MSTP MD-PhD Alumni

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2019

Nathan Lo

Thesis title: Modeling global strategies for control and elimination of helminth infections
Advisors: Jason Andrews, MD and Eran Bendavid, MD
Dept/Program: Epidemiology
Current: Internal Medicine, UC San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Elizabeth Yi Qin

Thesis title: The role of pleiotrophin in glioma invasion of the subventricular zone
Advisor: Michelle Monje, MD, PhD
Dept/Program: Neurosciences
Current : Psychiatry, UC San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Felicia Reinitz

Thesis title: Investigating neural stem cell function in an Alzheimer's disease model
Advisor: Michael Clarke, MD
Dept/Program: Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine
Current : Child Neurology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Tyler Prestwood

Thesis title: Myeloid cells in cancer progression and cancer treatment
Advisor: Edgar Engleman, MD
Dept/Program: Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine
Current : Psychiatry, Stanford Health Care, Stanford, CA

Baris Ungun

Advisor: Lei Xing, PhD
Dept/Program: Bioengineering
Current : Postdoctoral research 

Ludan "Dani" Zhao

Thesis title: Axin2-positive hepatocytes in adult mouse liver homeostasis and local injury repair
Advisor: Roeland Nusse PhD
Dept/Program:
 Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine
Current : Internal Medicine,  Alameda Health System, Oakland, CA; UC Irvine Medical Center, Orange, CA

2018

Mariko  Lynn Howe Bennett

Thesis title: What do microglia do? New tools for studying the brain's resident macrophages in mouse and human 
Advisor: Ben Barres, MD, PhD
Dept/Program: Neurosciences
Post-graduate: Child Neurology, Children's Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

James Yuhtyng Chen

Thesis title: Hoxb5 marks the long-term hematopoietic stem cell and reveals a near homogenous perivascular niche and prospective isolation and differentiation of the mouse skeletal stem cell
Advisor: Irving Weissman, MD
Dept/Program: Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine
Post-graduate: Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, MA

Will Rowan Fletcher

Post-graduate: Internal Medicine, St. Mary's Medical Center, San Francisco, CA; Radiology-Diagnostic, UC San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 
Ryosuke Kita Thesis title: Evolution of gene expression in humans and yeast
Advisor: Hunter Fraser, PhD
Dept/Program: Biology
Current: Industry, Product Scientist at 23andMe

Andrew Stephen Lee

Thesis title: Uses of Adult and Pluripotent Stem Cells for Treatment of Heart Disease
Advisor: Joseph Wu, MD, PhD
Dept/Program: Chemical & Systems Biology
Post-graduate: Pathology-Anatomic & Clinical, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

Amrapali Maitra

Thesis title: The work of love : domestic violence and bodily experience in Kolkata, India
Advisor: Tanya Luhrmann, PhD
Dept/Program: Anthropology
Post-graduate: Internal Medicine, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, MA

Lance Middleton

Thesis title: Genomic analysis of benign prostatic hyperplasia implicates cellular re-landscaping in disease pathogenesis
Advisor: Jonathan Pollack, MD, PhD
Dept/Program: Cancer Biology
Post-graduate: Psychiatry, University of California San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco, CA

Steven Sloan

Thesis title: A Cellular Dissection and Reconstruction of the Human Cortex
Advisor: Ben Barres, MD, PhD
Dept/Program: Neurosciences
Post-graduate:  Postdoctoral research in the Pasca Lab, Stanford University
Current: Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Genetics in Emory University, Atlanta, GA
The Sloan Lab at Emory

Eric Teasley

MD: 2018

Jonathan  Michael Tsai

Thesis title: Studies on regeneration and fibrosis
Advisor: Irving Weissman, MD
Dept/Program: Developmental Biology
Post-graduate: Pathology-Anatomic & Clinical, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, MA

2017

Amanda Ramsay Brosius Lutz  Thesis title: Understanding Schwann cell mechanisms of myelin debris clearance after peripheral nerve injury
Advisor: Ben Barres, MD, PhD
Dept/Program: Developmental Biology
Post-graduate: University Hospital Bern, Dept Biomedical Research Prenatal Medicine, Switzerland
 
Kyle Eagen Thesis title: Architecture of interphase chromosomes
Advisor: Roger Kornberg, PhD
Dept/Program: Biophysics
Current: Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
The Eagen Lab at Northwestern
Ryan Flynn Thesis title: Molecular studies of regulatory RNA structure and function
Advisor: Howard Chang, MD, PhD & Paul Khavari, MD, PhD
Dept/Program: Cancer Biology
Post-graduate: Postdoctoral research in the Bertozzi Lab, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Jonathan Leong  Thesis title: Spatiotemporal receptive field of the elementary motion detector in Drosophila
Advisor: Tom Clandinin, PhD
Dept/Program: Neurosciences
Post-graduate: Internal Medicine,  Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, MA; Diagnostic Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 
Sunny Lou Thesis title: Molecular and mechanical exploration of large-scale cell motility coordination in zebrafish embryonic keratocytes
Advisor: Julie Theriot, PhD 
Dept/Program: Chemical & Systems Biology
Post-graduate: Anesthesiology, Barnes - Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO
Phillip Pauerstein Thesis title: Dissecting genes and signals controlling pancreatic islet morphogenesis and differentiation
Advisor: SK Kim, MD, PhD
Dept/Program: Developmental Biology
Post-graduate: Pediatrics, University of California San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco, CA
David Purger Thesis title: Adaptive myelination in the mammalian brain
Advisor: Michelle Monje, MD, PhD
Dept/Program: Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine
Post-graduate: Neurological Surgery, Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Palo Alto, CA

2016

AbdulRasheed Alabi Thesis title: Molecular tuning of synaptic vesicle fusion mode probed using novel pHdot optical nanosensor
Advisor: Richard Tsien, PhD
Dept/Program: Molecular & Cellular Physiology
Post-graduate: Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Ronald Alfa Thesis title: Suppression of insulin production and secretion by decretin hormones 
Advisor:
Seung K Kim, PhD
Dept/Program:
Neurosciences
Post-graduate:
Industry, VP Discovery & Product Recursion Pharmaceuticals, Salt Lake City, UT
Roxana Daneshjou Thesis title: Towards personalized medicine in understudied populations: coagulation and anti-coagulation in African Americans
Advisor:
 Russ Altman, MD PhD
Dept/Program:
Genetics
Post-graduate: Kaiser Permanente, Santa Clara, CA, Medicine-Preliminary
Current: Dermatology Resident, Stanford, Palo Alto, CA
Lorenzo Deveza Thesis title: Harnessing stem cells as drug delivery vehicles for therapeutic angiogenesis: a biomaterials-mediated approach
Advisor: Fan Yang, PhD
Dept/Program:
Bioengineering
Post-graduate:
 Orthopaedic Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center, Houston, TX 
Lief Fenno Thesis title: Development of novel optogenetic and molecular tools and their application to understanding the neurological basis of behavior 
Advisor: Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD
Dept/Program: Neuroscience
Post-graduate: Psychiatry Resident, Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Palo Alto, CA
Tessa Johung Thesis title: The role of neuronal activity in glioma growth and progression
Advisor: Michelle Monje, MD, PhD
Dept/Program: Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine
Post-graduate: Neurology Resident, University of California San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco, CA
Christin Marie Lepus Thesis title: Innate immune mechanisms of osteoarthritis
Advisor: Bill Robinson, MD
Dept/Program: Immunology
Post-graduate: Pathology Resident, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
Aashish Manglik Thesis title: Structural dynamics of G protein-coupled receptor activation
Advisor: Brian Kobilka, MD
Dept/Program: Biophysics
Post-graduate: Distinguished Fellow Molecular and Cellular Physiology, Stanford, Palo Alto, CA
Current:
Assistant Professor at UCSF Departments of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
and Anesthesia
The Manglik Lab at UCSF
Alisa  Anne Mueller Thesis title: Molecular regulation of muscle-resident mesenchymal stem cells 
Advisor:
 Thomas Rando, MD, PhD
Dept/Program:
Cancer Biology
Post-graduate: Internal Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
Current: Clinical Fellow Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
Edward Pham Thesis title: Membrane-associated RNA-dependent RNA replication of viruses 
Advisor:
 Jeffrey S. Glenn, MD, PhD
Dept/Program: Microbiology & Immunology
Post-graduate: Internal Medicine (Physician-Scientist track), Case Western, Cleveland, OH
Michelle Rengarajan Thesis title: Influence of host cell biology on bacterial infection: Listeria monocytogenes and the vascular endothelium
Advisor:
 Julie Theriot, PhD
Dept/Program:
Biochemistry
Post-graduate: Internal Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
Current: Clinical Fellow Medicine, Brisham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
Aaron Ring Thesis title: Structure-based engineering of immunomodulatory agents for the treatment of cancer
Advisor: K Chris Garcia, PhD
Dept/Program: Structural Biology
Post-graduate: Assistant Professor of Immunobiology, Yale, New Haven, CT
The Ring lab at Yale
Jacob Rosenberg Thesis title: The landscape and function of anti-cytokine autoantibodies in health and immunodeficiency
Advisor: PJ Utz, MD, PhD 
Dept/Program: Immunology
Post-graduate: Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Benjamin Seligman Thesis title: Inequality in Health and Death 
Advisor: Shripad Tuljapurkar, PhD
Dept/Program: Biology
Post-graduate: Medicine-Primary, UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA 
Current: Internal Medicine Resident, UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
Graham Walmsley Thesis title: A scar is born
Advisors: Irving Weissman, MD & Michael Longaker, MD
Dept/Program: Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine
Post-graduate: Healthcare Venture Capital
Kipp Weiskopf Thesis title: Targeting the CD47-SIRP alpha interaction to stimulate macrophage destruction of cancer 
Advisor: Irving Weissman, MD
Dept/Program: Cancer Biology
Post-graduate: Internal Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
Kevin Yackle Thesis title: Cellular and molecular dissection of the breathing pacemaker 
Advisor: Mark Krasnow, MD, PhD
Dept/Program: Biochemistry
Post-graduate: Sandler Fellow Physiology, UC San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Current:  Assistant Researcher Sandler Fellow Physiology, UC San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
The Yackle lab at UCSF
Gloria Yiu Thesis title: Interferon signaling in lupus-prone mice and systemic lupus erythematous
Advisor: PJ Utz, MD, PhD
Dept/Program: Immunology
Post-graduate: Internal Medicine - Science trackYale University - New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT

2015

Sergio Arroyo Thesis title: Mechanisms underlying state-dependent modulation of cortical activity 
Advisor: Shaul Hestrin, PhD
Dept/Program: Neurosciences
Post-graduate: Medicine-Preliminary, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Current: Neurology Resident, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
Gregory Charville Thesis title: Studies of skeletal muscle satellite cell death and renewal
Advisor: Thomas Rando, MD, PhD
Dept/Program: Developmental Biology
Post-graduate: Pathology, Stanford University Medical Center, Palo Alto, CA
Current: Assistant Professor of Pathology, Stanford University Medical Center, Palo Alto, CA
Patricia Foo Thesis title: Essays on the economics of health care in the United States
Advisor: Liran Einav, PhD
Dept/Program: Economics
Post-graduate: Internal Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
Current: Senior Resident Internal Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
Ryan Jackson Thesis title: Rotational axes and lever arms for the middle-ear ossicles of several land mammals
Advisors: Sunil Puria, PhD & Charles Steele, PhD
Dept/Program: Bioengineering
Post-graduate: Pathology, Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Palo Alto, CA
Current: Resident, Pathology Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Palo Alto, CA
Christine Lee Thesis title: Metabotropic receptors shape oscillations in the thalamocortical circuit 
Advisor: John Huguenard, PhD
Dept/Program: Neuroscience
Post-graduate: Neurological Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Current: Neurosurgery Resident, Mass General Hospital, Boston, MA
Joanna Mattis Thesis title: Optogenetic tool development and interrogation of frequency-dependent signaling in the hippocamposeptal pathway
Advisor: Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD
Dept/Program: Neurosciences
Post-graduate: Neurology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Current: Neurosurgery Resident, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
James Torchia Thesis title: Targeting lymphoma with precision using semi-synthetic anti-idiotype peptibodies
Advisor: Ronald Levy, MD
Dept/Program: Immunology
Post-graduate: Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Current: Internal Medicine Resident, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Jessica Tsai Thesis title: Transcriptional feedback links lipid synthesis to synaptic vesicle pools in Drosophila photoreceptors
Advisor: Clandinin
Dept/Program: Neurosciences
Post-graduate: Pediatrics, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA
Current: Pediatrics Resident, Childern's Hospital, Boston, MA