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Meet Our Doctoral Program Students


Katelyn Black

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2012
BS, Longwood University
Laboratory: Dr. Jill Daniel

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Sierra Butcher

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2014
BS, Canisius College
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Jeff Darling

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2013
BS, Tulane University / MS, Tulane University
Laboratory: Dr. Jill Daniel

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Somhrita Dutta

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2010
BA, Colorado College
Laboratory: Dr. David Busija

Research Interests: Neurovascular coupling, nNOS and ischemic brain injury, Diazoxide preconditioning and mTOR pathway.

Publications

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Wappler EA, Institoris A, Dutta S, Katakam PVG, Busija DW (2013) Mitochondrial Dynamics Associated with Oxygen-Glucose Deprivation in Rat Primary Neuronal Cultures. PLoS ONE 8(5): e63206. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0063206

Carvalho CI, Katz PS, Dutta S, Katakam PVG, Moreira PI, Busija DW. Increased susceptibility to amyloid-beta toxicity in rat brain microvascular endothelial cells under hyperglycemic conditions. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease (Accepted for publication)

Abstracts

Katakam PVG, Wappler EA, Dutta S, Busija DW. Mitochondria-Dependent Cerebral Artery Vasodilation is Mediated by the Activation of Neuronal Nitric Oxide Synthase following Mitochondrial Depolarization of Perivascular Nerves. The FASEB Journal. 2012;26:1058.1059.

Carvalho CI, Katz PS, Dutta S, Katakam PVG, Moreira PI, Busija DW. Increased susceptibility to amyloid-beta toxicity in rat brain microvascular endothelial cells under hyperglycemic conditions. Neuroscience 2012.

Katakam PVG,  Dutta S, Wappler EA and Busija DW. Mitochondria-dependent cerebral artery vasodilation is mediated by the activation neuronal nitric oxide synthase following mitochondrial depolarization of perivascular nerves. Neuroscience 2012; 42:726.02.

Dutta S, Wappler EA, Katz PS, Carvalho CI, Katakam PVG, & Busija DW. mTOR Pathway Mediates Diazoxide Preconditioning in Cultured Neurons. Experimental Biology 2013; 826:961.1.

Carvalho CI, Katz PS, Dutta S, Katakam PVG, Moreira PVG, Busija DW. Hyperglycemia-induced mitochondrial superoxide production potentiates β-amn>yloid peptide toxicity in brain endothelial cells. 47th Annual Scientific Meeting of the European Society for Clinical Investigation, Albufeira, Portugal, 17 – 20 April 2013.

Busija DW, Rutkai I, Dutta S, Liu D, Katakam PVG. Novel Mitochondrial Mechanisms Mediating Enhanced Cerebral Vascular Dilation Following Experimental Strokes in Rats. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Mitochondrial Biology Symposium: Mitochondrial Genetics in Health and Disease, May 6-7, 2013, Natcher Conference Center NIH, Bethesda, Maryland.

Rutkai I, Dutta S, Liu D, Katakam PVG, and Busija DW. Augmented cerebrovascular responses to diazoxide, an opener of mitoKATP channels, following middle cerebral artery (MCA) occlusion in rats. High Blood Pressure Research Meeting 2013.

Katakam PVG, Liu D, Rutkai I, Gordon AO, Grovenburg SM, Dutta S, Busija DW. Insulin Promotes Hypoxic Vascular Injury In Insulin Resistance. High Blood Pressure Research Meeting 2013.

Rutkai I, Dutta S, Liu D, Katakam PVG, and Busija DW. Enhanced cerebrovascular response to mitochondrial depolarization following middle cerebral artery occlusion. Neuroscience 2013.

Oral Presentations

Dutta S, Rutkai I, Katakam PVG, & Busija DW. mTOR Pathway Mediates Diazoxide Preconditioning in Cultured Neurons. Neuroscience 2013

Brett East

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2009
BS, Louisiana State University
Laboratory: Dr. Paul Colombo

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Amy Feehan

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2014
BS, Tulane University
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Marc Fisher

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2013
BS, Tulane University
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Xin Fu

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2014
BS, Beijing Normal University / MS, Tulane University
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Jeremy Hartner

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2011
BS, University of Michigan
Laboratory: Dr. Laura Schrader

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Damek Homiack

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2012
BA, University of Colorado / MS, Tulane University
Laboratory: Dr. Laura Schrader

Research Interests: Behavioral alterations in biologically male and female rodents exposed to chronic stress, and the resulting molecular metabolic changes in the hippocampal formation.


Publications

Abstracts


Homiack, DR, Trimmer, EH, Lee, KJ, Stanley, MT, Hurwitz, SN, & Schrader, LA. (2013) "Sex Differences in Mice Following Chronic Variable Stress" Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Annual Meeting; Atlanta, GA.
 
 

Yanyan Jiang

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2010
BS, University of Science and Technology of China
Laboratory: Dr. Andrei Derbenev

Research Interests: How the central nervous system is involved in cardiovascular regulation, specifically how kidney-related neurons are involved in regulation of glucose homeostasis and cardiovascular function.

 

Christopher Jones

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2014
BA, University of Delaware
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Oliver Miller

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2010
BA, University of California, Santa Cruz
Laboratory: Dr. Benjamin Hall

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Jacqueline Moran

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2011
BS, University of California, San Diego
Laboratory: Drs. Michael Moore and Benjamin Hall

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Jamie Morford

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2013
BA, Grinnell College
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Research Interests: I am interested in both short- and long-term plasticity and how these various types of plasticity lead to changes in behavior and autonomic functions.

Publications

Manuscripts

Lindgren, C., Newman, Z., Morford, J., Ryan, S., Battani, K., and Su, Z. (2013). Cyclooxygenase-2, PGE2-glycerol, and nitric oxide are involved in the muscarine-induced presynaptic enhancement at the vertebrate neuromuscular junction. J of Physiology. DOI: 10.1113/jphysiol.2014.254727

Abstracts

Morford, J., Ryan, S., and Lindgren, C., (2012). The calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) is present at the vertebrate neuromuscular junction and may play a role in homeostatic control of neurotransmitter release. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting 2012, New Orleans, LA.

Mark Nilges

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2010
BA, Northern Illinois University
Laboratory: Dr. Jim Zadina

Research Interests: The Zadina lab studies endogenous opioid peptides known as endomorphins (EM).  Morphine and other exogenous opioids relieve pain via activation of mu-opioid receptors.  EM’s have the highest known selectivity for the mu-opioid receptor, and elicit equal or greater anti-nociception (pain suppression) compared to morphine.  My research focuses on the abuse potential of EM analogs since this is a major side effect of available opioids.  In behavioral models, EM analogs show absent or diminished abuse potential, but similar anti-nociception compared to morphine.  Our evidence suggests that EM analogs have potential for therapeutic application with a favorable analgesia/reward ratio.  Future studies will address potential sex differences in EM mediated pain and dependency behaviors.  Techniques include immunohistochemistry, surgical, and behavioral models.


Publications


Manuscripts

Saenger, S, Holtmann, B, Nilges, MR, Schroeder, S, Hoeflich, A, Kletzl, H, Spooren, W, Ostrowitzki, S, Hanania, T, Sendtner, M, and  Metzger, F, (2012).  Functional improvement in mouse models of familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis by PEGylated insulin-like growth factor I treatment depends on disease severity.  Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (in press). 

Abstracts

Nilges, MR, Zhang, X, Zadina, JE (2012). Endomorphin Analogs show reduced abuse potential relative to morphine.  International Narcotics Research Conference (INRC), Kansas City, MO.

Menalled, LB, Patry, MP, Galarza, JD, Iwunze, MC, Miller, SF, Fitzpatrick, J, Borre, Y, Cocking, D, Day, M, Nilges, MR, Davis, SF, Hanania, T, Brunner, D, El-Kohdor, B (2008).  Behavioral Deficits in Full-length Mouse Models of Huntington's Disease, BAC103: FVB/N versus (FVB/N x C57BL/6)F1. Society for Neuroscience.

Caldarone, BJ, Nilges, MR, Manzano, ML, Malekiani, SA, Fedolak, AC, McGonigle, P, and Hanania, T (2006). Comparison of Typical and Atypical Antipsychotics on PCP-Induced Hyperactivity in Mice. Society for Neuroscience.

Gouirand, AM, Nilges, MR, & Matuszewich, L (2004). Exposure to Chronic Unpredictable Stress Reduces Escape Behavior in the Rat. International Behavioral Neuroscience Society, Key West, FL.

Gouirand, AM, Nilges, MR, and Matuszewich, L (2004). Chronic Stress Facilitates Learning in the Morris Water Maze. Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA.

 

Daniel Oseid

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2014
BS, University of St. Thomas
Laboratory: Dr. Anne Robinson

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Amanda Pahng

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2009
BS, The University of Georgia
Laboratory: Dr. Paul Colombo

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Kevin Pollard

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2012
BS, University of Chicago / MS, Tulane University
Laboratory: Dr. Nandini Vasudevan

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Edward Sawyer

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2013
BA, American University
Laboratory: Dr. Jeffrey Tasker

Research Interests: Neuron regeneration after injury, structural changes during learning, structural changes during aging, structural abnormalities in developmental disorder and learning disabilities

Publications

Abstracts

Stoodley, C.J., Oates, J.M., Sawyer, E.J., Desko, A.G., Shakerdge, N.B. November 2011. Structural differences in cerebellum in autism spectrum disorders, ADHD and developmental dyslexia. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, USA.
 

 

Rebecca Voglewede

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2013
BS, University of Mary Washington
Laboratory: Dr. Ricardo Mostany

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Jamie White

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2011
BS, Spelman College
Laboratory: Dr. Jeffrey Tasker

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Emily Wilkinson

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2011
BS/MS, Georgia College and State University
Laboratory: Dr. Anne Robinson

Research Interests: Epigenetic regulation of protein folding.

 
 

Michael Wren

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2011
BS, Louisiana State University
Laboratory: Dr. Stacy Drury

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Diankun Yu

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2011
BS, University of Science and Technology of China
Laboratory: Dr. Laura Schrader

Research Interests: Using electrophysiological methods to study synaptic and morphological changes in granule cells of mice in response to chronic stress.

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