2022-2023 MSTP Student Directory

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Portrait of MSTP student Michael Aiduk

Aiduk, Michael/GS2
Email: michael.aiduk@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Syracuse University
Research Interests: Pediatric cancer, CRISPR technologies, Genetics
PhD Department/Program: Molecular Cancer Biology
Mentor: Kris Wood, PhD

Emily Alway

Alway, Emily/GS2
Email:
 emily.alway@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Johns Hopkins
Research Interests: The role of environmental factors in neuropsychiatric illness progression
PhD Department/Program: Neurobiology
Mentor: Diego Bohorquez, PhD

Preston Anderson

Anderson, Preston/GS3
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: Biochemistry
Mentor: Sudar Rajogopalan, MD, PhD

Christopher Bassil

Bassil, Christopher /GS6
Email: 
christopher.bassil@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Duke University
Research Interests: Signaling pathways and gene expression, cancer biology
PhD Department/Program: Molecular Cancer Biology
Mentor: Kris Wood, PhD

Mary Makenzie Beaman

Beaman, Mary Makenzie/GS3
Emailmary.beaman@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Vanderbilt University
Research Interests: Cancer genetics and precision medicine
PhD Department/Program: University Program in Genetics and Genomics
Mentor: Greg Crawford 

Christopher Behrer

Behrer, Christopher/GS4
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
Mentor: Manoj Mohanan, PhD

Minu Bidzimou

Bidzimou, Minu/GS3
Email: minutshyeto.bidzimou@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Grinnell College
Research Interests: Therapeutic discovery and development
PhD Department/Program: Cell Biology
Mentor: Andrew Landstrom, MD, PhD

Jane Blackmer

Blackmer, Jane/GS1
Email: jane.blackmer@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Tufts University
Research Interests: Genome Instability, Molecular Genetics and Cancer
PhD Department/Program: 
Mentor: 

Ethan Borre

Borre, Ethan /MS4
Email: ethan.borre@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Williams College
Research Interests: Population Health, Decision Science, Mathematical Modeling
PhD Department/Program: Population Health Sciences
Mentor: Gillian Sanders Schmidler, PhD

Shree Bose

Bose, Shree/MS4
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
Mentor: Christopher Kontos, MD

Danielle Burner

Burner, Danielle/GS1
Email: danielle.burner@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of California - San Diego
Research Interests: Urology, oncology and regenerative medicine
PhD Department/Program: 
Mentor:
 

Portrait of MSTP student Reuben Cano

Cano, Reuben Ryan/MS2
Email: reubenryan.cano@duke.edu
Alma Mater: The University of Utah
Research Interests: Immunology, Functional Genomics
PhD Department/Program:
Mentor: 

 

Steven Castellano

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

Christian Cerda-Smith

​Cerda-Smith, Christian/GS6
Email: christian.cerda.smith@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Miami University
Research Interests: Chemical biology, Biomedical engineering
PhD Department/Program: Molecular Cancer Biology
Mentor: Kris Wood, PhD

Lindsey Chew

Chew, Lindsey/GS3
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: 
Mentor: Catherine Bowes-Rickman, PhD

Trisha Dalapati

Dalapati, Trisha/GS2
Email: trisha.dalapati@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of Georgia
Research Interests: Infectious diseases and immunology, maternal-fetal interactions
PhD Department/Program: Molecular genetics and Microbiology
Mentor: Dennis Ko, MD, PhD

Jahrane Dale

Dale, Jahrane/GS3
Email: jahrane.dale@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Columbia University
Research Interests: Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience
PhD Department/Program: Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Warren Grill, PhD

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D'Anniballe, Vincent/MS1
Email: vincent.danniballe@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Xavier University
Research Interests: Initiation and modulation of adaptive immune responses.
PhD Department/Program: 
Mentor: 

Timothy Darlington

Darlington, Timothy/MS4
Email: timothy.darlington@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Case Western Reserve University
Research Interests: Systems neuroscience and brain-machine interfaces
PhD Department/Program: Neurobiology
Mentor: Stephen Lisberger, PhD

Daniela De Albuquerque

De Albuquerque, Daniela /GS4
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
Mentor: John Pearson, PhD

Christopher Delaney

Delaney, Christopher /GS4
Email: christopher.delaney@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of Chicago
Research Interests: Molecular Genetics and Cancer Biology
PhD Department/Program: Molecular Cancer Biology
Mentor: Kris Wood, PhD

Carolyn Diaz

Diaz, Carolyn/GS5
Email: carolyn.diaz@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Columbia University
Research Interests: Neurobiology
PhD Department/Program: Neurobiology
Mentor: Kevin Franks, PhD

Devon DiPalma

DiPalma, Devon/GS3
Email: devon.dipalma@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Duke University
Research Interests: Immunology and Cell Biology
PhD Department/Program: Immunology
Mentor: Mari Shinohara, PhD

Jacob Dockterman

Dockterman, Jacob/MS4
Email: jacob.dockterman@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Harvard University
Research Interests: Immunology
PhD Department/Program: Immunology
Mentor: Jorn Coers, PhD

Dylan Eiger

Eiger, Dylan/MS4
Email: dylan.eiger@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Duke University
Research Interests: Biomaterials, Chemical Biology, Structural Biology
PhD Department/Program: Biochemistry
Mentor: Sudarshan Rajagopal, MD, PhD

Shannon Eriksson

Eriksson, Shannon/GS5
Email: shannon.eriksson@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Davidson College
Research Interests: Physical chemistry with applications to imaging techniques
PhD Department/Program: Chemistry
Mentor: Warren S. Warren, PhD

John (Jack) Finlay

Finlay, John (Jack)/GS2
Email: john.finlay@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Princeton University
Research Interests: Neural Stem Cell Biology and Cancer Biology
PhD Department/Program:
Mentor:

Nimesha Gerlus

Gerlus, Nimesha/GS2
Email:
 nimesha.gerlus@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Brown University
Research Interests: Cognitive and systems neuroscience
PhD Department/Program: Psychology and Neuroscience
Mentor: Kevin LaBar, PhD

Rebecca Gibson

Gibson, Rebecca/GS5
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
Mentor: Priya Kishnani, MD

Portrait of MSTP student Helen Heo

Heo, Helen/MS2
Email: helen.heo@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of Wisconsin - Madison
Research Interests: Neurobiology, Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
PhD Department/Program:
Mentor: 

Jesse Herche

Herche, Jesse/GS3
Email: jesse.herche@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of the Pacific
Research Interests: Neural Sound Processing
PhD Department/Program: Neurobiology
Mentor: Jennifer Groh, PhD

Jonathon Himes

​Himes, Jonathon/GS5
Email: 
jon.himes@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Davidson College
Research Interests: Infectious Diseases, Vaccine Design
PhD Department/Program: Molecular Cancer Biology
Mentor: David Kirsch, MD, PhD

Ouwen Huang

Huang, Ouwen/GS5
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
Mentor: Mark L Palmeri, MD, PhD

Dalton Hughes

Hughes, Dalton/GS7
Email: dalton.hughes@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of Maryland
Research Interests: Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering
PhD Department/Program: Neurobiology
Mentor: Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD

Sydney Jeffs

Jeffs, Sydney/GS2
Email:
 sydney.jeffs@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Duke University
Research Interests: Biomedical Engineering, Immunology and Cell Biology
PhD Department/Program: Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Tatiana Segura, PhD

Felix Jin

Jin, Felix/MS4
Email: felix.jin@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Columbia University
Research Interests: Molecular Biology, Signaling and Development
PhD Department/Program: Biomedical Engineering
Mentor:  Mark L Palmeri, MD, PhD

Patrick Juras

​Juras, Patrick/MS4
Email: patrick.juras@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research Interests: Immunology and Microbiology
PhD Department/Program: Molecular Cancer Biology
Mentor: Donald McDonnell, PhD

headshot of Anish Karpurapu looking at camera in front of white backdrop

Karpurapu, Anish/MS1
Email: anish.karpurapu@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Duke University
Research Interests: Biomedical engineering, data science.
PhD Department/Program:  
Mentor: 

Megan Kelly

Kelly, Megan/MS4
Email: megan.kelly@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Washington University
Research Interests: Chemical biology and drug development
PhD Department/Program: Biochemistry
Mentor: Hashim Al-Hashimi, PhD
 

Shane Killarney

Killarney, Shane/GS4
Email: shane.killarney@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of Nevada- Las Vegas
Research Interests: Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
PhD Department/Program: Molecular Cancer Biology
Mentor: Kris Wood, PhD

Stephen Kirchner

​Kirchner, Stephen/GS5
Email: stephen.kirchner@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Duke University
Research Interests: Cancer Biology and Molecular Genetics
PhD Department/Program: Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Mentor: Jennifer Zhang, PhD and Jorn Coers, PhD

Arvind Konkimalla

​Konkimalla, Arvind/MS4
Email: arvind.konkimalla@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Rutgers University
Research Interests: Understanding lung adenocarcinoma progression and heterogeneity
PhD Department/Program: Cell Biology
Mentor: Purushothama Rao Tata, PhD

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Labib, David/MS1
Email: david.labib@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Cornell University
Research Interests: Neurobiology; developmental and cell biology; neuro-immune interactions.
PhD Department/Program: 
Mentor: 

Headshot of Austin Lai smiling at camera in front of white backdrop

Lai, Austin/MS1
Email: austin.lai@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Emory University
Research Interests: Genetics and mechanisms of rare diseases, biotechnology development.
PhD Department/Program: 

Portrait of MSTP student Travis Larson

Larson, Travis/MS2
Email: travis.larson@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of Iowa
Research Interests: Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience
PhD Department/Program:
Mentor: 

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Lawrence, Elijah/MS1
Email: elijah.lawrence@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of California - San Diego
Research Interests: Hypoxia, cancer, and stem cell biology.
PhD Department/Program: 
Mentor: 

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Lim, Lauren/MS1
Email: lauren.lim@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Research Interests: Cryo-EM, cryo-ET, x-ray crystallography, gut microbiome, intrinsically disordered proteins.
PhD Department/Program: 
Mentor: 

Winston Liu

Liu, Winston/GS6
Email: winston.w.liu@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of Maryland
Research Interests: Biomedical Engineering, Imaging, Computational Biology
PhD Department/Program: Neurobiology
Mentor: Diego Bohorquez, PhD

Austin Maduka

Maduka, Austin /GS4
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: University Program in Genetics and Genomics
Mentor: Gustavo Silva, PhD

Colleen McClean

McClean, Colleen/MS4
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
Mentor: David Tobin, PhD

Jonathan Messerschmidt

Messerschmidt, Jonathan/GS1
Email: jonathan.messerschmidt@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Boston University
Research Interests: Immunology of Cancer Development
PhD Department/Program: 
Mentor: 

Aditya Mohan

Mohan, Aditya/GS1
Email: aditya.mohan@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Johns Hopkins University
Research Interests: Cancer Immunotherapy, CAR-T Cells, Synthetic Biology, Molecular Biology
PhD Department/Program: 
Mentor:

Margaret Morash

Morash, Margaret/GS3
Email: margaret.morash@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Rutgers University
Research Interests: Epigenetics and gene regulation
PhD Department/Program: Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Mentor: John Rawls, PhD

Portrait of MSTP student Patrick Mulcahey

Mulcahey, Patrick/MS2
Email: patrick.mulcahey@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Georgetown University
Research Interests: Systems Neuroscience, Neuromodulation, Cognition and Affection
PhD Department/Program:
Mentor: 

Anthony Nguyen

Nguyen, Anthony/MS4
Email: 
anthony.nguyen@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Brandeis University
Research Interests: Structural Basis of G Protein-Coupled Receptor Signaling
PhD Department/Program: Biochemistry
Mentor: Robert J Lefkowitz, MD

Lyra Olson

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

Portrait of MSTP student Aine O'Sullivan

O'Sullivan, Aine/MS2
Email: aine.osullivan@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Johns Hopkins University
Research Interests: Tissue Engineering, Regenerative Medicine, Stem Cells and Biomaterials, Musculoskeletal Disease and Injury
PhD Department/Program:
Mentor: 

Portrait of MSTP student Seneca Oxendine

Oxendine, Seneca/MS2
Email: seneca.oxendine@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Yale University
Research Interests: Neuroimmunology, Glial Biology, Neurodevelopment
PhD Department/Program:
Mentor:

Lauren Parker

Parker, Lauren/GS1
Email: lauren.parker@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Johns Hopkins University
Research Interests: Genetics and Epigenetics, Cardiac Development, Inherited Cardiac Disease
PhD Department/Program: 
Mentor: 

Alejandra Patino

Patino, Alejandra/GS2
Email:
 alejandra.patino@duke.edu
Alma Mater: New York University
Research Interests: Combining molecular and physiological approaches to studying neuropsychiatric disorders
PhD Department/Program:
Mentor: Joshua Snyder, PhD

Brianna Petrone

Petrone, Brianna/GS6
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
Mentor: Lawrence David, PhD

Rachael Putman

Putman, Rachael/GS1
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: 
Mentor: 

Jude Raj

Raj, Jude/GS3
Email: jude.raj@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Research Interests: Immunology
PhD Department/Program: Molecular Cancer Biology
Mentor: Kris Wood, PhD

MSTP Student Vishwas Rao in front of grey backdrop

Rao, Vishwas/GS2
Email: vishwas.rao@duke.edu
Alma Mater: North Carolina State University
Research Interests: Chemical biology and infectious diseases
PhD Department/Program: Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Mentor: Nicholas Heaton, PhD

Danielle Rosenthal

Rosenthal, Danielle/GS3
Email: danielle.rosenthal@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Washington and Lee University
Research Interests: Immunology and Infectious Disease
PhD Department/Program: Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Mentor: Guido Ferrari, MD

Jacob Scherba

Scherba, Jacob/GS3
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
Mentor: Nenad Bursac, PhD

Andreas Seas

Seas, Andreas/GS4
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:
Mentor: 
Cameron McIntyre, PhD

Gabrielle Sejourne

Sejourne, Gabrielle/GS2
Email: gabrielle.sejourne@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Harvard University
Research Interests: Genetics and developmental biology
PhD Department/Program: Cell and Molecular Biology
Mentor: Cagla Eroglu, PhD

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​Semmes, Eleanor/MS4
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
Mentor: Sallie R. Permar, MD, PhD

Harvey Shi

Shi, Harvey/GS1
Email:
 harvey.shi@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Duke University
Research Interests: Biomedical engineering, machine learning, computational medicine, and data science
PhD Department/Program: 
Mentor: 

Laura Stilwell

Stilwell, Laura/GS4
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
Mentor: Manoj Mohanan, PhD

Portrait of MSTP student Christopher Stringham

Stringham, Christopher/MS2
Email: christopher.stringham@duke.edu
Alma Mater: The University of Utah
Research Interests: Viral Immunology, Molecular Pathogenesis, Immunotherapy, Vaccinology, Preclinical Development
PhD Department/Program:
Mentor:

Chang Su

Su, Chang/GS5
Email: chang.su@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Davidson College
Research Interests: Cancer immunotherapy
PhD Department/Program: Molecular Cancer Biology
Mentor: David Kirsch, MD, PhD

Skye Tracey

Tracey, Skye/GS2
Email:
 skye.tracey@duke.edu
Alma Mater:  Duke University
Research Interests: Neurobiology
PhD Department/Program: Immunology
Mentor: Ashley Moseman, PhD

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Truong, Ashley/GS1
Email: ashley.truong@duke.edu
Alma Mater: 
Research Interests: 

PhD Department/Program: Cell and Molecular Biology
Mentor: Rana Gupta, PhD

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Tu, Violet/MS1
Email: 
violet.tu@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of Pennsylvania
Research Interests: Cancer immunology, metabolism, immunotherapy development.
PhD Department/Program: 
Mentor: 

Portrait of MSTP student Sunag Udupa

Udupa, Sunag/MS2
Email: sunag.udupa@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Johns Hopkins University
Research Interests: Molecular Biology, Biochemistry
PhD Department/Program:
Mentor:

Lucas Wachsmuth

Wachsmuth, Lucas/GS4
Email: lucas.wachsmuth@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University of Georgia
Research Interests: Immunology, tumor immunology, transplant tolerance
PhD Department/Program: Pathology
Mentor: Peter E Fecci, MD, PhD

Margaret Weber

Weber, Margaret/GS1
Email:
 margaret.c.weber@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Middlebury College
Research Interests: Cell and cancer biology
PhD Department/Program: 
Mentor: 

Peter Weng

​Weng, Peter/GS5
Email: peter.weng@duke.edu
Alma Mater: University Of Maryland
Research Interests: Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
PhD Department/Program: Neurobiology
Mentor: Diego Bohorquez, PhD

Portrait of MSTP student Ashley Williams

Williams, Ashley/MS2
Email: ashley.williams080@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Georgia Southern University
Research Interests: Gene Regulation, Epigenetic Regulation, Chromatin Biology, Neuroepigenetics, Regulatory RNAs, Neurodevelopmental/Neuropsychiatric Disorders
PhD Department/Program:
Mentor:

Marek Zorawski

Zorawski, Marek/GS3
Email: marek.zorawski@duke.edu
Alma Mater: Pomona College
Research Interests: Chemical biology; RNA and carbohydrate biochemistry
PhD Department/Program: Biochemistry
Mentor: Amanda Hargrove, PhD