2017-2018 MSTP Student Directory

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Adkar, Shaunak/GS5
Email: shaunak.adkar@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of California at Berkeley
Research Interests: Modeling Osteoarthritis via Genetic Manipulation and Tissue Engineering
PhD Department / Program: Cell Biology
Mentors: Farshid Guilak, PhD

 


Ali, Moiez/GS3
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

 


Antonia, Alejandro/GS3
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

 


Ashton, Jeffrey/MS4
Email: jeffrey.ashton@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Brigham Young University
Research Interests: Functional and Molecular Imaging Using Nanoparticle Contrast Agents for Dual-Energy Computed Tomography
PhD Department / Program: Biomedical Engineering
Mentors: Jennifer West, PhD, Cristian Badea, PhD
 


Atkatsh, Kathleen /MS1
Email: kathleen.atkatsh@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Columbia University
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Bassil, Christopher /GS1
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

 


​Behrend, Christina/MS4
Email:
christina.behrend@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Dartmouth College
Research Interests: Uncovering the Neural Basis for Bradykinesia/Akinesia in Parkinson's Disease: Causality of Beta-frequency Oscillations
PhD Department / Program: Biomedical Engineering
Mentors: Warren Grill, PhD
 


Behrer, Christopher/MS1
Email: christopher.behrer@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Harvard University
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Bell, Hannah /MS1
Email: hannah.bell@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of California at Los Angeles
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Bernanke, Alyssa/GS3
Email: alyssa.bernanke@duke.edu
Alma Mater: St. Johns College
Research Interests: Molecular Medicine, Cancer Biology
PhD Department / Program: Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
Mentors: Scott Floyd, MD, PhD

 


Borre, Ethan /MS1
Email: ethan.borre@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Williams College
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Bose, Shree/MS2
Email: shree.bose@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Harvard College
Research Interests: Cancer biology, cellular metabolic processing in human disease
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Cahill, Thomas/MS4
Email: thomas.cahill@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Hobart & William Smith Colleges
Research Interests: New Insights in GPCR-Transducer
PhD Department / Program: Biochemistry
Mentors: Robert J Lefkowitz, MD

 


​Castellano, Steven/GS1
Email: steven.castellano@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Columbia University
Research Interests: Neuroscience and Biophysics
PhD Department / Program: Oxford University (External)
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​Cerda-Smith, Christian/GS1
Email: christian.cerda.smith@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Miami University
Research Interests: Chemical biology, Biomedical engineering
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​Chamessian, Alexander/GS6
Email: alexander.chamessian@duke.edu
Alma Mater: SUNY at Stony Brook
Research Interests: The role of NOD2-driven neuroinflammation in the pathogenesis of chronic pain; therapeutic application of pro-resolving lipid mediators in neuropathic pain and nerve regeneration
PhD Department / Program: Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
Mentors: Ru-Rong Ji, PhD
 


Chang, Zanetta/GS4
Email: zanetta.chang@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University Of Maryland
Research Interests: RNAi-dependent epimutation as a novel form of drug resistance in pathogenic fungi
PhD Department / Program: Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Mentors: Joseph Heitman, MD, PhD

 


Chen, Mark/GS4
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

 


Cocce, Kimberly/MS4
Email: kimberly.cocce@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Duke University
Research Interests: Molecular Mechanisms Governing the Untoward Tumor Growth Promoting Effects of Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators
PhD Department / Program: Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
Mentors: Sally Kornbluth, PhD
 


​Croucher, Jamie/GS2
Email: jamie.croucher@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/GS3
Email: rui.dai@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Duke University
Research Interests: Epigenetic and synthetic biological approach to neuropsychiatric disorders
PhD Department / Program: Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
Mentors: Yiping Yang, MD, PhD

 


Darlington, Timothy/GS5
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

 


Davidson, Michael/GS5
Email: michael.t.davidson@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Creighton University
Research Interests: Mitochondrial hyperacetylation in the failing heart
PhD Department / Program: Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
Mentors: Deborah Muoio, PhD

 


De Albuquerque, Daniela /MS1
Email: daniela.de.albuquerque@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Duke University
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​Deerhake, Marion/GS2
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 /MS1
Email: christopher.delaney@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of Chicago
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​Detter, Matthew/GS3
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/MS2
Email: carolyn.diaz@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Columbia University
Research Interests: Neurobiology
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​Diplas, Bill/GS5
Email: bill.diplas@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Johns Hopkins University
Research Interests: Role of IDH and TERT promoter mutations in glioma
PhD Department / Program: Pathology
Mentors: Hai Yan, MD, PhD

 


​Dockterman, Jacob/GS2
Email: jacob.dockterman@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Harvard University
Research Interests: Immunology
PhD Department / Program: Immunology
Mentors: Jorn Coers, PhD

 


​Draelos, Mark/GS4
Email: mark.draelos@duke.edu
Alma Mater: North Carolina State University
Research Interests: Arbitrary Viewpoint Robotic Surgery
PhD Department / Program: Biomedical Engineering
Mentors: Joseph Izatt, PhD

 


Draelos, Matthew/GS2
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

 


Draelos, Rachel/GS2
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/GS3
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/MS2
Email: dylan.eiger@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Duke University
Research Interests: Biomaterials, Chemical Biology, Structural Biology
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Floyd, Robert/GS3
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

 


Foglia, Matthew/MS4
Email: matthew.foglia@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Princeton University
Research Interests: Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Cardiac Chamber Maturation in Zebrafish
PhD Department / Program: Cell Biology
Mentors: Kenneth Poss, PhD

 


Gedeon, Patrick/MS2
Email: patrick.gedeon@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Johns Hopkins University
Research Interests: Antibody-mediated Immunotherapy of Brain Tumors
PhD Department / Program: Biomedical Engineering
Mentors: John Sampson, MD, PhD

 


Gibson, Rebecca/MS2
Email: rebecca.a.gibson@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Columbia University
Research Interests: Environmental Health, Toxicology, Early Childhood Development
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​Gokhale, Tanmay/MS4
Email: tanmay.gokhale@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Johns Hopkins University
Research Interests:  Bridging Scales: How Microstructural Features Impact Macroscopic Cardiac Propagation
PhD Department / Program: Biomedical Engineering
Mentors: Craig Henriquez, PhD

 


​Gunaratne, Ruwan/MS4
Email: ruwan.gunaratne@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Harvard University
Research Interests: Application of Nucleic Acid Aptamers and Scavengers for Thrombosis and Cancer
PhD Department / Program: Pharmacology
Mentors: Bruce Sullenger, PhD

 


Hansen, Landon/GS5
Email: landon.hansen@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Brigham Young University
Research Interests: Investigating the therapeutic potential and pathogenic contribution of MTAP deletion in glioblastoma
PhD Department / Program: Molecular Cancer Biology
Mentors: Hai Yan, MD, PhD

 


Hector-Greene, Melissa/MS4
Email: melissa.hector@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Mount Holyoke College
Research Interests: Role of Type III TGFß Receptor in ALK1-mediated Tumor Angiogenesis
PhD Department / Program: Molecular Cancer Biology
Mentors: Gerard Blobe, MD, PhD

 


​Himes, Jonathon/MS2
Email: jon.himes@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Davidson College
Research Interests: Infectious Diseases, Vaccine Design
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Huang, Jennifer/GS6
Email: jennifer.j.huang@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Stanford University
Research Interests: Role of TßRIII Cleavage in Initiation and Progression of Lung Adenocarcinoma
PhD Department / Program: Pharmacology
Mentors: Gerard Blobe, MD, PhD

 


Huang, Ouwen/MS2
Email: Ouwen.huang@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Duke University
Research Interests: Health informatics, machine learning, computer vision, and natural language processing
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Hughes, Dalton/GS2
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, Cambridge University
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Jenks, Jennifer/GS1
Email: jennifer.jenks@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Stanford University
Research Interests: Immunology, dermatology, autoimmunity
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Jin, Felix/MS2
Email: felix.jin@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Columbia University
Research Interests: Molecular Biology, Signaling and Development
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Joh, Daniel/GS4
Email: daniel.joh@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Cornell University
Research Interests: Low-cost diagnostic immunoassays and biointerface science
PhD Department / Program: Biomedical Engineering
Mentors: Ashutosh Chilkoti, PhD

 


​Juras, Patrick/MS2
Email: patrick.juras@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research Interests: Immunology and Microbiology
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Kearney, Matthew/GS5
Email: matthew.kearney@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of Chicago
Research Interests: Linking Basal Ganglia Population Dynamics, Dopamine, and Motor Performance
PhD Department / Program: Neurobiology
Mentors: Richard Mooney, PhD

 


Kelly, Megan/GS2
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

 


​Khatri, Aaditya/GS6
Email: aaditya.khatri@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Washington University
Research Interests: The role of Abl kinases in acute lung injury
PhD Department / Program: Pharmacology
Mentors: Ann Marie Pendergast, PhD

 


​Kirchner, Stephen/MS2
Email: stephen.kirchner@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Duke University
Research Interests: Cancer Biology and Molecular Genetics
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​Konkimalla, Arvind/GS2
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

 


​Krishnamurthy, Kamesh/GS6
Email: kamesh.krishnamurthy@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of Pittsburgh
Research Interests: Studying and targetting neurotrophin signaling cascades for treatment of neurological diseases (i.e. Traumatic Brain Injury, Epilepsy, Chronic Pain etc)
PhD Department / Program: Neurobiology
Mentors: James McNamara, MD


​Leisenring, Nathan/GS1
Email: nathan.leisenring@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of Pennsylvania
Research Interests: Translational Immunology
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Lin, Kevin/GS5
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/GS1
Email: winston.w.liu@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of Maryland
Research Interests: Biomedical Engineering, Imaging, Computational Biology
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Maduka, Austin /MS1
Email: austin.maduka@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of Maryland
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​McClean, Colleen/GS4
Email: colleen.mcclean@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of California at Berkeley
Research Interests: Role of Cholesterol Efflux blockade in mycobacterial infection in vivoPhD Department / Program: Immunology
Mentors: David Tobin, PhD

 


Meyerhoff, Robert/GS5
Email: ryan.meyerhoff@duke.edu
Alma Mater: North Carolina State University
Research Interests: Ontogeny of glycan-targeting HIV broadly neutralizing antibodies
PhD Department / Program: Immunology
Mentors: Barton Haynes, MD

 


Mueller, Sarah/MS4
Email: sarah.frazier@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Washington University at St Louis
Research Interests: Characterizing the role of the Previously Undescribed Protein Caskin2 in Vascular Biology
PhD Department / Program: Pharmacology
Mentors: Christopher Kontos, MD

 


​Naqvi, Ibtehaj/MS4
Email: ibtehaj.naqvi@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Duke University
Research Interests: Using Polycationic Polymers to Interrogate and Mitigate the Effects of Toll-Like Receptor Mediated and Extracellular Microvesicle Induced Inflammation and Metastasis in Pancreatic Cancer
PhD Department / Program: Pharmacology & Cancer Biology
Mentors: Bruce Sullenger, PhD


Nelson, Cody/GS4
Email: cody.nelson@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of Southern California
Research Interests: Virology and vaccine immunology
PhD Department / Program: Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Mentors: Sallie Permar, MD, PhD

 


Nguyen, Anthony/GS1
Email:
anthony.nguyen@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Brandeis University
Research Interests:
PhD Department / Program: Biochemistry
Mentors: Robert J Lefkowitz, MD

 


O'Connor, Shannon/GS7
Email: sko@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Johns Hopkins University
Research Interests: Functional tissue engineering of cartilage using induced pluripotent stem cells
PhD Department / Program: Biomedical Engineering
Mentors: Farshid Guilak, PhD

 


Olson, Lyra/MS2
Email: lyra.olson@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Princeton University
Research Interests: Understanding metabolic changes in obesity and diabetes
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​Petrone, Brianna/GS1
Email: brianna.petrone@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research Interests: Host-pathogen interactions, immunology, and systems biology
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Petty, Amy/GS4
Email: amy.deng@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Winthrop University
Research Interests: Molecular cancer biology, cell signaling transduction
PhD Department / Program: Molecular Cancer Biology
Mentors: Yiping Yang, MD, PhD

 


Rivenbark, Joshua/GS4
Email: joshua.rivenbark@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Iowa State University
Research Interests: Three studies on experiences of social disadvantage and their relationship to health
PhD Department / Program: Sanford School of Public Policy
Mentors: Kathryn Whetten, PhD & Candice Odgers, PhD

 


Seas, Andreas /MS1
Email: andreas.seas@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of Maryland
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Scherr, Karen/MS4
Email: karen.scherr@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Texas Tech University
Research Interests: Empowering Patients as Decision Makers in the Context of Early State Prostate Cancer
PhD Department / Program: Marketing
Mentors: Peter Ubel, MD

 


​Semmes, Eleanor/MS2
Email: eleanor.semmes@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Tulane University
Research Interests: Cancer Epigenetics, Stroke Mechanisms and Health Disparities
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​Shadrin, Ilya/MS4
Email: ilya.shadrin@duke.edu
Alma Mater: California Institute of Technology
Research Interests: Maturation, Scale-up and Vascularization of Engineered Cardiac Muscle from Human Pluripotent Stem Cells
PhD Department / Program: Biomedical Engineering
Mentors: Nenad Bursac, PhD

 


Silverman, Justin/GS4
Email: justin.silverman@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Johns Hopkins University
Research Interests: Time series analysis of the human gut microbiome to infer microbial interaction networks.
PhD Department / Program: Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
Mentors: Lawrence David, PhD

 


​Sinden, Daniel/GS5
Email: daniel.sinden@duke.edu
Alma Mater: College of William and Mary
Research Interests: FGF13 Proteomic Screen from Isolated Chromatin of Cardiac Tissue
PhD Department / Program: Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
Mentors: Geoffrey Pitt, MD, PhD

 


Smith, Jeffrey/GS4
Email: js.smith@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of Washington
Research Interests: Dissecting the biochemical and physiological role of biased signaling at chemokine receptors
PhD Department / Program: Biochemistry
Mentors: Sudarshan Rajagopal, MD


​Sobel, Ashley/MS4
Email: ashley.sobel@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Duke University
Research Interests: Characterization of Influenza A Virus Infection through Analysis of Intrahost Viral Evolution and Within-host Infection Dynamics
PhD Department / Program: Biology
Mentors: Katia Koelle, PhD

 


Thompson, Paul/GS4
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

 


​Tripuraneni, Vinay/GS5
Email: vinay.tripuraneni@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research Interests: Interrogating Chromatin Structure Surrounding DNA Double Strand Breaks
PhD Department / Program: Pharmacology & Cancer Biology
Mentors: David McAlpine, PhD

 


Vaz, Alex/GS1
Email: alex.vaz@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Duke University
Research Interests: Biomedical engineering
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Wachsmuth, Lucas /MS1
Email: lucas.wachsmuth@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of Georgia
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​Weng, Peter/MS2
Email: peter.weng@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University Of Maryland
Research Interests: Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
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Wisdom, Amy/GS3
Email: amy.wisdom@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of California at Los Angeles
Research Interests: Oncology and Immunotherapy
PhD Department / Program: Pharmacology
Mentors: David Kirsch, MD, PhD

 

 


​Woroniecka, Karolina/GS3
Email: karolina.woroniecka@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Brown University
Research Interests: T cell dysfunction in glioblastoma
PhD Department / Program: Pathology
Mentors: Peter Fecci, MD, PhD

 


Xu, MengMeng/GS5
Email: mengmeng.xu@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University Of Maryland
Research Interests: The role of copper in BRAF-mutant thyroid cancer
PhD Department / Program: Pharmacology
Mentors: Christopher Counter, PhD