Current Students 2017-11-17T11:37:48+00:00

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M1s

Name:  Tova Bergsten

Email:  bergste1@uic.edu

Alma Mater:  Princeton University

Rotations:
2017:  Rong

Research Interests:

PhD Dept/Program:

Mentor:

Name:  Nathan Calzadilla

Email:  ncalza3@uic.edu

Alma Mater: Johns Hopkins University

Rotations:
2017:  Khetani

Research Interests:

PhD Dept/Program

Mentor

Name:   Spring Davis

Email:   sdavis52@uic.edu

Alma Mater:  Princeton University

Rotations:
2017:  Bonini

Research Interests:

PhD Dept/Program

Mentor

Name:  Ellen Drake

Emailedrake5@uic.edu

Alma Mater:  Oberlin College

Rotations:
2017: McLachlan

Research Interests:

PhD Dept/Program

Mentor

Name:  Samuel Eallonardo

Emailseallo2@uic.edu

Alma Mater:  University of Notre Dame

Rotations:
2017:  Freitag

Research Interests:

PhD Dept/Program

Mentor

Name:  Benjamin Gordon

Email:  bgordo6@uic.edu

Alma Mater:  Cornell University

Rotations:
2017:  Kitajewski

Research Interests:

PhD Dept/Program

Mentor

Name:   Fred Lee

Emailflee22@Uic.edu

Alma Mater:  Arizona State University

Rotations:
2017: Janson

Research Interests:

PhD Dept/Program

Mentor

Name:  Hannah Steinberg

Email: hstein5@uic.edu

Alma Mater:  Johns Hopkins University

Rotations:
2017 Eddington

Research Interests:

PhD Dept/Program

Mentor

M2s

Name:  May Barakat

Emailmbarak5@uic.edu

Alma Mater:  Harvard University

Rotations:
2016:  Saxena
2017 (1):  DiPietro
2017 (2): Tamplin

Research Interests: Regeneration, stem cells, regenerative and personalized medicine, aging and development

PhD Dept/Program:

Mentor:

Name: YiShin Chang

Emailychan32@uic.edu

Alma Mater: Duke University

Rotations:
2016: Lagenecker
2017 (1): Phan
2017 (2): Loeb

Research Interests: Diffusion and functional MRI of the human brain. Potential areas of graduate study include neurology and biomedical engineering

PhD Dept/Program

Mentor

Name:  Joseph Crutison

Email:  jcruti2@uic.edu

Alma Mater:  Iowa State University

Rotations:
2016: Patton
2017 (1): Leow
2017 (2): Lazarov

Research Interests: Bioengineering and Neuroscience

PhD Dept/Program

Mentor

Name:  Gregory Heller

Email:  ghelle2@uic.edu

Alma Mater:  University of California-Riverside

Rotations:
2016: Bongarzone
2017 (1): Madhaven
2017 (2): L. Tai

Research Interests: Neurodegenerative disorders and epidemiology

PhD Dept/Program

Mentor

Name:  Kai Huang

Emailkhuang49@uic.edu

Alma Mater:  Northwestern University

Rotations:
2016: Khetani
2017 : Finn/Perkins

Research Interests: Biomaterials, drug delivery, microfluidics, high throughput/organ on a chip assays, novel biochemical sensors

PhD Dept/Program

Mentor

Name:  Olivia Ly

Email:  oly2@uic.edu

Alma Mater:  Cornell University

Rotations:
2016:  Darbar
2017 (1): Amirouche
2017(2): Royston

Research Interests: Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, microfluidic devices for disease modeling and drug delivery, neurodegenerative diseases, 3-D virtual reality

PhD Dept/Program

Mentor

Name:  Mladen Rasic

Email:   mrasic2@uic.edu

Alma Mater:  University of Chicago

Rotations:
2016:  Leow
2017 (1): P. Yu
2017 (2):  Loeb

Research Interests: Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Bioengineering, Physiology and Biophysics

PhD Dept/Program

Mentor

Name:  Terilyn Stephen

Email:  tsteph2@uic.edu

Alma Mater:  University of Alaska

Rotations:
2016: Dr. Jan Kitajewski
2017: Lazarov

Research Interests: Brain and heart ischemia and injury; cerebrovascular and cardiovascular physiology; neuroprotection and cell repair; and drug development

PhD Dept/Program

Mentor

Name:  Kevin Tam

Email:  ktam5@uic.edu

Alma Mater:  University of Illinois at Chicago

Rotations:
2016: Prabhakar
2017 (1): Lau
2017 (2): Thatcher

Research Interests: Cancer mechanisms, pathology and therapeutics, medical microbiology

PhD Dept/Program

Mentor

Name:  Paul Thomas

Email:  pthoma4@uic.edu

Alma Mater:  Ohio State University

Rotations:
2016: Brady
2017 (1): Ajilore/Phan
2017 (2): Cuervo

Research Interests: Neuromuscular disorders, movement disorders, neuroscience, mycology, deep brain stimulation, gene therapy

PhD Dept/Program

Mentor

G1s

Name:  Russell Dulman

Email:  rdulma2@uic.edu

Alma Mater:  Duke University

Rotations:
2015: S. Pandey
2016 (1):  J. Roitman
2016 (2):  Pinna

Research Interests: Environmental Effects on the brain and development of psychiatric disorder

PhD Dept/Program: Neuroscience

Mentor:  Dr. Subhash Pandey

Name: Matthew Kleinjan

Email: kleinja2@uic.edu

Alma Mater: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Rotations:
2015: Ackerman
2016  (1): Bonini
2016  (2) : Kitajewski

Research Interests:  Biochemistry; Protein Interactions and Kinetics, Development of new drugs

PhD Dept/Program:  Physiology & Biophysics

Mentor: Dr. Jan Kitajewski

Name:  Trevor Leonardo

Email:  tleona3@uic.edu

Alma Mater:  University of California, Davis

Rotations:
2015:  Finn and Perkins
2016 (1): S.  Pandey
2016 (2) : Y. Dai

Research Interests:  Epigenetics using a bioinformatics approach

PhD Dept/Program: Microbiology and Immunology

Mentor: Dr. Luisa DiPietro

Name: Cutler Lewandowski

Email:  lewando4@uic.edu

Alma Mater:  University of Minnesota

Rotations:
2015: Bongarzone
2016(1):  Thatcher
2016 (2): Gemeinhart

Research Interests:  Drug discovery and drug delivery in neurological diseases

PhD Dept/Program:  Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmacognosy

Mentor: Dr. Gregory Thatcher

Name:  Richard Marszalek

Email:  rmarsz2@uic.edu

Alma Mater:  University of Illinois at Chicago

Rotations:
2015:  Gaponenko
2016 (1) : A. Mankin
2016 (2): J. Liang

Research Interests:

PhD Dept/Program:  Physiology and Biophysics

Mentor:  Dr. John Solaro and Dr. Beata Wolska

Name:  Michael Metrick

 Email:  mmetri2@uic.edu

Alma Mater:  James Madison University

Rotations:
2015 and 2016 – NIH

Research Interests:  Protein misfolding disorders; Prions; Preventative methods for proteinopathies

PhD Dept/Program:  NIH Cambridge Program

Mentor:

Name:  Hannah Pennington

Email:  hpenni2@uic.edu

Alma Mater:  Western Kentucky University

Rotations:
2015:  R. Chang
2016(1): N. Hay
2016(2):  Merrill

Research Interests:  Cancer cell biology, mathematical modeling of tumorigenesis and wound healing

PhD Dept/Program:  Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics

Mentor:  Dr. Bradley Merrill

Name:  Daniel Principe

Email:  principe@uic.edu

Alma Mater:  Loyola University

Rotations:
2015: P. Grippo
2016: P. Grippo

Research Interests: Gastronintestinal Malignancies. Tumor Cell Biology, Tumor Microenvironment/Immunology, Transforming Growth Factor β Singnaling, Transgenesis

PhD Dept/Program: Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Mentor: Dr. Ajay Rana

Name:  Kate Rahbari

Email:  krahba2@uic.edu

Alma Mater: Temple University

Rotations:
2015: Shukla
2016 (1) :  Freitag
2016 (2):  Federle

 Research Interests:

 PhD Dept/Program:  Microbiology & Immunology

 Mentor: Dr. Michael Federle

Name:  Rachael Smith

Email:  rsmith65@uic.edu

Alma Mater: University of Pittsburgh

Rotations:
2015:  Maki
2016 (1) : Saxena
2016 (2): S. Langenecker

 Research Interests:  Stress; Neurodegenerative disorders; Neurobiology of behavior

 PhD Dept/Program: Neuroscience

 Mentor: Dr. Ernesto Bongarzone

Name:  Adam Szmelter

Email:  szmelte1@uic.edu

 Alma Mater: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Rotations:
2015: Eddington
2016 (1):  Shin
2016 (2) : Patton

 Research Interests:

 PhD Dept/Program:  Bioengineering

 Mentor: Dr. Jae-Won Shin

Name:  Morgan Zenner

 Email:  zenner2@uic.edu

Alma Mater:  University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Rotations:
2015: Kenter
2016 (1) : Tyner
2016 (2): Nonn

Research Interests:  microRNA  and ProteinKinase

PhD Dept/Program:  Pathology

Mentor:  Dr. Larisa Nonn

G2s

Name:  Osama El-Sayed

 Email:  oelsay2@uic.edu

 Alma Mater:  University of Michigan

Rotations:
2014:  Z. Chen
2015: Prabhakar

 Research Interests: Role of regulatory t-cells in type 1 diabetes pathogenesis

 PhD Dept/Program:  Public Health- Epidemiology

 Mentor: Dr. Lisa Powell

Name: Joseph Geraghty

Email: jgerag2@uic.edu

Alma Mater: SUNY Geneseo

Rotation:
1st – Summer 2014 – Feinstein
2nd – Summer 2015 – Freitag
3rd – Summer 2015 – Loeb

Research Interests: Seizure Activity, Inflammation, and Drug Therapy in a Rat Model of Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

PhD Dept/Program: Neuroscience

Mentor: J. Loeb, MD, PhD

Name: Artemis Gogos

Email: agogos2@uic.edu

Alma Mater: Grinnell College

Rotation:
1st – Summer 2014 – Simonovic
2nd – Summer 2015 – Federle
3rd – Summer 2015 – Freitag

Research Interests: Elucidate the downstream targets of the Rgg2/3 pathway in Streptococus pyogenes

PhD Dept/Program: Microbiology and Immunology

Mentor: M. Federle, PhD

Name: Evguenia (Jane) Ivakhnitskaia

Email: eivakh2@uic.edu

Alma Mater: Cornell University

Rotation:
1st – Summer 2014 – Bongarzone
2nd – Summer 2015 Chiek – Chang
3rd – Summer 2015 – Rosenblatt

Research Interests: Corneal nerve regeneration and functionality of new neurons

PhD Dept/Program: Neuroscience

Mentor: Mark Rosenblatt, MD, PhD, MBA

Name: Allison Kirchner

Email: akirch4@uic.edu

Alma Mater: University of Wisconsin

Rotation:
1st – Summer 2014 – Larson
2nd – Summer 2015 – Loeb
3rd – Summer 2015 – Rosenblatt

Research Interests

PhD Dept/Program: Neuroscience

Mentor: J. Loeb, MD, PhD

Name: Cory Reiter

Email: creite3@uic.edu

Alma Mater: University of Denver

Rotation:
1st – Summer 2014 – Bongarzone
2nd – Summer 2015 – Feinstein
3rd – Summer 2015 – Yoshi

Research Interests: Dysmyelination: Mechanisms of oligodendrocyte mediated leukodystrophies

PhD Dept/Program: Neuroscience

Mentor: E. Bongarzone, PhD

Name: Michael Sun

Emailmsun8@uic.edu

Alma Mater: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Rotation:
1st – Summer 2014 – Malik
2nd Summer 2015 – D. Mehfa
3rd – Summer 2015 – Rosenblatt

Research Interests

PhD Dept/Program: Pharmacology

Mentor: Mark Rosenblatt, MD, PhD

Name: Alexander Terry

Email: aterry7@uic.edu

Alma Mater: University of Chicago

Rotation:
1st – Summer 2014 – Merrill
2nd – Summer 2015 – Burdette
3rd – Summer 2015 – Hay

Research Interests: The role of metabolism and mitochondrial biogenesis in cancer development

PhD Dept/Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics

Mentor: N. Hay, PhD

G3s

Name: Catherine (Casey) Blaha

Email: blaha1@uic.edu

Alma Mater: Northwestern University

Rotation:
1st – Summer 2013 – Tyner
2nd – Summer 2014 – Hay
3rd – Summer 2014 – Raychaudhuri

Research Interests: The role of the hexokinase 2 in breast cancer metastasis

PhD Dept/Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics

Mentor: N. Hay, PhD

Name: Mir Isaamullah

Email: misaam2@uic.edu

Alma Mater: Vanderbilt University

Rotation:
1st – Summer 2013 – R. Sharma
2nd – Summer 2014 – K. Sharma

Research Interests: Sleep circuit research utilizing optogenetics and various neural tracing techniques

PhD Dept/Program: Neuroscience

Mentor: K. Sharma, PhD

Name: Joshua Jones

Email: jjones56@uic.edu

Alma Mater: Unversity of Illinois at Chicago

Rotation: |
1st – Summer 2013 – Yuan
2nd – Summer 2014 – J. Loeb

Research Interests:  Understanding the role of Endothelial PLVAP in Acute Lung Injury

PhD Dept/Program:  Pharmacology

Mentor:  Dr. Asrar Malik and Dr. Richard Minshall

Name: Christopher Manzella

Email: cmanze2@uic.edu

Alma Mater: St. John Fisher College

Rotation:
1st – Summer 2013 – Lavie
2nd – Summer 2014 – Ravendar Gill
3rd – Summer 2014 – Simonovic

Research Interests: Serotonin signaling and transport in the GI tract

PhD Dept/Program: Physiology & Biophysics

Mentor: R. Gill, MD

Name: Alejandra Marinelarena

Email: amarin28@uic.edu

Alma Mater: Harvard University

Rotation:
1st – Summer 2013 – Unterman
2nd – Summer 2014 – Prabhakar
3rd – Summer 2014 – Kineman

Research Interests: Investigating the therapeutic potential of tolerogenic dendritic cells in autoimmunity

PhD Dept/Program: Microbiology & Immunology

Mentor: B. Prabhakar, PhD

Name: Laura Rodgers-Hardy

Email: lrodge4@uic.edu

Alma Mater: Swarthmore College

Rotation:
1st – Summer 2013 – Freitag
2nd – Summer 2014 – Stocco
3rd – Summer 2014 – Ladu

Research Interests: The role of PAX8 on tumor cell survival, angiogenesis, and inflammation in the fallopian tube, ovary, and ovarian tumors

PhD Dept/Program: Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmacognosy

Mentor: J. Burdette, PhD

Name: Adam Schafer

Email: aschaf5@uic.edu

Alma Mater: Indiana University

Rotation:
1st – Summer 2013 – Freitag
2nd – Summer 2014 – Rong
3rd – Summer 2014 – Wen-Shu Wu

Research Interests: Anti-filovirus properties of antihistamines

PhD Dept/Program: Microbiology & Immunology

Mentor: L. Rong, PhD

Name: Cody Schott

Email: cschot3@uic.edu

Alma Mater: Northwestern University

Rotations:
1st -Summer 2013 – Benvolenskay
2nd – Summer 2014 – Ackerman
3rd – Summer 2014 – Bongarzone

Research Interests: Identifying a relationship between sarcoidosis immune responses and the microbiome

PhD Dept/Program: Microbiology and Immunology

Mentor: Patricia Finn, MD

Name: Alexander Ticho

Email: aticho2@uic.edu

Alma Mater: St. Olaf College

Rotation:
1st – Summer 2013 – Solaro
2nd – Summer 2014 – Tobacman
3rd – Summer 2014 – Wada Alrefai

Research Interests: Gastrointestinal and hepatic transport of cholesterol and bile acid

PhD Dept/Program: Physiology & Biophysics

Mentor: W. Alrefari, PhD

Name: Benjamin Turturice

Email: bturtu2@uic.edu

Alma Mater: Loyola University, Chicago

Rotation:
1st – Summer 2013 – VandenHoek
2nd – Summer 2014 – Prabhakar
3rd – Summer 2014 – Perkins

Research Interests: Assessing host-microbe interactions for prediction of early-onset asthma

PhD Dept/Program: Microbiology & Immunology

Mentor: P. Finn, MD

Name: Alexandria (Ally) Young

Email: ayoung43@uic.edu

Alma Mater: University of Pittsburgh

Rotation:
1st – Summer 2013 – Stocco
2nd – Summer 2014 – Raychaudhuri
3rd – Summer 2014 – G. Weinberg

Research Interests: FEMKube, a translational platform for studying HGSOC and developing chemotherapeutics

PhD Dept/Program: Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmacognosy

Mentor: J. Burdette, PhD

G4s

Name: Alexander Agelidis

Email: aageli2@uic.edu

Alma Mater: University of California – Berkeley

Rotation:
1st – Summer 2012 – Prabhakar
2nd Summer 2013 – Shukla
3rd Summer 2013 – Raychaudhuri

Research Interests: Heparanase as a host virulence factor in herpes simplex virus pathogenesis

PhD Dept/Program: Microbiology & Immunology

Mentor: D. Shukla, PhD

Name: Matthew Durst

Email: mdurst2@uic.edu

Alma Mater: Washington University

Rotation:
1st – Summer 2012 – Lavie
2nd – Summer 2013 – Freitag
3rd – Summer 2013 – Kenter

Research Interests: Understanding ENTPD5’s structure and role in prostate cancer

PhD Dept/Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics

Mentor: A. Lavie, PhD

Name: Evan Kyzar

Email: ekyzar2@uic.edu

Alma Mater: Tulane University

Rotation:
1st – Summer 2012 – E. Cook
2nd – Summer 2013 – S. Pandey
3rd – Summer 2013 – Rasenick

Research Interests: Epigenetic mechanisms of adolescent alcohol exposure and comorbid anxiety

PhD Dept/Program: Neuroscience

Mentor: S. Pandey, PhD

Name: Matthew MacDougall

Email: mmacdo3@uic.edu

Alma Mater: Queen’s University

Rotation:
1st – Summer 2012 – Merrill
2nd – Summer 2013 – Joe Garcia

Research Interests: Elucidating the genetic determinants for exit out of naive pluripotency

PhD Dept/Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics

Mentor: B. Merrill, PhD

Name: Amanda Mennie

Email: amenni2@uic.edu

Alma Mater: University of Iowa

Rotation:
1st – Summer 2012 – Tonetti
2nd – Summer 2013 – Raychaudhuri

Research Interests: Protein interactions at the telomere regulating stable maintenance of chromosomes

PhD Dept/Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics

Mentor: T. Nakamura, PhD

Name: Alan Perez-Rathke

Email: perezrat@uic.edu

Alma Mater: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Rotation:
1st – Summer 2012 – Lussier
2nd – Summer 2013 – Dai

Research Interests: Computational modeling of chromatin structure and protein loop structure

PhD Dept/Program: Bioengineering

Mentor: J. Liang, PhD

Name: Alan Tseng

Email: atseng5@uic.edu

Alma Mater: Boston University

Rotation:
1st – Summer 2012 – Merrill
2nd – Summer 2013 – Gus Cho
3rd – Summer 2013 – J. Xu

Research Interests: The role of ERO1alpha in platelets

PhD Dept/Program: Pharmacology

Mentor: G. Cho, PhD

M3s

Name: Tiffani Berkel

Email: tberkel2@uic.edu

Alma Mater: Universtiy of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Rotation:
1st – Summer 2011 – T. Nakamura
2nd – Summer 2012 – Lazarov
3rd – Summer 2012 – S. Pandey

Research Interests: Histone methylation contributions to epigenetic regulation of anxiety and alcoholism

PhD Dept/Program: Neuroscience

Mentor: S. Pandey, PhD

Name: Michael Marshall

Email: mmarsh22@uic.edu

Alma Mater: Northwestern University

Rotation:
1st – Summer 2011 – E. Bongarzone
2nd – Summer 2012 – Thatcher

Research Interests: Studying new pathologic mechanisms and developing therapeutics for Krabbe disease

PhD Dept/Program: Neuroscience

Mentor: E . Bongarzone, PhD

Name: Uzoagu Okonkwo

Email: uokonk2@uic.edu

Alma Mater: San Diego State University

Rotation:
1st – Summer 2010 – Liebman
2nd – Summer 2011 – J. Levine
3rd – Summer 2012 – J. Lash

Research Interests:  Diabetes and Wound Healing

PhD Dept/Program:  Microbiology and Immunology

Mentor:   Luisa Di Pietro, DDS, PhD

Name: Erin Shanker

Email: ebeisn2@uic.edu

Alma Mater: Rice University

Rotation:
1st – Summer 2010 – Federle
2nd – Summer 2011 – R. Kittles

Research Interests: Signaling pathways in Streptococcus species involved in pathogenesis

PhD Dept/Program: Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmacognosy

Mentor: M. Federle, PhD

Name: Matthew Tobin

Email: mktobin2@uic.edu

Alma Mater: Univeristy of Michigan

Rotation:
1st – Summer 2012 – Bartholomew
2nd – Summer 2012 – Lazarov

Research Interests: Endogenous repair mechanisms following ischemic stroke

PhD Dept/Program: Neuroscience

Mentor: O. Lazarov, PhD

Name: Andrew Widmer

Email: awidme2@uic.edu

Alma Mater: Carleton College

Rotation:
1st – Summer 2012 – Art Craig Fellow

Research Interests: Study inhibitory neurotransmission in olfactory cortex of Fragile X Syndrome model

PhD Dept/Program: Neuroscience

Mentor: J. Larson, PhD

Name: Reid Wilkening

Email: rwilke4@uic.edu

Alma Mater: Swarthmore College

Rotation:
1st – Summer 2011 – M. Federle
2nd – Summer 2012 – Freitag

Research Interests: Streptococcus pyogenes quorum sensing to discover novel anti-virulence strategies

PhD Dept/Program: Microbiology & Immunology

Mentor: M. Federle, PhD

Name: Jenny (Yu) Zhang

Email: yzhan7@uic.edu

Alma Mater: University of California – Berkeley

Rotation:
1st – Summer 2011 – K. Wary
2nd – Summer 2012 – Merrill
3rd – Summer 2012 – Bongarzone

Research Interests: Discerning the role of Tcf7L1 during the ESC-to-EpiLC transition

PhD Dept/Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics

Mentor: B. Merrill, PhD

M4s

Name: Joseph  Goldenberg

Email: jgolde4@uic.edu

Alma Mater: University of California – San Diego

Rotation:
1st – Summer 2010 – Carter
2nd – Summer 2011 – Gann, Rasenick
3rd – Summer 2012 – Lewandowski

Research Interests: Lipid trafficking and sex differences during heart failure

PhD Dept/Program: Physiology & Biophysics

Mentor: E.D. Lewandowkski

Name: Justin Sysol

Emailjsysol2@uic.edu

Alma Mater: University of Rochester

Rotation:
1st – Summer 2011 – E. Bongarzone
2nd – Summer 2012 – Machado

Research Interests: Studying the role of SphK1/S1P signaling in pulmonary arterial hypertension

PhD Dept/Program: Pharmacology

Mentor: R. Machado, PhD