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    Medical Scientist Training Program

    Recent Graduates

    2017

    Neal Amin

    • Email: neamin@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: Columbia University (2008), B.S., Biochemistry
    • Graduate Department: BMS
    • Thesis Title: The motor neuron-microRNA (miR-218) regulates a gene network required for nerve-muscle interaction
    • Thesis Lab: Sam Pfaff, Salk
    • Publications

    Sagar Bapat

    • Email: sbapat@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: Stanford University (2009), B.S., Chemistry
    • Graduate Department: BMS
    • Thesis Title: Immunology of Aging and Metabolic Disease
    • Thesis Lab: Ye Zheng and Ron Evans, Salk
    • Publications

    Dekker Deacon

    • Email: ddeacon@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: Middlebury College (2007), B.A., Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
    • Graduate Department: BMS
    • Thesis Title: The Multigenic Basis for Human Cardiovascular Disease
    • Thesis Lab: Neil Chi
    • Publications

    Rahul Nene

    • Email: rnene@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: Brown University (2009), Sc.B., Biology
    • Graduate Department: BMS
    • Thesis Title: Identification and Characterization of the Cdc73 Transcription Factor as a Suppressor of Genome Instability
    • Thesis Lab: Richard Kolodner
    • Publications:

    Danielle Steed

    • Email: dbarrios@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: California State University- Los Angeles (2008), B.S., Biology
    • Graduate Department: TSRI
    • Research Interests: Natural Products Biosynthesis and Total Synthesis, Enzymology
    • Laboratory Rotations: K.C. Nicolaou, TSRI (Su 10); Bill Gerwick (Su 10); Floyd Romesberg, K.C. Nicolaou, TSRI (Su 11)
    • Thesis Lab: Floyd Romesberg, TSRI
    • Publications

    Tyler Steed

    • Email: tsteed@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Berkeley (2009), B.A., Molecular and Cell Biology, Neurobiology
    • Graduate Department: Neurosciences
    • Thesis Title: Quantitative Radiographic Measures in Glioblastoma Imaging Associate With Patient Survival and Tumor Subtype, While Uncovering Genomic Profiles
    • Thesis Lab: Clark Chen
    • Publications

    Jean Wassenaar

    • Email: jew027@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: Johns Hopkins University (2008), B.S.E., Biomedical Engineering
    • Graduate Department: Bioengineering
    • Research Interests: Biomaterials for Cell/Tissue Engineering and Drug Delivery
    • Laboratory Rotations: Karen Christman (Su 10); Inder Verma, Salk (Su 10)
    • Thesis Lab: Karen Christman
    • Publications

    Csilla Lippert

    • Email: cfelsen@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: California Institute of Technology (2008), B.S., Biology and English
    • Graduate Department: BMS
    • Research Interests: Cancer Biology, Imaging Technology
    • Laboratory Rotations: Judy Varner (Su 09); Stuart Lipton, Sanford-Burnham (Su 09); Roger Tsien (Su 10)
    • Thesis Lab: Roger Tsien
    • Publications

    Robert Saddawi-Konefka

    • Email: rsaddawi@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: University of Southern California (2008), B.A., Neuroscience and Spanish
    • Graduate Department: Neurosciences
    • Thesis Title: IL-17D Directed Immune Surveillance
    • Thesis Lab: Jack Bui
    • Publications

    Panid Sharifnia

    • Email: psharifn@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Berkeley (2008) B.A., Molecular and Cellular Biology; Biochemistry
    • Graduate Department: Neurosciences
    • Thesis Title: Regulatory elements of cebp-1 mRNA
    • Thesis Lab: Yishi Jin
    • Publications

    2016

    Alex Hui

    • Email: alhui@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: Johns Hopkins University (2007), B.S. Biomedical Engineering
    • Graduate Department: Bioengineering
    • Thesis Title: Regulation of Articular Cartilage Proteoglycan-4 Secretion in Aging and Osteoarthritis
    • Thesis Lab: Robert Sah
    • Publications

    Kentson Lam

    • Email: k8lam@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Berkeley (2005), B.A. Molecular and Cell Biology
    • Graduate Department: Biomedical Sciences
    • Thesis Title: Characterization of RUNX1 function in hematopoiesis
    • Thesis Lab: Dong-Er Zhang
    • Publications

    Bruno Maranhao

    • Email: bmaranha@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Los Angeles (2007), B.S. Electrical Engineering and Neuroscience
    • Graduate Department: Bioengineering
    • Thesis Title: Efficient Identification of Disease Causative Mutations with Next Generation Sequencing Technologies
    • Thesis Lab: Gabe Silva, Terry Sejnowski, Salk
    • Publications

    Aaron Simon

    • Email: aasimon@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: Brown University (2007), B.S. Biophysics
    • Graduate Department: Bioengineering
    • Thesis Title: Beyond BOLD: Toward the application of quantitative functional magnetic resonance imaging to the study of brain function and physiology
    • Thesis Lab: Richard Buxton
    • Publications

    Robert Thomas

    • Email: rlthomas@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: Santa Clara University (2006), B.S. Chemistry
    • Graduate Department: Biomedical Sciences
    • Thesis Title: MCL-1 is Essential for Myocardial Homeostasis and Autophagy
    • Thesis Lab: Asa Gustafsson
    • Publications

    Cesar Virgen

    • Email: cvirgenl@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: University of Alberta (2006), B.S., Biology
    • Graduate Department: TSRI
    • Thesis Title:  Interleukin-1 Receptor 1 Activation Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus Infection
    • Thesis Lab: Frank Chisari, TSRI
    • Publications

    Dawn Eichenfield

    • Email: daz001@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2008), B.S. Biology
    • Graduate Department: Biomedical Sciences
    • Thesis Title: Towards and Understanding of Inflammation in Macrophages
    • Thesis Lab: Chris Glass
    • Publications

    2015

    Kristen Berendzen

    • Undergraduate Institution: Vanderbilt University (2004), B.S. Neuroscience
    • Graduate Department: Neuroscience
    • Thesis Title:  Systemic regulation of the cellular stress response to proteotoxicity by neuroendocrine signaling
    • Thesis Lab:  Andrew Dillin
    • Postgraduate Education:  Psychiatry, UCSF
    • Publications

    Leela Davies

    • Undergraduate Institution: Brown University (2005), B.S. Neuroscience
    • Graduate Department: Biomedical Sciences
    • Thesis Title: Roles of Sialic Acid Diversity in Mammalian Brain Evolution
    • Thesis Lab: Ajit Varki
    • Postgraduate Education: Internal Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston
    • Publications

    Mithun Diwakar

    • Undergraduate Institution: California Institute of Technology (2006), B.S. Biology
    • Graduate Department: Bioengineering
    • Thesis Title: Multi-Core Beamformer for Spatio-Temporal MEG Source Activity Reconstruction
    • Thesis Lab: Mingxiong Huang
    • Postgraduate Education:  Transitional, Harbor UCLA, Radiology Diagnostic, UCSF
    • Publications

    Jesse Dixon

    • Undergraduate Institution: Princeton University (2006), B.A. Neuroscience
    • Graduate Department: Biomedical Sciences
    • Thesis Title: Higher Order Chromatin Architecture in Mammalian Genome
    • Thesis Lab: Bing Ren
    • Postgraduate Education: Helmsley-Salk Fellow, Salk Institute
    • Publications

    Wes Gifford

    • Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Los Angeles (2005), B.S. Neuroscience
    • Graduate Department: Neuroscience
    • Thesis Title: Endogenous Retroviruses Contribute Regulatory Sequences for Early Embryonic Gene Activation
    • Thesis Lab: Sam Pfaff, Salk Institute
    • Postgraduate Education:  Pediatrics, U. of Washington
    • Publications

    Matt Gonzales

    • Undergraduate Institution: UCSD (2006), B.S. Chemical Engineering
    • Graduate Department: Bioengineering
    • Thesis Title: Rotor Termination in a Patient-Specific Model of Atrial Fibrillation
    • Thesis Lab: Andrew McCulloch
    • Postgraduate Education: Internal Medicine, UCLA
    • Publications

    Val Griffeth

    • Undergraduate Institution: Vassar College (2004), B.A. Biochemistry and Mathematics
    • Graduate Department: Bioengineering
    • Thesis Title: The Physiology Basis of BOLD Functional MRI
    • Thesis Lab: Richard Buxton
    • Postgraduate Education: Emergency Medicine, Oregon Health & Science U., Portland
    • Publications

    Adnan Majid

    • Undergraduate Institution: Stanford University (2007), B.S. Symbolic Systems
    • Graduate Department: Neuroscience
    • Thesis Title: Selective inhibitory control and the basal ganglia
    • Thesis Lab:  Adam Aron
    • Postgraduate Education: Psychiatry Research Track, UCLA
    • Publications

    Liz Murphy

    • Undergraduate Institution: University of California, San Diego (2007), B.A. Mathematics
    • Graduate Department: Neurosciences
    • Thesis Title: Quantitative neuroimaging: applications to normal aging and neurodegenerative disease
    • Thesis Lab:  James Brewer
    • Postgraduate Education: Medicine Preliminary, UCSD; Neurology, UCSD
    • Publications

    Tim Tirrell

    • Undergraduate Institution: California Institute of Technology (2006), B.S. Chemistry
    • Graduate Department: Biomedical Sciences
    • Thesis Title: Biomechanical Studies of the Human Musculoskeletal System
    • Thesis Lab:  Richard Lieber
    • Postgraduate Education: General Surgery, UCSD
    • Publications