MSTP Alumni 1991-1999

Class of 1991 Class of 1992 Class of 1993
Class of 1994 Class of 1995 Class of 1996
Class of 1997 Class of 1998 Class of 1999

Class of 1999

David Berman
Dissertation Topic: Regulators of G protein signaling (RGS): A family of GTPase activating proteins
Mentor: Alfred Gilman, Ph.D.
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Pathology and Medicine
Current Affiliation: Bristol-Myers Squibb (Princeton, NJ)

Michael Biswas
Dissertation Topic: cDNA cloning and characterization of enzymes that metabolize androgens
Mentor: David Russell, Ph.D.
Current Position: Internist
Current Affiliation: Athens Regional Medical Center (Athens, GA)

Greg Clines
Dissertation Topic: Positional cloning of three loci involved in human skeletal growth and morphogenesis
Mentor: M. Lovett, M.D.
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Current Affiliation: University of Virginia Medical Center

Michele Hutchison
Dissertation Topic: Cloning and characterization of the mammalian STE20-related protein kinases, PAK2 and TAO1
Mentor: Melanie Cobb, Ph.D.
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Current Affiliation: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Robert Marquis
Dissertation Topic: Study of the active mechanical properties of the hair bundle which may underlie signal amplification in vertebrate internal ear organs
Mentor: AJ Hudspeth, M.D.
Current Position: Ophthalmologist
Current Affiliation: Texan Eye Ophthalmology Practice (Austin, TX)

Thai Nguyen
Dissertation Topic: Characterization of neuroligins: Novel cell adhesion molecules in neurons
Mentor: T. Südhof, Ph.D.
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine
Current Affiliation: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Monique Spillman
Dissertation Topic: Estrogen-responsive genes in breast and ovarian cancer
Mentor: A. Bowcock, M.D.
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current Affiliation: University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

Linda Verkruyse
Dissertation Topic: Characterization of palmitoyl-protein thioesterase and its role in human disease
Mentor: Sandra Hofmann, M.D., Ph.D.
Current Position: Hematologist & Medical Oncologist
Current Affiliation: Texas Oncology (Mansfield & South Arlington, TX)

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Class of 1998

Prakash Bhatia
Dissertation Topic: Identification and analysis of RAD28, the saccharomyces cerevisiae homolog of the cockayne syndrome complementation group A (CSA) gene
Mentor: Errol Friedberg, M.D.
Current Position: Psychiatrist, Bayview Medical Director (Behavioral Health)
Current Affiliation: Paradise Valley Hospital (National City, CA)

Prakash Bhuyan
Dissertation Topic: Identification of the rat maternally transmitted antigen
Mentor: Kirsten Fischer Lindahl, Ph.D.
Current Position: Director, ID/Vaccines Clinical Research; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
Current Affiliation: Merck Research Laboratories; University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Britt Britton
Dissertation Topic: Molecular characterization of human isoforms of carnitine palmitoyltransferase I
Mentor:
JD McGarry, Ph.D.
Current Position: (unknown)
Current Affiliation:
N/A

Vik Dabhi
Dissertation Topic: Characteristics of T-cells specific for the MHC class I molecule H2-M3
Mentor:
Kirsten Fischer Lindahl, Ph.D.
Current Position: Internist, Gastroenterology & Hematology/Oncology
Current Affiliation: Pacific Medical Centers (Seattle, WA)

Jim Davie
Dissertation Topic: Expression and assembly of mammalian branched-chain alpha-ketoacid decarboxylase in escherichia coli
Mentor:
David Chuang, Ph.D.
Current Position: Dermatopathologist AP/CP
Current Affiliation: Medical Center Clinic (Pensacola, FL)

Julia Klesney-Tait
Dissertation Topic: Characterization of the major outer membrane protein of haemophilus ducreyi
Mentor: Eric Hansen, Ph.D.
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine; Medical Director of Lung Transplantation; Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Occupational Medicine
Current Affiliation: University of Iowa Roy J. & Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine

Colin Koon
Dissertation Topic: Identification, purification, and characterization of a mitochondrial DNA-binding protein
Mentor: RS Williams, Ph.D.
Current Position: Ob/Gyn Specialist
Current Affiliation: Texas Oncology - Baylor/Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center, Gynecologic Oncology 

Richard Noel
Dissertation Topic: Use of recombinant adenovirus for engineering of glucose transport and gycerol metabolism in insulinoma cells and Islets of Langerhans
Mentor: C. Newgard, Ph.D.
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology, and Nutrition
Current Affiliation: Medical College of Wisconsin

Andrea Sestak
Dissertation Topic: Studies of gene expression in two animal models of growth and insulin hypersecretion in the Islets of Langerhans
Mentor: C. Newgard, Ph.D.
Current Position: Research Assistant Member, Arthritis & Immunology Research Program
Current Affiliation: Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

Pampee Young
Dissertation Topic: Two Cis-acting motifs, a CRE-like element and a GT box, are necessary for the cyclic AMP regulation of the human surfactant protein-A2 (SP-A2) gene expression in alveolar type II cells
Mentor: Carole Mendelson, Ph.D.
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Pathology & Medicine
Current Affiliation: Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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Class of 1997

Fernando Catalina
Dissertation Topic: The effect of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) administration on the proliferation of normal & neoplastic hematopoietic progenitors: The role of caloric restriction
Mentor: Michael Bennett, M.D.
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Current Affiliation: University of Massachusetts Medical School (Worcester, MA)

Charles Eberhart
Dissertation Topic: A molecular & genetic analysis of pelota and boule, two loci required for meiotic cell division in drosophila males
Mentor: S. Wasserman, M.D.
Current Position: Associate Professor of Pathology, Ophthalmology and Oncology
Current Affiliation: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Phil Frykman
Dissertation Topic: The Very Low Density Lipoprotein Receptor Knockout Mouse
Mentors: Michael Brown, M.D. and Joseph Goldstein, M.D.
Current Position: Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics; Associate Director of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery
Current Affiliation: University of California at Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine; Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Naoum Issa
Dissertation Topic: The Concentration of Calcium Ions at the Presynaptic Active Zone of Hair Cells During Neurotransmitter Release
Mentor: AJ Hudspeth, M.D.
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Neurobiology, Pharmacology, Physiology
Current Affiliation: University of Chicago

Daniel Lee
Dissertation Topic: Temperature-dependent regulation of interleukin-1β gene expression
Mentor: P. Nison, M.D.
Current Position: Assistant Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology
Current Affiliation: University of California San Diego Medical Center

Ethan Lee
Dissertation Topic: The structural basis of G protein activation
Mentor: Alfred Gilman, M.D., Ph.D.
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology
Current Affiliation: Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Steve Margossian
Dissertation Topic: Studies of the dead/H box protein, Suv3p, and its role in mitochondrial RNA metabolism in yeast
Mentor: R. Butow, M.D.
Current Position: Instructor of Pediatric Oncology and Medicine
Current Affiliation: Harvard University - Children’s Hospital of Boston; Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Ignatius Ou
Dissertation Topic: Cloning and characterization of cellular factors that bind to critical regulatory elements in the HIV-1 LTR
Mentor: R. Gaynor, M.D.
Current Position: Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Division
Current Affiliation: University of California at Irvine Medical Center, UCI Lung Center, Chao Comprehensive Cancer Center

David Raizen
Dissertation Topic: Behavioral, Electrophysical and Genetic Studies of Neurons that Control Pharyngeal Pumping in Caenorhabditis Elegans
Mentor: L. Avery, M.D.
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Neurology
Current Affiliation: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

John Villano
Dissertation Topic:
Molecular & Genetic Characterization of the Drosophila Four-Jointed Gene
Mentor: F. Katz, M.D.
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Medicine - Hematology/Oncology
Current Affiliation: University of Illinois at Chicago

Brian Weis
Dissertation Topic: Expression of the Carnitine Palmitoyltransferase Enzymes in Rat Liver and Heart
Mentor: JD McGarry, M.D.
Current Position: Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Current Affiliation: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and School of Medicine

Patrick Weix
Dissertation Topic: Analysis of Loss of Heterozygosity in Murine Ocular Tumors by Simple Sequence Length Polymorphisms
Mentor: J. Sambrook, M.D.
Current Position: Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialist
Current Affiliation: Irving/Coppell Women's Health Center (Irving, TX)

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Class of 1996

Scott Armstrong
Dissertation Topic: Molecular and Biochemical Characterization of Rab Geranylgeranyl Transferase
Mentors: Michael Brown, M.D. and Joseph Goldstein, M.D.
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Current Affiliation: Harvard University - Children’s Hospital of Boston; Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Karp Family Research Laboratories

David M. Berman
Dissertation Topic: The Role of Steroid 5-α Reductase Isozymes in Male Sexual Development
Mentor: David Russell, Ph.D.
Current Position: Associate Professor of Pathology, Oncology, and Urology
Current Affiliation: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Laura Camp Lee
Dissertation Topic: Purification, characterization, and molecular cloning of palmitoyl-protein thioesterase
Mentor: S. Hoffman
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology
Current Affiliation: Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Leonidas Carayannopoulos
Dissertation Topic: A system for the production of recombinant immunoglobulin A: Application to the study of IgA structure and function
Mentor: JD Capra, Ph.D.
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine/Pulmonary; Experimental Medicine Division
Current Affiliation: Washington University School of Medicine; Merck Research Laboratories

Diego Castrillon
Dissertation Topic: Studies of loci required for male fertility in drosophila melanogaster
Mentor: S. Wasserman, M.D.
Current Position: Associate Professor of Pathology
Current Affiliation: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Ravindhra G. Elluru
Dissertation Topic: Characterization of the axonal transport of kinesin and type I hexokinase in the rat visual system
Mentor: S. Brady, M.D.
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery; Pediatric Otolaryngologist, Department of Otolaryngology
Current Affiliation:
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine; Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Christine Kim Garcia
Dissertation Topic: Transporters of Mevalonate and Monocarboxylates
Mentors: Michael Brown, M.D. and Joseph Goldstein, M.D.
Current Position: Associate Professor, McDermott Center for Human Growth & Development
Current Affiliation: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Christopher L. Newton
Dissertation Topic: Cloning and Characterization of a cDNA for Ataxia-Telangiectasia
Mentor: T. Sudhof,  Ph.D.
Current Position: Private practice (Pediatrics)
Current Affiliation: Centennial Medical Center (Frisco, TX)

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Class of 1995

Michael Wong
Dissertation Topic: Long-Term and Short-Term Steroidal Modulation of the Electrophysiological Properties of Hippocampal Neurons
Mentor: R. Moss, M.D.
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Pediatric Neurology
Current Affiliation: Washington University School of Medicine

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Class of 1994

David Crawford
Dissertation Topic: Structural and Functional Studies of Ribonuclease Inhibitor, a Cytosolic Phosphoprotein
Mentor: Bruce Beutler, M.D.
Current Position: Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Current Affiliation: The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center 

Keith Tansey
Dissertation Topic: Motor Unit Activation during Evoked Muscle Contractions: Implications for the Synaptic Organization of Motoneuron Pools and the Modulation of Muscle Force
Mentor: Barry Botterman, Ph.D.
Current Position: Director, Spinal Cord Injury Center Research; Departments of Neurology & Physiology
Current Affiliation: Crawford Research Institute, Shepherd Center (Atlanta, GA); Emory University School of Medicine

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Class of 1993

Robert C. Kowal
Dissertation Topic: Studies of the Structure and Function of the LDL Receptor-Related Protein
Mentors: Michael Brown, M.D. and Joseph Goldstein, M.D.
Current Position: Cardiologist
Current Affiliation: Baylor Heart Hospital (Dallas, TX)

Sancy A. Leachman
Dissertation Topic: Functional Domains of Skeletal and Smooth Muscle Myosin Light Chain Kinases
Mentor: James Stull, Ph.D.
Current Position: Associate Professor of Dermatology; Director and Principal Investigator, Matthews Familial Melanoma Research Clinic; Deputy Director, Melanoma Program, Huntsman Cancer Institute
Current Affiliation: University of Utah

Kathryn Maschhoff
Dissertation Topic: An Analysis of the Mechanism of Pre-mRNA Splicing using Phosphorothioate-Substituted RNA
Mentor: R. Padgett, M.D.
Current Position: Clinical Associate of Pediatrics, Neonatology & Newborn Services
Current Affiliation: University of Pennsylvania

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Class of 1992

Brian Maddux
Dissertation Topic: Processing of Multimodality Cortical Signals in the Cerebellar Paraflocculus
Mentor: D. Woodward, M.D.
Current Position: Neurologist
Current Affiliation: Riverhills Healthcare Montgomery (Cincinnati, OH)

Andrea Richardson
Dissertation Topic: Molecular Cloning and Characterization of the t(2;14) Translocation Associated with Childhood CLL
Mentor: P. Tucker, M.D.
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Pathology
Current Affiliation: Harvard University, Brigham & Women’s Hospital

Mark Segal
Dissertation Topic: The Role of Disulfide Bond Formation and the Cellular Protein BiP in the Folding of Influenza Hemagglutinin
Mentor: MJ Gething, M.D.
Current Position: Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Current Affiliation: University of Florida School of Medicine

Jeffrey Smith
Dissertation Topic: Feedback Regulation of Genes Controlling Cholesterol Metabolism
Mentors: Michael Brown, M.D. and Joseph Goldstein, M.D.
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Medicine & Cancer Biology; Division of Genetic Medicine; Ingram Assistant Professor, Cancer Research
Current Affiliation: Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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Class of 1991

Michael J. Eck
Dissertation Topic: The three-dimensional structure of Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF-alpha) at 2.6 angstrom resolution
Mentor: S. Sprang, M.D.
Current Position: Professor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
Current Affiliation: Harvard University – Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Sunilkumar Patel
Dissertation Topic: Functional and phenotypic analysis of human T-cell clones
Mentor: P. Lipsky, M.D.
Current Position: Internist
Current Affiliation: Private practice (Abilene, TX)

Ellen Pizer
Dissertation Topic: Insertional activation of the C-MYB locus and development of B-cell lymphomas in chickens infected embryonically with ALV
Mentor: E. Humphries, M.D.
Current Position: Attending Pathologist
Current Affiliation: CellNetix Pathology PLLC (Everett, WA); Swedish Medical Center (Seattle, WA)

Ronald Rubenstein
Dissertation Topic: Regulation of G Proteins by the β-Adrenergic Receptor: Aspects of Receptor Structure and Selectivity
Mentor: Elliot Ross, Ph.D.
Current Position: Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Current Affiliation: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; Children’s Hospital, Philadelphia

Mark Swancutt
Dissertation Topic: Molecular characterization of the immunogenic 34-kilodalton membrane lipoprotein of Treponema palladium
Mentor: Michael Norgard, Ph.D.
Current Position: Associate Professor of Microbiology and Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease
Current Affiliation: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Keith Woeltje
Dissertation Topic: Structure/function/regulatory properties of mitochondrial carnitine palmitoyltransferase
Mentor: JD McGarry, M.D.
Current Position: Associate Professor of Medicine; Division of Infectious Diseases
Current Affiliation: Washington University School of Medicine

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