Current Students, Fall 2023-Spring 2024


Evan Tracy, Ph.D.

Medical School Year 4



Congratulations, Evan, on receiving the 2018 International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics and Science Award for Best Poster presented at the 16th Annual IFATS meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada in December 2018! Project Title: "3D Bioprinting the Cardiac Purkinje System Using Human Adipogenic Mesenchymal Stem Cell Derived Purkinje Cells"
Graduate DepartmentPhysiology
Dissertation Title"Stromal Vascular Fraction Restores Vasodilatory Function By Reversing Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Oxidative Stress In Aging-Induced Coronary Microvascular Disease"
Ph.D. MentorDr. Amanda Jo LeBlanc
Undergraduate DegreeBS Biology, 2015
Linfield College, McMinnville, OR

Cassandra Woolley, Ph.D.

Medical School Year 3

Graduate DepartmentMicrobiology and Immunology
Dissertation Title"Illuminating underappreciated mechanisms of receptor regulation in human lymphocytes"
Ph.D. MentorDr. Thomas C. Mitchell
Undergraduate DegreeBS Biology, 2018
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Dana Oakes

Graduate School Year 4

Graduate DepartmentAnatomical Sciences and Neurobiology
Ph.D. MentorDr. William Guido
Undergraduate DegreeBS Biology and Neuroscience, with minor in Medical Sociology, 2018
Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, IN

Daniel Nguyen

Graduate School Year 3

Congratulations, Dan, on receiving a F30 Fellowship Award from the National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute with his Project Title: "Fibroblast TAK1 signaling in cardiac fibrosis". 
Graduate DepartmentDepartment of Physiology
Ph.D. MentorDr. Bradford G. Hill
Undergraduate DegreeBS Applied Exercise Science, 2017
University of New England, Biddeford, ME

Eric G. Engelbrecht

Graduate School Year 2

Graduate DepartmentBiochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Ph.D. MentorDr. Corey T. Watson
Undergraduate DegreeBA Molecular Biology, 2014
Kenyon College, Gambier,OH

Kara R. Gouwens

Graduate School Year 2

Graduate DepartmentPhysiology
Ph.D. MentorDr. Matthew A. Nystoriak
Undergraduate DegreeBS Molecular Biology, 2018
Bethel College, Mishawaka, IN

Steven T. Nadakal

Graduate School Year 1

Graduate DepartmentBiochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Ph.D. MentorDr. Melissa L. Smith
Intramural Research Fellowship

National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, Bethesda, MD, 2018-2021

Graduate DegreeMS Immunology of Infectious Disease, 2018
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Undergraduate DegreeBS Biochemistry, 2017
Baylor University, Waco, TX

Phillip Harter

Medical School Year 2

Fulbright Research FellowshipLuxembourg Institute of Health, Luxembourg, 2021-2022
Undergraduate DegreeBA Political Science, Minor Biological Sciences, 2021
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Sidney R. Johnson

Medical School Year 2

Graduate DegreeMS Medical Sciences, 2021
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Undergraduate DegreeBA Psychology and Theatre, 2017
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Megan Bezold

Medical School Year 1

Undergraduate DegreeBS Neuroscience, minor Public Health, 2023
University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

Ilaria Ferrari

Medical School Year 1

Undergraduate DegreeBS Mechanical Engineering, 2018
Columbia University, New York, NY


Idil Tuncali

Medical School Year 1

Graduate DegreeMS Neuroscience, 2018
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Undergraduate DegreeBS Neuroscience, 2016
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

                                 Theresa Weis

Medical School Year 1

Undergraduate DegreeBS Biology, minor Chemistry, 2020
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA