department of pharmacology

Alumni List

Olga Miller

Olga Miller

Christopher Francy

Christopher Francy

Xuewu Sui

Xuewu Sui

Michele Mumaw

Michele Mumaw
Defense: A Novel Approach to Antiplatelet Therapy: Targeting Protease Activated Receptor 4
Current: PostDoc in Dr. Nicole Ward’s Lab in Department of Dermatology at CWRU

Darwin O. Babino

Darwin O. Babino
Defense: Biology and Chemistry of Carotenoid Cleavage Enzymes in Vision

William M. Johnson

William M. Johnson
Defense: The role of redox enzymes in Parkinson’s disease
Current: Postdoctoral Associate, Duke University, Ophthalmology Department

Luke Bury

Luke Bury
Defense: Examining Dynamic Aspects of Presynaptic Terminal Formation via Live Confocal Microscopy
Current: Postdoctoral position at CWRU

Casey Charvet

Casey Charvet
Defense: Post-Translational Modification By Isolevuglandins: Detection, Effects, and Prevention
Current: Not available

Eric Lam

Eric Lam
Defense: Elucidating the role of cyclin-dependent kinase 5 (Cdk5) in T cells
Current: Postdoctoral position, CWRU

Seth Villarreal

Seth Villarreal
Defense: Examining Flexible Biological Structures

I-Ju Yeh

I-Ju Yeh
Defense: HEXIM1 is an inhibitor of two transcription factors critical in cancer: the androgen receptor and hypoxia inducible factor-1 alpha
Current: Postdoctoral position at CWRU

Amanda Vreeland

Amanda Vreeland
Defense: Cellular Retinoic Acid Binding Protein 2 cooperates with HuR to stabilize RNA and inhibit tumor growth
Current: Postdoctoral position, Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Charlotte Chung

Charlotte Chung
Defense: Tight junctions--the link between HIV-associated intestinal barrier dysfunction and loss of immune homeostasis
Current: Medical School, CWRU

Tonibelle Gatbonton-Schwager

Tonibelle Gatbonton-Schwager
Defense: Biological and Chemical Analysis of Small Molecule Activators of Anti-inflammatory and Antioxidant Nrf2-Keap1 Singaling
Current: Postdoctoral position, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

Debarshi Mustafi

Debarshi Mustafi
Defense: Genetic Signatures of the Retina in Health and Disease
Current: Medical School, Case Western Reserve University

Meghana Gupta

Meghana Gupta
Defense: Regulation of Dbl family guanine nucleotide exchange factors
Current: Law Clerk/Technical Specialist, The Webb Law Firm, Pittsburgh, PA.

Alex Veenstra

Alex Veenstra
Defense: Leukocytes and Inflammation in the Pathogenesis of the Early Stages of Diabetic Retinopathy
Current: Postdoctoral position, Department of Endocrinology CWRU

Amar Desai

Amar Desai
Defense: The Multifaceted Role of Exonuclease 1 in DNA Repair and Adult Stem Cell Populations
Current: Postdoctoral position, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

Justin Flatt

Justin Flatt
Defense: Structural Insights in to Recognition of Adenovirus by Immunologic and Serum Factors
Current: Postdoctoral position, Switzerland

Molly Taylor

Molly Taylor
Defense: The role of Extracelluar Matrix Rigidity and Altered microRNA Expression in TGF-beta-mediated Breast Cancer Progression
Current: Post-doc, AstraZeneca, UK

Christopher Ryder

Christopher Ryder
Defense: The Effects of Acidosis on Survival Pathways in Lymphoid Malignancies
Current: Medical School

Sanath R. Wijerathna

Sanath R. Wijerathna, Ph.D.
Defense: Structural and Biochemical Studies of Ribonucleotide Reductase Inhibition by dATP and Sml1
Current: Biology/Biochemistry Teaching Instructor, Wisconsin

Wannarasmi Ketchart

Wannarasmi Ketchart
Defense: HEXIM1 as a therapeutic target in hormone resistant and metastatic breast cancer
Current: postdoctoral position, Thailand

Gina Bernardo

Gina Bernardo
Defense: Discerning the Role of FOXA1 in Mammary Gland Development and Breast Cancer
Current: Postdoctoral position, The Ohio State University

Andrea Moomaw

Andrea Moomaw
Defense: Structure-Function Studies of the CorA Magnesium Channel
Current: Adjunct Faculty member in the Biology and Bioscience Technology programs at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland

Jennifer Yori

Jennifer Yori
Defense: Discerning the Role of KLF4 in Breast Cancer
Current: Postdoctoral Scholar, CWRU

Elizabeth Sabens

Elizabeth Sabens, Ph. D.
Defense: Challenges of Levodopa Therapy on Thiol Homeostasis: Implications in Parkinson’s Disease
Current: Postdoctoral Scholar, Medical College of Wisconsin

Philip Kiser

Philip Kiser
Defense: Structural and Biochemical Studies of RPE65, the Retinoid Isomerase of the Visual Cycle
Current: Instructor, Department of Pharmacology CWRU

Kevin Eng

Kevin Eng,Ph. D.
Defense: NULLNon-natural Nucleotides as Modulators of ATPases
Current: Post-Doctoral position at Geron working under Dr. Ning Go

Reema Wahdan

Reema Wahdan
Defense: Novel Insights into Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP) and Mammalian Target of Rapamycin (mTOR) Signaling Axis in Prostate Cancer
Current: Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus working with Dr. Ann Thor

Dasha Leary

Dasha Leary,Ph. D.
Defense: Are We Still in the Dark? Proteomic Studies to Elucidate Mechanism of Light Induced Photoreceptor Cell Apoptosis
Current: Living on Midway Island. researching on the birds on the island

Rod Nibbe

Rod Nibbe,Ph. D.
Defense: Systems Biology of Human Colorectal Cancer
Current: Vice President for Systems Biology at NEO Proteomics

Jose Gomez

Jose Gomez
Defense: Development of Cell Penetrating Bax Inhibiting Peptides
Current: Victor Dzau lab, Duke University

Molly Gallogly

Molly Gallogly
Defense: Comparative characterization of the major human glutaredoxin isozymes and elucidation of a mechanism by which glutaredoxin 1 regulates apoptosis in cardiomyocytes
Current: Currently: MSTP/Med School till 2011

Ndiya Ogba

Ndiya Ogba, Ph.D.
Defense: Transcriptional regulation of Estrogen Receptor alpha target genes by HEXIM1 and its role in mammary gland development and breast cancer.
Current: Postdoctoral Student, Department of Medicine, Endocrinology, University of Colorado

Yiping Rong

Yiping Rong, Ph.D.
Defense: Bcl-2 Regulates Proapoptotic Calcium Signals by Interacting with the Inositol 1,4,5-Trisphosphate Receptor
Current: Roche Pharmaceuticals in Shanghai China

Xiaoxue Zhang

Xiaoxue Zhang, Ph.D.
Defense: Uncovering New Functions for Meningioma 1 and Semaphorin 3B in Skeletal Physiology.
Current: Working at Chinese Academy of Sciences and Higher Education Press in China

Tara Ellison

Tara Ellison, Ph.D.
Defense: The vitamin D endocrine system in skin: Uncoupling the actions of the vitamin D receptor and its ligand in keratinocytes
Current: Research Associate, University of Texas Southwestern

Vivian Gama

Vivian Gama, Ph.D.
Defense: Characterization and Regulation of the Anti-apoptotic Protein Ku70 – Implications for Bax-mediated Apoptosis
Current: PostDoctoral Research Fellow, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Tim Miller

Tim Miller, Ph.D.
Defense: FXYD5 modulates Na,K-ATPase activity and is increased in cystic fibrosis airway epithelia
Current: Acellerx Therapeutics at Cleveland Clinic

Krisztina M. Papp-Wallace

Krisztina M. Papp-Wallace, Ph.D.
Defense: Studies on the virulence properties and regulation of the CorA magnesium channel
Current: Instructor of Medicine, CWRU

Yan Qu

Yan Qu, Ph.D.
Defense: Regulations of Multiple Membrane Trafficking Pathways Stimulated by P2X7R Activation in Inflammatory Macrophages
Current: Dr. Vishna Dixit at Genetech

Smitha Sripathy

Smitha Sripathy, Ph.D.
Defense: Mechanisms of Transcriptional Regulation: Gene Repression by KRAB Zinc Finger Proteins and Gene Induction by Estrogen Receptor Beta
Current: Post Doctoral fellowship in Valerie Vasiokhin's lab at the Fred Hutch Cancer Center in Seattle (

Hui Wang

Hui Wang, Ph.D.
Defense: The roles of a LIM domain protein, Hic-5/ARA55, in TGF-β signaling in prostate cancer cells
Current: The Department of Statistics and Biostatistics at Rutgers University

Payal N. Gandhi

Payal N. Gandhi, Ph.D.
Defense: Characterization of the Parkinson's disease associated protein, leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2), as a Ras-related GTPase
Current: Scientific Specialist, PAREXEL

Reginald Gray

Reginald Gray, Ph.D.
Defense: Regulation of interferon alpha beta induction and dendritic cell function by Cpg oligodeoxynucleotides
Current: enrolled in MD program at Virginia Tech

Yee-Hsee Hsieh

Yee-Hsee Hsieh, Ph.D.
Defense: Brainstem GABAA receptor shape the response and adaptation to hypoxia
Current: Postdoctoral Felllow, Chris Wilson PhD, CWRU

Jonathan Mosley

Jonathan Mosley, M.D., Ph.D.
Defense: The analysis and utilization of global gene expression data for the study and treatment of breast cancer
Current: Vanderbilt, Residency

Melissa Bentle

Melissa Bentle, Ph.D.
Defense: Involvement of single-and double-strand break repair processes in beta-lapachone-induced cell death
Current: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Jodi Thomson

Jodi Thomson, M.D., Ph.D.
Defense: Overcoming inhibitor resistance in the Shv beta-Lactamase
Current: Denver, Colorado – Emergency Medicine Residency

Melissa Shelton

Melissa Shelton, Ph.D.
Defense: Role of glutaredoxin in diabetic retinopathy
Current: Postdoctoral Fellow at CWRU

Nicole M White

Nicole M White, Ph.D.
Defense: Inherent flaw of cholesterol processing in cell culture and in vivo models of cystic fibrosis
Current: Postdoctoral Fellow with Alan Saltiel PhD, Life Science Institute, University of Michigan

Yu-Ting Chou

Yu-Ting Chou, Ph.D.
Defense: Cited2, an autoregulated transcriptional modulator, in TGF-ß signaling
Current: Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins

Michael C Davis

Michael C Davis, M.D., Ph.D.
Defense: Investigations into the Generation and Regulation of Pro-Apoptic Ca2t Signals in T Cells
Current: Residency in Psychiatry, UCLA

Tehnaz N Parakh

Tehnaz N Parakh, M.D., Ph.D.
Defense: Transcriptional Regulation of Steroidogenesis by FSH Requires b-catenin
Current: Residency in Pediatrics at Boston Medical

Samantha A Cicero

Samantha A Cicero, Ph.D.
Defense: The Roles of CDK5 in Neuronal Development and Neurodegeneration
Current: Postdoctoral Fellow at St. Jude

James R Bayrer

James R Bayrer, M.D., Ph.D.
Defense: The doublesex transcription factor: structural and functional studies of a sex-determining factor
Current: Residency at University of California, San Francisco

Melissa D Landis

Melissa D Landis, Ph.D.
Defense: Elucidating molecular mechanisms of ErbB2/Neu-induced mammary tumorigenesis
Current: Postdoctoral Fellow at Baylor University

Fang Xie

Fang Xie, Ph.D.
Defense: Neuregulin signaling and GABA-A receptor expression in cerebellar granule neurons
Current: Research Specialist Dept. of Anesthesia at the University of Pennsylvania.

Gang Zheng

Gang Zheng, Ph.D.
Defense: A molecular 'switchboard' - lysine modifications and their impact on transcription
Current: Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard

Erin L Milliken

Erin L Milliken
Defense: Use of a Transgenic Mouse Model of Ovarian Hyperstimulation to Identify Therapeutic Targets and Mechanisms in Hormone-Induced Mammary Cancer
Current: Senior Science Writer, NOVA

Amelia Louise Sutton

Amelia Louise Sutton
Defense: The Regulation and Function of 1,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D3-Induced Genes in Osteoblasts.
Current: Obstetrics and Gynecology ,University of Alabama at Birmingham

Michael H Malone

Michael H Malone
Defense: Using Gene Expression Profiling to Understand the Mechanism of Glucocorticoid-Induced Apoptosis in Lymphoid Malignancies
Current: Imaging Team Leader at Monsanto, Research Triangle Park, NC

Ling Zheng

Ling Zheng
Defense: The Role of Poly(ADP-ribose) Polymerase-1 and NF-kappa B in the Development of Diabetic Retinopathy.
Current: Postdoctoral research with Tim Kern (CWRU)

Heather A Baird

Heather A Baird, Ph.D.
Defense: Mechanisms of Recombination of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1.
Current: Senior Manager, Pharmaceutical Products Diagnostic HYBRIDS