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Graduate Students


Madelyn Logan
Lab: Michael Hebert, PhD


Sonja Dragojevic
Lab: Drazen Raucher, PhD


Ngoc Hoang
Lab: Jonathan P. Hosler, PhD


Ciara McKnight
Lab: David Brown, PhD


Yvonne Zuchowski
Lab: Jane Reckelhoff, PhD

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Jacob Pruett
Lab: Licy Yanes Cardozo, PhD

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Bridget D. Konadu
Lab: Undecided 

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Alexandra M.Huffman
Lab: Undecided 

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Cindy Nguyen
Lab: Undecided 



Recent papers from some of our graduate students include:

  • Dragojevic, S.; Ryu, J.S.; Raucher, D. Polymer-Based Prodrugs: Improving Tumor Targeting and the Solubility of Small Molecule Drugs in Cancer Therapy. Molecules 2015, 20, 21750-21769.
  • Rajkowska G, Legutko B, Moulana M, Syed M, Romero DG, Stockmeier CA, Miguel-Hidalgo JJ. Astrocyte pathology in the ventral prefrontal white matter in depression. J Psychiatr Res. 2018 Apr 7; 102: 150-158. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2018.04.005.
  • Mahajan GJ, Vallender EJ, Garrett MR, Challagundla L, Overhosler JC, Jurjus G, Dieter L, Syed M, Romero DG, Benghuzzi H, Stockmeier CA. Altered neuro-inflammatory gene expression in hippocampus in major depressive disorder. Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry. 2017 Nov 22. pii: S0278-5846(17)30779-0. doi: 10.1016/j.pnpbp.2017.11.017.
  • Miguel-Hidalgo JJ, Hall KO, Bonner H, Roller AM, Syed M, Park CJ, Ball JP, Rothenberg ME, Stockmeier CA, Romero DG. MicroRNA-21: Expression in oligodendrocytes and correlation with low myelin mRNAs in depression and alcoholism. Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry. 2017 Oct 3;79(Pt B):503-514. doi: 10.1016/j.pnpbp.2017.08.009.
  • Ball JP, Syed M, Marañon RO, Hall ME, KCR, Reckelhoff JF, Yanes Cardozo LL, Romero DG. Role and regulation of microRNAs in aldosterone-mediated cardiac injury and dysfunction in male rats. Endocrinology 2017. 
  • Syed M, Ball JP, Romero DG. Let-7i: lethal weapon against angiotensin ii-induced cardiac injury. Hypertension. 2015 Oct;66(4):739-41. doi: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.115.05659.
  • Yang F, Pavlik J, Fox L, Scarbrough C, Sale WS, Sisson JH, Wirschell M. 2015. Alcohol-induced ciliary dysfunction targets the outer dynein arm. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol.308(6):L569-76. PMID: 25595647, PMCID: PMC4360061.
  • Brown JM, Mosley M, Montes-Berrueta D, Hou Y, Yang F, Scarbrough C, Witman GB, and Wirschell M. 2017. Characterization of a new oda3 allele, oda3-6, defective in assembly of the outer-dynein arm-docking complex in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.  PLOS ONE 12(3):e0173842. PMID: 28291812.
  • Price M, Yang F, Sisson JH and Wirschell M.  2017. Ciliary dynein dysfunction caused by chronic alcohol exposure. In Dyneins: Structure, Biology and Disease 2nd Ed. Chapter 16. Academic Press, edited by Stephen M King. ISBN: 9780128094709.
  • Hunter EL, Lechtreck K, Fu G, Hwang J, Lin H, Gokhale A, Alford LM, Lewis B, Yamamoto R, Kamiya R, Yang F, Nicastro D, Dutcher SK, Wirschell M and Sale WS.  The IDA3 adaptor, required for IFT transport of I1 dynein, is regulated by ciliary length.  Mol Biol. Cell. Feb 21. pii: mbc.E17-12-0729. doi: 10.1091/mbc.E17-12-0729. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 29467251
  • Yang F, Scarbrough C, Sisson JH and Wirschell M.  2018.  PKA, PP1 and DC1 phosphorylation mediate alcohol-induced ciliary dysfunction in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.  Alcohol (2018), doi: 10.1016/j.alcohol.2018.05.001.
  • Kuna M., Mahdi F., Chade A.R., and Bidwell G.L., Molecular Size Modulates Pharmacokinetics, Biodistribution, and Renal Deposition of the Drug Delivery Biopolymer Elastin-like Polypeptide, Scientific Reports, 2018
  • Chade A.R., Williams M.L., Guise E., Vincent L.J., Harvey T.W., Kuna M., Mahdi F., Bidwell G.L., Systemic Biopolymer-Delivered Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Promotes Therapeutic Angiogenesis in Experimental Renovascular Disease, Kidney International, 2017.
  • Ryu, J. S., Kuna, M., & Raucher, D., Penetrating the cell membrane, thermal targeting and novel anticancer drugs: the development of thermally targeted, elastin-like polypeptide cancer therapeutics. Therapeutic Delivery, 5(4), 429-445, 2014.
  • Enwerem, I. I., Velma, V., Broome, H. J., Kuna, M., Begum, R. A., & Hebert, M. D., Coilin association with Box C/D scaRNA suggests a direct role for the Cajal body marker protein in scaRNP biogenesis. Biology Open, BIO20147443, 2014.
  • Mikecin, A. M., Walker, L. R., Kuna, M., & Raucher, D., Thermally targeted p21 peptide enhances bortezomib cytotoxicity in androgen-independent prostate cancer cell lines. Anti-cancer Drugs, 25(2), 189-199, 2014
  • Shirey K, Stover KR, Cleary J, Hoang N, Hosler J. Membrane-Anchored Cyclic Peptides as Effectors of Mitochondrial Oxidative Phosphorylation. Biochemistry. 2016 Apr 12;55(14):2100-11. doi: 10.1021/acs.biochem.5b01368. Epub 2016 Mar 29.
  • Samantha M. Reilly, Daniel Lyons, Robert T. Wright, John J. Correia, David M. Jameson, and Randy M. Wadkins.. (2014) Folding and Hydrodynamics of the DNA i-motif from the c-MYC Promoter, Biophys J., 107(7):1703-11.
  • Robert T. Wright, David B. Hayes, Walter F. Stafford, Peter J. Sherwood, John J. Correia (2018) Characterization of Therapeutic Antibodies in the Presence of Human Serum Proteins by AU-FDS Analytical Ultracentrifugation. Anal Biochem, 550: 72-83.
  • Y. Zhang, V. Zai-Rose, C. J. Price, N. A. Ezzell, G. L. Bidwell III, J. J. Correia, and N. C. Fitzkee (2018) Modeling the Early Stages of Aggregation in Disordered Elastin-Like Proteins. Biophys J. 114, 1-16.