MD/PhD - Student

MD/PhD Program Roster (2018-2019)

Students

MS-1


Angela Jasper

Angela Jasper
Research Interest: Pharmacology, Cancer Biology
Prior Education: University of Wisconsin-Madison


Clare Murray

Clare Murray
Research Interest: Immunology, Cancer Biology
Prior Education: UT Austin


George Naratadam

George Naratadam
Research Interest: Immunology, Cancer Biology
Prior Education: University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign


Carlos Ontiveros

Carlos Ontiveros
Research Interest: Infectious Diseases
Prior Education: UT El Paso


Sonia Razaqyar

Sonia Razaqyar
Research Interest: Radiological Sciences, Neuroscience
Prior Education: Mount Holyoke College


Jonathan Towne

Jonathan Towne
Research Interest: Radiological Sciences, Neuroscience
Prior Education: Rice University


Neha Wali

Neha Wali
Research Interest: Immunology
Prior Education: University of Maryland-Baltimore County


MS-2


Salvador Alejo

Salvador Alejo
Research Interest: Biochemistry, Cancer Biology
Prior Education: Harvard University


Francisco Neal

Francisco Neal
Research Interest: Cancer Biology
Prior Education: Austin College

Erica Osta

Erica Osta
Research Interest: Immunology, Cancer Biology, Biomedical Engineering
Prior Education: Texas State University


GS-1


Mileah E. Cook

Mileah E. Cook
PhD Track: Neuroscience
PhD Mentor: Undecided
Prior Education: Brigham Young University

Myrna G. Garcia

Myrna G. Garcia
PhD Track: Molecular Immunology and Microbiology
PhD Mentor: Tyler Curiel, MD, MPH
Prior Education: University of Houston

Sang Woo Kim

Harper Kim
PhD Track: Biology of Aging
PhD Mentor: Andrew Pickering, PhD
Prior Education: Brown University

Anand Kornepati

Anand Kornepati
PhD Track: Molecular Immunology and Microbiology
PhD Mentor: Tyler Curiel, MD, MPH
Prior Education: Duke University


GS-2


petra jans

Petra Jans
PhD Track: Pharmacology
PhD Mentor: Sue Mooberry, PhD
Prior Education: Colorado College, BA

ryan reyes

Ryan M. Reyes
PhD Track: Infection, Inflammation & Immunity
PhD Mentor: Tyler Curiel, MD, MPH
Award: CTSA Translational Science (TL-1) Fellowship Award, 2018
Prior Education: University of Arkansas at Monticello, BS

Gabrielle Zuniga

Gabrielle Zuniga
PhD Track: Neuroscience
PhD Mentor: Bess Frost, PhD
Award: Neuroscience Discipline - T32 Training Grant trainee
Prior Education: University of Texas at Austin, BS

GS-3

Eric B. Baeuerle

Eric B. Baeuerle
PhD Track: Biology of Aging
PhD Mentor: Nicolas Musi, MD
Prior Education: Rice University, BS

Andy Q. Banh

Andy Q. Banh
PhD Track: Physiology & Pharmacology
PhD Mentor: Veronica Galvan, PhD
Prior Education: California State University, BS

Jacob T. Boyd

Jacob T. Boyd
PhD Track: Physiology
PhD Mentor: Kenneth Hargreaves, DDS, PhD
Award: NIH F30AT009949 "Role of High Omega-6 Diet as a Risk Factor
for Pain Through Increased TRPV1 and TRPA1 Activity"
Prior Education: University of North Texas, BA


assandra Leonardo

Cassandra Leonardo
PhD Track: Radiological Sciences
PhD Mentor: Peter Fox, MD
Prior Education: New York University, BA

Daniel B. Shropshire

Daniel B. Shropshire
PhD Track: Physiology
PhD Mentor: Jean Jiang, PhD
Prior Education: St. Louis University, BA


GS-4

Laura Caflisch

Laura Caflisch
PhD Track: Physiology
PhD Mentor: Andrew Brenner, MD, PhD
Award: NIH F30CA225143 "Metabolic Resistance to Hypoxia in Glioblastoma Multiforme"
Prior Education: Texas A&M University, BS

Iskra

Brian Iskra
PhD Track: Cancer Biology
PhD Mentor: Greg Aune, MD, PhD
Award: NIH F30AG057213 "Targeting Doxorubicin-Induced Mitochondrial
Failure in Mesenchymal Stem Cells with Metformin"
Prior Education: City University of New York, BS

Kotkowski

Eithan Kotkowski
PhD Track: Radiological Sciences
PhD Mentor: Peter Fox, MD
Award: NIMH Research supplement to promote diversity in health-related research,
CTSA Translational Science (TL-1) Fellowship Award, 2018
Prior Education: University of Texas at Austin, BS

GS-5

Trevi Ramirez

Trevi Mancilla
PhD Track: Physiology
PhD Mentor: Greg Aune, MD, PhD
Prior Education: Wellesley College, BA

Kristen Rogers

Kristen Rogers
PhD Track: Microbiology & Immunology
PhD Mentor: Sunil Ahuja, MD
Prior Education: Rice University, BA, UNT Health Science Center, MS


MS-3

Jeff Cooney

Jeff Cooney, PhD
PhD Track: Cancer Biology
PhD Mentor: Ricardo Aguiar, MD, PhD
PhD Project: "The Cycle AMP/Phosphodiesterase 4 Axis Regulates
the Proximal B-cell Receptor, the Lymphoma cell, and its Microenvironment"
PhD Dissertation Defense: April 19, 2018
Awards: NIH F30CA206343 "The cyclic AMP/ phosphodiesterase4 axis
regulates proximal B cell receptor signaling and offers a new therapeutic
strategy for B cell lymphomas"
Prior Education: Boston College, BS; Boston University, MS

Brett Ipson

Brett Ipson, PhD
PhD Track: Cell & Molecular Medicine
PhD Mentor: Al Fisher, MD, PhD
PhD Project: "Tumor PD-L1 Signals Regulating Anti-Tumor Immunity
and Immunotherapy Responses"
PhD Dissertation Defense: May 7, 2018
Awards: NIH F30AG053034 "Contribution of m-tyrosine to the adverse
effects of oxidative stress"
Prior Education: Brigham Young University, BS

MS-4

Curtis Clark

Curtis Clark, PhD
PhD Track: Microbiology & Immunology
PhD Mentor: Tyler Curiel, MD, MPH
PhD Project: "Tumor PD-L1 Signals Regulating Anti-Tumor Immunity
and Immunotherapy Responses"
PhD Dissertation Defense: May 1, 2017
Awards: NIH F30CA206398 "Novel PD-L1 signals regulating anti-tumor
immunity and immunotherapy responses"
Prior Education: University of Texas at Tyler, BS; University of Texas at Tyler, MS

Justin Drerup

Justin Drerup, PhD
PhD Track: Cellular & Molecular Medicine
PhD Mentor: Tyler Curiel, MD, MPH
PhD Project: "Targeting the IL-2 Receptor
and Regulatory T Cell Pathogenesis for Immunotherapy of Ovarian Cancer"
PhD Dissertation Defense: May 5, 2017
Awards: CTSA Translational Science (TL-1) Fellowship Award
Prior Education: University of Texas at Dallas, BS

Katie Hinchee

Katie Hinchee-Rodriguez, PhD
PhD Track: Biochemistry
PhD Mentor: Bettie Sue Masters, PhD, Martin Adamo, PhD
PhD Project: "Regulation of Neuronal Nitric Oxide Synthase
by Insulin in Skeletal Muscle "
PhD Dissertation Defense: September 20, 2017
Awards: NIH F30 DK100128 (NIDDK) “Regulation of Neuronal Nitric
Oxide Synthase by Insulin in Skeletal Muscle"
Prior Education: Duke University, BS


Tiffani Houston

Tiffani Houston, PhD
PhD Track: Cancer Biology
PhD Mentor: Rita Ghosh, PhD
PhD Project: "The Inflammatory Consequence of Arsenic-Mediated
Urothelial Endocrine Disruption"
PhD Dissertation Defense: May 5, 2017
Awards: NIH F31ES025533 "The Inflammatory Consequence
of Arsenic-mediated Urothelial Endocrine Disruption" NIH R36 AG048370
"Endocrine Disruption in the Aging Urothelium"
Prior Education: University of North Texas, BS

Karl Li

Karl Li, PhD
PhD Track: Radiological Sciences
PhD Mentor: Peter Fox, MD
PhD Project: "Quantifying Default Mode Network Connectivity
for Biomarker Generation Using Structural Equation Modeling"
PhD Dissertation Defense: May 13, 2016
Prior Education: University of California at Berkeley, BSE