Alumni – MGM Graduate Program

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Jason A. Stajich: The GSA Reporter Young Researcher Profile This article presents an inside look at how Jason Stajich, alumnus of the Dietrich lab and UPGG program and currently an assistant professor at the University of California, Riverside, uses bioinformatics to bridge the divide between bench science and data analysis. Read More >
NAMEDISSERTATIONMENTORDEGREE YEARPOST-GRADUATE POSITION

2017

Alavrez, Monica Human Genetic Variation in VAC14 Alters Susceptibility to Pathogenic InfectionsKoPhD 2017Duke
Kleinstein, Sarah Human Genomics of Complex Trait SeverityGoldstein*PhD 2017Columbia
Saelens, Joseph Genomic, genetic, and functional interrogation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis outbreak strainsTobinPhD 2017Duke
Poling, Brigid The Epstein-Barr Virus-encoded BHRF1 miRNAs Regulate Viral Gene Expression in CisCullenPhD 2017TBD
Snavely, Emily Functional Characterization of Type II Secretion in ChlamydiaValdiviaPhD 2017Postdoc at Wadsworth Center, Albany, NY
Carpenter, VictoriaThe C. trachomatis effector protein TepP hijacks host cell signaling pathways to promote bacterial survival during infectionValdiviaPhD 2017Medical School
Mitchell, CaitlynSilverMS 2017Duke
Schmidt, ElyseThe Role of Irgm1 In Mitochondrial Dynamics and MetabolismTaylor*PhD 2017Duke
Feeley, EricThe role of Galectic 3 in pathogen sensing and cell autonomous defenseCoersPhD 2017Field Application Scientist, Gyros Protein Technologies
Cao, XiouNeuronal Regulation of the Innate Immune Response in Caenorhabditis elegansAballayPhD 2017Duke
Homa, NicholasVirus-Host Interactions during Epstein-Barr Virus Latent Infection of B cellsLuftigPhD 2017Duke
Sharma, RuchiraOlfactory receptor accessory proteins play crucial roles in receptor function and gene choiceMatsunamiPhD 2017Duke
Levitt, BrandtDrug Development in Dengue Virus and Molecular Epidemiology of Malaria in Western KenyaJen-Tsan Ashley Chi and Steve Taylor*PhD 2017Duke
Vargas-Muñiz, JoséSeptins' Role in Morphogenesis, Development, and Pathogenesis of the Human Fungal Pathogen Aspergillus fumigatusSteinbach*PhD 2017Postdoc, at UNC-Chapel Hill

2016

Nicholson, CindoThe development and application of a method to quantitatively identify RNA binding sites, and whole transcript targets of RNA binding proteinsKeenePhD 2016Postdoc, IRTA Fellow at NIEHS
Barrows, NicholasCharacterization of host factors and anti-viral compounds for diverse mosquito-borne flavivursesGarcia-Blanco*PhD 2016Postdoc, Univ of Texas
Ang, WeixingladysMechanisms of rush desensitization in mast cellsAbraham*PhD 2016Postdoc, Duke
Landau, DustinMultiple Approaches to Novel GSD Ia TherapiesKoeberl*PhD 2016Research Associate, Quintiles
Price, AlexanderTemporal Regulation of LMP1 and Apoptosis Resistance After Primary EBV LuftigPhD 2016Postdoc, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Zhao, YingPhysical and genetic analysis of the CUP1 tandem array in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiaePetesPhD 2016JD Candidate, Northwestern Law School
Baxter, RyanValdiviaMS 2016Tech, Duke
Woods, BenjaminMechanisms of Cdc42 polarization in yeastLew*PhD 2016Postdoc, UNC-CH
Zhou, TingTranscriptome and Functional Analysis of Carotid Body Glomus CellsMatsunamiPhD 2016Postdoc, Duke
Rempe, KatherineInsights into nonpilus adhesin functionality and the molecular determinants of nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae colonizationSt. Geme*PhD 2016Clinical Research, Actelion Pharmaceuticals
Starr, KimberlyThe genetic and molecular basis for Kingella kingae encapsulation and capsule diversitySt. Geme*PhD 2016Postdoc, Duke
Brown, MikeAntineoplastic Cytotoxicity and Immune Adjuvancy of Recominant Oncolytic PoliovirusGromeier*PhD 2016Postdoc, Duke
Lu, Yi-FanFunctional Evaluation of Causal Mutations Identified in Human Genetic StudiesGoldsteinPhD 2016Academic Editor, Columbia Medical Review

2015

Pilla-Moffett, DanielleMechanisms by Which Guanylate Binding Proteins Target Pathogen Vacuoles and Promote Caspase-11 Dependent PyroptosisCoersPhD 2015Project Management, Regulatory Affairs at Nuventra Pharma Sciences
Frank, ChristopherChromatin Accessibility Dynamics Underlying Development and DiseaseCrawford*PhD 2015Scientist, Element Genomics in Durham, NC
Cho, Jang Eun (Lisa)Topoisomerase 1-dependent Mutagenesis in
Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Jinks-RobertsonPhD 2015Postdoc, Duke
Kokes, MarcelaMechanisms of Chlamydia Manipulation of Host Cell Biology Revealed Through Genetic ApproachesValdiviaPhD 2015HHMI Postdoc, San Francisco
Kang, DongEBV BART microRNAs target pro-apoptotic and anti-Wnt signaling genes to promote cell survival and proliferationCullenPhD 2015Business consultant, Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting Group, Japan
Smith, Kristen JurcicExamining Mycobacterial Interactions with Host Cellular PathwaysLee*PhD 2015Postdoc, University of Rochester
Perley, CaseyMycobacterium tubercolosis surface-binding antibodies alter early infection eventsFrothingham*PhD 2015Postdoc, US Army Medical Research, Infectious Diseases
Miao, YuxuanMechanisms of Bacterial Expulsion as a Cell Autonomous Defense Strategy In the Bladder EpitheliumAbraham*PhD 2015Postdoc, Rockefeller Univ
Whisnant, AdamInteractions of Mammalian Retroviruses with Cellular MicroRNA Biogenesis and Effector PathwaysCullenPhD 2014Postdoc, University of Würzburg

2014

Tamika PayneDissertation SeminarTomaras*PhD 2014Consultant, STEM Advance, GA
Krupp, DeidreDissertation SeminarGregory*PhD 2014Postdoc, Oregon Health & Science University

2013

Bowen, SamanthaDissertation SeminarAbraham*PhD 2013Duke Clinical Research Institute
MacDonald, Ian Dissertation SeminarKuehn*PhD 2013Postdoc,
UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Mobley, YuvonDissertation SeminarAbraham*
PhD 2013Medical Science Liaison, Rosalind Franklin University
Prest (Hoefs), Tiffany Dissertation SeminarSeed*PhD 2013Postdoc, Univ. of Colorado
Traver, MariaDissertation SeminarTaylor*PhD 2013Postdoc, Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine

2012

Frahm, Marc Dissertation SeminarFerrari/Tomaras*PhD 2012Research Associate, Cowen and Company
Kulp, Adam Dissertation SeminarKuehn*PhD 2012Scientist, Micronature in Morgantown, WV
Mitchel, Kat Dissertation SeminarJinks-RobertsonPhD 2012Scientist, Invitae
Nikitin, Pavel Dissertation SeminarLuftigPhD 2012Scientist, True North Therapeutics
Porsch, Eric A. Dissertation SeminarSt. Geme*PhD 2012Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Shveygert, Mayya Dissertation SeminarGromeier*PhD 2012Senior Writing Associate, AMGEN
Kotula, Jonathan Dissertation SeminarSullenger*PhD 2012Scientist, Caribou Bisciences, Berkeley, CA

2011

Bateman, StaceyDissertation SeminarSeed*PhD 2011Postdoc, Duke
Chutkan, HalimaDissertation SeminarKuehn*PhD 2011Medical Writer, Whitsell Innovations
Jorgensen, Ine Dissertation SeminarValdiviaPhD 2011Researcher, Oslo Univ. Hospital in Riskshospitalet Oslo, Norway

2010

Byrnes, EdmondDissertation SeminarHeitmanPhD 2010Chief, Public Liaision Group National Institutes of Health, NINR, Bethesda, MD
Chen, Julia (Ling-Yu)Dissertation SeminarChiPhD 2010Scientist, San Francisco Bay Area
Findley, Keisha Dissertation SeminarHeitmanPhD 2010Scientist, FDA
Jin, Cong Abraham*PhD 2010Associate Professor
China CDC
Kim, Jong WookDissertation SeminarNevinsPhD 2010Post-Doctoral Fellow
Hahn Lab
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Lee, Phoebe S.Dissertation SeminarPetesPhD 2010Trigent Solutions, Chantilly, VA
Mudrak, BenSecretion and lipopolysaccharide binding of heat-labile enterotoxinKuehn*PhD 2010Communication Manager, Research Square
Saunders, KevinDissertation SeminarTomaras*PhD 2010Assistant Professor, Duke
Walters, RobertDissertation SeminarGromier*PhD 2010Research Associate, U of Colorado, Boulder

2009

Cocchiaro, JordanDissertation SeminarValdiviaPhD 2009Program Manager, DHVI
Miller, Heather Bennett Dissertation SeminarGarcia-BlancoPhD 2009Assistant Professor in Chemistry, High Point, NC
Sessions, OctoberDissertation SeminarGarcia-BlancoPhD 2009Assistant Professor at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School
Sheets, AmandaCha-Cha-Cha: Variable adhesive activity of the Haemophilus cryptic genospecies trimeric autotransporter Cha St. Geme*PhD 2009Non-clinical Drug Development Scientist at Cempra Pharmaceuticals
Spesock (Sena), AprilDissertation SeminarPickupPhD 2009Scientist I (MS&T Manager) at AstraZeneca
Tekippe, Mickey Dissertation SeminarAballayPhD 2009Duke University Medical School
Vignola, MarkDissertation Seminarr 2009ValdiviaPhD 2009Director, Investor Relations at Intercept Pharmaceuticals

2008

Chen, Shao-YinIdentification and functional characterization of erythrocyte microRNAsChiPhD 2008Medical Science Liaison at Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
Hsueh, Yen-PingSex in Cryptococcus: Signaling, mating-type locus evolution and gene silencingHeitmanPhD 2008Post-Doctoral Fellow
Sternberg Lab
California Institute of Technology
Natalizio, Barbara Examination of the role of the carboxyl-terminal domain of RNA polymerase II in coupling transcription to mRNA splicingGarcia-BlancoPhD 2008AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at National Science Foundation
Reedy, Jennifer Sexual reproduction and signal transduction in the Candida species complex HeitmanPhD 2008Assistant in Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital; Instructor, Harvard Medical School
Song, Jeongmin Toll like receptor 4-mediated immune responses in the bladder epithelium Abraham*PhD 2008Assistant Professor at Cornell University
Styer (Vignola), Katie Letitia Using genetic analysis and the model organism Caenorhabditis elegans to identify bacterial virulence factors and innate immune defenses against pathogensAballayPhD 2008Associate at McKinsey & Company
Umbach, Jennifer Lin Analysis of the interaction between viruses, miRNAs and RNAi pathwayCullenPhD 2008Associate Director, Marketing at Orexo AB

2007

Bishop, Brian Lee Regulated exocytosis of E. coli from infected bladder epithelial cellsAbraham*PhD 2007Senior Manager, Regulatory Affairs at Emergent BioSolutions
Hall, Charles Robert The contribution of horizontal gene transfer to the evolution fungiDietrichPhD 2007Scientist II at Dupont Industrial Biosciences
Kadyrova, Lyudmila YurievnaUsing nucleic acids to repair β-globin gene mutationsWhartonPhD 2007Research Associate
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Lynch, Heather Elizabeth Poxvirus-mediated activation of NF-B PickupPhD 2007Shared Resource Laboratory Manager at Duke Human Vaccine Institute
Mauger, David Michael Regulation of the alternative splicing of FGFR2 in epithelial cellsGarcia-BlancoPhD 2007Scientist, Molecular Biology & Informatics at Moderna Therapeutics
Valley, Cory M. Genomic analysis of chromatin organization on mammalian X chromosomes WillardPhD 2007Law School
University of Maryland

2006

Baraniak, Andrew PaulFox proteins mediate epithelial-specific fibroblast growth factor receptor 2 exon choiceCullenPhD 2006Technology Specialist for Biotechnical and Medical Patients
Fish & Richardson
Bray, Steven Matthew Analysis of a putative pheromone receptor sub-family within the Drosophila gustatory receptor gene familyAmreinPhD 2006Scientist, Eli Lilly and Company
Campbell, Stephanie AnnExploiting cell type-specific translational control for cancer treatmentGromeier*PhD 2006Medical Science Liaison
Novartis Vaccines
de Sessions, Paola FlorezCIS and TRANS-acting factors in enteroviral propagationGromeier*PhD 2006National University of Singapore
Doehle, Brian Paul APOBEC3-mediated intrinsic immunity to retroviral infectionCullenPhD 2006Scientist, Gilead Sciences
Merrill, Melinda Kay Attentuation of PV-Ripo neurovirulence at the level of translation initiationGromeier*PhD 2006Medical Science Liaison
Biogen
Song, Yan Localization and translational regulation of NANOS mRNA in Drosophila embryosAmreinPhD 2006Principal Investigator, Peking University

2005

Dufresne, Andrew Thomas Immunogenicity and neruopathogenesis of human Enterovirus CGromeier*PhD 2005Associate at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
Duncan, Matthew Jason Pathogenesis of UTIsAbraham*PhD 2005Engineered Products, S2n
Hall, Allison HaberstrohRNA interference as a potential therapy: Examining silencing of HPV oncogenes and the behavior of modified siRNAsPickupPhD 2005Assistant Professor,
Department of Pathology
Duke University
Zhang, ZhihongThe experimental and comparative study of functional elements in the Saccharomyces cerevisiae genomeDietrichPhD 2005Illumina

2004

Blankenship, Jill R. Lessons from a pathogen: Calcineurin in Candida albicansHeitmanPhD 2004Assistant Professor, U of Nebraska, Omaha
Lu, Shihua RNA biogenesis: Lessons from mRNA and miRNACullenPhD 2004Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Yi, RuiNuclear RNA export: From messenger RNA to microRNA CullenPhD 2004Associate Professor
University of Colorado at Boulder