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First year

Haleigh Gilliland imageSaamera Awali

PhD Program: Pharmacology & Toxicology

Lab: Rockwell


Research: The effect of tBHQ and Nrf2 on dendritic cell maturation and function.

Jacob Howe imageMaja Blake

PhD Program: DO/Pharmacology & Toxicology

Lab: Amalfitano



Research: The role of genetics and immunology in autoimmune disease and cancer. 

Rajab Curtis

PhD Program: Comparative Medicine and Integrative Biology

Lab: Hammer

Research: The manipulation of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus metabolism with small molecules. 

Ifeanyichukwu Eke imageIfeanyichukwu Eke

PhD Program: Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Lab: Abramovitch


Research: The development of new drugs against tuberculosis.

Dare George imageDare George

PhD Program: Chemistry

Lab: Tepe


Research: The total synthesis of nagelamide W and its synthetic derivatives and exploring their potential biological activities as proteasome enhancers. He is also working on the development of a new class of novel small molecule activators of human 20S proteasome for proteolytic degradation of intrinsically disordered proteins.

Rabail Khan imageRabail Khan

PhD Program: Neuroscience

Lab: Leinninger


Research: The role of Neurotensin-Leptin receptor expressing neurons on energy balance.

Jess Moerland imageJess Moerland

PhD Program: Pharmacology and Toxicology

Lab: Abramovitch


Research: Nrf2 activation in the lung tumor immune microenvironment. 

Tommy Reason imageTommy Reason

PhD Program: Chemistry

Lab: Babak Borhan and Sing Lee


Research: The biological activity of fatty acid metabolites.

Chiho Sugimoto imageChiho Sugimoto

PhD Program: Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Physiology

Lab: Robison


Research: The role of androgen receptors regulating brain circuits important for sexually dimorphic responses to stress.

Nat Yawson imageNat Yawson

PhD Program: Pharmacology and Toxicology

Lab: Bernard


Research: Nat is using an HTS model developed in the Bernard Lab to identify novel terpenoids that can block transformation induced by factors released from visceral adipose tissue.

Second Year

Haleigh Gilliland imageHaleigh Gilliland

PhD Program: Microbiology & Molecular Biology

Lab: Olive


Research: Dissecting host mechanisms that alter virulence activation and drug pathways in Mycobacterial species.

Jacob Howe imageJacob Howe

PhD Program: Neuroscience

Lab: Sortwell


Research: Inhibition of NLRP3 inflammasome activation as a neuroprotective strategy against synucleinopathy in Parkinson's Disease. 

Jariel Ramirez-Virella imageJariel Ramirez-Virella

PhD Program: Neuroscience

Lab: Leinninger


Research: Endogenous and pharmacological activation of Neurotensin Receptor-1 to modulate body weight.

Skye Russell imageSkye Henderson

PhD Program: Chemistry

Lab: Swain


Research: Development and application of electrochemical biosensors and chemical sensors for studying inhibitory neuromuscular signaling in the gastrointestinal tract.

Previously supported

Laura Chambers - Pharmacology and Toxicology

Kevin Chen – Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Shelby DeChow – Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Lucas Demey - Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Olivia Favor - Pharmacology and Toxicology

Bronson Gregory - Physiology

Taylor Fiolek - Chemistry

Rebecca Mueller - Neuroscience

Sophia Staerz - Chemistry

Chauncey Splichal - Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Anna Stoll – Pharmacology and Toxicology