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Sophia Kaska, Ph.D. Sophia Kaska, Ph.D.


Thesis Title: Investigating the Role of Ventral Tegmental Area TORC2 in Stress and Stress-Induced Changes in Opiate Reward

Advisor: Dr. Michelle Mazei-Robison


Theresa Lansdell, Ph.D. Theresa Lansdell, Ph.D.


Thesis Title: The Role of Parkin in Maintaining Proteasome Activity Following Acute Neurotoxic Insult

Advisors: Dr. John Goudreau & Dr. Keith Lookingland 


Brittany Winner, Ph.D. Brittany Winner, Ph.D.


Thesis Title: UCH-L1 as a Susceptibility Factor for Nigrostriatal and Mesolimbic Dopamine Neurons After Neurotoxicant Exposure and Aging

Advisors: Dr. John Goudreau & Dr. Keith Lookingland 


Isola Brown, Ph.D. Isola Brown, Ph.D.


Thesis Title: Enteric Glial Cell Regulation of Oxidative Stress and Immune Homeostasis During Gastrointestinal Inflammation

Advisor: Dr. Brian Gulbransen 

Nadia Ayala-Lopez, Ph.D. Nadia Ayala-Lopez, Ph.D.


Thesis Title:  A New Role for PVAT: Regulation of Blood Vessel Function Through the Control of Norepinephrine

Advisor:  Dr. Stephanie Watts

Nusrat Matin, Ph.D. Nusrat Matin, Ph.D.


Thesis Title:  The effects of soluble epoxide hydrolase inhibition in a hypertensive model of cognitive impairment

Advisor:  Dr. Anne Dorrance

Natalia Kovalova, Ph.D. Natalia Kovalova, Ph.D.


Thesis Title:  Role of Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Polymorphisms on TCDD-mediated CYP1B1 Induction and IgM Suppression by Human B cells

Advisor:  Dr. Norb Kaminski

Nikita Joshi, Ph.D. Nikita Joshi, Ph.D.


Thesis Title: Hepatoprotective functions of the hemostatic system in experimental xenobiotic-induced biliary injury

Advisor:  Dr. Jim Luyendyk 

Ashley Maiuri, Ph.D. Ashley Maiuri, Ph.D.


Thesis Title: Drug-Cytokine Cytotoxic Interaction: Relationship to Idiosyncractic, Drug-Induced Liver Injury

Advisor:  Dr. Bob Roth

Kate O'Brien, Ph.D. Kate O'Brien, Ph.D.


Thesis Title: Elucidation of the Mechanisms of Interaction Between Bile Acids and the Interleukin-23/Interleukin-17 Axis During Cholestasis

Advisor: Dr. Bryan Copple

Jeremiah Phelps, Ph.D. Jeremiah Phelps, Ph.D.


Thesis Title: Mechanisms by which Remanl Denervation Chronically Lowers Blood Pressure in the Spontaneously Hypertensive Rat

Advisor: Dr. Gregory Fink

Ninitha Asirvathamjeyaraj, Ph.D. Ninitha Asirvathamjeyaraj, Ph.D.


Thesis Title: Role of Central Eicosanoids in the Development of Angiotensin II-Salt Hypertension in the Rat

Advisor: Dr. Gregory Fink

Kevin Beggs, Ph.D. Kevin Beggs, Ph.D.


Thesis Title: Mechansims of Hepatocellular Apoptosis by Trovafloxacin-tumor Necrosis Factor-Alpha Interaction: An In Vitro Model of Idiosyncractic Drug-Induced Liver Injury

Advisor: Dr. Bob Roth

Sara Ciotti, Ph.D. Sara Ciotti, Ph.D.


Thesis Title: Disruption of Cellular Calcium Homeostasis and Mitochondrial Function Following Chronic Methylmercury Treatment

Advisor: Dr. Bill Atchison

Aaron Fullerton, Ph.D. Aaron Fullerton, Ph.D.


Thesis Title: 2,3,7,8-TCDD Alters the Development and Severity of Hepatotoxicity in a Mouse Model of Immune-Mediated Liver Injury Induced by Concanavalin A

Advisor: Dr. Patti Ganey

Thitirat Ngaotepprutaram, Ph.D. Thitirat Ngaotepprutaram, Ph.D.


Thesis Title: Suppression of the T-cell dependent Humoral Immune Response by Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol Involves Impairment of CD40-CD40 Ligand Interaction

Advisor: Dr. Norb Kaminski

Paulo Pires, Ph.D. Paulo Pires, Ph.D.


Thesis Title: The Role of Inflammatory Mediators in Hypertensive Remodeling of Cerebral Arteries: Focus on Perivascular Macrophages, Matrix Metalloproteinases and Tumor Necrosis Factor-α

Advisor: Dr. Anne Dorrance

Kyle Poulsen, Ph.D. Kyle Poulsen, Ph.D.


Thesis Title: Trovafloxacin Potentiates Lipopolysaccharide-induced Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha in a Macrophage Cell-Line: Mechanistic Insights into Idiosyncratic Liability

Advisor:  Dr. Bob Roth

Joseph Prinsen, Ph.D. Joseph Prinsen, Ph.D.


Thesis Title: Insights into the Effect of Tachycardia Irregularity on
Ventricular Repolarization Dynamics

Advisor: Dr. N. Bari Olivier

Sutheera Sangsiri, Ph.D. Sutheera Sangsiri, Ph.D.


Thesis Title: Impaired Function of PreJunctional Adenosine Receptors on Perivascular Sympathetic Nerves in Salt-Sensitive Hypertension

Advisor: Dr. Jim Galligan