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


Predoctoral Fellowship Awardees and Stipend Support

Mitchell Parker
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F30) from National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH-NIGMS)
Laboratory: Roland Dunbrack, PhD, Fox Chase Cancer Center
Project title: "Creating a Unified RAS Structural Nomenclature to Compare the Impact of Oncogenic Mutations on KRAS, NRAS, and HRAS"


John Chojnowski
2021 Dean's Fellowship for Excellence in Research
Laboratory: Todd Strochlic, VMD, PhD
Project Title: "Evaluating a novel mechanism of regulation for a master kinase"


Lorela Ciraku, student in the Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics program.

Lorela Ciraku
2019 Dean's Fellowship for Excellence in Research
Laboratory: Mauricio Reginato, PhD, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Project title: "Targeting CDK5/ACSS2 Axis Using Novel Glioblastoma Ex Vivo Model"


Manali Potnis, student in the Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics program.

Manali Potnis
2019 Aging Initiative Fellowship
Laboratory: Christian Sell, PhD, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Project Title: "Novel link between telomere dysfunction and aberrant mTOR activation that serves as a trigger for cellular senescence"


Michelle Swift, Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics

Michelle Swift
2019 Aging Initiative Fellowship
Laboratory: Jane Clifford, PhD, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Project title: "Dysregulation of Sp1 in DSB Repair Contributes to Cellular Senescence"


Lindsay Steele, student in the Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics program.

Lindsay Steele
2018 Dean's Fellowship for Excellence in Research
Laboratory: Boris Polyak, PhD, Department of Surgery
Project title: "The role of mechanical cues in the functional plasticity of macrophages"


Kritika Hanamshet
2018 Dean's Fellowship for Excellence in Research
Laboratory: Alexander Mazin, PhD, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Project title: "Targeting RAD52 with small molecule inhibitors and understanding its role in BRCA-deficient cells"


Jasmine Peake, student in the Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics program.

Jasmine Peake
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F31-Diversity) from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIH-NIAAA)
Laboratory: Eishi Noguchi, PhD, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Project title: "Roles of the Fanconi Anemia DNA Repair Pathway in Managing Acetaldehyde-induced Replicative Damage and Fork Stability in Esophageal Keratinocytes"
 
Administrative Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research from National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH-NIGMS)
Laboratories: Karen Berkowitz, MD, and Eishi Noguchi, PhD (Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)


Andrew Matamoros, student in the Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics program.

Andrew Matamoros
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F31-Diversity) from National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH-NINDS)
Laboratory: Peter Baas, PhD, Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy
Project title: "Microtubule-mediated nerve regeneration: Knocking down fidgetin, a microtubule severing protein, augments microtubule mass and axon regeneration"

Administrative Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research from National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH-NINDS)
Laboratory: Peter Baas, PhD (Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy)


Zach Bacigalupa, PhD candidate

Zachary Bacigalupa
2017 Dean's Fellowship for Excellence in Research
Laboratory: Mauricio Reginato, PhD, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Project title: "Role of O-GlcNAc transferase in inflammatory bowel disease"


Jasmine Peake, student in the Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics program.

Jasmine Peake
Administrative Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research from National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH-NIGMS)
Laboratories: Karen Berkowitz, MD, and Eishi Noguchi, PhD (Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)


Jennifer Alexander, PhD candidate in the Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics program.

Jennifer Alexander
Administrative Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research from National Cancer Institute (NIH-NCI)
Laboratory: Edna Cukierman, PhD (Fox Chase Cancer Center)


Justin Cohen, PhD candidate in the Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics program.

Justin Cohen
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F31) from National Institute on Aging (NIH-NIA)
Laboratory: Claudio Torres, PhD, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Project Title: "HIV-associated Astrocyte Senescence as a Contributor to NeuroAIDS"


Yi Guo, student in the Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics program.

Yi Guo
2016 Dean's Fellowship for Excellence in Research
Laboratory: Jane Azizkhan-Clifford, PhD, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Project Title: "Investigate the role of Sp1 in DNA double-strand break repair"


Oleg Alekseev, a recent MD/PhD graduate

Oleg Alekseev
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F30) from National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIH-NIDDK)
Laboratory: Jane Azizkhan-Clifford, PhD, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Project Title: "Targeting the DNA damage response pathway for the treatment of HSV esophagitis"


Tim Beck

Tim Beck
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F30) from National Cancer Institute (NIH-NCI)
Laboratory: Erica Golemis, PhD, Fox Chase Cancer Center
Project Title: "Characterization of AMH as part of a novel TGF-beta signaling loop"


Elizabeth Crowe

Elizabeth Crowe
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F30) from National Institute on Aging (NIH-NIA)
Laboratories: Claudio Torres, PhD, and Christian Sell, PhD, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Project Title: "Astrocyte senescence and HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders"


William Donegan

William Donegan
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F31) from National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research (NIH-NIDCR)
Laboratory: Jane Azizkhan-Clifford, PhD, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Project Title: "Targeting the DNA Damage Response for the Treatment of Herpes Simplex Labialis"


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

Christina Ferrer
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F31) from National Cancer Institute (NIH-NCI)
Laboratory: Mauricio Reginato, PhD, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Project Title: "Understanding Role of O-Glcnacylation on Cancer Cell Metabolism And Survival"


Mariana C. Gadaleta, a recent PhD graduate

Mariana Gadaleta
Predoctoral Fellowship from the Aging Initiative at Drexel University College of Medicine
Laboratory: Eishi Noguchi, PhD, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Project Title: "Role of the Timeless protein in preservation of telomere integrity as it relates to aging processes"


Jessica Garner, student in the Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics program.

Jessica Garner
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F31) from National Cancer Institute (NIH-NCI)
Laboratory: Michael Bouchard, PhD, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Project Title: "Hepatitis B Virus X Protein Modulation of Calcium Signaling in HCC Development"


Timothy Nacarelli

Timothy Nacarelli
Predoctoral Fellowship from the Aging Initiative at Drexel University College of Medicine
Laboratory: Christian Sell, PhD, Department of Pathology
Project Title: "Characterizing Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome"


Valerie L. Sodi, a recent PhD graduate in the Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics program.

Valerie Sodi
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F31) from National Cancer Institute (NIH-NCI)
Laboratory: Mauricio Reginato, PhD, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Project Title: "Understanding the role of O-GlcNAcylation in regulating cancer lipid metabolism"


Isaac Zentner

Isaac Zentner
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F31) from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH-NIAID)
Laboratory: Simon Cocklin,PhD, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Project Title: "The Role of Rab6A in HIV-1 Env-mediated Entry into Monocyte-Derived Macrophages"

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