Former Graduates Students

More than a hundred scholars have received their graduate degrees from the Department of Molecular Biosciences since 2006.  A master degree usually takes 2 years to complete and students may publish one manuscript. For Ph.D. degrees, the average completion time is 5-6 years with around 70% of students completing their degree in less than 6 years.  Ph.D. students publish, as part of their dissertation, an average of 3-4 manuscripts with around 2 first author publications.  These students have gone on to prestigious postdoctoral fellowships, to become assistant professors or have successful careers in industry.

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PHD STUDENTS GRADUATING IN SPRING 2024

NameYears in the programMentor(s)Publications*Position after graduationCurrent Position
Sahida Afroz2018-2024Dan Dixon
0
  
Catherine Kerr2018-2024Anthony Fehr
7
Postdoc, Design-Zyme LLCPostdoc, Design-Zyme LLC

*"Publications" in the table refers to the number of publications the student generated as part of their dissertation

PHD STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2023

NameYears in the programMentor(s)Publications*Position after graduationCurrent Position
Baid, Srishti2017-2023Scott Hefty
4
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of MichiganPostdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Michigan
Hooper, Kelsey2018-2023Erik Lundquist
0
Genome Analyst GenDXGenome Analyst GenDX
Ikujuni, Paul2018-2023Joanna Slusky
3
Sr. Scientist, Analytical R&D,  MerckSr. Scientist, Analytical R&D,  Merck
Jenkinson, Cory2017-2023Berl Oakley
2
  
Kim, Haeyoung2016-2023Mizuki Azuma
2
Postdoctoral Scientist, Eli LillyPostdoctoral Scientist, Eli Lilly
Klages, Joan2016-2023Susan Egan
1
Assistant Professor, Washburn UniversityAssistant Professor, Washburn University
Koirala, Pratik2017-2023Josie Chandler
4
Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School & Brigham and Women's HospitalResearch Fellow, Harvard Medical School & Brigham and Women's Hospital
LaBrie, Scott2015-2023Scott Hefty
5
Postdoc, Fred Hutchinson Cancer CenterAssistant Professor, Washburn University
Shakya, Sudeep2014-2023Mizuki Azuma/Lisa Timmons
2
  
Zhang, Qi2018-2023Liang Xu
4
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute & Harvard Medical SchoolPostdoctoral Research Fellow, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute & Harvard Medical School

MS/MA STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2023

NameYears in the programMentor(s)PublicationsDegreeCurrent Position
Khattabi, Reem2021-2023Ronak Tilvawala/Anthony Fehr
1
MS
 
Sleem, Doha2021-2023Roberto De Guzman
1
MS
MBA Graduate student, University of the Cumberlands

*"Publications" in the table refers to the number of publications the student generated as part of their dissertation

PHD STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2022

 

NameYears in the programMentor(s)Publications*Position after graduationCurrent Position
Guha Biswas, Pallavi2015-2022Roberto De Guzman
1
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of MarylandPostdoctoral Fellow, University of Maryland
Dhar, Rick2016-2022Joanna Slusky
0
Postdoctoral Researcher, KUPostdoctoral Research Associate, Northeastern University
Goyal, Priyanka2016-2022Mark Richter
2
Scientist, QiagenScientist, Qiagen
Hill, Latavia2016-2022Susan Egan
0
Analytical Bioassay Scientist, Eurofins PSS Insourcing SolutionsAnalytical Bioassay Scientist, Eurofins PSS Insourcing Solutions
Ly, Cindy2017-2022David Davido
2
Scientist II, Molecular Virologist and Cell Biologist, Millipore SigmaScientist II, Molecular Virologist and Cell Biologist, Millipore Sigma
Mahadik, Snehal2016-2022Erik Lundquist
3
  
Massengale, Molly2015-2022Brian Ackley
0
Biologist at Advanced Testing Laboratory;Biologist at Advanced Testing Laboratory
Mullinax, Sarah2016-2022Rob Unckless
1
Consulting Safety Officer, Safety Partners, Inc.Consulting Safety Officer, Safety Partners, Inc.

*"Publications" in the table refers to the number of publications the student generated as part of their dissertation

PHD STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2021

NameYears in the programMentor(s)Publications*Position after graduationCurrent Position
Abisado, Rhea2016-2021Josie Chandler
3
Assistant Professor, Ateneo de Manila UniversityAssistant Professor, Ateneo de Manila University
Alhadyian, Haifa 2014-2021Robert Ward/Rob Unckless
2
Independent Consultant, FreelancePostdoctoral Research Associate, University of Liverpool
Chakravarty, Amritangshu2015-2021Roberto De Guzman
2
Scientist, KCAS, Bioanalytical and Biomarker ServicesScientist, KCAS, Bioanalytical and Biomarker Services
Deay III, Dwight2013-2021Mark Richter/Joanna Slusky
5
  
Ingham, David2016-2021Chris Gamblin/Erik Lundquist
2
Senior Research Associate, University of Kansas Medical CenterSenior Research Associate, University of Kansas Medical Center
Kante, Anupama2014-2021Eric Deeds/Roberto De Guzman
2
  
Keffeler, Erica2016-2021Lynn Hancock
1
Research scientist, Ceva Animal HealthResearch scientist, Ceva Animal Health
Sundararajan, Sanjana2016-2021Yoshiaki Azuma
1
Postdoctoral Researcher, NIHPostdoctoral Researcher, NIH

MS/MA STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2021

NameYears in the programMentor(s)PublicationsDegreeCurrent Position
Anderson, Jaden2017-2021Joanna Slusky
0
MS
Senior Associate Scientist II, Catalent Pharma Solutions
Bowman, Alex2015-2021Mark Richter
0
MA
Associate Researcher, KU

*"Publications" in the table refers to the number of publications the student generated as part of their dissertation

PHD STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2020

NameYears in the programMentor(s)PublicationsPosition after graduationCurrent Position
Bhatta, Anuja2013-2020Steve Benedict and Susan Egan
2
Research Scientist, CRL Labs, Overland Park KSResearch Scientist, CRL Labs, Overland Park KS
Chiremba, Thelma2014-2020Kristi Neufeld
1
Postdoc, Stowers InstitutePostdoc, Stowers Institute
Dimond, Zoe2016-2020Scott Hefty
8
Postdoc, NIH (NIAID) Rocky Mountain LaboratoryPostdoc, NIH (NIAID) Rocky Mountain Laboratory
Gomez, Christian2013-2020Kristi Neufeld
1
IRACDA Fellow, KUAssistant Professor, Baker University
Hassebroek, Victoria2015-2020Yoshiaki Azuma
2
Postdoc, Stowers Institute, Kansas City MOScientific Project Manager, Stowers Institute, Kansas City MO
Klaus, Jennifer2014-2020Josie Chandler
3
Animal Health Biology Discovery Scientist, Bovine R&D, MerckAnimal Health Biology Discovery Scientist, Bovine R&D, Merck
Kurland, Meagan2015-2020Brian Ackley
1
Senior Scientist, Eurofins Lancaster LaboratoriesSenior Scientist , Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories
Ochs, Matthew2015-2020Erik Lundquist
2
QC Analytical Development Scientist, Catalent Pharma, Houston, TXQC Analytical Development Scientist, Catalent Pharma, Houston, TX
Parthasarathy, Srivatsan2015-2020Lynn Hancock
2
Postdoctoral Researcher, KU Center for GenomicsPostdoctoral Researcher, KU Center for Genomics
Parker, Taybor2015-2020Kristi Neufeld
2
Scientist, Catalent Pharma Solutions, Kansas City MOScientist, Catalent Pharma Solutions, Kansas City MO
Rudeen, Aaron2015-2020Kristi Neufeld
1
Senior Scientist I, Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, Lawrence KSSenior Scientist I, Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, Lawrence KS
Soules, Katelyn2015-2020Scott Hefty
2
Research Scientist, MerckResearch Scientist, Merck
Tachiyama, Shoichi2016-2020Bill Picking
2
Postdoc, Yale School of MedicinePostdoct, Yale School of Medicine
Yang, Zhe2013-2020Matthew Buechner
2
Postdoc, Stower Institute for Medical ResearchPostdoc, Stower Institute for Medical Research

MS/MA STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2020

NameYears in the programMentor(s)Publications*DegreeCurrent Position
Hernandez-Aquino, Dianarys2015-2020Stuart Macdonald
0
MS
Clinical Laboratory Coordinator, Eurofins Viracor
Jagannathan Murali, Shivani2015-2020Mizuki Azuma
0
MS
 

*"Publications" in the table refers to the number of publications the student generated as part of their dissertation

PHD STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2019

NameYears in the programMentor(s)Publications*Position after graduationCurrent Position
Bai, Nan2014-2019John Karanicolas and Liang Xu
2
Postdoc, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia PAScientist, Amgen, LA, CA
Kenjic, Nikola2014-2019Audrey Lamb
1
Postdoc, Department of Biochemistry, UC RiversideSenior Scientist, Terray Therapeutics, Pasadena, CA
Khowsathit, Jittasak (Jake)2011-2019John Karanicolas and Mark Richter
4
Postdoc, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia PALecturer, Department of Biochemistry, Chiang Mai University, Thailand
McFarlane, Jeff2015-2019Audrey Lamb
5
Assistant Professor, Fort Lewis College, Durango COAssistant Professor, Fort Lewis College, Durango CO
Pandey, Nootan2014-2019Yoshiaki Azuma
2
Postdoc, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, PAPostdoc, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, PA

MS/MA STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2019

NameYears in the programMentor(s)Publications*DegreeCurrent Position
Dunbar, Amanda2012-2019Stephen Benedict
1
MA
 
Megan McKinney2015-2019Scott Hefty
0
MS
Product Management Specialist, Thermo Fisher Scientific

*"Publications" in the table refers to the number of publications the student generated as part of their dissertation

PHD STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2018

NameYears in the programMentor(s)Publications*Position after graduationCurrent Position
Al Hashimi, Hikmat2010-2018Matthew Buechner
3
Senior Scientist I, Deciphera, Inc.Research Scientist III, Eurofins
Evans, Kara2013-2018Josie Chandler
3
Genomics and Microbiome Scientist at DuPont, Madison, WIScientist at IFF Health and Biosciences
Gujar, Mahekta2011-2018Erik Lundquist
5
Postdoc, Duke-NUS Medical School, SingaporePostdoc, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore
Liang, Lingfei2013-2018Liang Tang and Susan Egan
3
Assistant Research Fellow, Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of SciencesAssistant Research Fellow, Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Paolillo, Vitoria2012-2018Berl Oakley
3
Postdoc, Department of Molecular Biosciences, KUGenomic Laboratory Analyst, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri

MS/MA STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2018

NameYears in the programMentor(s)Publications*DegreeCurrent Position
Bhattacharya, Reshma 2016-2018Chris Gamblin
0
MA
Operations Manager at Celldex Therapeutics
Massa, Nicole2015-2018Lynn Hancock
0
MA
 

*"Publications" in the table refers to the number of publications the student generated as part of their dissertation

PHD STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2017

NameYears in the programMentor(s)Publications*Position after graduationCurrent Position
Harrison, Kelly2015-2017Scott Hefty
1
Postdoc, Department of Veterinary Pathology, Oklahoma State UniversityResearch Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Pathology, Oklahoma State University
Mutreja, Yamini2011-2017Chris Gamblin
3
Postdoctoral Fellow, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple UniversityPostdoctoral Research Associate, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University

MS/MA STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2017

NameYears in the programMentor(s)Publications*DegreeCurrent Position
Grotemeyer, Elizabeth2015-2017Chris Gamblin
0
MA
Scientist, Stability Coordination, Catalent Pharma Solutions
Guo, Yuxiao2013-2017Liang Xu
0
MA
 
Yadava, Sanjay2013-2017Roberto De Guzman
0
MA
 

*"Publications" in the table refers to the number of publications the student generated as part of their dissertation

PHD STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2016

NameYears in the programMentor(s)Publications*Position after graduationCurrent Position
Arizmendi, Olivia2012-2016Wendy Picking (Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry)
3
Postdoc, Higuchi BiosciencesSenior Epidemiologist, Immunization Branch at California Department of Public Health
Fowler, Angie2008-2016David Davido
1
Postdoc, Institute for Allergy and Immunology, La Jolla, CADirector of Postdoctoral Affairs at Indiana University School of Medicine
Highfill,Chad2012-2016Stuart Macdonald
3
Postdoc, North Carolina State UniversityRNA Biologist, Exicure, Chicago, IL
Josephson, Matthew2011-2016Erik Lundquist
3
Postdoc, University of Bern, SwitzerlandResearch Scientist II, The Center for Aquaculture Technologies (CAT), CA
Kaur, Kawaljit2011-2016Roberto De Guzman
5
Postdoc, Macromolecule and Vaccine Stabilization Center, KUPostdoc, Macromolecule and Vaccine Stabilization Center, KU
McShan, Andrew2010-2016Roberto De Guzman
6
Postdoc, Chemistry & Biochemistry Department, UC Santa CruzPostdoc, Chemistry & Biochemistry Department, UC Santa Cruz
Sridharan, Vinidhra2008-2016Yoshiaki Azuma
3
Postdoc, National Cancer InstitutePrincipal Scientist, Bristol Myers Squibb
Swartzlander, Denny2010-2016Jennifer Gleason (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)
0
Lecturer, KU Undergraduate BiologyDirector of Laboratories (Physiology), KU Undergraduate Biology
Yoshida, Makoto2010-2016Yoshiaki Azuma
2
Postdoc, RIKEN, Wako, JapanPostdoc, RIKEN, Wako, Japan

MS/MA STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2016

NameYears in the programMentor(s)PublicationsDegreeCurrent Position
Alhadyian, Haifa2014-2016Robert Ward
0
MA
PhD at KU obtained in 2021, Postdoc, University of Liverpool
Bae, KyeongMin2014-2016Mark Richter
1
MA
Laboratory Manager, Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Suderman, Erin2012-2016Robert Ward
0
MA
Regulatory Specialist,UPMC
Wenger, Luke2013-2016Mizuki Azuma
1
MA
Research And Development Scientist, Eurofins Viracor BioPharma Services

*"Publications" in the table refers to the number of publications the student generated as part of their dissertation

PHD STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2015

NameYears in the programMentor(s)Publications*Position after graduationCurrent Position
Hall, Sonia2011-2015Robert Ward
2
Postdoc, University of Massachusetts Medical School, MAPresident and CEO, BioKansas
Hartin, Samantha2008-2015Brian Ackley
1
STEM Educator, Ideaventions, Reston, VAScientific Support Specialist II, Revvity, CO
Paranjape, Smita2010-2015Chris Gamblin
2
Postdoc, University of North Carolina Medical School, NCProcess Development Scientist I, Cell Line Development, KBI Biopharma, NC
Smith, Amber2010-2015Liang Xu
3
Postdoc, Stanford University Medical School, CAPersonal Principal Investigator, The Rare Cancer Research Foundation, NC and Pattern.org Biobank Manager

MS/MA STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2015

 

NameYears in the programMentor(s)PublicationsDegreeCurrent Position
Egan, Chet2008-2015John Karanicolas
1
MA
 
Lewin, Seth2012-2015Mizuki Azuma
1
MA
 

*"Publications" in the table refers to the number of publications the student generated as part of their dissertation

PHD STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2014

NameYears in the programMentor(s)Publications*Position after graduationCurrent Position
Al-Ani, Gada

2007-2014

Chris Fischer (Department of Physics and Astronomy)
4
Postdoc, Cancer Biology, KU Medical CenterSenior Principal Investigator, Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, KC
Asad, Nadeem2008-2014Lisa Timmons
2
Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Forman Christian College, Lahore, PakistanResearch Associate, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, West Virginia University, WV
Caylor, Raymond C.2007-2014Brian Ackley
1
Research Assistant, Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine, Children's Mercy HospitalAssociate Director, Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory, Greenwood Genetic Center, SC
Hinkelman, Amy Steve Benedict
2
Postdoc, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VAAssociate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine, Campbell University, NC
Lanfranca, Mirna Perusina2007-2014David Davido
3
Postdoc, University of Michigan School of MedicinePostdoc, University of Virginia School of Medicine
Mostafa, Heba H.2008-2014David Davido
8
Postdoc, Infectious Diseases, St. Jude Children's Research HospitalAssociate Professor of Pathology, John Hopkins School of Medicine
Sundararajan, Lakshmi2008-2014Erik Lundquist
4
Postdoc, Vanderbilt University Medical CenterLead, Portfolio Strategy, Astellas Gene Therapies, CA
Varahan, Sriram2010-2014Lynn Hancock
4
Postdoc, Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Bangalore, IndiaSenior Scientist & DBT-Wellcome Trust IA Early Career Fellow, CSIR-CCMB, India
Xia, Yan2007-2014John Karanicolas 
2
Masters Program, Department of Machine Learning, Carnegie Mellon UniversitySenior Software Engineer, Meta

MS/MA STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2014

NameYears in the programMentor(s)PublicationsDegreeCurrent Position
Balcomb, Blake2011-2014Audrey Lamb
0
MABeamline Scientist, XChem
Galdos-Garreta, Mauricio 2010-2014Justin Blumenstiel (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)
1
MAData Engineer / Software Developer, GroupSense
Leal, Paulo2010-2014Robert Ward
0
MALaboratory Manager, Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Restivo, Keasha2012-2014Scott Hefty
1
MAQuality Assurance Manager, Thermo Fisher Scientific
Xu, Zaikun2011-2014Eric Deeds
0
MAComputer Vision Engineer, Astrivis

*"Publications" in the table refers to the number of publications the student generated as part of their dissertation

PHD STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2013

 

NameYears in the programMentor(s)Publications*Position after graduationCurrent Position
Abbey, Ichie2007-2013Scott Hefty
4
Field Application Scientist, LI-COR BiosciencesDirector, International Sales at Synthego Corporation
Chatterjee, Srirupa2008-2013Roberto De Guzman
4
Postdoc, Washington University School of MedicineTPLC Reviewer (Biologist), FDA
Chaudhury, Sukanya2008-2013Roberto De Guzman
4
Postdoc, Center for Inflammation, Immunity and Infection, Georgia State UniversityClinical Trial Leader, Translational Clinical Oncology, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR), Basel, Switzerland
Combs, Ben2008-2013Chris Gamblin
5
Postdoc, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State UniversityAssistant Professor, Department of Translational Neuroscience, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Grussendorf, Kelly2007-2013Matthew Buechner
1
Assistant Professor of Genetics, Minnesota State University, MankatoAssociate Professor, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Dubuque, IA
Jo, Sunhwan2008-2013Wonpil Im/ Roberto De Guzman
13
Postdoc, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of ChicagoDirector, Commercial Development, SilcsBio LLC, Baltimore, MD
Kemege, Kyle E2007-2013Scott Hefty
4
Teaching Professor, Louisiana Tech UniversitySenior Lecturer, Biological Sciences, Louisiana Tech University
Kettle, Bria2007-2013Susan Egan
2
Microbiologist, Bayer Crop Sciences, Kansas City, MONA Biosafety Manager, Bayer Crop Sciences, Kansas City, MO
Koppulu, Veerendra2008-2013Susan Egan
2
Scientist, Metaclipse TherapeuticsSenior Scientist in Department of Biologics, AstraZeneca /Medimmune, MD
Smith, Miles C.2005-2013David Davido
4
Research Assistant, Department of Molecular Biosciences, KUBioinformatics Scientist, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

MS/MA STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2013

NameYears in the programMentor(s)PublicationsDegreeCurrent Position
Balwalli, Namita2011-2013Scott Hefty
0
MA
Scientist, CitiusTech
Basu, Anindita2010-2013Audrey Lamb
0
MA
Associate Manager Scientific writing, Indegene
Merkes, Chris2010-2013Mizuki Azuma
0
MA
Geneticist, US Geological Survey

*"Publications" in the table refers to the number of publications the student generated as part of their dissertation

PHD STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2012

NameYears in the programMentor(s)Publications*Position after graduationCurrent Position
Dotson, Abby L2004-2012Steve Benedict
5 (+2 not on PubMed)
Postdoc, Department of Molecular Biosciences, KUExecutive Director, Oregon POLST Registry and Research Associate Professor, Oregon Health & Science University
McNeil, Casey L.2008-2012Stuart Macdonald
3
Assistant Professor of Biology, Newman University, Wichita KSFaculty physician, Salina Family Healthcare Center
Najarro, Elvis H.2007-2012Brian Ackley
3
Postdoc, Department of Otolaryngology, Stanford School of MedicineInstructor, Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery Divisions, Stanford University
Olucha, Jose2007-2012Audrey Lamb
5
Postdoc, The Scripps Research Institute Director, Custom Solutions, GenWay Biotech
Sudharsan, Raghavi2006-2012Yoshiaki Azuma
2
Postdoc, University of Pennsylvania Research Associate, University of Pennsylvania
Williams, Kelli M.2003-2012Steve Benedict
2
Postdoc, Department of Medicine, Cancer Research Center, University of ChicagoPostdoc, Department of Medicine, Cancer Research Center, University of Chicago
Zeineldin, Maged2006-2012Kristi Neufeld
6 (+1 not on PubMed)
Postdoc, Department of Molecular Biosciences, KUAssistant Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, KU

MS/MA STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2012

NameYears in the programMentor(s)PublicationsDegreeCurrent Position
Deckert, Katelyn2009-2012John Karanicolas
2
MA
Laboratory Planner and Interior Designer, CRB
Gdowski, Courtney2008-2012Steve Benedict
1
MA
 
Skredenske, Jeff2005-2012Susan Egan
5
MA
 

*"Publications" in the table refers to the number of publications the student generated as part of their dissertation

PHD STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2011

NameYears in the programMentor(s)Publications*Position after graduationCurrent Position
Demarco, Rafael S.2006-2011Erik Lundquist
5
Postdoc, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, San DiegoAssistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Louisville, KY
Devore, Natasha M2008-2011Emily Scott 
5
Postdoc, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, KUAssistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, Missouri State University, MO
Estrada, David F.2006-2011Roberto De Guzman
4
Postdoc, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, KUAssociate Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University of Buffalo, NY
Hickey, John M2006-2011Scott Hefty
7
Postdoc, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, KUScientific Associate Director, Vaccine Analytics and Formulation Center, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, KU
Mattingly, Brendan C.2004-2011Matthew Buechner
1
Lecturer, Undergraduate Biology Program, KU (Edwards Campus)Lecturer, Program Director, Professional Studies, University Senate Faculty Representative, KU
Norris, Adam D.2006-2011Erik Lundquist
3
Postdoc, Center for Systems Biology, Harvard UniversityAssistant Professor, Department of Biology, Southern Methodist University, TX
Parthasarathy, Sudharsan2004-2011Krzysztof Kuczera
2
Postdoc, University of PennsylvaniaPostdoc, University of Pennsylvania
Spears, Erick2005-2011Kristi Neufeld
1
Postdoc, Vanderbilt University Medical CenterStaff Scientist, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Voss, Kellen R2006-2011Chris Gamblin
6
Postdoc, Byrd Alzheimer's Institute, University of South FloridaMedical Science Liaison, UCB, Inc., Chicago, IL
Xu, Jiang2002-2011Robert Cohen 
2
Senior Research Associate, Tsinghua University, Beijing, ChinaSenior Research Associate, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
Zhang, Lisha2004-2011Edina Harsay
2
  

MS/MA STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2011

NameYears in the programMentor(s)PublicationsDegreeCurrent Position
Damasceno, Bruno 2008-2011Mark Richter
0
MA
 
Ernlund, Amanda2008-2011Kristi Neufeld
0
MA
Senior Scientist 1, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab
Hackett, Jennifer2008-2011Jennifer Gleason (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)
0
MA
Core Director, Genome Sequencing Core
Nordhues, Bryce2008-2011Roberto DeGuzman
2
MA
Instrument Sales Specialist, Eppendorf North America
Ouellette, Andrew2008-2011Audrey Lamb
1
MA
Research Chemist, NIMA

*"Publications" in the table refers to the number of publications the student generated as part of their dissertation

PHD STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2010

NameYears in the programMentor(s)Publications*Position after graduationCurrent Position
Dyer, Jamie O2005-2010Erik Lundquist
3
Postdoc, Stowers Institute for Medical ResearchAssociate Professor of Biology, Department of Biology, Rockhurst University
Lan, Lan2004-2010Robert Cohen (now at Clemson University)
3
Postdoc, Department of Molecular Biosciences, KUScientist, Catalent Pharma Solutions
Lu, Jingping2004-2010Mark Richter and Qi-Zhuang Ye
4
Postdoc, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Indiana University School of MedicineLead Scientist, Brammer Bio, Alachua, Florida
Ryu, Hyunju2006-2010Yoshiaki Azuma
6
Postdoc, NICHD, National Institutes of HealthPostdoc, NICHD, National Institutes of Health
Wang, Xiaochen2004-2010Robert Ward
1
Postdoc, Institute of Hematology & Blood Diseases Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical SciencesCoordinator of International Affairs in Research, Institute of Hematology & Blood Diseases Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences

MS/MA STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2010

NameYears in the programMentor(s)PublicationsDegreeCurrent Position
Lunney, Charles2005-2010Steve Benedict
0
MA
 
Rivera, Laticia2008-2010Lisa Timmons
0
MA
 

*"Publications" in the table refers to the number of publications the student generated as part of their dissertation

PHD STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2009

NameYears in the programMentor(s)Publications*Position after graduationCurrent Position
Luo, Qianyi2003-2009Audrey Lamb
5
Postdoc, Department of Molecular Biosciences, Northwestern UniversityAssistant Research Professor, Department of Ophthalmology Indiana University School of Medicine
Sarthy, Jay F.2005-2009Michael Crawford (Department of Anthropology)
3
Medical program, Northwestern University Feinberg School of MedicineAssistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine and Attending Physician at Seattle Children's Hospital
Sun, Qian2003-2009Chris Gamblin
5
China Regulatory Technical Manager, Alltech, Beijing, ChinaSenior Regulatory Affairs Manager, Novo Nordisk, China
Wang, Yang2004-2009Kristi Neufeld
3
Postdoc, Vanderbilt University Medical CenterDirector of Clinical Laboratory at PerkinElmer Genomics, Atlanta, GA
Wang, Yu2004-2009Roberto De Guzman
7
Postdoc, NHLBI, National Institutes of HealthPostdoc, NHLBI, National Institutes of Health
Zhang, Liang2003-2009Robert Ward
2
Postdoc, Laboratory of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, National Cancer Institute, NIHPostdoc, Laboratory of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, National Cancer Institute, NIH
Zhang, Lingling2005-2009William Picking (Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry)
4
Postdoc, UT Southwestern Medical CenterSenior Scientist at ARIAD Pharmaceuticals

MS/MA STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2009

NameYears in the programMentor(s)PublicationsDegreeCurrent Position
Lindsey Spedding2006-2009Scott Hefty
0
MA
Director of Sales, Indical Biosciences

*"Publications" in the table refers to the number of publications the student generated as part of their dissertation

PHD STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2008

NameYears in the programMentor(s)Publications*Position after graduationCurrent Position
Cai, Sumin2002-2008Krzysztof Kuczera
6
Postdoc, Macromolecule and Vaccine Stabilization Center, KUSenior Advisor, TS/MS at Eli Lilly and Company, IN
Cunningham, Jamie2002-2008Kristi Neufeld
1
Lecturer, Johnson County Community CollegeAssociate Professor of Science, Johnson County Community College, Kansas City, KS
He, Feng2001-2008Mark Richter
5
Postdoc, Macromolecule and Vaccine Stabilization Center, KUSenior Director/Analytics, Genor Biopharma Co., Ltd., Shanghai, China
Funke, Todd2004-2008Ernst Schonbrunn (now at University of South Florida)
7
Postdoc, Ben May Department for Cancer Research, University of ChicagoDirector of Laboratories, Undergraduate Biology Program, KU
Suryanarayana, Srividya2003-2008Mark Richter
4
Postdoc, Medical College of WisconsinResearch Scientist at Cytovance Biologics, Oklahoma City, OK

MS/MA STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2008

NameYears in the programMentor(s)PublicationsDegreeCurrent Position
Christina Terry2005-2008William Picking
2
MA
 

*"Publications" in the table refers to the number of publications the student generated as part of their dissertation

PHD STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2007

NameYears in the programMentor(s)Publications*Position after graduationCurrent Position
Han, Wang2001-2007Lisa Timmons
3
Postdoc, Department of Molecular Biosciences, KUDepartment Manager, Novozymes, Beijing City, China
Lu, Jiamiao2001-2007Erik Lundquist
2
Postdoc, Stanford University School of MedicinePrincipal Scientist, Amgen
Meneely, Kathy M.2002-2007Audrey Lamb
5
Postdoc, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, KULab Manager, Department Of Chemistry, University of Texas, San Antonio
Samra, Hardeep S.2001-2007Mark Richter
6
Postdoc, Macromolecule and Vaccine Stabilization Center, KUScientist, IQVIA, Washington DC
Sundaram, Prema2001-2007Lisa Timmons
3
Postdoc, Center for Childhood Cancer Research, The Children's Hospital of PhiladelphiaManager, Sponsored Projects at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute, PA
Tong, Sherry2001-2007Matthew Buechner
1
Senior Clinical Research Associate, Iovance Biotherapeutics, San Carlos, CASenior Clinical Trial Manager at Adverum Biotech, CA

MS/MA STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2007

NameYears in the programMentor(s)PublicationsDegreeCurrent Position
Kasuya, Tatsuo2005-2007Fusao Takusagawa
1
MA
 

*"Publications" in the table refers to the number of publications the student generated as part of their dissertation

PHD STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2006

NameYears in the programMentor(s)Publications*Position after graduationCurrent Position
Barkus, Kristin M.1995-2006Rick Dobrowsky (Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology)
1
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology, Baker University, Baldwin City, KSScience Educator, Self-Employed
Boschek, Curt B2001-2006Diana Bigelow (now at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)
6
Postdoc, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland WAPostdoc, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland WA
Grigsby, Ross J.1996-2006Robert Palazzo (now Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham)
2
Postdoc, Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteScientist, Drug Delivery, CIMA Labs
Kenjale, Roma2001-2006William Picking (Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry)
8
Postdoc, Duke UniversityPostdoctoral Research Associate at University of North Carolina
Kolin, Ana2001-2006Susan Egan
4
Postdoc, Uniform Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda MAUS Embassy in Macedonia

*"Publications" in the table refers to the number of publications the student generated as part of their dissertation

STUDENTS GRADUATING PRIOR TO 2006

NameDegree YearPositionLocation
Gilmore, Josh2005Scientist IIStowers Institute for Medical Research
Harrington, Amanda2005Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Director, Clinical Microbiology LaboratoryVA Puget Sound Health Care System
Hearn, Patricia2005Associate ScientistIBT Laboratories, Lenexa, KS
Hoffman, Bryce2005Physician, Emergency MedicineMercyone Des Moines Emergency Care, IA
Jennifer Hueston2005Director of LaboratoriesBiology Department, University of Kansas
Jiang, Ke2005Research TechnicianMount Sinai Medical Center
Parker, Nathan2005Deceased (2012) 
Wickstrum, Jason2005Postdoctoral FellowDepartment of Molecular Biosciences, KU
Yang, Yieyie2005Lawyer, Law Firm PartnerFinnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP  (Washington, DC)
Bartlett, Ryan2004Chief Technology OfficerPairwise, NC
Box, Andrey2004Lab Manager, Flow Cytometry LabStowers Institute for Medical Research
Cheng, Qinyi2004Senior BiostatisticianPPD
Gauthier, David (MA)2004MarketingBio-Rad Laboratories
Kohlmeier, Jake2004Associate ProfessorEmory University
Tyburski , John2004Principal ScientistNelson Scientific Lab LLC
Wang, Menmeng (Bessie)2004Senior Principal ScientistPfizer
Dollar, Gretchen2003Production SpecialistAmarr/Entrematic
Harlan-Williams, Lisa2003Associate ProfessorCell Biology and Physiology, KU Cancer Center
Jin, Hong2003 Lead HES EngineerChevron Energy Technology Company
Kenjale, Himanshu2003Senior Physicians AssistantUNC Cary Orthopedics Spine Surgery, NC
Maher, Brady2003Associate ProfessorJohns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Osiecki, John2003Director of medical and scientific affairs Roche Diagnostics, IN
Purinton, Gina2003Research TechnicianUniversity of North Carolina Medical School
Sciascia, Sandra A.2003Patent AgentBallard Spahr
Wacker, Mike2003ProfessorUniversity of Missouri, Kansas City, Medical School
Wei, Jianning2003Associate ProfessorFlorida Atlantic University
Hein, Raymond2002Field PartnerMolecular at Roche Diagnostics
Hoffmann, Kam2002ScientistCell Signaling Technology
Huang, Yafei2002Assistant ProfessorUppsala Biomedical Center
Komoto, Junichi2002Post Doctoral FellowUniversity of Kansas
Omoike, Obe2002 Aetna Insurance
Robson, Kristina2002Executive Director and Head, Precision MedicineRegeneron
Song, Lin2002Post Doctoral FellowNational Institutes of Health
Teague, Ryan2002ProfessorSt. Louis University
Yuan, Chao2002Post Doctoral FellowJohns Hopkins Medical Institutions
Bhende, Prasanna2001Clinical Trail Specialist IIPAREXEL (Durham, NC)
Bode, Claudia2001Education, Outreach and Diversity Director at Kansas NSF EPSCoRUniversity of Kansas
Gupta, Mohan2001Associate ProfessorIowa State University
Mammarappallil, Joseph2001Associate Professor of RadiologyDuke University School of Medicine 
Tucker, Ward2001Director Of Research And DevelopmentBioSentinel Pharmaceuticals
Davis, Kathleen2000Associate ProfessorThe University of Kansas Health System
Elliott, Michael2000ProfessorDean McGee Eye Institute
Holcroft, Carolyn2000College Professional Development CoordinatorFoothill College
Hsu, Jeff2000Research AssociateThe Scripps Research Institute
Jones, Terry2000Associate ProfessorEast Carolina University
MacKinnon, Roger2000NeurophysiologistSpecialityCare, Inc. 
Sollars, Vincent2000Associate Professor and Director of the Flow Cytometry CoreMarshall University, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
Chirathaworn, Chintana1999Associate ProfessorChulalongkorn University School of Medicine
Hu, Yongbo1999Senior Research ScientistWyeth Research Laboratories
Negash, Sewite1999AdvisorAphaea Capital
Rusconi, Jamie1999Senior Manager, CMC Program ManagementRegeneron
Tibbetts, Scott1999ProfessorUniversity of Florida Medical School
Yin, Dan1999Research FellowMerck
Hermone, Ann1998Staff ScientistNational Cancer Institute
Marshall, Andrew1998Financial AdvisorAndrew Marshall Financial LLC
Saunders, Carol1998Division Director, Clinical & Laboratory Genetics & Genomics and Professor of PathologyChildren's Mercy Hospital & University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Schnackenberg, Brad1998Associate Director, Office of Scientific CoordinationUS FDA/National Center for Toxicological Research
Daggett, Melissa1997Laboratory Manager/InstructorThe University Of Kansas Lawrence Edwards Campus
Ferrington, Deborah1997Chief Scientific OfficerDoheny Eye Institute, CA
Gaeddert, Kenneth1997ProfessorHutchinson Community College
Hamill, Danielle1997ProfessorOhio Wesleyan University
Mejillano, Marisan1997Research AssociateNorthwestern University Medical School
Wang, Yalin1997Post Doctoral FellowCold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Wu, Xingyong1997Senior Manager, Reagent DevelopmentCytek Biosciences
Gao, Fei Philip1996Senior Associate ResearcherUniversity of Kansas
Strange, John1996Chief Practice Management OfficerBaker Botts LLP, TX
Benson, Beverly1995Director, Clinical Development & Scientific AffairsJazz Pharmaceuticals
Brisch, Ellen1995Chairperson and ProfessorMinnesota State University
Felzien, Lisa1995ProfessorRockhurst University
Li, Qingwen1994ScientistProctor & Gamble
Katz, Sue1984ProfessorRogers State University
Ogden, Gary1983Professor of Biological SciencesSt. Mary's University
Dreyfus, Lawrence1982Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic DevelopmentUniversity of Missouri, Kansas City