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Molecular Pathology Program Alumni

2015 Daniel Ferguson, PhD
          Dissertation: “Defining the Role of Lipid Droplet Scaffolding Proteins in
      Hepatic Steatosis Induced by Hepatitis C Virus Core Protein”

2015 Helen Cuffe, PhD
          Dissertation: "The Cholesterol Transporter ABCA1 and Cholesterol
   Accumulation are Key Regulators of Adipose Function in Obesity"

         Strategy and Operations Consultant for Deloitte, Washington, DC          

2015 Ricquita Deann Pollard, PhD          
          Dissertation: "The Role of Lipid-Free Apolipoprotein A-1 and PCPE2 in HDL

         Technology Transfer Specialist, Postdoctoral Fellow 
         National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Rockville, MD    

2014 Gwynneth Sarah Thomas, PhD
          Dissertation: "The Serine Hydrolase AGHD6 is a Critical Regulator of the
          Metabolic Syndrome"

          Research Faculty, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

2014 Victoria Crisci, MS
          Project Associate in Global Clinical Trial Management for PPD, Inc., Research
          Triangle, N.C.

2013 Fitriya N. Dewi, DVM, PhD

           Dissertation: "The Effects of Pubertal Exposure to Dietary Soy 
           Isoflavones on the Breast and Reproductive Tissues"

           Research Scientist; Division of Biomedical Science, Primate Research
           Center-Bogor Agricultural Univeristy (IPB-PRC); Bogor, Indonesia
           Deputy Research Manager; Bimana Indomedical; Bogor, Indonesia

2013 Mingxia Liu, PhD

Dissertation: "Role of Hepatic Apolipoprotein M and ATP-Binding Cassette Transporter A1 (ABCA1) in Lipid Metabolism"

Instructor, Department of Internal Medicine, Section on Molecular Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine

2013 Melissa VerHague, PhD

Dissertation: "Impact of Hepatic Apolipoprotein A-IV Expression on VLDL Particle Expansion, Triglyceride Secretion, and Steatosis"

Postdoctoral research associate in the lab of Brian J. Bennett, PhD at UNC-Chapel Hill

2013 Xin Bi, PhD

Dissertation:  "The Impact of Macrophage ABCA1 on Modulating Susceptibility to Atherosclerosis"

Postdoctoral Fellow, Laboratory of Dr. Dan Rader, University of Pennsylvania

2013 Allison McDaniel, PhD

Dissertation: "The Role of ABG5/G8 in Sterol Homeostasis"

Postdoctoral Fellow, Laboratory of Dr. Paul Dawson, WFSM

2013 Stephanie Marshall, PhD

Dissertation:  "The Role of Hepatic AVAT2 and MTP in Hepatic Cholesteryl Ester and Triglyceride Metabolism"
Postdoctoral  Research Fellow at Yale School of Public Health, New York City, NY

2013 Caleb Lord, PhD

Dissertation: "The Role of CGI-58/ABHD5 in Lipid Metabolism, Inflammation, and Insulin"

Postdoctoral Fellow, Laboratory of Dr. Joel Elmquist, Division of Hypothalamic Research, UT Southwestern
Dallas, TX

2013 Philip MacArthur, PhD

Dissertation: "The Impact of Microsomal Triglyceride Protein on Intracellular Neutral Lipid Distribution and Trafficking"

Editorial position with scientific journals

2013 Tian Lan, PhD

Dissertation:  "The Role of Ost-α/β in Bile Acid and Lipid Metabolism"

Postdoctoral Fellow, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Laboratory of Dr. David Mangelsdorf and Dr. Steven Kliewer 

2012 Kathryn Shelton, DVM, PhD

Dissertation:  "Studies of Atherosclerosis in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus"

Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Sciences, Michale E. Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Bastrop, TX 

2012 Shuai Tang, PhD

Dissertation: "Both Effector and Inhibitory Immune Mechanisms are Amplified in Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer"

Intern,  Huatai Securities, Department of Research, Nanjing, China

2012 Kelly Ethun, DVM PhD 

Dissertation: "Interactive Effects of Bazedoxifene Acetate and Conjugated Equine Estrogens On the Breast and Reproductive Tract of Postmenopausal Monkeys"

Assistant Professor of Pathology and Associate Veterinarian of Animal Resources Program; Yerkes National Primate Research Center; Emory University; Atlanta, GA  

2012 John Melchior, PhD

Dissertation: "The Role of ACAT2 in the Initiation and Treatment of Atherosclerosis"

Postdoctoral Fellow, Pathology - Lipid Sciences
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Laboratory of Lawrence L. Rudel, PhD

2012 Xue Ma, PhD

Dissertation "RHAMM Alters Vascular Smooth Muscle Cell Constrictive Matrix Remodeling"

Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery; Wake Forest School of Medicine

2011 Kanwardeep Bura, MS

Dissertation "Cholesterol Absorption and Transintestinal Cholesterol Efflux (TICE) Rates are Unaltered in Mice Overexpressing Intestinal DR-BI"

2011 Tam M. Nguyen, PhD

Dissertation “Mechanisms of Intestinal Cholesterol Absorption and Transport in Mouse Thoracic Duct Lymph Lipoproteins”

Scientific Associate
IMsci International Meetings and Science
Stamford, CT

2011 Lolita M. Forrest Curtain, PhD

Dissertation “Investigation of the Cardioprotective and Hypotriglyceridemic Potential of Echium Oil as a Botanical Source of Long Chain N-3 Fatty Acids”

Clinical Scientist, bioMerieux

2011 Amanda L. Brown, PhD

Dissertation “The Role of Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Determining Monocyte and Macrophage Phenotypes in Experimental Atherosclerosis”

Research Scholar, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Cleveland Clinic Foundations, Cleveland, OH

2010 Shunxing Rong, PhD

Dissertation "Role of 12/15 Lipoxygenase Expression in Lipid Metabolism and Atherosclerosis"

Postdoctoral Fellow
Internal Medicine-Digestive and Liver Diseases, Molecular Genetics
University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

2010 Lin Jia, PhD

Dissertation "The Role of Niemann-Pick C1-Like 1 (NPC1L1) Protein in Cholesterol Transport and Metabolic Diseases"

Postdoctoral Fellow
Division of Hypothalamic Research and Departments of Internal Medicine
University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

2010  Ashley J. Wilhelm, PhD

Dissertation “The Role of Apolipoprotein A-I in the Modulation of Cholesterol Homeostasis and Immunity”

Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Medicine/Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

2009  Donna L. Perry, PhD

Dissertation “Dietary Soy Protein Isoflavonoid Effects on the Reproductive Tract of the Nonhuman Primate and Neoplastic Human Prostate Gland”

Research Fellow  
Department of Pathology/Section on Comparative Medicine
Wake Forest School of Medicine

2009 Stanton Gray, DVM PhD

Dissertation "Genetic Characterization of the St. Kitts-Origin Vervet Monkey (Chlorocebus Aethiops SSP) as a Model of Polygenic Obesity"

Research Fellow, Comparative Medicine
Center for Human Genomics
Staff Veterinarian, Animal Resources Program
Wake Forest School of Medicine

2009 Anna Blade, PhD

Dissertation "Role of Apolipoprotein A-V in Triglyceride Metabolism"

Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Biology

2008 Latanya Scott, PhD

Dissertation "Modulation of Endogenous Estrogen Metabolism by Oral Contraceptives and Soy Isoflavones in Non-human Primates"

Postdoctoral Fellow
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

2008 John Stehle, JR., PhD

Dissertation "Natural Immunity to Cancer in Mice and Humans: Basis of a New Cancer Therapy"

2008 Sara Walker, PhD

Dissertation "Effects of Soy on Atherosclerosis, the Arterial Inflammatory Immune Response, and Plaque Composition in the Cynomolgus Macaque"

Pursuing DVM degree
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

2007 Thomas A. (Alex) Bell III, PhD

Dissertation "The Role of Hepatic ACAT2 in Diet-Induced Atherosclerosis"

Senior Scientist
Cardiovascular Antisense Drug Discovery Group
Isis Pharmaceuticals
Carlsbad, CA

Postdoctoral Fellow
Scripps, Institute
LaJolla, CA

2007 Monica R. Hall, PhD 

Dissertation: "Analysis of the Effects of 17ß-Estradiol on Cholesterol Homeostasis and Inflammatory Response in Cholesterol Enriched Macrophages"

Assistant Professor of Biology
Dean College, Franklin, MA

2007 Anny Mulya, PhD

Dissertation: "Investigation of Initial Steps of Nascent High Denisty Lipoprotein Particle Biogenesis by ATP Binding Cassette Transporter A1"

Postdoctoral Fellow
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

2007 Anne Michelle Sanders, PhD

Thesis "Characterization of the Inheritance, Effector Mechanisms, and Response Against Endogenous Cancers in the SR/CR mouse Model of Cancer Resistance"

2006 Jennifer Cann, DVM, PhD 

Dissertation: "Characterization of Atherosclerotic Plaque Composition and Effects of Estrogen Timing on Plaque Progression"

Department of Pathology, Section on Comparative Medicine
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Winston-Salem, NC

2006 Jenelle Timmins, PhD

Dissertation: "Insights into High Density Lipoprotein Metabolism and Hepatic Lipid Partitioning: Studies in Tissue Specific ABCA1 Deficient Mice"

Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Department of Medicine, Section on Molecular Medicine
Columbia University School of Medicine
New York, NY

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

2005 Jamie Kistler, PhD

Dissertation: "Malignant Transformation of Human Mammary Epithelial Cells Alters Proteoglycan Production: Implications for Apoptosis and Invasion"

Postdoctoral Associate
Medical Oncology Department
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Philadelphia, PA

2005 Aubrey Ledford, PhD

Dissertation: "Mechanism of Initial Lipid Acquisition during the Biogenesis of Apolipoprotein B Containing Lipoproteins"

Senior Clinical Science Liaison
Regional Clinical Sciences & Strategy – Cardiometabolics
Takeda Pharmaceuticals

2005 Jean Ann Maguire, PhD

Dissertation: "Intracellular Cholesterol Metabolism: Contribution to the Regulation of Acid Sphingomyelinase and Significance of the Niemann-Pick Type C1 Protein"

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of Pulmonary Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

2005 Charles Wood, PhD 

Dissertation: "Interactive Effects of Soy Isoflavones and Estrogens in the Primate Breast"

Assistant Professor of Pathology-Comparative Medicine
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Winston-Salem, NC

2004 Richard Lee, PhD

Dissertation: "The Role of ACAT2 in Cholesterol Metabolism and Atherosclerosis”

Senior Scientist
Cardiovascular Antisense Drug Discovery Group
Isis Pharmaceuticals
Carlsbad, CA

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of Biological Chemistry
David Geffen School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA

2004 Yue Zhao, PhD

Dissertation: "Regulation of Lecithin: Cholesterol Acyltransferase Activity: Molecular Basis for Substrate Specificity and Activation on ApoB Lipoproteins

Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

2003 Melissa Hubbert-Lee, PhD

Dissertation: "Regulation of Acid Sphingomyelinase Activity by Lysosomal Free Cholesterol"

Associate Faculty
Mira Costa College
Carlsbad, CA

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of Biological Chemistry
David Geffen School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA

2003 Melanie Shadoan, PhD

Dissertation: "Effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy on Insulin Resistance in Cynomolgus Monkeys"

Scientist, Endocrinology
Lexicon Genetics Incorporated
The Woodlands, TX

2003 Catherine Vogl-Willis, PhD

Dissertation: "Modification of Endothelial Cell Perlecan Structure and Function by High Glucose: Implications for Diabetes-Associated Atherosclerosis"


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