University of Pennsylvania

Training Program In Cell And Molecular Biology

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2021 Graduates

Name Current Position Thesis Advisor Thesis Topic
Jason Godfrey Scientific Editor, Cell Press Celeste Simon Elucidating the mechanism of V(D)J recombination feedback inhibition and its role in preventing oncogenic translocations in lymphocytes
Ananth Srinivasan Life Science Specialist, Consulting Company (LEK)  Nancy Bonini Characterizing the role of the gut-brain axis within the context of aging Alzheimer's disease
Jennifer Shah Integration Scientist, Illumina Inc. Karin Eisinger Investigating epigenetic mechanisms of soft tissue sarcomagenesis
Jessica Bermudez Associate, McKinsey & Company Matt Good Engineering an optogenetic platform using cell-like system to probe cytokinesis signaling in vitro
Jennifer Aleman Science Grant Writer, College of New Jersey Maya Capelson Uncovering a role for nucleoporin Megator in a novel nuclear scaffold structure
Julie Heffler Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University Ben Prosser Mechanotransduction in the heart
Sarah Marie Borst Postdoctoral Researcher, Boehringer Ingleheim Paul Gadue Investigating the mechanism of familial thrombocytopenia resulting from ETV6 or RUNX1 mono-allelic mutations

2020 Graduates

Name

Current Position

Thesis Advisor

Thesis Topic

Linh Le Medical Associate, Health Science Communications Michael Marks Investigating the role of VPS33A and HOPS complex in melanosome biogenesis and function
Michael Neinast Postdoctoral Researcher, Princeton University Zolton Arany Mapping the metabolic fate of branched-chain amino acids in health and insulin resistance
Rebecca Windmueller Research Scientist, Modalis Therapeutics Ed Morrisey Investigating the role of Yap in regulation of cytokinesis in a mouse model of adult cardiomyocyte proliferation
Alison Cote Scientist, Barer Institute Arjun Raj Combined RNA FISH and expansion microscopy allows visualization of nanoscale structure in regions of densly packed RNA

2019 Graduates

Name Current Position Thesis Advisor Thesis Topic
Katy Ong Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California Berkeley Steve DiNardo Multiple Feedback Mechanisms Fine-Tune RHO Signaling to Regulate Morphogenetic Outcomes
Adrian Rivera Reyes AAAS Science and Policy Fellow, USAID Karin Eisinger Deregulation of the Hippo Pathway Suppresses Differentiation and Promotes Sarcomagenesis
Valeria Reyes Ruiz Postdoctoral Fellow, Vanderbilt University Sunny Shin Detection of bacterial ligands by the human NAIIP Inflammasome
Camille Syrett Postdoctoral Fellow, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Montserrat Anguera New Mechanisms of X-Chromosome Inactivation Contribute to the Female Bias of Lupus
Jamie DeNizio Senior Scientist, Verve Therapeutics Rahul Kohli Nucleobase, Nucleoside, and Neighboring Nucleotides: Intrinsic Preferences for TET Enzyme-Mediated Oxidation of 5-Methylcytosine
Kelly Dunlevy   Todd Ridkey RAC regulators in melanoma
Colleen Harrington Research Scientist, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard Andre Thomas-Tikhonenko Investigating anti-GSK3 adjuvant therapy for Myc-driven p53 mutant B-cell lymphoma
Frances Taschuk Scientist, Vector Biology, Glaxosmithkline Sara Cherry The TIP60 complex and the DNA damage response in alphavirus infection
Francesca Tuazon Science Communication Outreach Mary Mullins The molecular mechanisms of BMP morphogen gradient formation in the developing zebrafish embryo

2018 Graduates

Name

Current Position Thesis Advisor

Thesis Topic

Erica Boetefuer Head of Biology, Chip Diagnostics Inc. Hua-Ying Fan Examining targeting of Cockayne syndrome protein B (CSB) to chromatin in response to oxidative stress
Mara Olenick Health Science Policy Advocate, NIH Erika Holzbaur Regulation of cytoplasmic dynein by Hook adaptor proteins
Glennis Logsdon Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Washington Ben Black Molecular Requirements for the Epigenetic Establishment of Centromeres

2017 Graduates 

Name

Current Position

Thesis Advisor Thesis Topic
Stellar Hur Senior Scientist, Loxo Oncology Inc. Marisa Bartolomei Developing Models to Investigate Mechanisms of Genomic Imprinting
Sima Patel Director of Medical Affairs, Prelude Therapeutics Dimitry Gabrilovich A Unique Pattern of PMN-MDSC Migration in Cancer
Lee Vandiver Scientist II, Computational Biology, Arrakis Therapeutics Inc. Brian Gregory Killing the Messenger: Exploring Novel Triggers for Messenger RNA Decay in Eukaryotes
Ruby Cortes Associate Director of Research, Coriell Institute for Medical Research Kim Gallagher The Regulation of Intercellular Signaling in Plant Roots in Response to Heavy Metal Stress
Kelsey Speer Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Pennsylvania Peter Klein Investigating the In Vivo Role of WNT Acylation

2016 Graduates

Name Current Position Thesis Advisor Thesis Topic
Haig Aghajanian Postdoctoral Fellow,  University of Pennsylvania Jonathan Epstein Semaphorin 3D Signaling in Cardiovascular Development
Mary Jane Drake Veterinary Student, University of Pennsylvania Paul Bates Uncovering Bunyavirus - Host Interactions
Rianne Esquivel Scientific Affairs Manager, Fujirebio Diagnostics Inc. Mechthild Pohlschroder Haloferax VolcanII Strategies to regulate Type IV Dependent Adhesion and Microcolony Formation
Brian Johnson Postdoctoral Researcher, Stanford School of Medicine Zhaolan Zhou Contextual Insights Into the Rett Syndrome Transcriptome
Charlie Mo Postdoctoral Fellow, Rockefeller University Rahul Kohli Make Antibiotics Great Again: Combating Drug Resistance by Targeting LexA, A Regulator of Bacterial Evolution
Christopher Yarosh Associate Director, Institute for Regenerative Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Kristen Lynch The Regulation of PSF Activity in T Cells by TRAP 150 and GSK3

2015 Graduates

Name Current Position Thesis Advisor Thesis Topic
Alan Copenhaver Scientist 1, Takeda Vaccines Inc. Sunny Shin Complementary Immune Roles for Infected and Uninfected Cells During Legionella pneumophila Infection
Amy Demicco Associate Principal Scientist, AstraZeneca Craig Bassing Context-Dependent Gene Expression Programs Promote Lymphocyte Development and Function and Supress Transformation
Benjamin Ediger J.D. Candidate, The University of Texas School of Law Doris Stoffers LDB1-Mediated Comlexes: A Transcriptional Paradigm That Establishes and Maintains Pancreatic Endocrine Cell Identities
Brian Lauderback Field Application Scientist, STEMCELL Technologies David Feldser p53-dependent Tumor Immunosurveillence
Claire O'Leary Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California San Francisco Paula Oliver Ubiquitylation Regulates CD4+ T Cell Activation and Effector Differentiation to Shape the Immune Response
Melinda Snitow Postoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania Edward Morrisey The Roles of EZH2 in Lung Development

2014 Graduates

Name Current Position Thesis Advisor Thesis Topic
Maria De Obaldia Senior Scientist, Kingdom Supercultures Avinash Bhandoola T-Lineage Specification and Commitment Requires Constraint of Myeloid Gene Expression Programs by HES1
Dawson Gerhardt Senior Scientist, Novartis Warren Pear/ Nancy Speck Role of the Notch1 TAD in Embryonic Development and Hematopoiesis
Christopher Furcht Senior Principal Scientist, Bristol Meyers Squibb Matthew Lazzara Differential Activation of ERK in Lung Cancer Cells
Carolyn Gray Middle School Math Teacher and Advisor, The Nueva School Michael May Mechanisms of Non-Canonical NF-kappaB Regulation
Rachel Kadzik Research Associate, University of Chicago Edward Morrisey Epithelial Cell Shape Changes During Lung Branching Morphogenesis: The Role of Wnt/Fzd2 Signaling in Directing New Branch Formation
Ariel Lefkovith Scientist I, Syros Pharmaceuticals Michael Marks SLC45A2: a Melanosomal Membrane Protein Sorted to Melanosomes by a Cytoplasmic Trosine-based Sorting Motif
Nancy Maas Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania Alan Diehl A Chemical-Genetic Screen for Identifying Substrates of the ER Kinase PERK
Vera Mucaj Head of Trials & Chief Scientist, Datavant Celeste Simon Proliferation and Survival Mechanisms in Soft Tissue Sarcoma and Glioblastoma Tumors
Allison Rosenberg Scientist, Bioaethetics Corporation Michael Granato Cellular Interactions During Motor Nerve Regeneration
Zhewei Shen Senior Genomics Scientist, Auransa Inc.  Ben Stanger A Study of the Hippo Pathway/YAP Biology and its Functions in Proliferation Control
Meredith Wilson Postoctoral Fellow, Carnegie Institute for Science Erika Holzbaur-Howland Microtubule Motors Drive Nuclear Dynamics and Positioning in Developing Skeletal Muscles Cells

2013 Graduates

Name Current Position Thesis Advisor Thesis Topic
Burton Barnett Associate Director, Prometheus Biosciences Inc John Wherry/Steven Reiner Asymmetric B Cell Division in the Germinal Center Reaction
Sarah Clark Assistant Professor, University of Colorado at Denver Jeffrey Weiser Evasion of Host Recognition by Phase Variation in Haemophilus Influenza
Emily McMillan Research Specialist, University of Pennsylvania Amin Ghabrial Tip Cell Selection in the Drosophila Tracea
Elizabeth Morton Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Washington Samuel Todd Lamitina Regulation and Dynamic Behavior of the Heat Shock Transcription Factor HSF-1 in C Elegans
Allison Zajac Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Chicago Erika Hozbaur/Michael Ostap Local Cytoskeletal and Organelle Interactions Impact Molecular Motor-Driven Early Endosomal Trafficking

2012 Graduates

Name Current Position Thesis Advisor Thesis Topic
Alexander Brown Senior Scientist, Synthego Corporation Douglas Epstein Determining the role of Hedgehog signaling in establishing ventral otic identity and cochlear duct outgrowth
Jennine Dawicki McKenna Senior Research Investigator, University of Pennsylvania Michael Ostap Investigating the Role of Microtubes in GLUT4 Vesicle Trafficking and the Kinetics of Membrane Attachment by the Myosin Myo1c
Michael O'Donnell Assistant Professor, Yale University Greg Bashaw Signal Transduction Mechanisms in Commisural Axon Guidance: The Role of Intracellular Tyrosine Kinases in Netrin-DCC/Frazzled Axon Attraction
Jamie Weaver Associate Scientific Director, Ashfield Healthcare Communications Marisa Bartolomei Interrelated Roles of Repressive Chromatin Modifiers in Genomic Imprinting
Jason Wojcechowskyj Director, Vaccine Development, ExcepGen Robert Doms HIV-Induced Cellular Reprogramming: Insights from Phosphoproteomics

2011 Graduates

Name Current Position Thesis Advisor Thesis Topic
Brenna Brady Lead Researcher, IBM Watson Health Craig Bassing Regulation of TCRBeta Accessibility and AlphaBeta T Cell Development in Response to V(D)J Recombination Mediated Signals
Kara Coleman Project Director, Pew Charitable Trusts Roger Greenberg Uncovering the Role of the BRCA1-RAP80 Complex in Cancer Susceptibility and DNA Repair
Dustin Hancks Assistant Professor of Immunology, UT Southwestern School of Medicine Haig Kazazian Hominid-Specific SVA Elements: Genomic Impact and Insights into L1-Mediated Retrotransposition
Hestia Mellert Senior Director, Biodesix Inc. S. McMahon    Regulation P53-Mediated Apoptosis by Modulating DNA-Binding Domain Acetylation
Leah Sabin Associate Director, Regeneron Sara Cherry The Role of RNA Silencing in Drosophila Antiviral Immunity
Keri Sanborn Team Manager, Research Square Jordan Orange Role and Regulation of Myosin IIA in Natural Killer Cell Cytotoxicity
Anand Sitaram Part-time Lecturer, Northwestern University Michael Marks Mechanisms of Sorting and Trafficking for Melanosome Biogenesis as Revealed by Studies of the Human Pigment Cell Protein OCA2
Esther Naomi Twery Research Communication Partner, Research Square Jonathan Raper SDF1 Antagonism of Axonal Repellents Requires Multiple G Protein Components and an ADAM Metalloprotease
Brenda Watt Senior Scientist, Sirona Dx Michael Marks Dissecting the PMEL Amyloid: An Example of Functional Vs. Pathological Amyloid

2010 Graduates

Name Current Position Thesis Advisor Thesis Topic
Bart Anderson Director R & D, Exicure Drew Weissman Nucleoside Modifications Supress RNA Activation of Cytoplasmic RNA Sensors
Beth Burke Associate Vice President, Scientific Services, PPM Advisory Group Martin Peter Carroll Effects of the BCR-ABL Oncogene on DNA Damage and Repair
Gina DeNicola Assistant Member, Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute David Tuveson K-Ras Oncogene-Induced Ros Detoxification Promotes Tumorigenesis
Joseph Francica Associate Director, AstraZeneca Paul Bates A Study of the Ebola Virus Glycoprotein: Disruption of Host Surface Protein Function and Evasion of Immune Responses
Natasha Girgis Associate Director, Cue Biopharma Stuart Isaacs A Role for the Vaccinia Virus Complement Control Protein in Modulation of Innate and Adaptive Immunity During Infection
Lauren Hirao Clinical R&D Lead, GSK David Weiner Enhancement of Immune Responses to DNA Vaccines
Kelly Howell Associate Director, SMA Foundation Meera Sundaram EOR-2 is an Obligate Binding Partner of the BTB-Zinc Finger Protein and Putative ERK Target EOR-1
Michelle Kinder Scientific Director, Incyte Pharmaceuticals Inc. Ellen Pure Fatty Acid Metabolism Mediated by 12/15-Lipoxygenase in a Novel Regulator of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Function and Myelopoiesis
Karla Leavens Attending Physician, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Morris Birnbaum The Role of AKT2 in Hepatic Lipid Metabolism
Lamorris Loftin Associate Director, Albany Molecular Research Inc. Ronald Collman Regulation of CCR5 Use on Primary CD4+ Lymphocytes by R5X4 HIV-1
Soyoung Oh Senior Scientist, Genentech Inc.  Andrew Caton The Effect of T Cell Receptor Specificity on CD4+CD25+ Regulatory T Cell Function in an Autoimmune Setting
Lashon Pringle Vice President, Scientific Communications, Vaniam Group Margaret Chou Molecular Functions of the TRE17/Ubiquitin-Specific Protease 6 (USP6) Oncogene: A Novel Activator of NF-Kappa B
Keshet Ronen Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Washington Frederic Bushman Lentiviral Integration Site Targeting: Host Determinants and Consequences
Jennifer Skirkanich Lecturer, Bryn Mawr College Peter Klein The Role of preMBT Transcription in Xenopus Development
Jasmine Smith Expert Medical Writer, Novartis Pharmaceuticals John Diehl Evidence for G-Quadruplex-Based Telomere Capping and the Presence of GQuadruplex DNA Genome-wide in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae
Katie Stiles Assistant Professor of Research, Cornell University Medical Campus (Weill) Roselyn Eisenberg/Gary Cohen Simplex Virus Glycoprotein D Induced Receptor Internalization: Implications for Virus Entry and Immune Modulation
Melanie Vishnu Senior Scientific Director, SciMentum -Nucleus Global Stephen Liebhaber The RNA Protein alphaCP2 is a Novel Trans Factor Involved in Mediating Cytoplasmic Polyadenylation

2009 Graduates

Name Current Position Thesis Advisor Thesis Topic
Shelby Blythe Assistant Professor, Northwestern University Peter Klein Transcriptional Poising Prior to the Midblastula Transition Underlies Dorsal Cell Fate Specification by the WNT/Beta-Catenin
Michelle Castelletto Project Scientist, UCLA James Lok Role of the Forkhead Transcription Factor, FKTF-1, in the Development of Strongyloides Stercoralis
Lisa Chang-Warner Consultant, Life Sciences Daniel Kessler Transcriptional and Translational Control of Zebrafish Mesodermal Development
Kathryn Claiborn Senior Scientific Editor, Gladstone Institutes Doris Stoffers The Role of Ubiquitin Ligase Adaptor Protein in Glucose Homeostasis and Beta Cell Mass
Rachel Kaletsky Research Associate, Princeton University Paul Bates Host Cell Factors Involved in Ebola Virus Entry and Spread
Ryan King Senior Strategic Account Director, PRECISIONscientia Harvey Michael Friedman Galectin-3, Glycoprotein C, and the Innate Immune Response to Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1
Helen McGraw Lazear Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Harvey Michael Friedman The Roles of Glycoprotein E, Glycoprotein I, and US9 in Neuronal Spread of Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1
Gladys Varela Assistant Professor, University of Puerto Rico Aguadilla University College Rexford Ahima Regulation of Hepatic Trigliceride Metabolism by Adipose Differentiation-Related Protein

2008 Graduates

Name Current Position Thesis Advisor Thesis Topic
Justin DiAngelo Associate Professor, Penn State Berks Morris Birnbaum The Regulation of Metabolism in Drosophila Melanogaster
Catherine Gleason Senior Scientist, Circle Pharma Inc Morris Birnbaum Integration of Growth Factor and Nutrient Signaling in the Regulation of Cellular and Organismal Growth
Brian Hannah CEO & Founder, pH Botanicals Gary Cohen Cloning of a HSV-1 Glycoprotein ECtoplasmic Domain Deletion
Michelle Hickey Hartsough Senior Editor, American Association for Cancer Research Celeste Simon Roles of the Proteins Hypoxia Inducible Factor-1 and -2 (HIF-1 and HIF-2) and von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) in tumorigenesis
Ansel Hsiao Assistant Professor, University of California Riverside Jun Zhu Regulation of Anti-Virulence Factors During Vibrio Cholerae
Justin Kosak Biologist, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Allen Diehl Ability of H2AX to Supress Tumors in Mammary Tumorigenesis
Shawn Little Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania Mary Mullins The Emergence of Embryonic Dorsal-Ventral Pattern Through the Interactions of BMP Ligands with their Receptors and Modulators
Ingrid Lund Principal, Member Insights, Health Management Academy Amy Brooks-Kayal

Regulation of the GAMBa Receptor a1 Subunit in an Animal Model of Temporal Lobe Epilepsy

Nazzy Pakpour Assistant Professor, California State University East Bay Phillip Scott Role of IL-12 in Maintaining Memory
Jill See Medical Communications Specialist, Spark Therapeutics Judith Grinspan The Role of BMP Signaling in Glial Development in the CNS
Meredith Shaffer Assistant Director for Policy and Communication, NIH/NIAID Janis Burkhardt Cell Biology, Transport, and Cytoskeleton
Diana Shineman Medical Program Director, Ludwig Family Foundation Virginia Man-Yee Lee Oxidative Stress in Alzheimer's Disease
James Soper Senior Principal Research Scientist, Abbvie Inc. Virginia Man-Yee Lee Characterization of Alpha-Synuclein-induced Vesicular Accumulation in a Yeast Model of Parkinson's Disease
Craig Stone Senior Medical Writer, Medtronic Inc.  Meera Sundaram Regulation of Ras Signaling via the KSR Scaffolding Protein in C. elegans

2007 Graduates

Name Current Position Thesis Advisor Thesis Topic
Natalie Bezman Senior Director, ArsenalBio Gary Koretzky Signaling Pathways in Platelets and Their Roles in vivo models of Thrombosis
Carolyn Clark Senior Scientist, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations Robert Vonderheide The Dynamics of Immunosurveillance in Pancreatic Cancer from Inception to Invasion and Metastasis
Vida Markovitz-Landau Adjunct Professor, Touro College Michael Pack Developmental Biology
Anastasia Wyce Scientific Leader, GlaxoSmithKline Shelley Berger Histone H2B Deubiquitylation and Transcriptional Control in the Yeast Saccharomyces Cerevisiae

2006 Graduates

Name Current Position Thesis Advisor Thesis Topic
Kelly Covello Head of Medical, Mirati Therapeutics Celeste Simon Identification of unique HIF-alpha Function in Tumorigenesis and Development

2005 Graduates

Name Current Position Thesis Advisor Thesis Topic
Wojciech Jankowski Assistant Public Defender, Luzerne County Office of the Public Defender    
Erika Pearce Senior Group Leader and Director, Max-Planck Institute for Immunobiology Hao Shen Development of CD8 T Cell Responses