Congratulations to our recent IMSD graduates!

2014 was a banner year for the number of IMSD trainees who completed their degrees or moved on with further training or initial positions.


Allen Alcivar, PhD   (Mentor:  Bin Xia)

BRCA2 and PALB2 in Cellular Stress Response

Current: Research Scientist, Bristol-Myers Squibb


Judith Canabal, PhD (Mentor: Sunita Kramer)  

Analysis of Two Distinct Functions of the Roundabout 2 Receptor during Drosophila Cardiac Assembly

 Current: Medical student, Universidad Central del Caribe, Bayamon, Puerto Rico


Andrew Hoffmann, MS  (Mentor: Michael Verzi)

  Enteroid Culture and its Impact on Stem Cell and Cancer Research

Current: PhD Candidate, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia


Tiffany King, PhD (Mentor: Sunita Kramer)

The Cytoskeletal Regulator Enabled Mediates Proper Cardiac Fusion during the Final Stages of Drosophila Dorsal Vessel Formation

Current: BioBus+Base Staff Scientist, Cell Motion Laboratories, Inc. (Mobile, K-12 biological science education), New York


Frank Macabenta, PhD (Mentor: Sunita Kramer)

Investigating the Coordinated Expression and Function of the Netrin-Frazzled Signaling Pathway During Drosophila Dorsal Vessel Formation

 Current: Post-doctoral fellow, California Institute of Technology,  Palo Alto, CA


Martin, Adriana, PhD (Mentor: William Welsh) 

Biophysical Characterization of Novel Amphiphilic Macromolecules: Modeling Membrane Interactions    

Current: 3rd year MD student (MD/PhD program), Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School


Letzibeth Mendez-Rivera, MS (Mentor: Steven Brill)

The SLX5 Paradox: Expression Of A Sumo-Targeted Ubiquitin Ligase Generates Toxic Poly-Sumo Chains In Yeast                 

Current: Seeking Position


Perez, Winder, PhD (Mentor: Terri Goss Kinzy)

Mutations in Eukaryotic Translation Elongation Factor 1A that alter Protein Synthesis & Actin Bundling                      

Current: Post-Doc, Public Health Research Institute, Rutgers-Newark


Maryann (Poku) Obiorah, PhD  (Mentor: Emanuel DiCicco-Bloom)

Developmental Vulnerability of the Rat Hippocampus to Methylmercury (MEHG)              

Current: Freelance Medical Writer at BGB, New York


Felicia Smith, PhD  (Mentor: Robin Davis)

The Role of Neurotrophins in Regulating Spiral Ganglion Morphology                         

Current: Seeking Position


Connan Vaca, PhD  (Mentor: Dr. Ramsey Foty)

Fibronectin Matrix- Mediated Inhibition of Tumor Cell Dispersal

Current: Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, first-year student


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