Pharmacology PhD Program
The Pharmacology Training Program currently has 31 students enrolled in the Ph.D. Program. Of the current students, 5 entered the program as M.D./Ph.D. (MSTP) students; and 4 others entered the program from the umbrella Biomedical Science Program
(BSP). The Pharmacology Graduate Training Program consistently matriculates students from all three potential sources: direct recruiting, the BSP, and the MSTP. With an average GPA of 3.6 and GRE scores of V: 157, Q: 157(170 scale), our applicants
are clearly competitive. They also represent a broad and diverse geographic distribution as well as a variety of undergraduate majors including: biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, pharmacy and psychology. Over the last
ten years, the average size of the matriculated class of students Pharmacology Training Program students has been 4.6 and the average time to degree is ~5.2 years. The retention rate, that is students who complete the program with their Ph.D. is
(37/49) or 76% over the last 10 years. Another 8 students completed the program with M.S. degrees. Thus, the overall percentage of a students graduating with an advanced degree is (45/49) 92%. Between 1998 and 2017, the Pharmacology T32 Training
Grant supported 65 of its 111 Training Program graduate students.
B.S., Biochemistry, Seattle Univ., Seattle, WA, 2017
Investigating the unique regulation and functions of ER in ILC breast cancers.
B.S., Biology, Rowan Univ., Glassboro, NJ, 2016
Elucidating the role of Mitochondrial Rho-like GTPase, Miro2, in the regulation of mitochondrial dynamics and turnover
B.S., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Michigan State Univ., East Lansing, MI, 2013
Dynamic regulation of recycling endosome cargo trafficking by local synaptic activity.
B.A., Neuroscience, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 2016
B.S., Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China, 2013
Characterization of Endothelial Microparticle-mediated Intercellular Communication in COPD
B.S., Pharmacy, China Pharmaceutical Univ., 2014; M.S., Drug Discovery and Development, Drexel Univ., 2016
Investigating how EGFR mediates early adaptive resistance to tyrosine kinase inhibitors in NSCLC driven by oncogenic fusion kinases
B.S., Neurobiology, Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX, 2014
Role of CAMKII T305-306 auto-phosphorylation in bi-directional synaptic plasticity (LTP vs. LTD)
B.S., Biology, Univ. of Louisville, Louisville, KY, 2017
Identification and characterization of novel effector proteins in the Rho-like GTPase Miro2 that alter metabolism and motility in prostate cancer.
B.S., Biology, Univ. of New Mexico, 2015
Understanding mechanisms of inhibitory synapse down-regulation in vulnerable cell-types during OGD
B.A.&Sc., Psychology and Philosophy, Regis Univ., Denver, CO, 2013
Elucidating genetically regulated gene expression in the context of addiction.
B.S., Molecular Toxicology, Univ. of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 2014
Utilizing zebrafish as a model organism to investigate the mechanisms by which developmental genes contribute to formation and progression of Rhabdomyosarcoma.
B.A., Neuroscience, Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL, 2018
B.S., Biology, Univ. of Richmond, Richmond, VA, 2016
I study the role of Eya transcriptional cofactors in regulation of the immune response in triple negative breast cancer
B.A., Intergrated Physiology, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 2016
Investigating the contribution of vascular progenitor cells to pathologic vascular remodeling, fibrosis, and hypertension.
B.S., Biological Sciences, Univ. of Michigan, Dearborn, MI, 2009
Investigating molecular determinants of chemosensitivity in bladder cancer.
B.S., Pharmaceutical Sciences, Univ. of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, 2018
B.S., Biology, Univ. North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, 2017
Investigating the Spine Apparatus and unconventional protein trafficking in neurons
B.S., Biochemistry, Loyola Univ., Chicago, IL, 2014
Inhibition of oncogenic signaling pathways can modulate T-cell inflammation
B.S., Biotechnology & Statistics Minor, James Madison Univ., Harrisonburg, VA, 2015; M.S., Biomedical Sciences and Biotechnology, Univ. of Colorado Anschutz, Denver, CO, 2018
Glycosaminoglycan therapeutics to sequester pathogenic toxins in Sepsis.
B.A., Political Science, Reed College, Portland, OR, 2010; B.S., Molecular Biology, Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, 2013
The vascular and pulmonary glycobiology of critical illness
B.M., Vocal Performance, Univ. of Denver, Denver, CO, 2013; B.S., Biology, Univ. of Colorado, Denver, CO, 2017
Subsynaptic characterization of neurexins
B.A., Physics & French, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, 2011
Synapse regulation by NFAT-dependent transcription.
B.S., Bio-Biotechnology, Univ. of Florida, 2015
Role of Neurexin3-alpha at the synapse.
B.S., Biochemistry & Music, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, 2012
Investigating regulation of cardiomyogenesis for cardiac repair.
B.S., Molecular and Cellular Biology, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, 2019
B.S., Biology, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA, 2018
Alexander (Sascha) Strait
B.S., Biological Science, Univ. of California, Davis, CA, 2004
TGF-β signaling regulates the response to immune checkpoint blockade in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma.
B.S., Physiology and Biochemistry, Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2014
Activation of the insulin receptor by histone three tail peptides.
B.S., Chemistry, Santa Clara Univ., Santa Clara, CA, 2014
Investigating DAPK1 localization and function in synaptic plasticity.
B.S., Biology, Villanova Univ., 2012; M.P.H., Epidemiology, Drexel Univ., 2014
Investigating mechanisms of acquired resistance to tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) in human primary cell lines with driving receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) fusion mutations
B.S., Biotechnology, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, 2018
Investigating the role of chemokine CCL2 in the recruitment of macrophages to the tumor microenvironment of NSCLC
B.S., Chemistry, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, 2003; M.S. Chemistry & Bioinformatics, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, 2014
Investigating transient site-specific gain as a mechanism of gene amplification