Department of Cancer Biology

Current Students

Kathryn Becker, B.S. (Anthropology)
MD/PhD Candidate, Cancer Biology Biomedical Sciences Program
Project:
  The role of mDia Formins in Glioblastoma Therapy Resistance
Advisor:  Kathryn Eisenmann, Ph.D.
Home:  Aurora, Ohio
Undergraduate/Graduate University:  University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
E-mail: kathryn.becker@rockets.utoledo.edu

 kate becker

Sayani Bhattacharjee, B.Tech (Biotechnology)
PhD candidate, Cancer Biology Biomedical Sciences Program
Project:  Alteration of the miR-let-7c:Lin28 ratio as a predictor of therapy resistance in prostate cancer
Advisor:  Nagalakshmi Nadaminty, Ph.D.
Home:  
Kolkata, India
Undergraduate/Graduate University: B.Tech, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology, Kolkta, India
E-mail:  sayani.bhattacharjee@rockets.utoledo.edu

sayani bhattacharjee

Justin Creeden, B.S. (Anthropology)
MD/PhD Candidate, Cancer Biology Biomedical Sciences Program
Project: Determining the Role of the Novel PDX1-BIRC5 Axis in Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma
Advisors:  Robert McCullumSmith, M.D., Ph.D.
Home: Boston, MA
Undergraduate/Graduate University: BS, Cultural Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
E-mail: justin.creeden@rockets.utoledo.edu

justin creeden

Veani Roshale Fernando, BSc (Bioinformatics)
PhD Candidate, Cancer Biology Biomedical Sciences Program
Project:  Normalizing arginine metabolism in tumor-associated macrophages: A novel immunotherapeutic strategy for breast cancer
Advisor:  Saori Furuta, Ph.D.
Hometown: Columbo, Sri Lanka
Undergraduate/Graduate University: University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
E-mail: veaniroshale.fernando@rockets.utoledo.edu

 Veani Roshale Fernando
Chris Figy, BS (Cellular & Microbiology)
PhD Candidate, Cancer Biology Biomedical Sciences Program
Project: TBD
Advisor:  Kam Yeung, Ph.D.
Hometown: Ottawa Hills, OH
Undergraduate University:  The University of Toledo
Email: christopher.figy@rockets.utoledo.edu 
 chris figy

Shreyasi Ganguly, B.S., M.S. (Hon, Zoology; Biotechnology)
PhD Candidate, Cancer Biology Biomedical Sciences Program
Project:  Targeting the thioesterase activity of FASN using modified proton pump inhibitor lansoprazole in breast cancer
 Advisor:  Jian-Ting Zhang, Ph.D.
Home:  Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Undergraduate/Graduate University:  BS - Asutosh College under University of Calcutta, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
MS - Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, India
E-mail:  shreyasi.ganguly@rockets.utoledo.edu

 shreya ganguly

Shruti Ghai, B.Tech., M.S. (Biotechnology; Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
PhD Candidate, Cancer Biology Biomedical Sciences Program
Project:  Role of extracellular vesicles MiRNA (EV-MiRNA) in GBM - Focus on angiogenesis and invasion
Advisor:  Qin Yang, Ph.D.
Home:  Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Undergraduate/Graduate University:  B.Tech - D.Y. Patil University, Navi Mumbai, India
MS - Georgetown University, Washington, DC 
E-mail:  shrutirakesh.ghai@rockets.utoledo.edu

 Shruti Ghai

Deepti Gurung, B.S., M.S. (Medical Microbiology)
PhD Candidate, Cancer Biology Biomedical Sciences Program
Project:  Targeting dynamics of 14-3-3-sigma for the treatment of pancreatic cancer
Advisor:  JingYuan Liu, Ph.D.
Home: Kathmandu, Nepal
Undergraduate/Graduate University:  B.S., MS. - Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal
E-mail:  deepti.gurung@rockets.utoledo.edu

deepti gurung

Jackson (Caoqinglong) Huang, B.S. (Biological Science)
PhD candidate, Cancer Biology Biomedical Sciences Program
Project:  Targeting survivin to overcome gemcitabine resistance in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma
Advisor:  Jian-Ting Zhang, Ph.D.
Home:  Kunming, Yunnan Province, China
Undergraduate/Graduate University:  University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
E-Mail:  Caoqinglong.huang@rockets.utoledo.edu

 Jackson Huang

Yetunde Makinwa, MBChB, MS (Biomedical Sciences)
PhD candidate, Cancer Biology Biomedical Sciences Program
Project: Understanding novel oncogenes and development of more effective cancer treatments
Advisor: Yue Zou, Ph.D.
Undergraduate/Graduate University: BS of Medicine and BS of Surgery, Obafemi Awolowu University, Ile Ife, Osun State, Nigera; MS, East Tennesee State University, Johnson City, TN
E-Mail: yetunde.makinwa@rockets.utoledo.edu

 yetunde makinwa

Joshua Letson, B.S. (Biology)
PhD candidate, Cancer Biology Biomedical Sciences Program
Project:  Role of nitric oxide of secreted proteins in the homeostasis and malignancy of the breast tissue
Advisor:  Saori Furuta, Ph.D.
Home:  Adrian, MI
Undergraduate/Graduate University:  Pensacola Christian College, Pensacola, FL
E-mail:  joshua.letson@rockets.utoledo.edu

 joshua letson

Nilanjana Saferin, B.S., M.S. (Microbiology; Molecular Biology)
PhD candidate, Cancer Biology Biomedical Sciences Program
Project:  The role of Rho/ROCK signal pathway in cellular reprogramming and cytoskeleton regulation in glioblastoma 
Advisor:  Qin Yang, Ph.D.
Home:  Kolkata, West Bengal, India, and Toledo, Ohio
Undergraduate/Graduate University:  BS - West Bengal State University, West Bengal, India
MS - St. Xavier's College, Kolkata, India
MS - Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
E-mail:  nilanjana.saferin@rockets.utoledo.edu

 Nilanjana Saferin

Yashna Walia, BSc (Hon, Genetics)
PhD candidate, Cancer Biology Biomedical Sciences Program
Project:  The role of nitric oxide in ECM Stiffness of Mammary Glands and Breast Cancer Initiation
Advisor:  Saori Furuta, Ph.D.
Home:  New Delhi, India
Undergraduate/Graduate University:  University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
E-mail:  yashna.walia@rockets.utoledo.edu

 yashna walia





 
Last Updated: 3/11/21