Molecular Medicine Graduate Program Track

Graduates of the Molecular Medicine Track
(Previously Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases Track)

Saja Khuder
PhD Defense, February 5, 2016
Project:  Novel Regulation of Leptin action by Endothelial Cell Ceacam1
Advisor:  Dr. Sonia Najjar

Latrice Faulkner
PhD Defense, August 3, 2016
Project:  Reproductive Consequences of Central POMC insulin and leptin resistance in male rodents
Advisor:  Dr. Jennifer Hill

Shuhao Qiu
PhD Defense, March 20, 2015
Project:  Matrix Algorithm for Genome Evolution
Advisor:  Dr. Alexi Fedorov

Namrata Madan
PhD Defense, October 16, 2014
Project:  Studying the sodium potassium - Src interaction and signaling and developing a peptide inhibitor of Src kinase
Advisor:  Dr. Zi-Jian Xie

Ying Ni
PhD Defense, May 1, 2015
Project:  Genetic elements controlling blood pressure on RN09
Advisor:  Dr. Bina Joe

Resmi Pillai
PhD Defense, April 30, 2015
Project:  Genetics of Hypertension
Advisor:  Dr. Bina Joe

Moustafa Sayed
PhD Defense, March 28, 2014
Project:   Effects of Na/K ATPase Pump and its Ligands on the Differentiation of Bone Marrow Stem Cells
Advisor:  Dr. Jiang Tian (Dept of Medicine)

Xingjian Jin
PhD Defense, March 25, 2014
Advisor:  Dr. Surya Nauli

Qiming Duan, M.D.
PhD Defense, December 20, 2013
Project: Cardiac Na/K-ATPase and Ishemia-reperfusion Injury.
AdvisorDr. Sandrine Pierre

Jian Wu
Ph.D. Defense, November 1,2013
Project: The role of Na/P-ATPase alpha1-associated P13Kalpha signalings in ouabain-induced adult mouse cardiomyocyte hypertrophy.
Advisor: Lijun Liu, Ph.D.

Varunkumar Pandey, M.Sc., B.Sc.
PhD Defense August 28, 2013
Project: The effect of glucocorticoids on regulation of the human angiotensinogen gene and blood pressure.
Advisor: Dr. Ashok Kumar

Sumit Ranjan Monu, DVM 
PhD defense June 13, 2013     
Project:  Heme oxygenase system in myocardial infarction and post ischemic renal dysfunction.
Advisor: Dr. Nader Abraham

Dr. Monu accepted a postdoctoral fellow position in the lab of Dr. Oscar Carretero at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI.

Xiaoliang Qiu
PhD defense June 11, 2013 
Project: Kiss1 neurons and metabolic sensing.
Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Hill

Lance Stechschulte 
PhD defense June 4,  2013  
Project: The Co-chaperones FKBP51 and PP5 control nuclear receptor phosphorylation and adipogenesis.
Advisor: Dr. Edwin Sanchez

 Dr. Stechschulte is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Orthopedics at the University of Toledo

Kristine Angevine
PhD  defense October 30, 2012 
Project: The interaction of endothelial cells and mesenchymal stem cells.
Advisor: Dr. Mensah-Osman

Dr. Angevine is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biological Chemistry at the University of Michigan.

Jean-Yves Tano
PhD  defense November 2, 2012
Project: The role of TRPC3 channels in macrophage survival: Potential implications in atherogenesis.
Advisor: Dr. Guillermo Vazquez

In April 2013, Dr. Tano, a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Guillermo Vazquez, was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation to perform studies at Dr. Maik Gollasch's lab at the Max Delbrueck Center in Berlin for two years. 

Leah Wuescher
Ph.D. defense November 1, 2012
Project: The role of the menin protein in hepatic metabolism.
Advisor: Dr. Mensah-Osman

Dr. Wuescher has joined the UT Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology as a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Randall Worth's laboratory.


Qiqi Ye
PhD Defense May 19, 2012
Project: Regulation of SRC by alpha 1 Na/K-ATpase
Advisor:  Dr. Zi-Jain Xie

Dr. Ye will be a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Choi's lab at Yale University, New Haven, CT.

Yanling Yan
PhD defense May 25, 2012
Project:  Na/K-ATPase signaling mediates renal sodium handling
Advisor:  Dr. Joseph Shapiro

Dr. Yan accepted a postdoctoral fellow position in Dr. Shapiro's lab at Marshall University, Huntington, WV.


Sumona Ghosh 
PhD   March 16, 2012
Project: A novel role for CEACAM1 in hepatic stellate cell activation in the progression of non-alcoholic steatopepatitis
Advisor: Dr. Sonia Najjar  (CeDER)


Steven Haller
PhD   Graduated 2012
Project: Marinobufagenin Induced Uremic Cardiomyopathy: The role of passive immunization, rapamycin, and CD40 signaling in the generation of renal fibrosis
Advisor:  Dr. Joseph Shapiro

Dr. Haller is an Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, at the University of Toledo


Sadeesh Kumar Ramakrishnan
PhD  March 16, 2012
Project:  Dietary fat regulates metabolic and mitogenic effects of insulin
Advisor: Dr. Sonia Najjar  (CeDER)


Kathryn Smedlund
PhD Defense January 20, 2012
Project:  The role of TRPC3 channels in the molecular and cellular events associated to atherogenesis
Advisor:  Dr. Guillermo Vazquez

Dr. Smedlund is a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Guillermo Vazquez, UT Department of Physiology and Pharmacology.  In Dec 2015 she obtained the position of Associate Medical Research Manager at North American Science Associates, Inc. (NAMSA) in Toledo.

Yeshavanth Banasavadi-Siddegowda
Ph.D. defense November 10, 2011
Project:  Functional dissection of FKBP38 in the biogenesis of cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator in the endoplasmic reticulum
Advisor: Dr. Xiaodong Wang

Ashwin Prakash
PhD   Defense November 4, 2011
Project:  Evolution and function of compositional patterns in mammalian genomes
Advisor:  Dr. Alexei Fedorov

Sima Rahman

PhD, Graduated 2011
Project:  Role of PPARy2 in Marrow Mesenchymal Stem Cell Lineage Allocation and Regulation in Bone Mass
Advisor:  Dr. Beate Lecka-Czernik

Vipula Petluru
PhD Defense, June 21, 2011
Project:  Selective modulation of PPARy activities in marrow mesenchymal stem cells and their effects on bone
Advisor:  Dr. Beata Lecka-Czernik

Shuai Dong
MS degree, Graduated 2011
Project:  The Na/K-ATPase/Caveolin-1 Interaction Regulates Cell Growth via a Cholesterol-Dependent Mechanism
Advisor:  Dr. Zi-Jain Xie

Thomas Bowman
PhD., Graduated 2010
Project:  Hepatic CEACAM1 Protects Against Diet-Induced Obesity
Advisor:  Sonia Najjar, PhD
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Dr. Bowman will do his postdoctoral work with Dr. Andrew Greenberg at the Human Nutrition Research Center of Tufts University in Boston.

Garrett Heinrich
Ph.D. Graduated 2010
Project:  A Role for CEACAM2 in Energy Balance and Peripheral Insulin Action
Advisor: Sonia Najjar, Ph.D.

Dr. Heinrich is now doing post-doctoral work in the laboratory of Domenico Accili, M.D., in the Dept. of Medicine at Columbia University in New York City. 


Terry Hinds
Ph.D. Graduated 2010
Project:  Fatty Acid and Glucocorticoid Regulation of Lipid Storage and Obesity via Protein Phosphatase 5
Advisor: Edwin Sanchez, Ph.D.

Dr. Hinds, Assistant Professor in research and teaching, is a member of the UT Department of Physiology/Pharmacology.


Kelly Ledford
Ph.D. Graduated 2010
Project:  The Role of CEACAM1 in Cardiovascular Complications Associated with Metabolic Diseases
Advisor: Sonia Najjar, Ph.D.

Jehnan Liu
M.D., Ph.D. graduated PhD 2010
Project:  Correlation Between Visceral Obesity and Cancer Development
Advisor: Sonia Najjar, Ph.D.

Payal Patel
Ph.D. Graduated 2010
Project:  Free Fatty Acid Regulation of CEACAM1
Advisor: Sonia Najjar, Ph.D.

Dr. Patel has accepted a postdoctoral position in Dr. Jason Kim's lab at University of Massachusetts Medical School.


Gargi Roy
Ph.D. Graduated 2010
Project:  Sorting Signals, Domain Conformation and Interdomain Interactions in CFTR Misprocessing and Rescue
Advisor: Xiaodong Robert Wang, Ph.D.

Dr. Roy is doing post-doctoral work with Dr. James Douglas Engel, Ph.D., G. Carl Huber Professor of Developmental Biology, Chair, Cell & Developmental Biology, and Co-Director of the Center for Organogenesis, at the University of Michigan


Rudel Saunders
Ph.D. Graduated 2009
Project:  Characterization of the Anti-Obesity and Antiadipogenic Effects of the Limonoid Prieurianin
Advisor: Khew-Voon Chin, Ph.D.

Dr. Saunders is a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Mark Wooten in the Dept. of Medical Microbiology and Immunology at UT.


Anita Saxena
Ph.D. Graduated 2010
Project:  Hsp105 Plays an Important Role in the ER Associated Folding and Conformational Maturation of DF508-CFTR Thereby Increasing its Export at the Cell Surface
Advisor: Xiaodong Robert Wang, Ph.D.

Maria Szkudlarek
Ph.D. Graduated 2010
Project:  Transcriptional Regulation of Adipogenesis by Prieurianin
Advisor:  Khew-Voon Chin, Ph.D.

Shadi Zahedi
M.S.B.S. Graduated 2010
AdvisorDavid Giovannucci, Ph.D.

Last Updated: 5/17/17