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Tamar Berger
Berger
 
trb012@jefferson.edu
Undergrad   Stanford University, BA, 2007
Year   MD/PhD 6, JGSBS-4
Mentor   Dr. Diane Merry
PhD Program

Research Interests
  Neuroscience

Neurodegeneration
Hobbies/Interests   Playing ‘cello; avoiding zombies.
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
  Going to concerts at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts while my samples incubate in the Kimmel Cancer Center.
Honors/Awards   JGSBS Alumni Travel Award - 2012; Sigma Xi GIAR recipient - 2010; Departmental award for “Distinction in the Major” - 2007; ‘Bingham Fund for Innovation’ recipient – 2007
Publications   Sharman MJ, Morici M, Hone E, Berger T, Taddei K, Martins IJ, Lim WL, Singh S, Wenk MR, Ghiso J, Buxbaum JD, Gandy S, Martins, RN. (2010), APOE genotype results in differential effects on the peripheral clearance of amyloid-beta42 in APOE knock-in and knock-out mice. J Alzheimers Dis. 2010;21(2):403-9.

Sharman MJ, Shui G, Fernandis AZ, Lim WL, Berger T, Hone E, Taddei K, Martins IJ, Ghiso J, Buxbaum JD, Gandy S, Wenk MR, Martins RN. Profiling brain and plasma lipids in human APOE epsilon2, epsilon3, and epsilon4 knock-in mice using electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. J Alzheimers Dis. 2010 Apr; 20(1):105-11.

Martins, I., Berger T., Sharman, M., Verdile G., Fuller S., Martins, R. N. (2009) Cholesterol metabolism and transport in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease. J. Neurochem. 111, 1275-1308.

Guanghou S*, Sharman MJ*, Berger T, Lim F, Hone E, Taddei K, Martins IJ, Wenk M, Gandy S and Martins RN. Lipidomic screening examining the effect of APOE genotype on lipid intermediates in young and old APOE ε3 and ε4 mice. Neurobiology of Aging. (in review)

Martins RN, Sharman M, Taddei K, Martins I, Hone E, Berger, Tamar. Isoform-specific effects of Apoe on beta-amyloid clearance of beta and lipid metabolism. ICAD (Poster & Oral presentation) July/August 2008.

Berger, T.. “Save the Land.” Jerusalem Post; Apr 7, 2005; pg. 16.
Tamar Berger
Berger
 
trb012@jefferson.edu
Undergrad   Stanford University, BA, 2007
Year   MD/PhD 6, JGSBS-4
Mentor   Dr. Diane Merry
PhD Program

Research Interests
  Neuroscience

Neurodegeneration
Hobbies/Interests   Playing ‘cello; avoiding zombies.
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
  Going to concerts at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts while my samples incubate in the Kimmel Cancer Center.
Honors/Awards   JGSBS Alumni Travel Award - 2012; Sigma Xi GIAR recipient - 2010; Departmental award for “Distinction in the Major” - 2007; ‘Bingham Fund for Innovation’ recipient – 2007
Publications   Sharman MJ, Morici M, Hone E, Berger T, Taddei K, Martins IJ, Lim WL, Singh S, Wenk MR, Ghiso J, Buxbaum JD, Gandy S, Martins, RN. (2010), APOE genotype results in differential effects on the peripheral clearance of amyloid-beta42 in APOE knock-in and knock-out mice. J Alzheimers Dis. 2010;21(2):403-9.

Sharman MJ, Shui G, Fernandis AZ, Lim WL, Berger T, Hone E, Taddei K, Martins IJ, Ghiso J, Buxbaum JD, Gandy S, Wenk MR, Martins RN. Profiling brain and plasma lipids in human APOE epsilon2, epsilon3, and epsilon4 knock-in mice using electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. J Alzheimers Dis. 2010 Apr; 20(1):105-11.

Martins, I., Berger T., Sharman, M., Verdile G., Fuller S., Martins, R. N. (2009) Cholesterol metabolism and transport in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease. J. Neurochem. 111, 1275-1308.

Guanghou S*, Sharman MJ*, Berger T, Lim F, Hone E, Taddei K, Martins IJ, Wenk M, Gandy S and Martins RN. Lipidomic screening examining the effect of APOE genotype on lipid intermediates in young and old APOE ε3 and ε4 mice. Neurobiology of Aging. (in review)

Martins RN, Sharman M, Taddei K, Martins I, Hone E, Berger, Tamar. Isoform-specific effects of Apoe on beta-amyloid clearance of beta and lipid metabolism. ICAD (Poster & Oral presentation) July/August 2008.

Berger, T.. “Save the Land.” Jerusalem Post; Apr 7, 2005; pg. 16.
Erik Blomain
Berger
 
Erik.Blomain@jefferson.edu
Undergrad   Cornell University, BA, 2009
Year   MD/PhD 5, JGSBS-3
Mentor   Dr. Scott Waldman
PhD Program

Research Interests
  Cell & Developmental Biology

I am interested in studying the molecular biology of cancer from a translational perspective specifically as pertains to therapeutics. I am interested in all kinds of cancer therapy from traditional chemotherapeutics to novel therapies such as cancer vaccines and other immunotherapies.
Hobbies/Interests   Outside of work, I enjoy watching professional sports, reading, writing and boating.
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
  My favorite thing to do in Philadelphia is attending Phillies games at Citizens Bank Park.
Honors/Awards   Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Cancer Institute, NIH: GUCY2C hormone suppression links obesity with colorectal cancer, 2013.
Publications   Blomain ES, McMahon SB. 2012. Dynamic regulation of mitochondrial transcription as a mechanism of cellular adaptation. Biochim Biophys Acta, 1819 (9-10): 1075-79.
Hyowon Choi
  Hyowon.Choi@jefferson.edu
Undergrad   Mount Holyoke College
Year   MD/PhD 3, JGSBS-1
Mentor   Dr. Makarand Risbud
PhD Program

Research Interests
  Cell & Developmental Biology

Hobbies/Interests    
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
   
Honors/Awards    
Publications    
Brittany Charsar
  Brittany.Charsar@jefferson.edu
Undergrad   University of Pittsburgh
Year   MD/PhD 1, JMC-1
Mentor   TBD
PhD Program

Research Interests
  Undecided

My previous research has focused on examining the mechanism of a conserved histone chaperone, Spt 16, which is responsible for maintaining nucleosome architecture during active transcription. I have an interest in translational research, focusing on how genetic mutations or defects in transcriptional or translational regulation cause disease. I am open to explore other fields of research, particularly neurodegenerative diseases.
Hobbies/Interests   Shopping, snowboarding, baking, running
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
  Washington Square is my favorite place to go and relax in Philly.
Honors/Awards   Phi Beta Kappa
Publications   Hainer SJ, Charsar BA, Cohen SB, Martens JA. 2012. Identification of spt16 mutants that are defective for transcription-coupled nucleosome occupancy in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. G3: Genes, Genomics, and Genetics 2.5: 555-567.

Coombes JL, Charsar BA, Han SJ, Halkias J, Chan SW, Koshy AA, Striepen B, Robey EA. 2013. Motile invaded neutrophils in the small intestine of Toxoplasma gondii-infected mice reveal a potential mechanism for parasite spread. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 110(21): 1913-22.
Jessica Gold   Jessica.Gold@jefferson.edu
Undergrad   Brandeis University, BS, 2005
Year   MD/PhD 8, JMC-4
Mentor   Dr. Walter Koch
PhD Program

Research Interests
  Molecular Pharmacology & Structural Biology

I am interested in unique roles of G-protein Coupled Receptors in disease. PhD Thesis: G protein receptor kinase 5 is a novel requirement for maladaptive cardiac remodeling and heart failure
Hobbies/Interests   Music, Travel, The Great Outdoors
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
  Forbidden Drive Trail in Fairmount Park
Honors/Awards   AHA Predoctoral Fellowship, AHA New Investigator Award, Howard Hughes Biomedical Institute Fellow
Publications   Gold JI, Martini JS, Chuprun JK, Koch WJ: Nuclear translocation of GRK5 following hypertrophic stimuli is a calmodulin- process. J Card Fail 16:S35, 2010.

Ciccarelli M, Chuprun JK, RengoG, Gao E, Wei Z, Peroutka RJ, Gold J, Gumpert A, Chen M, Otis NJ, Dorn GW, Trimarco B, Iaccarino G & WJ Koch.  GRK2 Activity Impairs Cardiac Glucose Uptake and Promotes Insulin Resistance following Myocardial Ischemia.  Circulation 2011 May 10; 123(18):1953-62.

Huang Z, Gold JI, Koch WJ.  G Protein-Coupled Receptors Kinases in Normal and Failing Myocytes.  Frontiers in Bioscience.  2011 Jun 1; 17:3057-6.

Zhang Y,  Matkovich SJ, Duan X, Gold JI, Koch WJ, Dorn GW.  Nuclear Effects of GRK5 and its Leu41 polymorphic variant in heart failure.  Circ Heart Failure. (In publication)
Elliot Goodenough   Elliot.Goodenough@jefferson.edu
Undergrad   University of Pennsylvania, BA, 2005
Year   MD/PhD 8, JMC-4
Mentor   Dr. Laurence Eisenlohr
PhD Program

Research Interests
  Immunology & Microbial Pathogenesis

Currently, MHC class I and II antigen processing and presentation
Hobbies/Interests   Dancing, carpentry, electrical systems
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
  Tinicum
Honors/Awards    
Publications    
Chelain Goodman
Goodman
 
Chelain.Goodman@jefferson.edu
Undergrad   Swarthmore College, BA, 2005
Year   MD/PhD 7, JMC-3
Mentor   Dr. Hallgeir Rui
PhD Program

Research Interests
  Molecular Pharmacology & Structural Biology

Exploiting novel pharmacological targets and signaling pathways in breast cancer. PhD Thesis: Induction Of A Therapy-Resistant Cytokeratin 5-Positive Cell Population By 3-Ketosteroids In Luminal Breast Cancer
Hobbies/Interests   Voice, theater, dance, sunbathing, picnicking.
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
  Going to Tin Angel to hear live music from independent artists.
Honors/Awards   Fredric Rieders Family Renaissance Foundation Graduate Student Recognition Award, 2011
Publications   Schneiderman JS., Hazlett EA, Chu KW, Zhang J, Goodman CR, Newmark RE, Torosjan Y, Canfield EL, Entis J, Mitropoulou V, Tang C, Friedman J, Buchsbaum MS. 2011.  Brodmann Area Analysis of White Matter Anisotropy and Age in Schizophrenia.  Schizophr Res.  Aug;130(1-3):57-67.

Völkers M, Rohde D, Goodman C, Most P. 2010. S100A1: a regulator of striated muscle sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ handling, sarcomeric, and mitochondrial function.  J Biomed Biotchnol 2010:178614.

Buchsbaum, MS, Hazendar M, Newmark RE, Chu KW, Dusi N, Entis JJ, Goldstein KE, Goodman CR, Gupta A, Hazlett E, Iannuzzi J, Torosyan Y, Zhang J, Wolin A.  2009.  FDG-PET and MRI imaging of the effects of sertindole and haloperidol in the prefrontal lobe in schizophrenia.  Schizophrenia Research 114(1-3):161-71. 

Hollander E, Buchsbaum MS, Haznedar MM, Berenguer J, Berlin HA, Chaplin W, Goodman CR, LiCalizi EM, Newmark R, Pallanti S.  2008.  FDG-PET study in pathological gamblers.  1. Lithium increases orbitofrontal, dorsolateral, and cingulated metabolism.  Neuropsychobiology, 58(1):37-47.
           
Garakani A, Buchsbaum MS, Newmark RE, Goodman C, Aaronson CJ, Martinez JM, Torosjan Y, Chu KW, Gorman JM.  2007. The effect of doxapram on brain imaging in patients with panic disorder.  European Neuropsychopharmacology, 17(10):672-686.
Jonathan Gorky
Jonathan Gorky
  Jonathan.Gorky@jefferson.edu
Undergrad University of Connecticut, BA, 2001
Year MD/PhD 2, JMC-2
Mentor TBD
PhD Program

Research Interests
Undecided

Neuroscience, Diagnostic Imaging, Automation, Computational Chemistry
Hobbies/Interests I enjoy performing in and directing musical theatre as well as doing lights and sound for theatrical productions. As ways to relax, I like yoga and going to museums of all sorts.
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Honors/Awards Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium Research Grant 2010 for work on the thermodynamics and stabilization energy of hydrogen bonds in the guanine tetramers of telomeric DNA.
Publications Ceccarelli A, Jackson JS, Tauhid S, Gorky J, Dell'oglio E, Bakshi A, Chitnis T, Khoury SJ, Weiner HL, Guttman CR, Bakshi R, Neema M. 2012. The impact of lesion in-painting and registration methods on voxel-based morphometry in detecting regional cerebral gray matter atrophy in multiple sclerosis. American Journal of Neuroradiology, 33 (8): 1579-85.
Maria Gubbiotti   Maria.Gubbiotti@jefferson.edu
Undergrad   University of Scranton, BS, 2011
Year   MD/PhD 3, JGSBS-1
Mentor   Dr. Renato Iozzo
PhD Program

Research Interests
  Cell & Developmental Biology

As an undergraduate, I worked in a biochemistry lab where we studied redox-sensitive vicinal thiol-containing brain proteins. As of right now, I am interested in studying the biochemistry of neurodegenerative diseases, but I am open to exploring new areas.
Hobbies/Interests   I am an avid equestrian and enjoy riding my horse in my spare time. I also like to run, play the piano, and read.
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
   
Honors/Awards    
Publications    
Shannon Haley
Haley
  Shannon.Haley@jefferson.edu
Undergrad   Drexel University, BS, MS, 2010
Year   MD/PhD 3, JGSBS-1
Mentor   Dr. Ross Summer
PhD Program   Immunology & Microbial Pathogenesis
Hobbies/Interests    
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
   
Honors/Awards    
Publications    
Dino Halkidis
Halkidis
  Konstantine.Halkidis@jefferson.edu
Undergrad   Temple University, BS, 2004
Year   MD/PhD 8, JMC-4
Mentor   Dr. Michael Root
PhD Program

Research Interests
  Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

I am interested in the nature of the physical universe, especially the interactions between biomolecules. PhD Thesis: Structural Changes In HIV-1 Env That Promote Viral Membrane Fusion
Hobbies/Interests   I like to listen to and play music and watch Philly sports.
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
   
Honors/Awards    
Publications   Kim S, Liu C, Halkidis K, Gamper HB, Hou YM. “Distinct kinetic determinants for the stepwise CCA addition to tRNA.” RNA. 2009 Oct;15(10):1827-36. Epub 2009 Aug 20. Dupasquier M,

Kim S, Halkidis K, Gamper H, Hou YM. “tRNA integrity is a prerequisite for rapid CCA addition: implication for quality control.” J Mol Biol. 2008 Jun 6;379(3):579-88. Epub 2008 Apr 8.
David Hoang
Hoang
 
David.Hoang@jefferson.edu
Undergrad   Drexel University, BS, 2008
Year   MD/PhD 6, JGSBS-4
Mentor   Dr. Marja Nevalainen
PhD Program

Research Interests
  Molecular Pharmacology & Structural Biology

Role of Stat5 transcription factor in prostate cancer, targeted therapy for prostate cancer stem cells, mechanisms of castration resistance in prostate cancer, translational medicine and cancer therapeutics
Hobbies/Interests   Going to bars/restaurants, playing video games, reading (non-science) literature
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
  Discovering new places in Philly
Honors/Awards   Jefferson Medical College AOA Research Symposium – 1st place (2009), Jefferson Medical College Lavine Research Scholarship (2009)
Publications   Patel, N., Hoang, D., Miller, N., Ansaloni, S., Huang, Q., Rogers, J.T., Lee, J.C., Saunders, A.J. “MicroRNAs can regulate human APP levels.” Molecular Neurodegeneration 2008; 3:10.

Schwiewer MJ, Den R, Hoang DT, Augello MA, Lawrence YR, Dicker AP, Knudsen KE. 2011. mTOR is a schedule-dependent effector of the radiation therapy response. Endocr Relat Cancer, 19 (1): 1-12.

Goffin V, Hoang DT, Bogorad R, Nevalainen MT. 2011. Prolactin regulation of the prostate gland: a female player in a male game. Nat Rev Urol, 8 (11): 597-607.

Jonathan Hullmann
Hullman
  Jonathan.Hullmann@jefferson.edu
Undergrad   University of Delaware, BS, 2008
Year   MD/PhD 6, JGSBS-4
Mentor   Dr. Walter Koch
PhD Program

Research Interests
  Molecular Pharmacology & Structural Biology

The role of G protein-coupled receptors in heart failure
Hobbies/Interests   Phillies, Flyers, Penn State football
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
  Citizen's Bank Ballpark
Honors/Awards   American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship: Novel role for GRK5 in cardiac NFAT signaling. 2012
Publications   Xia, S., Hullmann, J., Bobev, S., Ozbay, A., Nowak, E., Fritsch, V. (2007) Synthesis, Crystal Structures, Magnetic and Electric Transport Properties of Eu11InSb9 and Yb11InSb9. J. Solid State Chem. 180:2088-2094. doi:10.1016/j.jssc.2007.05.010.

Hullmann, J., Xia, S., Bobev, S. (2007) Sr11InSb9 Grown From Molten In. Acta Cryst. E63:i178. doi:10.1107/S1600536807040615

Xia, S.-Q., Hullmann, J., Bobev, S. (2008) Gallium Substitutions as a Means to Stabilize Alkaline-earth and Rare-earth Metal Pnictides with the Cubic Th3P4 type. Synthesis and Structure of A7Ga2Sb6 (A = Sr, Ba, Eu). J. Solid State Chem. 180:1909-1914. DOI: 10.1002/chin.200847014

Bobev, S., Hullmann, J., Harmening, T., Pöttgen, R. (2010) Novel Ternary Alkaline-earth and Rare-earth Metal Antimonides from Gallium or Indium Flux. Synthesis, Structural Characterization and 121Sb and 151Eu Mössbauer Spectroscopy of the Series A7Ga8Sb8 (A = Sr, Ba, Eu) and Ba7In8Sb8. Dalton Trans. 39:6049-6055. PMID: 20571648 ;
Kellie Jaremko
  Kellie.Jaremko@jefferson.edu
Undergrad   The College of New Jersey, BS, 2003
Year   MD/PhD 6, JGSBS-4
Mentor   Dr. Elisabeth Van Bockstaele
PhD Program

Research Interests
  Neuroscience

My past research ranges from biophysical testing of placentas to manipulating protein binding domains to cell culture studies of stroke and finally electrophysiology of sodium channels in diabetic rat nerves, but my true research interest is in the study of pain and opiods. Also being an MD/PhD student I am interested in more translational or potentially applicable science to the field of medicine. Currently the lab I am working in studies opioid receptors, corticotrophin releasing factor (CRF) receptor, and norepinephrine in the brains of a morphine addicted rat model. My project will look at the interplay between stress and opioid addiction at the receptor level (EM/IHC), functional outputs (phosphorylation, structural changes, and behavior), and compared with a human correlate from work I will do with methadone treatment patients, as well.
Hobbies/Interests   I am a huge sports fan; especially football generally based out of my hometown Cleveland teams. Philly teams are fine by me too. I am kind of a closet- 50's homemaker and love to cook and bake. I really love yoga, running, zumba, and kickboxing and rely on them for my mental health, as well as, a good book if I ever get the chance.
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
  Since I'm still relatively new to the city I love to explore. I'm a zoo connoisseur and have a membership to the Philly Zoo, which is wonderful, especially the Big Cats exhibit. I just got hooked on $10 "cheap seats" tickets to plays and musicals @ The Walnut St Theatre. Another favorite spot of mine is the impressionist room at the Art museum (Monet is my favorite). Fav restaurants/bars include: Rum Bar, Jose Pistola's, Bridget Foy's, and brunch from Sabrina's or Los Caballitos (in South Philly where I live with my fiancé and cat, Binx).
Honors/Awards   Phi Beta Kappa, Recipient of Schafer Chemistry Scholarship & Ralph E Hall Chemistry Fellowship, 2005-2007, Recipient of Ohio Valley Affiliate American Heart Association Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowship Grant, 2006
Publications   Pandey V, Jaremko K, Moore RM, Mercer BM, Stetzer B, Kumar D, Fox JM, Mansour JM, Moore JJ (2007). The force required to rupture fetal membranes paradoxically increases with acute in vitro repeated stretching. Am J Obstet Gynecol., Feb;196(2):165.e1-7.

Kellie M. Jaremko, Jing Chen-Roetling, Lifen Chen, Raymond F. Regan, (2010) Accelerated hemolysis and neurotoxicity in neuron-glia-blood clot co-cultures. Journal of Neurochemistry,114(4):1063-73.
Masaya Jimbo
Jimbo
  Masaya.Jimbo@jefferson.edu
Undergrad University of Pennsylvania, BS. 2007, BA, 2008
Year MD/PhD 6, JGSBS-4
Mentor Dr. Jonathan Brody
PhD Program Cell & Developmental Biology
Hobbies/Interests  
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
Visiting Philadelphia Zoo & museums, fine dining at various Philly restaurants
Honors/Awards Hobart Amory Hare honor society, top student award in 1st year MCBM & Neuroscience courses
Publications Robbins GP, Jimbo M, Swift J, Therien MJ, Hammer DA, Dmochowski IJ.  Photoinitated destruction of composite porphyrin-protein polymersomes.  JACS 2009 131(11):3872-4.
Gilbert W. Kim
  Gilbert.Kim@jefferson.edu
Undergrad Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BS, 1998
Year MD/PhD 8, JGSBS-6
Mentor Dr. Scott Waldman
PhD Program Molecular Pharmacology & Structural Biology
Hobbies/Interests Tennis, golf, auto industry
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
Phillies, pubs
Honors/Awards Sep 2013: Coalition for the Life Sciences (CLS) Capito Hill Day Travel Award.
Aug 2013: Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Pharmacology / Toxicology. Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Foundation.
May 2013: F1000Prime Recommendation of Kim GW et al., Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery, 2013.
Jan 2013: Graduate Award for Integrative Research in Pharmacology. American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET).
Feb 2012: Jefferson College of Graduate Studies (JCGS) Alumni Association Graduate Student Travel Fellowship.
Publications Kim GW, Lin JE, Blomain ES, Waldman SA. Anti-Obesity Pharmacotherapy: New Drugs and Emerging Targets. Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Epub 2013 Oct 8, doi: 10.1038/clpt.2013.204 (2013).

Gibbons AV, Lin JE, Kim GW, Marszalowicz GP, Li P, Stoecker BA, Blomain ES, Rattan S, Snook AE, Schulz S, Waldman SA. Intestinal GUCY2C Prevents TGF-β Secretion Coordinating Desmoplasia and Hyperproliferation in Colorectal Cancer. Cancer Research, Epub 2013 Oct 1.

F1000Prime Recommended. Gabbiani G: F1000Prime Recommendation of [Gibbons AV et al., Cancer Res 2013]. In F1000Prime, 10 Oct 2013; DOI: 10.3410/f.718130034.793484820. F1000Prime.com/718130034#eval793484820

Kim GW, Lin JE, Blomain ES, Waldman SA. New advances in models and strategies for developing anti-obesity drugs. Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery, doi:10.1517/17460441.2013.792804 (2013), Epub 2013 April 29.

F1000Prime Recommended. Finer N: F1000Prime Recommendation of [Kim GW et al., Expert Opin Drug Discov 2013]. In F1000Prime, 14 May 2013; DOI: 10.3410/f.718007446.793475976. F1000Prime.com/718007446#eval793475976.

Blomain ES, Dirhan DA, Valentino MA, Kim GW, Waldman SA. Mechanisms of Weight Regain in Obese Patients Following Weight Loss. ISRN Obesity, doi:10.1155/2013/210524 (2013).

Kim GW, Lin JE, Waldman SA. GUCY2C: at the intersection of obesity and cancer. Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism, 24(4), 165-73 (2013), Epub 2013 January 29, doi:10.1016/j.tem.2013.01.001.

Colon-Gonzalez F, Kim GW, Lin JE, Valentino MA, Waldman SA. Obesity pharmacotherapy: What is next? Molecular Aspects of Medicine, 34(1), 71-83 (2012), Epub 2012 October 24, doi: 10.1016/j.mam.2012.10.005.

Lin JE, Snook AE, Li P, Stoecker BA, Kim GW, Magee MS, Mejia A, Hyslop T, Schulz S, Waldman SA. GUCY2C opposes systemic genotoxic tumorigenesis by regulating AKT-dependent intestinal barrier integrity. PLoS One, 7(2), e31686 (2012), Epub 2012 February 22, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0031686.

Valentino MA, Lin JE, Snook AE, Li P, Kim GW, Marszalowicz G, Magee MS, Hyslop T, Schulz S, Waldman SA. A uroguanylin-GUCY2C endocrine axis regulates feeding in mice. J. Clin. Invest. 121 (9), 3578-3588 (2011), Epub 2012 February 22, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0031686.

Kim GW, Lin JE, Valentino MA, Colon-Gonzalez F, Waldman SA. Regulation of appetite to treat obesity. Exp. Rev. Clin. Pharmacol., 4(2), 243-259 (2011).

DeGeorge BR Jr, Gao E, Boucher M, Vinge LE, Martini JS, Raake PW, Chuprun JK, Harris DM, Kim GW, Soltys S, Eckhart AD, Koch WJ. Targeted inhibition of cardiomyocyte Gi signaling enhances susceptibility to apoptotic cell death in response to ischemic stress. Circulation, 117(11), 1378-87 (2008).

Ishiyama A, Ishiyama G, Lopez I, Jen J, Kim G, Baloh RW. Temporal bone histopathology in dominantly inherited audiovestibular syndrome. Neurology, 63(10), 1859-62 (2004).

Jen JC, Kim GW, Dudding KA, Baloh RW. No mutations in CACNA1A and ATP1A2 in probands with common types of migraine. Arch. Neurol., 61(6), 926-8 (2004).

Baloh RH, Jen JC, Kim G, Baloh RW. Chronic cough due to Thr124Met mutation in the peripheral myelin protein zero (MPZ gene). Neurology, 62(10), 1905-6 (2004).

Jen J, Kim GW, Baloh RW. Clinical spectrum of episodic ataxia type 2. Neurology, 62(1), 17-22 (2004).

Sasaki O, Jen JC, Baloh RW, Kim GW, Isawa M, Usami S. Neurotological findings in a family with episodic ataxia. J. Neurol., 250(3), 373-5 (2003).

Jen J, Wan J, Graves M, Yu H, Mock AF, Coulin CJ, Kim G, Yue Q, Papazian DM, Baloh RW. Loss-of-function EA2 mutations are associated with impaired neuromuscular transmission. Neurology, 57(10), 1843-8 (2001).

Richard C, Kim G, Koikawa Y, Salm SN, Tsujimura A, Wilson EL, Moscatelli D. Androgens modulate the balance between VEGF and angiopoietin expression in prostate epithelial and smooth muscle cells. Prostate, 50(2), 83-91 (2002).
Caitlin Logan
  Caitlin.Logan@jefferson.edu
Undergrad Smith College, BA, 2009
Year MD/PhD 4, JGSBS-2
Mentor Dr. Sue Menko
PhD Program

Research Interests
Neuroscience

My interests lie in neurodevelopment, specifically focused on autism. I am currently working on looking at the combined effects of knockdown of autism susceptibility genes on synapse formation, to better understand the genetic basis of this disease.
Hobbies/Interests I’m a member of the Arrhythmias and I love singing. I also am on the Activities Office Advisory Committee that gets to plan on-campus events and dole out money. Outside Jefferson, I also am involved in a local theater group doing backstage work, working with kids, and occasionally performing. I was an English major in college, so I still try to read and write for fun whenever I can. I also love baking, board games, British television shows.
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
I love taking advantage of all the local theater and music Philly has to offer, going to quizzo on Mondays and occasionally jumping in fountains.
Honors/Awards Rosenfeld Award in Organic Chemistry, Smith College; John Everett Brady Prize in Classics, Smith College; Evelyn Waugh Undergraduate Essay Contest Winner; Phi Beta Kappa; Dunglison Physiology Prize; Pathology Honors Society, Jefferson Medical College; Association of Pathology Chairs National Pathology Honor Society
Publications Logan, C.M., Giordano, A., Puca A., Cassone, M. 2007. Prostaglandin E2: at the crossroads between stem cell development, inflammation, and cancer. Cancer Biology and Therapy, 6 (10): 1517-20.
Andrew Lytle   Andrew.Lytle@jefferson.edu 
Undergrad Pomona College, BA, 2006
Year MD/PhD 7, JGSBS-5
Mentor Dr. James McGettigan
PhD Program

Research Interests
Immunology & Microbial Pathogenesis

Viral immunology. Using novel replication-deficient rabies vaccines to investigate the immune mechanisms behind a protective antibody response to immunization.
Hobbies/Interests Road cycling, piano, electronic music, gardening
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
Biking through Fairmount Park and Manayunk
Honors/Awards Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, 2005; Howard Hughes Medical Institute Summer Research Fellowship, 2005; Michael H. Rosen Memorial Pre-Medical Award, Pomona College, 2006; Walter Bertsch Molecular Biology Prize, Pomona College, 2006
Publications  
Rogan Magee
Magee
 
Rogan.Magee@jefferson.edu
Undergrad   St. Olaf College
Year   MD/PhD 1, JMC-1
Mentor   TBD
PhD Program

Research Interests
  Undecided

Computational Neuroscience, Neurodegenerative Disease, Neural Prosthetics
Hobbies/Interests   Playing music and listening to music, Soccer, Basketball, Golf
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
  Going to see Philly sports
Honors/Awards   Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Beta Beta, Distinction in Computer Science at St. Olaf
Publications   Suriyawong A, Magee R, Peebles K, Biswas P. "Energy recycling by co-combustion of coal and recovered paint solids from automobile paint operations". JAWMA 2009 59(5): 560-568.
Jared Marshall
Marshall
 
Jared.Marshall@jefferson.edu
Undergrad   Pennsylvania State University
Year   MD/PhD 1, JMC-1
Mentor   TBD
PhD Program

Research Interests
  Undecided

Hobbies/Interests    
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
   
Honors/Awards    
Publications    
Dante Merlino
  Dante.Merlino@jefferson.edu
Undergrad Wake Forest University, BS, 2011 
Year MD/PhD 3, JGSBS-1
Mentor Dr. Scott Waldman
PhD Program

Research Interests
Neuroscience

I am primarily interested in the development of novel cancer treatments through targeted cancer therapy. More specifically, I am interested in cancer treatments that target guanylyl cyclase C, a membrane bound protein that acts as a colon cancer-specific antigen.
Hobbies/Interests I enjoy playing golf, watching sports, and going down the shore in Brigantine, New Jersey.
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
My favorite Philadelphia activity is going to a Phillies game at Citizen’s Bank Park.
Honors/Awards Brubaker Physiology Award -2012
Publications  
Hannah Myers
  Carey.Myers@jefferson.edu
Undergrad   American University, BS, 2005; MS, 2007
Year   MD/PhD 6, JGSBS-4
Mentor   Dr. Bo Lu
PhD Program

Research Interests
  Immunology & Microbial Pathogenesis

Multiple sclerosis, autoimmune disease
Hobbies/Interests   History
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
  Reading in Washington Square Park
Honors/Awards   Fulbright Award grantee, Ireland; American Institute of Chemists’ Outstanding Student Award; Alpha Epsilon Delta (National Premedical Honor Society); Phi Beta Kappa; Barry M Goldwater Scholar
Publications   Gil-Agudelo, Diego, Carey Myers, Garriet W Smith, Kiho Kim. “Changes in the microbial communities associated with Gorginia ventalina during Aspergillosis infection.” Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 69, 89-94, 2006.
Tanziyah Muqeem
Tanziyah Muqeem
  Tanziyah.Muqeem@jefferson.edu
Undergrad Johns Hopkins University, BS, 2012
Year MD/PhD 2, JMC-2
Mentor TBD
PhD Program

Research Interests
Undecided

During undergrad, I did research projects involving somatosensory psychophysics, tether-less self-actuating microstructures, and medical devices. I am interested in pursuing research of a more applied or quantitative nature for my PhD, perhaps in pharmacology, therapeutics, and/or diagnostics. I’m also interested in infectious disease, so I am potentially looking at drug design/delivery and diagnostic techniques for infectious diseases.
Hobbies/Interests I love to cook and think of new recipes in my free time. I also try to read at least one book a month. I write some poetry as well and am looking to venture out into the slam poetry and spoken word scene.
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
I don’t know too much about Philadelphia just yet but I am very interested in the arts so I hope to see more plays, musicals, operas, museums, etc during my time here. I am also somewhat of a foodie so I hope to experience Philadelphia’s food scene.
Honors/Awards Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society), National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Applied Math and Stats Award, Most Innovative Undergraduate Design (design team award 2011).
Publications Publications: Laflin KE, Morris CJ, Muqeem T, Gracias DH. 2012. Laser triggered sequential folding of microstructures. Applied Physics Letters, 101, 131901, 2012. (featured in Nature Photonics http://www.jhu.edu/chembe/gracias/press/NphotonDec2012.pdf)
Neel Nabar
Neel Nabar
  Neel.Nabar@jefferson.edu
Undergrad University of South Florida, BS, 2011
Year MD/PhD 2, JMC-2
Mentor TBD
PhD Program

Research Interests
Undecided

My current interests lie in the involvement of the adaptive immune system in neurodegenerative diseases. I am also interested pharmacogenomics and its applications in personalized medicine.
Hobbies/Interests I enjoy playing racquet sports, chess, and weightlifting.
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
Eagles games at Lincoln Financial Park!
Honors/Awards 2011 - Best Undergraduate Poster – Raymond N. Castle Conference; 2011 - USF Undergraduate Scholar Award; 2009 - Lowes Nationwide Scholarship – Semi Finalist; 2008-11 - Raecker’s Family End Scholar Award
Publications Martin DF and Nabar, NR. Studies on the Removal of Lissamine Green from Clay and Soil. J Environ Sci Health A Tox Hazard Subst Environ Eng. 2012; 47(2):260-6.

Luo ZQ#, Li, J#, Nabar, NR, Lin XY, Bai G, Cai J, Zhou SF, Cao C, and Wang J. Efficacy of a therapeutic vaccine using mutated β-amyloid sensitized dendritic cells in Alzheimer’s mice. J Neuroimmune Pharm. 2012; 7(3):640-55.

Lai X#, Wang K#, Nabar NR, Pan S, Tang C, Huang Y, Zhang J, Hao MF, He Z, Yang JJ, Yang Z, Ma C, Su B, Zhou SF. Proteomic response to acupuncture treatment in spontaneously hypertensive rats. PLoS One. 2012; 7(9):e44216

Wei M#, Mo SL#, Nabar NR#, Chen Y, Zhang JJ, He QL, Zou XN, Liu XG, Sun LB, Zhou SF. Pharmacology. 2012 Sep 25; 90(5-6):251-263.
# - Authors contributed equally

Nabar NR, Yuan F, Lin X , Wang L, Bai G, Mayl J, Li Y, Zhou SF, Wang J, Cai J, Cao C. Cell Therapy: A Safe and Efficacious Therapeutic Treatment for Alzheimer's Disease in APP+PS1 Mice. PLoS One 2012; 7(12):e49468.

Nabar NR, and Martin, DF. Studies on the Removal of LGB from Soil in Comparison with Contemporary Approaches. Florida Scientist, 2011, 74 (SP1), 68.
Sean O'Sullivan
  Sean.O'Sullivan@jefferson.edu
Undergrad   University of Pittsburgh
Year   MD/PhD 1, JMC-1
Mentor   TBD
PhD Program

Research Interests
  Undecided

Neuroscience, Gut-Microbiome and implications for mental health
Hobbies/Interests   American Medical Association, Patch Adams Clinic in Philadelphia, Ice Hockey
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
  Eagles and Flyers games, Pho 75, Bistro La Minette, Barnes Exhibit
Honors/Awards   Chancellor's Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Publications    
Kevin Quann
  kevin.quann@Jefferson.edu
Undergrad   Drexel University, BS, 2007
Year   MD/PhD 6, JGSBS-4
Mentor   Dr. Isidore Rigoutsos
PhD Program

Research Interests
  Cell & Developmental Biology

Cancer Biology, Stem Cell Biology, Therapeutics, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computational Biology, Tissue Engineering, Gene Therapy, Neurodegeneration, Systems Biology, Cancer Immunology.
Hobbies/Interests   Playing music
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
  Going to shows, The M-Room.
Honors/Awards    
Publications   Jasmin JF, Rengo G, Lymperopoulos A, Gupta R, Eaton GJ, Quann K, Gonzales DM, Mercier I, Koch WJ, Lisanti MP. Caveolin-1 deficiency exacerbates cardiac dysfunction and reduces survival in mice with myocardial infarction, American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology, 2011 April; 300(4): H1274-81. 

Jain P, Manuel SL, Khan ZK, Ahuja J, Quann K, Wigdahl B. DC-SIGN mediates cell-free infection and transmission of human T-cell lymphotropic virus type 1 by dendritic cells, Journal of Virology, 2009 November; 83(21):10908-21. 

Lepoutre V, Jain P, Quann K, Wigdahl B, Khan ZK, Jain P. Role of CNS resident cell populations in HTLV-1 associated neuroinflammatory disease, Frontiers in Bioscience, 2009 January; 1(14):1152-68. 

Kampani K, Quann K, Ahuja J, Wigdahl B, Khan ZK, Jain P. A novel high throughput quantum dot-based fluorescence assay for quantitation of virus binding and attachment. Journal of Virological Methods. 2007 May;141(2):125-32.
Michael Quinn
  michael.quinn@Jefferson.edu
Undergrad   Duquesne University, BS, 2006, MS, 2009
Year   MD/PhD 5, JGSBS-3
Mentor   Dr. Christopher Snyder
PhD Program

Research Interests
  Immunology & Microbial Pathogenesis

I am interested in pathogenesis of infectious diseases and how the body responds to diseases.
Hobbies/Interests   Anything sports; Rocoms (that's romantic comedies); 90s pop
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
  Any place that is green
Honors/Awards   Little league trophy – 1996, 1997, 1998
Publications   Qutyan, M, Henkel M, Horzempa J, Quinn M, and Castric P. 2010. Glycosylation of Pilin and Nonpilin Protein Constructs by Pseudomonas aeruginosa 1244. 192 (22):5972-5981. doi:10.1128/JB.00007-10.
Tara Retson   Tara.Retson@jefferson.edu
Undergrad Arizona State University, BS, BIS, 2006
Year MD/PhD 6, JGSBS-4
Mentor Dr. Elisabeth Van Bockstaele
PhD Program

Research Interests
Neuroscience

Alcohol, and how stress differentially impacts alcohol withdrawal between the sexes. Additionally, the use of tract tracing to study the coordinated regulation of loci that are key in the stress response.
Hobbies/Interests  
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
I make good use of this lovely city's many coffee shops.
Honors/Awards -Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, NIH: Alcohol-Induced Effects on Stress-Related Circuitry, 2013.
- Alumni Travel Scholarship 2011 to present work at the Society for Neuroscience Conference.
Publications Abstracts: Retson, T.A., Van Bockstaele, E.J. (2011) Coordinated regulation of noradrenergic and serotonergic brain regions by amygdalar neurons. Abstract for poster presentation, Society for Neuorscience annual meeting, Washington D.C., November 2011.

Retson, T.A., Wood, S.K., Reyes, BAS., Valentino, R.J., Van Bockstaele, E.J. (2010) Trafficking of corticotropin-releasing factor receptors in rat locus coeruleus neurons in a model of social stress. Abstract for poster presentation, Society for Neuorscience annual meeting, San Siego, CA, November 2010.

Undergraduate Honors Thesis: Retson, T.A. (2006) The Antiangiogenic Effects of Various Organic Compounds on Human Umbilical Endothelial Cells Used as a Tumor Vascular Model. Published though Arizona State University Libraries.
David Ritter
Ritter
 
David.RItter@jefferson.edu
Undergrad   Grace College, BS, 2007
Year   MD/PhD 7, JMC-3
Mentor   Dr. Manuel Covarrubias
PhD Program

Research Interests
  Neuroscience

I am interested in electrical signaling in neurons and how these signals are regulated and modulated. Specifically I look at voltage-gated potassium channels involved in pain and their modulation by protein kinase C. PhD Thesis: Kv3.4 Channel Function and Modulation in Nociceptors: Novel Insights Into the Pathophysiology of Neuropathic Pain
Hobbies/Interests   I enjoy spending time with my wife, Kelly, and playing with our dog, Tiago. When I have free time I love to pick up a basketball or go hiking.
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
  Walking/running/biking along Forbidden Drive
Honors/Awards   Lilly Endowment Community Scholar (2003-2007); Daktronics-NAIA Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete (2005-06 & 2006-07); Alpha Chi Honor Society (2005-present); TJU Alumni Travel Award (2010); Society for Neuroscience Graduate Student Travel Award September 2011; Sigma Xi Research Society Grant-in-aid of Research Award May 2012
Publications   Ritter, D.M., C. Ho, M.E. O'Leary and M. Covarrubias. Modulation of Kv3.4 channel N-type inactivation by protein kinase C shapes the action potential in dorsal root ganglion neurons. The Journal of Physiology, 2012 JAN; 590: 145-161. PMID:22063632

Fineberg, J.D., D.M. Ritter, and M. Covarrubias. Modeling independent elucidation of inactivation pathways in recombinant and native A-type Kv channels. The Journal of General Physiology, 2012 Nov; 1450(5):513-27. PMID:23109714
Lauren Rosenblum   Lauren.Rosenblum@jefferson.edu
Undergrad   Yale University, BS, 2009
Year   MD/PhD 4, JGSBS-2
Mentor   Dr. Davide Trotti
PhD Program

Research Interests
  Neuroscience

Medical Imaging
Hobbies/Interests   Karate, cooking
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
  Scoop DeVille Ice Cream (18th & Chestnut). I mark where I am in the city relative to it.
Honors/Awards   Distinction in the Physics major (2009), Howard L. Schultz Prize in Physics (2009), Dubbs Scholar Fellowship Award (2010-2012)
Publications   Verma S, Sallum UW, Athar H, Rosenblum L, Foley JW, Hasan T. Antimicrobial photodynamic efficacy of side-chain functionalized benzo[a]phenothiazinium dyes. Photochem Photobiol 2009;85(1):111-8.

Rosenblum LT, Kosaka N, Mitsunaga M, Choyke PL, Kobayashi H. Optimizing quantitative in vivo fluorescence imaging with near-infrared quantum dots. Contrast Media Mol Imaging 2010.

Rosenblum LT, Kosaka N, Mitsunaga M, Choyke PL, Kobayashi H. In vivo molecular imaging using nanomaterials: general in vivo characteristics of nano-sized reagents and applications for cancer diagnosis. Mol Membr Biol 2010;27(7):274-85.

Rosenblum LT, Choyke PL, Kobayashi H. Quantitative and specific molecular imaging of cancer with labeled engineered monoclonal antibody fragments. Therapeutic Delivery 2011;2(3):345-58.

Rosenblum LT, Mitsunaga M, Choyke PL, Hisataka K. Target cell specific antibody based photosensitizers for photodynamic therapy. SPIE Photonics West: BiOS Conference Proceedings 2011.

Mitsunaga M, Ogawa M, Kosaka N, Rosenblum LT, Choyke PL, and Kobayashi, H. Cancer Cell-Selective In Vivo Near Infrared Photoimmunotherapy Targeting Specific Membrane Molecules. Nature Med 2011.

“Target cell specific antibody based photosensitizers for photodynamic therapy.” Presented at the 2011 SPIE Photonics West Conference, Jan 24, 2011, San Francisco, CA.
Lauren Rouleau   Lauren.Rouleau@jefferson.edu
Undergrad   Mount Holyoke College, BA, 2007
Year   MD/PhD 4, JGSBS-2
Mentor   Dr. Jan Hoek
PhD Program

Research Interests
  Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology

I am interested in biochemistry, more specifically signal transduction pathways, but I'm still trying to narrow it down.
Hobbies/Interests   I love cooking and camping/hiking. I also enjoy wine and beer tasting, reading, board games, and video games.
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
  My favorite thing to do in Philadelphia is play mini golf at Franklin Square followed by ice cream at Franklin Fountain.
Honors/Awards    
Publications    
Zachary Schoepflin   Zachary.Schoepflin@jefferson.edu
Undergrad   University of Delaware, BME, 2010
Year   MD/PhD4, JGSBS-2
Mentor   Dr. Makarand Risbud
PhD Program

Research Interests
  Cell & Developmental Biology

This summer, I will be working in a lab focusing on the mechanisms by which the nucleus pulposus cells of the intervertebral disc adapt to hypoxic and osmotically compromising environments, particularly with respect to the roles of HIFs and TonEBP.
Hobbies/Interests   I am currently a JMC Ambassador Coordinator and in charge of running tours for students invited to interview at Jefferson Medical College. I am currently the vice president of Jefferson Clowns for Medicine, a group that visits the hospital to bring joy and laughter to inpatients. I play viola in the Jefferson Chamber Orchestra and also enjoy playing guitar and singing. Outside of student organizations, I enjoy running, playing baseball, rock climbing, and walking around Philadelphia.
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
  I was a history minor at the University of Delaware focusing in American history, so being so close to Independence Hall is fantastic. I love walking around Old City and learning more about early American history whenever I have the free time.
Honors/Awards   Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society; Alpha Lambda Delta honor society; University of Delaware Eugene DuPont Memorial Distinguished Scholar; University of Delaware General Honors Award
Publications    
Michael Vido
Michael Vido
  Michael.Vido@jefferson.edu
Undergrad University of Pennsylvania, BS, 2012
Year MD/PhD 2, JMC-2
Mentor TBD
PhD Program

Research Interests
Undecided

In the past I have spent time studying aberrant growth mechanisms and apoptotic pathways present in particular cancer types with a goal of identifying potential therapeutic techniques. I am also interested in studying tumor microenvironments and imaging methods related to cancer study and treatment.
Hobbies/Interests I enjoy an active lifestyle; particularly I enjoy running, training for triathlons, hiking and backpacking. Trying new foods and beers are ways that I like to spend my time as well.
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
Other than finding new bars and restaurants in the city, I can usually be found in Philadelphia’s parks, especially Fairmount and Wissahickon Valley Park.
Honors/Awards  
Publications  
Ha Linh Vu
Vu
  halinhv@gmail.com
Undergrad Dartmouth College, BA, 2008
Year MD/PhD 5, JGSBS-3
Mentor Dr. Andrew Aplin
PhD Program

Research Interests
Genetics, Genomics, & Cancer Biology

Molecular signaling in an undecided disease model.
Hobbies/Interests In no particular order: mosaicing, among other arts and crafts; sketching; cooking/eating.
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
My Philly highlights include Meme brunch, the cured selections at Garces Trading Post, the Rosenbach museum, and running along the Schuylkill.
Honors/Awards Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Cancer Institute, NIH: Identifying novel therapeutic strategies in mutant NRAS melanoma, 2012.
Publications  
Bill Wieczorek
Wieczorek
 
William.Wieczorek@Jefferson.edu
Undergrad Hamilton College, BA, 2011
Year MD/PhD 3, JGSBS-1
Mentor Dr. Caleb Kallen
PhD Program

Research Interests
Undecided

My previous research has focused on the structural biology of antimicrobial Piscidin peptides. I would like to continue exploring the structural biology and vaccine development of antimicrobial agents and viral proteins, specifically those related to HIV.
Hobbies/Interests Running, kayaking, karaoke, cycling, and throwing dinner parties
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
My favorite meal after a long day is the turducken burger at Smokin' Betty's. It's all of Thanksgiving in a single sandwich!
Honors/Awards Norton Prize in Chemistry, Elihu Root Fellowship
Publications  
Benjamin Yang
Yang
 
Benjamin.Yang@jefferson.edu
Undergrad   Lehigh University
Year   MD/PhD 1, JMC-1
Mentor   TBD
PhD Program

Research Interests
  Undecided

Neuroscience, especially the neuroscience of affective disorders and molecular biology.
Hobbies/Interests   Swimming, trying out new restaurants, cooking, playing video games, and vegetating in front of the computer screen. I also like to read non-fiction and listen to podcasts.
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
  Philadelphia is a great food city. So I love visiting the Italian Market or Reading Terminal for delicious foods.
Honors/Awards   Phi Beta Kappa, Lehigh University President's Scholarship
Publications    
Elaine Yang
Elaine Yang
  Elaine.Yang@jefferson.edu
Undergrad Johns Hopkins University, BS, 2009
Year MD/PhD 2, JMC-2
Mentor TBD
PhD Program

Research Interests
Undecided

Tissue engineering; biomaterials; cardiology; orthopedics
Hobbies/Interests Coffee; Grilled Cheese; Macaroni and cheese; Napping; Tennis; Reading a good book
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
Trying new restaurants and Restaurant Week are easily my favorite things about living in Philadelphia. I also like to jog along the Schuylkill River, (especially during the spring and fall) … so I can burn off those calories and eat some more! (Okay, the view is pretty great too.)
Honors/Awards Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society; Alpha Eta Mu Beta Biomedical Engineering Honor Society; Richard J. Johns Biomedical Engineering Award (JHU) ; Linda Trinh Memorial Award (JHU); Time Magazine Healthland Feature Article: “Saving Maternal Lives – With a Magic Marker” (2011); Nemours Biomedical Research Scholarship
Publications Unterman SA, Gibson M, Lee JH, Crist J, Chansakul T, Yang EC, Elisseeff JH.2012.Hyaluronic Acid-Binding Scaffold for Articular Cartilage Repair. Tissue Eng Part A. 2012 Aug 14 (epub ahead of print).

Robinson KG, Nie T, Baldwin AD, Yang EC, Kiick KL, Akins RE Jr. 2012. Differential effects of substrate modulus on human vascular endothelial, smooth muscle, and fibroblastic cells. J Biomed Mater Res A., 100(5):1356-67.

Hiesinger W, Brukman MJ, McCormick RC, Fitzpatrick JR 3rd, Frederick JR, Yang EC, Muenzer JR, Marotta NA, Berry MF, Atluri P, Woo YJ.2012.Myocardial tissue elastic properties determined by atomic force microscopy after stromal cell-derived factor 1α angiogenic therapy for acute myocardial infarction in a murine model. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg., 143(4):962-6.

Hiesinger W, Perez-Aguilar JM, Atluri P, Marotta NA, Frederick JR, Fitzpatrick JR 3rd, McCormick RC, Muenzer JR, Yang EC, Levit RD, Yuan LJ, Macarthur JW, Saven JG, Woo YJ.2011. Computational protein design to reengineer stromal cell-derived factor-1α generates an effective and translatable angiogenic polypeptide analog. Circulation, 13;124(11 Suppl):S18-26.

Hiesinger W, Vinogradov SA, Atluri P, Fitzpatrick JR 3rd, Frederick JR, Levit RD, McCormick RC, Muenzer JR, Yang EC, Marotta NA, MacArthur JW, Wilson DF, Woo YJ. 2011. Oxygen-dependent quenching of phosphorescence used to characterize improved myocardial oxygenation resulting from vasculogenic cytokine therapy. J Appl Physiol, 110(5):1460-5.
Jason You
You
  Jason.You@jefferson.edu
Undergrad University of Pennsylvania, BA, 2008
Year MD/PhD 4, JGSBS-2
Mentor Dr. Jeannie Chin
PhD Program Neuroscience
Research Interests I am interested in studying the biochemical mechanisms underlying the various neurodegenerative diseases, such as ALS, Alzheimer’s, and SBMA.
Hobbies/Interests Running, swimming, snowboarding, poker, making music, playing exorbitant amounts of video games, “vegging out” in front of a TV.
Favorite Places/Things
to Do in Philadelphia
Duck tours - just so you can get one of those annoying kazoos.
Honors/Awards Hobart Amory Hare Medical Honors Society-2012, Pathology Honors Program for Advanced Studies-2012, Hep B Free Philly Appreciation Award – 2011, Chair’s Award for Excellence in Biology – 2009, Physiology Teaching Honors – 2009, Penn Biology Honors Thesis – 2008, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society – 2009-Present, Pincus-Magaziner Family Research Grant – 2008
Publications Tripepi M, You J, Temel S, Onder O, Brisson D, Pohlschroder M. 2012. N-Glycolysation of Haloferax volcanii flagellins requires known AgI proteins and is essential for biosynthesis of stable flagella. Journal of Bacteriology, 194(18): 4876-87.