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2019

Joseph Antonios, MD, PhD
Dissertation title:
Mentor: Carlos Portera-Cailliau, MD, PhD
PhD: Linda Liau, MD, PhD
Current Position: Resident-Neurological Surgery
Current Affiliation: Yale-New Haven Hospital
Narsis Attar, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: The eukaryotic nucleosome as an ancient oxidoreductase
Mentor: Leanne Jones, PhD
PhD: Siavash Kurdistani, MD, PhD
Current Position: Resident - Internal Medicine
Current Affiliation: Massachusetts General Hospital
Philip Bulterys, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Intercellular Spread of Burkholderia and Novel Therapeutic Strategies
Mentor: David Dawson, MD, PhD
PhD: J.F. Miller, PhD
Current Position: Resident - Pathology
Current Affiliation: Stanford University Programs
Hua Chai, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Functional, Morphological and Molecular Properties of Astrocytes
Mentor: Carlos Portera-Cailliau, MD, PhD
PhD: Baljit Khakh, PhD
Current Position: Resident - Psychiatry
Current Affiliation: UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience
ZeNan Chang, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Rewiring signaling responses to soluble extracellular cues for T-cell therapies and beyond
Mentor: David Dawson, MD, PhD
PhD: Yvonne Chen, PhD
Current Position: Resident _ Internal Medicine
Current Affiliation: Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Missouri
Jason Chen, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Genetic Risk Factors of Tauopathies
Mentor: David Dawson, MD, PhD
PhD: Giovanni Coppola, MD
Current Position:
Current Affiliation:
Aleksandr Gorin, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Defining the Fitness Landscape of HIV-1 Escape from CD8+ Cytotoxic T-Lymphocytes
Mentor: David Dawson, MD, PhD
PhD: Otto Yang, MD
Current Position: Resident - Internal Medicine
Current Affiliation: UCLA Medical Center
Cynthia He, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Impaired Sensory Adaptation in the Fmr1 Mouse Model of Autism
Mentor: Kelsey Martin, MD, PhD
PhD: Carlos Portera-Cailliau, MD, PhD
Current Position: Resident - Psychiatry
Current Affiliation: UC San Francisco
Andrew King, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: New roles of DNA methylation in the epigenome and developmental overgrowth disease
Mentor: David Dawson, MD, PhD
PhD: Guoping Fan, PhD
Current Position: Resident - Medicine (Preliminary); Dermatology
Current Affiliation: St. Mary Medical Center; Wayne State University SOM
Steven Klein, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Genetic Determinants of Macrocephaly
Mentor: David Dawson, MD, PhD
PhD: Julian Martinez-Agosto, MD, PhD
Current Position: Resident - Pediatrics/Medical Genetics
Current Affiliation: Children's Hospital - Philadelphia
Kevin Leu, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Perfusion-weighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): Development of a Novel Contrast Agent Leakage Correction Method and Perfusion Spectrum Imaging Biomarks with Application to Gliomas
Mentor: Carlos Portera-Cailliau, MD, PhD
PhD: Benjamin Ellingson, PhD
Current Position: Resident-Transitional Year; Radiology-Diagnostic
Current Affiliation: Sunrise Health GME Consortium, Nevada; UC San Francisco
Austin McDonald, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Cellular and Molecular Basis for Postnatal Growth and Regeneration in the Mouse Aorta
Mentor: Leanne Jones, PhD
PhD: Luisa Iruela-Arispe, PhD
Current Position: Resident - Emergency Medicine
Current Affiliation: Indiana University SOM
Minori Ohashi, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Modeling Rett Syndrome with Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells
Mentor: Leanne Jones, PhD
PhD: William Lowry, PhD
Current Position: Resident - Medicine-Primary
Current Affiliation: UCLA Medical Center
Jin Park, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Molecular Time-Sharing through Dynamic Pulsing in Single Cells
Mentor: Leanne Jones, PhD
PhD: Michael Elowitz, PhD
Current Position:
Current Affiliation:
Sophie Rengarajan, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Dopominergic Signaling and Sensory Context Coordinate a Microcircuit for Sensory Valence
Mentor: Carlos Portera-Cailliau, MD, PhD
PhD: Elissa Hallem, PhD
Current Position: Resident - Medicine (Preliminary); Neurology
Current Affiliation: Olie Veiw-UCLA Medical Center; Stanford University Programs
Sheel Shah, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Highly Multiplexed in Situ Single Cell RNA Detection
Mentor: Carlos Portera-Cailliau, MD, PhD
PhD: Linda Cai, MD, PhD
Current Position: Resident - Internal Medicine
Current Affiliation: Stanford University Programs
Brandon Thomas, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Highly Selective Changes in Chromatin Accessibility in Response to Pro-Inflammatory and Anti-Inflammatory Stimuli
Mentor: David Dawson, MD, PhD
PhD: Stephen Smale, PhD
Current Position: Resident - Psychiatry/Research
Current Affiliation: University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals
Jesse Zaretsky, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Determinants of Response and Resistance to anti-PD1 Immunotherapy in Melanoma
Mentor: David Dawson, MD, PhD
PhD: Antoni Ribas, MD, PhD
Current Position: Resident - Internal Medicine
Current Affiliation: Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Missouri

2018

Anthony Daggett, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Novel Mice for Investigating Triggering Receptor Expressed on Myeloid Cells-2 (TREM2), an Alzheimer's Disease-Linked Immune Gene that alters Microglia Responses to Neurodegeneration
Mentor: X. William Yang
PhD: Neuroscience
Current Position: Resident - Psychiatry
Current Affiliation: UC San Francisco
Claire Faltermeier, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Non-Mutated Kinases in Metastatic Prostate Cancer: Drivers and Therapeutic Targets
Mentor: Owen Witte
PhD: Molecular Biology
Current Position: Resident - Neurological Surgery
Current Affiliation: UC San Francisco
Xavier Gaeta, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Multilevel regulation of the let-7miRNAs coordinates human central nervous system developmental maturation
Mentor: William Lowry
PhD: Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology
Current Position: Resident - Pediatrics
Current Affiliation: UCLA
Esther Nie, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Axonal Sprouting in the Post-Stroke Brain: Circuit and Molecular Insights through Limb Overuse
Mentor: S. Thomas Carmichael
PhD: Neuroscience
Current Position: Resident - Medicine (Preliminary); Resident - Neurology
Current Affiliation: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; Stanford University
Gwen Owens, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Biochemical and Biophysical Characterization of Huntingtin
Mentor: James Heath
PhD: Biology (Caltech)
Current Position: Resident - Anesthesiology
Current Affiliation: Brigham & Women's Hospital
Rebecca Rojansky, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: A Core Mitophagic Machinery Promotes Selective Degradation of Paternal Mitochondria in mouse Embryos and MEF Cells
Mentor: David Chan
PhD: Biology (Caltech)
Current Position: Resident - Anatomic & Clinical Pathology
Current Affiliation: Stanford University
Trevor Shaddox, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Learning from Observational Medical Data
Mentor: Marc Suchard
PhD: Biomathematics
Current Position: Resident - Psychiatry
Current Affiliation: UCLA Semel Institute of Neuroscience
Genaro Villa, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Pharmacological Targeting of a Metabolic Co-Dependency Pathway in Brain Cancers
Mentor: Paul Mischel
PhD: Neuroscience (UCSD)
Current Position: Resident - Neurological Surgery
Current Affiliation: Brigham & Women's Hospital

2017

Jacob Aptekar, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: The Neural Basis of Figure-Tracking in Fruit Flies
Mentor: Mark Frye
PhD: Neuroscience
Current Position: Assosiate
Current Affiliation: McKinsey and Company
Adam Frank, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Dendritic Spine Dynamics in Retrosplenial Cortex During Spatial Learning
Mentor: Alcino Silva
PhD: Neuroscience
Current Position: Resident - Psychiatry
Current Affiliation: UC San Francisco
Albert Han, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Molecular and Functional Characterization of the Developing Respiratory Motor Circuit
Mentor: Bennett Novitch
PhD: Neuroscience
Current Position: Resident - Otolaryngology
Current Affiliation: UCLA Medical Center
Wesley Kerr, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Developing and Integrating Computer-Aided Diagnostic Tools into Clinical Medicine
Mentor: Mark Cohen
PhD: Biomathematics
Current Position: Resident - Internal Medicine
Current Affiliation: Eisenhower Medical Center
Anthony Linares, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Identification and Characterization of PTBP1-Regulated Splicing Events During Neuronal Differentiation
Mentor: Doug Black
PhD: Molecular Biology
Current Position: Resident - Internal Medicine
Current Affiliation: Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Amit Lakhanpal, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Experimental and theoretical studies of Notch signaling-mediated spatial pattern
Mentor: Michael Elowitz
PhD: Philosophy
Current Position: Resident - Internal Medicine
Current Affiliation: NYP Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center
Kevin McEvoy, PhD
Dissertation title: Quantitative electrophysiology as a biomarker of Autism Spectrum Disorder
Mentor: Shafali Jeste
PhD: Neuroscience
Current Position:
Current Affiliation:
Arnav Mehta, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: MicroRNA-132 is a physiological regulator of hematopoietic stem cell function and B-cell development
Mentor: David Baltimore
PhD:
Current Position: Resident - Internal Medicine
Current Affiliation: Massachusetts General Hospital
Neelroop Parikshak, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Transcriptional Regulators in Normal Human Brain Development and Autism
Mentor: Daniel Geschwind
PhD: Neuroscience
Current Position: Resident - Neurology
Current Affiliation: UC San Francisco
Anna Reichardt, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Mechanisms of Type I Interferon Induction via the Retinoic Acid Inducible Gene-Like Receptor and DNA-Sensor Pathways
Mentor: Genhong Cheng
PhD: Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics
Current Position: Resident - Anesthesiology
Current Affiliation: Brigham & Women's Hospital
Shiruyeh Schokpur, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR)-mediated development of an improved model for metastatic renal cell carcinoma
Mentor: Lily Wu
PhD: Molecular and Medical Pharmacology
Current Position: Resident - Internal Medicine
Current Affiliation: UC San Diego Medical Center
Adam Singer, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Go Gentle into That Good Night: The Past, Present, and Future of End-of-Life Care
Mentor: Karl Lorenz - VA West LA
PhD:
Current Position: Resident - Internal Medicine
Current Affiliation: UCLA Medical Center

2016

Amy Baohan, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: PTEN and the emergence of cortical perisomatic inhibition
Mentor: Bajit Khakh, Michael Sofroniew
PhD: Neurobiology
Current Position: Resident
Current Affiliation: Neurological Surgery - Massachusetts General Hospital
Amir Ghaffari, PhD
Dissertation title: Cross-Talk Between Host Anti-Viral Innate Immune Responses and Metabolism
Mentor: Genhong Chen
PhD: Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics
Current Position: Researcher
Current Affiliation: UCLA
Megan Inkeles, PhD
Dissertation title: Comparison of Molecular Signatures from Multiple Skin Diseases Indentifies Mechanisms of Immunopathogenesis
Mentor: Matteo Pellegrini
PhD: Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology
Current Position: Resident
Current Affiliation: Dermatology, U Michigan Hospitals - Ann Arbor
Onika Noel, PhD
Dissertation title: The role of Smooth Muscle Beta1 Integrin in Mediating Vascular Extracellular Matrix Assembly
Mentor: Luisa Iruela-Arispe
PhD: Molecular Biology
Current Position: Resident
Current Affiliation: Surgery-Preliminary, Urology - UC Davis Medical Center
Ivan Osokine, PhD
Dissertation title: Type I Interferon Disrupts T Cell Development and Differentiation During and Established Persistent Infection
Mentor: David Brooks
PhD: Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics
Current Position: Post doc
Current Affiliation: NYU School of Medicine - Dr. Adrian Erlebacher lab
Olivia Twu, PhD
Dissertation title: Examining the role of surface proteins and exomes in Trichomonas vaginalis host-pathogen interactions
Mentor: Patricia Johnson
PhD: Molecular Biology
Current Position: Resident
Current Affiliation: Medicine-Preliminary, Kaiser Permanente - San Francisco (June 2016-June 2017)

2015

Aaron Alexander Bloch, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Brain networks in magnetic resonance imaging studies of typical development and childhood-onset schizophrenia
Mentor: E. Bullmore (University of Cambridge) & J. Giedd (NIMH)
PhD: NIH Ox-Cam
Current Position: Resident, Psychiatry
Current Affiliation: Yale-New Haven Hospital
Kathryn Cross, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Neural Systems for Preparatory and Reactive Imitation Control
Mentor: M. Lacoboni
PhD: Neuroscience IDP
Current Position: Resident, Internal Medicine & Neurology
Current Affiliation: Brigham & Women’s Hospital; UCLA Medical Center
Kishan Gupta, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Metric and non-metric inputs influence spatial and working memory processes of medial entorhinal neurons
Mentor: M. Hasselmo
PhD: Neuroscience-IDP
Current Position: Resident, Internal Medicine; Opthalmology
Current Affiliation: Olive View - UCLA Medical Center; Oregon Health & Science University
Victoria Ho, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Post-transcriptional gene regulation in mature neurons
Mentor: Kelsey Martin
PhD: Neuroscience IDP
Current Position: Resident, Internal Medicine; Neurology
Current Affiliation: White Memorial Medical Center - LA; UCLA Medical Center
Scott Knowles, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Anti-PSCA minibody for immunoPET imaging of prostate cancer in preclinical models
Mentor: A. Wu
PhD: Pharmacology
Current Position: Resident, Internal Medicine
Current Affiliation: Brigham & Women's Hospital
Lisa Kohn, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Identification and Characterization of the Earliest Stages of Human Lymphoid Commitment
Mentor: G. Crooks
PhD: Pathology
Current Position: Resident, Pediatrics
Current Affiliation: Children's Hospital - LA
Alissa Minkovsky, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Elucidation of Initiation and Maintenance Mechanisms of X Chromosome Inactivation
Mentor: K. Plath
PhD: Biological Chemistry
Current Position: Resident, Pathology
Current Affiliation: Brigham & Women's Hospital
Kelley O'Donnell, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Mitochondrial Transport and Function in Axon Degeneration
Mentor: A. Sagasti
PhD: Neuroscience IDP
Current Position: Resident, Psychiatry
Current Affiliation: NYU School of Medicine
Oscar Silva, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Discs Large Homolog 1: Molecular Scaffolds Guiding T Cell Activation and Effector Function
Mentor: C. Miceli
PhD: Microbiology, Immunology, & Molecular Genetics
Current Position: Resident, Pathology
Current Affiliation: Standord University Programs
Elif Sozmen, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Remyelination failure following white matter stroke: New targets for repair identified by oligodendrocyte progenitor cell transcriptome database
Mentor: T. Carmichael
PhD: Neuroscience IDP
Current Position: Resident, Neurology
Current Affiliation: UCSF
Jimmy Liu Zhao, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Function of MicroRNA-146a and NF-kB in Physiologic and Pathologic Hematopoiesis
Mentor: B. Baltimore
PhD: Biology
Current Position: Fellow
Current Affiliation: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center - Oncology

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