Medical Microbiology and Immunology

Health Science Campus - 2008 Defenses

Graduate Student Defenses in 2008:

Sumanta Mukherjee Congratulations to Sumanta Mukherjee, Ph.D., IIT track, Biomedical Sciences.  Sumanta successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis, "LPS induced TH2 (Interleukin-4) cytokine production in macrophages and its regulation," on Friday, March 14, 2008. (Mentor: Z. Kevin Pan).
Last known position: Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Pathology, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI  
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Pablo Serrano Congratulations to Pablo Serrano, Master of Science, IIT track, Biomedical Sciences.  Pablo successfully defended his thesis, "Mechanisms of induction of CCL20 in lung epithelial cells by Moraxella catarrhalis," on Wednesday, June 18, 2008. (Mentor: Z. Kevin Pan).  In July, Pablo will be finishing his masters in public health and continuing his residency in General Surgery at the University of Toledo.  Pablo is attending medical school at UT.  
Last known position: Assistant Professor, Surgical Oncology, Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery at McMaster University
Phone: 905-521-2100 ext. 43872

John Presloid

to John Benard Presloid, Master of Science, IIT track, Biomedical Sciences.  John successfully defended his thesis, "Characterization of vesicular stomatitis virus strains with adaptability differences," on Friday, July 18, 2008.  (Mentor: Isabel Novella).
John will continue scientific work in the Isabel's laboratory.
Last known 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

Sarah Smith Tsurkan Congratulations to Sarah Smith Tsurkan, Master of Science, IIT track, Biomedical Sciences.  Sarah successfully defended her thesis, "Selection of generalists and specialists in viral quasispecies," on August 27, 2008.  (Mentor: Isabel Novella).
Ranendra Nath Dutta
to Ranendra Nath Dutta, Ph.D., Doctoral Candidate, IIT track, Biomedical Sciences.  Rana successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis, "Experimental test of solitary wave theory in viral populations," on Monday, October 20, 2008. (Mentor: Isabel Novella).   
Last known position:  Resident in Theriogenology (Veterinary Gynecology) at Mississippi State University



Last Updated: 6/27/22