Current Students

PhD Students

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

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

CLASS OF 2017

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 Gibson 

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): David Powell
PROJECT: Understanding the mechanisms of Lupus Nephritis development due to a genetic loss of ABIN1 function.

Annalara Fischer 

EDUCATION:
B.S. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology/ Music, 2016 - Centre College, Danville, KY
MENTOR(S):  Dr. Joseph Moore IV
PROJECT: The role of matricellular CCN proteins in chronic ischemic cardiomyopathy

Belinda Petri

EDUCATION:
B.S. Biology, 2018 - Indiana Univ. Southeast New Albany, IN
MENTOR(S): Carolyn Klinge
PROJECT: HNRNPA2B1 contributes to endocrine resistance in ERalpha positive breast cancer by dysregulating microRNAs

Muge Sak 

EDUCATION:
B.S. Molecular Biology & Genetics, 2017 - Middle East Technical University, Ankara Turkey
MENTOR(S): Norman Lehman
PROJECT: Novel combination therapy approaches against glioblastoma 

Alexis Vega

EDUCATION:
B.S. Biotechnology2014 - Florida Gulf Coast University, FL; M.S. Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics, 2018 - Univ. of Louisville, Louisville, KY
MENTOR(S): Levi Beverly
PROJECT: Understanding the cross-talk between lung adenocarcinoma and lung microbiome

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. Biology- Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA;B.S. Kinesiology- Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
MENTOR(S):  Michal Hetman, MD, PhD
PROJECT: Induction of cellular senescence after spinal cord injury

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

CLASS OF 2020

Raeden Gray

EDUCATION:  B.S. in Biology, St. Thomas University, May 2020
MENTOR(S):  TBD
PROJECT: TBD

Jonah Stephan

EDUCATION:  B.S. in Natural Sciences, Pre-Medicine Emphasis, Pensacola Christian College
MENTOR(S):  TBD
PROJECT:  TBD

Justin Ventura

EDUCATION: B.S. in Biochemistry, Hanover College, 2020
MENTOR(S): TBD
PROJECT: TBD

Collin Wells

EDUCATION:  B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Centre College, 2020
MENTOR(S): TBD
PROJECT: TBD

CLASS OF 2021

Caitlin Howard

EDUCATION:  B.S. in Engineering, University of Louisville
MENTOR(S): TBD
PROJECT: TBD

Catherine Kaiser

EDUCATION:  B.S. in Chemistry, Pennsylvania State Unviersity
MENTOR(S): TBD
PROJECT: TBD

Andrea Poole

EDUCATION:  B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Wright State University
MENTOR(S): TBD
PROJECT: TBD

Ghazal Sadri

EDUCATION:  B.S. in Chemistry, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran
MENTOR(S): Dr. Joseph B. Moore, IV
PROJECT: FACIT collagens in regulation of cardiac ECM structure and function

Mary Sumlut

EDUCATION:  B.S. Biochemistry from Brescia University, Owensboro
MENTOR(S): TBD
PROJECT: TBD

 

 

MS STUDENTS

CLASS OF 2018



Shannon Green

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CLASS OF 2019

Monika Thapa

EDUCATION: B.Sc. Biology, University of Poona, India
MENTOR(S): Matt Cave, MD
PROJECT: Role of AhR in mediating Dioxin-like polychlorinated hydrocarbons induced hepatic steatosis

CLASS OF 2020

Seth Lundy

EDUCATION: B.A. Biology, Univ of Louisville, 2019
MENTOR(S): TBD
PROJECT: TBD