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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  
Hou, Jennifer (2012), Biochemistry
B.S., Molecular and Cellular Biology, Johns Hopkins University (2011)
M.S., Integrative Physiology, Johns Hopkins University (2012)
Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2018)
Advisor: Martin Burke
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)
Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2018)
Advisor: Martin Burke
Publications
Wang, Lawrence (2015), Biochemistry
Advisor: David Shapiro

Bioengineering
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)
Ph.D., Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2018)
Advisor: Martha Gillette
PhD Topic: Guiding Development of Neural Circuits on a Novel 3D Microtube Multi-Electrode Array Platform
Research Synopsis  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
Joachim, Elizabeth G. (2011), Bioengineering
B.S., Philosophy, Texas A & M (2010)
M.S., Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2015)
Ph.D., Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2018)
Advisor: Kyekyoon Kim
PhD Topic: Nanoparticles for Stroke
Research Synopsis  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: Dissecting combinatorial microenvironmental regulation of cell fate and function using a multi-modal arraying platform
Research Synopsis  
Konopka, Christian J. (2014), Bioengineering
B.S., Biophysics, LOYOLA (2014)
Ph.D., Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2019)
Advisor: Wawrzyniec Dobrucki
PhD Topic: RAGE Targeted Multimodal Imaging of Prostate Cancer
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)
Ph.D., Bioengineering, Univeristy of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2018)
Advisor: Brian Cunningham
Research Synopsis  Publications
Mamer, Spencer B. (2013), Bioengineering
B.S., Physics, St. John's University, Queens NY (2013)
Advisor: Princess Imoukhuede

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

Chemistry
Palazzolo Ray, 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)
Ph.D., Communications & Media, Univeristy of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2018)
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: Blood Pressure Management in Maintenance Dialysis Patients
Research Synopsis  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)
Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2019)
Advisor: Stephanie Hilger
PhD Topic: Strange Loops, Tangled Hierarchies and Rhythmic Braids: On the Recursive Form of Holistic Medicine
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)
Ph.D., Entomology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2018)
Advisor: Brian Allan
PhD Topic: Ecological, Entomological and Epidemiological Investigations of Chagas Disease in Panama
Research Synopsis  Publications

Kinesiology
Adamson, Matthew D. (2012), Kinesiology
B.A., Russian, Brigham Young University (2011)
B.A., Political Science, Brigham Young University (2011)
Ph.D., Kinesiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2019)
Advisor: Synthia Sydnor
Hua, Andrew K. (2014), Kinesiology
B.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida (2014)
B.S., Mathematics, University of Florida (2014)
Ph.D., Kinesiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2019)
Advisor: David Buchner

Microbiology
Gates-Tanzer, Lauren T. (2012), Microbiology
B.S., Biomedical Sciences, Northern Arizona University (2012)
M.S., Microbiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2014)
Ph.D., Microbiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2018)
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

Molecular & Integrative Physiology
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)
Ph.D., Molecular and Integrative Physiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2019)
Advisor: Sayee Anakk
PhD Topic: Hepatic IQGAP1 in Health and Disease
Research Synopsis  

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)
Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2018)
Advisor: Thomas Anastasio
PhD Topic: Computational Modeling of Antidepressant Drug Effects
Research Synopsis  
Fenn, Jacqueline A. (2011), Neuroscience
B.S., Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2009)
Ph.D., Neuroscience, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI (2017)
Advisor: Lee Cox
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: Characterization of DNA methylation and gene expression profiles in post-traumatic stress disorder
Research Synopsis  
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)
Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2018)
Advisor: Jonathan Sweedler
PhD Topic: Characterizing cell types of peripheral sensory ganglia
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
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)
M.S., Statistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2018)
Ph.D., Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2019)
Advisor: Yuan-Xiang Pan
Publications
Peters, Vanessa A. (2008), Nutritional Sciences
B.S., Biology, Elmira College, Elmira, NY (2008)
Ph.D., Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2018)
Advisor: Kelly Tappenden

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)
M.S., Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2018)
Advisor: Vidya Madhavan