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Pharmacology PhD Program

Current Students

The Pharmacology Training Program currently has 23 students enrolled in the Ph.D. Program. Of the current students, 3 entered the program as M.D./Ph.D. (MSTP) students; and 3 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.

Evelyn Bordeaux
B.S.,Biochemistry, Seattle Univ., Seattle, WA, 2017
​Ashley Bourke
B.S., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Michigan State Univ., East Lansing, MI, 2013
Dynamic regulation of recycling endosome cargo trafficking by local synaptic activity.
Danting Cao
B.S., Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China, 2013
Characterization of Endothelial Microparticle-mediated Intercellular Communication in COPD
Nan Chen
B.S., Pharmacy, China Pharmaceutical Univ., 2014; M.S., Drug Discovery and Development, Drexel Univ., 2016
​Sarah Cook
B.S., Neurology, Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX, 2014
Roll of CAMKII T305-306 auto-phosphorylation in bi-directional synaptic plasticity (LTP vs. LTD)
​Ivelisse Cruz-Torres
B.S., Biology and Natural Sciences, Univ. de Puerto Rico en Cayay, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, 2013
Mentor: Herson, Paco
Understanding mechanisms of neuroprotection in cerebral ischemia.
​Brent Fitzwalter
BS: B.S., Biochemistry, Univ. of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 2011
Understanding how autophagy variation determines the fate of cancer cells.
Madison Furnish
B.S., Univ. of Louisville, Louisville, KY, 2017
Joshua Garcia
B.S., Biology, Univ. of New Mexico, 2015
​Andrew Goodspeed
BS: Biology, State Univ. of New York, Brockport, NY, 2012
In silico and in vitro approaches to identify therapeutic targets of bladder cancer.
​Sarah Haeger
BS: Chemical and Biological Engineering, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder , CO, 2011
Mentor: Tuder, Rubin
The role of heparan sulfate fragments on epithelial growth factor signaling and repair during sepsis-induced lung injury
Sean Hickey
B.S., Psychology and Philosophy, Regis Univ., Denver, CO, 2013
Jessica Hsu
B.S., Molecular Toxicology, Univ. of California Berkeley, Berkley, CA, 2014
Utilizing zebrafish as a model organism to investigate the mechanisms by which developmental genes contribute to formation and progression of Rhabdomyosarcoma.
Robert Jones
B.S., Biological Sciences, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2009
​Sean Korpela
B.S., Biochemistry, Loyola Univ., Chicago, IL, 2014
Inhibition of oncogenic signaling pathways can modulate T-cell inflammation
​Tyler Martinez
B.A., Physics & French, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, 2011
​Alicia Purkey
B.S., Biology, Univ. of Colorado, Denver, Denver, CO, 2007
Regulation of recycling endosome exocytosis by AKAP79/150
Susana Restrepo
B.S., Bio-Biotechnology, Univ. of Florida, 2015
Mentor: Aoto, Jason
​Andrew Riching
B.S., Biochemistry & Music, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, 2012
Mentor: Song, Kunhua
Investigating regulation of cardiomyogenesis for cardiac repair.
​Brooke Sinnen
BA: Biological Science, Northwestern Univ., IL, 2013
Effect of β-Amyloid on NMDA receptor function
​Alexander (Sascha) Strait
B.S., Biological Science, Univ. of California, Davis, CA, 2004
Exploring how Mer tyrosine kinase regulates EMT, metastasis, and the tumor microenvironment.
Philip Tatman
B.S., Physiology and Biochemistry, Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2014
Jonathan Tullis
B.S., Chemistry, Santa Clara Univ., Santa Clara, CA, 2014
Logan Tyler
B.S., Biology, Villanova Univ., 2012; M.P.H., Epidemiology, Drexel Univ., 2014
Gregory Wright
B.S., Chemistry, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, 2003; M.S. Chemistry & Bioinformatics, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, 2014


David Port, Program Director
Email: David Port, Ph.D.
Shanelle Felder, Program Administrator
Voice: 303-724-3565 | Fax: 303-724-3663 |
12800 E. 19th Avenue, Mail Stop 8303, Research Complex 1 North Tower, Room 6106, Aurora, CO 80045

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