FORMER STUDENTS: Graduate and Undergraduate
Undergraduate Independent Research Students: Where Did They Go Post-Graduation?
Katherine Fisher (’06): Ph.D. program, California Institute of Technology
Ryann Fame (’06):
Ph.D. program in Molecular and Cellular Biology,
Kristen Malkus (’06): Ph.D. program in Neuroscience,
Matt Wester (’06): Technical position
Sarah Hirsh (’05): Ph.D. program, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Jessica Evans (‘05): Nursing MS program, VCU-MCV
Vijay Dondeti (‘04): MD/Ph.D.
Cristin Welle (‘04): Ph.D. program in Neuroscience,
Jason Molitoris (‘04): MD/Ph.D.
Rebecca McAteer (‘04): MD program,
Briana Riemer (‘04): MD program NYU
Beth Cox (‘04): MD program, Duke University School of Medicine
Katie Southwell (‘04):
Melissa Wright (‘03): MD/Ph.D.
program (MSTP) at the
John Hsia (‘03): MD program,
Melissa Game (‘02):
Kara Friend (‘02): technical position
Sarah Kandrac (‘02): science sales rep.; dental school
Ricky Anderson (‘02): JD degree program
Kim Briggs (‘02): Ph.D. program, Molecular Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Dave Solomon (‘02):
Research Associate at the Children’s Hospital in
Erika Gruber (‘01): Cornell University Veterinary school
Anthoney Lim (‘01): MD program, Cornell University School of Medicine
Emily Dryden (‘00): MD program,
Allison Jenkins (‘00): Ph.D. program,
Laura Grattan (‘00): Ph.D. program at
Kristina Hoke (‘00): MD/Ph.D. program (MSTP), Cornell University School of Medicine
Alix Purdy ‘00): Ph.D. program,
Cecily Vanderspurt (‘00): Ph.D.program
in Molecular and Cellular Biology,
Banu Kuppusami (‘99): Ph.D. program in Cell and Molecular
Mike DeWitt (’99): MD program,
Candice Brown (‘98): Ph.D. program in Neuroscience,
Alice Kraemer (‘98): Ph.D. program,
Kenna Mills (‘98):
Fulbright Award (
Laura Park (’98):
Greg Politzer (‘98): MD program,
Ben Schwartz (‘98): MD
Christina Tennyson (‘97): MD program, Vanderbilt School of Medicine
Laura Green (‘97): MD program, Vanderbilt School of Medicine
Jennifer Daigle (’97): MD/Ph.D. program at Louisiana State University School of Medicine.
Debbie Kruep (’97): MD program, Virginia Medical School of Medicine
John Cowden (‘97): Ph.D. program in Molecular and
Nancy Huang (‘97): Ph.D. program, Molecular and
Amy Gooch (‘96): Ph.D. program in
Molecular and Cellular Biology,
Kristin Whitford (‘96): MD/Ph.D. program (MSTP), Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Katherine Kottas (‘96):
Tina Tenenhaus (’96): Ph.D. program, Molecular and Cellular Biology,Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Carolyn Feltes (‘95): MD/Ph.D. (MSTP) program,
Dan Greenwald (‘95): MD program,
Wayne Outten (‘95): Ph.D. program in
Molecular and Cellular Biology,
Dara Lehigh (‘95): MD program, University of Virginia Medical School
Allison Abbott (‘95): Ph.D., program,
Katherine Joubin (‘94): Ph.D. program,
Not known: Elizabeth Cochran (‘04): Jessica Bonzo; Norie Sadjadi (‘00); Paul Saladino; Shannan Harding; Thomas Buss (‘97):
Mei Li (MA, ‘04)
Mei’s project was to perform an analysis of the specification of GABAergic and glutamatergic neurons during early Xenopus development using a primary cell culture approach in which she dissociated cells from the presumptive nervous system early in development, allowed them to grow in culture, and then performed assays with molecular markers to assess the state of determination and differentiation of these two neuronal phenotypes. She also used fate mapping of individual blastomeres to determine if lineage plays a role in the specification of these tow neurotransmitter phenotypes. Her work was published in Journal of Comparative Nerurology. She assumed a technical position at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Kristina Gleason (MA, ‘04)
Kris’ project was to conduct a functional investigation of the X-msr gene, a gene expressed in the developing vascular and nervous systems. Her work entailed a systematic analysis of the effect of X-msr morpholino “knock-downs” on vascular development and an analysis of the regulation of this gene through the use of transgenic approaches with different regions of the putative promoter driving the GFP reporter gene. She presented her work at the national meeting for the Society of Developmental Biology (2003) and the Morphogenesis and Regenerative Medicine meeting (2003) as was first author on a Gene Expressions paper. She is the first author on a manuscript describing the cloning and characterization of xVGlut1. She went on to pursue an MD degree at the
Lisa August (MA, ‘03)
Lisa performed several different lines of experiments for her thesis research. First, she confirmed the sequence of the GABA transporter cDNA. Secondly, she sequenced and characterized a significant piece of the GABA transporter gene in an effort to obtain the promoter region, and also employed a PCR-based strategy to identify upstream sequences. Finally, she examined the expression of the Xenopus GABA transporter cDNA (xGAT1) in whole mounts and in explanted pieces of tissue at different stages of neural development. She presented her work at the national symposium for the Society for Developmental Biology. Always interested in applying science to public policy, Lisa simultaneously obtained a Masters degree in Public Policy and currently holds a position with the federal government working on policy issues. Lisa is a co-author on a Journal of Comparative Neurology paper.
Conor Sipe (MA, ‘03)
Conor performed an investigation of the transcriptional regulation of the Xenopus Hypoxia Inducible Factor 1 gene in Xenopus by ligating various lengths of upstream promoter regions into a vector containing the GFP reporter gene and then employing these constructs both in transient transfection cell line assays as well as in Xenopus transgenic experiments. He also isolated five variants of the promoter to analyze the degree of naturally occurring polymorphisms in the promoter and used this as a way to assess important regulatory regions. He presented his work at the Southeastern regional Developmental Biology meeting, the national meeting for the Society of Developmental Biology (2003) and the Morphogenesis and Regenerative Medicine meeting (2003). He is the first author on a Developmental Dynamics paper describing this work. After a technical position, he went on to pursue doctoral work at the
Krista Stimson (MA, ‘98)
Krista investigated the tissue interactions which lead to the determination and patterning of vascular cell types; she used cell dissociation and re-aggregation techniques and assaying her results with a wide array of marker genes. She was a co-author on a Developmental Biology abstract (1997) and pursued Ph.D. work at Emory University.
Drew Weisenberger (Ph.D. in Applied Science, 1998)
Through an opportunity offered by the Applied Science Department (e.g. a Courtesy Appointment), I was able to serve as a co-advisor for Drew’s Ph.D. thesis research on an interdisciplinary project involving detector physics and molecular biology. The goal of his project was to establish the feasibility of in vivo gene imaging using small mammal models. Drew has presented his work at numerous conferences, and has published several papers on his thesis work. It also led to a collaborative grant (with E. Bradley, S. Majewski and S. Cherry) from the National Science Foundation. He is currently employed as a scientist by the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility. And a co-author on many papers describing his imaging work.
Laura Rochmis (MA,’95)
Laura defended her thesis, "A Correlative LM/SEM Approach to the Morphological Characterization of Gene Expression in Xenopus laevis" in July, 1995. She presented a poster at the regional Developmental Biology Society meeting (1995) and graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School. She went on to an OB-GYN residency.
Rebecca Miles (MA, ‘94)
Rebecca completed her work and defended her thesis "The Isolation and characterization of a Novel G-Protein-Coupled Receptor Involved in Angiogenesis” in June, 1994. Her work appeared on several posters (International Xenopus Meeting, 1994; regional Developmental Biology meeting, 1995) and following graduation she was able to obtain a molecular biology technical position at Eli Lilly, a pharmaceutical company. Rebecca is co- author on a paper published in Developmental Biology (1997).
Cleve Sinor (MA, ‘94)
Cleve completed and defended his thesis "Xenopus laevis Ribosomal Protein S1: Evidence for Regulation at the Transcriptional Level" in July 1994. He completed an MD from the Medical College of Virginia. Cleve contributed to a poster (International Xenopus Meeting, 1994) and is co-author on a paper in Biophysica and Biochimica Acta (1997).