Immunology 
  • Thesis Advisor: Rotating
  • Thesis Project: TBD

Santiago Acero Bedoya

  • Matriculated: 2019
  • Graduate Program: Cancer Biology 
  • Thesis Advisor: Rotating
  • Thesis Project: TBD

Julian Bertini

  • Matriculated: 2019
  • Graduate Program: Medical Physics
  • Thesis Advisor: Rotating
  • Thesis Project: TBD

Sarah Ann King

  • Matriculated: 2018
  • Graduate Program: Developmental, Regeneration, & Stem Cell Biology 
  • Thesis Advisor: Wu, Xiaoyang
  • Thesis Project:Designing skin grafts/ tissue engineering

Carlos Cortez

  • Matriculated: 2018
  • Graduate Program: Cell & Molecular Biology 
  • Thesis Advisor: Joe Thornton
  • Thesis Project: The Evolutionary Origin of Allostery and Heterotetramerization in Hemoglobin

Elena Cortes

  • Matriculated: 2018
  • Graduate Program: Biochem
  • Thesis Advisor: Engin Ozkan
  • Thesis Project: Molecular Analysis of Kainate Receptor Regulation by Neto Auxiliary Subunits

Nadya Ali

  • Matriculated: 2017
  • Graduate Program: Evolutionary Biology 
  • Thesis Advisor: Rachel Santymire
  • Thesis Project: Understanding Population Viability and the Mechanisms Behind Infertility in the Black-footed ferret (Mustelid nigripes)

Selina Baeza-Loya

  • Matriculated: 2016
  • Graduate Program: Neurobiology  
  • Thesis Advisor: Ruth Anne Eatock 
  • Thesis Project: Investigating the contribution of sodium channel diversity to vestibular ganglion neuron firing patterns.

Elaine Kouame

  • Matriculated: 2016
  • Graduate Program: Immunology 
  • Thesis Advisor: Bana Jabri 
  • Thesis Project: The role of Reovirus in oral tolerance and celiac disease.

Erick Bayala

  • Matriculated: 2015
  • Graduate Program: Intergrative Biology
  • Thesis Advisor: Marcus Kronforst
  • Thesis Project: How to paint a butterfly? The developmental basis of butterfly color pattern variation     

Eric McLean

  • Matriculated: 2015
  • Graduate Program: Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Thesis Advisor: Jingyi Fei
  • Thesis Project: Single-cell Analysis of sRNA Expression during Salmonella Infection

Gabrielle Watkins

  • Matriculated: 2014
  • Graduate Program: Neurobiology
  • Thesis Advisor: Christian Hansel
  • Thesis Project: Synaptic and intrinsic mechanisms of learning in the cerebellum

Jorden Lane

  • Matriculated: 2019
  • Graduate Program: Immunology 
  • Thesis Advisor: Daria Esterhazy
  • Thesis Project: Understanding how lymphatics shape immune microenvironments

Matthew McDonough

  • Matriculated: 2019
  • Graduate Program: Cell and Molecular Biology  
  • Thesis Advisor: Jonathan Staley
  • Thesis Project: Early transcription termination mediated by interrupted splicing

Jorge Alvarado

  • Matriculated: 2019
  • Graduate Program: Neurobiology 
  • Thesis Advisor: Demet Arac
  • Thesis Project: Modification of GPR56 Signaling via Synthetic Antibody Application

Victor Mendoza

  • Matriculated: 2018
  • Graduate Program: Mol. Metabolism & Nutrition 
  • Thesis Advisor: Lev Becker
  • Thesis Project: The immune system and its role in diabetes and heart disease

Carolina Castro-Rivera

  • Matriculated: 2018
  • Graduate Program: Neuroscience 
  • Thesis Advisor: Fred Garcia
  • Thesis Project: Effects of intermittent hypoxia in learning and memory

Martin Sepulveda

  • Matriculated: 2017
  • Graduate Program: Immunology 
  • Thesis Advisor: Marisa Alegre 
  • Thesis Project: Gut-restricted microbiota effect on  distal skin graft outcomes

Jimmy Elias

  • Matriculated: 2017
  • Graduate Program: Cell and Molecular Biology 
  • Thesis Advisor: Alex Ruthenburg
  • Thesis Project : Epigenetic gene regulation via non-coding RNAs

Elisa Pabon

  • Matriculated: 2016
  • Graduate Program: Neurobiology  
  • Thesis Advisor: Harriet De Wit
  • Thesis Project : Effect of alcohol on risk of smoking relapse

Meghan O'Connell

  • Matriculated: 2016
  • Graduate Program: Cell and Molecular Biology 
  • Thesis Advisor: David Kovar
  • Thesis Project : Mechanisms of actin cytoskeleton self-organization

Dayana Delgado

  • Matriculated: 2015
  • Graduate Program: Public Health Sciences
  • Thesis Advisor: Brandon Pierce
  • Thesis Project : Genetic determinants of telomere length in a Bangladeshi population and disparities in genetic susceptibility to prostate cancer initiation

Matthew Perez-Neut

  • Matriculated: 2015
  • Graduate Program: Cancer Biology
  • Thesis Advisor: Yingming Zhao
  • Thesis Project : Identification of novel histone mark reader proteins

Briana Banks

  • Matriculated: 2019
  • Graduate Program: Cancer Biology 
  • Thesis Advisor: Rotating
  • Thesis Project: TBD

Jasmine Fuerte-Stone

  • Matriculated: 2019
  • Graduate Program: Microbiology
  • Thesis Advisor: Rotating
  • Thesis Project: TBD

Noah Pena

  • Matriculated: 2018
  • Graduate Program: Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Thesis Advisor: Tao Pan
  • Thesis Project : Characterizing the function and mechanism of the low complexity regions of m6A reader protein YTHDC1

Anthony Osuma

  • Matriculated: 2018
  • Graduate Program: Neuroscience 
  • Thesis Advisor: Paschalis Kratsios
  • Thesis Project : Effects of disrupted oxygen homeostasis on hippocampal physiology

Maile Hollinger

  • Matriculated: 2017
  • Graduate Program: Immunology 
  • Thesis Advisor: Anne Sperling 
  • Thesis Project : Protection against allergic inflammation using bacterial exopolysaccharides

Edgar Correa

  • Matriculated: 2017
  • Graduate Program: Cell and Molecular Biology 
  • Thesis Advisor: Paschalis Kratsios
  • Thesis Project: Sex-specific motor neuron development and maintenance

Alexis Thomas

  • Matriculated: 2016
  • Graduate Program: Microbiology
  • Thesis Advisor: Phoebe Rice
  • Thesis Project: Determining the regulation of SCC elements in Staphylococci spp

Evelyn Campbell

  • Matriculated: 2016
  • Graduate Program: microbiology 
  • Thesis Advisor: Cathy Nagler 
  • Thesis Project: An Investigation on the Role of TLR4 signaling on Saa induction and allergy development

Cody Hernandez

  • Matriculated: 2015
  • Graduate Program: Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Thesis Advisor: Jonathan Staley
  • Thesis Project: Mechanism and Physiological Role of Prp22 in Mediating 3’ss Selection

Roy Morgan

  • Matriculated: 2015
  • Graduate Program: Genetics, Genomics and Systems Biology
  • Thesis Advisor: Barbara Kee
  • Thesis Project: Transcriptional Regulation of NKT Cell Development by Ets1 Transcription Factor

Eloesa McSorely

  • Matriculated: 2014
  • Graduate Program: Public Health Sciences
  • Thesis Advisor: Diane Lauderdale
  • Thesis Project: Cognitive Aging in a Gene x Environment Context and Sleep and Cognition

IMSD Graduates

Daniel Ruiz, PhD

  • Graduated: 2019
  • Matriculated: 2014
  • Graduate Program: Molecular Metabolism and Nutrition
  • Thesis Advisor: Robert Sargis
  • Thesis Project: Developmental misprogramming of metabolism by environmental chemicals that disrupt glucocorticoid action

Rey Ayon, MS

  • Graduated: 2017
  • Matriculated: 2014
  • Graduate Program: Evolutionary Biology
  • Advisor: Rachel Santymire

Corey Smith

  • Graduated: 2019
  • Matriculated: 2014
  • Graduate Program: Medical Physics
  • Thesis Advisor: Patrick La Rivière
  • Thesis Project : Image Reconstruction in Fluorescence Microscopy

Juan Manuel Vazquez

  • Graduated: 2020
  • Matriculated: 2015
  • Graduate Program: Human Genetics
  • Thesis Advisor: Vincent Lynch
  • Thesis Project: The Role of Gene Duplication in Peto’s Paradox in Long-Lived Lineages