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Recent Graduates

2020

Skye Hickling

Skye Hickling, Ph.D.
Advisor: Tucker
Graduate Program: Neuroscience Graduate Program 
Upon Graduation from WVU: Skye relocated to Japan and is pursuing a teaching opportunity there.
Current Status: TBA

Mariah Morris

Mariah Morris, MS
Advisor: Smith
Graduate Program: Master of Science 
Upon Graduation from WVU: Mariah is in Medical School at Marshall University, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.
Current Status: Medical School at Marshall University. 

Brenen Papenberg

Brenen Papenberg, Ph.D.
Advisor: Weed
Graduate Program: Cancer Cell Biology Graduate Program 
Upon Graduation from WVU: Brenen took a postdoctoral position at the National Cancer Institute. 
Current Status: Postdoctoral fellow at NCI.

2019

Tiffany Thibaudeau

Tiffany Thibaudeau, Ph.D.
Advisor: Smith
Graduate Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Upon Graduation from WVU: Tiffany took a postdoctoral position in Rick Morimoto’s lab in Chicago at Northwestern University. Tiffany will be studying mechanisms of proteostasis in C. elegans, with a focus on protein degradation.
Current Status: Postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University

Stephanie Shumar

Stephanie Shumar, Ph.D.
Advisor: Roberta Leonardi, Ph.D.
Graduate Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Upon Graduation from WVU: Post Doctoral Fellow, Leonardi Lab
Current Status: Post Doctoral Fellow, Leonardi Lab

Emily Minor

Emily Minor, Ph.D.
Advisor: Vazhaikkurichi Rajendran, Ph.D.
Graduate Program: Cellular and Integrative Physiology
Upon Graduation from WVU: Will begin her 3rd Year of Medical School
Current Status:
Medical School at West Virginia University

Ashley Brandebura

Ashley Brandebura, Ph.D.
Advisor(s): Peter Mathers, Ph.D., George Spirou, Ph.D.
Graduate Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Upon Graduation from WVU: Postdoc in the lab of Nicola Allen at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, CA.
Current Status: Postdoc in the lab of Nicola Allen at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, CA.

2018

Trey Rottgen

Trey Rottgen, Ph.D.
Advisor: Rajendran
Graduate Program: Cellular and Integrative Physiology
Upon Graduation from WVU: Will begin his 3rd Year of Medical School
Current Status: Medical School at West Virginia University

Aaron Snoberger

Aaron Snoberger, Ph.D.
Advisor: Smith
Graduate Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Upon Graduation from WVU: Post-Doc at University of Pennsylvania working in Dr. Michael Ostap’s Laboratory
Current Status: Post-Doc at University of Pennsylvania

Abi Moye

Abigail Moye, Ph.D.
Advisor: Ramamurthy
Graduate Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Upon Graduation from WVU: WVU: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Ted Wensel Lab, Baylor College of Medicine
Current Status: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Ted Wensel Lab, Baylor College of Medicine

Steve Markwell

Steve Markwell, Ph.D.
Advisor: Weed
Graduate Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Upon Graduation from WVU: Postdoctoral Researcher, Laboratory of Daniel Brat, Northwestern University Department of Pathology.
Current Status: Postdoctoral Researcher, Laboratory of Daniel Brat, Northwestern University Department of Pathology.

2017

Brandon Jones

Brandon Jones, Ph.D.
Advisor: Pugacheva
Graduate Program: Cancer Cell Biology
Upon Graduation from WVU: Postdoctoral Fellow in Cancer Research at Georgetown University, Washington, DC.
Current Status: Postdoctoral Fellow in Cancer Research at Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

Yuriy Loskutov 

Yuriy Loskutov, Ph.D.
Advisor: Pugacheva
Graduate Program: Cancer Cell Biology

Kim Alonge

Kimberly Alonge, Ph.D.
Advisor: Hillgartner
Graduate Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Upon Graduation from WVU: Post-Doc at University of Washington working in Dr. Michael Schwartz’s Laboratory
Current Status: Post-Doc at University of Washington

Jessica Hall

Jessica Hall, Ph.D.
Advisor: Schaller
Graduate Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Upon Graduation from WVU: Visiting Assistant Professor at Bucknell University in Lewisberg PA
Current Status: Assistant Professor of Biology at Ohio Dominican University

Helen Rodgers

Helen Rodgers, Ph.D.
Advisor: Mathers
Graduate Program: Neuroscience
Upon Graduation from WVU: Post-Doc: East Carolina University
Current Status: Post-Doc at East Carolina University

2016

Zach Wright 

Zachary Wright, M.D./Ph.D.
Advisor: Ramamurthy
Graduate Program: Pharmaceutical & Pharmacological Sciences
Upon Graduation from WVU: Completing Medical School at West Virginia University
Current Status: Medical School at West Virginia University

Nachiket Pendse

Nachiket Pendse, Ph.D.
Advisor: Ramamurthy
Graduate Program: Cancer Cell Biology
Upon Graduation from WVU: Post-doc at Harvard Medical School, Dept. of Ophthalmology, Boston MA.
Current Status: KTEF Research Investigator at Harvard Ophthalmology, Scientific Affiliate, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Boston, MA.

Philip Pifer 

Philip Pifer, M.D./Ph.D.
Advisor: Frisch
Graduate Program: Cancer Cell Biology
Upon Graduation from WVU: Residency program in Radiation Oncology, Wake Forest University
Current Status: Resident in Radiation Oncology, Wake Forest University

Josh Farris

Joshua Farris, M.D./Ph.D.
Advisor: Frisch
Graduate Program: Cancer Cell Biology
Upon Graduation from WVU: Residency program in Radiation Oncology, University of Pittsburgh
Current Status: Resident in Radiation Oncology, University of Pittsburgh

Daniel Murphy

Daniel Murphy, Ph.D.
Advisor: Stoilov
Graduate Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Upon Graduation from WVU: Post-doc at Washington University, School of medicine, Greater St. Louis area.
Current Status: Post-Doc at Washington University

2015

Mark Farrugia

Mark Farrugia, M.D., Ph.D.
Advisor: Ruppert
Graduate Program: Cancer Cell Biology
Upon Graduation from WVU: Completed Medical School at West Virginia University
Current Status: Transitional Year Residency Program at WVU School of Medicine

Sriganesh Sharma

Sriganesh Sharma, M.D., Ph.D.
Advisor: Ruppert
Graduate Program: Cancer Cell Biology
Upon Graduation from WVU: Completed Medical School at West Virginia University
Current Status: Clinical Year 1, Resident, General Surgery, University of Michigan

Amanda Suchanek

Amanda Suchanek, Ph.D.
Advisor: Salati
Graduate Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Upon Graduation from WVU: Post-Doc: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.
Current Status: Senior Research and Development Scientist, LabCorp, Burlington, NC Campus

Daniel Vanderbilt

Daniel Vanderbilt, M.D., Ph.D.
Advisor: Ruppert
Graduate Program: Cancer Cell Biology
Upon Graduation from WVU: Completed Medical School at West Virginia University
Current Status: Transitional Year Residency Program at WVU School of Medicine

2013

Zachary Hartman

Zachary Hartman, Ph.D.
Advisor: Agazie
Graduate Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Upon Graduation from WVU: Freelance Medical Writer and Editor
Current Status: Associate Medical Writer, prIME Oncology, Atlanta, GA

Travis Cyphert

Travis Cyphert, Ph.D.
Advisor: Salati
Graduate Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Upon Graduation from WVU: Post-Doc at Vanderbilt University, Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
Current Status: Instructor at Marshall University, Biological Sciences

2012

Ben Cieply

Ben Cieply, Ph.D.
Advisor: Frisch
Graduate Program: Cancer Cell Biology
Upon Graduation from WVU: Post-Doc at University of Pennsylvania, Department of Genetics
Current Status: Senior Scientist at Parexel Inc., Horsham, PA

Holly Cyphert

Holly Cyphert, Ph.D.
Advisor: Hillgartner
Graduate Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Upon Graduation from WVU: Post-Doc at Roland Stein’s lab at Vanderbilt University
Current Status: Assistant Professor at Marshall University Joint appointment with the School of Medicine.

Christy Ku

Christy Ku, M.D., Ph.D.
Advisor: Ramamurthy
Graduate Program: Neuroscience
Upon Graduation from WVU: Post-Doc at Oregon Health and Science University, OHSU Department of Ophthalmology
Current Status: Resident, University of Buffalo, Department of Ophthalmology

2011

Jeff Christiansen

Jeff Christiansen, Ph.D.
Advisor: Ramamurthy
Graduate Program: Neuroscience
Upon Graduation from WVU: Post-Doc: October 2011 - Jan 2012 at West Virginia University, Post Doc: February 2012 - February 2015 at Colorado State University, Research Scientist June 2015 - September 2017 at Colorado State University
Current Status: Research Scientist/Lab Manager, Advanced Regenerative Therapies, Fort Collins, CO

Chen Chung Lin

Chen-Chung Lin, Ph.D.
Advisor: Ruppert
Graduate Program: Cancer Cell Biology
Upon Graduation from WVU: Post-Doc: West Virginia University, Michael Ruppert's Laboratory
Current Status: Associate Service Fellow at ACIB/HELD/NIOSH

2010

Sanjeev Kumar

Sanjeev Kumar, Ph.D.
Advisor: Frisch
Graduate Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Upon Graduation from WVU: Post-Doc: University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine
Current Status: Clinical Analyst at Heptronik Corporation, NJ

2009

David Howell

David Howell, M.D., Ph.D.
Advisor: Mathers
Graduate Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Upon Graduation from WVU: 
Current Status: Assistant Professor, Pathology, Anatomy, and Laboratory Medicine

Alison Kohan

Alison Bloom-Kohan, Ph.D.
Advisor: Salati
Graduate Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Upon Graduation from WVU: Post-Doc: University of Cincinnati
Current Status: Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut, College of Agriculture, Health & Natural Resources, Dept. of Nutritional Sciences

Hongman Song

Hongman Song, Ph.D.
Advisor: Sokolov
Graduate Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Upon Graduation from WVU: Post-Doc: Dr. Paul Sieving's laboratory at the NIH

Callee Walsh

Callee McConnell-Walsh, Ph.D.
Advisor: Salati
Graduate Program:
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Upon Graduation from WVU: Post-Doc at West Virginia University
Current Status: Manager of BioNano Research Facility at WVU

Brian Zamora

Brian Zamora, M.D./Ph.D.
Advisor: Mathers
Graduate Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Upon Graduation from WVU: Finished medical School, then in 2012 through 2013, he completed his Transitional Year Internship at West Virginia University. From 2013-2016, completed his Ophthalmology Residency at the University of Cincinnati
Current Status: 2016-2018 - Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship at Wake Forest University

2008

Sushant Bhatnagar

Sushant Bhatnagar, Ph.D.
Advisor: Hillgartner
Graduate Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Upon Graduation from WVU: Post-Doc: Laboratory of Alan Attie at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin at Madison
Current Status: Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.