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


Thesis Defenses and Final Presentations

Alexandra Guffey, MS

Alexandra Guffey, MS
December 4, 2020
Mentor: Patrick Loll, PhD
Project Title: Regulation of Vancomycin Resistance Expression in Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci by the VanRS Two-component System
Subsequent position: Medical Writer, Janssen Pharmaceuticals


Samuel Flashner, PhD

Samuel Flashner, PhD
September 3, 2020
Mentor: Jane Clifford, PhD
Project Title: The Transcription Factor Specificity Protein 1 Regulates Chromosome Assembly and Segregation During Mitosis
Subsequent position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University


Jacob Yo, MS

Jacob Yo, MS
August 12, 2020
Mentor: Edward Hartsough, PhD
Project Title: Efficacy of Next-Generation BRAF Inhibitors in Differentiated Thyroid Carcinomas
Subsequent position: Associate Scientist, Quest Diagnostics


Namitha Gobbi, MS

Namitha Gobbi, MS
July 31, 2020
Mentor: Karen Berkowitz, MD
Project Title: Investigating a Role for CHTF18 in Meiotic Crossover Formation
Subsequent position: Molecular Biologist, Biomeme, Inc.


Stephano Iglesias, Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics

Stephano Iglesias, MS
July 29, 2020
Mentor: Shae Padrick, PhD
Project Title: Development of a Fluorescent Assay of Septin Filament Assembly
Subsequent position: PhD student at Thomas Jefferson University, Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology Program


Lindsay Steele, PhD

Lindsay Steele, PhD
July 21, 2020
Mentor: Boris Polyak, PhD
Project Title: Magnetically Actuated Alginate Scaffolds: Effects on Macrophage Function and Regenerative Outcomes
Subsequent position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania


Kritika Hanamshet, Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics Program

Kritika Hanamshet, PhD
July 16, 2020
Mentor: Alexander Mazin, PhD
Project Title: The essential role of RAD52 in BRCA-deficient cells
Subsequent position: Postdoctoral Scientist, EMD Serono, In.


Jasmine Peake, Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics

Jasmine Peake, PhD
June 19, 2020
Mentor: Dr. Eishi Noguchi (Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
Project Title: "Characterization of acetaldehyde-induced genomic instability during DNA replication in esophageal keratinocytes"
Subsequent position: Postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Eric Brown at University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine (PennPORT Program)


Jean Marc Maurancy, Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics

Jean Marc Maurancy, MS
June 18, 2020
Mentor: Dr. Simon Cocklin (Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
Project Title: "An investigation into the binding mode of novel small molecule HIV-1 capsid (CA) protein inhibitors"
Subsequent position: Senior Laboratory Technologist at Opentrons Labworks Inc.


Joseph Guarnieri, PhD, Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics

Joseph Guarnieri, PhD
November 25, 2019
Mentor: Dr. Michael Bouchard (Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
Project Title: "Viral and Lipid Regulation of Hepatocyte Signal Transduction Pathways"


Sheila Longo, PhD, Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics

Sheila Longo, PhD
November 25, 2019
Mentor: Dr. Alana O'Reilly (Fox Chase Cancer Center)
Project Title: "Nutrient Regulation of Proliferation and Autophagy Determines Follicle Stem Cell Lifespan"
Subsequent position: Medical writer, Fishawack Group of Companies


Jacob Hamilton, Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics

Jacob Hamilton, MS
November 19, 2019
Mentor: Dr. Karen Berkowitz, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Project Title: "The Role of CHTF18 in Sister Chromatid Cohesion and Post-Replicative Genome Maintenance"
Subsequent position: Research specialist, University of Pennsylvania


Jennifer Alexander, PhD, Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics

Jennifer Alexander, PhD
March 19, 2019
Mentor: Dr. Edna Cukierman (Fox Chase Cancer Center)
Project Title: "Palladin isoforms regulate the functional heterogeneity of cancer associated fibroblast in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma"
Subsequent position: Postdoctoral fellow, Fox Chase Cancer Center


Manali Potnis, MS, Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics

Manali Potnis, MS
March 19, 2019
Mentor: Dr. Christian Sell (Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine)
Project Title: "Genomic Landscape During Cellular Senescence"
Subsequent position: PhD student, MCBG program at Drexel University College of Medicine


Nina Latcheva, PhD, Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics

Nina Latcheva, PhD
March 19, 2019
Mentor: Dr. Daniel Marenda (Department of Biology)
Project Title: "The Drosophila Chromodomain Protein Kismet Epigenetically Regulates Ecdysone Steroid Hormone Receptor Expression to Affect Axon Pruning In Vivo"
Subsequent position: Postdoctoral fellow, University of California Los Angeles, School of Medicine (Dr. Daniel Geschwind)


Andrew Matamoros, Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics student

Andrew Matamoros, PhD
August 10, 2018
Mentor: Dr. Peter Baas (Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy)
Project Title: "Microtubule-Mediated Nerve Regeneration: Knocking Down the Microtubule Severing Protein Fidgetin Augments Nerve Regeneration In Vitro and In Vivo"
Subsequent position: Postdoctoral fellow (IRACDA Fellowship) in the laboratory of Yuanquan Song at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia


Jennifer Marcy, MS, Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics student

Jennifer Marcy, MS
August 2, 2018
Mentor: Dr. Vanessa Pirrone (Department of Microbiology & Immunology)
Project Title: "Dysregulation of the Wnt Signaling Pathway in the Development of Colorectal Cancer in HIV-infected Patients"
Subsequent position: Scientist, Biopharmaceutical Analytical Sciences Division, GlaxoSmithKline


Parin Mehta, MS
July 18, 2018
Mentor: Dr. Jane Clifford (Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
Project Title: "Role of Sp1 in Regulating Mitosis"
Subsequent position: Cell Manufacturing Associate, Fibrocell Science


Sarah Broskin, MS
June 26, 2018
Mentor: Dr. Alana O'Reilly (Fox Chase Cancer Center)
Project Title: "Nutrient Mediated Stem Cell Activation as a Means to Target Cancer Stem Cells"
Subsequent position: Research staff at Thomas Jefferson University


Alyssa Duffy, MS

Alyssa Duffy, MS
June 25, 2018
Mentor: Dr. Eishi Noguchi (Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
Master's thesis: "The Roles of Timeless in Mediating Actetaldehyde-Induced DNA Damage Response and Promoting Esophageal Carcinogenesis"
Subsequent position: PhD student, Cancer Biology program at Emory University


Shridhar Sanghvi, MS

Shridhar Sanghvi, MS
June 25, 2018
Mentor: Dr. Harpreet Singh (Department of Pharmacology & Physiology)
Project Title: "Role of Chloride Ion in Cardiac Physiology"
Subsequent position: PhD Student, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology PhD program at the Ohio State University


Michael Owens, MS

Michael Owens, MS
June 21, 2018
Mentor: Dr. Srinivas Somarowthu (Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
Master's thesis: "Structural Characterization of the IncRNA WSPAR"
Subsequent position: PhD student, Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine


Baicheng Lin, MS

Baicheng Lin, MS
June 13, 2018
Mentor: Dr. Eishi Noguchi (Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
Master's thesis: "Investigating Acetaldehyde-Induced DNA-Protein Crosslinks in Esophageal Cell"
Subsequent position: PhD student, Biomedical Sciences program at Medical University of South Carolina


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

Justin Cohen, PhD
June 12, 2018
Mentor: Dr. Claudio Torres (Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine)
Doctoral Dissertation: "Antiretroviral Drug Mediated Astrocyte Senescence as a Contributor to HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorders"


Zach Bacigalupa, Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics PhD candidate

Zachary Bacigalupa, PhD
June 1, 2018
Mentor: Dr. Mauricio Reginato (Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
Doctoral Dissertation: "The Role of O-GlcNAc Transferase in Glioblastoma Growth and Acetate Metabolism & in Tissue"
Subsequent position: Postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Rathmell at Vanderbilt University


Andrea Rosenkranz, MS
May 14, 2018
Mentor: Dr. Simon Cocklin (Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
Master's thesis: "Inhibition of HIV-1 Matrix Functions by Novel Inhibitor MTI-14"
Subsequent position: Andrea has successfully transitioned into the MCBG PhD program at Drexel University College of Medicine.


Suyash Bhatnagar, PhD, Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Student

Suyash Bhatnagar, PhD
April 5, 2018
Mentor: Dr. Akhil Vaidya (Department of Microbiology & Immunology)
Doctoral Dissertation: "Investigating Na+ and lipid homeostasis as targets for antimalarial drugs"


Nicholas Duchemin, PhD, a graduate of the Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics program.

Nicholas Duchemin, PhD
November 30, 2017
Mentor: Dr. Michael Bouchard (Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
Doctoral dissertation: "Dynamic Control of Hepatitis B Virus Replication: Contributions of Hypoxia-Inducible Factor 1 and Autophagy"
Subsequent position: Postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Denise Galloway at The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center


Chaitali Bhadiadra, MS, a graduate of the Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics program.

Chaitali Bhadiadra, MS
November 27, 2017
Mentor: Dr. Mauricio Reginato (Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
Master's thesis: "Using Cancer Genomic Databases to Identify Involved in Tumor Growth"


Maya Rao, a student in the Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics program.

Maya Rao, PhD
November 8, 2017
Mentor: Dr. Patrick Loll (Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
Doctoral dissertation: "Interaction Between the AAA+ ATPase p97 and Its Cofactor Ataxin3 in Health and Disease"
Subsequent position: Scientist, HarkerBIO


Leann Dudash, MS
July 10, 2017
Mentor: Dr. Karen Berkowitz (Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
Final presentation: "The Molecular Basis of Ovarian Aging"
Subsequent position: Clinical flow cytometry specialist, Accu Reference Medical Labs


Patrick Williams, student in the Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics program.

Patrick Williams, PhD
July 5, 2017
Mentor: Dr. Todd Strochlic (Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
Doctoral dissertation: "Emerging Roles of the Protein Kinase MK2 in Spermatogenesis"
Subsequent position: Postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Kathryn Hamilton at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia


Khin Zar Win Pyae, MS
June 30, 2017
Mentor: Dr. Michael Bouchard (Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
Master's thesis: "Late Endosomal/Lysosomal Adaptor, MAPK And MTOR Activator 5 (LAMTOR5) Inhibits Hepatitis B Virus Replication in HepG2 Cells"
Subsequent position: Regional project coordinator at Seoul National University


Sajitha Anthony, PhD
April 12, 2017
Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Peterson (Fox Chase Cancer Center)
Doctoral dissertation: "Characterization of Polymers of Nucleotide Biosynthetic Enzymes"


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

Tanu Singh, PhD
April 7, 2017
Mentor: Dr. Alana O'Reilly (Fox Chase Cancer Center
Doctoral dissertation: "Diet-Dependent Balance Between Autophagy and Proliferation Regulates Follicle Stem Cell Lifetime"
Subsequent position: Postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Peterson at Fox Chase Cancer Center.


Ming Yang, PhD
March 23, 2017
Mentor: Dr. Akhil Vaidya (Department of Microbiology & Immunology)
Doctoral dissertation: "The Role of Isocitrate Dehydrogenase and Assessment of Intracellular ATP Levels during the Erythrocytic Stages of Plasmodium falciparum"
Subsequent position: Scientist at Genewiz LLC


Peter Michener, a recent MS graduate in the Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics program.

Peter Michener, MS
February 28, 2017
Mentor:  Dr. Mauricio Reginato (Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
Master's thesis: "Identification of Oncogene-Dependent Protein Interactions with O-GlcNAc Transferase"
Subsequent position: Research associate in the laboratory of Dr. Christine Eischen at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson University Hospitals

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