Recent PSTP Alumni

2015 Cohort

Amanda Davis, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan
"Pharmacology of Hsp70 Activation"
Advisor: Yoichi Osawa, Ph.D.

Lindsey R. Drake, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University
"Synthesis of a Monoamine Oxidase B Selective PET Tracer"
Advisor: Peter J. H. Scott, Ph.D.

Lindsay Scheetz, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist, Merck
"Personalized immunotherapy for Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) using neoantigen-loaded synthetic high-density (sHDL) lipoprotein nanodisc vaccines"
Advisor: James Moon, Ph.D.

2014 Cohort

Rachel D. Altshuler, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Maryland, BC
"Effects of Protein Kinase CBeta Inhibition on Drug- Taking"
Advisor: Margaret E. Gnegy, Ph.D. and Emily Jutkiewicz, Ph.D.

Tyler S. Beyett, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School
"Structure-Based Design of IKKe and TBK1"
Advisor: John J. Tesmer, Ph.D.

Daniel E. Epling, Ph.D.

Pharmacometrician, Ann Arbor Pharmacometrics
"Prodrug Targeting and Activitation Strategy for Improving the Oral Absorption of Gemcitabine"
Advisor: David E. Smith, Ph.D.

Erin Gallagher, Ph.D.

Scientist, Sapience Therapeutics, Inc.
"Targeting the eiF4E-4E-BP2 Protein-Protein Interaction in Human Disease"
Advisor: Amanda L. Garner, Ph.D.

Nicholas W. Griggs, Ph.D.

Associate Toxicologist, SafeBridge Consultants
"Exploration of Control Mechanisms for Mu-Delta Opiod Receptor Signaling Using Opiod Peptides and Peptidomimetics"
Advisors: John R. Traynor, Ph.D. and Henry I. Mosberg, Ph.D.

Joel Maust, Ph.D.

Technical Writer, University of Michigan
"Targeting KRAS Signaling to Treat GI Cancers"
Advisor: Judith S. Leopold, Ph.D.

Jeffery D. Zwicker, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist, Deciphera Pharmaceuticals
"Development of Inhibitors of SUMO-Specific Protease"
Advisor: Jorge A. Lluhi-Iniguez, Ph.D. and Scott D. Larsen, Ph.D.

2013 Cohort

Michael P. Aguis, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Dana Faber Cancer Institute
"Conformation Selective Kinase Inhibitors"
Advisor: Matthew B. Soellner, Ph.D.

Carrie M. Johnson, Ph.D.

Medical Student, Cleveland Clinic
"Discovery and Development of Small Molecule Probes for the SUMO Protease SENP1, a Novel Target for Advanced Prostate Cancer Therapy"
Advisor: Jorge A. Iniguez-Lluhi, Ph.D.

Justin R. McNally, Ph.D.

Scientist, Millendo Therapeutics
"Kinetic Analysis of Human DNA Ligase III"
Advisor: Patrick J. O'Brien, Ph.D.

Nathan T. Scharf, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, University of Tampa
"Drug Discovery for Rifampin- Resistant Mycobacterium Tuberculosis"
Advisor: George A. Garcia, Ph.D.

2012 Cohort

Cameron Capper, Ph.D.

Manager, Regulatory Affairs Concept Therapeutics
"Studies of Cytochrome P450 17A1 (CYP17A1) Genetic Polymorphism"
Advisor: James M. Rae, Ph.D.

Sarah R. Mikelman, Ph.D.

Digital Communications Specialist, Oxford Pharma
"Tamoxifen Analogues as Therapeutics for Psychostimulant Addiction"
Advisor: Margaret E. Gnegy, Ph.D.

Nicolas Senese, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Illinois
"SRole of Regulator of G-Protein Signaling Proteins in Serotonin and Opioid Mediated Behaviors"
Advisor: John R. Traynor, Ph.D.

Zapporah T. Young, Ph.D.

Staff Scientist, Yumanity Therapeutics, Inc.
"Rhodacyanines Inhibit Hsp70 Protein-Protein Interactions and Stabilize Substrate Bound Protein Complexes"
Advisor: Jason E. Gestwicki, Ph.D.

2011 Cohort

Anthony A. Emanuele, Ph.D.

Senior Development Scientist, Beckham Coulter
"Novel Antibiotic Discovery Targeting VirF a Virulence- Regulating Transcription Factor"
Advisor: George A. Garcia, Ph.D.

Jacob P. Mahoney, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University
"The Role of Arrestin in Membrane Structure and the Mechanism of Activation by the Beta2-Adrenergic Receptor"
Advisor: Roger K. Sunahara, Ph.D.

Hayley J. Paholak

Senior Medical Writer, MMS Holdings
"Nanotheranostics for Cancer Imaging and Drug Delivery"
Advisor: Duxin Sun, Ph.D.

Katherine Ryland, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Janssen Pharmaceuticals
"The Role of Epigenetic Silencing and Ion Channel Suppression in Cancer Cell Survival"
Advisors: Elizabeth R. Lawlor, Ph.D. and Jeffrey Martens, Ph.D.

2010 Cohort

Brittany A. Bailey, Ph.D.

Operations Lead, Global Case Management Group, GSK
"Development of Adjuvant- Loaded PLGA Microspheres for Delivery of Vaccine Antigen"
Advisor: Steven P. Schwendeman, Ph.D.

Jordan T. Walk, Ph.D.

Lecturer, College of William and Mary
"Development of New Strategies for Intramolecular Glycosylation"
Advisor: John Montgomery, Ph.D.