shadow_tr

Meet Our Doctoral Program Students

Chun Chen

Chun ChenStarted Fall 2010
BS, University of Science and Technology, China
Laboratory: Dr. Jeff Tasker

 
 

Angela Crist

Angela Crist

“It’s great being a graduate student in such a small and diverse department. It’s given me the opportunity to experience new types of science and collaborate with some wonderful people.”

Interests/hobbies: Scuba Diving, Kayaking, Taking my dog to the dog park


Undergraduate information
Major:  Biology  Minor: Political Science
Institution: University of North Florida 
Year of graduation: 2013

Graduate School information
Year of enrollment in the CMB PhD Program: 2014
Current Principle Investigator: Stryder Meadows, PhD
Dissertation topic(s): The Molecular Mechanisms of Arteriovenous Malformations

My focus is on understanding the molecular mechanisms of arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) which will allow us to develop therapies for patients with AVM related diseases such as HHT. 

Publications:
von Roemeling CA, Marlow LA, Pinkerton AB, Crist A, Miller J, Tun HW, Smallridge RC, Copland JA. (2015) Aberrant Lipid Metabolism in Anaplastic Thyroid Carcinoma Reveals Stearoyl CoA Desaturase 1 as a Novel Therapeutic Target. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 100(5):E697-709. PMID: 25675381

 

Michael Cypress

“The CMB department has given me the opportunity to explore different research areas that interest me, and has supported me as I’ve forged my path and started my scientific career.”

Interests/hobbies: Music, camping, cooking

Undergraduate information
Major: B.S. Biological Sciences - Molecular Genetics
 B.S. Mathematics
Institution: University of Rochester
Year of graduation: 2010

Graduate School information
Year of enrollment in the CMB PhD Program: 2011
Current Principle Investigator: L. Gabriel Navar, PhD

Dissertation topic(s): Intrarenal renin-angiotensin system, diabetic nephropathy, SGLT2 inhibition

Activation of the intrarenal renin-angiotensin system is a major contributing factor to the development of diabetic kidney disease. My research is focused on the regulation of angiotensinogen (AGT) in the proximal tubule during hyperglycemic conditions. Glucose is reabsorbed in the proximal tubules via sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2). We are elucidating the role of SGLT2-mediated glucose uptake in the upregulation of intrarenal AGT observed during diabetes.

Publications:
Barsheshet A, Goldenberg I, O-uchi J, … Cypress MW, et al. Mutations in Cytoplasmic Loops of the KCNQ1 Channel and the Risk of Life-Threatening Events: Implications for Mutation-Specific Response to Beta-Blocker Therapy in Type-1 Long QT Syndrome. Circulation. 2012, March 28.

 

Drew Davidson

Drew Davidson“The faculty and staff create a really supportive and inclusive environment.”

Personal information
Interests/hobbies: In my spare time I enjoy cooking with my wife, trail running with my dog, and reading about US and world history.

Undergraduate information
Major: Biology  
Institution: Lyon College
Year of graduation: 2013

Graduate School information
Year of enrollment in the CMB PhD Program: 2013
Current Principle Investigator: Ricardo Mostany, PhD
Dissertation topic(s): The impact of aging on the motor cortex

The primary motor cortex is the part of the brain that communicates with the spinal cord to drive voluntary muscle action. My research is focused on understanding how aging impacts the information processing ability of neurons in this area of the brain.

 

Sabrina Kragness

Undergraduate information
Major: B.A., Biology   
Institution: Willamette University
Year of graduation: 2015

Current Principle Investigator: Laurie Earls, Ph.D.




Dainan Li, MS

Dainan Li, MS

Undergraduate information
Major: Biotechnology   
Institution: Beijing Normal University
Year of graduation: 2012

Graduate School information
Master’s degree: Biotechnology
Institution: Georgetown University
Year of graduation: 2013
Thesis topic: Low-dose Radiation Effects on T Cell Response Through Altering PI3K-Akt Pathway and Glucose Metabolism in Aging Mice


Year of enrollment in the CMB PhD Program: 2014
Current Principle Investigator: Dr. Huang, Hai (rotation)

Nehalkumar Patel

Undergraduate information
Major: B.S., Biotechnology
Institution: St. Cloud State University
Year of graduation: 2012

Bethany Stone

 

bstone headshotTulane CMB has the advantages of a smaller, close-knit department with all the resources of a larger university.
Tulane is a school unlike any other in a city unlike any other."
Hobbies: In my spare time I love to cook, volunteer, watch superhero TV shows and movies, and check out
New Orleans' many food, art, and music festivals.
Undergraduate information
Major: Biology Minor: Psychology
Institution: University of South Alabama
Year of Graduation: 2015
Graduate Information
Year of enrollment in the CMB PhD Program: 2015
Current Principle Investigators: Laurie Earls, PhD/JJ Westmoreland, PhD
Dissertation topic: Molecular Mechanisms of Age-dependent Differential MicroRNA Processing in the Auditory Thalamus My research focuses on auditory processing in a mouse model of schizophrenia, investigating changes in the expression of microRNAs (small RNA regulators of protein expression) in the auditory thalamus before and after symptom onset

Dawn Westhoff


Undergraduate information
Major: B.S., Biology  
Institution: Kansas University
Year of graduation: 2016

 

Grant Weiss, MS

Grant Weiss

“I enjoy working in a friendly, professional department that still knows how to have a good time.”

Personal information
Interests/hobbies: I am interested in intercellular trafficking and stress related neuroscience. My non-science hobbies include learning Japanese/watching anime, bicycling, and electronic/indie music. I also enjoy the unique social interactions in online games.


Undergraduate information
Major:  Biochemistry   Minor: Biology
Institution: California State University, Northridge
Year of graduation: 2009

Graduate School information
Master’s degree: Biology 
Institution: California State University, Northridge
Year of graduation: 2013
Thesis topic: CONFIRMATION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF A POTENTIAL
Legionella pneumophila ARF-GAP

Year of enrollment in the CMB PhD Program: 2013
Current Principle Investigator: Dr. Jeffrey Tasker
Dissertation topic(s): Glucocorticoid induced plastic feedback in the hypothalamus

My research currently focuses on the effects that glucocorticoids, a main stress hormone, can have on neurotransmitter receptors. I examine the rapid effects of glucocorticoids on adrenergic receptor internalization and desensitization. I hope to combine research using cell culture imaging and acute brain slice electrophysiology to get a unique perspective on neuroendocrine cell physiology.

Jamie Winfield

Undergraduate information
Major: B.S., Neuroscience  
Institution: University of Southern California
Year of graduation: 2015

Current Principle Investigator: Laurie Earls, Ph.D.

Tianfang Yang

Undergraduate information
Major: B.S., Biological Sciences
Institution: Tsinghua University
Year of graduation: 2014

 
 

Yi Yu

“The faculty and staff members in CMB really would like to create an environment that fosters learning through both classroom and laboratory experience. This provides students with broad exposure into research.”


Undergraduate information
Major:  medicine  
Institution: Xiangya School of Medicine
Year of graduation: 2013

Graduate School information
Year of enrollment in the CMB PhD Program: 2013
Current Principle Investigator: Erik Flemington
Dissertation topic(s): Epstein-Barr Virus

Accumulating evidence indicates that lncRNAs, small RNA which has the length of more than 200bp, are important regulators in almost all the aspects of gene expression.   Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), a member of  the Herpes family, can encode small non-coding RNAs and utilize cellular pathways to facilitate their life cycle. Strand-specific RNA-seq shows the EBV latency origin of replication(OriP) may function in the nucleus and may play a role in regulating cellular gene expression and viral DNA replication.

 

Yihui Zhang

“Professors are nice and help me a lot.”


Undergraduate information
Major: Basic Medical Science
Institution: Southern Medical University
Year of graduation: 2012

Graduate School information
Year of enrollment in the CMB PhD Program: 2012
Current Principle Investigator: Hai Huang, PhD
Dissertation topic(s): Functions of ion channels in calyx of Held

My study focuses on the ion channels expressed in the calyx of Held, and how they control the synaptic transmission.

 

Xingyan (Cheyenne) Zhou

Xingyan (Cheyenne) Zhou

Undergraduate information
Major: Clinical Medicine
Institution: Hebei Medical University (China)
Year of graduation: 2014

M.S., Ophthalmology
Institution: China Medical University
Year of graduation: 2017

Year of enrollment in CMB PhD Program: 2017
Current Advisor: Fenglei He, PhD
Publications:

  1. Xingyan Zhou, Jing Wang, Jiangyue Zhao, Jingsong Zhang. (2017) Progress on cataract surgery navigation system. Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology and otorhinolaryngology. 17(2):101-104 (RCCSE).
  2. Tianyi Chen, Xingyan Zhou, Qichang Yan, Hongyang Li. (2016) Stereoaccuracy of dynamic stereopsis perception of normal eyes with dynamic random dot stereograms in different speed. Chinese Journal of Practical Ophthalmology. 34(6) (RCCSE).


 

Yun Zhu

Undergraduate information
Major: B.S., Biological Sciences  
Institution: Shandong University, China
Year of graduation: 2015

M.S., Neuroscience
Institution: Tulane University 
Year of graduation: 2016


 

2000 Percival Stern Hall, 6400 Freret Street, New Orleans, LA 70118, 504-865-5546 sse@tulane.edu