PHARMACOLOGY GRADUATE STUDENTS
 

Recent Graduates

 

VICKY BAI, Ph.D.

Defense Date: August, 2014
UTHSCSA Mentor: J. Randy Strong, Ph.D.
Dissertation: 'Mechanisms underlying therapeutic effects of Rapamycin in a mouse model of Synucleinopathies'

 

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Fellow
Harvard Medical School

 

 

JILLIAN HEISLER, Ph.D.

Defense Date: June, 2014
UTHSCSA Mentor: Jason O'Connor, Ph.D.
Dissertation: 'A Pathogenic Role for Kynurenine Metabolism in Prefrontal Cortex-mediated Depressive Symptoms'

 

Current Position:
MD/PhD Dual Degree Program
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

 

 

TERESA EVANS, Ph.D.

Defense Date: April, 2014
UTHSCSA Mentor: James Lechleiter, Ph.D.
Dissertation: 'Traumatic Brain Injury and the Development of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis'

 

Current Position:
Program Coordinator
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Dean's Office
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

 

 

APARNA SHAH, Ph.D.

Defense Date: April, 2014
UTHSCSA Mentor: Alan Frazer, Ph.D.
Dissertation: 'Mechanisms underlying the antidepressant and anxiolytic effects of Vagal Nerve Stimulation (VNS): comparison with desipramine'

 

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Maryland School of Medicine

 

 

STEPHANIE PEREZ, Ph.D.

Defense Date: March, 2014
UTHSCSA Mentor: Daniel Lodge, Ph.D.
Dissertation: 'The Hippocampus as a Site of Intervention for the Treatment of Schizophrenia'

 

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

 

 

JENNIFER DONEGAN, Ph.D.

Defense Date: March, 2014
UTHSCSA Mentor: David Morilak, Ph.D.
Dissertation: 'IL-6 facilitates reversal learning in the orbitofrontal cortex of rats'

 

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

 

 

COLIN CUNNINGHAM, Ph.D.

Defense Date: January, 2014
UTHSCSA Mentor: Lance McMahon, Ph.D.
Dissertation: 'In vivo nicotine pharmacology: agonist efficacy, peripheral mechanisms, and novel drugs'

 

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Fellow
Johns Hopkins Medicine's Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit (BPRU)

 

 

ALEX MARTINEZ, Ph.D.

Defense Date: January, 2014
UTHSCSA Mentor: Andrea Giuffrida, Ph.D.
Dissertation: 'Cannabinoid and Peroxisome Proliferator-activated Receptors as Anti-dyskinetic Targets'

 

Current Position:
Visiting Assistant Professor (Full-time)
Trinity University
Postdoctoral Fellow (Part-time)
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

 

 

VERONICA HARGROVE, Ph.D.

Defense Date: August, 2013
UTHSCSA Mentor: Kimberley Molina, M.D. (Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office) and Julie Hensler, Ph.D.
Dissertation: 'Postmortem redistribution of morphine and citalopram: The role of vascular transport, tissue reservoirs and volume of distribution'

 

Current Position:
Chief Toxicologist
Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office

 

 

JINGJING GONG, Ph.D.

Defense Date: August, 2013
UTHSCSA Mentor: A. Pratap Kumar, Ph.D.
Dissertation: 'NF-kappaB/Stat3/Cox-2 signaling axis: novel target for pancreatic cancer'

 

Current Position:
TBD

 

 

JACOB JUNCO, Ph.D.

Defense Date: July, 2013
UTHSCSA Mentor: Thomas J. Slaga, Ph.D.
Dissertation: 'Effects of phytonutrients ursolic acid and resveratrol in skin cancer-relevant systems'

 

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Associate
Baylor College of Medicine

 

 

DAVID MEDINA, Ph.D.

Defense Date: June, 2013
UTHSCSA Mentor: Salvatore Oddo, Ph.D.
Dissertation: 'Molecular Mechanisms Underlying TDP-43 Proteinopathies'

 

Current Position:
TBD

 

 

ALEXANDRA SOTO-PINA, Ph.D.

Defense Date: November, 2012
UTHSCSA Mentor: J. Randy Strong, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Does the peripheral sympathetic nervous system contribute to hypertension induced by chronic dexamethasone treatment?

 

Current Position:
Assistant Professor
Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Facultad de Medicina

 

 

ELAINE POR, Ph.D.

Defense Date: November, 2012
UTHSCSA Mentor: Nathaniel Jeske, Ph.D.
Dissertation: β-arrestin-2 mediates TRPV1 desensitization

 

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Colorado

 

 

JOSEPH WALCH, Ph.D.

Defense Date: July, 2012
UTHSCSA Mentor: J. Thomas Cunnnigham, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Subfornical Organ Angiotensin Type 1 Receptor Expression and Drinking Beahvior in Bile Duct Ligated Animals

 

Current Position:
Clinical Clerkship
MD/PhD Dual Degree Program
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

 

 

MARGARET WEY, Ph.D.

Defense Date: March, 2012
UTHSCSA Mentor: J. Randy Strong, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Deficient aldehyde detoxification in the nigrostriatal pathway : a potential animal model for parkinson's disease

 

Current Position:
Research Fellow
Massachusetts General Hospital

 

 

MATT ROWAN, Ph.D.

Defense Date: October, 2011
UTHSCSA Mentor: William 'Bill' Clarke, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Estrogen Regulation of Bradykinin Signaling

 

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Fellow
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

 

 

MICHELLE BALADI, Ph.D.

Defense Date: April, 2011
UTHSCSA Mentor: Charles France, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Impact of Feeding Condition on Sensitivity of Rats to Drugs
Acting on Dopamine Systems

 

Current Position:
Post Doctoral Research Assoc
Pharmacology and Toxicology
University of Utah

 

 

JACOB GARZA, Ph.D.

Defense Date: September, 2010
UTHSCSA Mentor: Xin-Yun Lu, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Leptin Signaling Regulates Adult Hippocampal Neurogenesis

 

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Pharmacology
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

 

 

JENNIFER LYNN STEWART, Ph.D.

Defense Date: May, 2009
UTHSCSA Mentor: George Henderson, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Nrf2 is responsible for astrocyte mediated neuroprotection against ethanol

 

Current Position:
Unknown

 

 

CORINA BONDI, Ph.D.

Defense Date: February, 2009
UTHSCSA Mentor: David Morilak, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Chroni stress-induced alterations in noradrenergic modulation of cognition in prefrontal cortex

 

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Associate
Department of Neuroscience
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

 

 

TUSHAR ADVANI, Ph.D.

Defense Date: July, 2008
UTHSCSA Mentor: Julie Hensler, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Brain derived neurotrophic factor deficient mouse: A putative model of allostatic overload

 

Current Position:
Unknown

 

 

FRESNIDA RAMOS, Ph.D.

Defense Date: May, 2008
UTHSCSA Mentor: Feng Liu, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Neuronal insulin signaling and the regulation of mammalian lifespan

 

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Pathology
University of Washington

 

 

JOSE VELA, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Defense Date: April, 2008
UTHSCSA Mentor: Kenneth Hargreaves, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Dissertation: Beta Adrenergic Modulation of Peripheral Nociceptors

 

Current Position:
Endodontist/Dentist
Endodontic Associates of Iowa

 

 

DAKSHINE SHANMUGARAJAH, Ph.D.

Defense Date: December, 2007
UTHSCSA Mentor: Frederick Hausheer, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Dissertation: Mechanism of Action of BNP7787, a Novel Chemoprotective Agent

 

Current Position:
Principal Scientist
Neutrogena (a Johnson and Johnson Company)

 

 

GINGER BECKER, M.S.

Defense Date: December, 2007
UTHSCSA Mentor: Charles France, Ph.D.
Thesis: Conditioned Opioid Withdrawal in Rats

 

Current Position:
Business Manager
Lemon Bar and Grill-Frisco, TX

 

 

DANIA ROSSI, Ph.D.

Defense Date: November, 2007
UTHSCSA Mentor: Julie Hensler, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Regional Differences in the Regulation of 5-HT1A Receptor Function at the level of 5-HT1A Receptor-G Protein Interaction Following Chronic Antidepressant Treatment

 

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Kansas
Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology

 

 

KELLY BERG, Ph.D.

Defense Date: July, 2007
UTHSCSA Mentor: Julie Hensler, Ph.D.
Dissertation: RNA-Editing and 5-HT2C Receptor Signaling

 

Current Position:
Associate Professor/Research
UTHSCSA
Department of Pharmacology

 

 

DAVID A. PRICE, Ph.D.

Defense Date: March, 2007
UTHSCSA Mentor: Andrea Giuffrida, Ph.D. & James Roberts, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Neuroprotective Effects of Cannabinoids in a Mouse Model of Parkinson's Disease

 

Current Position:
Consultant - Urology and Men's Health Medical Liaisons; Lilly USA, LLC

 

 

MONA BAINS, Ph.D.

Defense Date: March, 2007
UTHSCSA Mentor: James Roberts, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Estrogen-Mediated Neuroprotection of Primary Mesencephalic Neurons

 

Current Position:
Assistant Professor
University of the Incarnate Word
School of Physical Therapy

Pharmacotherapy and Reseach Adjunct
St. Catherine University

 

 

ANIBAL DIOGENES, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Defense Date: December, 2006
UTHSCSA Mentor: Kenneth Hargreaves, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Dissertation: Prolactin Regulation of Trigeminal Sensory Neurons

 

Current Position:
Assistant Professor
UTHSCSA
Department of Endodontics

 

 

RAJKUMAR SEVAK, Ph.D.

Defense Date: November, 2006
UTHSCSA Mentor: Charles France, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Effects of Streptozotocin and Food Restriction on Dopamine Clearance and on the Behavioral Effects of Dopaminergic Drugs

 

Current Position:
Research Faculty Member
UCLA
Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior

 

 

XUMING MAO, Ph.D.

Defense Date: July, 2006
UTHSCSA Mentor: Lily Dong, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Identification of a Signaling Molecule Downstream to AdipoR1 in the Adiponectin Signaling

 

Current Position:
Research Associate
University of Pennsylvania
Department of Dermatology

 

 

AMOL PATWARDHAN, MBBS, Ph.D.

Defense Date: April, 2006
UTHSCSA Mentor: Kenneth Hargreaves, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Dissertation: Peripheral Antihyperalgesic Mechanisms of Opioids and Cannabinoids

 

Current Position:
Assistant Professor/Research
UTHSCSA
Department of Endodontics

 

 

DEVIN CROSS, M.S.

Defense Date: October, 2005
UTHSCSA Mentor: José Cavazos, M.D., Ph.D.
Thesis: Synaptic Reorganization of the CA1 Projection to the Subiculum after Kainic Acid-induced Status Epilepticus

 

Current Position:
Unknown

 

 

JENNIFER GIBBS, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Defense Date: May, 2005
UTHSCSA Mentor: Kenneth Hargreaves, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Dissertation: An Evaluation of the Effects of Activation of Neuropeptide Y Receptors on Sensory Neurons

 

Current Position:
Endodontic Dentist
San Francisco, CA.

 

 

LAWRENCE (LARRY) CARTER II, Ph.D.

Defense Date: March, 2005
UTHSCSA Mentor: Charles France, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Evaluation of the Mechanism of Action of Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate (GHB) in Rats and Mice

 

Current Position:
Medical Affairs Scientist
Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

 

 

WAN-HONG (DI DI) WU, Ph.D.

Defense Date: January, 2005
UTHSCSA Mentor: John Kuhn, Pharm.D.
Dissertation: Characterization of the P13K/PTEN/Akt/mTOR Pathway in Glioblastoma Multiforme

 

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Fellow
UTHSCSA
Department of Biochemistry

 

 

LORA TALLEY WATTS, Ph.D.

Defense Date: December, 2004
UTHSCSA Mentor: George Henderson, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Astrocytes Protect Neurons from Ethanol-Induced Apoptotic Death

 

Current Position:
Instructor/Research
UTHSCSA
Research Imaging Institute

 

 

MICHAEL (KRIS) KAHLIG, Ph.D.

Defense Date: July, 2004
UTHSCSA Mentor: Aurelio Galli, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Amphetamine Regulation of Dopamine Transport

 

Current Position:
Research Scientist
Gilead Sciences, Inc.

 

 

SHELLEY THIELEN, M.S.

Defense Date: April, 2004
UTHSCSA Mentor: David Morilak, Ph.D.
Thesis: Characterization of the Amygdala Priming Model of Panic Disorder

 

Current Position:
Senior Research Assistant
Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Department of Psychiatry

 

 

NATHANIEL (NATHAN) JESKE, Ph.D.

Defense Date: December, 2003
UTHSCSA Mentor: James Roberts, Ph.D.
Dissertation: The Association of Metalloendopeptidase EC3.4.24.15 With Lipid Rafts

 

Current Position:
Assistant Professor
UTHSCSA
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

 

 

THEODORE (TED) PRICE, Ph.D.

Defense Date: September, 2003
UTHSCSA Mentor: Kenneth Hargreaves, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Dissertation: The Neuronal Localization and Neuromodulatory Function of Cannabinoid-Responsive Receptors in the Trigeminal

 

Current Position:
Assistant Professor
University of Arizona
Department of Pharmacology

 

 

GREGORY (GREG) DUSSOR, Ph.D.

Defense Date: December, 2002
UTHSCSA Mentor: Chris Flores, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Cholinergic Modulation of Primary Sensory Neuronal Activity

 

Current Position:
Associate Professor
University of Arizona
Department of Pharmacology

 

 

KIMBERLY FRALIX, Ph.D.

Defense Date: April, 2002
UTHSCSA Mentor: James Freeman, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Mechanisms of Transcriptional Repression of the TGF-Beta Type II Receptor in UK Pan-1 Cells

 

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Virginia
Department of Cell Biology

 

 

MICHAEL (MIKE) WICK, Ph.D.

Defense Date: March, 2002
UTHSCSA Mentor: Feng Liu, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Identification and Characterization of Regulatory Mechanisms in the Insulin Receptor Signal Transduction Pathway

 

Current Position: 
Director, Preclinical Research
South Texas Accelerated Research Therapeutics
San Antonio, TX

 

 

EVANGELINE (EVA) LOH, Ph.D.

Defense Date: December, 2001
UTHSCSA Mentor: Frank Kolakowski, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Molecular Characterization of a Novel Glycoprotein Hormone Receptor, GPR48

 

Current Position:
VP of Regulatory Affairs
Emergo Group, Inc.

 

 

NICOLE SULLIVAN, Ph.D.

Defense Date: November, 2001
UTHSCSA Mentor: Julie Hensler, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Mechanisms of Ligand-Induced Desensitization of the 5-HT2A Receptor in C6 Glioma Cells

 

Current Position:
Patent Attorney
Troutman Sanders LLP
New York, NY

 

 

TIMOTHY (TIM) HAGERTY, Ph.D.

Defense Date: November, 2001
UTHSCSA Mentor: Randy Strong, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Identification and Characterization of A Glucocorticoid Response Element on the Tyrosine Hydroxylase Promoter

 

Current Position:
Sr. Clinical Program Leader
Genetech
San Francisco, CA.

 

 

HABIBEH KHOSHBOUEI, Ph.D.

Defense Date: April, 2001
UTHSCSA Mentor: David Morilak, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Modulatory Effect of Galanin on the Stress-Induced Behavioral and Neuroendocrine Responses in the Rat Extended Amygdala

 

Current Position:
Associate Professor
Department of Neuroscience
University of Florida College of Medicine

 

 

ANTJE ANJI, Ph.D.

Defense Date: November, 2000
UTHSCSA Mentor: Julie Hensler, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Regulation of 5-HT2A Receptors

 

Current Position:
Research Assistant Professor
Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Department of Anatomy and Physiology

 

 

BRIAN STOUT, Ph.D.

Defense Date: October, 2000
UTHSCSA Mentor: William Clarke, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Effector Pathway- and Agonist-dependent Desensitization of 5-HT2C Receptor-mediated Responses

 

Current Position:
Academic Leader for Natural and Physical Sciences
Northwest Vista College
San Antonio, TX

 

 

KURT ELLIOTT, Ph.D.

Defense Date: August, 2000
UTHSCSA Mentor: Mike Rea, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Mechanisms of Adenosine Regulation in the Suprachiasmatic Nucleus

 

Current Position:
Unknown

 

 

JAMES CORBITT, Ph.D.

Defense Date: March, 2000
UTHSCSA Mentor: Randy Strong, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Control of Tyrosine Hydroxylase Gene Expression by Pituitary Adenylate Cyclase-Activating Polypeptide

 

Current Position:
Patent Agent
Summa & Allan, Patent Attorneys
Charlotte, NC

 

 

KENDA JAMESON EVANS, Ph.D.

Defense Date: July, 1999
UTHSCSA Mentor: William Clarke, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Regulatory of Drug Efficacy at the 5HT1A Receptor by Phospholipase Signaling Cascades

 

Current Position:
Automation Solutions Product Specialist
Agilent Technologies
Houston, TX