Biosciences Program

  • Biosciences Program Graduates

    Angela Arensdorf
    Biosciences Class
    : 2008-2009
    PhD Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Defense Date:  7/16/2013
    Thesis Project:  The Mechanisms and Consequences of Gene Suppression During the Unfolded Protein Response 
    PhD AdvisorTom Rutkowski
    Current Position:  Postdoctoral Scholar, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Nashville, TN
    Caleb Bailey
    Biosciences Class: 2001-2002
    PhD Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Defense Date: 11/6/2006
    Thesis Project: Expounding Maspin and IRF6: Identification and Characterization of Novel Serpin Partnership
    PhD Advisor: Mary Hendrix
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Kansas City, MO
    J. Matthew Barnes
    Biosciences Class: 2005-2006
    PhD Program: Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
    Defense Date: 3/28/2011
    Thesis Project: Influence of Matrix and Fluid Microenvironments on Cancer Cell Migration, Survival, and Metastasis
    PhD Advisor: Michael Henry
    Leah Biggs
    Biosciences Class: 2006-2007
    PhD Program: Genetics
    Defense Date: 4/4/2012
    Thesis Project: Interferon regulatory factor 6: a novel regulator of keratinocyte differentiation and migration
    PhD Advisor: Brian Schutte
    Ryan Boudreau
    Biosciences Class: 2002-2003
    PhD Program: Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
    Defense Date: 12/19/2007
    Thesis Project: Comparative analyses of hairpin-based RNA interference vectors for neurodegenerative disease therapy
    PhD Advisor: Beverly Davidson
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Internal Medicine, The University of Iowa
    Melinda Brindley (Binus)
    Biosciences Class: 2002-2003
    PhD Program: Microbiology
    Defense Date: 6/28/2007
    Thesis Project: Mechanisms of Entry and Superinfection of Equine Infectious Anemia Virus
    PhD Advisor: Wendy Maury
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
    Evan Brutinel
    Biosciences Class: 2003-2004
    PhD Program: Microbiology
    Defense Date: 11/11/2008
    Thesis Project: DNA Binding Properties and Domain Function of EXSA, the Central Transcriptional Regulator of the Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Type III Secretion System
    PhD Advisor: Timothy Yahr
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate, Biotechnology Institute
    Colleen Campbell
    Biosciences Class: 2003-2004
    PhD Program: Genetics
    Defense Date: 4/21/2010
    Thesis Project: Identification of a Genetic Contribution to Ménière's Disease
    PhD Advisor: Richard Smith
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Department of Otolaryngology, The University of Iowa
    Thomas Cradick
    Biosciences Class: 2004-2005
    PhD Program: Molecular & Cellular Biology
    Defense Date: 9/9/2009
    Thesis Project: Designed Zinc Finger Nucleases That Cleave Hepatitis B Viral DNA (07/02/2009)
    PhD Advisor: Anton McCaffrey
    David Dickey
    Biosciences Class: 2005-2006
    PhD Program: Molecular & Cellular Biology
    Defense Date: 4/16/2012
    Thesis Project: Strategies for Improving Adeno-associated Viral Infection of Airway Epithelia
    PhD Advisor: Joseph Zabner
    Justin Drake
    Biosciences Class: 2003-2004
    PhD Program: Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
    Defense Date: 4/8/2009
    Thesis Project: Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Prostate Cancer Cell Transendothelial Migration and Metastasis
    PhD Advisor: Michael Henry
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Molecular & Medical Pharmacology, Lab of Owen Witte, The University of California - Los Angeles
    Amy Dubinsky
    Biosciences Class: 2006-2007
    PhD Program: Molecular & Cellular Biology
    Defense Date: 5/26/2011
    Thesis Project: Expression Profiling and Functional Studies of Non-Coding RNAs in the Central Nervous System
    PhD Advisor: Beverly Davidson
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA
    Doug Dylla
    Biosciences Class: 2000-2001
    PhD Program: Genetics
    Defense Date: 11/12/2007
    Thesis Project: Arenaviruses and Lentiviral Gene Transfer: Host and Vector Properties Influencing Efficacy
    PhD Advisor: Paul McCray
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
    Megan Ealy
    Biosciences Class: 2005-2006
    PhD Program: Genetics
    Defense Date: 4/6/2011
    Thesis Project: Otosclerosis--Identifying Genetic Contributions to a Complex Hearing Disorder
    PhD Advisor: Richard Smith
    Colin Exline
    Biosciences Class: 2003-2004
    PhD Program: Microbiology
    Defense Date: 8/4/2009
    Thesis Project: The Positive Regulation of HIV-1 vif mRNA Splicing Is Required for Efficient Virus Replication
    PhD Advisor: C. Martin Stoltzfus
    Current Position: Research Associate, Department of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
    John Fisher
    Biosciences Class: 2006-2007
    PhD Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Defense Date: 10/29/2012
    Thesis Project: Ferret CFTR Processing and Function
    PhD Advisor: John Engelhardt  
    Andrea Flynn
    Biosciences Class: 2002-2003
    PhD Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Defense Date: 6/12/2008
    Thesis Project: Selectivity and Regulation of the Paracellular Pathway in Human Airway Epithelia
    PhD Advisor: Michael Welsh
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Department of Medicine - Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care, Columbia University, New York, NY
    Tamara Frembgen Kesner
    Biosciences Class: 2002-2003
    PhD Program: Biochemistry
    Defense Date: 9/9/2008
    Thesis Project: Simple Models of Molecular Flexibility and their Application to Drug Discovery and Protein Folding
    PhD Advisor: Adrian Elcock
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Department of Biochemistry, The University of Iowa, Adrian Elcock Lab
    Andrew Garrett
    Biosciences Class: 2004-2005
    PhD Program: Neuroscience
    Defense Date: 11/23/2009
    Thesis Project: Control of synaptogenesis and dendritic arborization by the gamma-protocadherin family of adhesion molecules
    PhD Advisor: Joshua Weiner
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Scholar, Robert W. Burgess, Ph.D., The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, ME
    Katie Grinnell
    Biosciences Class: 2002-2003
    PhD Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Defense Date: 4/11/2007
    Thesis Project: The effects of Oct-4 on the developmental potential of interfollicular basal keratinocytes
    PhD Advisor: Jackie Bickenbach
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Brown University, Providence, RI
    Christopher Hamm
    Biosciences Class: 2001-2002
    PhD Program: Genetics
    Defense Date: 12/2/2009
    Thesis Project: Functional Genomic Analyses of the Impact of Global Hypomethylation and of Tumor Microenvironment in a Rat Model of Human Chondrosarcoma
    PhD Advisor: Bento Soares
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Scholar, Cancer Biology & Epigenomics Program, Children's Memorial Research Center, Chicago, IL
    Isaiah Hankel
    Biosciences Class: 2006-2007
    PhD Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Defense Date: 8/18/2011
    Thesis Project: The Developmental Regulator Gon4-like Controls Proliferation, Th1-type Differentiation and Gene Expression by CD4+ T Cells
    PhD Advisor: John Colgan
    Sara Hanson
    Biosciences Class: 2007-2008
    PhD Program: Genetics
    Defense Date: 4/16/2013
    Thesis Project: The Molecular Evolution of Reproduction in Animals:  Insights from Sexual and Asexual Rotifers
    PhD Advisor: John Logsdon   
    Clay (Charles) Hazelett
    Biosciences Class: 2006-2007
    PhD Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Defense Date: 3/22/2012
    Thesis Project: Ral GTPases Regulate Biogenesis of Cell Polarity
    PhD Advisor: Charles Yeaman
    Heidi Hehnly
    Biosciences Class: 2003-2004
    PhD Program: Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
    Defense Date: 4/1/2009
    Thesis Project: The Cargo-dependent Regulation of Microtubule Motor-based Motility
    PhD Advisor: Mark Stamnes
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Program in Molecular Medicine, University of Massachusetts, Worcester, MA
    Karrie Hines Theoharis
    Biosciences Class: 2000-2001
    PhD Program: Genetics
    Defense Date: 4/20/2006
    Thesis Project: Mechanisms of Gene Silencing by Heterochromatin Protein 1
    PhD Advisor: Lori Wallrath
    Current Position: Genetic Counselor, Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN
    Michael Hitchler
    Biosciences Class: 2003-2004
    PhD Program: Free Radical & Radiation Biology
    Defense Date: 4/15/2008
    Thesis Project: Epigenetic regulation of manganese superoxide dismutase in human breast cancer
    PhD Advisor: Frederick Domann
    Current Position: Radiation Biologist
    David Infanger
    Biosciences Class: 2003-2004
    PhD Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Defense Date: 4/15/2009
    Thesis Project: Molecular Mechanisms of Central Neuro-cardiovascular Dysfunction in Heart Failure: Role of Reactive Oxygen Species and NADPH Oxidase
    PhD Advisor: Robin Davisson
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
    Jinsil Kim
    Biosciences Class: 2006-2007
    PhD Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Defense Date: 1/18/2012
    Thesis Project: Identification of Genes Contributing to Preterm Birth: Insights from Genetic, Transcriptomic, and Epigenetic Analyses
    PhD Advisor: Jeff Murray
    Kimberly Krager
    Biosciences Class: 2001-2002
    PhD Program: Free Radical & Radiation Biology
    Defense Date: 8/16/2007
    Thesis Project: Absorbed Dose Calculations Predict Therapeutic Response in Sodium Iodide Symporter Expressing Tumors
    PhD Advisor: Frederick Domann
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Department of Pharmacology, The University of Iowa
    Wei Li
    Biosciences Class: 2002-2003
    PhD Program: Genetics
    Defense Date: 7/16/2008
    Thesis Project: The Role of Activator Protein 2 Transcription Factors in Zebrafish Neural Crest Development
    PhD Advisor: Robert Cornell
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
    Uche Maduka
    Biosciences Class
    : 2007 - 2008
    PhD ProgramPharmacology
    Defense Date:  7/16/2013
    Thesis Project:  Elucidating Mechanisms by which Substance P in the RVM Contributes to the Maintenance of Pain following Inflammatory Injury 
    PhD AdvisorDonna Hammond
    Current Position:  Medical Student, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
    Josh Madsen
    Biosciences Class: 2000-2001
    PhD Program: Molecular & Cellular Biology
    Defense Date: 2/24/2006
    Thesis Project: Negative Regulation of HIV-1 Alternative Splicing is Necessary for Efficient Virus Protection
    PhD Advisor: C. Martin Stoltzfus
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Radiation Oncology, The University of Iowa
    Tara Maga
    Biosciences Class: 2006-2007
    PhD Program: Genetics
    Defense Date: 1/20/2012
    Thesis Project: Unraveling the complex genetics of atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome
    PhD Advisor: Richard Smith
    Mao Mao
    Biosciences Class: 2004-2005
    PhD Program: Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
    Defense Date: 4/1/2010
    Thesis Project: Genetic Studies of Sh3pxd2b and Its Contribution to Ocular Diseases
    PhD Advisor: Michael Anderson
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, The University of California, San Francisco
    Janine Martin
    Biosciences Class: 2005-2006
    PhD Program: Genetics
    Defense Date: 9/15/2010
    Thesis Project: Developing RNAi Therapy for DYT1 Dystonia
    PhD Advisor: Pedro  Gonzalez-Alegre
    Aaron Mason
    Biosciences Class: 2005-2006
    PhD Program: Biochemistry
    Defense Date: 4/5/2010
    Thesis Project: Functional Analysis of an Alternative Replication Protein A Complex Containing RPA4
    PhD Advisor: Marc Wold
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Department of Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
    Travis McCarthy
    Biosciences Class: 2000-2001
    PhD Program: Microbiology
    Defense Date: 9/14/2006
    Thesis Project: Characterization of mycobacterial phosphomannomutases involved in mannoglycoconjugate biosynthesis and immunopathogenesis.
    PhD Advisor: Larry Schlesinger
    Current Position: Biosafety Professional, Regional Biocontainment Lab, University of Missouri, Environmental Health and Safety
    Daniel McDermott
    Biosciences Class
    :  2008 - 2009
    PhD ProgramImmunology
    Defense Date:  7/12/2013
    Thesis Project:  Priming and Tracking the Virus-specific T Cell Response 
    PhD AdvisorSteve Varga
    Current Position:  Post-Doctoral Scholar, National Jewish Health, Denver, CO
    Colleen McDowell (Trantow)
    Biosciences Class: 2004-2005
    PhD Program: Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
    Defense Date: 8/27/2009
    Thesis Project: Genetic Pathways of Lyst and Exfoliation Syndrome
    PhD Advisor: Michael Anderson
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Ft. Worth, TX
    Viviane Muniz
    Biosciences Class: 2007-2008
    PhD Program: Molecular & Cellular Biology
    Defense Date: 11/8/2012
    Thesis Project: Role of Parf, a Novel Partner of ARF, in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma and in ARF Signaling PhD Advisor: Dawn Quelle
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Aaron Blaisdell, University of California at Los Angeles 
    Elke Nelson
    Biosciences Class: 2006-2007
    PhD Program: Molecular & Cellular Biology
    Defense Date: 4/26/2011
    Thesis Project: Activators of Vinculin Enhance Cell Adhesion and Sensitize Melanomas to Chemotherapy
    PhD Advisor: Kris DeMali
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Aaron Blaisdell, University of California at Los Angeles
    Jason Netland
    Biosciences Class: 2004-2005
    PhD Program: Immunology
    Defense Date: 1/23/2009
    Thesis Project: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Molecular Biology, Pathogenesis, and Vaccine Design
    PhD Advisor: Stanley Perlman
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Department of Immunology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
    Kirill Nourski
    Biosciences Class: 2001-2002
    PhD Program: Neuroscience
    Defense Date: 7/10/2006
    Thesis Project: Acoustic-electric Interaction in the Auditory Nerve: Simultaneous and Forward Masking of the Electrically Evoked Compound Action Potential
    PhD Advisor: Paul Abbas
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Department of Neurosurgery, The University of Iowa
    Christian Overgaard
    Biosciences Class: 2004-2005
    PhD Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Defense Date: 12/2/2009
    Thesis Project: Deciliation Dramatically Alters Epithelial Function
    PhD Advisor: Charles Yeaman
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
    Stacey Payne
    Biosciences Class: 2002-2003
    PhD Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Defense Date: 3/23/2006
    Thesis Project: The Role of Lysyl Oxidase in Breast Cancer Cell Motility
    PhD Advisor: Mary Hendrix
    Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL
    Christopher Pelham
    Biosciences Class: 2007-2008
    PhD Program: Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
    Defense Date: 4/16/2012
    Thesis Project: Novel Mechanisms of Vascular-specific Peroxisome Proliferator-activated Receptor Gamma in Hypertension and Atherosclerosis
    PhD Advisor: Curt Sigmund
    Delila Peri
    Biosciences Class: 2009-2010
    PhD Program: Immunology
    Defense Date: 7/12/2012
    Thesis Project: Third Generation Monoclonal Antibodies and Their Mechanisms of Action Against B Cell Lymphomas
    PhD Advisor: George Weiner
    Dustin Petrik
    Biosciences Class: 2001-2002
    PhD Program: Molecular & Cellular Biology
    Defense Date: 2/15/2007
    Thesis Project: The Multiple Functions of the Human Cytomegalovirus IE86 Regulatory Protein
    PhD Advisor: Mark Stinski
    Current Position: Research Scientist, GeneSeek, Lincoln, NE
    Stephanie Pierce
    Biosciences Class: 2004-2005
    PhD Program: Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
    Defense Date: 4/5/2010
    Thesis Project: The Role and Regulation of Small Conductance CA2+ Activated K+ Channel Subtype 3 in Myometrial Contraction and Placental Development
    PhD Advisor: Sarah England
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Laboratory of Kathleen Caron, Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    Belinda Pinto
    Biosciences Class: 2003-2004
    PhD Program: Molecular & Cellular Biology
    Defense Date: 8/26/2009
    Thesis Project: Understanding the Role of LEM Domain Proteins in Drosophila Development
    PhD Advisor: Pamela Geyer
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.
    Xiaoyan Qin
    Biosciences Class: 2007-2008
    PhD Program: Human Toxicology
    Defense Date: 8/29/2012
    Thesis Project: Oxidative and Electrophilic Structural Modification and Catalytic Regulation of Human Hydroxysteroid Sulfotransferase 2A1 (hSULT2A1)
    PhD Advisor: Michael Duffel
    Jihui Ren
    Biosciences Class: 2002-2003
    PhD Program: Genetics
    Defense Date: 6/26/2007
    Thesis Project: Control of Protein Sorting to the Lysosome by Hse1 and Its Interacting Proteins
    PhD Advisor: Robert Piper
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Department of Cell & Developmental Biology, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
    Federico Rey
    Biosciences Class: 2001-2002
    PhD Program: Microbiology
    Defense Date: 12/15/2006
    Thesis Project: Hydrogen production by Rhodopseudomonas palustris: a functional genomic approach
    PhD Advisor: Caroline Harwood
    Current Position: Staff Scientist, Center for Genome Science, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
    Roman Rodionov
    Biosciences Class: 2001-2002
    PhD Program: Molecular & Cellular Biology
    Defense Date: 11/26/2007
    Thesis Project: Role of Asymmetric Dimethylarginine in Hyperhomocysteinemia-Induced Vascular Dysfunction
    PhD Advisor: Steven Lentz
    Current Position: Resident, Internal Medicine and Vascular Medicine, Technical University of Dresden, Dresden, Germany
    Laura Rogers
    Biosciences Class: 2007-2008
    PhD Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Defense Date: 10/30/2012
    Thesis Project: Cancer Gene Discovery and Immunosurveillance Studies Using Sleeping Beauty Mouse Models
    PhD Advisor: Adam Dupuy
    Amit Saraf
    Biosciences Class: 2002-2003
    PhD Program: Pharmacology
    Defense Date: 12/19/2008
    Thesis Project: Regulation of Tyrosine Hydroxylase by Protein Phosphatase 2A
    PhD Advisor: Stefan Strack
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Neurology, University of Michigan
    Igor Schneider
    Biosciences Class: 2003-2004
    PhD Program: Genetics
    Defense Date: 12/12/2008
    Thesis Project: Critical Roles for calcium and beta-caterin in sebrahfis left-right organ asymmetry
    PhD Advisor: Diane Slusarski
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Department of Organismal Biology & Anatomy, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
    Patricia Schneider
    Biosciences Class: 2004-2005
    PhD Program: Genetics
    Defense Date: 4/16/2010
    Thesis Project: Role of Axin-RGS Domain during Axis Formation: Maternal vs. Zygotic Functions
    PhD Advisor: Douglas Houston
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Department of Biology, The University of Iowa
    Tyson Shepherd
    Biosciences Class: 2006-2007
    PhD Program: Biochemistry
    Defense Date: 5/12/2011
    Thesis Project: Structural and Thermodynamic Origins of the Distinct Specificities of Tiam-family PDZ Domains
    PhD Advisor: Ernesto Fuentes
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Chemical Biology, Uppsala University, Sweden
    Alexey Soshnev
    Biosciences Class: 2006-2007
    PhD Program: Biochemistry
    Defense Date: 7/3/2012
    Thesis Project: New Transcriptional Roles for the Classic Drosophila Insulator Protein Suppressor of Hairy-wing
    PhD Advisor: Pam Geyer
    Skye Souter
    Biosciences Class: 2002-2003
    PhD Program: Molecular & Cellular Biology
    Defense Date: 4/6/2009
    Thesis Project: Structure and Interactions of Microtubule-associated Protein Tau in Human Prostate Cancer Cells
    PhD Advisor: Gloria Lee
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Scholar, Gene Function and Expression, UMass Medical Center, Worcester, MA
    Levi Sowers
    Biosciences Class: 2008-2009
    PhD Program: Molecular & Cellular Biology
    Defense Date: 7/2/2012
    Thesis Project: Humans and Mice with Prickle Mutations Show a Propensity for Epilepsy and Display Autism-like Behaviors with Evidence for Hippocampal Synaptic Dysfunction
    PhD Advisor: Alexander Bassuk
    Matthew Stern
    Biosciences Class: 2001-2002
    PhD Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Defense Date: 3/30/2007
    Thesis Project: Epidermal Stem Cells are Multipotent and Resist Cellular Aging
    PhD Advisor: Jackie Bickenbach
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC
    Kathryn Stern
    Biosciences Class: 2001-2002
    PhD Program: Pharmacology
    Defense Date: 12/5/2006
    Thesis Project: Cbl-mediated Mechanisms of Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Trafficking
    PhD Advisor: Nancy Lill
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC
    Daniel Stringer
    Biosciences Class: 2004-2005
    PhD Program: Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
    Defense Date: 11/18/2010
    Thesis Project: The Role of Ubiquitination within Endocytic Pathway
    PhD Advisor: Robert Piper
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Washington, DC
    Robert Svensson
    Biosciences Class: 2005-2006
    PhD Program: Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
    Defense Date: 3/29/2010
    Thesis Project: Bioluminescent Mouse Models of Prostate Cancer Progression and Therapy
    PhD Advisor: Michael Henry
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, The University of California, San Diego
    Colin Thalhofer
    Biosciences Class: 2003-2004
    PhD Program: Immunology
    Defense Date: 4/22/2011
    Thesis Project: Leishmania infantum chagasi Induces a Dynamic Cellular Inflammatory Response
    PhD Advisor: Mary Wilson
    Andrew Thomas
    Biosciences Class: 2002-2003
    PhD Program: Biochemistry
    Defense Date: 11/17/2006
    Thesis Project: Use of Molecular Simulations to Understand the Effects at High Temperature and Salt Upon Charged and Hydrophobic Interactions
    PhD Advisor: Adrian Elcock
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Department of Biochemistry, The University of Iowa, Adrian Elcock Lab
    Jason Ulrich
    Biosciences Class: 2005-2006
    PhD Program: Pharmacology
    Defense Date: 11/18/2011
    Thesis Project: The Regulation and Function of Nuclear Factor of Activated T-cells in Neurons
    PhD Advisor: Yuriy Usachev
    Eric Van Otterloo
    Biosciences Class: 2006-2007
    PhD Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Defense Date: 4/6/2012
    Thesis Project: Transcription Factor Activator Protein 2 in Development and Disease of the Neural Crest
    PhD Advisor: Robert Cornell
    Eric Weatherford
    Biosciences Class: 2005-2006
    PhD Program: Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
    Defense Date: 11/22/2010
    Thesis Project: Regulation of Renin Gene Expression by CTCF, Nr2f2, Nr2f6, Nr4a1, and Maintenance of the Renin Expressing Cell
    PhD Advisor: Curt Sigmund
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Pharmacology, Laboratory of Curt Sigmund, The University of Iowa
    Lauren Wegman
    Biosciences Class: 2003-2004
    PhD Program: Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
    Defense Date: 4/16/2009
    Thesis Project: Control of Drosophila larval behavioral transitions by peripheral sensory neurons
    PhD Advisor: Wayne Johnson
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Radiation Oncology, The University of Iowa
    Pamela Wernett
    Biosciences Class: 2005-2006
    PhD Program: Neuroscience
    Defense Date: 11/2/2011
    Thesis Project: The Effects of MED12 Variation upon Cell Cycle Progression and Differential Gene Expression
    PhD Advisor: Robert Philibert
    Weiliang Xie
    Biosciences Class: 2005-2006
    PhD Program: Molecular & Cellular Biology
    Defense Date: 7/6/2012
    Thesis Project: Regulators of Airway Submucosal Gland Development and Function 
    PhD Advisor:  John Engelhardt  
    Hsan-Jan (David) Yen
    Biosciences Class: 2001-2002
    PhD Program: Genetics
    Defense Date: 8/15/2007
    Thesis Project: Development of the Zebrafish Model System to Gain Insight in the Pathphysiology of Bardet-Biedl Syndrome
    PhD Advisor: Val Sheffield and Diane Slusarski
    Oksana Zagorodna
    Biosciences Class: 2004-2005
    PhD Program: Free Radical & Radiation Biology
    Defense Date: 12/16/2011
    Thesis Project: BCL-2 FAMILY MEMBERS REGULATE THE SENSITIVITY TO 2-DEOXY-D-GLUCOSE IN LYMPHOMAS
    PhD Advisor: Michael Knudson
    Liang (Neal) Zhang
    Biosciences Class: 2001-2002
    PhD Program: Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Defense Date: 11/29/2006
    Thesis Project: Endosomal Processing of Recombinant Adeno-associated Virus
    PhD Advisor: John Engelhardt
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital, University of Toronto, Canada
    Xiyou Zhou
    Biosciences Class: 2000-2001
    PhD Program: Molecular & Cellular Biology
    Defense Date: 4/19/2007
    Thesis Project: Studies Examining the In Vivo Function of Two Human Renin Transcriptional Enhancers Using BAC-mediated Transgenesis
    PhD Advisor: Curt Sigmund
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Cardiovascular Center, Duke University, Durham, NC