Recent PhD Graduates

Congratulations to our newest PhD alums

Sukanya Basu, PhD
Defense: August 17, 2018
Advisor: Paul Cullen
Thesis: The role of polarity proteins in regulating MAP kinase pathways in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
Position: Postdoc with Drs. Erik Knudsen and Agnieszka Witkiewicz at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Kimberly Farr, PhD
Defense: July 27, 2018
Thesis: The Influence of Genomic Organization on the Diversity of Angiosperms
Advisor: Bisson
Xiaowen Zhuang, PhD
Defense: July 16, 2018
Thesis: Activity-dependent changes at the auditory nerve synapse
Advisor: Xu-Friedman
Position: Postdoctoral fellow at Texas A&M University

Duo (Erica) Xu, PhD

Defense: April 19, 2018
Thesis: Evolution of a salivary mucin, MUC7
Advisor: Gokcumen
Position: Postdoc with Dr. Ekta Khurana at Weill Cornell Medicine
Joe White, PhD
Defense: February 1, 2018
Thesis: "Identification of Potential HTT-Rab Axonal Transport Complexes"
Advisor: Gunawardena
Position: Postdoc with Dr. Albert LaSpada at Duke University
Yankun Gao, PhD
Defense: January 8, 2018
Thesis: "The Role of WT1 and BASP1 in the Development and Maintenance of the Posterior Tase Field"
Advisor: Medler, Roberts
Position: Enrolled in data science program at University of Rochester

Bhavana Muddukrishna, PhD

Defense: November 17, 2017

Thesis: “Dissecting a Role for Protein Arginine Methylation in pre-mRNA Splicing”
Advisor: Yu
Position: Scientist at Cepheid, San Jose CA

Ashleigh Hanner, PhD
Defense: August 4, 2017
Thesis: “The Yeast Heterochromatin Protein Sir3 Evolved in the AAA+ Base Subdomain after Subfunctionalization”
Advisor: Rusche
Position: Postdoc with Dr. Myung Hee Park at NIH, Inst Dental & Craniofacial Medicine

Christopher Mure, PhD

Defense: July 24, 2017
Thesis: “The rbcL mRNA binding protein RLSB is a bundle-sheath-specific, positive regulator of rbcL gene expression in C4 Plants”Advisor: Berry

Kristen Humphrey, PhD

Defense: June 19, 2017
Thesis: “Sirtuin deacetylases couple nutrient availability to gene expression”
Advisor: Rusche
Position: Postdoc, Roswell Park Cancer Institute