Cancer Biology Track

Current Cancer Biology 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, OH
E-mail:  kathryn.becker@rockets.utoledo.edu
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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

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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

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Chris Figy, BS (Cellular & Microbiology)
PhD Candidate, Cancer Biology Biomedical Sciences Program
Project: TBD
Advisor: TBD
Hometown: Ottawa Hills, OH
Undergraduate University: BS, Cellular & Microbiology, The University of Toledo
Email: Christopher.figy@rockets.utoledo.edu 

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

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Shreyasi Ganguly, B.S., M.S. (Hon, Zoology; Biotechnology)
PhD Candidate, Cancer Biology Biomedical Sciences Program
Project:  tba
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

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Shruti Ghai, B.Tech., M.S. (Biotechnology; Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
PhD Candidate, Cancer Biology Biomedical Sciences Program
Project:  tba
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

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Deepti Gurung, B.S., M.S. (Medical Microbiology)
PhD Candidate, Cancer Biology Biomedical Sciences Program
Project:  tba
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

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Jackson (Caoqinglong) Huang, B.S.
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 (B.S. Biological Science)
E-Mail:  
Caoqinglong.huang@rockets.utoledo.edu

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Joshua Letson, B.S.
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: 
B.S. in Biology, Pensacola Christian College, Pensacola, FL
E-mail: 
joshua.letson@rockets.utoledo.edu

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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

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Nilanjana Saferin, B.S., M.S. (Microbiology; Molecular Biology)
 PhD candidate, Cancer Biology Biomedical Sciences Program
Project:  tba
Advisor:  Qin Yang, Ph.D.
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

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Sangita Sridharan, B.Tech (Biotechnology)
PhD candidate, Cancer Biology Biomedical Sciences Program  
Project:  Novel targeting strategies against breast cancer
Advisor:  Dayanidhi Raman, Ph.D.
Undergraduate/Graduate University:  B.Tech., Biotechnology, D.Y. Patil University, School of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India E-Mail:  sangita.sridharan@rockets.utoledo.edu

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Augustus Tilley, B.S. (Physics & Chemistry)
PhD Candidate, Cancer Biology Biomedical Sciences Program
Project:  Elucidating the CXCR4-LASP1-Ago2 axis in triple negative breast cancer
Advisor:  Dayanidhi Raman, Ph.D.
Home:  Kearny, New Jersey
Undergraduate/Graduate University: BS, Physics, BS, Chemistry, Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL
E-mail:  augustus.tilley@rockets.utoledo.edu

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Yashna Walia, BSc
PhD candidate, Cancer Biology Biomedical Sciences Program
Project:  The role of nitic oxide in ECM stiffness of mammary glands and breast cancer initiation
Advisor:  Saori Furuta, Ph.D.
Home:  New Dehli, India
Undergraduate/Graduate University:  BSc (Hon) in Genetics, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
E-mail:  yasha.walia@rockets.utoledo.edu

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Last Updated: 9/10/20