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PhD Graduates

Below is a listing of our recent PhD recipients. Congratulations to our newest PhD alumni!

Eric Anderson

Defense: December 19, 2016

Thesis: “Axonal transport of the Parkinson’s disease protein alpha-synuclein”

Advisor: Gunawardena

Current position: postdoc, University of Pittsburgh


Jie Ao

Defense: April 20, 2017

Thesis: “Characterization of Neurospora Crassa Cell Wall Biogenesis”

Advisor: Free

Dolon Chakraborty

Defense: January 24, 2017

Thesis: “Phage-encoded molecules regulate STEC virulence”

Advisor: Koudelka

Ryan Hindman

Defense: September 19, 2016

Thesis: “Insights into the role of the non-template DNA within the transcription bubble of vRNAP and residues of NPH I that function in vaccinia early gene transcription termination”

Advisor: Gollnick

Current position: Ohio Department of Health

Kristen Humphrey

Defense: June 19, 2017

Thesis: “Sirtuin deacetylases couple nutrient availability to gene expression”

Advisor: Rusche

Current position: postdoc, Roswell Park Cancer Institute


Christopher Mure

Defense: July 24, 2017

Thesis: “The rbcL mRNA binding protein RLSB is a bundle-sheath-specific, positive regulator of rbcL gene expression in C4 Plants”

Advisor: Berry


Tenzin Ngodup

Defense: January 25, 2017

Thesis: “Activity-dependent changes at the endbulb of Held”

Advisor: Xu-Friedman

Current position: postdoc, Oregon Health and Sciences University