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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: K. 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: Resident, Internal Medicine
Current Affiliation: NYP Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center

2014

David Akhavan, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: PDGFRbeta expression as a mode of resistance to EGFR inhibition in Glioblastoma
Mentor: P. Mischel
PhD: Pharmacology
Current Position: Resident, Radiation Oncology
Current Affiliation: City of Hope
Erik Anderson, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Small Molecule Regulation of Alternative Splicing: Characterization of the Cardiotonic Steroid Digitoxin and Identification of BIN1 exon 12a Modulators
Mentor: D. Black
PhD: Molecular Biology-IDP
Current Position: Resident, Radiation Oncology
Current Affiliation: Memorial Sloan-Kettering
Valerie Arboleda, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Molecular Mechanisms in Male Sex Determination
Mentor: E. Vilain
PhD: Human Genetics
Current Position: Resident, Pathology
Current Affiliation: UCLA
John Colby, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Development of human brain connectivity in health and disease
Mentor: E. Sowell
PhD: BioMed
Current Position: Resident, Radiology
Current Affiliation: UCSF
Nathan Hageman, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Diffusion Tensor Imaging Tractography: Methodology, Validation and Clinical Applications
Mentor: Arthur W. Togar
PhD:
Current Position: Resident, Radiology
Current Affiliation: University of Toledo
Omid Kohannim, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Assessing gene effects on the brain and risk for disease with machine learning
Mentor: Paul Thompson
PhD: Biomedical Sciences
Current Position: Resident, Radiology
Current Affiliation: UCLA
Su-Yang Liu, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Effector Functions and Regulation of Host Antiviral Immunity
Mentor: G. Chang
PhD: Microbiology, Immunology, & Molecular Genetics
Current Position: Resident, Pathology
Current Affiliation: UCSF
Alejandro Meruelo, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Computational prediction and analysis of protein structure
Mentor: J. Bowie
PhD: Molecular Biology-IDP
Current Position: Resident, Psychiatry
Current Affiliation: UCSD
Jeffrey Rudie, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Imaging Genetics of Functional and Structural Connectivity in Children with Autism
Mentor: M. Dapretto
PhD: Neuroscience IDP
Current Position: Resident, Radiology
Current Affiliation: University of Pennsylvania
Ryan Schmidt, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Identification and Characterization of Klf4 Functional Domains in Somatic Cell Reprogramming
Mentor: K. Plath
PhD: Neuroscience IDP
Current Position: Resident, Radiology
Current Affiliation: Brigham & Women's Hospital
Jonathan Young, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Architecture, Dynamics, and Function of the General Stress Response System in B. subtilis
Mentor: M. Elowitz
PhD: Biology
Current Position: Resident, Ophthalmology
Current Affiliation: Oregon HSU
Jonathan Zuckerman, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Targeting tumors and the kidney with siRNA nanoparticles and evaluation of extracellular microRNA-based methodologies to track their activity
Mentor: M. Davis
PhD: Bioengineering
Current Position: Resident, Pathology
Current Affiliation: UCLA

2013

Kelly Bolton, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: The Genetic Epidemiology of Ovarian Cancer Survival
Mentor: Paul Pharoah
PhD: NIH Ox-Cam
Current Position: Resident, Pediatrics
Current Affiliation: Boston Children's Hospital
Margaret Chang, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Galectin-1 Regulates Dendritic Cell Migration and Immune Function
Mentor: B. Lee
PhD: Cellular & Molecular Pathology
Current Position: Resident, Pediatrics
Current Affiliation: Boston Children's Hospital
Charles Hummel, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Mechanisms of Active Sugar Transport in the Kidney: Biophysical Characterization of Human Sodium/D-glucose Co-Transporters, hSGLT1 and hSGLT2
Mentor: E. Wright
PhD: Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Physiology IDP
Current Position: Resident, OBGYN
Current Affiliation: University of Pennsylvania
Evan Nair-Gill, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Imaging Hemato-lymphoid Function with Positron Emission Tomography
Mentor: O. Witte
PhD: Pharmacology
Current Position: Resident, Internal Medicine
Current Affiliation: U Texas Southwestern
Vishal Patel
Dissertation title: Neural Connectivity Mapping with Diffusion-Weighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Mentor: A. Toga
PhD: Biomedical Engineering
Current Position: Resident, Radiology
Current Affiliation: UCLA
John Phillips, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Biological activity of a Py-Im polyamide androgen receptor antagonist
Mentor: Peter B. Dervan
PhD: Biochemistry
Current Position: Postdoc - Fellow
Current Affiliation: Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics, UCLA
Bahram Razani, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: NonCanonical NF-kB Signaling Is Regulated Through IKKa-Mediated Feedback phosphorylation of NIK
Mentor: G. Cheng
PhD: Microbiology, Immunology, & Molecular Genetics
Current Position: Resident, Dermatology
Current Affiliation: UCSF
Ezra Rosen, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Functional Genomic Studies of Progranulin Deficiency
Mentor: D. Geschwind
PhD: Neuroscience IDP
Current Position: Resident, Adult Neuology
Current Affiliation: Columbia University
Besim Uzgil, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Activity-dependent CRTC1 signaling during long-lasting synaptic plasticity
Mentor: K. Martin
PhD: Neuroscience IDP
Current Position: Resident, Child Neurology
Current Affiliation: UCSF
David Van Valen
Dissertation title: A single-molecule Hershey-Chase experiment
Mentor: R. Philips
PhD: Engineering
Current Position: Resident, Internal Medicine
Current Affiliation: Stanford University
Ghiam Yamin, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Characteization of diagnostic agents, self-assembly inhibitors, and hippocampal transcriptional changes specific to amyloid Beta-protein assemblies linked to Alzheimer's disease
Mentor: D. Teplow
PhD: Neuroscience-IDP
Current Position: Resident, Radiology
Current Affiliation: UCSD

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