2020 - 2021 MSTP Student Directory

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Aiduk, Michael Aiduk, Michael/MS2
 Email: michael.aiduk@duke.edu
 Alma Mater: Syracuse University
 Research Interests: Biochemistry, Bioengineering
 PhD Department/Program:
 Mentors:

 


Ali, Moiez/MS4
Email: moiez.ali@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Emory University
Research Interests: Codon bias imposes a targetable limitation on KRAS-driven therapeutic resistance
PhD Department/Program: Molecular Cancer Biology
Mentors: Kris Wood, PhD

 


Temp photoAlway, Emily/MS2
Email:
emily.alway@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Johns Hopkins
Research Interests: The role of environmental factors in neuropsychiatric illness progression
PhD Department/Program:
Mentors:

 


Anderson, Preston/GS1
Email:
preston.anderson@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of Iowa
Research Interests: Investigating Airway Stem Cell Biology and Progression of Lung Cancer
PhD Department/Program: Cell Biology
Mentors: Mai ElMallah, MD

 


Antonia, Alejandro/MS4
Email: alejandro.antonia@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Research Interests: Leishmania Manipulation of Host Cytokine Response and Immunity
PhD Department/Program: Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Mentors: Dennis Ko, MD, PhD

 


Bassil, Christopher /GS4

Email: christopher.bassil@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Duke University
Research Interests: Signaling pathways and gene expression, cancer biology
PhD Department/Program: Molecular Cancer Biology
Mentors: Kris Wood, PhD
 


Beaman, Mary Makenzie/GS1
Email: mary.beaman@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Vanderbilt University
Research Interests: Cancer genetics and precision medicine
PhD Department/Program: University Program in Genetics and Genomics
Mentors: Xiling Shen, PhD

 


Behrer, Christopher/GS2
Email: christopher.behrer@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Harvard University
Research Interests: Health Policy, economics, and global health, specifically public, labor and development economics applications to health care markets
PhD Department/Program: Sanford School of Public Policy
Mentors: Manoj Mohanan, PhD
 


Benton, JacobBenton, Jacob (Jake)/GS2
Email: jacob.benton@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Missouri Southern State University
Research Interests:  Characterization of neural circuits underlying emotional and sleep states in the brain, invasive and noninvasive neuromodulation and machine learning based loop stimulation
PhD Department/Program: Neurobiology
Mentors: Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD

 


Bernanke, Alyssa/GS6
Email: alyssa.bernanke@duke.edu
Alma Mater: St. Johns College
Research Interests: Molecular Medicine, Cancer Biology
PhD Department/Program: Pharmacology
Mentors: Cynthia Kuhn, PhD

 


Blackmer, Jane/MS1
Email: jane.blackmer@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Tufts University
Research Interests: Genome Instability, Molecular Genetics and Cancer
PhD Department/Program: 
Mentors: 


Bidzimou, Minu/GS1
Email: minu.bidzimou@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Grinnell College
Research Interests: Therapeutic discovery and development
PhD Department/Program: Cell Biology
Mentors: Andrew Landstrom, MD, PhD

 


Borre, Ethan /GS2
Email: ethan.borre@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Williams College
Research Interests: Population Health, Decision Science, Mathematical Modeling
PhD Department/Program: Population Health Sciences
Mentors: Gillian Sanders Schmidler, PhD

 


Bose, Shree/GS3
Email: shree.bose@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Harvard College
Research Interests: Cancer biology, cellular metabolic processing in human disease
PhD Department/Program: Molecular Cancer Biology
Mentors: Xiling Shen, PhD

 


Burner, Danielle/MS1
Email: danielle.burner@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of California - San Diego
Research Interests: Urology, oncology and regenerative medicine
PhD Department/Program: 
Mentors:
 


Castellano, Steven/LOA
Email:
steven.castellano@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Columbia University
Research Interests: Neuroscience and Biophysics
PhD Department/Program: External PhD, NIH Oxford/Cambridge Scholars Program
Mentors:

 


​Cerda-Smith, Christian/GS4
Email: christian.cerda.smith@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Miami University
Research Interests: Chemical biology, Biomedical engineering
PhD Department/Program: Molecular Cancer Biology
Mentors: Kris Wood, PhD

 


Chen, Mark/MS4
Email: mark.chen@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Northwestern University
Research Interests: Epigenetic regulation of the DNA damage response after radiation therapy
PhD Department/Program: Molecular Cancer Biology
Mentors: David Kirsch, MD, PhD

 


Chew, Lindsey/GS1
Email: lindsey.chew@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of Arizona
Research Interests: Visual neuroscience and the molecular basis of ophthalmological conditions that cause visual impairment
PhD Department/Program: Neurobiology
Mentors: Greg Field, PhD

 


​Courtland, Jamie/GS5
Email: jamie.courtland@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Haverford College
Research Interests: Neurobiology, the molecular basis of developmental brain disorders
PhD Department/Program: Neurobiology
Mentors: Scott Soderling, PhD

 


Dai, Rui/GS6
Email: rui.dai@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Duke University
Research Interests: Cellular signaling of the immune system
PhD Department/Program: Pharmacology
Mentors: Yiping Yang, MD, PhD

 


Dalapati, Trisha/MS2
Email: trisha.dalapati@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of Georgia
Research Interests: Infectious diseases and immunology, maternal-fetal interactions
PhD Department/Program:
Mentors:

 


Dale, Jahrane/GS1
Email: jahrane.dale@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Columbia University
Research Interests: Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience
PhD Department/Program: Biomedical Engineering
Mentors: Warren Grill, PhD

 


Darlington, Timothy/GS7
Email: timothy.darlington@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Case Western Reserve University
Research Interests: Systems neuroscience and brain-machine interfaces
PhD Department/Program: Neurobiology
Mentors: Stephen Lisberger, PhD

 


De Albuquerque, Daniela /GS2
Email: daniela.de.albuquerque@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Duke University
Research Interests: Computational Neuroscience/Neuroengineering, Machine learning applications to imaging, bioinformatics and genomics
PhD Department/Program: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Mentors: John Pearson, PhD

 


​Deerhake, Marion/GS5
Email: marion.deerhake@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Yale University
Research Interests: Gene regulation in infection and immunity
PhD Department/Program: Immunology
Mentors: Mari Shinohara, PhD

 


Delaney, Christopher /GS2
Email: christopher.delaney@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of Chicago
Research Interests: Molecular Genetics and Cancer Biology
PhD Department/Program: Molecular Cancer Biology
Mentors: Kris Wood, PhD

 


​Detter, Matthew/MS4
Email: matthew.detter@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Research Interests: Endothelial Cell Lineage Studies in Cerebral Cavernous Malformations
PhD Department/Program: Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Mentors: Douglas Marchuk, PhD

 


Diaz, Carolyn/GS3
Email: carolyn.diaz@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Columbia University
Research Interests: Neurobiology
PhD Department/Program: Neurobiology
Mentors: Fan Wang, PhD

 


DiPalma, Devon/GS1
Email: devon.dipalma@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Duke University
Research Interests: Immunology and Cell Biology
PhD Department/Program: Immunology
Mentors: Mari Shinohara, PhD

 


​Dockterman, Jacob/GS5
Email: jacob.dockterman@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Harvard University
Research Interests: Immunology
PhD Department/Program: Immunology
Mentors: Jorn Coers, PhD


Draelos, Matthew/GS5
Email: matthew.draelos@duke.edu
Alma Mater: North Carolina State University
Research Interests: Chemistry and pharmaceutical development.
PhD Department/Program: Chemistry
Mentors: Kenichi Yokoyama, PhD

 


Med StudentDraelos, Rachel/GS5
Email: rachel.ballantyne@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Cornell University
Research Interests: Machine learning, personalized medicine, computational biology
PhD Department/Program:  Computer Science
Mentors: Lawrence Carin, PhD

 


Edwards, Drake/MS4
Email: drake.edwards@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of Iowa
Research Interests: Evaluating the Role of BRD4 in R-Loop Mediated Replication Stress
PhD Department/Program: Molecular Cancer Biology
Mentors: Scott Floyd, MD, PhD

 


Eiger, Dylan/GS3
Email: dylan.eiger@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Duke University
Research Interests: Biomaterials, Chemical Biology, Structural Biology
PhD Department/Program: Biochemistry
Mentors: Sudarshan Rajagopal, MD, PhD

 


Eriksson, Shannon/GS3
Email: shannon.eriksson@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Davidson College
Research Interests: Physical chemistry with applications to imaging techniques
PhD Department/Program: Chemistry
Mentors: Warren S. Warren, PhD

 


temp photoFinlay, John (Jack)/MS2
Email: john.finlay@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Princeton University
Research Interests: Neural Stem Cell Biology and Cancer Biology
PhD Department/Program:
Mentors:

 


Floyd, Robert/GS6
Email: warren.floyd@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Yale University
Research Interests: Determining the role of ATRX in soft tissue sarcoma
PhD Department/Program: Molecular Cancer Biology
Mentors: David Kirsch, MD, PhD

 


Gerlus. NimeshaGerlus, Nimesha/MS2
Email:
nimesha.gerlus@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Brown University
Research Interests: Cognitive and systems neuroscience
PhD Department/Program:
Mentors:

 


Gibson, Rebecca/GS3
Email:
rebecca.a.gibson@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Columbia University
Research Interests: Environmental Health, Toxicology, Early Childhood Development
PhD Department/Program: Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Mentors: Priya Kishnani, MD

 


Herche, Jesse/GS1
Email: jesse.herche@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of the Pacific
Research Interests: Neural Sound Processing
PhD Department/Program: Neurobiology
Mentors: Jennifer Groh, PhD

 


​Himes, Jonathon/GS3
Email:
jon.himes@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Davidson College
Research Interests: Infectious Diseases, Vaccine Design
PhD Department/Program: Molecular Cancer Biology
Mentors: David Kirsch, Md, PhD

 


Huang, Ouwen/GS3
Email:
Ouwen.huang@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Duke University
Research Interests: Health informatics, machine learning, computer vision, and natural language processing
PhD Department/Program: Biomedical Engineering
Mentors: Mark L Palmeri, MD, PhD

 


Hughes, Dalton/GS5
Email: dalton.hughes@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of Maryland
Research Interests: Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering
PhD Department/Program: Neurobiology
Mentors: Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD

 


Ishizuka, Andrew/LOA
Email: andrew.ishizuka@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of Washington
Research Interests: Pre-clinical and clinical evaluation of the malaria vaccines RH5-VLP and PfSPZ Vaccine
PhD Department/Program: External PhD, NIH Oxford/Cambridge Scholars Program
Mentors:

 


Jeffs, SydneyJeffs, Sydney/MS2
Email:
sydney.jeffs@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Duke University
Research Interests: Biomedical Engineering, Immunology and Cell Biology
PhD Department/Program:
Mentors:

 


Jenks, Jennifer/GS4
Email: jennifer.jenks@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Stanford University
Research Interests: Immunology, dermatology, autoimmunity
PhD Department/Program: Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Mentors: Sallie Permar, MD, PhD

 


Jin, Felix/GS3
Email: felix.jin@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Columbia University
Research Interests: Molecular Biology, Signaling and Development
PhD Department/Program: Biomedical Engineering
Mentors:  Mark L Palmeri, MD, PhD

 


​Juras, Patrick/GS3
Email: patrick.juras@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research Interests: Immunology and Microbiology
PhD Department/Program: Molecular Cancer Biology
Mentors: Donald McDonnell, PhD

 


Kelly, Megan/GS5
Email: megan.kelly@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Washington University
Research Interests: Chemical biology and drug development
PhD Department/Program: Biochemistry
Mentors: Hashim Al-Hashimi, PhD

 


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Killarney, Shane/GS2
Email: shane.killarney@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of Nevada- Las Vegas
Research Interests: Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
PhD Department/Program: Molecular Cancer Biology
Mentors: Kris Wood, PhD

 


​Kirchner, Stephen/GS3
Email: stephen.kirchner@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Duke University
Research Interests: Cancer Biology and Molecular Genetics
PhD Department/Program: Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Mentors: Jennifer Zhang, PhD and Jorn Coers, PhD

 


​Konkimalla, Arvind/GS5
Email: arvind.konkimalla@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Rutgers University
Research Interests: Understanding lung adenocarcinoma progression and heterogeneity
PhD Department/Program: Cell Biology
Mentors: Purushothama Rao Tata, PhD

 


Lin, Kevin/MS4
Email: kevin.h.lin@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of Texas at Austin
Research Interests: Defining the landscape of chemosensitivity in AML
PhD Department/Program: Pharmacology
Mentors: Kris Wood, PhD

 


Liu, Winston/GS4
Email: winston.w.liu@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of Maryland
Research Interests: Biomedical Engineering, Imaging, Computational Biology
PhD Department/Program: Neurobiology
Mentors: Diego Bohorquez, PhD

 


Maduka, Austin /GS2
Email: austin.maduka@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of Maryland
Research Interests: Control of the mammalian oxidative stress response through ubiquitin signaling
PhD Department/Program: Univeristy Program in Genetics and Genomics
Mentors: Gustavo Silva, PhD

 


​McClean, Colleen/LOA
Email: colleen.mcclean@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of California at Berkeley
Research Interests: Role of Cholesterol Efflux blockade in mycobacterial infection in vivo
PhD Department/Program: Immunology
Mentors: David Tobin, PhD

 


Messerschmidt, Jonathan/MS1
Email: jonathan.messerschmidt@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Boston University
Research Interests: Immunology of Cancer Development
PhD Department/Program: 
Mentors: 


Mohan, Aditya/MS1
Email: aditya.mohan@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Johns Hopkins University
Research Interests: Cancer Immunotherapy, CAR-T Cells, Synthetic Biology, Molecular Biology
PhD Department/Program: 
Mentors: 


Morash, Margaret/GS1
Email: margaret.morash@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Rutgers University
Research Interests: Epigenetics and gene regulation
PhD Department/Program: Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Mentors: John Rawls, PhD


Nguyen, Anthony/GS4
Email:
anthony.nguyen@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Brandeis University
Research Interests: Structural Basis of G Protein-Coupled Receptor Signaling
PhD Department/Program: Biochemistry
Mentors: Robert J Lefkowitz, MD

 


Olson, Lyra/GS3
Email: lyra.olson@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Princeton University
Research Interests: Understanding metabolic changes in obesity and diabetes
PhD Department/Program: Pharmacology
Mentors: Bruce Sullenger, PhD

 


Parker, Lauren/MS1
Email: lauren.parker@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Johns Hopkins University
Research Interests: Genetics and Epigenetics, Cardiac Development, Inherited Cardiac Disease
PhD Department/Program: 
Mentors: 


Patino, AlejandraPatino, Alejandra/MS2
Email:
alejandra.patino@duke.edu
Alma Mater: New York University
Research Interests: Combining molecular and physiological approaches to studying neuropsychiatric disorders
PhD Department/Program:
Mentors:

 


​Petrone, Brianna/GS4
Email: brianna.petrone@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research Interests: Host-pathogen interactions, immunology, and systems biology
PhD Department/Program: Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Mentors: Lawrence David, PhD

 


Petty, Amy/MS4
Email: amy.petty@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Winthrop University
Research Interests: Cancer immunology, cellular signal transduction and autoimmunity
PhD Department/Program: Molecular Cancer Biology
Mentors: Yiping Yang, MD, PhD


Putman, Rachael/MS1
Email:
rachael.putman@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Yale University
Research Interests: Biomedical engineering, nanoparticles, gene editing, fetal therapies, assisted reproductive therapies, and tissue engineering/regenerative medicine
PhD Department/Program: 
Mentors: 


Raj, Jude/GS1
Email: jude.raj@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Research Interests: Immunology
PhD Department/Program: Molecular Cancer Biology
Mentors: Kris Wood, PhD

 


Rao, Vishwas

Rao, Vishwas/MS2
Email: vishwas.rao@duke.edu
Alma Mater: North Carolina State University
Research Interests: Chemical biology and infectious diseases
PhD Department/Program:
Mentors:


Rosenthal, Danielle/GS1
Email: danielle.rosenthal@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Washington and Lee University
Research Interests: Immunology and Infectious Disease
PhD Department/Program: Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Mentors: Guido Ferrari, MD

 


Scherba, Jacob/GS1
Email: jacob.scherba@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Harvard University
Research Interests: Designing biologically inspired materials and devices to instruct tissue behavior, particularly in modulating stem cell differentiation and stimulating angiogenesis
PhD Department/Program: Biomedical Engineering
Mentors: Nenad Bursac, PhD

 


Seas, Andreas/GS2
Email: andreas.seas@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of Maryland
Research Interests: Biomedical engineering and data science with applications in surgery. This includes use of engineering techniques to answer basic questions in disease pathology, as well as scale-up of lab discoveries for human applications
PhD Department/Program:
Mentors:


Sejourne, GabrielleSejourne, Gabrielle/MS2
Email: gabrielle.sejourne@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Harvard University
Research Interests: Genetics and developmental biology
PhD Department/Program:
Mentors:

 


​Semmes, Eleanor/GS3
Email:
eleanor.semmes@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Tulane University
Research Interests: Immunologic and epigenetic modifiers of health/disease in early life
PhD Department/Program: Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Mentors: Sallie R. Permar, MD, PhD


Shi, Harvey/MS1
Email:
harvey.shi@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Duke University
Research Interests: Biomedical engineering, machine learning, computational medicine, and data science
PhD Department/Program: 
Mentors: 


Stilwell, Laura Stilwell, Laura/GS2
Email:
laura.stilwell@duke.edu 
Alma Mater: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research Interests: Public policy and economics related to healthcare delivery and health disparities with a particular interest in child health and development, mental illness and maternal health
PhD Department/Program: Sanford School of Public Policy
Mentors: Manoj Mohanan, PhD

 


Su, Chang/GS3
Email: chang.su@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Davidson College
Research Interests: Cancer immunotherapy
PhD Department/Program: Molecular Cancer Biology
Mentors: David Kirsch, MD, PhD

 


Thompson, Paul/MS4
Email: paul.m.thompson@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Case Western Reserve University
Research Interests: Cortical Control of Bimanual Movements
PhD Department/Program: Biomedical Engineering
Mentors: Fan Wang, PhD

 


Temp PhotoTracey, Skye/MS2
Email:
skye.tracey@duke.edu
Alma Mater:  Duke University
Research Interests: Neurobiology
PhD Department/Program:
Mentors:


Vaz, Alex/GS4
Email: alex.vaz@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Duke University
Research Interests: Biomedical engineering
PhD Department/Program: Neurobiology
Mentors: Nicolas Brunel, PhD

 


Wachsmuth, Lucas /GS2
Email: lucas.wachsmuth@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of Georgia
Research Interests: Immunology, tumor immunology, transplant tolerance
PhD Department/Program: Pathology
Mentors: Peter E Fecci, MD, PhD

 


Weber, Margaret/MS1
Email:
margaret.c.weber@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Middlebury College
Research Interests: Cell and cancer biology
PhD Department/Program: 
Mentors: 


​Weng, Peter/GS3
Email: peter.weng@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University Of Maryland
Research Interests: Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
PhD Department/Program: Neurobiology
Mentors: Diego Bohorquez, PhD

 


Wisdom, Amy/MS4
Email: amy.wisdom@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of California at Los Angeles
Research Interests: Oncology and Immunotherapy
PhD Department/Program: Molecular Cancer Biology
Mentors: David Kirsch, MD, PhD

 


Zorawski, Marek/GS1
Email: marek.zorwaski@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Pomona College
Research Interests: Chemical biology; RNA and carbohydrate biochemistry
PhD Department/Program:
Mentors:
Amanda Hargrove, PhD