Current Students

Current Students

PhD Students

CLASS OF 2013

Linda Omer

EDUCATION:  BS in Biology -Chicago State University
MS in Molecular Biology- Chicago State University
MS in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics- University of Louisville
MENTOR(S):  Dr. Nolan Boyd
PROJECT:  CRISPR/Cas9 correction of homozygous mutation in the low-density lipoprotein receptor to Restore LDL Metabolism in Familial hypercholesterolemia Induced pluripotent stem cell derived hepatocyte-like cells

CLASS OF 2014

Josiah Hardesty

EDUCATION:  B.S., Biology, University of Kentucky, 2013
MENTOR(S): Dr. Matt Cave, Dr. Russell Prough
PROJECT:  Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) promote fatty liver disease through inhibition of epidermal growth factor signaling

Stephanie Metcalf

EDUCATION:  B.A., Chemistry, Indiana University, Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
MENTOR(S):  Dr. Brian Clem
PROJECT:  Investigation of phosphoserine aminotransferase 1 and its role in breast cancer metastasis and endocrine resistance

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

Avisek Majumder

EDUCATION:  B.S., Biotechnology, Vidyasagar University, 2008; M.S. Genetic Eng., West Bengal University of Technology, 2010
MENTOR(S):  Dr. Suresh Tyagi
PROJECT:  Mechanism of skeletal muscle myopathy in hyperhomocysteinemia

Lindsey Reynolds

EDUCATION:  B.S., Biochemistry, Indiana University Southeast, 2014
MENTOR(S):  Dr. Brian Clem
PROJECT:  Regulation of glucose metabolism by the Rb pathway

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:  Genetics of breast cancer susceptibility and molecular mechanisms of progression

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

Natalia Bilchuk

EDUCATION:
B.S./M.S. Chemical Biology, 2010 - Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ
Medical School, University of Louisville (present)
MENTOR(S):  Dr. Paula Bates
PROJECT:  Elucidating the mechanisms of cancer sensitivity and resistance to AS1411


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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
PROJECT:  Structural and biophysical characterization of proteins - Defining the role of conformational flexibility in protein function using biomolecular NMR

William Gibson

EDUCATION:
B.S. Biology, Physics, 2011 - Oregon State Univ. Corvalis, OR
MENTOR(S):  Dr. Corey Watson
PROJECT: TBD

Velma Shang

EDUCATION:
B.S. Biochemistry, 2013 - Kwame Nkrumah Univ. Sci & Tech., Kumasi, Ghana
M.S. Biotechnology, 2015 - University of Warwick, United Kingdom
MENTOR(S):  Dr. Brad Hill
PROJECT:  Metabolic regulation of reparative processes in the failing heart.  Metabolic changes in the fibroblasts of the infarcted heart and key steps that could regulate fibroblast trans differentiation.

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. Biotechnology2014Florida Gulf Coast University, FL; M.S. Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics, 2018 - Univ. of Louisville, Louisville, KY
MENTOR(S): TBD
PROJECT: TBD

MS Students

CLASS OF 2017

Arnela Alomerovic

EDUCATION:
B.S. Biochemistry, 2017 - University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
MENTOR(S): TBD
PROJECT:TBD

CLASS OF 2018


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Shannon Green

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


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Kira Schulz

EDUCATION:
B.S. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, 2018 - Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY
MENTOR(S): TBD
PROJECT: TBD