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PhD Degrees Awarded:

Schmidt, Clint, Ph.D., December 2000
Advisor: Matthew Mescher
Thesis: "Interleukin-12 as an Adjuvant and Activation Signal for CD8 Positive T Lymphocytes in vivo"
Position: Director of Research Operations, NovaDigm Therapeutics, Inc., Grand Forks, ND

*Reyes, Morayma, Ph.D., August 2001
Advisor: Catherine Verfaillie
Thesis: "Purification, Characterization and Differentiation of Multipotent Adult Stem Cell from Post-natal Human Bone Marrow"
Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Department of Laboratory Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

*Ehst, Ben, Ph.D., December 2001
Advisor: Marc Jenkins
Thesis: "Visualization of the Immune Response Against a Skin Graft Expressing a Defined Minor Transplantation Antigen"
Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR

Yarwood, Jeremy, Ph.D., January 2002
Advisor: Pat Schlievert
Thesis: "Environmental regulation of virulence gene expression in Staphylococcus aureus"
Position: Associate Director, Research and Development, Johnson & Johnson, Irvine, CA

*Reinhardt, R. Lee, Ph.D., April 2002
Advisor: Marc Jenkins
Thesis: "In vivo Generation and Migration of Memory CD4 T Cells During the Course of a Primary Immune Response"
Position: Assistant Professor, Duke University, Durham, NC

*Daniels, Mark, Ph.D., April 2002
Advisor: Steve Jameson
Thesis: "CD8 Binding to MHC Class I is Influenced by T Cell Maturation and Glycosylation"
Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, University of Missouri School of Medicine

*Hodges, Kimberly, Ph.D., July 2002
Advisor: Pat Cleary
Thesis: "The a3b1Integrin and CD46 are utilized in Laminin-mediated Invasion of Epithelial Cells by Streptococcus pyogenes"
Position: Research Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago,Chicago, IL

Dylla, Scott, Ph.D., September 2002
Advisor: Catherine Verfaillie
Thesis: "The Role of Proline-rich Tyrosine Kinase 2 (Pyk2) and its Hematopoietic Isoform, Pyk2H, in betal-integrin
Signaling in Normal and CML CD34+ Progenitor Cells"
Position: Co-Founder, CSO and VP of Cancer Biology, Stem CentRx, San Francisco, CA

*Waters, Christopher, Ph.D., October 2002
Advisor: Gary Dunny
Thesis: "Functional Analysis of Asc10, a Pheromone Inducible Surface Protein of Enterococcus faecalis Involved in Conjugation and Virulence"
Position: Associate Professor, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Paustian, Michael, Ph.D., November 2002
Advisor: Vivek Kapur
Thesis:"Identification and Characterization of Iron Acquisition Systems in Pasteurella multocida"
Position: Self-employed

Graham, Robert, Ph.D., November 2002
Advisor: Tim Behrens
Thesis: "Localization and Finemapping of Human Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Susceptibility Loci at Chromosome 6p21.3 (The Human Leukocyte Antigen Region) and Chromosome 1q41"
Position: Scientist, Genentech, San Francisco, CA

Sweeney, Colin, Ph.D., May 2003
Advisor: R. Scott McIvor
Thesis: "Antisense and Drug-resistance Gene Therapy in a Mouse Model of Chronic Myeloid Leukemia"
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, National Cancer Institute (Harry Malech lab), Bethesda, MD

*Valenzuela, Javier, Ph.D., May 2003
Advisor: Matthew Mescher
Thesis: "The Roles of Interleukin-12 as a Third Signal for Clonal Expansion and Cytolytic Function of Naive CD8 T Cells"
Position: Instructor, Department of Symptom Research, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Pribila, Jonathan, Ph.D., May 2003
Advisor: Yoji Shimizu
Thesis: "Molecular Mechanisms for the Recruitment andd Retention of Leukocytes in Lymph Nodes"
Position: Pediatric Ophthalmologist, Park Nicollet/Methodist Hospital, St. Louis Park, MN

Hartung, Seth, Ph.D., May 2003
Advisor: R. Scott McIvor
Thesis: "Adeno-asociated Virus Vectors Carrying the Human Iduronidase Gene for the Treatment of Mucopolysaccharidosis Type I"
Position: Physician (ICU Team), The Everett Clinic, Seattle, WA

*Vanderpool, Carin K, Ph.D., July 2003
Advisor: Sandra Armstrong
Thesis: "The Bordetella pertussis Heme Iron Utilization System: Transport and Heme-responsive Gene Regulation"
Position: Assistant Professor, University of Illinoisat Urbana-Champaign, IL

*Endrizzi, Bart T., Ph.D., August 2003
Advisor: Steve Jameson
Thesis: "The Regulation and Function of KLF-2 in T Cell Biology"
Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Bonnevier, Jody L., Ph.D., August 2003
Advisor: Daniel Mueller
Thesis: "Regulation of Primary CD4 T Cell Cycle Progression"
Position: Scientist, R & D Systems, Minneapolis, MN

Morgan, Kelly, Ph.D., August 2003
Advisor: David Largaespada
Thesis: "GM-CSF Signaling and GAP Activity in NF1-Associated Leukemia"
Position: Patent Agent, Saul Ewing LLP, Boston, MA

Perkins, Keith, Ph.D., November 2003
Advisor: Steve Rice
Thesis: "The Activation of a Viral Late Gene by Herpes Simplex Virus Type I"
Position: Sr. Principal Scientist, Medtronic, San Francisco, CA

Tomich, Mladen, Ph.D., December 2003
Advisor: Christian Mohr
Thesis: "Burkholderia cenocepacia Cable Pili: Identification of the Biosynthetic Locus and Characterization of the Mechanisms of Transcriptional and Posttranscriptional Control"
Position: Therapy Leader of Infectious Diseases, Decision Resources Group, New York, NY

Richards, David, Ph.D., May 2004
Advisor: Daniel Mueller
Thesis: "Examining the role of foreign-mHAg-specific CD4(+)T cells and foreign-MHC-specific CD8(+) T cells in the development of Obliterative Airways Disease following transplantation"
Position: Head of Immunology, Apogenix GmbH, Frankfurt, Germany

*Prlic, Martin, Ph.D., May 2004
Advisor: Stephen Jameson
Thesis: "Regulation of lymphocyte homeostasis"
Position: Assistant Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA

*Linden, Michael, Ph.D., June 2004
Advisor: Brian Van Ness
Thesis: "Novel Targeted Deregulation of Apoptotic and Oncogenic Pathways Leads to B-lymphoid Malignancies in Genetically Engineered Mice"
Position: Associate Director, Hematopathology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Harmala, Lisa, Ph.D., July 2004
Advisor: Christopher Pennell
Thesis: "In vivo characterization of the adjuvant effect of mycobacterium tuberculosis Hsp70"
Position: Cell Culture Scientist, Biovest International, Inc., Coon Rapids, MN

*Gillespie, Emily, Ph.D., August 2004
Advisor: Tim Behrens
Thesis: "Gene expression signatures in peripheral blood define clinical subsets of SLE"
Position: Assistant Professor,Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Vanasek, Tracy, Ph.D., August 2004
Advisor: Daniel Mueller
Thesis: "Cell cycle progression regulates in vivo clonal anergy induction"
Position: Safety Officer, RES Specialty Pyrotechnics, Jordan, MN

Mayerova, Dita, Ph.D., September 2004
Advisor: Kristin Hogquist
Thesis: "Mouse model of autoimmune skin disease"
Position: Cardiac Anesthesia Fellow, St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Brookline, MA

Carlson, Corey, Ph.D., November 2004
Advisor: David Largaespada
Thesis: "Insertional mutagenesis and tumor modeling in the mouse using the Sleeping Beauty transposon system"
Position: Senior Development Scientist, Beckman Coulter, Chaska, MN

Moeller, Stephanie, Ph.D., November 2004
Advisor: Robert Sheaff
Thesis: "Re-evaluating the role of the tumor suppressor p27Kip1 in human cancers"
Position: 3M Center, St. Paul, MN

Erickson, Heidi, Ph.D., December 2004
Advisor: Christopher Pennell
Thesis: "Novel human ribonuclease-based targeted therapeutics for the treatment of T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia"

Maher, Diane, Ph.D., December 2004
Advisor: Peter Southern
Thesis: "Transmission of Human Immunodeficiency Cirus Across Human Mucosal Surfaces"
Position: Staff Scientist Sanford Health, Sioux Fall, SD

Golden, Joseph
, Ph.D., March 2005
Advisor: Leslie Schiff
Thesis: "Cellular and Viral Determinants of Mammalian Reovirus Uncoating"
Position: Research Microbiologist, US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Ft. Detrick, MD

Smith, Jennifer, Ph.D., March 2005
Advisor: Leslie Schiff
Thesis: "The regulation of translation in reovirus-infected cells"
Position: Assistant Director, ICCB-Longwood Screening Facility, Boston, MA

Kozlowicz, Briana, Ph.D., March 2005
Advisor: Gary Dunny
Thesis: "The molecular mechanism and peptide signaling response of PrgX used to control pheromone-induced conjugative transfer of pCF10"
Position: Senior Molecular Biotechnologist, Cargill Inc., Minneapolis, MN

Staddon, Jack, Ph.D., May 2005
Advisor: Gary Dunny
Thesis: "Identification and Genetic Characterization of a Group II Intron Insertion Site and Origin of Transfer Region in the Enterococcus faecalis plasmic, pCF10"
Position: Physician, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA

*Pragman, Alexa, Ph.D., May 2005
Advisor: Pat Schlievert
Thesis: "Studies on the Staphylococcal Respiratory Response (SrrAB) and its Role in Staphylococcus aureus Virulence Factor Regulation"
Position: Assistant Professor. Infectious Disease and International Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Goetz, Christine, Ph.D., June 2005
Advisor: Michael Farrar
Thesis: "Regulation of B Lymphocyte Development and Lineage Commitment by the Ras and STAT5 Signaling Pathways"
Position: Scientist I, R&D Systems, Minneapolis, MN

*Eckfeldt, Craig, Ph.D., August 2005
Advisor: Catherine Verfaillie
Thesis: "Discovery and Functional Analysis of Novel Determinants of Hematopoietic Stem and Progenitor Cell Function"
Position: Assistant Professor, Hematology, Oncology and Transplant, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

*Magarvey, Nathan, Ph.D., September 2005
Advisor: David Sherman
Thesis: "Identification and Accession of Novel Sources of Microbial Natural Product Diversity"
Position: Associate Professor, McMaster University, Toronto, Canada

Liu, Jiabin, Ph.D., December 2005
Advisor: Tim Behrens
Thesis: "Conserved Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Pathways in Murine Models"
Position: Anesthesiologist, Teaneck, NJ

Chen, Yuqing, Ph.D., January 2006
Advisor: Gary Dunny
Thesis: "Characterization of the Lactococcus lactis Plasmid pRS01 Transfer Region: Expression and Splicing of A group II Intro and Protein-DNA Interactions During Plasmid Transfer"
Position: Research Associate, Microbiology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Kahler, Rachel, Ph.D., February 2006
Advisor: Jennifer Westendorf
Thesis: "The Role of Lymphocyte Enhancer-binding Factor 1 (Lef1) in Osteoblast Differentiation"
Position: Patent Agent, General Mills, Minneapolis, MN

Lephart, Paul, Ph.D., March 2006
Advisor: Paul Magee
Thesis: "Analysis of the Role of the Major Repeat Sequence in Chromosome Dynamics in Candida albicans"
Position: Technical Director Microbiology ,Detroit Medical Center, Detroit, MI

Mick, Verity, Ph.D., March 2006
Advisor: Kristin Hogquist
Thesis: "The Molecular Events of T Cell Positive Selection in the Thymus"

Hau, Heidi, Ph.D., May 2006
Advisor: Paul Bohjanen
Thesis: "TTP-mediated Decay of AU-rich containing mRNAs"
Position: Global Antimicrobial Development Program Leader, Ecolab, Mpls/St. Paul, MN

*Chandler, Josephine, Ph.D., May 2006
Advisor: Gary Dunny
Thesis: "Control of Endogenous Sex Pheromone Signatling in Enterococcus faecalis"
Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

*Hess, Donavon, Ph.D., May 2006
Advisor: Carol Wells
Thesis: "Staphylococcus aureus Interactions with the Intestinal Epithelium"
Position: Assistant Professor, Pediatric General and Thoracic Trauma Medical Directo,r
Division of Pediatric Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

O'Shaughnessy, Matthew, Ph.D., June 2006
Advisor: Bruce Blazar
Thesis: "Novel molecular strategies for prevention of graft-versus-host disease by ex vivo tolerance induction"
Position: Urologist, New York, NY

Ogilvie, Rachel, Ph.D., June 2006
Advisor: Paul Bohjanen
Thesis: "Tristeteraprolin regulates gene expression in T lymphocytes"

Mueller, Kristen, Ph.D., June 2006
Advisor: Yoji Shimizu
Thesis: "Regulation of Antigen-Dependent T Cell Interactions with Antigen Presenting Cells and T Cell Activation by the Adapter Protein, ADAP"
Position: Associate Editor at Science

Hataye, Jason, Ph.D., July 2006
Advisor: Marc Jenkins
Thesis: "Cell Competition for Survival and Proliferation Resources Defines the CD4+ T Cell Niche, a Platform for the Maintenance of Antigen Receptor Repertoire Diversity and the Generation of Memory"
Position: Clinical Fellow at NIH/NIAID, Washington, DC

Fortman, Clem, Ph.D., July 2006
Advisor: David Sherman
Thesis: "Cloning and Characterization of the Bafilomycin Biosynthesis Pathway from Streptomyces lohii"
Position: AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, US Dept of Defense, Washington, DC

Faivre, Emily, Ph.D., October 2006
Advisor: Carol Lange
Thesis: "MAP Kinase Dependence of Progesterone Action in a Breast Cancer Cell Model"
Position: Senior Scientist I, AbbVie, Chicago, IL

Schneider, Lori, Ph.D., December 2006
Advisor: Marc Jenkins
Thesis: "Analysis of peptide: MHC II complex production by dendritic cell subsets in skin-draining lymph nodes reveals multiple mechanisms of adjuvant action"
Position: Clinical Trial Manager, Coloplast, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

Fraser, Katy, Ph.D., January 2007
Advisor: Steve Rice
Thesis: "The Aberrant Phosphorylation of RNA Polymerase II During Herpes Simplex Type 1 Infection"
Position: Senior Scientist, Biothera, Minneapolis, MN

Sandau, Michelle, Ph.D., February 2007
Advisor: Steve Jameson
Thesis: "The role of interleukin-15 in lymphocyte homeostasis"
Position: Senior Basic Research Scientist, AFB International, St. Louis, MO

Hammerbeck, Christopher, Ph.D., March 2007
Advisor: Matt Mescher
Thesis: "Regulation of IL-7 receptor alpha expression on CD8+ T cells and its role in reversing activation-induced nonresponsiveness"
Position: Research Immunologist, US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Ft. Detrick, MD

*Peters, Christopher, Ph.D., May 2007
Advisor: Patrick Mantyh
Thesis: "Cellular mechanisms of paclitaxel induced pain and neuropathy"
Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC

Vetter, Sara, Ph.D., May 2007
Advisor: Patrick Schlievert
Thesis: "Two-component regulation of virulence gene expression in Bacillus anthracis"
Position: Manager, Infectious Disease Section, MN Dept Health, St. Paul, MN

Agarwal, Pujya, Ph.D., June 2007
Advisor: Matt Mescher
Thesis: "Interleukin-12 and Interferon-α/β - mediated Gene Regulation in Programming CD8+ T cell Differentiation"
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Yarke, Cory, Ph.D., June 2007
Advisor: Dan Mueller
Thesis: "Regulation of CD4+ T cell clonal expansion by TCR and CD28 signaling"
Position: Internal Medicine, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, MN

Strain, Anna, Ph.D., June 2007
Advisor: Steve Rice
Thesis: "Regulation and export of ICP27 during herpes simplex virus type-1 lytic infection"
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Burchill, Matt, Ph.D., July 2007
Advisor: Mike Farrar
Thesis: "Interleukin-2 receptor-dependent STAT5 activation drives regulatory T cell development"
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, National Jewish Medical Research Center (Philippa Marrack and Ross Kedl labs), Denver, CO

Anderson, Mark, Ph.D., August 2007
Advisor: Sandra Armstrong
Thesis: "The Bordetella Bfe system: regulation and function in catechol-mediated iron acquisition"
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University (Hank Seifert lab), Chicago, IL

Popescu, Flavia, Ph.D., September 2007
Advisor: Matt Mescher
Thesis: "Targeting CD8 T lymphocyte activation for tumor immunotherapy using peptide antigens and cytokines"
Position: Research Associate,Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Vogtenhuber, Christine, Ph.D., November 2007
Advisor: Bruce Blazar
Thesis: "Signaling pathways in regulatory T Cells"
Position: Project Manager/Vaccines/Global Project Management, Baxter Innovations GmbH, Vienna, Austria


Martin, Amanda,
Ph.D., December 2007
Advisor: Yoji Shimizu
Thesis: "Regulation of T cell migration and the immune response by Phosphoinositide 3-kinase gamma"
Position: Freelance Medical Writer/Editor, Franklin Township Community School Corp, Indianapolis, IN

Zhang, Ruan, Ph.D., December 2007
Advisor: Dan Mueller
Thesis: "Regulation of CD4+ T cell activation, proliferation and anergy induction by the E3 ligase Cbl-b"
Position: Instructor, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

*Woll, Petter, Ph.D., February 2008
Advisor: Dan Kaufman
Thesis: "Lympho-hematopoietic development from embryonic stem cells"
Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

Nodland, Sonja, Ph.D., May 2008
Advisor: Tucker LeBien
Thesis: "The Role of Interleukin-7 in the Regulation of Normal Human B Lymphopoiesis"
Position: Scientist, Biothera, Eagan, MN

Danhua Fan, Ph.D,. June 2008
Advisor: Peter Bitterman
Thesis: "Genome-wide Analysis for Post-transcriptional Regulation of Gene Expression"
Position: Bioinformatics Consultant, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

*Cohen, Daniel, Ph.D., May 2008
Advisor: Dwight Anderson
Thesis: "Multifunctional roles of a bacteriophage morphogenetic factor in assembly and infection"
Position: Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Bursch, Laura, Ph.D., July 2008
Advisor: Kristin Hogquist
Thesis: "Immunity and tolerance at the barrier surfaces"
Position: Biology instructor, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minneapolis, MN

Dodge, Anthony, Ph.D., November 2008
Advisor: Larry Wackett
Thesis: "Insights into microbial adaptive potential from case studies of novel functional group biocatalysis and micro-metal interactions"
Position: Postdoctoral fellow, University of Minnesota (Wackett lab), St. Paul, MN

Zou, Liangxing, Ph.D., November 2008
Advisor: Erik Peterson
Thesis: "Regulation of autoimmunity and integrin signaling by adaptor proteins ADAP, PRAM-1 and C-CBL"
Position: Biostatistician, Boehringer Ingelheim, Ridgefield, CT

Gori, Jennifer, Ph.D., December 2008
Advisor: R. Scott McIvor
Thesis: "Methotrexate resistance gene transfer in stem cells"
Position: Scientist, Editas Medicine, Cambridge MA

Yang, Jianying, Ph.D., February 2009
Advisor: Mike Farrar
Thesis: "The role of the IL-2R beta mediated cytokine signaling in natural regulatory T cel development"
Position: Medical resident, Mount Auburn Hospital, Boston, MA

*Osborn, Mark, Ph.D., March 2009
Advisor: Bruce Blazar
Thesis: "Gene therapy strategies for targeting the treatment refractory sites in Hurler syndrome"
Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Casey, Kerry, Ph.D., April 2009
Advisor: Matt Mescher
Thesis: "Third signal cytokines and their roles in CD8 T cell responses"
Position: Scientist I, MedImmune, Gaithersburg, MD

Kelly, Ryan, Ph.D., May 2009
Advisor: Bruce Blazar
Thesis: "Developing novel strategies to speed immune reconstitution following bone marrow transplantation"
Position: Director, Commercialization & Technology Transfer, The Innovation Institute, Orange County, CA

*Brosnahan, Amanda, Ph.D, May 2009
Advisor: Pat Schlievert
Thesis: "Interactions of staphylococcal and streptococcal exotoxins with vaginal epithelium"
Position: Assistant Professor, Concordia University, St. Paul, MN

*Gerner, Michael, Ph.D., May 2009
Advisor: Matt Mescher
Thesis: "Antigen presentation and T cell activation during cancer"
Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Immunology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Strandberg, Kristi, Ph.D., June 2009
Advisor: Pat Schlievert
Thesis: "Staphylococcal Superantigen Involvement in Human Diseases"
Position: Staff Scientist, Immunochemistry Technologies, LLC, Bloomington, MN

Jasperson, Lisa, Ph.D., June 2009
Advisor: Bruce Blazar
Thesis: "Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase: A potent regulator of graft versus host disease with potenial therapeutic applications"
Position: Pathology resident, University of Washington

Kim, Yong Yean, Ph.D., June 2009
Advisor: Peter Bitterman
Thesis: "The 4E-BP family of translational repressors: Sentinels at a translational control checkpoint in tumor defense"
Position: Surgery Resident, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Winstead, Colleen, Ph.D., July 2009
Advisor: Alex Khoruts
Thesis: "Maintenance of immune fitness during reconstitution from T cell lymphopenia by CD4+CD25+Foxp3+ regulatory T cells"
Position: Assoociate Principal Scientist, Merck, Birmingham, AL

Chuang, Olivia, Ph.D., August 2009
Advisor: Gary Dunny
Thesis: "Enterococcus faecalis Aggregation Substance (Asc10) as Liaison Between Bacterium and Heart Valve in Endocarditis"
Position: Academic Information Specialist Bridge to MD Program, affiliated with Manipal Education Americas, LLC, St. Louis, MO

Hamilton, Matthew, Ph.D., October 2009
Advisor: Michael Sadowsky
Thesis: "The Use of Molecular and Genomic Tools to Examine the Population Structure of E. coli in the Environment"
Position: Research Associate, Biotechnology Institute, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Chu, Hamlet, Ph.D., December 2009
Advisor: Marc Jenkins
Thesis: "Analysis of the pre-immune T cell repertoire"
Position: Investigator II, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, San Francisco, CA

Wolf, Julie, Ph.D., January 2010
Advisor: Dana Davis
Thesis: "Characterization of the ESCRT Pathway inCandida albicans"
Position: Features Editor, American Society of Microbiology, New York, NY

Gillis, Peter, Ph.D., February 2010
Advisor: Stephen Rice
Thesis: "Regulation of stress associated protein kinase signaling pathways and apoptosis by HSV-1 ICP27"
Position: Senior Scientist, Abcam, Eugene, OR

Hoeppner, Luke, Ph.D., March 2010
Advisor: Jennifer Westendorf
Thesis: "A Lymphoid Enhancer Binding Factor (Lef) 1 Isoform Regulates Osteoblast Maturation"
Position: Postdoctoral fellow, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

DeRycke, Melissa, Ph.D., April 2010
Advisor: Amy Skubitz
Thesis: "S100A1 and Nectin 4 Biomarkers in Ovarian Cancer"
Position: Postdoctoral fellow, Mayo Clinic (Stephen Thibodeau lab), Cancer Genetic Epidemiology Training Program, Rochester, MN

Ballering, Katie, Ph.D., April 2010
Advisor: Gary Dunny
Thesis: "Identification and Characterization of Novel Genetic Determinants of Biofilm Formation in Enterococcus faecalis"
Position: Senior Associate, Hassett Willis and Company, St. Paul, MN

Johnson, Lisa, Ph.D., May 201
Advisor: Steve Jameson
Thesis:"Regulation of CD8+ Lymphopenia Induced Proliferation"
Position: Research Scientist, Trillium Therapeutics Inc, Toronto, Canada

*Cichocki, Frank, Ph.D., May 2010
Advisor: Jeff Miller
Thesis: " Epigenetic Regulation of Killer Immunoglobulin-Like Receptor Gene Expression in Developing Human Natural Killer Cells"
Position: Assistant Professor, Medicine-Hematology/Oncology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Zacchi, Lucia, Ph.D., May 2010
Advisor: Dana Davis
Thesis: "Generation of Phenotypic Diversity in the Fungal Pathogen Candida albicans"
Position: Yeast Engineer, U of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Bergerson, Rachel, Ph.D., June 2010
Advisor: David Largaespada
Thesis: "Identification and Analysis of Candidate MLL-AF9 Cooperating Genes in Acute Myeloid Leukemia"
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Minnesota (Verneris lab), Minneapolis, MN

Highfill, Steven, Ph.D., June 2010
Advisor: Bruce Blazar
Thesis: "Advancing novel cell-based therapies for the prevention of graft versus host disease (GVHD) following allogeneic bone marrow transplantation"
Position: Investigator, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Boston, MA

Weinreich, Michael, Ph.D., June 2010
Advisor: Kris Hogquist
Thesis: "The K, The L, The F, The 2, and The ology"
Position: Internal Medicine, North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset NY

Charles, Nathan, Ph.D., June 2010
Advisor: Carol Lange
Thesis: "Membrane and nuclear progesterone receptors activate tumor suppressive signaling mechanisms in cell line models of human ovarian cancer"
Position: Pathology resident, University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, Madison, WI

DeNucci, Christopher, Ph.D., July 2010
Advisor: Yoji Shimizu
Thesis: "The role of beta1 integrin on CD4 T cells"
Position: Physician, Diagnostic Radiology, Hennepin County Medical Center, Mpls

Beckman, Joan, Ph.D., July 2010
Advisor: Greg Vercellotti
Thesis: "Regulation and effects of HO-1 expression"
Position: Hematology/Oncology Fellow, UNC, Chapel Hill

Willette, Mark, Ph.D., August 2010
Advisor: Mike Farrar
Thesis: "The Role of STAT5 in Early B Cell Development and Leukemia"
Position: Instructor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

Vang, Kieng Bao, Ph.D., September 2010
Advisor: Mike Farrar
Thesis: "Co-stimulation and IL2 in Natural Regulatory T Cell Development"
Position: Research Assistant Professor, U of Arkansas, Little Rock

Lehmann, Ute, Ph.D., September 2010
Advisor: Dale Gregerson
Thesis: "Antigen Presenting Cells in the Retina"
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Jena (Thomas Kamradt lab), Jena, Germany

Griffin, Amanda, Ph.D., September 2010
Advisor: Stephen McSorley
Thesis: "Examining immune responses in a mouse model of Salmonella infection"
Position: Biologist (Animal), Rocky Mountain Veterinary Branch, Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID, NIH, Hamilton, MT

Johanns, Tanner, Ph.D., October 2010
Advisor: SingSing Way
Thesis: "CD4 T cells in protection and pathogenesis of persistent Salmonella infection"
Position: Resident, Internal Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Dietz, Wynette, Ph.D., November 2010
Advisor: Chris Pennell
Thesis: "Enhanced Efficacy of Plasmid DNA Vaccines for Cancer Therapy"
Position: Senior Development Scientist, Beckman Coulter, MN

Lofgren, Kristopher, Ph.D., December 2010
Advisor: Carol Lange
Thesis: "Modeling Brk/PTK6 Expression in the Mammary Epithelium"
Position: Research Scientist, Gundersen Medical Foundation, Oncology Research Laboratory, LaCrosse, WI

*Sukovich, David, Ph.D., December 2010
Advisor: Larry Wackett
Thesis: "Hydrocarbon Biosynthesis by Bacteria: Genes and Hydrocarbon Products"
Position: Staff Research Associate III/IV, University of California, San Francisco

Moran, Amy, Ph.D., February 2011
Advisor: Kris Hogquist
Thesis:" Revisiting the role of antigen receptor signal strength in lymphocyte development"
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Providence Cancer Center (Andrew Weinberg lab), Portland, OR

Johnson, Christopher, Ph.D., July 2011
Advisor: Gary Dunny
Thesis: "Reciprocal regulation between the prgQ and prgX operons of pCF10, a conjugative plasmic of Enterococcus faecalis"
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, MIT (Alan Grossman lab), Cambridge, MA

Akue, Adovi, Ph.D., August 2011
Advisor: Steve Jameson
Thesis: "Derivation, Maintenance and Functions of Virtual Memory Cells"
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (Patrick Duffy lab, LMIV), Rockville, MD

Odumade, Dare, Ph.D., September 2011
Advisor: Kris Hogquist
Thesis: "Prospective analysis of the primary immune response during natural Epstein-Barr virus infection in humans"
Position: Resident (Pediatrics), University of California-San Diego, CA

Hart, Geoffrey, Ph.D., October 2011
Advisor: Steve Jameson
Thesis: "The role of Krüppel-like Factor 2 in B cells"
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institutes of Health (Susan Pierce lab), Rockville, MD

Larson, Jon, Ph.D., November 2011
Advisor: David Largaespada
Thesis: "Characterization of the Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor Genome Using Transposon-Mediated Insertional Mutagenesis"
Position: Postdoc fellow, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN

Nygaard, Rachel, Ph.D., March 2012
Advisor: Leslie Schiff
Thesis: "Host and Viral Determinants of Respiratory Reovirus Infection"
Position: Surgery Research Director, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN

Cook, Laura, Ph.D., April 2012
Advisor: Gary Dunny
Thesis: "Enterococcus faecalis: Bio films, conjugation and regulation"
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Illinois (MIke Federle lab), Chicago, IL

Okagaki, Laura, Ph.D., May 2012
Advisor: Kirsten Nielsen
Thesis: "The Production and Function of Titan Cells in Cryptococcus neoformans"
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of North Carolina (Bill Goldman lab), Chapel Hill, NC

Zeng, Ming, Ph.D., May 2012
Advisor: Ashley Haase
Thesis: "Lymphoid Tissue Damage in HIV and SIV Infections Depletes Naive T Cells and Limits Immune Reconstitution after Anti-retroviral Therapy"
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas Southwestern (Bruce Beutler lab), Dallas, TX

Phillips, Stacia, Ph.D., June 2012
Advisor: Wade Bresnahan
Thesis: "Characterization of the human cytomegalovirus tegument protein UL94 and its interaction with UL99"
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Duke University (Mariano Garcia-Blanco lab), Durham, NC

Rowe, Jared, Ph.D., June 2012
Advisor: SingSIng Way
Thesis: "Regulatory T cells and the immune pathogenesis of prenatal Listeriosis"
Position: Resident (Pediatrics), Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA

Haasken, Stefanie, Ph.D., June 2012
Advisor: Bryce Binstadt
Thesis: "Immunity and Tolerance in the K/BxN Model of Spontaneous Arthritis and Endocarditis"
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Iowa (Fayyaz Sutterwala lab), Iowa City, IA

Reed, Johanna, Ph.D., June 2012
Advisor: Kaylee Schwertfeger
Thesis: "Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptor 1-Induced Osteopontin Regulates Proinflammatory Molecular to Mediate Cross-Talk Between Breast Cancer Cells land the Surrounding Tumor Microenvironment"
Position: Contractor Quality Specialist, Upsher Smith Laboratories, Plymouth, MN

Beisang, Daniel, Ph.D., July 2012
Advisor: Paul Bohjanan
Thesis: "Regulation and Function of the RNA-Binding Protein CELF1"
Position: Resident (Pediatrics), University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN

Pagan, Antonio, Ph.D., July 2012
Advisor: Marc Jenkins
Thesis: "Roles of CD28, Inducible Costimulator, and the Interleukin-2 Reeptor in Helper T Cell Memory Formation"
Position: Postdoctoral fellow, University of Washington (Lalita Ramakrishnan lab), Seattle, WA

Albin, John, Ph.D., August 2012
Advisor: Reuben Harris
Thesis: "Human Immunodeficiency Virus Evasion of APOBEC3 Restriction Factors"
Position: Resident (Internal Medicine), Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Gleason, Michelle, Ph.D., August 2012
Advisor: Jeff Miller
Thesis: "The Functional Role of the Activating Receptors TIM-3 and CD16 in Human Natural Killer (NK) Cell Biology"
Position: Medical Science Liaison, Oncology, Sandoz,, Minneapolis, MN

Linehan, Jonathan, Ph.D., September 2012
Advisor: Marc Jenkins
Thesis: "The generation and maintenance of TH17 cells in response to bacterial infection"
Position: Postdoctoral fellow, NIH, NIAID (Yasmine Belkaid lab), Rockville, MD

Knorr, David, Ph.D., September 2012
Advisor: Dan Kaufman
Thesis: “Engineering Human Pluripotent Stem Cells for Enhanced Lymphocyte Development and Function”
Position: Resident (Internal Medicine, PSTP), Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY

Barnes, Aaron, Ph.D., October 2012
Advisor: Gary Dunny
Thesis: "Ultrastructural analysis of the extracellular matrix in early Enterococcus faecalis biofilms"
Position: Postdoc, Microbiology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Schulz, Wade, Ph.D., October 2012
Advisor: Leslie Schiff
Thesis: “Cellular Determinants of Reovirus Entry and Infection”
Position: Resident (Clinical Pathology), Yale University, New Haven, CT

Lowman, Xazmin, Ph.D., November 2012
Advisor: Ameeta Kelekar
Thesis: "A novel role for the pro-apoptotic protein Noxa in survival and glucose metaabolism"
Position: Postdoctoral fellow, Cancer Metabolism Lab at the Beckman Research Institute, City of Hope, Duarte, CA

Rodriguez, Mariangellys, Ph.D., December 2012
Advisor: David Potter
Thesis: "Cytochrome P450 1A1 regulates breast cancer cell proliferation and survival"
Position: Senior Scientist, Beckman Coulter, Chanhassen, MN

Gomez, Jose, Ph.D., December 2012
Advisor: Vitaly Polunovsky
Thesis: "hTERT-mediated immortalization of human mammary epithelial cells promotes clonal diversity, resistance to Ras-induced premature senescence and pro-neoplastic phenotype"
Position:

Veenstra, Rachelle, Ph.D., January 2013
Advisor: Bruce Blazar
Thesis: "Tim-3/Gal-9 and B7-H3 pathways act as negative regulators of acute Graft versus Host Disease"
Position: Proposal Writer, PRA Health Sciences, Raleigh, NC

Zumwalde, Nicholas, Ph.D., April 1, 2013
Advisor: Yoji Shimizu
Thesis: "The Role of ICAM-1 Mediated T cell: T cell Interactions on CD8+ T cell Effector Function and Differentiation"
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wisconsin (Jenny Gumperz/Michael Gould labs), Madison, WI

Nanton, Minelva, Ph.D., July 2013
Advisors: Stephen McSorley and Chandy John
Thesis: "Protective B cell Responses During Salmonella Infection"
Position: Family Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN

Skon, Cara, Ph.D., July 2013
Advisor: Steve Jameson
Thesis:" KLF2's role in T cell trafficking and retention in lymphoid and non-lymphoid tissues"
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Genentech (John Monroe lab), San Francisco, CA

Mehta, Misha, Ph.D., July 2013
Advisor: Daniel Bond
Thesis: "Molecular Mechanism of Metal Respiration by Geothrix fermentans"
Position: Postdoctoral fellow, University of California (Coates lab), Berkeley, CA

Pauken, Kristen, Ph.D., July 2013
Advisor: Brian Fife
Thesis: "The inhibitory receptor PD-1 differentially regulates effector and anergic autoreactive CD4+ T cells during Type 1 Diabetes"
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania (E. John Wherry lab), Philadelphia, PA

Rathe, Susan, Ph.D., September 2013
Advisor: David Largaespada
Thesis: "A study of chemotherapy resistance in acute myeloid leukemia"
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Minnesota (Largaespada lab), Minneapolis, MN

Skinner, Nicole, Ph.D., October 2013
Advisor: Chris Pennell
Thesis: "The effect of prolonged gene expression on DNA vaccine efficacy"
Position: Internal Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA

Anderson, Kristin, Ph.D., March 2014
Advisor: David Masopust
Thesis: "Essential discrimination of vascular and tissue lymphocytes redefines CD8 T cell responses to respiratory infection"
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Phil Greenberg lab), Seattle, WA

Hall, Jeffrey, Ph.D., March 2014
Advisor: Yinduo Ji
Thesis: "Regulation of Anti-phagocytosis Virulence Factors by the Essential YhcSR Two-component System of Staphylococcus aureau"
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Minnesota (Mark Herzberg lab), Minneapolis, MN

Litterman, Adam, Ph.D., April 2014
Advisor: David Largaespada
Thesis: "Overcoming obstacles in glioma immunotherapy"
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California (Mark Ansel lab), San Francisco, CA

O'Donnell, Hope, Ph.D., June 2014
Advisor: Stephen McSorley
Thesis: "Eliciting Th1 effector functions: A mechanism and role for innate amplification of the Th1 response during infection"
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Pasteur Institute, Paris, France

James, Britnie, Ph.D., June 2014
Advisor: Tom Griffith
Thesis: "Ad5-TRAIL/CpG Immunotherapy for the Treatment of Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma"
Position: Scientist, MD Biosciences, St. Paul, MN

Nelson, Ryan, Ph.D., June 2014
Advisor: Marc Jenkins
Thesis: "The origin and function of a large naive CD4+ T cell population"
Position: Resident (Pediatrics), Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA

Mahmud, Shawn, Ph.D., July 2014
Advisor: Mike Farrar
Thesis: "TNF receptor superfamily costimulation drives thymic Treg development and repertoire selection"
Position: Resident (Pediatrics), University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Flynn, Ryan, Ph.D., August 2014
Advisor: Bruce Blazar
Thesis: "B cells, T follicular helpers, and germinal centers as facilitators of chronic Graft-versus-Host disease"
Position: Postdoctoral fellow, University of Minnesota (Blazar lab), Minneapolis, MN

Conboy, Caitlin, Ph.D., September 2014
Advisor: David Largaespada
Thesis: "R-spondin 2 drives Wnt signaling and tumorigenesis in multiple tissues"
Position: Resident (Internal Medicine, Research Track), Rochester, MN

Kotloski, Nicholas, Ph.D., September 2014
Advisor: Jeff Gralnick
Thesis: "Export and role of flavin electron shuttles in Shewanella oneidensis strain MR-1"
Position: Postdoctoral fellow, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC

Welty, Nathan, Ph.D., September 2014
Advisor: Dan Kaplan
Thesis: "In vivo functions of intestinal dendritic cells"
Position: Resident (Internal Medicine, PSTP), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Schenkel, Jason, Ph.D., November 2014
Advisor: Dave Masopust
Thesis: "The distribution and function of resident memoroy CD8 T cells"
Position: Resident (Clinical Pathology), Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, MA

Brand, Lucas, Ph.D., April 2015
Advisor: Scott Dehm
Thesis: "Therapeutic targeting of intrinsically disordered androgen receptor functional domain in prostate cancer"
Position: Postdoctoral fellow, Thomas Jefferson University (Karen Knudsen lab), Philadelphia, PA

Herrera, Jeremy, June 2015
Advisor: Peter Bitterman
Thesis: "Pathological extracellular matrix suppressed microRNA-29 at the level of microRNA processing in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis"
Position: Postdoctoral fellow, University of Minnesota (Bitterman lab), Minneapolis, MN

Katerndahl, Casey, July 2015
Advisor: Michael Farrar
Thesis: "The balance of STAT5 and NFkB or IKAROS at enhancer networks dictates progenitor B cell survival, proliferation, and differentiation"
Position:

Weingarden, Alexa, July 2015
Advisors: Michael Sadowsky and Alex Khoruts
Thesis: "Mechanisms of Fecal Microbiota Transplantation and Development of Novel Therapies for Clostridium difficile Infection"
Position: Medical School, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Dunmire, Samantha, July 2015
Advisor: Kristin Hogquist
Thesis: Immunological responses during the incubation period and acute phase of naturally acquired primary Epstein-Barr virus infection"
Position: Postdoctoral fellow, University of Minnesota (Blazar lab), Minneapolis, MN

Drees, Jeremy, July 2015
Advisor: Janet Schottel
Thesis: Salmonella enterica Typhimurium as a tumor-targeting immunotherapy vector"
Position: Scientist, MD Biosciences, St. Paul, MN

Diep, Caroline, August 2015
Advisor: Carol Lange
Thesis: "Progesterone Receptor Isosform Signaling in Ovarian Cancer Cell Senescence
Position: Postdoctoral fellow, UT Southwestern Medical Center (Michael A. White lab), Dallas, TX

Leonard, Brandon, August 2015
Advisor: Reuben Harris
Thesis: "Regulation of APOBEC3B Catalyzed Mutation in Ovarian Cancer"
Position: Postdoctoral fellow (Jennifer Granis lab), University of California, San Francisco

Cabrera-Perez, Javier, August 2015
Advisor: Tom Griffith
Thesis: "Examining helper T-cell recovery after sepsis"
Position: Medical School, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Levar, Caleb, September 2015
Advisor: Daniel Bond
Thesis: "Redox potential dependent respiration by Geobacter sulfurreducens"
Position: Assistant Brewer, Fair State Brewing Cooperative, Minneapolis, MN

Wiesner, Darin, September 2015
Advisors: Kirsten Nielsen and Paul Bohjanen
Thesis: "Induction, Regulation, and Consequences of Type-2 Helpe T Cells Responses to Pulmonary Fungal Infection"
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow (Bruce Klein lab), University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Kaleker, Lokeshchandra, March 2016
Advisor: Daniel Mueller
Thesis: "The role of anergy in peripheral tolerance"
Position:

Nomura, Alice, April 2016
Advisor: Ashok Saluja
Thesis: "Molecular Mechanisms of Stemness and Invasion in Pancreatic Cancer"
Position: Postdoctoral Associate, (Ashok Saluja lab), University of Miami, Miami, FL

Kashem, Sakeen, May 2016
Advisor: Dan Kaplan
Thesis: "Immunity against Candida albicans skin infections"
Position: Medical School, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Regan Anderson, Tarah, June 2016
Advisor: Carol Lange
Thesis: "Regulation of breast tumor kinase (Brk) expression by stress-sensing pathways in triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC)"
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow (Lange lab), University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Crabtree, Juliet, June 2016
Advisor: Erik Peterson
Thesis: The function of PTPN22 and the autoimmune risk variant LypW in immune responses to vaccination:
Position: Postdoctoral fellow (Peterson lab), University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

McDonald-Hyman, Cameron, August 2016
Advisor: Bruce Blazar
Thesis: "Methods to enhance the efficacy of regulatory T-cell therapies for acute and chronic Graft-versus-Host Disease"
Position: Medical School, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Steinert, Elizabeth, August 2016
Advisor: Dave Masopust
Thesis: "Evaluating memory CD8 T cell quantity, distribution and migration"
Position: Postdoctoral fellow, Northwestern University (Navdeep Chandel lab), Chicago, IL

Angelos, Mat, September 2016
Advisor: Dan Kaufman
Thesis: "Mechanismis of early hemato-endothelial development from human pluripotent stem cells"
Position: Medical School, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Shabani, Estela, September 2016
Advisor: Chandy John
Thesis: "Identifying parasite virulence factors and host genetic and immunologic factors that contribute to severe malarial outcomes in Ugandan children"
Position: Postdoctoral fellow, Harvard School of Public Health (Monoj Duruisingh lab), Boston, MA

Smith, Michelle, September 2016
Advisor: Bruce Blazar
Thesis: "Mechanisms of thymic involution and therapies to prevent or treat the loss of thymic epithelial cells"
Position: Consultant, Boston Consulting Group, Boston, MA

Chuntova, Pavlina, October 2016
Advisor: Kaylee Schwertfeger
Thesis: "Contriutions of STAT3 to tumor and immune cell functions in breast cancer"
Position: Postdoctoral scholar (Hideho Okada lab), University of California, San Francisco

Bennett, Brittany, January 2017
Advisor: Jeff Gralnick
Thesis: "Interactions with iron: Ferrous iron transport and resistance in Shewanella oneidensis strain MR-1"
Position: Postdoctoral fellow, University of Hawaii (Ned Ruby lab), Honolulu, HI

Dillon, Nicholas, February 2017
Advisor: Tony Baughn
Thesis: "Exploring the mechanism by which pyrazinamide exerts its antimicrobial activity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis"
Position: Postdoctoral fellow, University of California (Victor Nizet), San Diego, CA


M.S. Degrees Awarded:

Jiang, Yuehua, M.S., August 1999
Advisor: Catherine Verfaillie
Thesis: "Opposing effects of engagement of integrins and stimulation of cytokine receptors on normal human hematopoietic progenitor cell proliferation"
Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Zhou, Liang, M.S., September 1999
Advisor: Gary Dunny
Thesis: "The Bacterial Group II intron L1.1trB: Regulation of its Expression and the Role in Conjugation"
Position: Research Scientist, British Columbia Cancer Agency, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Yue, Shinji, M.S., December 1999
Advisor: Harry Orr
Thesis: "Ataxin-1 Nucleic Acid Interaction"
Position: Assoc. Product Manager, Reagent Sales; MJ Research, Inc., Waltham, MA

Epler, Jennifer, M.S., May 2000
Advisor: Yoji Shimizu
Thesis: "Requirement for ZAP-70 in regulating beta-1 integrin-mediated adhesion in T cells"
Position: Research Associate, Genentech, South San Francisco, CA

Parke, Evan, M.S., July 2000
Advisor: Kris Hogquist
Thesis: "Antigen presentation in a CD8 T cell-mediated autoimmune disease"
Position: Patent attorney, Washington, DC

Gao, Jimin, M.S., July 2000
Advisor: Vivian Bardwell
Thesis: "Cloning of Human NOT1 and its Potential Involvement in BCL-6 Function"
Position: Enrolled in computer science program, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Fink Jason, M.S., October 2000
Advisor: Tucker LeBien
Thesis: "Examining the changes in gene expression in B-cell differentiation through differential display
polymerase chain reaction"
Position: Research Scientist, 3M Company, St. Paul, MN

Vaessen, Ben, M.S., August 2002
Advisor: Catherine Verfaillie
Thesis: "Gene Expression Analysis of Multipotent Adult Progenitor Cells"
Position: GlaxoSmithKline, Pennsylvania

Asch, Sarah, M.S., August 2003
Advisor: Marc Jenkins
Thesis: "Characterizing Antigen Presentation to CD4+ T Cells in Non-lymphoid Tissue"
Position: Medical Student, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Heggem, Michael, M.S., July 2005
Advisor: Christopher Pennell
Thesis: "Heat shock protein immune receptors"
Position: Laboratory Assistant, Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN

Li, Ying, M. S., May 2007
Advisor: Bruce Walcheck
Thesis: "Role of ADAM17 in the ectodomain shedding of the adhesion molecule"
Position: Account Manager, eBioscience an Affymetrix Company, San Francisco, CA

McKelvey, Pam, M.S., January 2008
Advisor: Sandra Armstrong
Thesis: "Bordetella pathogenesis and NAD metabolism"
Position:

Guerrero, Faimola, M.S., September 2008
Advisor: Christopher Pennell
Thesis: "Dendritic Cell activation by Mycobacterium tuberculosis Heat Shock Protein 70"
Position: Scientist, Biothera, Eagan, MN

Kronemann, Daniel, M.S., October 2009
Advisor: Wade Bresnahan
Thesis: "Characterization of Viral Mutants for the Functional Analysis of ppUL69 During Human Cytomegalovirus Replication"
Position: Clinical laboratory technologist, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Zamora, Edward, M.S., August 2012
Advisor: Jaime Modiano
Thesis: "Dual labeling of syngeneic tumor cells for in vivo and in vitro localization"
Position:

Sanders, Leon, M.S., May 2015
Advisor: Steve Rice
Thesis: "A cell-type dependent growth defect in HSV-1 ICP27 mutants"
Position: Scientist, IntraCellular Technologies, Minneapolis MN