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2016 Graduates


Eva Rubio-Marrero, PhD (Mentor: Davide Comoletti)

Structural and Functional Studies of CASPR2, a Molecular Approach of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)



2015 Graduates


Christal Lewis, PhD (Mentor: Helmut Zarbl)

A Transgenerational Study of Exposure to Zeranol, a Dietary Contaminant with Potent Estrogenic Activity


Kristina Hernandez, PhD (Mentor: Bonnie Firestein)

The role of NOS1AP, a schizophrenia susceptibility gene, in the regulation of dendrite branching, dendritic spine formation, and actin dynamics.


Leonardo Valdivieso-Torres, PhD (Mentor: Monica Roth)

Isolation and Characterization of Retargeted Feline Leukemia Virus Envelope Proteins and Isolations of Host Factors Involve in Envelope Specific Entry

Current:  Post-doctoral fellow, University of Tennessee



2014 was a banner year for the number of IMSD trainees who completed their degrees or moved on with further training or initial positions.


Allen Alcivar, PhD   (Mentor:  Bin Xia)

BRCA2 and PALB2 in Cellular Stress Response

Current: Research Scientist, Bristol-Myers Squibb


Judith Canabal, PhD (Mentor: Sunita Kramer)  

Analysis of Two Distinct Functions of the Roundabout 2 Receptor during Drosophila Cardiac Assembly

Current: Medical student, Universidad Central del Caribe, Bayamon, Puerto Rico


Andrew Hoffmann, MS  (Mentor: Michael Verzi)

 Enteroid Culture and its Impact on Stem Cell and Cancer Research

Current: PhD Candidate, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia


Tiffany King, PhD (Mentor: Sunita Kramer)

The Cytoskeletal Regulator Enabled Mediates Proper Cardiac Fusion during the Final Stages of Drosophila Dorsal Vessel Formation

Current: BioBus+Base Staff Scientist, Cell Motion Laboratories, Inc. (Mobile, K-12 biological science education), New York


Frank Macabenta, PhD (Mentor: Sunita Kramer)

Investigating the Coordinated Expression and Function of the Netrin-Frazzled Signaling Pathway During Drosophila Dorsal Vessel Formation

Current: Post-doctoral fellow, California Institute of Technology,  Pasadena, CA


Adriana Martin, PhD (Mentor: William Welsh) 

Biophysical Characterization of Novel Amphiphilic Macromolecules: Modeling Membrane Interactions    

Current: 3rd year MD student (MD/PhD program), Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School


Letzibeth Mendez-Rivera, MS (Mentor: Steven Brill)

The SLX5 Paradox: Expression Of A Sumo-Targeted Ubiquitin Ligase Generates Toxic Poly-Sumo Chains In Yeast                 

Current: Research Assistant, HIV Research Program of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (Washington, DC area).


Winder Perez, PhD (Mentor: Terri Goss Kinzy)

Mutations in Eukaryotic Translation Elongation Factor 1A that alter Protein Synthesis & Actin Bundling                      

Current: Post-Doc, Public Health Research Institute, Rutgers-Newark


Maryann (Poku) Obiorah, PhD  (Mentor: Emanuel DiCicco-Bloom)

Developmental Vulnerability of the Rat Hippocampus to Methylmercury (MEHG)              

Current: Freelance Medical Writer at BGB, New York


Felicia Smith, PhD  (Mentor: Robin Davis)

The Role of Neurotrophins in Regulating Spiral Ganglion Morphology                         

Current: Seeking Position


Connan Vaca, PhD  (Mentor: Ramsey Foty)

Fibronectin Matrix- Mediated Inhibition of Tumor Cell Dispersal

Current: Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, first-year student


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