Recent Graduates

  • Fuller, Tyson
    (Defended July 2019; entered program August 2014)
    “Insights into neurodevelopmental disorders: Molecular and behavioral studies using the zebrafish”
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  • Ponce, Jessica
    (Defended June 2019; entered program April 2013)
    “Investigating the roles of Cyclin C in heart disease”
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  • Goar, Wesley
    (Defended April 2019; entered program August 2014)
    Senior Bioinformatics Scientist and Associate Manager of Bioinformatics, Immortagen
    “Computational strategies to investigate the genetic causes of human eye disease”
  • Haase, Stephanie
    (Defended April 2019; entered program August 2013)
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Biology, University of Iowa
    “Exploring the relationship between circadian neuron activity patterns and behavioral output in Drosophila”
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  • Giacalone, Joseph
    (Defended December 2018; entered program October 2014)
    “Treating retinal disease”
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  • Cruz Corchado, Johnny
    (Defended August 2018; entered program August 2009)
    “Causes and consequences of crossing over variation in Drosophila melanogaster”
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  • Lansdon, Patrick
    (Defended August 2018; entered program August 2012)
    Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Kansas
    “Bidirectional communication between the brain and gut microbiota in Shudderer, a Drosophila Nav channel mutant”
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  • Braun, Patricia
    (Defended July 2018; entered program August 2013)
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University
    “Genome-wide DNA methylation investigation of stress: From a mouse model of chronic stress to humans exposed to glucocorticoids”
  • Lansdon, Lisa A
    (Defended April 2018; entered program August 2012)
    Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City - Laboratory Genetics and Genomics Fellow
    “The role of structural variation in cleft lip and palate”
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  • Gaynor, Sophia C
    (Defended April 2018; entered program August 2012)
    “Genetic and Functional Approaches to Understanding Suicidal Behavior”
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  • Seberg, Hannah E
    (Defended April 2018; entered program August 2012)
    Postdoctoral Research Scholar, University of Iowa - Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology
    “Transcription Factor AP2 paralogs in melanocytes and melanoma”
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  • Xiao, Xue
    (Defended November 2017; entered program August 2012)
    Postdoctoral Research Scholar, University of Iowa - Department of Otolaryngology
    “C3 glomerulopathy: exploring the role of the glomerular micro-environment in disease pathogenesis”
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  • Chen, Changya
    (Defended October 2017; entered program August 2011)
    “Dynamics of the Epigenome and 3D Genome in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Development”
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  • Marsden, Autumn N
    (Defended August 2017; entered program August 2012)
    “    The Naked Truth: The Nkd EF-Hand Domain Modulates Divergent Wnt Signaling Outputs in Zebrafish”
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  • Molumby, Michael J
    (Defended June 2017; entered program August 2012)
    “Gamma-Protocadherin cis- and trans-interactions regulate the development of dendrite arbors and synapses in the cerebral cortex”
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  • Cox, Allison
    (Defended November 2016; entered program August 2012)
    “Whole Exome Analysis of Individuals and Families with Chronic Recurrent Multifocal Osteomyelitis (CRMO)”
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  • Herrig, Danielle
    (Defended November 2016; entered program August 2011)
    Postdoctoral Researcher, Univ of Kentucky, Department of Biology, Linnen Lab (Adaptation & Speciation Genomics)
    “Evaluating gene flow, gene expression divergence and hybrid expression in Drosophila sister species”
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  • Chen, Hung-Lin
    (Defended June 2016; entered program March 2011)
    “Environmental and genetic modifiers of Shudderer, a Drosophila voltage-gated sodium channel mutant.”
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  • Fletcher, Joshua R
    (Defended April 2016; entered program August 2010)
    “Oxidative stress resistance in the Francisella tularensis Live Vaccine Strain is associated with genetic variability in the ferrous iron uptake gene feoB”
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  • Spring, Ashlyn M
    (Defended April 2016; entered program August 2010)
    “A postsynaptic signaling system for the regulation of homeostatic synaptic plasticity”
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  • Trammell, Samuel
    (Defended February 2016; entered program August 2009)
    “Novel nad+ metabolomic technologies and their applications to nicotinamide riboside interventions”
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  • He, Bing
    (Defended November 2015; entered program August 2010)
    Postdoc, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    “Systematic Analysis of Enhancer and Promoter Interactions”
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  • Petruccelli, Emily K
    (Defended October 2015; entered program June 2010)
    “A tale of two genes controlling behavior in Drosophila: role of DopEcR in alcohol-induced behavior and effects of epilepsy mutations on sleep”
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  • Beck, Emily A
    (Defended September 2015; entered program August 2010)
    “Effects of protein-protein interactions on speciation: assessment of cascading positive selection and introgression”
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