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PhD Student Profiles

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Maura Cotter

Mentor:  Dr. Janis Burt, PhD.

Research Interests:  Drug discovery: Improving and understanding connexin mimetic peptide-mediated inhibition of gap junctions

Personal Interests:  Being a wife and mother, spending time with family and friends, hiking, drawing/painting, gymnastics, trying not to fail at science 

Publications: MyBibliography

Email:  mcotter@email.arizona.edu 

Claire DeLucia

Advisor:  Currently completing lab rotations

Research Interests:  Blood pressure regulation, Exercise physiology, Respiratory physiology

Personal Interests:  Dogs, weightlifting, volleyball, Stevie Nicks 

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Email:  deluciac@email.arizona.edu

Michael Flood

Advisor:  Dr. Erika Eggers, PhD.

Research Interests:  The role of retinal inhibition in Light adaptation

Personal Interests:  Spelunking, snickerdoodling, Mariachi bands. Also hat dances, 1st Fridays @ the Loft, and infrequent moping

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Email:  mdflood@email.arizona.edu

Andrew Flores

Advisor:  Dr. Torsten Falk, PhD.

Research Interests:  Neuroscience: Parkinson's disease

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Publications:  Flores AJ, Bartlett MJ, So LY, Laude ND, Parent KL, Heien ML, Sherman SJ, Falk T. Differential effects of the NMDA receptor antagonist MK-801 on dopamine receptor D1- and D2-induced abnormal involuntary movements in a preclinical model. Neuroscience Letters. 2014 Apr 3; 564:48-52.

Email:  ajf1@email.arizona.edu

Daniel Hill

Advisor:  Dr. Stephen Cowen, PhD.

Research Interests:  Daniel is interested in the neurophysiology of learning, reward, and motivation and how it is affected by chronic pain.  His research currently focuses on top-down modulation of the basal ganglia by the prefrontal cortex (PFC). The PFC modulates basal ganglia output indirectly via projections to the midbrain and via direct projections to the basal ganglia. These projections are important in working memory, behavior acquisition, and motivation in the context of learning. Further, dysregulation of top down modulation (e.g., in chronic pain) may lead to learning and/or cognitive deficits. Daniel is studying top down modulation of the basal ganglia in both normal and disease models by measuring dopamine release (using fast-scan cyclic voltammetry) and electrophysiologic output in the basal ganglia in conjunction with electrical and optogenetic manipulation of prefrontal efferents.

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Email:  dfhill@email.arizona.edu

Nicole Jacobsen

Advisor:  Dr. Janis Burt, PhD.

Research Interests:  I am interested in the role of the gap junction protein, connexin 37, in vascular remodeling in injury or disease states. Expressed in the endothelium, connexin 37 appears to regulate endothelial cell phenotype (proliferation, quiescence, cell death) by altering the phosphorylation state of the protein and subsequently its channel function. By understanding channel-dependent and -independent properties of connexin 37, we hope to develop therapies for the treatment of diseases involving pathological vascular remodeling (cardiovascular diseases, malignant cancers, etc.)

Personal Interests:  My dog, cooking, travel, photography, exercise

Publications:  Work in progress

Email:  nljacobs@email.arizona.edu

 

Gabriel Kelly

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Advisor:  Dr. Ting Wang, PhD.

Research Interests:  Genetic variation and post-translational modifications of nmMLCK, especially in Acute Lung Injury

Personal Interests:  Hockey, swimming, reading, saving Princess Zelda

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Email:  gabrielkelly@email.arizona.edu

Matthew Klass

Advisor:  Currently completing lab rotations

Research Interests:  I love the general fields of electrophysiology, neurophysiology, and cardiovascular physiology. Ultimately, I'd like my research to focus on improvements to health and wellness especially concerning type II diabetes and obesity.

Personal Interests:  Cooking & eating, swimming, freelance tattoo design, exercise and great conversation!

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Email:  mklass92@email.arizona.edu

Sarah Lehman

Advisor:  Dr. Jil Tardiff, M.D., PhD.

Research Interests:  I study point mutations in cardiac sarcomeric proteins that are associated with a number of cardiomyopathies, including hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and left ventricular non-compaction. I utilize computer modeling, molecular assays, and whole animal models to understand how these mutations lead to disease in an effort to better develop therapeutic interventions for patients.  

Personal Interests: My dogs/family/friends, farmers markets, eating, hiking/boating, coffee!! 

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Email:  slehman09@gmail.com

Heather Lynn

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Advisor:  Dr. Ting Wang, PhD.

Research Interests:  Respiratory Disease and Genetics

Personal Interests:  Backpacking ad Hiking

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Email:  hlynn@email.arizona.edu

Melissa Lynn

 

Advisor:  Dr. Jil Tardiff, M.D., PhD.

Research Interests:  Cardiovascular Disease

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Email:  staggers@email.arizona.edu

Timothy Maley

Advisor:  Dr. Erika Eggers

Research Interests:  The role of retinal inhibition in Light adaptation. 

Personal Interests:  Cycling, Skiing, Hiking, Representing Physiological Sciences GIDP in intramural sports

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Email:  maleytim@email.arizona.edu

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Catherine Min

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Advisor:  Dr. Klearchos Papas, PhD.

Research Interests:  Renal Transplantation and Organ Preservation

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Email:  fscgmin25@gmail.com

Candy Rivas

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Advisor:  Dr. Scott Boitano, PhD.

Research Interests:  PAR2 signaling in allergic asthma

Personal Interests:  Watching films, shopping, hiking, reading, getting whooped on MarioKart by my little guy, Ean. 

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Email:  cmrivas@email.arizona.edu

Alexander Pendleton

Advisor:  Currently completing lab rotations

Research Interests:  Cancer, metabolism, and how genetics impacts physiology.

Personal Interests:  Exercise, green chile, and 2 Chainz.

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Email:  alexpendleton@email.arizona.edu

Phil Sandoval

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Advisor:  Dr. Stephen Wright, PhD.

Research Interests:  Renal transport and drug interactions

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Email:  sandovap@hotmail.com (link sends e-mail)

Kate Smith

Advisor:  Dr. Klearchos Papas, PhD.

Research Interests:  Ischemia and islet transplantation 

Personal Interests:  Art, and Rock Climbing

Publications:  NCBI MyBibliography

Email:  kasmith@email.arizona.edu

Joshua Uhlorn

Advisor:  Dr. Heddwen Brooks

Research Interests:  Integrating immune and cardiovascular systems

Personal Interests:  Fitness, athletics, hiking, traveling with friends & family

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Email:  juhlorn@email.arizona.edu

Lila Wollman

Advisor:  Dr. Ralph Fregosi, PhD.

Research Interests:  Developmental nicotine exposure on brainstem respiratory centers, effects of leptin on brainstem respiratory centers

Personal Interests:  Exercise, food, Pug dogs

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Email:  lilawolloman@email.arizona.edu