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Department of Pharmacology

Department of Pharmacology

Meet the Students

​Our New Students

​​Alicia Purkey

BA: Psychology, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 2011

​Andrew Goodspeed 

BS: Biology, State Univ. of New York, Brockport, NY, 2012

Class entering in 2007

​J. Taylor Juergens

B.S., Biology, Univ. of Colorado, Denver, Denver, CO, 2007
Mentor: Sather, William A.

Mechanistic basis of voltage-gated L-type Ca2+ channel modulation as a foundation to understand higher order processes such as control of heart rate and dendritic computation in the brain.


Class entering in 2008

​Allison Ostriker

B.A., Biochemistry, Bowdoin Coll., Brunswick, ME, 2004
Mentor: Nemenoff, Raphael A.

The role of macrophage phenotype on severity of response to vascular injury. In addition to in vivo models of vascular injury, use of in vitro models to look at the molecular cross-talk going on between macrophages and other relevant cell types


Class entering in 2009

​Wallace H. Liu

B.S., Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Univ. of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA, 2007
Mentor: Churchill, Mair E. A.

Chromatin assembly and disassembly in eukaryotes.

​Sarah M. Moore

B.S., Biology and Chemistry, Harvey Mudd Coll., Claremont, CA, 2008
Mentor: Wu, Christine C.

I develop mass spectrometry methods for the analysis of integral membrane proteins (IMPs). Specifically, I study the membrane topology of leucine transporter (LeuT) through membrane shaving techniques.

​Jacki M. Rorabaugh 

B.S., Biology: Allied Health, Winona State Univ., Winona, MN, 2009
Mentor: Zahniser, Nancy R.

Investigation of dopamine receptor number and coupling in high and low cocaine responding rats

​Christina L. Wysoczynski

B.S., Biology, Univ. of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA, 2009
Mentor: Churchill, Mair E. A.

Signaling mechanisms involved in bacterial pathenogenesis.


Class entering in 2010

​Kelsey Barcomb

B.A., Neuroscience, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY, 2009
Mentor: Bayer, K.​​​​​​​​ Ulrich

Interaction between calcium calmodulin dependent kinase II (CaMKII) and the NMDA receptor subunit NR2B


​Wes Blakeslee

B.A., Biochemistry, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 2009
Mentor: McKinsey, Timothy A.

Investigating the epigenetic regulation of heart failure in cellular models of cardiac hypertrophy and in human patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. 

​Hannah Johnson

B.S., Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara, CA, 2009
Mentor: Jones, David N. M.

The intramolecular contacts between the C2 and catalytic domain of PKC delta as a means to modulate activity

​Sarah Martin

B.S., Biochemistry, North Central College, Naperville, IL, 2010
Mentor: Murphy, Robert C.

The role of lipid mediators in traumatic brain injury


Class entering in 2011

​​Jovylyn Gatchalian

BS: Biochemistry, Univ. of California, San Diego, CA, 2006
Mentor: Kutateladze, Tataiana G.

Coming soon...


​Jessica Spiltoir

BS: Biochemistry, Univ. of Vermont, VT, 2009
Mentor: McKinsey, Timothy A.

Coming soon...


Class entering in 2012

​Rachel Fickes

B.S., Biochemistry, Creighton Univ., NE, 2011
Mentor: Voelker, Dennis R.

​Brent Fitzwalter

B.S., Biochemistry, Univ. of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 2011
Mentor: Freed, Curt