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M.D. Program

M.D. Program

Our students

Year of Matriculation Student Name Graduate Group Ph.D. Advisor
2006


Vidya Atluri
Nicolas Prionas


Microbiology
Biomedical Eng.

Renee Tsolis, Ph.D.
John Boone, Ph.D.

2007


Weston Powell
Samir Awasthi


BMCDB
Biomedical Eng.


Janine LaSalle, Ph.D.
Dennis Matthews, Ph.D.

2008

Christopher Fortenbach
Jordan Lang
Can Sungur

BMCDB
BMCDB
Immunology

Marie Burns, Ph.D.
David Pleasure, M.D., Ph.D.
William Murphy, Ph.D.

2009

Carolyn Black
Eamon Balouch
Andrew Wong

Immunology
BMCDB
Biomedical Eng.

Lisa Miller, Ph.D.
Jerry Powell, M.D.,Shaun Coughlin, M.D., Ph.D.
Katherine Ferrara, Ph.D.

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2006

 

 
Vidya Atluri

Alma Mater: University of California, San Diego
These Advisor: Renee Tsolis, Ph.D
Graduate Group: Microbiology
Research Project: n/a


 
Nicolas D. Prionas

Alma Mater: Stanford University
Thesis Advisor: John M. Boone, Ph.D.
Graduate Group: Biomedical Engineering
Research Project: My research project focuses on the use of dedicated breast computed tomography as a novel platform for quantitative targeting and image-guided radiation therapy for the treatment of breast cancer.

Publications - UC Davis:
N. D. Prionas, S. Y. Huang and J. M. Boone, "Experimentally determined spectral optimization for dedicated breast computed tomography," Med Phys 38, 646-655 (2011).

N. D. Prionas, K. K. Lindfors, S. Ray, S. Y. Huang, L. A. Beckett, W. L. Monsky and J. M. Boone, "Contrast-enhanced dedicated breast CT: initial clinical experience," Radiology 256, 714-723 (2010).

N. D. Prionas, S. Ray and J. M. Boone, "Volume assessment accuracy in computed tomography: a phantom study," J Appl Clin Med Phys 11, 3037 (2010).

N. D. Prionas, M. A. Gillen and J. M. Boone, "Longitudinal volume analysis from computed tomography: Reproducibility using adrenal glands as surrogate tumors," J Med Phys 35, 174-180 (2010).

S. Y. Huang, J. M. Boone, K. Yang, N. J. Packard, S. E. McKenney, N. D. Prionas, K. K. Lindfors and M. J. Yaffe, "The characterization of breast anatomical metrics using dedicated breast CT," Medical Physics 38, 2180-2191 (2011).

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2007


 

Weston Powell

Alma Mater: Princeton University   
Thesis Advisor: Janine LaSalle, Ph.D.
Graduate group: BMCDB
Research Project:  My research project involves looking at Neurodevelopmental diseases, chromatin structure and remodeling during development, RNA metabolism and trafficking, mechanisms of imprinting.

Publications:
Powell, Weston T.,
Rochelle L. Coulson, Florence K. Crary, Spencer S. Wong, Robert A. Ach, Peter Tsang, N. Alice Yamada, Dag H. Yasui, and Janine M. Lasalle. 2013. “A Prader-Willi Locus lncRNA Cloud Modulates Diurnal Genes and Energy Expenditure.” Human Molecular Genetics 22 (21) (November 1): 4318–28.

Powell, Weston T., Rochelle L. Coulson, Michael L. Gonzales, Florence K. Crary, Spencer S. Wong, Sarrita Adams, Robert A. Ach, et al. 2013. “R-Loop Formation at Snord116 Mediates Topotecan Inhibition of Ube3a-Antisense and Allele-Specific Chromatin Decondensation.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 110 (34) (August 20): 13938–43. Lasalle, Janine M., Weston T. Powell, and Dag H. Yasui. 2013. “Epigenetic Layers and Players Underlying Neurodevelopment.” Trends in Neurosciences 36 (8) (August): 460–70.

Powell, Weston T., and Janine M. LaSalle. 2013. “Imprinting in the CNS and Neurodevelopmental Disorders.” In Epigenetic Regulation in the Nervous System, edited by J. David Sweatt, Michael J. Meaney, Eric J. Nestler, and Schahram Akbarian, 267–279. Academic Press.

Meguro-Horike, Makiko, Dag H. Yasui, Weston Powell, Diane I. Schroeder, Mitsuo Oshimura, Janine M. Lasalle, and Shin-Ichi Horike. 2011. “Neuron-Specific Impairment of Inter-Chromosomal Pairing and Transcription in a Novel Model of Human 15q-Duplication Syndrome.” Human Molecular Genetics 20 (19): 3798–3810.

Fellowships and Awards: 2011-2013
NINDS Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellows in MD-PhD programs (F31). Award F31NS073164. March 2013 2013 Max Kleiber Graduate Research Prize. Awarded annually in recognition of the most outstanding dissertation in the areas of nutrition and metabolism. November 2012 2012 ASHG/Charles J. Epstein Trainee Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Research. Awarded at the annual ASHG meeting for excellence in research presented.

 

 

Samir Awasthi

Alma Mater: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Thesis Advisor: Dennis Matthews, Ph.D.
Graduate Group: Biomedical Engineering
Research Project: (1-2 sentences):
We are developing a label-free, non-invasive cell sorter capable of purifying stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (SC-CMs) from the mixture of cells that results from a typical embryoid body or directed differentiation protocol. The technology is based off of second harmonic generation (SHG), a nonlinear optical process that occurs quite strongly in sarcomeric myosin. We are also using SHG to image the contractile dynamics of immature SC-CMs

 

Presentations:  Optics Within Life Sciences 2010 (Quebec City, QC, Canada). "Second
harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy of stem cell derived
cardiomyocytes."

SPIE Photonics West: BIOS 2011 (San Francisco, CA). "Characterization
of stem cell derived cardiomyocytes using second harmonic generation
(SHG) microscopy."

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2008

 

Christoper Fortenbach

Alma Mater: University of California, Davis
Thesis Advisor: Marie Burns, Ph.D.
Graduate Group: BMCDB
Research Project: n/a

 

 

Jordan Lang

Alma Mater: Union College
Thesis Advisor: Su Hao Lo, Ph.D.
Graduate Group: BMCDB
Research Project: n/a

 

Can Sungur

Alma Mater: Macalester College
Thesis Advisor:  William J. Murphy, Ph.D.
Graduate Group: Immunology
Research Project:  My research project involves the role of specific subsets of natural killer cells in terms of tumor and viral responses. We also look at these subsets of natural killer cells after a hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in hopes of identifying particular subsets more effective at preventing cancer relapse and viral reactivation.
Publications:  n/a

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2009

 

Carolyn Zenith Black

Alma Mater: University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Thesis Advisor: Lisa Miller, Ph.D.
Graduate Group: Immunology
Research Project: n/a
Publications: n/a

 

 

Eamon Balouch

Alma Mater: University of California, Berkeley
Thesis Advisor: Jerry Powell, M.D.(UC Davis), Shaun Coughlin, M.D., Ph.D.(UCSF)
Graduate Group: BMCDB
Research Project: n/a

 

Andrew Wong

Alma Mater: Stanford University
Thesis Advisor: Katherine Ferrara, Ph.D.
Graduate Group: Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group
Research Project:  My research project is in image guided drug delivery, using imaging to study and facilitate the targeting of drug carrying nanoparticles to their site of action.

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