Master of Science in Translational Research

2018 Thesis Defense Schedule


Catherine Norise  "Post-Stroke and Neurodegenerative Aphasias: Noninvasive Neuromodulation Technologies and Predictive CSF Analytes"
Mentor:  Roy Hamilton, MD
Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 2:00 PM
8029 Maloney Building, HUP, ITMAT Classroom


Caroline Gluck, MD "Identification of Novel Pathways in Chronic Kidney Disease Progression through Epigenome Wide Changes in Human Kidney Tubules"
Mentor: Katalin Susztak, MD
Monday, March 5, 2018 @ 2:30 PM
9025 Maloney Building, HUP, ITMAT Classroom

Ramani Balu, MD, PhD “Identifying disease triggers and factors that predict recovery in anti- NMDA receptor encephalitis”
Mentor:  Frances Jensen, MD
Friday, March 9, 2018 @ 10:00 am
8030 Maloney, Building, HUP, ITMAT Classroom


Jie Wang, MD "Immunotherapies for T cell lymphoma: Targeting T Cell Receptor Vβ Families." 
Mentors:  Stephen J. Schuster, MD & Daniel J. Powell, Jr., PhD
Friday, June 29, 2018 @ 11:00 am
BRB 251, Biomedical Research Building


2017 Defenses

MTR Thesis Defense Schedule 2017


Gregory J. Nadolski, MD  "Near Infrared Fluorescence Imaging of Matrix-Metalloprotease-2 Activity as a Biomarker of Vascular Remodeling in Hemodialysis Access"
Mentor:  David E. Kaplan, MD, MSc, FACP
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 @ 1:00 PM
8030 Maloney Building, ITMAT Classroom

George W. Fryhofer IV, AB "Post-Injury Biomechanics of Achilles Tendon Vary by Sex and Hormone Status "
Mentor: Louis J. Soslowsky, PhD
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 1:30 PM
8030 Maloney Building, ITMAT Classroom


Harry J. Han, BS "The Role of ACVR1 in Pediatric Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomas:  Insights from the Bone"
Mentor: Adam Resnick, PhD
Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 3:30 PM
8031 Maloney Building, ITMAT Classroom

Delu Song, MD, PhD "Retinal analysis in patients treated with intravenous iron: a possible risk for age-related macular degeneration"
Mentors:  Joshua Dunaief, MD, PhD and Jean Bennett, MD, PhD
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 1:00 PM
8030 Maloney Building, ITMAT Classroom

Aeron Small, BA "Biomarker Discovery in Calcific Aortic Valve Disease"
Mentor:  Dan Rader, MD
Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
Smilow TRC 10-146AB

Eric W. Lin, BA "Characterizing the Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Esophageal Carcinogenesis: The Tumor Microenvironment and Opportunities for Therapeutic Development"
Mentor:  Anil K. Rustgi, MD
Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 10:00 AM
8030 Maloney Building, ITMAT Classroom


Andrew Marek, MS "Mobile Devices and Their Impact on Skin Self-Examination Rates in Patients Using Total Body Photography"
Mentor:  Carrie Kovarik, MD
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 @ 10:00 AM
9025 Maloney Building, 9th floor Classroom

Ian Danford, BS "The Role of the Senescent-Inflammatory Phenotype in Primary Open Angle Glaucoma"
Mentor:  Joan O'Brien , MD
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
8030 Maloney Building, ITMAT Classroom

Wen Xu, BS "Optical Coherence Tomography as a Noninvasive Diagnostic Tool for Intracranial Hypertension in Children with Craniosynostosis"
Mentor:  Jesse Taylor, MD
Thursday, May 4, 2017 @ 4:30 PM
8031 Maloney Building, Pulmonary Conference Room


Jennie Lin, MD “Transcriptome-Wide Analyses of Human Cellular Models of Inflammation”
Mentors: Kiran Musunuru, MD, PhD, MS & Muredach P. Reilly, MBBCh, MS
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 @ 2:30 PM
9025 Maloney Building, HUP


Amanda Muir, MD "Influence of age and eosinophilic esophagitis on esophageal distensibility in a pediatric cohort"
Mentors:  Anil Rustgi, MD & Hiroshi Nakagawa, MD, PhD
Thursday, July 13, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
9025 Maloney Building, HUP


Ryan Morgan, MD "Physiology-directed Resuscitation in Swine Models of Cardiac Arrest"
Mentors: Robert Berg, MD
Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 2:30 PM
9025 Maloney Building, HUP

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2016 Defenses

Christina Twyman – Saint Victor, MD “Overcoming Resistance to Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors in Metastatic Cancer”
Mentor: Andy Minn, MD, PhD
Friday, April 29 @ 2:30 PM
8030 Maloney Building, ITMAT Classroom

Elizabeth Bhoj, MD, PhD "Sequencing and Functional Characterization for Gene Discovery in Craniofacial Syndromes”
Mentor:  Hakon Hakonarson, MD, PhD
Monday, May 2 @ 10 AM
8030 Maloney Building, ITMAT Classroom

Stephen Hunt, MD, PhD “Characterization of Treatment Effects and Immunobiology of Anti-Vascular Ultrasound”
Mentor:  Chandra Sehgal, PhD
Monday, May 2 @ 2 PM8030 Maloney Building, ITMAT Classroom

Ann C. Gaffey, MD “Injectable shear-thinning hydrogels to deliver endothelial progenitor cells to improve cardiac function following ischemic injury”
Mentor: Pavan Atluri, MD
Thursday, May 5 @ 10 AM
BRB 251, Biomedical Research Building

Marisa Mizus, MD “Development, Optimization, and Validation of a Novel Urine Assay for Extracellular Vesicles”
Mentor: Emile R. Mohler III, MD
Thursday, May 5 @ 3 PM
8030 Maloney Building, ITMAT Classroom

Samantha Schon, MD “Histone Modifications in Normal and Abnormal Sperm”Mentor:  Shelley Berger, PhD
Wednesday, May 25 @ 2:30 PM
8030 Maloney Building, ITMAT Classroom

Stephanie Chen, MD Glutamate Imaging in Refractory Epilepsy
Mentor: Kate Davis, MD, MSTR
Wednesday, June 15 @ 2 PM
8030 Maloney Building, ITMAT Classroom

Chijioke Egbujo, MD “The olfactory circuit as a translational probe for altered olfactory circuit in schizophrenia.”
Mentor:  Chang-Gyu Hahn, MD, PhD
Thursday, June 16 @ 1:30 PM
8030 Maloney Building, ITMAT Classroom

Christopher M. Cielo, DO "Obstructive sleep apnea in children with craniofacial conditions"
Primary Mentor: Carole Marcus, MBBCh, Co-Mentor: Richard Schwab, MD
Tuesday, October 25 @ 11:30 am
8030 Maloney Building, ITMAT Classroom

Mariana Cooke, MD-PhD “Detection and characterization of genetic drivers in circulating tumor cells and in single cancer cells”
Research Mentor: Jay F. Dorsey, MD-PhD
December 16th, 2016 @ 1:00 pm
8030 Maloney Building, ITMAT Classroom

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