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Anthropology
Baldwin, Jennifer L. (2006), Anthropology
M.A., Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh (2005)
B.S., Biology, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA (2002)
Advisor: Jane Desmond
Research Synopsis  Publications

Biochemistry
Arif, Waqar (2013), Biochemistry
B.S., Biochemistry, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH (2013)
B.A., Physics, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH (2013)
Advisor: Auinash Kalsotra
PhD Topic: Role of SRSF1 in Liver Function and NASH
Research Synopsis  
Choi, Sharon H. (2006), Biochemistry
B.S., Biology and Cognitive Sciences, University of California at San Diego (2003)
M.S., Biology, University of California at San Diego (2005)
Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2012)
Advisor: James Morrissey
Publications
Harris, Daniel T. (2011), Biochemistry
B.S., Molecular Biology, Loyola University (2011)
Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2016)
Advisor: David Kranz
Publications
Hebbard, Carleigh F. (2009), Biochemistry
B.A., Spanish, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA (2009)
B.S., Cell and Molecular Biology, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA (2009)
M.S., Microbiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2011)
Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2016)
Advisor: James Morrissey
Publications
Hou, Jennifer (2012), Biochemistry
B.S., Molecular and Cellular Biology, Johns Hopkins University (2011)
M.S., Integrative Physiology, Johns Hopkins University (2012)
Advisor: Martin Burke
Publications
Lawrence, Gus (2011), Biochemistry
B.S., Chemistry/Molecular and Microbiology, Portland State University (2006)
Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2017)
Advisor: Rudy Fratti
Publications
Muraglia, Katrina A. (2012), Biochemistry
B.S., Biology, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (2011)
B.S., English, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (2011)
Advisor: Martin Burke
Publications
Travers, Richard J. (2011), Biochemistry
B.A., Biochemistry and Cell Biology, English, Rice University (2009)
Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2015)
Advisor: James Morrissey
PhD Topic: Developing Polyphosphate Inhibitors as Novel Therapeutics
Research Synopsis  Publications
Wang, Lawrence, Biochemistry
Advisor: David Shapiro

Bioengineering
Boes, Morgan K. (2010), Bioengineering
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, F.W. Olin College of Engineering, Needham, MA (2010)
M.S., Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2011)
Ph.D., Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2016)
Advisor: Elizabeth Hsiao-Wecksler
PhD Topic: Master's Thesis: Postural control in persons with Multiple Sclerosis: an investigation of dual task cost and physical modeling. \\ PhD Thesis: Portable Power Supply Efficiency and Gait Assistance Evaluation for a Pneumatic Ankle-Foot Orthosis test bed
Research Synopsis  Publications
Cangellaris, Olivia V. (2011), Bioengineering
B.S., Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2011)
M.S., Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2014)
Advisor: Martha Gillette
PhD Topic: In short, Olivia is using bio compatable tubes to grow neurons.
Publications
Cerjanic, Alexander M. (2012), Bioengineering
B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Nevada Reno (2009)
M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Nevada Reno (2012)
Advisor: Brad Sutton
Publications
Damhorst, Gregory L. (2010), Bioengineering
B.S., Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2009)
M.S, Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2013)
Ph.D., Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2015)
Advisor: Rashid Bashir
Research Synopsis  Publications
Hou, Jack P. (2012), Bioengineering
B.S., Biochemistry, Iowa State University, Ames, IA (2011)
B.S., Statistics, University of Iowa at Iowa City (2011)
M.S., Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2016)
Ph.D., Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2017)
Advisor: Jian Ma
Publications
Kaylan, Kerim B. (2012), Bioengineering
B.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (2012)
M.S., Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2016)
Ph.D., Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2107)
Advisor: Gregory Underhill
PhD Topic: Probing cell fate and function using high-throughput engineered microenvironments
Research Synopsis  
Konopka, Christian J. (2014), Bioengineering
B.S., Biophysics, LOYOLA (2014)
Advisor: Wawrzyniec Dobrucki
PhD Topic: RAGE Targeted Multimodal Imaging of Prostate Cancer
Research Synopsis  
Kwon, Lydia E. (2014), Bioengineering
B.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of California - Davis (2012)
Advisor: Brian Cunningham
Research Synopsis  
Long, Kenneth (2012), Bioengineering
B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2012)
B.S., Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2012)
M.S., Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2014)
Advisor: Brian Cunningham
Research Synopsis  Publications
Mamer, Spencer B. (2013), Bioengineering
B.S., Physics, St. John's University, Queens NY (2013)
Advisor: Princess Imoukhuede
Sawicki, Elizabeth G. (2011), Bioengineering
B.S., Philosophy, Texas A & M (2010)
M.S., Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2015)
Advisor: Kyekyoon Kim
PhD Topic: Nanoparticles for Stroke
Research Synopsis  Publications

Biophysics
Muller, Melanie P. (2014), Biophysics
B.S., Mathematics, University of Massachusetts (2014)
B.S., Chemistry, University of Massachusetts (2014)
Advisor: Emad Tajkhorshid

Cell & Developmental Biology
Moore, Lisa (2006), Cell & Developmental Biology
B.S., Computer Science, California Institute of Technology (2005)
Ph.D., Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2015)
Advisor: Jonathan Henry
PhD Topic: FGF Signaling in Xenopus Lens Regeneration
Research Synopsis  Publications
Thomas, Alvin (2009), Cell & Developmental Biology
B.S., Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2009)
Ph.D., Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2016)
Advisor: Jonathan Henry
Publications
Waldemer-Streyer, Rachel J. (2010), Cell & Developmental Biology
B.S., Biology, University of Missouri at Kansas City (2010)
B.A., Chemistry, University of Missouri at Kansas City (2010)
B.A., Spanish, University of Missouri at Kansas City (2010)
Ph.D., Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2016)
Advisor: Jie Chen
Research Synopsis  Publications

Chemical Engineering
Rich, Max H. (2012), Chemical Engineering
B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University (2010)
B.S., Mathematics, Johns Hopkins University (2010)
M.S., Chemical Engineering, Univeristy of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2013)
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2015)
Advisor: Hyunjoon Kong
Publications
Yeager, Ashley (2010), Chemical Engineering
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA (2010)
M.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2013)
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2016)
Advisor: Mary Kraft

Chemistry
Palazzolo, Andrea M. (2013), Chemistry
B.S., Chemistry, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN (2013)
Advisor: Martin Burke
PhD Topic: The Systematization and Automation of Terpene-derived Natural Product Synthesis
Research Synopsis  Publications

Communications Research
Chenyek, Rico K. (2012), Communications Research
B.A., Chicano/a Studies, Pomona College, Claremont, CA (2011)
Advisor: Angharad Valdivia

Community Health
Derk, Gwendolyn R. (2014), Community Health
B.S., Physiological Science, University of California - Los Angeles (2011)
Advisor: Kenneth Wilund
PhD Topic: Cardiac effects of reduced oxygen saturation in patients undergoing dialysis.
Research Synopsis  Publications

Comparative Biosciences
McDougle, Daniel R. (2012), Comparative Biosciences
B.S., Microbiology, Washington State University (2005)
M.S., Biotechnology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City (2009)
Ph.D., VMS - Comparative Biosciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2016)
Advisor: Aditi Das
Publications

Comparative Literature
Sanders, Richard N. (2013), Comparative Literature
B.A., Integrated Sciences, University of Denver (2012)
M.A., Comparative Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2014)
Advisor: Stephanie Hilger

East Asian Languages and Cultures
McLawhorn, Donald E. (2009), East Asian Languages and Cultures
B.A., Philosophy, Universith of South Florida (2003)
M.A., Sociology, University of South Florida (2008)
Advisor: Robert Tierney
Research Synopsis  

Entomology
Updyke, Erin A. (2013), Entomology
B.A., Global Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara (2010)
B.S., Aquatic Biology, University of California at Santa Barbara (2010)
M.S., Epidemiology, University of Hawaii-Manoa (2013)
Advisor: Brian Allan
PhD Topic: Ecological, Entomological and Epidemiological Investigations of Chagas Disease in Panama
Research Synopsis  Publications

Human & Community Development
Magerko, Katherine A. (2012), Human & Community Development
B.S., Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado, Boulder (2010)
B.S., Psychology, University of Colorado, Boulder (2010)
M.S., Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado, Boulder (2010)
Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2016)
Advisor: Ange Wiley
PhD Topic: Health in the Family Child Care Context
Research Synopsis  Publications
Ong, Matthew (2010), Human & Community Development
B.S., Biology, University of California at Los Angeles (2007)
M.S., Public Health, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH (2009)
Ph.D., Human & Community Development, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2014)
Advisor: Kelly Bost
PhD Topic: The Prevalence of Intimate Partner Violence: An Evaluation on the Effectiveness of WISE Service Coverage in New Hampshire and Vermont
Research Synopsis  

Kinesiology
Adamson, Matthew D. (2012), Kinesiology
B.A., Russian, Brigham Young University (2011)
B.A., Political Science, Brigham Young University (2011)
Advisor: Synthia Sydnor
Hua, Andrew K. (2014), Kinesiology
B.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida (2014)
B.S., Mathematics, University of Florida (2014)
Advisor: David Buchner

Microbiology
Fenlon, Luke A. (2010), Microbiology
B.S., Microbiology, University of Wisconsin at Madison (2010)
M.S, Microbiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2012)
Advisor: James Slauch
Publications
Gates-Tanzer, Lauren T. (2012), Microbiology
B.S., Biomedical Sciences, Northern Arizona University (2012)
M.S., Microbiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2014)
Advisor: Joanna Shisler
PhD Topic: Cellular FLICE inhibitory protein inhibits the interferon regulatory factor 3 (IRF3) pathway
Research Synopsis  Publications
Kim, Ted (2014), Microbiology
B.S., Microbial Biology, University of California - Berkeley (2011)
B.S., Molecular Environmental Biology, University of California - Berkeley (2011)
M.S., Microbiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2017)
Advisor: Rachel Whitaker
Lieu, D'Feau J. (2012), Microbiology
B.S., Biological Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago (2012)
M.S., Microbiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2014)
Advisor: Steven Blanke
Narm, Koh Eun (2009), Microbiology
B.S., Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of California at Berkeley (2006)
M.S., Microbiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2011)
Advisor: James Slauch
Reno, Michael L. (2007), Microbiology
B.S., Biology, Flordia State University, Tallahassee, FL (2007)
M.S., Microbiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2009)
Advisor: Steven Blanke
Publications
Tencati, Michael J. (2008), Microbiology
B.S., Biochemsitry, University of California, San Diego, CA (2000)
M.S., Microbiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2010)
Advisor: Richard Tapping
PhD Topic: Determining the genetic and molecular basis of resistance to plague in mice
Research Synopsis  Publications

Molecular & Integrative Physiology
Biehl, Matthew J. (2012), Molecular & Integrative Physiology
B.S., Molecular Biology, Loyola University (2011)
M.S., Molecular and Integrative Physiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2014)
Ph.D., Molecular and Integrative Physiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2017)
Advisor: Lori Raetzman
Publications
Erickson, Hanna L. (2013), Molecular & Integrative Physiology
B.S., Chemistry, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN (2013)
M.S., Molecular and Integrative Physiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2015)
Advisor: Sayee Anakk
Irving, Samuel J. (2010), Molecular & Integrative Physiology
B.S., Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics, University of California at Los Angeles (2010)
M.S., Molecular and Integrative Physiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2012)
Ph.D., Molecular and Integrative Physiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2017)
Advisor: Martha Gillette
Livnat, Itamar (2010), Molecular & Integrative Physiology
B.S., Biological Sciences, University of California at Irvine (2008)
M.S., Molecular and Integrative Physiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2012)
Ph.D., Molecular & Integrative Physiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2017)
Advisor: Jonathan Sweedler
PhD Topic: The study of D-amino acid-containing peptides in the nervous systems of Aplysia californica and rodents
Research Synopsis  Publications
Mahapatra, Lily (2010), Molecular & Integrative Physiology
B.A., Sociology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (2007)
M.S., Molecular and Integrative Physiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2012)
Ph.D., Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Univeristy of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2016)
Advisor: David Shapiro
Publications
Rosenberg, Harry J. (2008), Molecular & Integrative Physiology
B.S., The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (2008)
M.S., Molecular and Integrative Physiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2010)
Ph.D., Molecular and Integrative Physiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2015)
Advisor: Martha Gillette
PhD Topic: Morphological Characterization of Glial Cells in the Rodent Central Nervous System
Research Synopsis  Publications
Yu, Mia (2011), Molecular & Integrative Physiology
B.A., Biology, Fine Arts, Amherst College (2007)
M.S., Molecular and Integrative Physiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2013)
Advisor: Martha Gillette

Neuroscience
Akhtar, Aadeel (2011), Neuroscience
B.S., Biology, Loyola University (2007)
M.S., Scientific and Technical Computing, Loyola University (2008)
Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2016)
Advisor: Timothy Bretl
PhD Topic: Mechanisms for Enabling Closed-loop Upper Limb Sensorimotor Prosthetic Control
Research Synopsis  Publications
Camacho, Mariam (2013), Neuroscience
B.S., Microbiology, University of California at Los Angeles (2013)
B.S., Immunology, University of California at Los Angeles (2013)
B.S., Molecular Genetics, University of California at Los Angeles (2013)
Advisor: Thomas Anastasio
PhD Topic: Computational Modeling of Antidepressant Drug Effects
Research Synopsis  
Carpenter-Thompson, Jake R. (2010), Neuroscience
B.A., Biomedical Sciences, Grand Valley State College, Allendale, MI (2010)
Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2014)
Advisor: Fatima Husain
PhD Topic: The Beneficial Effects of Fitness for Older Adults with Tinnitus: A combined Survey and fMRI study
Research Synopsis  Publications
Dostal, Carlos R. (2013), Neuroscience
B.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas at Austin (2005)
Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2017)
Advisor: Robert McCusker
PhD Topic: GLIA AND TISSUE-SPECIFIC REGULATION OF THE RATE-LIMITING KYNURENINE PATHWAY DIOXYGENASES BY STRESS AND INFLAMMATION
Research Synopsis  
Fenn, Jacqueline A. (2011), Neuroscience
B.S., Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2009)
Advisor: Lee Cox
Fletcher, Mark A. (2009), Neuroscience
B.S., Biology, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT (2008)
Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2017)
Advisor: Gabriele Gratton
Publications
Hewes, Kelly (2015), Neuroscience
Advisor: Aron Barbey
Kim, Grace S. (2011), Neuroscience
B.S., Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2009)
M.S., Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2014)
Advisor: Monica Uddin
PhD Topic: Sex differences in expression of epigenetic factors in post-traumatic stress disorder
Research Synopsis  
Liu, Siyuan C. (2010), Neuroscience
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (2010)
Advisor: Martha Gillette
PhD Topic: In short, his work focuses on understanding how neurons organize with the use of circuits.
Publications
Majdak, Petra (2011), Neuroscience
B.A., Biochemistry, Manhattanville College (2007)
M.S., Biomedical Sciences, Mount Sinai School of Medicine (2009)
Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2016)
Advisor: Justin Rhodes
PhD Topic: Behavioral and pharmacological characterization of a novel genetic model of ADHD
Research Synopsis  Publications
Operskalski, Joachim T. (2012), Neuroscience
B.A., Human Biology, Stanford University (2008)
Advisor: Aron Barbey
Tillmaand, Emily G. (2012), Neuroscience
B.S., Chemistry, John Carroll University (2010)
Advisor: Jonathan Sweedler
PhD Topic: Characterizing cell types of peripheral sensory ganglia
Publications
Weisner, Patricia A. (2010), Neuroscience
B.A., Neuroscience and Theatre, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN (2009)
Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2015)
Advisor: Lisa Stubbs
PhD Topic: Undetermined
Research Synopsis  Publications
Wong, Chelsea N. (2009), Neuroscience
B.S., Biology, University of Portland, Portland, OR (2008)
Advisor: Art Kramer
Publications
Zamroziewicz, Marta K. (2013), Neuroscience
B.S., Neuroscience, Trinity College, Hartford, CT (2013)
Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2017)
Advisor: Aron Barbey
PhD Topic: Neural and Neuropsychological Effects of Nutrition
Research Synopsis  Publications

Nutritional Sciences
Mailing, Lucy J. (2015), Nutritional Sciences
Advisor: Jeffrey Woods
Moody, Laura (2014), Nutritional Sciences
B.A., Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University (2013)
B.A., Applied Math, Johns Hopkins University (2013)
B.A, Statistics, Johns Hopkins University (2013)
Advisor: Yuan-Xiang Pan
Publications
Peters, Vanessa A. (2008), Nutritional Sciences
B.S., Biology, Elmira College, Elmira, NY (2008)
Advisor: Kelly Tappenden
Wang, Anthony A. (2012), Nutritional Sciences
B.S., Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2009)
Ph.D., Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2015)
Advisor: Margarita Teran-Garcia
PhD Topic: Microbial and genetic influences on childhood obesity
Research Synopsis  

Physics
Ark, Eugene D. (2013), Physics
B.S., Mathematics, Duke University (2013)
B.S., Physics, Duke University (2013)
M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2015)
Advisor: Vidya Madhavan
Blanchard, Andrew E. (2011), Physics
B.S., Physics, Mathematics, University of Arkansas (2010)
M.S., Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2012)
Ph.D., Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2016)
Advisor: Ting Lu
Publications

Sociology
Duwe, Elise A. G. (2011), Sociology
B.A, Biochemistry, Religious Studies, Wooster College (2009)
Ph.D., Sociology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2016)
Advisor: Margaret Kelley
PhD Topic: Experiences of Chronic Pain in Urban American Indians: Toward an Integrated Critical Theory
Research Synopsis  Publications
Mantilla, Bryanna (2010), Sociology
B.A., Health Arts and Sciences, Goddard College, Plainfield, VT (2005)
M.A., Public Health, Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (2010)
Ph.D., Sociology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2014)
Advisor: Tim Liao
PhD Topic: Suffering In The Shadows: “Undocumented” Latin American Im/Migrants, Inequality, Embodiment And Health
Research Synopsis  
Smith, Rachel A. (2009), Sociology
B.S., International Studies, University of Oregon, Eugene (2008)
Advisor: Brian Dill