Eight Pharmacology and Toxicology graduate students receive degrees at May 2017 commencement

Eight Pharmacology and Toxicology graduate students were awarded degrees at the May 2017 commencement.  Nicole M. Jackson-Santerre received the School of Medicine 2017 Student Diversity Award.  Graduates and their faculty mentors:




Dissertation/Thesis Title

Elizabeth M. Hollis


Ayman El-Baz, Ph.D.

Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging in diagnosing graft dysfunction: a non-invasive alternative to renal biopsies

Al Hassan Kyakulaga


Ramesh C. Gupta, Ph.D.

Withaferin A synergistically enhances the effect of paclitaxel against lung cancer

Stephan L. Wechman


Kelly M. McMasters, M.D., Ph.D.

Characterization of a mutant oncolytic adenovirus and the role of JNK in enhancing virotherapy

Nicole M. Jackson-Santerre


Brian P. Ceresa, Ph.D.

Identifying the signaling mechanisms of EGFR-mediated apoptosis

Jaspreet S. Grewal


Jason A. Chesney, M.D., Ph.D.

Targeting the glucose metabolism of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) to stimulate cancer immunity

Christine E. Dolin


Juliane Beier Arteel, Ph.D.

The effects of moderate alcohol consumption and inflammation on the hepatic matrisome and the renal cortex proteome

Christopher P. Shidal


Keith R. Davis, Ph.D.

Combating malignant melanoma with the multifaceted soy-derived peptide lunasin

Aaron M. Neely


Chi Li, Ph.D.

The interaction of homoserine lactones and paraoxonase 2 modulates cell death signaling and cell proliferation