PhD Students

Catherine Cobb

Catherine Cobb

B.S., Chem/Biol, Middle Tennessee State Univ., 2011

Dr. Ron Gregg

Dr. Steve Ellis

Characterization of the Novel LRIT1 and LRIT2 Knockout Mouse Lines.

Examination of SoftChalk Efficacy As A Self-Directed Online Learning Modality in Undergraduate Medical Education        

Jon FaughnJon FaughnDrs. Christine Schaner-Tooley & Ron Gregg 

Linda Omer

BS in Biology -Chicago State University
MS in Molecular Biology- Chicago State University
MS in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics- University of Louisville

Dr. Nolan Boyd

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

Kaitlyn Shields

Kaitlyn Shields

B.S., Biology, Missouri Southern State Univ. 2013

Dr. Alan Cheng

Investigating the Impact of NRMT1 Cancer Mutants on Catalytic Specificity and the DNA Damage Response

Josiah Hardesty

Josiah Hardesty
B.S., Biology, University of Kentucky, 2013

Drs. Matt Cave & Russell Prough

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) promote fatty liver disease through inhibition of epidermal growth factor signaling

Anwesha Laha

Anwesha Laha

B.S., Life sciences, Ramnarain Ruia College, Mumbai, India, 2008
M.S., Biophysics, University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India, 2010
M.S., Biochemistry and Biotechnology, University of Missouri, St. Louis, 2013

Dr. Ron GreggStructure-Function Relationship of LRIT3 in the Retina for Normal Vision
Stephanie Metcalf

Stephanie Metcalf

B.A., Chemistry, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), 2014

Dr. Brian Clem

Investigation of Phosphoserine Aminotransferase 1 and its Role in Breast Cancer Metastasis and Endocrine Resistance

Chris Nevitt

Chris Nevitt

B.S., Chemistry, Univ. of Louisville, 2013

Drs. Christine Schaner-Tooley & Carolyn Klinge

Distinct Functions of N-terminal Acetylation and Methylation on Myosin Regulatory Light Chain 9

Rumeysa Biyik-Sit

Rumeysa Biyik-Sit

B.S. (2007), M.S. (2009), Mol Biol and Genetics, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey,
M.S., Mol,Cell,Dev.Biol., The Ohio State Univ. (OH), 2012

Dr. Brian Clem

Potential role for a phosphoserine aminotransferase 1 and pyruvate kinase M2 (PSAT1:PKM2) functional interaction in lung cancer cells.
Avisek Majumder

Avisek Majumder

B.S., Biotechnology,  Vidyasagar University, 2008
M.S., Genetic Eng., West Bengal Univ of Technology, 2010

Dr. Suresh TyagiMechanism of Skeletal Muscle Myopathy in Hyperhomocysteinemia
Lindsey Reynolds

Lindsey Reynolds

B.S., Biochemistry, Indiana University Southeast, 2014

Dr. Brian Clem

Regulation of Glucose Metabolism by the Rb Pathway

Timothy Audam

Timothy Audam

BSc, Microbiology, University of Abuja, Abuja, Nigeria, 2012
M.S. Biochem/Mol. Biol.,East Tennessee State University, TN, 2016

Dr. Steve Jones

Mechanisms of cell therapy-mediated remodeling of the failing heart.
Emily Duderstadt

Emily Duderstadt

B.S., Biochem/Mol. Biol., Wittenberg Univ. (OH), 2016
Dr. David Samuelson


Justin Kos

Justin Kos

B.S., Biology, Saint Louis Univ., 2012
M.S., Cell Mol Biol, Univ. of Missouri-St. Louis, 2015

Dr. Corey Watson

Genetic and Epigenetic Variation in Mouse Antibody Repertoire Development

Robert Monsen

Robert Monsen

B.S., Biochemistry, Univ. of Southern Indiana, 2014

Dr. John Trent

Characterization of the hTERT Promoter Quadruplex

Jordan Noe

B.S., Biology, minor in Chemistry, 2013, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT


Dr. Bob Mitchell

The role of MIF in the metabolism of tumor-associated macrophages and the promotion of a pro-tumorigenic microenvironment.


Natalia Bilchuk




Jessica Cannon




Mark Dela Cerna




William Gibson

 Velma Shang  

MS Students

Abbegail (Abbey) Bell

Abbegail (Abbey) Bell

B.S., Biochemistry, Calvin College, MI, 2016

Lab-based MS

Determination of General Heart Health Using Flow Cytometry

Timothy Peikert

Lab-based MS


Paxton Schowe

Course-based MS 
Alexis Vega

Alexis Vega

B.S. Biotechnology, Florida Gulf Coast University, FL, 2014

Thesis-based MS

Dr. Brian Clem
In vitro study of PKM2 activation using PSAT1

Recent Graduates

Heather Clair, (M.D.)- Ph.D.
Penn Mulughnwi, Ph.D.

Adjoa Boakye, Ph.D.
Shubha Ghosh-Dastidar, Ph.D.
Rihab Hamed-Berair, Ph.D.
Sasha Kareparembil, Ph.D.
Peter Kilfoil, Ph.D.
Erik Korte, Ph.D.
Sujita Khanal, Ph.D.
Melissa Metzler, Ph.D.
Jessica Mezzanotte, M.D., Ph.D.
James Bradley, M.S.
Ryan Sheehan, M.S.

Tim Barnoud, Ph.D.
Nick Nelson, Ph.D.
Lee Schmidt, Ph.D.
Patrick VanHoose, Ph.D.
Bathri Vajravelu, Ph.D.
Sabbi Choudhury, M.S.
Michael Eisenhut, M.S.
Jamaal Richie, M.S.
Dhruv Subramanian, M.S.

Lindsey Becker, Ph.D.
Jennifer Sanders, Ph.D.
Damien Wilburn, Ph.D.
Huy Le, M.D., Ph.D.
Rachel G’Sell, M.S.
Elizabeth Hudson, M.S.
Miriam Reynolds, M.S.
William Tucker, M.S.
Jennifer Clark, M.S.

Aaron DenDekker, Ph.D.
Thomas Ray, Ph.D.
Lacy Litchfield, Ph.D.
Adrianna Henson, M.D., Ph.D.
Alden Klarer, M.D.,Ph.D.
Francesca Rinaldo, M.D., Ph.D.