Medical Microbiology and Immunology

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Health Science Campus
Health Education Building
Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Room 229, MS1021
Office: 419-383-4323
Fax: 419-383-3002 Microbiology.Immunology@utoledo.edu

Former Graduates

 


Minal Mulye, Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences (IIT concentration)
Degree: 2013,  Major Advisor:  Dr. R. Mark Wooten, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: Delineating the Immune Mechanisms Required by Murine Neutrophils and Macrophages for Clearance of Burkholderia pseudomallei, the Causative Agent of Melioidosis
Email:  Minal.Mulye@uToledo.edu
Awards:

  • 1st Place poster presentation, Annual Graduate Research Forum 2012 – 2013, University of Toledo  , Role of serum opsonins in clearance of Burkholderia pseudomallei by macrophages
  • 1st Place poster presentation, Annual Graduate Research Forum 2010 – 2011, University of Toledo, Role of serum opsonins in clearance of Burkholderia pseudomallei by macrophages
  • Dean Kathrine Easley Wemmer Trust Fund scholarship for the American Association of University Women

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Jixiao (James) Liang,
Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences(IIT concentration)
Degree: 2013   Major Advisor: Dr. Robert M. Blumenthal, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title:  Naturally-Occuring Fusion Between the Regulatory and Catalytic Components of Type IIP Restriction–Modification Systems
Email:  Jixiao.Liang@uToledo.edu
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Paul Schroder, Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences (IIT concentration)
Degree: 2013,  Major Advisor:  Dr. Stanislaw Stepkowski, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title:  Targeting Signal 1 of T cell Activation to Restore Self-tolerance in Type 1 Diabetes
Email:   Paul.Schroder@uToledo.edu
Awards:

  • Earl H. Freimer Scholarship Award, 2013
  • Robert R. Buell Memorial Achievement Award recognizing a graduate student who best exemplifies comprehensive excellence in the physical, biological and social sciences and in the humanities and plans a career in education. May 2012
  • 1st Place Prize at The University of Toledo Health Science Campus Annual Graduate Research Forum for my Poster Presentation:  Therapeutic Alteration of the T cell Immune Synapse Promotes Selective Deletion of Antigen Responding T cells.  Mar 2012
  • Travel Grant by the American Society of Transplantation (AST) to attend the annual AST Fellows Symposium on Transplantation Medicine.  I attended the Basic Sciences Track. Sep.2011

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Joshua Waldman, Ph.D., (IIT concentration)
Degree: 2013   Major Advisor: Michael Rees, M.D., Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: Mechanisms of Human Erythrocyte Clearance During Human-to-Porcine-Liver Xenoperfusion and the Assessment of Current Pre-Clinical Model
Email:
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Ran Lu, Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences (IIT concentration)
Degree: 2013   Major Advisor:  Akira Takashima , Ph.D.
Thesis Title: Intravital Imaging of Dynamic Behaviors of Leukocytes in UVB-induced Skin Inflammation
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Rebecca Thompson, Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences (IIT concentration)
Degree: 2013   Major Advisor:  Julie Westerink , Ph.D.
Thesis title: Polyreactive and Antigen-Specific B-cell Response to Streptococcus Pneumoniae
Current position: Immunoassay Development Scientist, R&D Department at Pharmasan Labs, Inc., a specialty reference laboratory in Osceola, WI.
Email:
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Mithun Khattar, M.Phil., M.S., Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences(IIT concentration)
Degree: 2012  Major Advisor:  Dr. Stanislaw Stepkowski, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: Modulation of TCR Signals Reprograms Immune Tolerance in Transplantation and Type-1 Diabetes
Current Position:
Email:  Mithun.Khattar@uToledo.edu
Awards:

  • The Journal of Immunology Young Investigator Award (2013)
  • Robert R. Buell Memorial Achievement Award for comprehensive excellence in the physical, biological and social sciences (2011)
  • Third place winner, 2011 Biomedical Science Graduate Research Forum, University of Toledo (2011)
  • Travel award to attend and present at 2010 International Congress in Immunology, Kobe, Japan (2010)
  • Second place winner, 2010 Biomedical Science Graduate Research Forum, University of Toledo (2010)
  • Second place winner, 2009 Biomedical Science Graduate Research Forum, University of Toledo (2009)

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John-Paul Lavik, Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences (IIT concentration)
Degree: 2012  Major Advisor:  Dr. R. Mark Wooten, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: Intravital Microscopy of Borrelia Burgdorferi: Delineation of Dissemination Kinetics and Persistence Within Murine Skin
Email:  John-Paul.Lavik@uToledo.edu
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Elizabeth Beil, M.S.B.S., Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences (IIT concentration)
Degree:  2012  Major Advisor:  Randall Worth, Ph.D.
Thesis Title: Identification of FcγRIIA-STAT6 Interaction and the Subsequent Effects
Current position:  Medical student at the University of Toledo, planned graduation June, 2012
email: Elizabeth.Beil@uToledo.edu
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Yutein (Andy) Chung, Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences (IIT concentration)
Degree:  2011   Major Advisor:  R. Mark Wooten, Ph.D.
Disseration Title:  Identification of signaling pathways important for Borrelia burgdorferi-elicited IL-10 production by macrophages and their effects on suppressing antigen presenting cell immune responses
Current position:  Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. David M. Engman, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Pathology, 303 E. Chicago Street, Ward 6-140, Chicago, IL 60611, Tel: 312-503-1276 (lab)
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William E. Grose, Ph.D., in Biomedical Sciences (IIT concentration)
Degree:  2011  Major Advisor:  Eric LaFontaine, Ph.D.
Dissertation title:  Characterization of a genetic locus in Burkholderia pseudomallei encoding a putative biofilm-associated protein
Current position:  Postdoctoral Scientist in the lab of Dr. Louise Rodino-Klapac, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, 700 Children's Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Fax: 614-722-3273  
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Shuo Geng, Ph.D., in Biomedical Sciences (IIT concentration)
Degree: 2010   Major Advisor:  Akira Takashima, M.D., Ph.D.
Dissertation title:  Discovery of a new dendritic cell subset derived from immature granulocytes
Current position:  Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Akira Takashima's laboratory.
Tel: 419-383-4312.   Address:  The University of Toledo, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, Mail Stop 1021, Toledo, Ohio 43614-2598
email:  shuo.geng@utoledo.edu
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Benjamin (Randy) Hart, Ph.D., in Biomedical Sciences (IIT concentration)
Degree: 2010   Major Advisor:  Robert M. Blumenthal, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title:  Expanded functionality of the bacterial global regulator Lrp
Current position:  Medical student at The University of Toledo
email:  benjamin.hart@utoledo.edu
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Joshua Vieth, Ph.D., in Biomedical Sciences (IIT concentration)
Degree: 2010   Major Advisor:  Randall G. Worth, Ph.D.
Disseration Title:  The role of membrane lipid microdomains (Rafts) in FcgammaRIIA effector functions
Current Position:  Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Derek Sant'Angelo, at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Address:  MSKCC, 1275 York Avenue, Box 492, New York, NY 10021  http://www.mskcc.org/mskcc/html/11172.cfm
Lab phone:  646-888-2346    
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Sara Campbell, Ph.D., in Biomedical Sciences (IIT concentration)
Degree: 2010   Major Advisor:  Z. Kevin Pan, M.D., Ph.D.
Dissertation Title:  Mechanisms of Moraxella catarrhalis induced immune signaling in the pulmonary epithelium
email:  sara.campbell@rockets.utoledo.edu
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Miao Chen, Ph.D., in Biomedical Sciences (IIT concentration)
Degree: 2009   Major Advisor:  Z. Kevin Pan, M.D., Ph.D.
Dissertation title:  Moraxella Catarrhalis-induced innate immune responses in human pulmonary epithelial cells and monocytes
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Junbo Mai, Ph.D., in Biomedical Sciences (IIT concentration)
Degree: 2009   Major Advisor:  Dorothea Sawicki, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: Alphavirus nsP2 interacts with host pathways for viral minus-strand synthesis and replication complex stability
Current position: Postdoctoral Fellowship in the lab of virologist, Dr. Shou-Wei Ding, at the University of California, Riverside,  
3239A Genomics Building, University of California Riverside, Riverside, CA 92521, Lab tel: 951-827-2341, Fax: 951-827-4294.
email:  junbomai@ucr.edu
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Vipul Shukla, M.S., in Biomedical Sciences (IIT concentration)
Degree: 2009   Major Advisor:  R. Mark Wooten, Ph.D.
Thesis title:  Intravital imaging of Borrelia burgdorferi in murine skin
Current position:  Attending medical school at the University of Toledo
Address: UTHSC, College of Medicine, 3000 Arlington Avenue, Toledo, OH 43614-2598
email:  vipul.shukla@rockets.utoledo.edu
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Ranendra Nath Dutta, Ph.D., in Biomedical Sciences (IIT concentration)
Degree:  2008   Major Advisor:  Isabel Novella, Ph.D.
Dissertation title:  Experimental test of solitary wave theory in viral populations
Current position:  Resident in Theriogenology (Veterinary Gynecology) at Mississippi State University
email:  ranendranathdutta@gmail.com
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Sarah D. Smith, M.S., in Biomedical Sciences (IIT concentration)
Degree:  2008   Major Advisor:  Isabel Novella, Ph.D.
Thesis title:  Selection of generalists and specialists in viral quasispecies
email:  sarah.smith12@rockets.utoledo.edu
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John Bernard Presloid,  M.S., in Biomedical Sciences (IIT concentration)
Degree: 2008    Major Advisor:  Isabel Novella, Ph.D.
Thesis title:  Characterization of vesicular stomatitis virus strains with adaptability differences
Current position: Research Assistant in the lab of Dr. Travis Taylor
Address:  UTHSC, Mail Stop 1021, Dept. of Medical Microbiology & Immunology, 3000 Arlington Avenue, Toledo, OH 43614-2598  
Tel:  419-383-6102  Fax: 419-383-3002
email:  john.presloid@rockets.utoledo.edu
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Pablo Serrano Aybar, M.S. in Biomedical Sciences (IIT concentration)
Degree: 2008      Major Advisor:  Z. Kevin Pan, M.D., Ph.D.
Thesis title:  Mechanisms of induction of CCL20 in lung epithelial cells by Moraxella catarrhalis
Current position: Resident in General Surgery at the University of Toledo. 
email:  pablo.serranoAybar@utoledo.edu
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Sumanta Mukherjee, Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences (IIT concentration)
Degree:  2008    Major Advisor:  Z. Kevin Pan, M.D., Ph.D.
Dissertation title: LPS induced TH2 (Interleukin-4) cytokine production in macrophages and its regulation 
Award: 2008 Outstanding PhD Student in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Toledo
Current position: Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Pathology, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI  
email:  sumanta_11@yahoo.com
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Xuesong Huang, Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences (IIT concentration)
Degree:  2007   Major Advisor: Z. Kevin Pan, M.D., Ph.D.
Dissertation title: The study on signal mechanism of protein kinase C Zeta-involved NF-KB activation in LPS-stimulated TLR4 signaling pathways 
Current position:  Postdoctoral Research Associate, in the lab of Dr. Wen-Ming Chu, Dept. of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology at
Brown University, 171 Meeting Street, Box G-B6, Providence, RI 02912
Tel:  401-863-9785
e-mail:  Xuesong.Huang@Brown.edu
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John Lazarus, Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences (IIT concentration)
Degree:  2007    Major Advisor:  R. Mark Wooten, Ph.D.
Dissertation title: A role for interleukin-10 in the murine model of lyme disease
 Awards and Honors while a Graduate Student:
    •outstanding student performance in the M.D./Ph.D. program
    •received a scholarship to the UT Medical School  
Current position: Residency at Case Western Reserve University
Tel:  419-383-3961
e-mail: john.lazarus@utoledo.edu
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Kylie Roach, M.S in Biomedical Sciences
Degree:  2007    Major Advisor:  R. Mark Wooten, Ph.D.
Thesis title:   A role for igIC in the growth and persistence of Francisella tularensis within macrophages
Current position: Kylie lives in Chicago and attended Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Traditional Oriental Medicine
e-mail: leilabee@wildmail.com
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Rachel Balder, Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences
Degree:  2007    Major Advisor:  Eric Lafontaine, Ph.D.
Dissertation title:  Type V secretion system exoproteins and their roles in the adherence of the gram-negative
bacterial pathogens Moraxella catarrhalis, Burkholderia pseudomallei and Burkholderia mallei
Current Position:  Postdoctoral Scientist in the lab of Dr. Lauren Bakaletz, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, W591, Columbus, Ohio 43205.
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Brian Bullard, Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences
Degree:  Ph.D., Major Advisor:  Eric Lafontaine, Ph.D.
Dissertation title:  Characterization of the Moraxella catarrhalis Hag Adhesin
Current Position:  Post-doctoral Researcher, Molecular Virology, Immunology & Medical Genetics College of Medicine, Ohio State University
address:  Biomedical Research Tower, 460 W. 12th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210
email:  brian.bullard@gmail.com
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Christine Akimana, Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences
Degree:  2007   Major Advisor:  Eric Lafontaine, Ph.D.
Dissertation title:  Structural and functional analysis of Moraxella catarrhalis adhesins MCAP and OMPCD
Current Position: Post-doctoral Fellow, The University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.  In the laboratory of Dr. Yousef Abu-Kwaik, Bumgardner Chair in Molecular Pathogenesis, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Microbiology & Immunology.  Research Tower, HSC campus.
Tel: 502-852-6208 (lab) 
email:  c0akim01@gwise.louisville.edu
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Robert Lintner, Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences
Degree:  2007    Major Advisor:  Robert Blumenthal, Ph.D.
Dissertation title:  Comparative analysis and discovery of regulatory control
Current Position:  Molecular Biologist II, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University, 320 Charles Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
Tel: 617-324-3643
email: lintner@broad.mit.edu
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Meenakshi Kaul Kaw, M.D., Ph.D. 
Degree: 2007  Major Advisor:  Robert Blumenthal, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title:  Translational control in Escherichia Coli: HFQ and PVUII
Last Known Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the lab of Dr. Beata Lecka-Czernik, Department of Orthopaedics, University of Toledo, 3000 Arlington Avenue, Mail Stop#1094 
Tel: 419-383-3906 
email:  meenawkshi.kaw@utoledo.edu
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Laura Smith, M.S. 
Degree: 2006  Major Advisor: Z. Kevin Pan, M.D., Ph.D.
Thesis Title: Effects of Bacterial Products on Human Blood Leukocytes
Last Known Position: Research Assistant, Case Western Reserve, Dept. of Pediatric Pulmonary, with Dr. Carol Liedtke, 14 Adelbert Hall, 10900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106
Tel: 216-368-4377
email:  las63@case.edu
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Eric Tarcha, Ph.D.   May 2006 Major Advisor: Garry T. Cole, Ph.D.
Thesis Title: Application of immunoproteomics and bioinformatics to Coccidioidomycosis vaccinology.
Last Known Position:  Principal Scientist, Preclinical Development, Kineta, Inc.
307 Westlake Avenue North, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98109
Tel:  206-378-0400    etarcha@kinetabio.com
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Roger Herr, Ph.D. 2006    Major Advisor:  Garry T. Cole, Ph.D.
Thesis Title:  Evaluation of two homologous Coccioidioides posadasii antigens as recombinantly expressed
monovalent, divalent, and chimeric vaccine candidates.
Last Known Position:  Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab of Dr. Ted Hansen, Washington University St. Louis; Immunology Program, 4940 Parkview Place, CSRB room #8851, campus box 8118, St. Louis, MO 63110.
Tel:  314-362-2715 or 314-362-3996
email:  rherr@pathology.wustl.edu
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Amanda Melillo, M.S.  2005    Major Advisor:  Dr. Darren Sledjeski
Thesis Title:  Identification of Francisella tularensis outer membrane proteins
Last Known Position: Ph.D. student, Center for Immunology and Microbial Disease
Albany Medical College, 43 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY12208
Tel: 518-262-3125     Fax: 518-262-3165    email: melilla@mail.amc.edu
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Craig N. Burkhart, M.S.  2003    Major Advisor: Dr. Paul Lehmann
Thesis Title:  Nit sheath and bacterial symbiotes of Pediculus human capitis (the Human Head Louse)
Last Known Position:  M.D. - Clinical Research Professor in Dermatology, University of North Carolina Hospital, 101 Manning Dr, Room 1107G W Wing, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. 
email:  Craig_unc@yahoo.com
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Cristin Coco Brescia, Ph.D. 2001   Major Advisor: Dr. Darren Sledjeski
Dissertation Title:  Characterizing the RNA-binding and chaperone activities of the E. coli proteins, H-NS and HFQ
Last Known Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Biohazard Assessment Research Branch, Microbiological & Chemical Exposure, Assessment Research Division, National Exposure Research Laboratory, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (MD-320), 26 W. Martin Luther King Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45268
Tel: 513.569.7746   
email:  brescia.cristin@epa.gov  or  cristinbrescia@yahoo.com
Awards and Honors while a Graduate Student: 
- Graduate Dean's award winner for 2003
- Medical University of Ohio 2001 Satellite's Scholarship 16th Annual Research Forum
- 2001 Dr. Liberato J.A. DiDio Award for Excellence in Graduate Research, Finalist ______________________________________________________________
Tara Smith, Ph.D.  2002     Major Advisor: Dr. Michael Boyle
Current Position: Associate Professor, Dept of Epidemiology, College of Public Health, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
Tel: 319-384-5755
email:  tara-smith@uiowa.edu

Awards and Honors while a Graduate Student: 
- 2001 Donald C. Cox Award for Excellence in Graduate Research
- 2001 Dr. Liberato J.A. DiDio Award for Excellence in Graduate Research
- 2001-2002 National Institutes of Health Molecular Pathogenesis of Cancer Grant Trainee ______________________________________________________________
Myrna Saouda Rezcallah, Ph.D.  2002   Major Advisor:  Dr. Michael Boyle
Thesis Title:  The regulation of SPEB, a putative virulence factor of Streptococcus Pyogenes
Address: 1400 Laurel Ave., Apt. W1009, Minneapolis, MN 55403  Tel: 612-338-3426   
email:  mrezca2002@yahoo.com
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Victor Huber, Ph.D. 2002   Major Advisor: Dr. Dennis Metzger
Last Known Position: Assistant Professor, Influenza Immunity, Lee Medicine Building, room 367, Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences, Sanford School of Medicine, The University of South Dakota, 414 East Clark Street, Vermillion, SD 57069
Tel: 605-677-5163     Fax: 605-677-6381
email: victor.huber@usd.edu
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Cori Fata-Hartley, Ph.D.     Major Advisors:  Drs. Stan and Dorothea Sawicki 
Last Known Position: Assistant Professor, Lyman Briggs School, Dept. of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, Biology, Michigan State University,
186 East Holmes Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824
Tel: 517-353-4855 x1625
email:  fatahart@msu.edu
Awards and Honors while a Graduate Student at MCO: 
- 1999 Dr. Liberato J.A. DiDio Award for Excellence in Graduate Research
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Abbey L. Carr, M.S.  2001    Major Advisor:  Dr. Michael Boyle
Thesis Title:  Analysis of the functional properties of the oxygen-stable hemolysin (SLS) of Streptococcus pyogenes
Last Known Position: Research Assistant, Health Science General Surgery Section,
University of Michigan, 1518 MSRB1, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Tel: 734-647-2786
Awards and Honors while a Graduate Student: 
- 2001 Dr. Liberato J.A. DiDio Award for Excellence in Graduate Research
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Iris Keren, M.S.   2001   Advisor: Dr. Darrin Sledjeski
Last Known Position: Senior Research Assistant, Northeastern University, 134 Mugar Hall, 360 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115
Tel: 617-373-3267 
email: i.keren@neu.edu
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Tao Wang, Ph.D.     Advisor:  Dr. Dorothea Sawicki
Graduate Student: 1996-2001 
Last Known Position: Residency Program in Pennsylvania
Awards and Honors while a Graduate Student:
- 2000 Annual American Society for Virology Travel Award
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Bernard Arulanandam, Ph.D. 1999    Major Advisor:  Dr. Metzger
Last Known Position: Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, University of Texas at San Antonio.   Office: BSB 2.03.16
Tel: 210-458-5492
email: Bernard.Arulanandam@utsa.edu
Awards and Honors while a Graduate Student:
- 1997 Dr. Liberato J.A. DiDio Award for Excellence in Graduate Research 
- 1998 Dr. Liberato J.A. DiDio Award for Excellence in Graduate Research 
- 1999 Graduate Dean's Award for Outstanding Graduate Student
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Samir Bhagwat, Ph.D.  1999   Major Advisor:  Dr. Robert Blumenthal
Last Known Position: Research Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pediatric Diseases, University of Rochester, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 850, Rochester, NY 14642.
Tel: 585-273-3509 (office);  585-275-5099 (lab).
email: samir_bhagwat@urmc.rochester.edu
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Renee Buchanan, Ph.D.  2000   Major Advisor: Dr. Dennis Metzger
Tel:  419-843-3499
 Awards and Honors while a Graduate Student:
- 1998 First place award in Graduate Student Research Forum
email: renee.buchanan@gmail.com
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Christina Whitman-Guliaev, M.S. 2000     Major Advisor: Dr. Michael Boyle
Last Known Position: Product Manager, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. 6000 James Watson Drive, Hercules, California 94547
Tel: 510-741-6845
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Sybil D'Costa, Ph.D.  1998     Major Advisor: Dr. Michael Boyle     
Last Known Position: Senior Staff Advanced Research Scientist, Beckman Coulter, Inc. Custom Biopharma Solutions
11800 SW 147th Ave., Miami, FL 33196
Tel: 305-380-2574 or  800-327-6531 ext 2574 
email:  sybil.d'costa@coulter.com
Awards and Honors while a Graduate Student:
- 1997 Dr. Liberato J.A. DiDio Award for Excellence in Graduate Research
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Zhuqing Li, M.D., Ph.D.  1998    Major Advisor:  Dr. Michael Boyle
Last Known Position: Staff Scientist, NIH, National Eye Institute
2020 Vision Place, Bethesda, MD 20892-3655
Tel: 301-594-7429
email: liz@nei.nih.gov
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Manda Rice, B.A.  1998    Major Advisor: Dr. Robert Blumenthal
Last Known Position: Manager of Community Outreach, Safe Kids Greater Toledo Coalition Coordinator
Toledo Children's Hospital, 2142 North Cove Blvd., HMT 940, Toledo, OH 43606
Voice: 419-291-6806
Fax: 419-479-3269
Pager: 419-245-2170
email:  manda.rice@promedica.org
Awards and Honors while a Graduate Student:
- 1993 MUO Bookstore Scholarship Award
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Diane Ruth Younker, Ph.D.  1999    Advisor: Dr. Stanley Sawicki
Last Known Position: Scientist/Technical Lead in Pharmacotherapeutics - Wyle Laboratories
NASA-Johnson Space Center
2400 NASA Parkway, Mail code: Wyle/HAC/37A, Houston, TX 77058
Tel: 281-483-5266
email: diane.r.younker@nasa.gov
 Awards and Honors while a Graduate Student:
- 1996 Second place prize for poster presentation, College of Graduate Studies Student Research Forum
- 1997 American Society of Virology Travel Award
- 1999 American Society of Virology Travel Award
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Gail M. Adams, Ph.D.  1996   Major Advisor: Dr. Robert Blumenthal
Last Known Position: Research Associate, Department of Neurosciences
The University of Toledo, Mail Stop #1007, 3000 Arlington Avenue, Toledo, Ohio 43614-2598
Tel: 419-383-6079
email: gail.adams@utoledo.edu
Awards and Honors while a Graduate Student:
- 1994 New England Biolabs Workshop Travel Award
- 1994 Honorable mention in the Graduate School Student Research Forum ______________________________________________________________
J. Matthew Buchanan, M.S., J.D.  1996  Major Advisor:  Dr. Dennis Metzger
Last Known Position: Attorney, Dunlap, Codding & Rogers, P.C., Intellectual Property Law, The Tower, 1601 N.W. Expressway
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
Tel: 405-607-8600    Fax: 405-607-8686 
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Sharon S. Master, Ph.D.  1996    Major Advisor: Dr. Robert Blumenthal
Last Known Position: Research Fellow/Associate Scientist II, Dept Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, The University of New Mexico,
Health Sciences Center, 915 Camino de Salud, NE, Albuquerque, NM 87131
Tel: 505-235-0983
email:  smaster@salud.unm.edu
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Roberta A. Raeder, M.S. in Biology 1997      Major Advisor: Dr. Michael Boyle
Thesis title: Response of Peripheral Blood Lymphocytes from the (NZB/NZW)F1 Mouse to Phytohemagglutinin
Last Known Position:  Retired
Address:  25 Pine Valley Road, Holland, OH 43528
email:  rootig@aol.com
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Indra Dé, Ph.D.  1995   Major Advisor:  Dr. Dorothea Sawicki
Last Known Position: Indra De, M.D., Inc. in own clinical practice (Infectious Diseases);
located 2626 N. California Street F., Stockton, CA 95204
Tel: 209-941-8073
Awards and Honors while a Graduate Student:
- 1993 Dr. Liberato J.A. DiDio Award for Excellence in Graduate Research 
- 1993 American Society for Virology Travel Award 
- 1993 IXth International Congress of Virology Travel Award 
- 1994 Dr. Liberato J.A. DiDio Award for Excellence in Graduate Research 
- 1994 American Society for Virology Travel Award 
- 1995 Graduate Dean's Award as Outstanding Ph.D. Graduate
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Todd D. Pack, Ph.D.  1995   Major Advisor:  Dr. Michael Boyle
Last Known Position: Senior Director, Research & Development, Meridian Bioscience, Inc., 3471 River Hills, Cincinnati, OH 45244
Tel: 513-272-5263
Awards and Honors while a Graduate Student:
- 1994 American Society for Microbiology Travel Award
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Laura (Ling) Vogel, Ph.D. 1996   Major Advisor:  Dr. Dennis Metzger
Last Known Position: Associate Professor of Immunology, Associate Chair for Undergraduate
Studies, Dept of Biological Sciences, Illinois State University, Campus Box 4120, Normal IL 61790-4120
Tel: 309-438-2479  Fax: 309-438-3722
Email: lavogel@ilstu.edu

Awards and Honors while a Graduate Student:
- 1995 Dr. Liberato J.A. DiDio Award for Excellence in Graduate Research
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David M. Breines, Ph.D.  1995   Major Advisor:  Dr. Jeff Burnham
Last Known Position: Associate Director, Regulatory Affairs, Takeda Global Research & Development
Home address:  1226 Prairie Trail, Grayslake, IL 60030
Tel: 847-548-6587
email: davidbreines@yahoo.com
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Hong Wang, Ph.D. 1994   Major Advisor: Dr. Michael Boyle
Graduate Student: 1990-1994
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Peggy A. Frame-Bibler, M.S. 1991      Major Advisor:  Dr. Earl Freimer
Thesis title:  The Effectiveness of GN Broth and Selenite Broth in Enhancing the Growth of Some Fecal Pathogens  
Formerly:  Supervisor, Microbiology Department, Defiance Hospital, 1206 E. Second Street, Defiance, OH 43512
Deceased - 2006
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Diming Lin, Ph.D.  1995   Major Advisor:  Dr. Paul F. Lehmann
Thesis title:  Molecular-Genetic Analysis of Candida Species and Other Fungi of Medical Importance
Last Known Position: Importer of scientific instrumentation and supplies, Rochester, New York
Tel: 716-288-5185
Awards and Honors while a Graduate Student:
- 1994 Milton Huppert Student Research Award of the Medical Mycological Society of the Americas 
- 1993 American Society for Microbiology Travel Award 
- 1994 American Society for Microbiology Travel Award
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Yun-Fen Wang, Ph.D. 1993    Major Advisor:  Dorothea L. Sawicki, Ph.D.
Thesis title:  Identification and Analysis of Proteins Essential for Alphavirus Negative-Strand RNA Synthesis
Last Known Position: M.D., Associate Professor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Emory University, 
Director of Microbiology, Immunology, Molec. Diagnostics, Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta
Director of Laboratory, Grady Health Center at East Point, GA. North DeKalb Health Ctr, Chamblee, GA
Address:  Emory Univ. School of Medicine, Grady Memorial Hospital, Rm D-119, 80 Jesse Hill Dr., Atlanta, GA 30303
Tel:  404-616-3432   email:  yfwang@emory.edu
URL: http://pathology.emory.edu/AdminFacultyMember.cfm?Name_seq=663
Awards and Honors while a Graduate Student:
- 1991 Honorable Mention, Sixth Annual Graduate Student Research Forum 
- 1992 The American Society for Virology Travel Award 
- 1992 Dr. Liberato J.A. DiDio Award for Excellence in Graduate Research 
- 1993 Dean's Award for Outstanding Graduate Student
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Ronald A. Otten, Ph.D.  1992    Major Advisor:  Dr. Michael Boyle
Last Known Position: Chair, IACUC for CDC-Atlanta); Research Microbiologist in the Div. of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Laboratory Branch. 
Div. of HIV/AIDS Prevention NCHHSTP, CCID, CDC Mailstop G-45; 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30333
Tel: 404-639-1018      Fax: 404-;639-1174
email: ROtten@cdc.gov
Awards and Honors while a Graduate Student:
- 1992 Dean's Award for Outstanding Graduate Student
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Tao Tao, Ph.D.   1992   Major Advisor:  Dr. Robert Blumenthal
Last Known Position: Staff Scientist, NIH, National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information (NIH/NLM/NCBI).
Tel:  301-402-4054
email:  tao@ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
Awards and Honors while a Graduate Student:
- 1991 Dr. Liberato J.A. DiDio Award for Excellence in Graduate Research Competition
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David J. Barton, Ph.D.  1989   Major Advisor:   Dr. Dorothea Sawicki
Last Known Position: Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, University of Colorado at Denver Anschutz Medical Campus, PO Box ;6511, MS 8333, Aurora, CO 80045
Tel:  303-724-4224   
URL:  http://uchsc.digitalassetsinc.com/Faculty/Barton.php
Awards and Honors while a Graduate Student:
- 1986 Dr. Liberato J.A. DiDio Award for Excellence in Graduate Research 
- 1987 Dr. Liberato J.A. DiDio Award for Excellence in Graduate Research 
- 1988 Dr. Liberato J.A. DiDio Award for Excellence in Graduate Research 
- 1989 Dr. Liberato J.A. DiDio Award for Excellence in Graduate Research 
- 1989 Dean's Award for Outstanding Graduate Student
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Chiu-Bin Hsiao, M.S. in Biology 1993    Major Advisor:  Dr. Paul F. Lehmann
Thesis title:  Isoenzymes and Glucose Control in Candida
Last Known Position: Medicine, Erie County Medical Center, AIDS Services, 462 Grider Street, Buffalo, NY 14215
Tel: 716-898-4119
Email:  chsiao@buffalo.edu
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Linong Guan, Ph.D. in Biology  1992      Major Advisor:  Dr. Jeffrey C. Burnham
Thesis title: The Postantibiotic Effects of Quinolone Antibiotics in Escherichia coli
Last Known Position: Technical Representative, Rohman-Haas
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Scott A. Whalen, Ph.D. in Biology 1984     Major Advisor:  Dr. Stanley Sawicki
Thesis title:  Replication of human adenovirus Type 2 in different kinds of human and monkey cells
Last Known Position:  CEO, St. Vincent's HealthCare, 1 Shircliff Way, Jacksonville, FL 32204
Tel:  904-308-7300
email:  scott.whalen@jaxhealth.com
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William A. Cafruny, Ph.D. 1979,  M.S. in 1975    Advisor:  Dr. David Senitzer
Ph.D. Thesis title:  Cell-Mediated Autoimmunity in the Mouse, and an Investigation of Immune Regulation by a Humoral Mechanism 
M.S. Thesis title:  The Induction of Cell-Mediated Immunity to Cardiac Determinants by Streptococcal Immunization
Last Known Position:  Professor, Immunology / Virology, The University of South Dakota, 253 Lee Medicine & Science Building  •  Vermillion, SD  57069
Tel: 605-677-5168
email: bcafruny@usd.edu
URL: http://www.usd.edu/biomed/java/faculty/biosketch/williamcafruny.shtml
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Gayle E. Woloschak, Ph.D. in Biology 1981    Major Advisor:  Dr. David Senitzer
Thesis title: B-Cell Responses in Autoimmune Mice: Antibody Production and Polyclonal Activation
Last Known Position: Gayle E. Woloschak, Professor, Department of Radiology, Center for Genetic Medicine,
Northwestern University, 676 N. Saint Clair St., Suite 1260, Chicago, IL 60611
Tel:  312-503-5600
E-mail:
g-woloschak@northwestern.edu  URL: http://www.cgm.northwestern.edu/faculty_bios/woloschak.htm
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Donald C. Sun, Ph.D.  1976    Major Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Burnham
Thesis title: A Cytochemical and Physiological Study of Photosynthetic and Respiratory Electron Reactions in Phormidium Luridum var. Olivacea.
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Kenneth R. Krupp, M.S. in Biology 1976    Major Advisor:  Dr. David Seintzer
Thesis title: A Review: Possible Mechanisms Responsible for the Immune Retention of the Fetus as an Allograft
Last Known Position:  Physician, Haematology-Oncology Associates of Ohio & Michigan,
Address: 8166 Douglas Rd, Lambertville, MI 48144
Tel: 734-847-4900     email: info@haem-onc.com
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Nancy Collins, M.S. in Biology 1973  Advisor: Dr. Earl Freimer
Thesis title: In Vivo and in vitro Studies of the Immunologic Reaction of Mice to Antigens from Streptoccus Pyogenes
Last Known Position:  Dr. Collins is a researcher at The University of Toledo,3000 Arlington Avenue, Toledo, OH 43614-2598.
email:  nancy.collins@utoledo.edu
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Donna Woodson, M.D., Ph.D.  Major Advisor:  Dr. Earl Freimer
Thesis title: Evaluation of Leukocyte Function:  A Comparison of the Nitro Blue Tetrazolium and Phagocytosis Tests
Current Position:  M.D., University of Toledo, Director of Women's Health, Dept of Family Medicine, 3000 Arlington Ave., Mail Stop #1179, Toledo, OH 43614
Tel:  419-383-4000
email:  donna.woodson@utoledo.edu
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Margarete Sielicki, M.S. in Biology 1972    Major Advisor:  Dr. Jeffrey Burnham
Thesis title:  The Effect of Selenium on the Ultrastructure and Physiological Properties of the Blue-Green Alga, Phormidium luridum var. olivacea
Last Known Position:  Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California La Jolla, CA 92093
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