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First 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 Russell

PhD Program: Chemistry

Lab: Swain


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

Second year

Image of Laura ChambersLaura Chambers

PhD program: Pharmacology and Toxicology

Lab: Dorrance


Research: The role of mineralocorticoid receptor activation in the development of vascular cognitive impairment and dementia.

Image of Olivia FavorOlivia Favor

PhD program: Pharmacology and Toxicology

Lab: Lee


Research: Mechanisms by which epoxy fatty acids reduce inflammation in autoimmune systemic lupus erythematosus

Image of Rebecca MuellerRebecca Mueller

PhD program: Neuroscience

Lab: Kanaan


Research: The potential anti-aggregation effects of tricyclic antidepressants on the protein tau in the context of Alzheimer's disease.

Image of Sophia StaerzSophia Staerz

PhD program: Chemistry

Lab: Tepe


Research: Development of small molecule proteasome activators as a new treatment pathway for neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson and Alzheimers.

Previously supported

Kevin Chen – Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Shelby DeChow – Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Lucas Demey - Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Bronson Gregory - Physiology

Taylor Fiolek - Chemistry

Patricia Perez-Bonilla – Neuroscience (funded by an NIH F31)

Chauncey Splichal - Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Anna Stoll – Pharmacology and Toxicology