Pharmacology students in matching vests


The Pharmacology Training Program currently has 31 students enrolled in the Ph.D. Program. Of the current students, 5 entered the program as M.D./Ph.D. (MSTP) students; and 4 others entered the program from the umbrella Biomedical Science Program (BSP). The Pharmacology Graduate Training Program consistently matriculates students from all three potential sources: direct recruiting, the BSP, and the MSTP. With an average GPA of 3.6 and GRE scores of V: 157, Q: 157(170 scale), our applicants are clearly competitive. They also represent a broad and diverse geographic distribution as well as a variety of undergraduate majors including: biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, pharmacy and psychology. Over the last ten years, the average size of the matriculated class of students Pharmacology Training Program students has been 4.6 and the average time to degree is ~5.2 years. The retention rate, that is students who complete the program with their Ph.D. is (37/49) or 76% over the last 10 years. Another 8 students completed the program with M.S. degrees. Thus, the overall percentage of a students graduating with an advanced degree is (45/49) 92%. Between 1998 and 2017, the Pharmacology T32 Training Grant supported 65 of its 111 Training Program graduate students.

Current StudentsStudent Information
Faith AguilarFaith Aguilar
BS, Chemistry, Univ. of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, TX, 2017
Evelyn BordeauxEvelyn Bordeaux
BS, Biochemistry, Seattle Univ., Seattle, WA, 2017
Mentor: Sikora, Matthew J.
Investigating the unique regulation and functions of ER in ILC breast cancers.
Visit the Sikora Lab website.
Dillon BoultonDillon ​Boulton
BS, Biology, Rowan Univ., Glassboro, NJ, 2016
Mentor: Caino, M. Cecilia
Elucidating the role of Mitochondrial Rho-like GTPase, Miro2, in the regulation of mitochondrial dynamics and turnover
Nicole Brown

Nicole Brown
BA, Neuroscience, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 2016
Mentor: Bayer, Ulli

Nicole Brown's Publications on NIH

Amelia BurchAmelia Burch
BS, Neuroscience, Emory Univ., Atlanta, GA, 2015
The role of the TRPM2 ion channel in synaptic and cognitive dysfunction following focal cerebral ischemia
Amelia Burch's Publications on NIH
Nan ChenNan Chen
BS, Pharmacy, China Pharmaceutical Univ., 2014; M.S., Drug Discovery and Development, Drexel Univ., 2016
Mentor: Doebele, Robert C.
Investigating how EGFR mediates early adaptive resistance to tyrosine kinase inhibitors in NSCLC driven by oncogenic fusion kinases
Nan Chen's Publications on PubMed
Sarah Cook​Sarah Cook
BS, Neurobiology, Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX, 2014
Mentor: Bayer, K.​​​​​​​​ Ulrich
Role of CAMKII T305-306 auto-phosphorylation in bi-directional synaptic plasticity (LTP vs. LTD)
Sarah Cook's Publications on PubMed
Madison FurnishMadison Furnish
BS, Biology, Univ. of Louisville, Louisville, KY, 2017
Mentor: Caino, M. Cecilia
Identification and characterization of novel effector proteins in the Rho-like GTPase Miro2 that alter metabolism and motility in prostate cancer.
Joshua GarciaJoshua Garcia
BS, Biology, Univ. of New Mexico, 2015
Mentor: Smith, Katharine R.
Understanding mechanisms of inhibitory synapse down-regulation in vulnerable cell-types during OGD
Sean HickeySean Hickey
BA&Sc., Psychology and Philosophy, Regis Univ., Denver, CO, 2013
Mentor: Saba, Laura M.
Elucidating genetically regulated gene expression in the context of addiction.
Sean Hickey's Publications on Research Gate
Jessica HsuJessica Hsu
BS, Molecular Toxicology, Univ. of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 2014
Mentor: Ford, Heide L.
Utilizing zebrafish as a model organism to investigate the mechanisms by which developmental genes contribute to formation and progression of Rhabdomyosarcoma.
Alex HuffmanAlex Huffman
BA, Neuroscience, Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL, 2018
Mentor: Dell’Acqua, Mark
Connor HughesConnor Hughes
BS, Biology, Univ. of Richmond, Richmond, VA, 2016
Mentor: Ford, Heide L.
I study the role of Eya transcriptional cofactors in regulation of the immune response in triple negative breast cancer
Danielle JeffreyDanielle Jeffrey
BS, Cellular and Molecular Biology, California State Univ., Chico, CA, 2012; M.S., Biomedical Sciences, Regis Univ., Denver, CO, 2016
Austin JollyAustin Jolly
BA, Intergrated Physiology, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 2016
Mentor: Weiser-Evans, Mary C.M.
Investigating the contribution of vascular progenitor cells to pathologic vascular remodeling, fibrosis, and hypertension.
Robert JonesRobert Jones
BS, Biological Sciences, Univ. of Michigan, Dearborn, MI, 2009
Mentor: Theodorescu, Daniel
Investigating molecular determinants of chemosensitivity in bladder cancer.
Robert Jone's Publications on NCBI
Dean KareemoDean Kareemo
BS, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Univ. of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, 2018
Mentor: Kennedy, Matt
Mason KleinjanMason Kleinjan
BS, Biology, Univ. North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, 2017
Mentor: Kennedy, Matthew J.
Investigating the Spine Apparatus and unconventional protein trafficking in neurons
Sean Korpela​Sean Korpela
BS, Biochemistry, Loyola Univ., Chicago, IL, 2014
Mentor: Heasley, Lynn E.
Inhibition of oncogenic signaling pathways can modulate T-cell inflammation
Sean Korpela's Publications on PubMed
Christophe Langouet-AstrieChristophe Langouet-Astrie
BS, Biotechnology & Statistics Minor, James Madison Univ., Harrisonburg, VA, 2015; M.S., Biomedical Sciences and Biotechnology, Univ. of Colorado Anschutz, Denver, CO, 2018
Mentor: Schmidt, Eric P.
Glycosaminoglycan therapeutics to sequester pathogenic toxins in Sepsis.
Christophe Langouet-Astrie's Publications on PubMed
Wells LariviereWells LaRiviere
BA, Political Science, Reed College, Portland, OR, 2010; BS, Molecular Biology, Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, 2013
Mentor: Schmidt, Eric P.
The vascular and pulmonary glycobiology of critical illness
Brian LloydBrian Lloyd
BM, Vocal Performance, Univ. of Denver, Denver, CO, 2013; BS, Biology, Univ. of Colorado, Denver, CO, 2017
Mentor: Aoto, Jason
Subsynaptic characterization of neurexins
Brian Lloud's Publications on PubMed
Tyler MartinezTyler Martinez
BA, Physics & French, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, 2011
Mentor: Dell'Acqua, Mark L.
Synapse regulation by NFAT-dependent transcription.
Michael Orman

Michael Orman
BS Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, 2015
MS Biotechnology, Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL, 2018

Mentor: Costello, Jim
Investigating molecular drivers of metastatic prostate cancer

Susana RestrepoSusana Restrepo
BS, Bio-Biotechnology, Univ. of Florida, 2015
Mentor: Aoto, Jason
Role of Neurexin3-alpha at the synapse.
Susana Restrepo's Publications on PubMed
Andrew Riching​Andrew Riching
BS, Biochemistry & Music, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, 2012
Mentor: Song, Kunhua
Investigating regulation of cardiomyogenesis for cardiac repair.
Andrew Riching's Publications on PubMed
Emilia SmithEmelia Smith
BS, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, 2019
Mentor: Ford, Heide
Eric StokesEric Stokes
BS, Biology, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA, 2018
Mentor: Aoto, Jason
Alexander Strait​Alexander (Sascha) Strait
BS, Biological Science, Univ. of California, Davis, CA, 2004
Mentor: Wang, Xiao-Jing
TGF-β signaling regulates the response to immune checkpoint blockade in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma.
Alexandra Strait's Publications on PubMed
Philip TatmanPhilip Tatman
BS, Physiology and Biochemistry, Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2014
Mentor: Black, Joshua C.
Activation of the insulin receptor by histone three tail peptides.
Publications: View on Google Scholar
Jonathan TullisJonathan Tullis
BS, Chemistry, Santa Clara Univ., Santa Clara, CA, 2014
Mentor: Bayer, K.​​​​​​​​ Ulrich
Investigating DAPK1 localization and function in synaptic plasticity.
Jonathan Tullis's Publications on NIH
Jackie TurnerJaqueline Turner
BA, Biochemistry and Integrative Physiology, Univ of Colorado Boulder., Boulder, CO, 2017
Mentor: Raul M. Torres
Lipid modulation of anti-tumor immunity and immunosurveillance
Logan TylerLogan Tyler
BS, Biology, Villanova Univ., 2012; MPH., Epidemiology, Drexel Univ., 2014
Mentor: Doebele, Robert C.
Investigating mechanisms of acquired resistance to tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) in human primary cell lines with driving receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) fusion mutations
Logan Tyler's Publications on PubMed
Emily WagnerEmily Wagner
BS, Biotechnology, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, 2018
Mentor: Nemenoff, Raphael A.
Investigating the role of chemokine CCL2 in the recruitment of macrophages to the tumor microenvironment of NSCLC
Gregory WrightGregory Wright
BS, Chemistry, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, 2003; MS Chemistry & Bioinformatics, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, 2014
Mentor: Black, Joshua C.
Investigating transient site-specific gain as a mechanism of gene amplification