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Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics (MCBG) Students & Alumni


Platform Presentations

Danielle Piazza, Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Student

Danielle Piazza
Mentor: Dr. Joshua Mell (Department of Microbiology & Immunology)
“Bigger Snacks, Bigger Tracts: The Extent and Limits of Natural Transformation in Haemophilus influenzae”
Zoom on Griffith's Legacy, June 2020

Lorela Ciraku, Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Student

Lorela Ciraku
Mentor: Dr. Maurecio Reginato (Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
Lorela presented her research results at CSHL Biology of Cancer-Microenvironment & Metastasis Meeting 2019 and at Drexel Emerging Graduate Scholars Conference 2020

Kristopher Raghavan, Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Program

Kristopher Raghavan
Mentor: Dr. Edna Cukierman (Fox Chase Cancer Center)
“Functional characteristics of strong derived extracelular vesicles in pancreatic cancer”
Web EV Talk, international webinar series, June 2020
 
“The role of NetrinG1 on Stroma-Derived Extracellular vesicles in pancreatic cancer”
International Society for Extracellular Vesicle, Annual Meeting, May 2020
 
“The role of NetrinG1 on Stroma-Derived Extracellular vesicles in pancreatic cancer”
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, EV Seminar Series, Extracellular Vesicles Core Facility, October 2020
 
“NetrinG1’s Pro-Tumor Role on Stroma-Derived Extracellular Vesicles in Pancreatic Cancer”
AACR Virtual Special Conference on The Evolving Tumor Microenvironment in Cancer Progression: Mechanisms and Emerging Therapeutic Opportunities, January 2021

Lindsay Steele, Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics Student

Lindsay Steele
Mentor: Dr. Boris Polyak (Department of Surgery)
"Magnetically Actuated Alginate Scaffolds: Effects on Macrophage Function"
Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS), Americas Chapter Conference, Orlando, Florida, December 2019
 
"Magnetically Actuated Alginate Scaffolds: Effects on Macrophage Function"
Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) 2019 Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 2019


Kritika Hanamshet, Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics Program

Kritika Hanamshet
Mentor: Dr. Alexander Mazin (Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
"Targeting RAD52 with small-molecule inhibitors and understanding its role in BRCA-deficient cells"
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Education Retreat, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 2019


Michelle Swift, Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics Student

Michelle Swift
Mentor: Dr. Jane Clifford (Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
"Cell Cycle Regulation of Sp1 During DSB Repair"
Alliance for Diversity in Science and Engineering Young Researchers Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 2019


Jasmine Peake, Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics Student

Jasmine Peake
Mentor: Dr. Eishi Noguchi (Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
"Alcohol and Cancer: More Than Just a Hangover"
Drexel Emerging Graduate Scholars Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 2019


Katherine Innamorati, Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics Student

Katherine Innamorati
Mentor: Dr. Garth Ehrlich (Department of Microbiology & Immunology)
"Comparative Genomics Analyses Redefine Gardnerella vaginalis as a Genus Containing 11 Separate Species"
The 14th annual SFAF (Sequencing, Finishing, and Analysis in the Future) Meeting, Santa Fe, New Mexico, May 2019


Zach Bacigalupa, PhD candidate

Zach Bacigalupa
Mentor: Dr. Mauricio Reginato (Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
"Role of OGT and O-GlcNAcylation in Glioblastoma Lipid Metabolism and Growth"
2016 Keystone Symposium: New Frontiers in Understanding Tumor Metabolism, Banff, Alberta, Canada, February 2016
Supported by the Dean's Graduate Student Travel Award


Christina M. Ferrer, PhD candidate in the Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics program.

Christina M. Ferrer
Mentor: Dr. Mauricio J. Reginato (Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
"O-GlcNAcylation regulates breast cancer cell invasion via the NAD+-dependent deacetylase SIRT1"
AACR Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 2015
Supported by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Scholar-in-Training Award


Mariana C. Gadaleta, a recent PhD graduate

Mariana C. Gadaleta
Mentor: Dr. Eishi Noguchi (Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
"Genome-wide analysis identifies contrasting effects of Swi1 deletion at difficult-to-replicate regions"
The 8th International Fission Yeast Meeting, Kobe, Japan, June 2015
Supported by a Pombe 2015 Travel Fellowship


Tanu Singh, PhD candidate in the Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics program.

Tanu Singh
Mentor: Dr. Alana O'Reilly (Fox Chase Cancer Center)
"Hedgehog signaling activates autophagy to control follicle stem cell lifetime"
Mid-Atlantic Society for Developmental Biology, Princeton University, March 2015
Received the Mid-Atlantic Society for Developmental Biology Excellent Graduate Presentation Award

A Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics program graduate student working in a laboratory at Drexel University College of Medicine.