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2012

Allen Ardestani, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Electrophysiology and Hemodynamics of Memory Networks
Mentor: J. Fuster
PhD: Neuroscience-IDP
Current Position: Resident, Radiology
Current Affiliation: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Christopher Crowley, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Structural Studies of the Propanediol-Utilizing Microcompartment of Salmonella enterica
Mentor: T. Yeats
PhD: Molecular Biology-IDP
Current Position: Resident, Dermatology
Current Affiliation: UC San Diego, School of Medicine
Tova Fuller, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Novel Methods and Apllications of Weighted Gene Coexpression Network Analysis
Mentor: S. Horvan
PhD: Human Genetics
Current Position: Resident, Internal Medicine
Current Affiliation: Columbia University
Julia Goodnough
Dissertation title: Hepcidin suppression by growth factors: pathways and mechanisms
Mentor: T. Ganz
PhD: Cellular & Molecular Pathology
Current Position: Resident, Internal Medicine
Current Affiliation: UCLA
Steven Jonas, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Chemically Defined Platforms for Culturing Pluripotent Stem Cells
Mentor: B. Dunn
PhD: Mathematical Sciences
Current Position: Resident, Pediatrics
Current Affiliation: UCLA
Jessica Rexach, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Advances toward Understanding Neuronal Protein O-GlcNAc Glycosylation
Mentor: LH. Wilson / Y. Sun
PhD: Neuroscience-IDP
Current Position: Neurogenetics Fellow
Current Affiliation: UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine - Neurology
Caroline W. Sham, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Programmed Cell Death-1 Ligation: A Novel Signal Regulating Development and Apoptosis of Retinal Ganglion Cells
Mentor: J. Braun
PhD: Cellular & Molecular Pathology
Current Position: Ophthalmology Resident
Current Affiliation: Vanderbilt Eye Institute
Ophir Vermesh, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Integrated Platforms for Fast, Multpexed Cancer Biomarker Assays: Towards Stratification of Patients with Glioblastoma Muiltiformi
Mentor: J. Heath
PhD:
Current Position: Resident, Pathology
Current Affiliation: Stanford University
Kellen Winden, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Systems level analysis of neuronal transcriptome organization and transcriptional dysregulation in epilepsy
Mentor: D. Geschwind
PhD: Neuroscience-IDP
Current Position: Clinical Fellow, Neurology
Current Affiliation: Boston Children's Hospital
David D. Wu, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Transfer of biological information through physical forces
Mentor: Scott Frasier
PhD:
Current Position: Pain Management Specialist/Anesthesiologist
Current Affiliation: CurePain in Torrance, CA

2011

Mark Dodson, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Pink1 and LRRK2: two pathways to Parkinson's disease
Mentor: M. Guo
PhD:
Current Position: Clinical Fellow, Pulm/Critical Care
Current Affiliation: University of Utah
Matthew Frank, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Role for Sprouty2 in human and mouse lymphoma
Mentor: M. Teitell
PhD:
Current Position: Clinical Fellow, Oncology
Current Affiliation: Stanford University
Brent Kious, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Evidentiary account of consent's moral significance
Mentor: Barbara Herman
PhD: Philosophy
Current Position: Adult Psychiatrist
Current Affiliation: University of Utah Health Care
Stacey Maskarinec, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Engineering protein-based biomaterials with biological mechanical cues to direct cellular behavior
Mentor: D. Tirrel
PhD:
Current Position: Clinical Fellow, Infectious Disease
Current Affiliation: Duke Univeristy
Patricio Riquelme, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Prospective isolation, characterization, and comparison of adult neural stem cells from the spinal cord and subventicular
Mentor: Fiona Doestsch
PhD:
Current Position: Resident, Internal Medicine
Current Affiliation: Stanford University
Ramin Salehi-Rad, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Total synthesis of Auripyrones A and B
Mentor: Michael Jung
PhD:
Current Position: Fellow Physician
Current Affiliation: UCLA - Med-Pulm & Critical Care
Carrie Shilyansky, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Increased inhibition within frontal corticostriatal networks underlies working memory impairments in a mouse model of neurofibromatosis type 1
Mentor: Alcino Silva
PhD:
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow/House Staff
Current Affiliation: Stanford University / Stanford Hospital & Clinics
Willie O. Siu, MD, PhD
Dissertation title:
Mentor: NIH - Simon Gordon
PhD:
Current Position: Physician
Current Affiliation: Massachusetts General Hospital, Psychiatry
Adam Sperling, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Function of the histone H3 N terminal tail in the formation of heterochromatin in the budding yest, Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Mentor: Michael Grunstein
PhD:
Current Position: Physician - Urgent Care, Adult
Current Affiliation: Atrius Health - Harvard Vanguard Wellesley

2010

Vikram Anand, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Identification and characterization of factors involved in the AP-3 dependent protein transport pathway of Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Mentor: Joaquin Fuster
PhD:
Current Position: Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialists
Current Affiliation: Private practice, Los Angeles, CA.
Julie Baicy, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Abnormalities in negative emotion response and regulation associated with methamphetamine dependence.
Mentor: Edythe London
PhD:
Current Position: Gynecologist
Current Affiliation: NYU Langone Medical Center
Jimmy Donkor, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Biochemical and physiological characterization of lipin family members
Mentor: Karen Reue
PhD: Human Genetics
Current Position: Physician, Emergency Medicine
Current Affiliation: Saint Agnes Medical Center, Fresno, CA
Jennifer Fulcher, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Novel galectin-1 functions at the host-pathogen interface : interactions with Nipah virus envelope glycoproteins and multifunctional roles in dendritic cell activation and development
Mentor: Benhur Lee
PhD: Biology
Current Position: Clinical Fellow, Infectious Diseases
Current Affiliation: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica
Asha Iyer, MD, PhD
Dissertation title:
Mentor: Richard A. Anderson
PhD:
Current Position: Resident, Neurosurgery
Current Affiliation: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Vaibhav A. Medhekar, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Functional and Immunoprotective Properties of Bordetella Bsp22 & Functional Analysis of Chromosomal Diversity-Generating Retroelements
Mentor: Jeffery F. Miller
PhD:
Current Position: Physician, Internal Medicine
Current Affiliation: Brown & Toland Physicians, Sutter Health
Arash Shahangian, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Influenza-induced type I interferons sensitize hosts to secondary pneumococcal pneumonia 
Mentor: Genhong Cheng
PhD: Microbiology, Immunology, & Molecular Genetics
Current Position: Chief Resident, Otolaryngology-Head & Nech Surgery
Current Affiliation: Stanford
Adam Smith, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Computational Investigations of Enzyme Catalysis, Design, and Conformational Aspects of Drug-Target Interactions
Mentor: Kenneth Houk
PhD:
Current Position: Cancer - Radiation Oncologist, Cancer Specialist
Current Affiliation: Reading Health System, McGlinn Cancer Institute, West Reading, PA
Jason Tarpley, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Neural substrates mediating the learning and performance of fear
Mentor: Tad Blair
PhD:
Current Position: Director of Stroke and Neurovascular Center, Stroke Neurologist, Vascular Neurology / Clinical Lead
Current Affiliation: Providence St. John's Health Center / Providence’s system-wide Clinical Stroke Research

2009

Rajan Kulkarni, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Mechanics of the Cytoskeleton: Examining the Dynamics of Cytoplasmic Transport through Fluorescence Microscopy
Mentor: Scott E. Frasier
PhD: Neuroscience-IDP
Current Position: Clinical Instructor, Dept. of Medicine, Dermatology
Current Affiliation: UCLA-Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
Esther Melamed, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Genome-wide analysis of sex chromosome dosage compensation in birds
Mentor: Arthur Arnold
PhD: Neuroscience-IDP
Current Position: Assistant Professor
Current Affiliation: Department of Neurology, Dell Medical School, The University of Texas at Austin
Nicholas Nickols
Dissertation title: Conrolling gene expression with DNA binding polyamides
Mentor: Peter B. Dervan
PhD:
Current Position: Asst. Professor in Residence, Dept. of Radiation Oncology
Current Affiliation: UCLA-Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
Calvin T. Yang, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Recording locomotor neural ensemble activity using 3-D microprobe arrays and the development of a flexible planar array for recording spinal small-field cord-dorsum potentials
Mentor: Jack Judy
PhD:
Current Position: Psychiatrist
Current Affiliation: Clarity Mental Health

2008

Bede Broome, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Population Coding and Reconstruction of Complex Odor Stimuli in the Locust Olfactory System
Mentor: Gilles Laurent
PhD:
Current Position: Recuiting lead
Current Affiliation: McKinsey & Co. the New York consultancy Hospital & Healthcare
Arthur Chou, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Pesticides & Proteasome Inhibition in Neurodegeneration Associated with Parkinson's Disease
Mentor: Jeff Bronstein
PhD:
Current Position: Resident, Dept. of Neurosurgery
Current Affiliation: UCLA Neurosurgery
Nima Gharavi, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Signaling mechanisms regulating activation of human endothelial cells by oxidized phospholipids and their modulation by high-density lipoprotein
Mentor: Judith A. Berliner
PhD:
Current Position: Director/Assistant Clinical Professor
Current Affiliation: Mohs micrographic surgery for the Department of Dermatology at Cedars-Sinai/Division of Dermatology at UCLA
Supriya Saha, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: The regulation of type 1 interferons during bacterial and viral infection
Mentor: Genhong Chen
PhD:
Current Position: Instructor in Medicine
Current Affiliation: Massachusetts General Hospital, Hemotology
Jennifer Salstrom, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Trans effects in X-inactivation
Mentor: York Marahrens
PhD:
Current Position: Clinical Fellow, Pediatric Hematology
Current Affiliation: University of Colorado School of Medicine-Children's Hospital Colorado
Eric Zollars, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Force field studies in protein design
Mentor: Stephen Mayo
PhD: Biophysics & Molecular Biochemistry
Current Position: Asst. Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology and Immunology
Current Affiliation: Medical University of South Carolina

2007

Michael Burgess, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: BCR-ABL mutations conferring small molecule inhibitor resistance reveal the role of kinase conformation in resistance and demonstrate altered biological fitness
Mentor: Charles Sawyers
PhD:
Current Position: Hematologist
Current Affiliation: UCSF Medical Center
Joseph Hernandez, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: T cells, Glycosylation and Death
Mentor: Linda Braum
PhD:
Current Position: Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics - Immunology and Allergy
Current Affiliation: Stanford University
Thomas Leung, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Specificity within the NF-kB family of transcription factors
Mentor: David Baltimore
PhD:
Current Position: Clinical Instructor of Dermatology
Current Affiliation: Stanford University
Robert Moccia, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Regulation of gene expression by synaptic activation during neuronal plasticity
Mentor: Kelsey Martin
PhD:
Current Position: Neurologist
Current Affiliation: Massachusetts General Hospital
Gagik Oganesyan, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Regulation of innate and adaptive immune responses through toll-like receptor activation
Mentor: Genhong Cheng
PhD:
Current Position: Dermatologist
Current Affiliation: Mohs Surgery, Kaiser Permanente
Matthew Solomon, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Effect of cost-sharing on the utilization of prescription drugs for chronically ill patients
Mentor: Jose Escarce
PhD:
Current Position: Cardiologist
Current Affiliation: Kaiser Permanente - Oakland Medical Center/Richmond Medical Center

2006

Kyle A. Bernheim, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging of humans and macaques
Mentor: Richard A. Anderson
PhD:
Current Position: Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist
Current Affiliation: Vista Del Mar Family Services/Cedars Sinai Medical Center and Trilliam Family Service, Corvallis, Oregon
Jeffrey Gotts, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Mechanisms of subventricular zone expansion after focal cortical ischemic injury
Mentor: Marie-Francoise Chesselet
PhD:
Current Position: Clinical Instructor, Div. of Pulmonary & Critical Care
Current Affiliation: UCSF
Houman D. Hemmati, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Neural stem and progenitor cells in cancer and development
Mentor: Marianne Bronner-Fraser
PhD: Biology
Current Position: Asst. Professor-Division of Opthalmology, Dept. of Surgery
Current Affiliation: University of Vermont
Jason Itri, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Circadian regulation of synaptic and intrinsic membrane currents in pacemaker neurons of the mouse suprachiasmatic nucleus
Mentor: Chris S. Colwell
PhD: Neuroscience-IDP
Current Position: Asst. Professor of Radiology and Vice Chair of Operations
Current Affiliation: University of Cincinnati
Carrie Marder, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Differential effects of short- and long-term plasticity on cell firing : experimental and theoretical analyses of excitatory-inhibitory dynamics in CA1
Mentor: Dean V. Buonomano
PhD: Neuroscience
Current Position: Diagnostic Radiologist
Current Affiliation: Seattle, WA
Meghan O'Neil, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Modeling human methamphetamine exposure in the rodent: Effects upon the striatal dopamine system
Mentor: William P. Melega
PhD: Neuroscience-IDP
Current Position: Psychiatrist
Current Affiliation: Western Psychological & Counseling Services, P.C.
Jack Phan, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: The role of lipin as a modulator of adiposity and energy homeostasis : insights from the fatty liver dystrophy mouse
Mentor: Karen Reue
PhD: Human Genetics
Current Position: Asst. Professor, Dept. of Radiation Oncology
Current Affiliation: University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
David Rex, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Structured and automated analysis techniques for morphometric mapping of the human brain
Mentor: Arthur W. Troga
PhD: Neuroscience-IDP
Current Position: Clinical Instructor, Neuroradiology
Current Affiliation: Stanford University
Mouhsin Shafi, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Working memory: Patterns, Variability and Computational Modeling
Mentor: Joaquin M. Fuster
PhD: Neuroscience
Current Position: Instructor in Neurology
Current Affiliation: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dept. of Neurology
Belinda H. Tan, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Host Defense Against Intracellular Pathogens
Mentor: Robert L. Modlin
PhD: Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics
Current Position: Dermatologist/Assistant Clinical Professor/Co Founder & Chief Medical Officer
Current Affiliation: Good Dermatology/Harbor-UCLA Medical Center/Science 37
Rene J. Trabanino, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Exploring the molecular mechanism for color distinction in humans
Mentor: William A. Goddard
PhD:
Current Position: Family Medicine Clinician
Current Affiliation: Family Practice - Northeast Community Clinic, L.A
Sagar A. Vaidya, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Type I interferons: Expanding roles in biodefense
Mentor: Genhong Cheng
PhD: Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics
Current Position: Medical Director, Clinical Sciences
Current Affiliation: BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.
Derek Welsbie, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Targeting Hormone Refractory Prostate Cancer by Inhibition of the Androgen Receptor
Mentor: Charles L. Sawyers
PhD: Molecular Biology
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Current Affiliation: Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute
Christopher E. Woods, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Impaired Excitation - Contraction Coupling in the mdx Mouse, a Model of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Mentor: Julio L. Vergara
PhD: Neuroscience
Current Position: Cardiologist
Current Affiliation: Sutter Health Palo Alto Medical Foundation

2005

James P. Howard, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Analysis of cis and trans acting endocytosis factors in S. cerevisiae
Mentor: Gregory Payne
PhD: Biological Chemistry
Current Position: Assistant Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics
Current Affiliation: UCSF School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
Steven A. Kushner, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Presynaptic plasticity modulates memory formation function
Mentor: Alcino J. Silva
PhD:
Current Position: Psychiatrist
Current Affiliation: New York Presbyterian Hospital / Columbia Univ.
Sameer A. Sheth, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Coupling between neuronal activity and functional hemodynamic responses
Mentor: Arthur W. Toga
PhD:
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
Current Affiliation: Neurological Institute of New York, Columbia University Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital
Marc Suchard, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Model building and selection in Bayesian phylogenetic reconstruction
Mentor: Janet Sinsheimer
PhD: Biomathematics
Current Position: Professor of Biostatistics, Biomathematics and of Human Genetics
Current Affiliation: UCLA School of Public Health and David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Peter Tsai, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Stromal-mediated thymic development: Roles of FoxN1, BMP4 and FGF7
Mentor: Hong Wu
PhD:
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Neurology & Neurotherapeutics, Neuroscience, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry
Current Affiliation: UT Southwestern Medical Center

2004

Osei K. Asamoah, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Optical analysis of voltage-gated ionchannels
Mentor: Francisco Bezanilla
PhD:
Current Position: Emergency Medicine Specialist
Current Affiliation: Numerous hospitals in Texarkana, TX
Raymond S. Golish, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: A fast non-linear method for parametric imaging of PET data
Mentor: Sanjiv S. Gambhir
PhD: Engineering
Current Position: Medical Director
Current Affiliation: Jupiter Medical Center
Ryan B. Green, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Role of Drumstick in hindgut patterning in Drosophila melanogaster
Mentor: Judith A. Lengyel
PhD:
Current Position: Anesthesiologist
Current Affiliation: John Muir Medical Center - Walnut Creek Campus, John Muir Medical Center - Concord Campus
Roger C. Lee, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Molecular genetic analysis of axon target selection of Drosophila melangaster
Mentor: Larry Zipursky
PhD: Biological Chemistry
Current Position: Dermatologist
Current Affiliation: Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Michael Lin, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Orchestral manuevers in the axon: trio and the control of axon guidance
Mentor: Michael Greenberg
PhD: Harvard Medical School
Current Position: Assistant Professor in Pediatrics and Bioengineering
Current Affiliation: Stanford University School of Medicine
Marc H. Shomer, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: The Role of Extrinsic Factors in the Regulation of Axonal Sprouting in the Adult Brain
Mentor: Marie-Francoise Chesselet
PhD:
Current Position: Ophthalmologists
Current Affiliation: Marc H Shomer MD Phd Inc.
Thomas T. Su, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Function of transitional 2 B cells in peripheral B lymphocyte development
Mentor: David J. Rawlings
PhD:
Current Position: Dermatologist
Current Affiliation: Verdugo Dermatology
Jia-Perng "Jennifer" Wei
Dissertation title: Interplay Between Reactive Oxygen Species and Transition Metal Ions: Lessons from Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Mentor: Joan S. Valentine
PhD:
Current Position: Medical Director
Current Affiliation: Agendia, Inc.

2003

Doris Y. Chih, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: The Role o f C/EBPe in Terminal Granulopoiesis
Mentor: H Phillip Koeffler
PhD:
Current Position: Internist / Geriatrician
Current Affiliation: Veterans Affairs Loma Linda Healthcare System
Arnold I. Chin, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Role for RIP2 in innate and adaptive immunity
Mentor: Genhong Chen
PhD:
Current Position: Assistant Professor
Current Affiliation: Urology, David Geffen School of Medicine
Hajir Dadgostar, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Dissection of CD40-activated signal transduction pathways
Mentor: Genhong Chen
PhD: Molecular Biology
Current Position: Ophthalmologists
Current Affiliation: The Retina Partners
Guy L. DiSibio, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: A Structure-Function Analysis of Sequences that Stabalize Interactions between Notch and its Ligands and Promote Activation
Mentor: Geraldine Weinmaster
PhD:
Current Position: Associate Professor of Pathology and Medical Genetics
Current Affiliation: California Northstate University, College of Medicine
Armin G. Jegalian, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Role of SOCS genes in erythropoietin signaling
Mentor: Hong Wu
PhD: Molecular Biology
Current Position: Hematopathologist
Current Affiliation: NeoGenomics Laboratories
Lu Q. Le, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Biological consequences of G2A function in lymphocyte growth control
Mentor: Owen Witte
PhD: Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics
Current Position: Associate Professor
Current Affiliation: Univ. of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dept. of Dermatology
Ho H. Lee, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Roles of Bcl-X and Bfl-1 in cell survival and chemoresistence
Mentor: Genhong Chen
PhD:
Current Position: Orthopaedic Surgeon
Current Affiliation: Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center
Robert A. Lee, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Regulation of erythropoiesis and microenvironment by erythropoietin
Mentor: Hong Wu
PhD:
Current Position: Assistant Clinical Professor,Dermatology and Director of Dermatopathology
Current Affiliation: UC San Diego
Nader Pouratian, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Etiology and experience-dependent modification of brain mapping signals
Mentor: Arthur W. Toga
PhD:
Current Position: Director of Peripheral Nerve Program
Current Affiliation: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center - UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica
Ahmed A. Serag, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Structural studies on transthyretinamyloid fibrils: oligomerization symmetry
Mentor: Todd Yates
PhD: Molecular Biology
Current Position: Anesthesiologist
Current Affiliation: Riverside Community Hospital
Michael Zeineh, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Differential activity within the medial temporal lobe during memory processing
Mentor: Susan Y. Bookheimer
PhD: Biology
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Radiology
Current Affiliation: Stanford University Medical Center