The mean length of the training program for students who have graduated since 2002, which includes 52 graduates, is 7.8 years. Representative training programs of those students who have recently graduated or are in the advanced stages of their training are shown below.
Yohance Allette (2010-2017)
Yohance graduated with honors from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a BS in Biological Sciences. His thesis work focused on the role of HMGB1 as it pertained to the development of chronic inflammation and pathology within the peripheral nervous system. He was awarded the CTSI pre-doctoral awad for translational research, and has presented his research at National and International meetings. As a medical student, Yohance worked in community outreach as part of the student-run outreach clinic at IU. Yohance is completing his Neurology residency training at the Indiana University School of Medicine.
Olufolakemi "Kemi" Awe (2009-2017)
Kemi graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a BS in Biochemistry. She completed her graduate training in the laboratory of Dr. Mark Kaplan, where she investigated the role of the transcription factor, PU.1, in T-cell mediated inflammation of the CNS and T-cell mediated antibody production. Kemi used mouse models to show for the first time that PU.1 expression in T-cells plays a critical role in regulating germinal center antibody production by regulating the expression of genes for IL-21 and CD40L. She also showed the PU.1 expression in T-cells is critical for controlling inflammtory responses in the CNS using the mouse model of experimental encephalitis, a model of the human disease multiple sclerosis. Kemi's work was supported by the NIH F31 grant. Kemi will be completing her Dermatology residency training at the University of Alabama Birmingham where she will use her immunology research training to better understand the role of the immune system in various dermatologic conditions.
Sara Culleton (2009-2017)
Sara graduated summa cum laude from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a BS in Molecular & Cell Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She completed her thesis work in the laboratory of Dr. Elliot Androphy, studying post-translational of papillomavirus E2 protein and effects on viral transcription and replication. She discovered a novel phosphorylation site at tyrosine 102 of bovine papillomavirus E2, a model system for studying HPV, and was awarded an NIH F30 grant to continue exploring the significance of this and other novel PTM sites. Sara will complete her residency training in Psychiatry at the Indiana University School of Medicine, where she will pursue research on addictions and psychotic disorders.
Janice Farlow (2009-2017)
Janice graduated with Honors from Indiana University with a BS in Biology and a BA in Romance Languages. She completed her graduate training in the laboratory of Tatiana Foroud, where she applied whole exome and genome sequencing to identify genetic variants contributing to familial neurological disease. This early application of high throughput sequencing to explore the contribution of rare variation to common disease has identified promising candidate variants for Parkinson Disease and intracranial aneurysms. While in the MD/PhD program, Janice was also very involved in service-learning, student affairs and medical education, and service to the medical school and university. Janice is completing her Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery residency training a the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.
Jeff Gehlhausen (2010-2017)
Jeff is an Indiana resident who graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington with highest distinction and a BS in Informatics, and minors in Information Technology and Computer Science. He completed his thesis work in the laboratory of Dr. Wade Clapp, using mouse models to study the disease Neurofibromatosis Type 2. Jeff was awarded an NIH F30 grant to continue studying Neurofibromatosis. Jeff will complete his residency training in Dermatology at Yale University.
Steven Lee (2008-2017)
Steven graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Biomedical Engineering. Under the guidance of Professor Pedro Irazoqui, he developed miniature, wireless tools for electrical and optical neuromodulation in rodents. Using these tools in collaboration with the John Lab at The Jackson Laboratory, Steven demonstrated the capacity to perform wireless deep brain optical stimulation in a conditioned place preference transgenic mouse model. Additionally he led a team to design devices for wireless closed-loop neuromodulation in rodent models of epilepsy. Steven is completing his Child Neurology-Neuroscience Track residency training at the Baylor College of Medicine.
Christopher Newman (2010-2017)
Christopher graduated from Miami University (Ohio) with a degree in anthropology, comparative religion, and zoology before completing his master’s degree in biological anthropology at the University of Indianapolis. He conducted his doctoral research in the laboratory of Matthew Allen, where he studies the impact of chronic kidney disease on the biomechanical integrity of the skeleton. Supported by an NIH F30 award, he identified several chemical and mechanical factors that compromise the fracture resistance of bone in the setting of kidney failure. Since current methods for predicting fractures are less effective in these patients, these findings provide an important foundation for identifying increased fracture risk in this population. Christopher is completing his transitional year residency at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis and will complete his radiology residency at the Indiana University School of Medicine.
Kurt Qing (2009-2017)
Kurt graduated from Northwestern University with a BS in Biomedical Engineering and pursued a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University with Dr. Pedro Irazoqui. During his PhD studies, Kurt focused on designing and studying electrical devices and implants for neuromodulation and experimented with electrical stimulation and recording in various rodent models of neurologic and psychiatric disorders, including epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and addiction. For residency, Kurt will continue his studies in Neurology and neuroengineering and will train in the Neurology program at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Melissa Tully (2009-2017)
Melissa graduated from Stony Brook University with a BE in biomedical engineering. She completed her graduate studies at Purdue University, earning a PhD in Biomedical Engineering under the mentorship of Dr. Riyi Shi. Melissa’s thesis work focused on elucidating the role of acrolein-mediated oxidative stress in animal models of neurodegenerative disease and neurological trauma. Upon graduation, Melissa will begin her career as a scientist developing novel therapeutics for a wide variety of pathological conditions.