Medical Microbiology and Immunology

2018 Graduates

Caroline Lambert
August 1, 2018
Project: "Identification and description of Burkholderia pseudomallei proteins that bind host complement-regulatory proteins via in silico and in vitro analysis".
Advisor:  R. Mark Wooten, Ph.D.
Future Plans:

Caroline plans to return to England and pursue a job in bioinformatics.

Joshua Breidenbach

July 30, 2018

Congratulations Joshua Breidenbach of the Stepkowski Lab who successfully defended his Master's thesis titled, "The Development of a Novel Model for Chronic Renal Allograft Rejection".
Future Plans:
Joshua plans to continue his education in the Biomedical Sciences field (Haller Lab), where he will study the effects of Lake Eerie-derived microcystin-LR via the inhalation route.

Vassili Bletsos

July 26, 2018
Congratulations Vassili Bletsos of the Stepkowski Lab who successfully defended his Master's thesis titled, "The Role of CD40 Signaling in Chronic Renal Allograft Rejection in a Hypertensive Rat Model".
Future Plans:
This fall, Vassili will be starting a post- baccalaureate certificate program at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to prepare to apply to dental school in the following application cycle.

Brian Youseff, Ph.D.
May 24, 2018
Congratulations Brian Youseff successfully defended his dissertation titled, "The Role of Tumor Necrosis Factor Receptor-Associated Factor 6 (TRAF6) in Tick-Borne Flavivirus Infection".
Future Plans:

Brian plans on completing his final year of medical school and applying to residency programs in the specialty of family medicine.
Mentor: (Travis Taylor, Ph.D.)

Dulat Bekbolsynov, Ph.D.
May 14, 2018
Congratulations Dulat Bekbolsynov successfully defended his dissertation titled, " A New Concept of Immunogenicity to Calculate the Risk Stratification for Kidney Transplantation".
Mentor: (Stanislaw Stepkowski, D.M.V., Ph.D., D.Sc.)

Alison (Brandel) Thees, Ph.D.
April 20, 2018
Congratulations to Alison (Brandel) Thees of the Huntley Lab who successfully defended her Masters of Science dissertation titled, "Identification and Characterization of Lake Erie Bacteria that Degrade the Microcystin Toxin MC-LR."
Future Plans:

Alison plans to work in the field of contract microbiology.
Mentor: (Jason Huntley, Ph.D.)

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