Pharmacology PhD Program
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.
B.S., Biochemistry, Seattle Univ., Seattle, WA, 2017
Investigating the unique regulation and functions of ER in ILC breast cancers.
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.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
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 and Natural Sciences, Univ. de Puerto Rico en Cayay, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, 2013
Understanding mechanisms of neuroprotection in cerebral ischemia.
B.S., Biochemistry, Univ. of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 2011
Understanding how autophagy variation determines the fate of cancer cells.
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.S., Biology, State Univ. of New York, Brockport, NY, 2012; M.S., Biology, State Univ. of New York, Brockport, NY, 2013
In silico and in vitro approaches to identify therapeutic targets of bladder cancer.
B.A.&Sc., Psychology and Philosophy, Regis Univ., Denver, CO, 2013
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.S., Biological Sciences, Univ. of Michigan, Dearborn, MI, 2009
B.S., Biology, Univ. North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, 2017
B.S., Biochemistry, Loyola Univ., Chicago, IL, 2014
Inhibition of oncogenic signaling pathways can modulate T-cell inflammation
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.A., Physics & French, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, 2011
Synapse regulation by NFAT-dependent transcription.
B.A., Psychology, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, Boulder, CO, 2011
Regulation of synaptic plasticity by AKAP150 palmitoylation.
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.A., 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
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
B.S., Biology, Villanova Univ., 2012; M.P.H., Epidemiology, Drexel Univ., 2014
B.S., Chemistry, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, 2003; M.S. Chemistry & Bioinformatics, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, 2014