PHARMACOLOGY GRADUATE STUDENTS
 

Recent Graduates

 

ELIZABETH FUCICH, Ph.D.

Defense Date: February, 2017
UTHSCSA Mentor: David Morilak, Ph.D.
Dissertation: 'Medial Prefrontal Cortical Mechanisms of Behavioral Therapy for Stress-Related Psychiatric Illness'

 

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Fellow
Laboratory of Patricia Molina, M.D., Ph.D., as part of the Biomedical Alcohol Research Training Program at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center at New Orleans

 

 

FERNANDO MOURA, Ph.D.

Defense Date: February, 2017
UTHSCSA Mentor: Lance McMahon, Ph.D.
Dissertation: 'Examining the contribution of α4β2 and non‐α4β2 nicotinic receptors to the in vivo effects of nicotine and varenicline'

 

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Preclinical Pharmacology Program at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School with Jack Bergman, Ph.D.

 

 

SULEMAN HUSSAIN, Ph.D.

Defense Date: September, 2016
UTHSCSA Mentor: A. Pratap Kumar, Ph.D.
Dissertation: 'Therapeutic potential of Nexrutine® in radiosensitization: Involvement of Ribosomal Protein S6 Kinase B1'

 

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Fellowship
Dr.'s Simon Powell/Daniel Higginson laboratory at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYC

 

 

MEGAN JO 'MJ' MOERKE, Ph.D.

Defense Date: April, 2016
UTHSCSA Mentor: Lance McMahon, Ph.D.
Dissertation: 'Pharmacological mechanisms underlying the behavioral effects of direct- and indirect-acting nicotinic agonists in non-human primates and rodents'

 

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Steve Negus at Virginia Commonwealth University

 

 

DAVID AGUILAR, Ph.D.

Defense Date: April, 2016
UTHSCSA Mentor: Daniel Lodge, Ph.D.
Dissertation: 'Effects of Endogenous and Exogenous Cannabinoids on Animal Models of Schizophrenia'

 

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr.'s Robert McCarley and Robert Strecker, Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry

 

 

ANDREW ROBLES, Ph.D.

Defense Date: April, 2016
UTHSCSA Mentor: Susan Mooberry, Ph.D.
Dissertation: 'Identification of Lead Molecules for the Treatment of Triple Negative Breast Cancer Molecular Subtypes from Natural Sources'

 

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Susan Mooberry Lab, UTHSCSA

 

 

JENNIFER PARROTT, Ph.D.

Defense Date: March, 2016
UTHSCSA Mentor: Jason O'Connor, Ph.D.
Dissertation: 'Inflammation-Induced Depressive-Like Behaviors: Influence of Kynurenine Metabolism and Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor'

 

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Scholar
UC Davis Medical Center

 

 

MAYUR PATIL, Ph.D.

Defense Date: January, 2016
UTHSCSA Mentor: Armen Akopian, Ph.D.
Dissertation: 'Prolactin-A Target for Female-Specific Management of Postoperative Pain'

 

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. B. Undem, John Hopkins Medical School

 

 

JULIANNE JETT, Ph.D.

Defense Date: November, 2015
UTHSCSA Mentor: David Morilak, Ph.D.
Dissertation: 'Noradrenergic modulation of glutamate in the medial prefrontal cortex: A potential mechanism for stress-induced cognitive deficits'

 

Current Position:
Info Pending

 

 

HUIYOUNG 'JIMMY' YUN, Ph.D.

Defense Date: September, 2015
UTHSCSA Mentor: A. Pratap Kumar, Ph.D.
Dissertation: 'Estrogen receptor β and COBRA1 in prostate cancer: Friend or Foe?'

 

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Fellow
Harvard Medical Practice

 

 

BLAINE MCGUIRE, Ph.D.

Defense Date: September, 2015
UTHSCSA Mentor: Kelly Berg, Ph.D. and William Clarke, Ph.D.
Dissertation: 'Delta opioid receptor - kappa opioid receptor (DOR-KOR) heteromers in peripheral pain-sensing neurons: novel targets for improved pain pharmacotherapy?'

 

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Texas at Dallas

 

 

RAEHANNAH JAMSHIDI, Ph.D.

Defense Date: May, 2015
UTHSCSA Mentor: Kelly Berg, Ph.D. and William Clarke, Ph.D.
Dissertation: 'Peripheral Mechanisms of Opioid Analgesia: Regulation of Kappa Opioid Receptor (KOR) Function'

 

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

 

 

DI ZHANG, Ph.D.

Defense Date: April, 2015
UTHSCSA Mentor: Xin-Yun Lu, Ph.D.
Dissertation: 'Adiponectin actions in the dentate gyrus: Neurogenesis, dendritic remodeling and contextual fear'

 

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

 

 

XIANG '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
Department of Pathology–Brigham & Women
Harvard University

 

 

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
Johns Hopkins University

 

 

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:
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Internal Medicine at Yale University

 

 

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:
Postdoctoral Fellow
Barrow Neurological Institute

 

 

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:
US Army Biochemist
Ocular Trauma Division, US Army Institute of Surgical Research

 

 

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:
Anesthesiology Resident
Wake Forest University

 

 

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:
Clinical Trials Pharmacist
Department of Pharmacy, 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
US Army Institute of Surgical Research
Adjunct Professor of Chemistry
Northwest Vista College, Trinity University and St. Mary's University

 

 

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
Harvard Medical School

 

 

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:
Info Pending

 

 

CORINA BONDI, Ph.D.

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

 

Current Position:
Assistant Professor
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

 

 

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:
Info Pending

 

 

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:
Info Pending

 

 

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:
Info Pending

 

 

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