Kerri Damion Pryce, PhD ’18, receives the Dennis Higgins Award for PhD Dissertation Research in Pharmacology and Toxicology from his mentor, Arin Bhattacharjee, PhD.

Arin Bhattacharjee, PhD, presents his doctoral student, Dr. Kerri Pryce, with the Dennis Higgins Award. Dr. Pryce is now a postdoctoral associate at Icahn School of Medicine in New York City. 

Our PhD graduates hold positions in industry, government and higher education.


Name Dissertation Topic Principal Investigator Position
Shirley Xu, PhD Cardiac Troponin I Mediates Autoimmune Mechanisms of Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor-Induced Myocarditis
Umesh Sharma, PhD Analytical Chemistry Specialist, Medpace Inc, Cincinnati, OH


Name Dissertation Topic Principal Investigator Position
Samantha Van Etten, PhD CTelomeres and Mitochondria as Potential Targets for the Chronic Toxicity of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) James Olson, PhD Toxicologist, US Food & Drug Administration
Shuhang Dai, PhD CaMKK2 Mediates Akt Activation by Growth Factors in Parallel to the Canonical PI3K/PDK1 Pathway
Arthur Edelman, PhD Senior Scientist, Regeneron, Tarrytown, NY
Rasheen Powell, PhD Nociceptors Endocytosis Regulates Inflammatory Pain Arin Bhattacharjee, PhD Postdoc, Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard University 


Name Dissertation Topic Principal Investigator Position
Alexandria J. Trujillo, PhD Optimization of a Rhodopsin Targeting Ribozyme Knockdown-Reconstitute Strategy for Autosomal Dominant Retinitis Pigmentosa John Sullivan, MD, PhD Empire Fellow at NYS Department of Transportation
Grant Glatfelter, PhD In-Vivo Efficacy of Environmental Chemical & Novel Type Preferring Ligands at SCN Melatonin Receptors in Models of Chronobiological Behaviors Margarita L. Dubocovich, PhD Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The National Institute on Drug Abuse 
Jennifer A. Martin Schieber, PhD Opiate-Induced Plasticity in the Mesolimbic Dopamine System David Dietz, PhD Scientist III, Thermo Fisher Scientific
Norma Zamora, PhD Voltage-Gated Calcium Channels Function in Reactive Astrocytes Pablo Paez, PhD Laboratory Assistant at San Bernardino County Public Health Laboratory; Lecturer, Riverside City College, Riverside, CA

Lakeisha Lewter, PhD

(Neuroscience Program)

Characterization of Novel α2/α3 Subtype-Selective GABAA Receptor Positive Allosteric Modulators Jun-Xu Li, PhD Postdoctoral Research Associate, The University of Texas at Dallas


Name Dissertation Topic Principal Investigator Position
Emmanuel Yawson, PhD Novel Anti-Cancer Agents Targeting Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) Protein-Protein Interactions Rajendram V. Rajnarayanan, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Kerri Pryce, PhD Functional Regulation of Ion Channels in Dorsal Root Ganglion Neurons by Magi-1: Implications in Pain Signaling Arin Bhattacharjee, PhD


Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai


Name Dissertation Topic Principal Investigator Position
Justin Siemian, PhD (Neuroscience Program)

Further Characterization of Imidazoline I2 Receptor Agonist-Induced Antinociception


Jun-Xu Li, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institute on Drug Abuse
Angela Gocher, PhD

Calcium/Calmodulin-Dependent Protein Kinase Kinase 2 Phosphorylates and Activates Oncogenic Akt
in Ovarian Cancer


Arthur Edelman, PhD Postdoctoral Associate, University of Pittsburgh Department of Immunology 
Chong Zhang, PhD

The Roles of Phosphodiesterase 4 Subtypes in Neuropsychiatric Conditions


James O'Donnell, PhD Working in pharma industry in Shanghai, China
Diara Santiago Gonzalez, PhD

A Role for Voltage-Operated Calcium Channels in the Development of Oligodendrocytes


Pablo Paez, PhD Scientist, Convelo Therapeutics, Cleveland, OH
Sushmitha Gururaj, PhD

Regulatory Mechanisms of Slack KNa Channels in Sensory Neuronal Excitability


Arin Bhattacharjee, PhD Scientific Communications Specialist, Inscopix, Inc; Palo Alto, CA


Name Dissertation Topic Principal Investigator Position
Jiabei Liu, PhD

Roles of MT1 and MT2 Melatonin Receptors in Mediating the Effects of Luzindole on  Depression-like and Anxiety-like Behaviors and Hippocampal Neurogenesis


Margarita L. Dubocovich, PhD VP of Pharmaceutical Investment, StarLink Capital, Jersey City, NJ 
Danielle Tomasello, PhD (Neuroscience Program)

Slick (Kcnt2) Potassium Channel Regulates Pain


Arin Bhattacharjee, PhD Postdoctoral Researcher, Whitehead Institute, MIT 


Name Dissertation Topic Principal Investigator Position
Steven Singleton, PhD

Characterization of Human Metabolism and Exposures to Organophosphorus and Pyrethroid Insecticides


James Olson, PhD Senior Toxicologist, Kimberly-Clark, Neenah, WI 
Yina Ma, PhD (Neuroscience Program) Limiting Ischemic Injury by Pharmacologically Administering Antithrombin or Modulating Glucocorticoid Receptor Activity Ji Li, PhD Postdoctoral Researcher, Yale University 
Jing Wang, PhD

Regulation of Human Oligodendrocyte Progenitor Fate by Transcription Factors


Fraser J. Sim, PhD Scientist, Biogen, Cambridge, MA
Shannon Clough, PhD (Neuroscience Program) Circadian Modulation of Reward via the 
MT1 and MT2 Melatonin Receptors
Margarita L. Dubocovich, PhD United States Navy 
Bethany Rankin Asare, PhD Proteomics-Assisted Discovery of Novel Anti-Cancer Agents Targeting the Human Estrogen Receptor Interactome Rajendram V. Rajnarayanan, PhD Facility Head, National Cancer Institute DCTD Tumor Repository


Name Dissertation Topic Principal Investigator Position
David Thorn, PhD

Behavioral Characterization of Imidazoline I2 Receptor Ligands: Interactions with Opioids


Jun-Xu Li, PhD
Staff Fellow, US Food and Drug Administration, Jefferson, AR 
Ekue Adamah-Biassi, PhD Melatonin Receptor-Mediated Modulation of Multiple Behavioral Rhythms in Single Housed Mice Margarita L. Dubocovich, PhD Lead Toxicologist, Arkema, King of Prussia, PA


Name Dissertation Topic Principal Investigator Position
Alexander Morrison-Nozik, PhD Regulatory Mechanisms of AMP-Activated Protein Kinase in Limiting Myocardial Infarction Ji Li, PhD Resident Physician, Anesthesiology, Michigan Medicine
Loukia Karacosta, PhD

The Role of CaMKK2 in Prostate Cancer Progression


Arthur Edelman, PhD Assistant Professor, Department of Cancer Systems Imaging, Division of Diagnostic Imaging, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX


Name Dissertation Topic Principal Investigator Position
Alice Crane, MD, PhD

Assessment of Human Exposure and Susceptibility to Chlorpyrifos


James Olson, PhD
Urology Resident, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH 
Chao Tong, PhD

Pharmacological Activation of SIRT1 Protects Against Cardiac Ischemic Injury in the Senescent Heart


Ji Li, PhD International Pregnancy Research Alliance, Deputy Director, Canada-China-New Zealand Joint Laboratory of Maternal and Fetal Medicine by The First Affiliated Hospital of Chongqing


Name Dissertation Topic Principal Investigator Position
Jingying Wang, PhD

Limiting Cardiac Ischemic Injury by Pharmacologically Augmenting the AMPK Signaling Pathway


Ji Li, PhD Senior Scientist, Amgen, San Francisco, CA
Corie Ellison, PhD Assessing the Human Health Risks of Exposure to Organophosphorus Pesticides James Olson, PhD Toxicologist, Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, OH