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2003

Doris Y. Chih, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: The Role o f C/EBPe in Terminal Granulopoiesis
Mentor: H Phillip Koeffler
PhD:
Current Position: Chief, Hospitalist Section -Physician Utilization Management Advisor / Associate Professor of Medicine
Current Affiliation: Loma Linda VA Healthcare System/JLP VA Medical Center / Loma Linda University School of Medicine
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

2002

Hejin P. Hahn, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Galectin-1 induced T cell death: A novel caspase and mitochondria independent cell death mechanism that may be evolutionarily ancient
Mentor: Linda Baum
PhD: Molecular Biology
Current Position: Pathologist
Current Affiliation: Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center - Pathalogy
Minghsun Liu, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Parasite adaptations to dynamic hosts: Bordetella-phage and Bordetella-host interactions
Mentor: Jeff F. Miller
PhD: Microbiology and Immunology
Current Position: Staff Physician
Current Affiliation: Staff Physician (WOC), Div. of Infectious Diseases, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare, Visiting Research Associate, Division of Biology, California Institute of Technology
Angela Lopez, MD, PhD
Dissertation title:
Mentor: Elliot Landaw
PhD: Biomathematics
Current Position: HS Asst Clin Prof / Asst Prof
Current Affiliation: Cedars-Sinai Med Ctr-MED/Hem-Onc - Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine
Lisan S. Peng, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Construction, characterization and antitumor activity of a single-chain-IL-12 anti-HER-2/neu antibody fusion protein
Mentor: Sherri L. Morrison
PhD: Molecular Biology
Current Position: Dermatologist
Current Affiliation: Norman Levine MD Dermatology- Tucson AZ
Huidy Shu, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: A molecular genetic analysis of axon guidance in Drosophila melanogaster: Signal transduction and receptor diversity
Mentor: Larry Zipursky
PhD: Biological Chemistry
Current Position: Neurologist
Current Affiliation: Pali Momi Medical Center and Straub Clinic and Hospital in Aiea, Hawaii
Arun Venkatesan, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Internal ribosome entry site (IRES)-mediated translation: Inhibition, regulation, and selection
Mentor: Asim Dasgupta
PhD: Microbiology and Immunology
Current Position: Associate Director, Neurology Residency Program & Associate Professor of Neurology
Current Affiliation: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland

2001

Albert Cha, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Using optical probes to study the behavior of voltage-gated ion channels
Mentor: Carol Newton
PhD: Neuroscience
Current Position: Managing Partner
Current Affiliation: Vivo Ventures, Palo Alto CA.
Charles Chiu, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Structural Studies of Adenovirus and DNA-Dependent Protein Kinase gy Cryo-Electron Microscopy
Mentor: Phoebe Stewart
PhD: Biomedical Physics
Current Position: Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Director of the UCSF-Abbott Viral Diagnostics and Discovery Center (VDDC), Associate Director of the UCSF Clinical Microbiology Labor
Current Affiliation: UCSF School of Medicine
Michael Makhinson, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Gating of hippocampal long-term potentiation: cyclic Nucleotides and PSD-95
Mentor: Thomas O'Dell
PhD: Neuroscience
Current Position: Assistant Clinical Professor
Current Affiliation: Psychr & Biobehav Sci / Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Brenton T. Tan, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Adenovirus-Epstein-Barr Virus Hybrid Vectors Designed for Long-term Transgene Expression
Mentor: Arnold Berk
PhD: Molecular Biology
Current Position: Clinical Assistant Professor
Current Affiliation: Stanford Univ. School of Medicine, Dept. of Pathology
Yifah Yaron, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: The Roles of HOX Genes in Hematopoiesis- Expression, Functional Characterization and Structural Analysis
Mentor: Judith Gasson
PhD: Biological Chemistry
Current Position: Senior Medical Director
Current Affiliation: Exelixis, Inc. - San Francisco Bay Area/Biotechnology
Yi-Meng Yen, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Structure-Function Characterization and Biological Aspects of Non-Histone Protein 6A from Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Mentor: Reid Johnson
PhD: Biological Chemistry
Current Position: Orthopedic Surgeon, Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
Current Affiliation: Harvard Medical School, Boston Children's Hospital

2000

Andrew F. Cannestra, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: The Characterization of Perfusion Related Cortical Signals
Mentor: Arthur Toga
PhD: Neuroscience
Current Position: Neurosurgeon
Current Affiliation: Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville
Won-Suk Cho, MD, PhD
Dissertation title:
Mentor: Kenneth Lange
PhD: Biomathematics
Current Position: Internal Medicine Physician
Current Affiliation: San Antonio, TX
Noah Craft, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Identification and Characterization of Genes Involved in Prostate Cancer Progression
Mentor: Charles Sawyers
PhD: Microbiology, Immunology, & Molecular Genetics
Current Position: Co Founder and CEO/Associate Professor
Current Affiliation: Science 37 / UCLA School of Medicine in Dermatology
Benjamin T. Crane, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: The Human Vestibulo-ocular Reflex: Dependence of Viewing Distance, Translation, Rotation, and Context of Stimulation
Mentor: Joseph Demer
PhD: Neuroscience
Current Position: Assistant Professor - Dept. of Otolaryngology and Neurobiology and Anatomy
Current Affiliation: University of Rochester Medical Center
Thomas H. Farquhar, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Improving Lesion Detection in Whole Body PET
Mentor: Edward Hoffman
PhD: Biomedical Physics
Current Position: Radiologist
Current Affiliation: Chief, Radiology - Windham Hospital
Albert Kim, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Supercharging pulses reveal fast signaling events in frog skeletal muscle excitation-contraction coupling
Mentor: Julio Vergara
PhD:
Current Position: Clinical Fellow
Current Affiliation: UCSF - Dept. of Medicine (Cardiac Electrophysiology)
Agnieszka "Sheila" Niewmierzycki, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: The search for New Methyltransferases in Yeast
Mentor: Steven Clarke
PhD: Molecular Biology
Current Position: Pathologist
Current Affiliation: San Jose
Andrew D. Thompson, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Genotypic and Phenotypic Analysis of Ewig's Sarcoma EWS/ETS Fusion Genes
Mentor: Christopher Denny
PhD: Molecular Biology
Current Position: Assistant Professor
Current Affiliation: Wayne State University, Department of Pathology

1999

Daniel Cruz, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Positive and negative selection in the development of intestinal intraepithelial lymphocytes
Mentor: Mitchell Kronenberg
PhD:
Current Position: Asst Clin Prof
Current Affiliation: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Div. of Cardiology
Isla Garraway, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: The importance of core promoter structure in the transcriptional regulation of the terminal deoxynucleotidyltransferase gene
Mentor: Stephen Smale
PhD:
Current Position: Assoc Prof In Rsdn
Current Affiliation: David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, Dept. of Urology
Daniel M. Sigg, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: The Role of Brownian Motion in Ion Channel Kinetics
Mentor: Francisco Benazilla
PhD: Physiology
Current Position: Nuclear Medicine Specialist
Current Affiliation: Summit Cancer Center

1998

Benjamin S. Braun, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: The transcriptional response to the Ewing's sarcoma fusion oncogene EWS/Fli
Mentor: Christopher Denny
PhD: Molecular Biology
Current Position: Adjunct Asst. Professor
Current Affiliation: UCSF School of Medicine, Dept. of Pediatrics (Hematology/Oncology)
Mark P. Eggena, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Phage display cloning of marker antibodies as a means to identify autoantigens: Cloning of ulcerative colitis-specific perinuclear anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies and characterization of a novel candidate autoantigen
Mentor: Jonathan Braun
PhD: Molecular Biology
Current Position: Clinical Practice
Current Affiliation: Penobscot Bay Medical Center, Rockport, Maine
Rick Fairhurst, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Unconventional modes of antigen recognition: 1. A candidate gene conversion event associated with somatic hypermutation, 2. Immunoglobulin framework-mediated antigen binding, and 3. T cell recognition of nonpeptide antigens
Mentor: Jonathan Braun
PhD: Molecular Biology
Current Position: Staff Clinician
Current Affiliation: National Inst of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH, Malaria Genetics Section, Laboraratory of Malaria and Vector Research
Jon Hernandez, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Vestibular nerve regeneration in the bullfrog, Rana catesbeiana: A morphologic and physiologic description of the peripheral dendrites
Mentor: Vicente Honrubia
PhD: Surgery
Current Position: Clinical Practice
Current Affiliation: Surgery, Coordinated Health Systems, Bethlehem, PA
William P. Stanford, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Osteogenic factors are produced by endothelial cells: Possible mechanism in the pathogenesis of arterial calcification
Mentor: Charles Markham
PhD: Neurology
Current Position: Internal Medicine Physician
Current Affiliation: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

1997

Roy Avalos, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: The Role the Matrix Protein Plays in the Assembly of Paramyxo- and Orthomyxoviruses.
Mentor: Debi Nayak
PhD: Microbiology & Immunology
Current Position: Clinical Practice
Current Affiliation: SD Cardiovascular Associates, Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, CA
Andrei Goga, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Positive and negative growth effects of the Abelson tyrosine kinase
Mentor: Owen Witte
PhD: Molecular Biology
Current Position: Assistant Professor
Current Affiliation: UCSF School of Medicine, Dept. of Medicine (Hematology/Oncology)
Thomas M. Guerrero, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Development of a Parallel Processing Reconstruction Workstation for 3D Positron Emission Tomography
Mentor: Edward J Hoffman
PhD: Biomedical Physics
Current Position: Professor, Vice Chair, & Assistant Dean
Current Affiliation: Department of Radiation Oncology, Beaumont Health, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Ajay Nirula, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Regulation of interleukin-2 gene expression by the cellular protein, interleukin enhancer-binding factor
Mentor: Richard Gaynor
PhD: Molecular Biology
Current Position: Director of Clinical Research
Current Affiliation: Merck and Co., Rahway, NJ
Janine Simons, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: The impact of lesions rostral to a stimulating electrode on the efficacy of brain stimulation reward and the integrity of the medial forebrain bundle
Mentor: C. R. Gallistel
PhD: Neurosciences
Current Position: Clinical Fellow
Current Affiliation: National Institute of Mental Health, NIH

1996

Stephen Lessnick, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Structural and functional requirements for transformation mediated by the Ewing's sarcoma EWS/FLI-1 fusion protein
Mentor: Christopher T. Denny
PhD: Molecular Biology
Current Position: Assistant Professor
Current Affiliation: Univ. of Utah School of Medicine, Dept. of Pediatrics
Mehrdad Matloubian, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Molecular pathogenesis of lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus infection
Mentor: Rafi Ahmed
PhD: Microbiology & Immunology
Current Position: Assistant Professor
Current Affiliation: UCSF School of Medicine, Dept. of Medicine (Rheumatology/Arthritis)
Doris Vay Kan Quon, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Drug resistance and gene expression in Trichomonas vaginalis
Mentor: Patricia Johnson
PhD:
Current Position: Associate Medical Director
Current Affiliation: Hemophilia Treatment Center, Orthopaedic Hospital, L.A

1995

Benjamin N. Cheyette, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: A phenotypic, genetic and molecular analysis of the developing Drosophila melanogaster visual system
Mentor: S. Lawrence Zipursky
PhD:
Current Position: Assistant Professor
Current Affiliation: UCSF School of Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry
Cynthia DeMeester, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Genetic determinants of Lp(a) and ApoB serum levels: A candidate gene approach
Mentor: A. Jake Lusis
PhD:
Current Position: Pediatrician
Current Affiliation: Clinical Practice - Pediatrics, Salt Lake City, UT
Steven P. Hamilton, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Stimulation of in vitro myelin synthesis by microglia
Mentor: Leonard Rome
PhD: Biological Chemistry
Current Position: Associate Professor
Current Affiliation: UCSF School of Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry
Olivia Ong, Md, PhD
Dissertation title: G-proteins in cone photoreceptors and in metabolic disease
Mentor: Bernard Fung
PhD: Pharmacology
Current Position: Ophthalmologist
Current Affiliation: Huntington Memorial Hospital and Methodist Hospital of Southern California

1994

Bradley Fletcher, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Structure, expression, and regulation of two TPA-inducible genes: TIS10 and TIS21
Mentor: Harvey Herschman
PhD:
Current Position: Assistant Professor
Current Affiliation: Univ. of Florida Health, Hematology
Beatrice G. Jegalian, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Homeotic Transformations in the Mouse Skeleton Induced by Overexpression of a Hox 3.3 Transgene
Mentor: Edward De Robertis
PhD: Biological Chemistry
Current Position: Pediatrician
Current Affiliation: Pediatrics, Vernon Hall, & Cambridge Health Alliance - Cambridge, Massachusetts
Adam J. Savitz, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Isolation and characterization of a ribosome binding protein from the rough endoplasmic reticulum
Mentor: David I. Meyer
PhD:
Current Position: Assistant Attending Psychiatrist
Current Affiliation: NewYork-Presbyterian/Westchester Division, Psychiatry
Keith A. Jr. Wharton, MD, PhD
Dissertation title: Gene Regulation in the Midline of the Drosophilia Central nervous System and the Function of the single-minded Gene
Mentor: Stephen Crews
PhD: Molecular Biology
Current Position: Pathologist
Current Affiliation: Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research