Current Students, 2022-2023


Jordan Noe, Ph.D.

Medical Year 4

Congratulations, Jordan, on your F-30 Grant Award from the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute!Project Title: "The role of MIF in mitochondrial metabolism and M2-TAM polarization."
Graduate DepartmentBiochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Dissertation Title"Metabolic-Epigenetic Regulation of Macrophage Polarization"
Ph.D. MentorDr. Robert A. Mitchell
Undergraduate DegreeBS Biology, minor in Chemistry, 2013
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Anne Geller, Ph.D.

Medical Year 4

Graduate DepartmentMicrobiology and Immunology
Dissertation Title"Harnessing the Power of Trained Immunity in the Setting of Pancreatic Cancer: A Novel Mechanism of Immune Trafficking and Tumor Control"
Ph.D. MentorDr. Jun Yan
Intramural Research Fellowship

National Institutes of Health, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Bethesda, MD, 2014-2015

Graduate DegreeMS Biomedical Science, 2014
Tufts University, Medford, MA
Undergraduate DegreeBS Biomedical Science in Engineering, minor in Engineering Entrepreneurship, 2013
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

George Wei, Ph.D.

Medical School Year 4

Graduate DepartmentPharmacology and Toxicology
Dissertation Title""Oligodendrocyte Responses after Spinal Cord Injury"
Ph.D. MentorsDr. Michal Hetman and Dr. Scott Whittemore
Undergraduate DegreeBA Chemistry, 2014
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Evan Tracy

Medical School Year 3



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

Dana Oakes

Graduate School Year 3

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

Cassandra Woolley

Graduate School Year 3

Graduate DepartmentMicrobiology and Immunology
Ph.D. MentorDr. Thomas C. Mitchell
Undergraduate DegreeBS Biology, 2018
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Daniel Nguyen

Graduate School Year 2

Congratulations, Dan, on your American Heart Association Pre-doctoral Grant 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 1

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 1

Undergraduate DegreeBS Molecular Biology, 2018
Bethel College, Mishawaka, IN

Steven T. Nadakal

Medical School Year 2

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

Colson P. Tomberlin

Medical School Year 2

Undergraduate DegreeBA Physiology, 2018
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Phillip Harter

Medical School Year 1

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 1

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

Theresa Weis

Medical School Year 1

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