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Current Graduate Students

 
Ph.D. Candidate
7041 Haworth Hall

Advisor: Josie Chandler
Research Interests:  Quorum sensing regulation of antibiotic resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Hometown:  Sorsogon, Phillippines
 

Ph.D. Aspirant
4035 Haworth Hall

Advisor: Dan Dixon
Research Interests:  Microbial pathogenesis and cancer biology

Hometown:  Dhaka, Bangladesh

Lab Rotation Student

Research Interest:  Genetics and Cancer Biology
Hometown:  Ondo, Nigeria

Ph.D. Candidate
4004 Haworth Hall

Advisor:  Rob Ward
Research Interests:  Cell, Developmental Biology, and Genetics
Leadership Roles:  Early Career Scientist-Communication and Outreach Subcommittee, Genetics Society of America

Hometown:  Dammam City, Saudi Arabia

Ph.D. Aspirant
4035 Haworth Hall

Advisor: Dan Dixon
Research Interests:  Neuroscience, Immunology, and the intestinal microbiome as they relate to autism spectrum disorder and autoimmunity

Hometown:  Topeka, Kansas

Ph.D. Aspirant
5004 Haworth Hall

Advisor: Brian Ackley
Research Interests:  Neuroscience, Genetics, Development, Cell and Molecular biology, Bioinformatic, Nervous system development, neurodegeneration and regeneration

Hometown:  Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Ph.D. Candidate

Advisor:  Liang Xu
Research Interests:  Musashi inhibitors, PROTAC-based inhibitors

Hometown:  Zhengzhou, China

Ph.D. Candidate
8051 Haworth Hall

Advisor:  Scott Hefty
Research Interests:  Infectious Diseases and Microbial Pathogenesis, Immunology, Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology

Hometown:  Kolkata, India

Lab Rotation Student

Hometown: Kolkata, India

Ph.D. Candidate
7035 Haworth Hall

Advisor:  Steve Benedict
Research Interests:  T cell Biology

Hometown:  Kathmandu, Nepal

Ph.D. Aspirant
5004 Haworth Hall

Advisor:  Brian Ackley
Research Interests:  Genetics and Cancer Biology

Hometown:  Indianapolis, Indiana

Ph.D. Aspirant

Lab Rotation Student
Research Interests: Stem Cells (3D printing, aging, combating disease) and Cancer Biology

Hometown: Marengo, Ohio

Lab Rotation Student

Ph.D. Candidate
3116 ISB

Advisor:  Roberto De Guzman
Research Interests:  Structural Biology, Mechanisms of Neurodegenerative Diseases

Hometown:  Kolkata, India

Ph.D. Candidate
7049 Haworth Hall

Advisor:  Kristi Neufeld
Research InterestsCellular/Molecular/Cancer Biology

HometownChitungwiza, Zimbabwe

Ph.D. Candidate
4004 Haworth Hall

Advisor: Rob Ward
Research Interests: Cell, Developmental Biology, and Genetics
Leadership Roles: 
Curriculum Committee Member of Jayhawks Breaking Barriers (JBB) STEM professional development program, Executive Officer of MB Graduate Student Organization (GSO), Secretary of Scientists Exploring non-Academic CaReer CHoices (SEARCH) and Co-ordinator of Kansas DNA Day

Hometown: Mumbai, India

Ph.D. Candidate
2116 Integrated Science Building (ISB)

Advisor: Mark Richter
Research Interests:  ATP synthase structure/function, Design and optimization of flavin containing oxidase enzymes for biosensor applications

Hometown:  Des Moines, Iowa

Ph.D. Candidate
4010 Haworth Hall

Advisor: Joanna Slusky
Research Interests:  Cancer Biology and Biochemistry

Hometown:  Kolkata, India

Ph.D. Candidate
8051 Haworth Hall

Advisor:  Scott Hefty
Research Interests:  Using whole genome sequencing and genetics to explore mechanisms in infectious disease

Hometown:  Portland, Oregon

Master's Candidate
7035 Haworth Hall

Advisor: Steve Benedict
Research Interests:  T cell biology and the development of autoimmunity​

Hometown:  Rochester, Minnesota

Ph.D. Aspirant
5049 Haworth Hall

Advisor:  Erik Lundquist
Research Interests:  Neurobiology, Biochemistry, and Developmental Biology

Hometown:  Topeka, Kansas

Ph.D. Candidate
7049 Haworth Hall

Advisor:  Kristi Neufeld
Research Interests:  The role of APC in cancer biology and differentiation

Hometown:  Topeka, Kansas

Ph.D. Candidate
2116 ISB

Advisor:  Mark Richter
Research Interests:  Biochemistry and Neuroscience

Hometown:  Kolkata, India

Ph.D. Candidate
3116 Integrated Science Building (ISB)

Advisor:  Roberto De Guzman

Lab Rotation Student
Research Interests: Genetics, Gene Expression, and Cancer Biology

Hometown:  Kansas City, Missouri

Ph.D. Candidate
3037 Haworth Hall

Advisor:  Yoshiaki Azuma
Research Interests:  Genetics, Neurobiology and Cancer Biology

Hometown:  Marshfield, Missouri

Ph.D. Candidate
4043 Haworth Hall

Advisor:  Stuart Macdonald
Research Interests:  Xenobiotic resistance in natural and lab populations, Copy Number Variations (CNVs), and genetic mapping
Leadership Roles:  SACNAS KU Graduate Chapter President and Founder, KS DNA Day Co-Coordinator, 2017-2019

Hometown: San Sebastian, Puerto Rico

Ph.D. Candidate
8031 Haworth Hall

Advisor:  Susan Egan
Research Interests:  AraC transcriptional activators are found in seventy percent of sequenced bacterial genomes and control the expression of genes involved in stress response, metabolism, and virulence. Our lab studies RhaR and RhaS. These two proteins activate the expression of the E. coli L-rhamnose regulon in the presence of their effector, L-rhamnose.

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Ph.D. Aspirant
4010 Haworth Hall

Advisor:  Joanna Slusky
Research Interests:  Molecular/Cell Biology: Identifying molecular targets for gene expression regulation to improve human medicine

Hometown: Ilutitun, Ondo, Nigeria

Ph.D. Candidate
5055 Haworth Hall

Advisor:  Chris Gamblin
Research Interests:  The normal function of the tau protein is to associate and stabilize microtubules within the neuronal cytoskeleton. However, hyperphosphorylation of tau can dissociate from microtubules and lead to the formation of tau aggregates forming pathological structures such as neurofibrillary tangles and paired helical filaments. These structures have been identified in multiple neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease. I am interested in how small compounds can be used to not only inhibit the formation of these pathological structures, but also cause the disassembly of aggregates that have already formed.

Hometown:  Leeds, England

Ph.D. Candidate
7031 Haworth Hall

Advisor:  Mizuki Azuma
Research Interests:  Molecular and Cellular biology, Cancer biology

Hometown:  Bangalore, India

Ph.D. Candidate
Anupama is currently a Visiting Graduate Researcher in the Eric Deeds lab, QCBio, UCLA

Advisor:  Roberto De Guzman
Research Interests:  Biochemistry, Biophysics & Synthetic Biology. Self assembly and kinetic trapping in macro molecular complexes

Hometown:  Pune, India

Ph.D. Candidate
8047 Haworth Hall

Advisor:  Lynn Hancock
Research Interests:  Microbiology, Immunology

Hometown:  Lenexa, Kansas

Ph.D. Aspirant
8041 Haworth Hall

Advisor:  Tony Fehr
Research Interests:  Microbiology

Hometown:  Casper, Wyoming

Ph.D. Candidate
7031 Haworth Hall

Advisor: Mizuki Azuma
Research Interests:  Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

Hometown: Incheon, Korea
 

Ph.D. Candidate
8031 Haworth Hall

Advisor:  Susan Egan
Research Interests:  Microbiology and Immunology

Hometown:  Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Ph.D. Candidate
7041 Haworth Hall

Advisor:  Josie Chandler
Research Interests:  Our group is interested in a type of cell-to-cell signaling in bacteria called quorum sensing, which is important for many bacteria to compete and survive in different environments including the host. My research seeks to understand how quorum sensing promotes survival of the gram-negative opportunistic human lung pathogen Burkholderia pseudomallei.

Hometown:  Hays, Kansas

Ph.D. Candidate
7041 Haworth Hall

Advisor:  Josie Chandler
Research Interests:  Microbiology and Immunology

Hometown:  Kathmandu, Nepal

Lab Rotation Student
Research Interests: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

Hometown: Pune, India

Ph.D. Candidate
5004 Haworth Hall

Advisor:  Brian Ackley
Research Interests:  Development and Cellular Biology, Immunology

Hometown:  Etters, Pennsylvania

Ph.D. Candidate
8051 Haworth Hall

Advisor:  Scott Hefty

Hometown:  Sacramento, California

Ph.D. Aspirant

Lab Rotation Student

Hometown: Kathmandu, Nepal

Ph.D. Candidate
7047 Haworth Hall

Advisor:  David Davido
Research Interests:  My research focuses on understanding virus-host interactions in the herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) life cycle. HSV-1 is a common human pathogen infecting about 80% of the world’s population. The virus establishes a life-long latency in neuronal cells and upon activation can cause a variety of diseases such as cold sores, ocular infections, and encephalitis. One major area of interest is to delineate mechanisms by which a major viral regulatory factor, ICP0, destabilizes host cell proteins while contributing to viral replication and pathogenesis. Another part of my thesis will focus on identifying novel compounds that impair HSV-1 growth.
Leadership Roles:  Women in STEMM Program Chair, KS DNA Day Co-Coordinator, MB GSO Outreach Coordinator

Hometown: Miami, Florida

Ph.D. Candidate
5049 Haworth Hall

Advisor:  Erik Lundquist
Research Interests:  Developmental neurobiology and Cell biology

Hometown:  Mumbai, India

Ph.D. Aspiriant

Lab Rotation Student

Research Interests:  Biochemistry and Genetics
Hometown:  Monticello, Wisconsin

Lab Rotation Student
Research Interests:  Biochemistry

Hometown:  Mead, Nebraska

Ph.D. Aspirant
4055 Haworth Hall

Advisor:  Rob Unckless
Research Interests:  Virology, Immunology, and Cell biology

Hometown:  Eudora, Kansas

Lab Rotation Student

Ph.D. Candidate
5049 Haworth Hall

Advisor:  Erik Lundquist
Research Interests:  Virology and Developmental biology

Hometown:  Township, Michigan

Ph.D. Candidate
3037 Haworth Hall

Advisor:  Yoshiaki Azuma
Research Interests:  Cancer biology and Virology

Hometown:  Varanasi, UP, India

Ph.D. Candidate
7049 Haworth Hall

Advisor:  Kristi Neufeld
Research Interests:  Translational medicine, Epigenetics, Colorectal cancer, and the Gut microbiome

Hometown:  Joplin, Missouri

Ph.D. Candidate
8047 Haworth Hall

Advisor:  Lynn Hancock
Research Interests:  Bacterial signal transduction pathways, Microbial pathogenesis and infection mechanisms

Hometown:  Chennai, India

Lab Rotation Student
Research Interests: Molecular biology, Genetics

Hometown: Minsk, Belarus

Ph.D. Candidate
7049 Haworth Hall

Advisor:  Kristi Neufeld
Research Interests:  Cancer Biology, Protein Purification

Hometown:  Osage City, Kansas

Ph.D. Candidate
4055 Haworth Hall

Advisor:  Rob Unckless
Research Interests:  Microbiology and Immunology

Hometown:  Overland Park, Kansas

Ph.D. Candidate
5041 Haworth Hall

Advisor:  Lisa Timmons

Hometown:  Kathmandu, Nepal

Ph.D. Candidate
8051 Haworth Hall

Advisor:  Scott Hefty
Research Interests:  Immunology and Microbiology

Hometown:  Lawrence, Kansas

Ph.D. Aspirant
2116 Integrated Science Building (ISB)

Advisor:  Mark Richter
Research Interests:  Proteins

Hometown:  Essexville, Michigan

Ph.D. Aspirant
5041 Haworth Hall

Advisor:  Lisa Timmons
Research Interests:  Molecular Biology, Cellular Biology, Neurobiology, and Genetics

Hometown:  Wichita, Kansas

Ph.D. Candidate
3037 Haworth Hall

Advisor: Yoshiaki Azuma
Research Interests: Genetics and Cancer Biology

Hometown: Chennai, India

Ph.D. Candidate
320-B MRB

Advisor: Bill Picking
Research Interests: The mechanism of the infection to develop antibiotics in terms of biochemistry and pharmaceuticals

Hometown: Tokyo, Japan

Ph.D. Aspirant
4043 Haworth Hall

Advisor:  Stuart Macdonald
Research Interests: Cell Senescence and DNA Repair

Hometown: Norwalk, California

Ph.D. Candidate
8035 Haworth Hall

Advisor:  Matthew Buechner
Research Interests: Excretory canal of C. elegans

Hometown: Jinan, China

Ph.D. Aspirant
3117 Integrated Science Building (ISB)

Advisor:  Liang Xu
Research Interests:  Molecular therapy targeting cancer and cancer stem cells, via novel nanovectors and rational drug design

Hometown: Shandong Province, China


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