Current Students

PhD Students

CLASS OF 2015

Rumeysa Biyik-Sit

EDUCATION:  B.S. (2007), M.S. (2009), Mol Biol and Genetics, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey; M.S. Mol. Cell. Dev. Biol., Ohio State University, 2012
MENTOR(S):  Dr. Brian Clem
PROJECT:  Potential role for a phosphoserine aminotransferase 1 and pyruvate kinase M2 (PSAT1:PKM2) functional interaction in lung cancer cells


CLASS OF 2016

 

Timothy Audam

EDUCATION:  BSc, Microbiology, University of Abuja, Abuja, Nigeria, 2012; M.S. Biochem/Mol. Biol., East Tennessee State University, TN, 2016
MENTOR(S):  Dr. Steve Jones
PROJECT:  Mechanisms of cell therapy-mediated remodeling of the failing heart

Emily Duderstadt

EDUCATION:  B.S., Biochem/Mol. Biol., Wittenberg University (OH), 2016
MENTOR(S):  Dr. David Samuelson
PROJECT:  Genetic and functional analysis of breast cancer susceptibility genes

Justin Kos

EDUCATION:  B.S., Biology, Saint Louis University, 2012; M.S., Cell Mol. Biol., University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2015
MENTOR(S):  Dr. Corey Watson
PROJECT:  Genetic and epigenetic variation in mouse antibody repertoire development

Robert Monsen

EDUCATION:  B.S., Biochemistry, University of Southern Indiana, 2014
MENTOR(S):  Dr. John Trent
PROJECT:  Characterization of the hTERT promoter quadruplex

Jordan Noe

EDUCATION:  B.S., Biology, minor in Chemistry, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, 2013
MENTOR(S):  Dr. Bob Mitchell
PROJECT: The role of MIF in the matabolism of tumor-associated macrophages and the promotion of a protumorigenic microenvironment

CLASS OF 2017


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Jessica Cannon

EDUCATION:
B.S./M.S. 2015 - Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
MENTOR(S): TBD
PROJECT: TBD

Mark DeLa Cerna 

EDUCATION:
B.S/M.S. Chemistry, 2014, Ateneo de Manila Univ., Quezon City, Philippines
MENTOR(S):  Dr. Donghan Lee and Dr. Brian Clem
PROJECT:  Structural and biophysical characterization of proteins - Defining the role of conformational flexibility in protein function using biomolecular NMR

William Gisbon 

EDUCATION:  B.S., Oregon State University, 2011; M.S., University of Louisville, 2019
MENTOR(S):  Dr. Corey Watson
PROJECT:  Genetics behind antibody expression and usage in the context of naive and stimulated adaptive immune response.  How an individual's germline antibody genes contribute to vaccine and disease response.  Novel sequencing techniques to better study the underlying genetic structure of the antibody coding regions in the genome of Humans and Rhesus Macaque.

CLASS OF 2018

Makayla Brady

EDUCATION:
B.S. Biochemistry, 2017 - Bridgewater State Univ. Bridgewater MA
MENTOR(S): TBD
PROJECT: TBD

Annalara Fischer 

EDUCATION:
B.S. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology/ Music, 2016 - Centre College, Danville, KY
MENTOR(S):  Dr. Joseph Moore IV
PROJECT: TBD

Belinda Petri

EDUCATION:
B.S. Biology, 2018 - Indiana Univ. Southeast New Albany, IN
MENTOR(S): TBD
PROJECT: TBD

Muge Sak 

EDUCATION:
B.S. Molecular Biology & Genetics, 2017 - Middle East Technical University, Ankara Turkey
MENTOR(S): TBD
PROJECT: TBD

Alexis Vega

EDUCATION:
B.S. Biotechnology2014 - Florida Gulf Coast University, FL; M.S. Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics, 2018 - Univ. of Louisville, Louisville, KY
MENTOR(S): TBD
PROJECT: TBD

CLASS OF 2019

Danielle Little

EDUCATION:  B.S. Biochemistry, 2018 - Oakwood Univ. Huntsville, AL
MENTOR(S): Steven Jones
PROJECT:  TBD

Benjamin Rood 

EDUCATION:  B.S. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology/ Music, 2016 - Centre College, Danville, KY
MENTOR(S):  Dr. Joseph Moore IV
PROJECT: TBD

Sydney Smith

EDUCATION:  B.S. Chemistry, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX 2019
MENTOR(S): Matt Cave, M.D., Associate Professor in Med-GastroenterologyHepatology
PROJECT: Understanding the metabolic effects of various exposures to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and polychlorinated-biphenyls (PCBs) as it relates to the progression of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).

Hieu Vo 

EDUCATION:  B.S. Molecular Biology & Genetics, 2015 - Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY; M.S. Biochemistry, 2018 - Murray State University, Murray, KY
MENTOR(S): Ben Lovely, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry
PROJECT: Tissue Specific BMP Profile

 

 

MS STUDENTS

CLASS OF 2018



Shannon Green

EDUCATION:
B.S. Biology (conc. in Chemistry) 2016 - Alabama State Univ., Montgomery, AL
MENTOR(S): TBD
PROJECT: TBD