MSTP Alumni 2000-2009

Class of 2000 Class of 2001 Class of 2002
Class of 2003 Class of 2004 Class of 2005
Class of 2006 Class of 2007 Class of 2008
Class of 2009

Class of 2009

Christian Gocke
Dissertation Topic: Regulation of Chromatin-Associated Proteins by Sumoylation
Mentor: Hongtao Yu, Ph.D.
Current Position: Fellow, Medicine, Hematology/Oncology
Current Affiliation: Johns Hopkins University

Ammar Hawasli
Dissertation Topic: Regulation of Excitatory Neurotransmission, Synaptic Plasticity, and Learning by Cyclin-Dependent Kinase 5
Mentor: James Bibb, Ph.D.
Current Position: Clinical Fellow, Neurosurgery
Current Affiliation: Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital (St. Louis, MO)

Cindy Johnson
Dissertation Topic: Hepatitis C Virus NS3/4A Protease and the Intracellular Antiviral Response: Mapping Complex Virus-Host Interactions
Mentor: Michael Gale, Ph.D. (University of Washington)
Current Position: Clinical Fellow, Medicine, Infectious Diseases
Current Affiliation: Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital (St. Louis, MO)

Brian Keller
Dissertation Topic: Insights into Virus-host Interactions: Regulation of Cytokine Signaling is a Virulence Determinant of West Nile Virus
Mentor: Michael Gale, Ph.D. (University of Washington)
Current Position: Clinical Fellow, Medicine, Pulmonary/Critical Care
Current Affiliation: Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital (St. Louis, MO)

Christopher Larson
Dissertation Topic: Evolutionary Constraints Specifying Protein Folding and Function
Mentor: Rama Ranganathan, M.D., Ph.D.
Current Position: Fellow, Internal Medicine PST Program, Hematology/Oncology
Current Affiliation: University of California San Diego Medical Center

Amy Mellgren Archer
Dissertation Topic: PDGFR beta Signaling in Mouse Epicardial and Mural Cells Influences Blood Vessel Remodeling
Mentor: Michelle Tallquist-Seidel, Ph.D.
Current Position: Fellow, Rheumatology (2012-13 Driskill Fellow)
Current Affiliation: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Alexis Melton
Dissertation Topic: Combinatorial Control of CD45 Signal-Induced Exon Repression by hnRNP L and PSF
Mentor: Kristen Lynch, Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania)
Current Position: Clinical Fellow, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Current Affiliation: University of California at San Francisco Medical Center

Prashant Mishra
Dissertation Topic: Dynamic Scaffolding in a G-Protein Signaling Cascade
Mentor: Rama Ranganathan, M.D., Ph.D.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Scholar, Biology & Biological Engineering
Current Affiliation: California Institute of Technology – Laboratory of David Chan, M.D., Ph.D. (HHMI/Department of Biology)

Baochan Nguyen
Dissertation Topic: Protein Phosphatase Inhibitor-1 and CDK5: Of Molecules and Memory
Mentor: James Bibb, Ph.D.
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology
Current Affiliation: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

Brent Presley
Dissertation Topic: Novel Roles of Gastrin and Cholescystokinin in Islet Beta Cell Proliferation
Mentor: Christopher Newgard, Ph.D. (Duke)
Current Position: Clinical Postdoctoral Trainee, Pediatrics
Current Affiliation: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX 

Paul Tannous
Dissertation Topic: Cardiomyocyte Autophagy is Induced by Protein Aggregation in Heart Disease
Mentor: Joseph Hill, M.D., Ph.D.
Current Position: Clinical Fellow, Pediatric Cardiology
Current Affiliation: Harvard University – Children’s Hospital of Boston

Mark Valasek
Dissertation Topic: The Regulation of Cholesterol Absorption: Nuclear Hormone Receptors and Niemann-Pick C1 Like 1
Mentor: Joyce Repa, Ph.D.
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Pathology
Current Affiliation: UC San Diego Medical Center

Jadon Webb
Dissertation Topic: Slow Inactivation of Sodium Channels: Structural Clues
Mentor: Stephen Cannon, M.D., Ph.D.
Current Position: Clinical Fellow, Psychiatry, Child Study Center
Current Affiliation: Yale University Medical Center

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Class of 2008

Michael Arnold
Dissertation Topic: The MEF2 Transcription Factor is an Essential Regulator of Bone Development
Mentor: Eric Olson, Ph.D.
Current Position: Faculty, Pediatric Pathology
Current Affiliation: Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Ohio State University, Wexner Medical Center, Columbus OH

Tracy Clyne Beswick
Dissertation Topic: Allosteric Regulation of S-Adenosylmethionine Decarboxylase from T. Cruzi
Mentor:
Meg Phillips, Ph.D.
Current Position: Dermatologist
Current Affiliation: Private Practice, Tulsa, OK

Nathan Bingham
Dissertation Topic: Loss of Ventromedial Hypothalamic Leptin Receptors Results in Increased Adiposity and a Metabolic Syndrome
Mentor: Keith Parker, M.D. (deceased)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Pediatric Endocrinology
Current Affiliation: Cincinnati Children's Hospital - University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Alice Chan
Dissertation Topic: In vivo identification of Sle1b: Ly108 mediates autoantibody production
Mentor: Ward Wakeland, Ph.D.
Current Position: Clinical Fellow, Pediatric Rheumatology & Allergy/Immunology
Current Affiliation: University of California at San Francisco Medical Center

Temekka Leday
Dissertation Topic: Use of an Animal Model of Group A Streptococcal Infection to Identify Factors Important for Virulence
Mentor: Kevin McIver, Ph.D. (University of Maryland)
Current Position: Pathologist
Current Affiliation: Private Practice, Lewisville, TX

Daniel Motola
Dissertation Topic: Identification of Ligands for the Orphan Nuclear Receptor DAF-12 that Govern Dauer Formation and Reproduction in C. elegans
Mentor: David Mangelsdorf, Ph.D.
Current Position: Research Fellow, Medicine
Current Affiliation: Harvard University - Massachusetts General Hospital

Alan Poole
Dissertation Topic:  Collective Structural Modes in Proteins:  A Case Study in the PDZ Domain
Mentor: Rama Ranganathan, M.D., Ph.D.
Current Position:  Resident, Pediatrics
Current Affiliation:  University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Bogachan Sahin
Dissertation Topic: Evaluation and Characterization of Novel Signal Transduction Pathways in the Striatum
Mentor: James Bibb, Ph.D.
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Neurology, Stroke Division
Current Affiliation: University of Rochester Medical Center

Nadia Tsankova
Dissertation Topic: The Role of Chromatin Remodeling in Hippocampus in Depression and Antidepressant Action
Mentor: Eric Nestler, M.D., Ph.D. (Mount Sinai School of Medicine)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Pathology & Neuroscience
Current Affiliation: Mount Sinai, Icahn School of Medicine

Brant Ward
Dissertation Topic: Behavioral characteristics of Langerhans cells in vivo.
Mentor: Akira Takashima, M.D., Ph.D. (University of Toledo)
Current Position: Instructor, Internal Medicine, Allergy & Immunology
Current Affiliation: Virginia Commonwealth University

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Class of 2007

James Battiste
Dissertation Topic: Mash1 Defines Lineage-Restricted Neuron and Oligodendrocyte Precursor Cells in Spinal Cord Development
Mentor: Jane Johnson, Ph.D.
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Neurology-Neuro Oncology
Current Affiliation: University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Jing-Tzyh (Alan) Chiang
Dissertation Topic: Evolution of Pharyngeal Feeding Behaviors in Free-living Soil Nematodes
Mentor: Leon Avery, Ph.D. (Virgina Commonwealth University)
Current Position: Clinical Fellow, Radiology
Current Affiliation: UC San Francisco Medical Center

Luke Engelking
Dissertation Topic: Insig-Mediated Regulation of Hepatic Lipid Synthesis
Mentor: Mike Brown, M.D. and Joe Goldstein, M.D.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Trainee, Internal Medicine, Digestive & Liver Diseases
Current Affiliation: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

Jamison Feramisco
Dissertation Topic: SCAP, INSIG, and Cholesterol Interactions in Mammalian Cells
Mentor: Mike Brown, M.D. and Joe Goldstein, M.D.
Current Position: Chief Scientific Officer (MEDgle), Physician-in-Chief (Scanadu), President & Chief Medical Office (Golden Healthcare) 
Current Affiliation: MEDgle, San Mateo, CA; Scanadu (NASA) Moffett Field, CA; Golden Healthcare, Temecula, CA

Eileen Foy
Dissertation Topic: Control of Innate Antiviral Defenses by the Hepatitis C Virus NS3/4A Protease
Mentor: Michael Gale, Ph.D. (University of Washington)
Current Position: Clinical Fellow, Pediatrics, Infectious Disease
Current Affiliation: University of California at San Francisco Medical Center

Garrett Gotway
Dissertation Topic: The Role of Apobec2 in Striated Muscle Development and Function
Mentor: Deepak Srivastava, M.D. (UCSF)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Pediatrics & McDermott Center for Human Growth & Development; Director, Medical Genetics Residency Program
Current Affiliation: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Nathan Holladay
Dissertation Topic: Data-optimized Linear Predictors of Disorder in Proteins Yield Insight into Disorder Prediction and Physical Processes Underlying Disorder
Mentor: Nick Grishin, Ph.D.
Current Position: Internist, Private Practice
Current Affiliation: Winterville, NC

Christopher Jones
Dissertation Topic: Development and Analysis of an Animal Model of Autosomal Recessive Hypercholesterolemia
Mentor: Joachim Herz, M.D. and Helen Hobbs, M.D.
Current Position: Staff Physician, Internal Medicine
Current Affiliation: Platte Valley Medical Center, Brighton, CO<

Jason Mock
Dissertation Topic: The LspA Proteins of Haemophilus ducreyi: Extracellular Virulence Factors
Mentor: Eric Hansen, Ph.D.
Current Position: Clinical Instructor, Internal Medicine, Pulmonary & Critical Care
Current Affiliation: University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Charles Nguyen
Dissertation Topic: Haplotype-specific Effects of the SLAM/CD2 Family on the Immune Response
Mentor: Ward Wakeland, Ph.D.
Current Position: Hospitalist/Internist, Internal Medicine
Current Affiliation: Houston Northwest Medical Center/UT Health Science Center, Houston

Tim Rand
Dissertation Topic: A Biochemical Model for siRNA Loading and RISC activation in RNA interference
Mentor: Xiaodong Wang, Ph.D. (National Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing)
Current Position: Staff Scientist, Dr. Shinya Yamanaka Lab
Current Affiliation: Gladstone Institutes/UCSF

Abhi Seth
Dissertation Topic: Autoinhibition Regulates the Actin Assembly Activity and Cellular Localization of Diaphanous-Related Formins
Mentor: Michael Rosen, M.D. and Helen Yin, M.D.
Current Position: Clinical Fellow, Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Current Affiliation: Yale University School of Medicine

Tuhin Virmani
Dissertation Topic: Molecular And Functional Determinants Of Synaptic Vesicle Recycling In CNS Synapses
Mentor: Ege Kavalali, Ph.D.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Clinical Fellow/Assistant, Clinical Neurology
Current Affiliation: Columbia University Medical Center, New York

Jeff Waugh
Dissertation Topic:
 A Structural/Behavioral Analysis of Dopamine Regulation by the R7 RGS Subfamily
Mentor: Stephen Gold, Ph.D.
Current Position: 
Instructor, Pediatric Neurology
Current Affiliation: Harvard University – Children’s Hospital of Boston

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Class of 2006

Jeffrey B. Cheng 
Dissertation Topic: cDNA Cloning And Characterization Of Enzymes That Synthesize Bile Acids, Vitamin D And Waxes
Mentor: David Russell, Ph.D.
Current Position: Assistant Clinical Professor, Dermatology
Current Affiliation: University of California at San Francisco Medical Center

Jennifer Olson Graves
Dissertation Topic: The Molecular Mechanism of High Signaling Efficiency in Drosophila Photoreceptor Cells.
Mentor: Rama Ranganathan, Ph.D.
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Neurology (UCSF Adult & Pediatric MS Centers) 
Current Affiliation: UCSF Multiple Sclerosis Center, UC San Francisco Medical Center

Rohit Sharma
Dissertation Topic: The physical mechanism underlying long-range energetic interactions between sites in a protein.
Mentor: Rama Ranganathan, Ph.D.
Current Position: Resident, Clinical Genetics
Current Affiliation: Harvard University School of Medicine

Andrew I. Shulman
Dissertation Topic: Allosteric Communication in Retinoid X Receptor Heterodimers
Mentor: David Mangelsdorf, Ph.D.
Current Position: Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatrics; Pediatric Rheumatologist
Current Affiliation: UC Irvine; Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), Orange & Newport Beach, CA

Mark R. Steciuk
Dissertation Topic: The control of terminal bulb pumping in the nematodes C. elegans and P. redivivus
Mentor: Leon Avery, Ph.D. (Virgina Commonwealth University)
Current Position: Pathologist
Current Affiliation: Baptist Health, Jacksonville Pathology Consultants, PA , Jacksonville, FL

Rhea M. Sumpter, Jr.
Dissertation Topic: Viral and Host Genetic Determinants of Hepatitis C Virus Persistence and Interferon Resistance
Mentor: Michael Gale, Ph.D. (University of Washington)
Current Position: Instructor, Internal Medicine, Center for Autophagy Research
Current Affiliation: UT Southwestern

Elie A. Traer
Dissertation Topic: Regulation of cytochrome c release in UV-induced apoptosis
Mentor: Xiaodong Wang, Ph.D. (National Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing)
Current Position: Instructor, Internal Medicine, Hematology & Medical Oncology
Current Affiliation: Oregon Health and Science University

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Class of 2005

Gene Devora
Dissertation Topic: Activating Murine NK Cell Receptors LY49H and LY49U and Their Potential Role in Friend Virus Resistance
Mentor: Michael Bennett, M.D.
Current Position: Private Practice, Allergist; Medical Director
Current Affiliation: Plano Internal Medicine; Food Allergy Center of Plano, Plano, TX

Ed Esplin
Dissertation Topic: Characterization of the Role of the PP2A-A Beta Gene, a Putative Tumor Suppressor, in Cell Growth and Tumorigenesis
Mentor: Glen Evans, M.D., Ph.D., and Marc Mumby, Ph.D.
Current Position: Clinical Scholar & Postdoctoral Medical Fellow, Medical Genetics
Current Affiliation: Stanford University

Jimmy L. Holder
Dissertation Topic: The bHLH/PPAS Transcription Factor SIM1 is a Novel Obesity Gene
Mentor: Andrew Zinn, Ph.D.
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Pediatric Neurology
Current Affiliation: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Irfan Kathiriya
Dissertation Topic: GATA Co-factors: Collaborators in Cardiac Development, Conspirators in Cardiac Disease
Mentor: Deepak Srivastava, M.D. (UCSF)
Current Position: Clinical Instructor, Pediatric Anesthesiology
Current Affiliation: University of California at San Francisco Medical Center

Deepak Nijhawan
Dissertation Topic: Biochemical Pathways in Apoptosis
Mentor: Xiaodong Wang, Ph.D. (National Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine/Hematology & Biochemistry
Current Affiliation: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

John Peters
Dissertation Topic: Casein Kinase 1 Transduces Wnt Signals
Mentor: Jon Graff, Ph.D.
Current Position: Pathologist
Current Affiliation: ProPath Pathology Services, Dallas, TX

Katherine Steger
Dissertation Topic: Cholinergic Regulation of Feeding in C. elegans: Studies of a T-type Calcium Channel and Three Muscarinic Acetylcholine Receptors
Mentor: Leon Avery, Ph.D. (Virginia Commonwealth University)
Current Position: Faculty, Psychiatry – Douglas Mental Health University Institute
Current Affiliation: McGill University Health Centre (Montreal, QC, Canada)

Matthew Wieduwilt
Dissertation Topic: Smad3 in Embryonic Patterning, Mesoderm Induction, and Colorectal Cancer in the Mouse
Mentor: Jon Graff, Ph.D.
Current Position: Assistant Clinical Professor, Internal Medicine, Hematology/Oncology
Current Affiliation: University of California at San Francisco Medical Center

Jon Willie
Dissertation Topic: Lessons from Sleepy Mice: Narcolepsy and the Orexin Neuropeptide System
Mentor: Masashi Yanagisawa, Ph.D.
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Neurological Surgery & Neurology (Emory Program in Sleep)
Current Affiliation: Emory University

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Class of 2004

Dara Aisner
Dissertation Topic: Regulation of hTERT, the Catalytic Subunit of Human Telomerase
Mentor: Jerry Shay, Ph.D.
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Pathology
Current Affiliation: University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, CO 

Vivek Arora
Dissertation Topic: Identification and Characterization of a Nef-Associated Kinase
Mentor: J. Victor Garcia-Martinez, M.D. (UNC Chapel Hill)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, Molecular Oncology
Current Affiliation: Washington University School of Medicine

Adrienne Hammill
Dissertation Topic: Asymmetric Cell Division Results in Differential Apoptotic Cell Fates in a B-Cell Lymphoma Model of Tumor Dormancy
Mentor: Richard Scheuermann, Ph.D.
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology; Integrated Research Pathway
Current Affiliation: Cincinnati Children's Hospital - University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Mark Hatley
Dissertation Topic: Allosteric Determinants of Guanine Nucleotide Binding Proteins and Methods to Crystallize the Cytosolic Domains of Adenylyl Cyclase
Mentor: Al Gilman, Ph.D.
Current Position: Assistant Member, Pediatrics
Current Affiliation: St. Jude's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN

Jennifer Hodges
Dissertation Topic: Differential Effects of Thiazolidinediones on Gene Expression in Mouse and Rat
Mentor: J. Denis McGarry, M.D. (deceased) and Victoria Esser, M.D.
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Obstetrics/Gynecology
Current Affiliation: University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, CO

Mahesh Karandikar
Dissertation Topic: A Study of Mekk1: Scaffolding Protein and Raf-1 Activator
Mentor: Melanie Cobb, Ph.D.
Current Position: Neurosurgeon (Spinal Disease)
Current Affiliation: Mountain View Regional Hospital, Casper WY

Rafal Kedzierski
Dissertation Topic: Cardiovascular Role of Endothelin-A Receptor: Studies in Conditional Gene Knockout Mice
Mentor: Masashi Yanagisawa, Ph.D.
Current Position: General Radiologist, MRI focus
Current Affiliation: Medical Regional Hospital, Memphis, TN

Thomas Kerr
Dissertation Topic: Cholesterol 25-Hydroxylase and the In Vivo Role of Short Heterodimer Partner (SHP) in Bile Acid Metabolism
Mentor: David W. Russell, Ph.D.
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Medicine, Gastroenterology Division
Current Affiliation: Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Lily Li
Dissertation Topic: The Role of Endonuclease G, a Mitochondrial Nuclease in Apoptosis
Mentor: Xiaodong Wang, Ph.D. (National Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing)
Current Position: Dermatologist
Current Affiliation: US Dermatology Medical Group, Arlington, TX 

Timothy Lu
Dissertation Topic: Nuclear Receptor Regulation of Bile Acid Metabolism
Mentor: David Mangelsdorf, Ph.D.
Current Position: Assistant Medical Director, Research & Early Development (gRED)
Current Affiliation: Genentech

David McFadden
Dissertation Topic: Control of Cardiac and Limb Development by the bHLH Transcription Factors dHAND and eHAND
Mentor: Eric Olson, Ph.D.
Current Position: Instructor, Medicine, Endocrine Unit
Current Affiliation: Harvard University - Massachusetts General Hospital

Timothy Niacaris
Dissertation Topic: Serotonergic and G-Protein Mediated Regulation of the C. Elegans Pharyngeal Muscle Action Potential
Mentor: Leon Avery, Ph.D. (Virginia Commonwealth University)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Orthopedic Surgery
Current Affiliation: University of North Texas Health Science Center, Forth Worth, TX

Adam Seegmiller
Dissertation Topic: Feedback Regulation of Lipid Biosynthesis by Drosophila Sterol Regulatory Element Binding Protein (dSREBP)
Mentors: Michael Brown, M.D. and Joseph Goldstein, M.D.
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology
Current Affiliation: Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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Class of 2003

Jared Abbott
Dissertation Topic: Active Site Analysis of Trypanosoma Brucei γ-Glutamylcysteine Synthetase 
Mentor: Meg Phillips, Ph.D.
Current Position: Dermatopathologist, Anatomic Pathology
Current Affiliation: Iowa Pathology Associates (Des Moines, IA)

Priscilla Chang
Dissertation Topic: Muscle-Specific Regulation of Serum Response Factor by Differential DNA Binding Affinity and Cofactor Interactions
Mentor: Eric Olson, Ph.D.
Current Position: Pathologist, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology/Hematopathology
Current Affiliation: Pathology Sciences Medical Group, Chico, CA 

Narimon Honarpour
Dissertation Topic: The Requirement of Apoptotic Protease Activating Factor-1 (APAF-1) for Mammalian Development
Mentor: Joachim Herz, Ph.D.
Current Position: Clinical Instructor, Medicine
Current Affiliation: University of California at Los Angeles Medical Center

Michael Lutter
Dissertation Topic: The Role of Mitochondrial Contact Sites in Bid Mediated Cytochrome C Release
Mentor: Xiaodong Wang, Ph.D. (National Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
Current Affiliation: University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Holt Oliver
Dissertation Topic: Genetic and Biochemical Analyses of the Necessity for Caspase Activation by the Ced4-Domain Proteins, Apaf-1 and DARK
Mentor: Xiaodong Wang, Ph.D. (National Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing)
Current Position:  Vice-President, Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation
Current Affiliation: Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas, TX

Gail Streater
Dissertation Topic: Elucidation of Functionally Important Amino Acids in the DNA DSBR and V(D)J Recombination Protein XRCC4
Mentor: Kathy Meek, D.V.M.
Current Position: Pediatrician, OSF Hospitalist Service
Current Affiliation: OSF St. Francis Medical Center (Peoria IL)

Renee Valdez
Dissertation Topic: Myogenic BHLH Transcription Factors: Their Overlapping Functions and Direct Regulation of MEF2C Provide a Regulatory Network for the Maintenance and Amplification of Vertebrate Myogenesis
Mentor: Eric Olson, Ph.D.
Current Position: Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Current Affiliation: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 

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Class of 2002

Kevin Berman
Dissertation Topic: Studying Stress Responsive Signaling Pathways in C. elegans and Mammals
Mentor: Melanie Cobb, Ph.D.
Current Position: Dermatologist
Current Affiliation: Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Diseases, PA

Mickie Cheng
Dissertation Topic: Regulation of meiosis and cell cycle in the developmental context of spermatogenesis of Drosophila.
Mentor: Steve Wasserman, Ph.D.
Current Position: Assistant Adjunct Professor, Diabetes Center and Department of Medicine
Current Affiliation: University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine

Katrina Voe Cotton
Dissertation Topic: Translational regulation of HMG CoA reductase by a mevalonate-derived product
Mentors: Michael Brown, M.D. and Joseph Goldstein, M.D.
Current Position: Anesthesiologist
Current Affiliation: Medical Center of Plano

Amber Luong
Dissertation Topic: Study of the regulation of 2 isoforms of the transcription factor, SREBP-1
Mentors: Michael Brown, M.D. and Joseph Goldstein, M.D.
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Otorhinolaryngology and Immunology
Current Affiliation: University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston - MD Anderson Cancer Center

David Myers
Dissertation Topic: Mapping the Energetics of Dimerization of Trypanosoma brucei Ornithine Decarboxylase.
Mentor: Meg Phillips, Ph.D.
Current Position: Clinical Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Division
Current Affiliation: UT Southwestern

Ben Ohlstein
Dissertation Topic: A role for the Drosophila Bag-of-Marbles and Benign Gonial Cell Neoplasm genes in the differentiation of cystocytes from germline stem cells.
Mentor: Dennis McKearin, Ph.D. (HHMI)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Genetics and Development
Current Affiliation: Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY

Andrew Rozelle
Dissertation Topic: Phosphatidylinositol 4,5 bisphosphate induces actin-based movement of endocytic and exocytic vesicles enriched in sphingolipid: Cholesterol rafts through WASP family proteins and the Arp 2/3 complex.
Mentor: Helen Yin, Ph.D.
Current Position: Rheumatologist
Current Affiliation: Palo Alto Medical Foundation (Palo Alto, CA/Fremont, CA)

Jason Walenta
Dissertation Topic: Hooking Organelles to Microtubules
Mentor: Helmut Krämer, Ph.D.
Current Position: Psychiatrist (last known)
Current Affiliation/Location: Reno, NV

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Class of 2001

Hal Berman
Dissertation Topic: Regulation of glucose disposal in hepatocytes and Islets of Langerhans studied by metabolic engineering
Mentor: Chris Newgard, Ph.D. (Duke)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Surgical Pathology and Cancer Research
Current Affiliation: University of Toronto Medical Center

Derek Byers
Dissertation Topic: The cytotoxic T lymphocyte response to a viral peptide presented by H2-M3
Mentor: Kirsten Fischer Lindahl, Ph.D.
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Current Affiliation: Washington University School of Medicine

Tom D'Orazio
Dissertation Topic: A study of the camerosplenic axis of Anterior Chamber-Associated Immune Deviation (ACAID)
Mentor: Jerry Niederkorn, Ph.D.
Current Position: Ophthalmologist; Clinical Staff
Current Affiliation: Crossroads Eye Care Associates (McMurray, PA); University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Shadyside Hospital

Alex Duncan
Dissertation Topic: A biochemical dissection of the heterotrimeric G protein thioacylation cycle
Mentor: Al Gilman, Ph.D.
Current Position: Clinical Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
Current Affiliation: University of North Carolina School of Medicine

David Edwards
Dissertation Topic: Intracellular protein-protein interactions involved in the establishment of dorsoventral polarity during Drosophila melanogaster embryogenesis
Mentor: Steven Wasserman, Ph.D. (UCSD)
Current Position: Private Practice, Cardiologist; Medical Director, Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Care
Current Affiliation:  The Heart Hospital, Plano, TX (in affiliation with Baylor Hospital

Greg Goldmakher
Dissertation Topic: Electrophysiological characterization of the voltage- and GABA-induced currents of periglomerular neurons of the rat accessory olfactory bulb
Mentor: Robert Moss, Ph.D. (Deceased)
Current Position: Associate Director, Medical Affairs (Radiology)
Current Affiliation: ICON Medical Imaging, Warrington, PA

Adrian Goldstein
Dissertation Topic: CAATT displacement protein regulates B-lymphocyte and T-lymphocyte development
Mentor: Richard Scheuermann, Ph.D.
Current Position: Director, Dermatopathology
Current Affiliation: D-PATH, Memphis, TN 

Greg Hosler
Dissertation Topic: Minimal residual disease evaluation as a prognostic indicator in T Cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia
Mentor: Richard Scheuermann, Ph.D.
Current Position: Clinical Assistant Professor, Pathology and Dermatology
Current Affiliation: UT Southwestern

Laura Klesse
Dissertation Topic: Neurotrophin signaling cascades
Mentor: Luis Parada, Ph.D.
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Pediatric Hematology/Oncology)
Current Affiliation: UT Southwestern-Children’s Medical Center

Bobby Korn
Dissertation Topic: SCAP, A sterol sensing protein that regulates cholesterol homeostatis in the liver
Mentors: Michael Brown, M.D. and Joseph Goldstein, M.D.
Current Position: Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology (Orbit and Reconstructive Surgery)
Current Affiliation: University of California at San Diego Medical Center School of Medicine

Steven Russell
Dissertation Topic: Role of the proteasome in gene transcription and DNA repair
Mentor: Dr. Stephen Johnston (Arizona State U Biodesign Institute)
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Diabetes Research Center
Current Affiliation: Harvard University - Massachusetts General Hospital

Greg Van Dyke
Dissertation Topic: Study of the mechanisms by which CD8 T lymphocytes suppress the replication of HIV in CD4 T cells
Mentor: Ellen Vitetta, Ph.D.
Current Position: Assistant Clinical Professor, Medicine and Pathology
Current Affiliation: University of California at Los Angeles Medical Center School of Medicine

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Class of 2000

Beth Duncan
Dissertation Topic: Identification and characterization of the sites of regulated proteolysis in SREBP-2
Mentors: Michael Brown, M.D. and Joseph Goldstein, M.D.
Current Position: Fellow in Allergy and Immunology Departments 
Current Affiliation: University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Alex Faulkner Lazar
Dissertation Topic: A New Family of Lipid Phosphate Phosphatases: What DO they Do
Mentor: Paul Sternweis, Ph.D.
Current Position: Director, Department of Pathology, Selective (Soft Tissue) Institutional Tumor Bank; Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology & Pathology; Director, Sarcoma & Melanoma Molecular Diagnostics, Soft Tissue & bone (Sarcoma) Fellowship Training Program; Co-Director, Surgical Pathology Fellowship Program
Current Affiliation: University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston - MD Anderson Cancer Center

Rene Galindo
Dissertation Topic: Genetic and molecular analysis of dorsoventral signaling in the Drosophila embryo
Mentor: Steven Wasserman, Ph.D.
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Pediatric Pathology and Molecular Oncology
Current Affiliation: UT Southwestern

Richard (Dick) Kibbey
Dissertation Topic: The LDL receptor clustering motif interacts with the clathrin terminal domain in a reverse turn conformation.
Mentor: RGW Anderson. M.D. (deceased)
Current Position: Associate Professor of Internal Medicine (Section of Endocrinology) and Cellular & Molecular Physiology
Current Affiliation: University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston - MD Anderson Cancer Center 

Kevin Rosenblatt
Dissertation Topic: Alternative splicing of slo channels within auditory hair cells: A tune with many variations.
Mentor: AJ Hudspeth (Rockefeller)
Current Position: Associate Professor, Center for Proteomics & Systems Biology
Current Affiliation: University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston