PhD

Many of our PhD graduates advance to fellowships in major laboratories, including those of the National Institutes of Health, the Howard Hughes Medical Institutes and universities. Several opt for careers in the private sector, working for biomedical research firms or medical or laboratory product companies. Some take less traditional career paths, e.g., pursuing intellectual property law or building their own biotechnology firms.

2019

  Dissertation Topic Principal Investigator Position
Christian Ahearn, PhD
“Nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae Genomes
Reveal Vaccine Antigen Genetic Diversity and a
Novel Host Cell Invasin”
Timothy Murphy, PhD
Postdoctoral Scientist, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH
Connie Rink, PhD Unique interactions in ribosome subunit export in African trypanosomes” Noreen Williams, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Alan Rein lab, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
Jay Leipheimer, PhD
Stress-induced translational reprogramming modulates mRNA decay dynamics in the human fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans John Panepinto, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Jeff Coller lab, Case Western Researve University
Dan Jaremko, PhD
Identifying critical interactions in the unique Trypanosoma brucei 5S ribonucleoprotein complex and their role in ribosome biogenesis” Noreen Williams, PhD Third year medical student at the University at Buffalo

2018

  Dissertation Topic Principal Investigator Position
Mary Gallo, MD Candidate “Genomic microevolution of nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae during persistent infection: a focus on IgA protease”
Timothy F. Murphy, MD Third-year medical student at the University at Buffalo
Lucie Kafkova, PhD
“Funtional characterization of Trypanosoma brucei protein arginine methyltransferase”
Laurie K. Read, PhD
Postdoctoral fellow, Oxford University
Richard Jin, MD Candidate
"Chronic infection impairs immune-mediated skeltal muscle regeneration”
Elizabeth Wohlfert, PhD Third-year medical student at the University at Buffalo

2017

  Dissertation Topic Principal Investigator Position
Ryan Reddinger, PhD “The Effect of the Nasopharyngeal Microbiota on Pneumococcal colonization and Pathogensis in the Post-Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccin Era”
Anthony A. Campagnari, PhD
Postdoctoral associate, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University at Buffalo
Michaelle
Chojnacki,
PhD
“Funtional interations of HPV replication proteins E1 ad E2 with cellular DNA polymerase epsilon”
Thomas Melendy, PhD
Postdoctoral fellow, University of Rochester
Anyango
Kamina,
PhD
“Analysis of the unique binding interactions within the 5S ribonucleoprotein particle (5S RNP) Trypanosoma brucei”
Noreen Williams, PhD Senior Staff Assistant, ISeed Initiative, University at Buffalo
Rachel Simpson, MD Candidate
"Functional characterization of MRB8180-containing complexes in trypanosome RNA editing"
Laurie K. Read, PhD
Third Year Medical Student, University at Buffalo
Tom Sajda, MD Candidate
"The role of non-desmoglein auto antibodies in Pemphigus vulgaris"
Animesh Sinha, MD
Third Year Medical Student, University at Buffalo

2016

  Dissertation Topic Principal Investigator Position
Dithi Banerjee, PhD “RNA decay links metabolism in stress adaptation in Cryptococcus neoformans”
John C. Panepinto, PhD Clinical research scientist, Children’s Mercy Hospital
Jan Naseer Kaur, PhD “5' UTR Mediated Post-Transcriptional Regulation of Sexual Development in Cryptococcus Neoformans by Auto-Regulatory PUM1”
John C. Panepinto, PhD Postdoctoral associate, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University at Buffalo

2015

  Dissertation Topic Principal Investigator Position
Virginia (Havel) Glazier, PhD
“Post-Transcriptional Regulation of the ER Stress Response in Cryptococcus neoformans” John C. Panepinto, PhD Postdoctoral fellow, University of Rochester
Christopher Greene, PhD “Modulation of Humoral Immunity to a Ricin Vaccine Antigen by Wild-Type and Mutant Type II Heat-Labile Enterotoxins” Terry D. Connell, PhD Postdoctoral research affiliate, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
John Hu, MD '17/PhD “Enchancement of CD8+ T Cells by the Type II Heat-Labile Enterotoxins LT-IIb and LT- IIc” Terry D. Connell, PhD Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo
Megan Jones, PhD “Function and Regulation of the Oligopeptide Permease Transport System in Moraxella catarrhalis” Timothy F. Murphy, MD Postdoctoral associate, Department of Oral Biology, University at Buffalo
Khan Umaer, PhD “Conserved and Trypanosome-Specific Factors in Ribosomal Biogenesis of Trypanosoma brucei and Trypanosoma cruzi” Noreen Williams, PhD Postdoctoral associate, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University at Buffalo

2014

  Dissertation Topic Principal Investigator Position
Amanda Bloom, PhD
“Post-Transcriptional Gene Regulation Contributes to Host Temperature Adaptation in Pathogenic Fungus Cryptococcus neoforman” John C. Panepinto, PhD Postdoctoral associate, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University at Buffalo 

2013

  Dissertation Topic Principal Investigator Position
Allen Chung, MD '16/ PhD “Oral IL-10 nanoparticles alleviate polyposis via site-specific neutralization of pathogenic T-regulatory cells” Nejat K. Egilmez, PhD Radiation-oncology resident, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Cara Clementi, PhD
“Internalization and Trafficking of Nonetypeable Haemophilus influenzae in Human Respiratory Epithelial Cells and the Roles of IgA1 Proteases for Optimal Internalization and Persistance” Timothy F. Murphy, MD Postdoctoral fellow, University of Rochester Medical Center
Emily Clementi, PhD “Mechanistic Insights Into Death Induced by Protein-Lipid Complexes in Streptococcus pneumoniae” Anders Hakansson, PhD Postdoctoral associate, Ethicon
Brian A. MacDonald, Jr., MD '16/PhD “Influenza and Secondary Bacterial Pneumonia: Modulation of the Host Anti-Viral Immune Response and the Interferon Paradox” Paul R. Knight III, MD, PhD Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo
Laura Marks, MD '15/PhD “Interkingdom Signaling Induces Streptococcus peneumoniae Biofilm Dispersion and Transition From Asymptomatic Colonization to Disease” Anders Hakansson, PhD Internal medicine resident, Washington University/B-JH/SLCH Consortium, St. Louis
Lei Wang, PhD
“Association of a Novel Pre-Ribosomal Complex in Trypanosoma brucei” Noreen Williams, PhD Postdoctoral fellow, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Hyun Ah Yi, PhD “Understanding of Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1 Entry Inhibition and Co-Pathogenesis of Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1 and Cryptococcus neoformans” Amy Jacobs, PhD Postdoctoral associate, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University at Buffalo 

2012

  Dissertation Topic Principal Investigator Position
Gregory Canfield,
MD’14/PhD
“Evolution of Virulence in Staphylococcus aureus Hypermutators” Steven Gill, PhD Internal medicine resident, Scripps Clinic, Green Hospital, La Jolla, Calif.
Krishnan Chakravarthy, PhD “Investigating the Adaptive Immune Response to Influenza and Secondary Bacterial Pneumonia and Nanoparticle-Based Therapeutic Delivery” Paul R. Knight III, MD, PhD Founder and CEO, NanoAxis
Martin Ciganda, PhD
“Analysis of a Novel Pre-Ribosomal Complex in Trypanosoma brucei” Noreen Williams, PhD Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University at Buffalo
Bardees Foda, PhD “Structure-Function Analysis of the Essential RNA Editing Accessory Factor TbRGG2” Laurie Read, PhD Postdoctoral research fellow for Infectious Diseases, Stanford University School of Medicine
Jason Silverman, PhD   James D. Bangs, PhD Software product delivery customer advocate, Monsanto Company, St. Louis
Robert Tyx, PhD “Dihydrolipoamide Dehydrogenase: A Regulator of ABC Transport in Streptococcus pneumoniae” Anders Hakansson, PhD Biologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta

2011

  Dissertation Topic Principal Investigator Position
Kari Brossard, PhD
“Characterization of Acinetobacter baumannii Biofilm-Associated Components” Anthony A. Campagnari, PhD Assistant professor, Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education, Ithaca College; Adjunct professor of biology, Erie Community College
Jamie Harden, PhD “IFN-gamma is Central to Both Immunogenic and Tolerogenic Properties of Dentritic Cells After IL-12 and GM-CSF Microsphere Treatment” Nejat K. Egilmez, PhD Senior scientist, Dermira, Inc., San Francisco, CA
Chang Hoon Lee, PhD “The B Pentamer of LT-Iia, a Type II Heat-Liable Enterotoxin of Escherichia coli, Enhances Dendritic Cell Functions” Terry D. Connell, PhD Senior research scientist, Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology
Michelle Simpson-Abelson, PhD “Assessing the Responsiveness and Reactivation of Memory T Cells in the Microenvironment of Human Ovarian Tumors and Ascites Fluid” Richard B. Bankert, VMD, PhD Postdoctoral fellow, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

2010

  Dissertation Topic Principal Investigator Position 
Jennifer Barnas, PhD
“Fibroblast Modulation of T Lymphocyte Activation” Richard B. Bankert, VMD, PhD Internal medicine resident, Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, N.Y.
Jonathan Burgos, PhD
“Molecular Characterization of the ecf1R-bfrH Locus of Bordetella bronchiseptica: Role of the ECF Sigma Factor” Terry D. Connell, PhD Regulatory management position, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Washington, D.C.
Brandon Feinen, PhD “Critical Role of Th17 Responses in a Murine Model of Neisseria gonorhoea Genital Infection” Michael W. Russell, PhD Postdoctoral fellow, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Paul Gulde, PhD “The Role of Subunit 9 in the Structure, Function and Regulation of Trypanosoma brucei ATP Synthase” Noreen Williams, PhD Staff scientist, Life Technologies
Thomas Loehfelm, MD/PhD “Identification and Characterization of an Acinetobacter baumannii Biofilm-Associated Protein” Anthony A. Campagnari, PhD Clinical radiologist, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.
Elitza (Sevova) Theel   James D. Bangs, PhD Assistant professor of laboratory medicine pathology; director of infectious disease serology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
Kristin White, PhD “Role of DNA Binding in Varicella zoster IE62” William Ruyechan, PhD Postdoctoral fellow, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, N.Y.
Shinobu Yamamoto, PhD “Role of the Human Mediator Complex in Varicella zoster Virus IE62 Mediated Transcriptional Activation” William Ruyechan, PhD Postdoctoral fellow, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, Seattle

2009

  Dissertation Topic Principal Investigator Position
Jeremiah Davie, PhD “Characterization of the Porin Proteins OmpP2A and OmpP2B of Haemophilus ducreyi” Anthony Campagnari, PhD Assistant professor of biology, D’Youville College, Buffalo, N.Y.
Mohamed Khalil, PhD “Investigation of Origin Dependent Replication of VZV DNA” William Ruyechan, PhD Postdoctoral research fellow for infectious diseases, Stanford University School of Medicine
Helen Nazareth, PhD “Extraintestinal Pathogenic Escherichia coli (ExPEC) Survives Within Neutrophils” Thomas A. Russo, MD Pediatric anesthesiology fellow, University at Buffalo
Elizabeth Ruckdeschel, PhD “Examination of Putative Outer Membrane Proteins in Moraxella catarrhalis: A Genome Mining Approach for the Identification of Potential Vaccine Antigens” Timothy F. Murphy, MD Clinical pathology and anatomic pathology, Syracuse, N.Y.
Johanna Schwingel, PhD “Characterization of Moraxella catarrhalis Lipooligosaccharide” Anthony A. Campagnari, PhD Visiting assistant professor of biology, St. Bonaventure University, Allegany, N.Y.
Jeffrey Yu,
MD/PhD
“Role of Interleukin-17 Signaling in Acute Periodontal Disease” Sarah Gaffen, PhD Clinical assistant professor of pediatrics, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo

2008

  Dissertation Topic Principal Investigator Position
Benjamin Briggs, PhD “Ecology and Pathogenesis of Zoonotic Viruses in Central Asia” John Hay, PhD Resident physician, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago
Paul Hosking, PhD   Noreen Williams, PhD Assistant professor Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Jonelle Mattiacio Penschow, PhD “TbDSS-1 Functions in Mitochondrial RNA Turnover and Surveillance in Trypanosoma brucei” Laurie Read, PhD Assistant professor, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, N.Y.
Jeffrey Mocny, PhD “The Structural and Functional Analysis of BhuR: The Outer Membrane Hemin Receptor of Bordetella bronchiseptica” Terry D. Connell, PhD Senior principal scientist, BioAgilytix, Durham, N.C.
Michael Nazareth, PhD “Characterization of Human Lung Tumor-Associated Firboblasts and Their Ability to Modulate the Activation of Tumor-Associated T Cells” Richard B. Bankert, VMD, PhD Dermatologist, Center for Plastic Surgery and Dermatology, Buffalo, N.Y.
Karen Ostberg, PhD “Evaluation of Outer Membrane Protein P2 of Nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae as a Potential Vaccine Antigen” Timothy F. Murphy, MD Assistant professor, South University, Richmond, Va.
Deborah Pasternack, PhD “Physical and Functional Characterization of a Type II Protein Arginine Methyltransferase in Trypanosoma brucei” Laurie Read, PhD Postdoctoral fellow, Engman Laboratory of Tropical Parasitology and Heart Disease, Department of Pathology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
Pascale Plamondon, PhD “Identification and Characterization of a Novel Two-Partner Secretion System in Moraxella catarrhalis Composed of MchA1, MchA2 and MchB” Anthony A. Campagnari, PhD Director of bacteriology
ZeptoMetrix Inc., Buffalo, N.Y.
Kimberly Prohaska, PhD “Functional Characterization of Two RNA Binding Proteins, P34 and P37, From Trypanosoma brucei” Noreen Williams, PhD Senior scientist and extramural grant specialist, OyaGen, Rochester, N.Y.

2007

  Dissertation Topic Principal Investigator Position
Cristian Cilloniz, PhD “Role of the Varicella zoster Virus ORF9 Protein in Viral Replication” William Ruyechan, PhD Principal scientist, Hoffmann-La Roche
Christopher Goulah, PhD “Regulation of Mitochondrial Gene Expression, RNA Binding, and gRNP Complex Formation by Arginine Methylation” Laurie Read, PhD Senior postdoctoral fellow, microbiology and immunology, University at Buffalo
Jamie Heimburg, PhD “Characterization and Exploitation of Antibody to the Tumor Antigen TF-Ag and Peptide Mimics of TF-Ag to Develop Improved Tumor Immunotherapies” Kate Rittenhouse-Olsen, PhD Laboratory research manager, Emory University, Atlanta
Prerna Masih, PhD   Thomas Melendy, PhD Research scientist, NewLink Genetics Corporation, Ames, Iowa             
Prashant Shambharkar, PhD “Molecular Mechanism of Inhibitor of k B Kinase (IKK) Complex Activation by Inducible Phosphorylation and Ubiquitination Upon T Cell Recept (TCR) Stimulation” Xin Lin, PhD Scientist I, Celgene Avilomics Research, Boston
Matthew Tanner, PhD “Analysis and Characterization of CARMA1 Interacting Proteins” Xin Lin, PhD Product manager, InfoEd Global, Albany, N.Y.
Tricia Tanner, PhD “Analysis of the Function of Two Varicella-Zoster Virus Proteins Involved in Gene Regulation: IE63 and ORF29” William Ruyechan, PhD Systems analyst, InfoEd Global, Albany, N.Y.

2006

  Dissertation Topic Principal Investigator Position
Randolph Clower, PhD “The Papillomavirus E1 Helicae and E2 Protein Bind to and Stimulate the Enzymatic Functions of Human Topisomerase I and DNA Polymerase Delta” Thomas Melendy, PhD Associate, Phillips Lytle LLP
Attorney specializing in biological intellectual property 
Katie Edwards, PhD “Analysis of the Biosynthesis and Function of a Serotype B Glycoform of Moraxella catarrhalis Lipooligosaccharides” Anthony A. Campagnari, PhD Deputy director, Biological & Medical Sciences Group, CUBRC Inc., Buffalo, N.Y.
Matthew Fernaays, MD ’08/PhD “Virulence Determinants of Pathoogenic Nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae” Timothy F. Murphy, MD Physician, Pembroke Family Medicine, Corfu, N.Y.
John Fisk, PhD “Mechanisms and Regulation of Papvarirus DNA Replication” Thomas Melendy, PhD Research scientist; research assistant professor of microbiology and immunology, University at Buffalo
Kristina Hellman, PhD “Characterization of the Protein-Protein Interactions and RNA Binding Properties of p34 and p37 From Trypansoma brucei” Noreen Williams, PhD Patent examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Washington, D.C.
Chia-Ying Kao, PhD “Cis- and Trans-acting Factors in Trypanosoma brucei Mitochondrial RNA Metabolism” Laurie Read, PhD Research scientist, MacroGenics, Rockville, Md.
Changxue Lu, PhD “Role of a Novel Nuclear Receptor Fushi Tarazu Factor 1 (SmFTZ-F1q) in the Biology of Schistosoma mansoni” Philip LoVerde, PhD Research position, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Hesham Nawar, PhD “Mucosal Adjuvant Properties of Mutant LT-IIA and LT-IIB Enterotoxins that Exhibit Altered Ganglioside-Binding Activities” Terry D. Connell, PhD Manager/research scientist, Sanofi Pasteur, Swiftwater, Pa.
Haiming Wu, PhD “3’ Untranslated Regions Regulate Developmental Expression of Two RNA Binding Proteins, p34 and p37, From Trypanosoma brucei” Noreen Williams, PhD Postdoctoral fellow, biotechnology, University of California at Berkeley

2005

  Dissertation Topic Principal Investigator Position
Diana Adlowitz, PhD “Identification and Characterization of Outer Membrane Proteins G1a and G1b of Moraxella catarrhalis” Timothy F. Murphy, MD Postdoctoral fellow, allergy, immunology and rheumatology, University of Rochester Medical Center
Lori Broderick, MD/PhD   Richard B. Bankert, VMD, PhD Assistant professor of allergy, immunology and rheumatology, University of California, San Diego
Kristin (Furano) Picardo, PhD “Analysis of Alternative Mechanisms of Iron Acquisition by Moraxella catarrhalis and Their Role in Pathogenesis” Anthony A. Campagnari, PhD Associate professor of biology, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, N.Y.
Rong Hu, PhD “Role of Nuclear Receptors in the Biology of Schistosoma mansoni: SMCAR and SmTR2/4” Philip T. LoVerde, PhD Pathology and laboratory medicine resident, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
John Neary, PhD “Conserved Regions of Outer Membrane Proteins as Vaccine Antigens” Timothy F. Murphy, MD Postdoctoral research fellow, Miami University, Ohio
Assistant professor of biology, West Virginia University Institute of Technology
Christopher Ryan, PhD “Regulation of Trypanosoma brucei Mitochondrial RNA Turnover by Cis-Acting Factors and UTP” Laurie Read, PhD Associate director of pharmaceutical development, Synedgen Inc., Claremont, Calif.
Min Yang, MD/PhD “Analysis of the Regulation of a Bi-Directional Varicella-Zoster Virus Promoter: The ORF28/29 Promoter” William Ruyechan, PhD Clinical assistant professor of family medicine, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo

2004

  Dissertation Topic Principal Investigator Position
Rosemary Cook, PhD “Immune Attrition of Adult Schistosoma mansoni Worms and Host Immune Mechanisms Stimulated by DNA Vaccination With SmCT-SOD, SmGPX and Sm-filamin” Philip T. LoVerde, PhD Internal medicine, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Philadelphia
Amarnath Maitra, PhD “Investigation of the Role of Escherichia coli RNA Polymerase in the Stringent Response” V. James Hernandez, PhD Senior technology scientist, Wrigley, Chicago
Melissa Miller, PhD “Functional and Biochemical Analysis of the Mitochondrial RNA Binding Protein RBP16 and its Protein Binding Partner, p22” Laurie Read, PhD Molecular biologist, Jacksonville, Fla.
Hua Peng, PhD “Analysis of Cis and Trans Elements Regulating Expression of the Varicella zoster Virus Glycoprotein I Gene” William Ruyechan, PhD Postdoctoral fellow, National Institutes of Health
Matthew Ruddy, PhD “Interleukin-17 Signaling: Target Genes and Role in Periodontal Disease” Sarah Gaffen, PhD Assistant professor of biology, Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, N.Y.

2003 and earlier

  Principal Investigator Position
Amy Kirby, PhD ’03 Terry D. Connell, PhD Assistant research professor, Emory University, Atlanta
Yueh-Ming Loo, PhD ’03 Thomas Melendy, PhD Assistant professor of immunology, University at Washington, Seattle
Thomas Conway Jr., PhD ’02 Richard B. Bankert, VMD, PhD Scientific review officer, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.
Jason Folster, PhD ’02 Terry D. Connell, PhD Staff scientist, Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta
Jinlei Li, PhD ’02 Noreen Williams, PhD Assistant professor of anesthesiology, Yale Medical School, New Haven, Conn.
Erin Murphy, PhD ’02 Terry D. Connell, PhD Associate professor, Ohio University, Athens
Melanie Filiatrault, PhD ’01 Anthony A. Campagnari, PhD Research molecular biologist, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cornell, N.Y.
Joseph Pitula, PhD ’01 Noreen Williams, PhD
William Ruyechan, PhD
Associate professor, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne
Mark Hayman, PhD ’00 Laurie Read, PhD Patent attorney/partner, Bingham McCutchen LLP, Boston
Kevin Militello, PhD ’00 Laurie Read, PhD Associate professor, SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, N.Y.
Feng-An Chen, PhD ’97 Richard B. Bankert, VMD, PhD Professor, New York University College of Dentistry, New York
Jun Zhang, PhD ’97 Noreen Williams, PhD Associate director of biology, Nitto Denko Technical Corp., San Diego
Melissa Sondej, PhD ’95 Noreen Williams, PhD Proteomics staff scientist, UCLA, Los Angeles
George Hajischengallis, PhD ’94 Michael Russell, PhD
Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, Philadelphia
Paul Ling, PhD ’90 John Hay, PhD Associate professor of microbiology, Baylor University, Houston
James R. Drake, PhD ’89 Richard B. Bankert, VMD, PhD Professor of immunology, Albany Medical College, Albany, N.Y.
Sheng-Chang Lou, PhD ’86 Richard B. Bankert, VMD, PhD Staff scientist, Abbott Labs, Chicago
Tom Casey, PhD ’85 John Hay, PhD Senior scientist, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Ames, Iowa
Frazer Rixon, PhD ’78 John Hay, PhD Program leader, Center for Virus Research, University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK 
Ron Hay, PhD ’77 John Hay, PhD Professor of molecular biology, University of Dundee, Scotland, UK