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Dec. 12 commencement celebrates School of Medicine’s 80 doctoral and master’s degree graduates

December 12, 2017

Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Programs Daniel Walz, Ph.D., congratulates a Class of 2017 graduate from the School of Medicine's master's degree programs at the Dec. 12 commencement ceremony.

Hundreds of graduates and their families braved the wind and snow on Woodward Avenue early Tuesday morning to attend Wayne State University’s December 2017 Commencement in Detroit’s historical Fox Theatre.

President M. Roy Wilson conferred degrees to graduation candidates from five WSU schools and colleges, including the School of Medicine.

In total, 20 students from the School of Medicine received Doctor of Philosophy degrees in a variety of disciplines from the WSU Graduate School, and 60 received Master of Public Health, Master of Science or Master of Basic Medical Sciences degrees, earned as of August 2017 or December 2017.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY GRADUATES:

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Neeraja Priyanka Annam
Dissertation: “Effect of Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress on Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells and its Regulation of Sm22a”
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Li Li

Joshua Holcomb
Dissertation: “Structural Basis of Membrane Protein Scaffolding and Signaling in Human Disease”
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Zhe Yang

Benjamin Kuiper
Dissertation: “Biochemical, Structural and Drug Design Studies of Norovirus and Zika Virus Proteases”
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Ladislau Kovari

Cancer Biology

Stephanie Blocker
Dissertation: “PET Imaging of Early Therapeutic Response in Solid Tumors”
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Anthony Shields

Jonathan Diedrich
Dissertation: “Effects of Bone Marrow Adipocytes on Metastatic Prostate Cancer Cell Metabolism”
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Izabela Podgorski

Brittany Haynes
Dissertation: “Rad6-Mediated Translesion Synthesis Promotes Fanconi Anemia and Homologous Recombination in Repair of Platinum-Induced DNA Damage”
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Malathy Shekhar

Steven Jones
Dissertation: “Folate Receptor Alpha Targeted Delivery and Characterization of Polyethyleneimine-Graft-Polycaprolactone-Block-Poly (Ethylene Glycol) Containing siRNA Micelleplexes”
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Olivia Merkel

Thomas McFall
Dissertation: “Mechanisms of Hormonal Regulation of Invasiveness and Metastasis of Luminal Breast Cancer”
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Manohar Ratnam

Rayna Rosati
Dissertation: “New Mechanism Based Approaches for Treating Prostate Cancer”
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Manohar Ratnam

Layne Weatherford
Dissertation: “Function of ATR/Mec1 in Meiosis and the Cell Cycle”
Dissertation Advisor: Professor George Brush

Immunology and Microbiology

William Close
Dissertation: “Navigating Human Cytomegalovirus (HCMV) Envelopment and Egress”
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Philip Pellett

Medical Physics

Jatinder Saini
Dissertation: “Commissioning and Validation of Analytical and Monte Carlo Based Dose Calculation Algorithms for Proton Spot Scanning”
Dissertation Advisors: Professors Jacob Burmeister and Charles Bloch

Evan Silverstein
Dissertation: “Investigation of the Microsoft Kinect v2 Sensor as a Multi-Purpose Device for a Radiation Oncology Clinic”
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Michael Snyder

Pharmacology

Daniel Huereca
Dissertation: “Activity Dependent Changes in Functional and Morphological Characteristics Among Presympathetic Neurons of the Rostral Ventrolateral Medulla”
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Patrick Mueller

Gorica Ristic
Dissertation: “Deubiquitinases in Ubiquitin Homeostasis and in Disease”
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Sokol Todi

Physiology

Fika Anggraini
Dissertation: “Estimating the Variables of the Nonlinear Dynamical Theory of Acute Cell Injury”
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Donald DeGracia

Ankita Bachhawat Jaykumar
Dissertation: “The Role of Alstrom Syndrome 1 (ALMS1) in NKCC2 Endocytosis, Thick Ascending Limb Function, Blood Pressure Regulation and Metabolic Function”
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Pablo Ortiz

Leena Kadam
Dissertation: “The Role of PPAR-Gamma in Placental Development and Disease”
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Sascha Drewlo

Adrian Vasquez
Dissertation: “The Digestive Composition and Physiology of Water Mites”
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Jeffrey Ram

Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences

Eric Woodcock
Dissertation: “Neuropharmacological Investigation of Stress and Nicotine Self-Administration Among Cigarette Smokers”
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Mark Greenwald

MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH GRADUATES:

August 2017

Kavan Desai
Christopher Giuliano
Stephanie Krajnik
Monica Meyer
Teena Thomas Palathanam
Namita Tiwari
Hashem Hamid Mahyoub Al Zokary

December 2017

Rasha Abdulridha
Sajeda Ahmed
Elizabeth Bertran
Theresa Brestovansky
Mitchell Hoyer
Joohyoung Lee
Daniel McIntyre
Megan O’Grady
Shachi Pradhan
Evan Zasowski

MASTER OF SCIENCE GRADUATES:

August 2017

Sarah Aldhaheri
Rebecca Farr
Fatme Hachem
Emily Henson
Christina Lim
Lakshmi Thompil Somasekharan

December 2017

Konstandinos Bakoulas
Stephen Barr
Pallavi Joshi
Joseph Klavitter
Prassana Medapureddy
Derek Miller
Osama Nusrat
Samuel Rusu
Ruqaiya Siddiqui
James Woods

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN BASICAL MEDICAL SCIENCES GRADUATES:

August 2017

Abdulaziz Alroshood
Siddiq Ansari
Michael Chien
Alyssa Drabik
Ali Elsaghir
Sarah Hassan
John Maltese
Nicholas Meshkin
Erin Page
Shomita Rode
Tapinder Singh
Ciara Viola
Robert Wright III
Rewaa Yas
Brandon Yousif

December 2017

Mitchell Alexis
Kimberly Aung
Swati Bajpayee
Amit Bhandari
Joshua Hatfield
Jill Brendel
Nadeem Dhirani
Tyler Frost
Samuel Haddad
Harpreet Mahal
Komal Mendiratta
Scott Smith

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