You are here

PhD Student Profiles

Please click on the name of each student to learn more about them.

Stephanie Bruggink

Advisor:  Completing 1st Year Lab Rotations.

Research Interests:  Metabolic diseases and nutrition.

Personal Interests:  My dog, swimming, running, biking, hiking, craft beer and delicious food.

Publications:  In progress.

Email:  bruggink@email.arizona.edu

Garrett Crosby

Advisor:  Completing 1st Year Lab Rotations.

Reseach Interests: Renal control of blood pressure and muscle contraction.

Personal Interests: Wwimming, hiking, mountain biking, and B horror movies.

Publications: In progress.

Email: crosbyg@email.arizona.edu

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

Awards:  Herbert E. Carter Travel Award (2017), NIH T32 Training Grant: Interdisciplinary Training in Cardiovascular Research

Email:  mcotter@email.arizona.edu 

Claire DeLucia

Advisor:  Dr. E. Fiona Bailey, Ph.D.

Research Interests:  Blood pressure regulation, autonomic nervous system, respiratory physiology.

Personal Interests:  Cycling, dogs, volleyball, Stevie Nicks.

Publications:  In progress.

Awards:  NIH T32 Training Grant: Interdisciplinary Training in Cardiovascular Research (2017-2018, 2018-2019)

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

Publications:  In Progress

Awards:  NIH T32 Training Grant: Interdisciplinary Training in Cardiovascular Research (2016-2017)

Email:  mdflood@email.arizona.edu

Andrew Flores

Advisor:  Dr. Torsten Falk, PhD.

Research Interests:  Testing opioid drugs in preclinical models of Parkinson's disease and levodopa-induced dyskinesia.

Personal Interests:  Hiking and I'm also a boxing fan.

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.

Awards:  Achievement Award for College Scientists (ARCS 2015-16, 2016-2017, 2017-2018)

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.

Personal Interests: 

Publications:  In progress.

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:  My Bibliography on NCBI: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/browse/collection/53228822/?sort=date&direction=ascending 

Awards:  American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship  (2015-2017), Herbert E. Carter Travel Award (Spring 2016)

Email:  nljacobs@email.arizona.edu

 

Gabriel Kelly

Advisor:  Dr. Ting Wang, PhD.

Research Interests:  Roles of Integrin B4 splice variants in the pulmonary endothelial barrier and regulation of splicing.

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

Publications: 

  • Xie L, Chiang ET, Wu X, Kelly GT, Kanteti P, Singleton PA, Camp SM, Zhou T, Dudek SM, Natarajan V, Wang T, Black SM, Garcia JG, Jacobson JR. Regulation of Thrombin-Induced Lung Endothelial Cell Barrier Disruption by Protein Kinase C Delta. PLoS One. 2016 Jul 21;11(7):e0158865. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0158865. PubMed PMID: 27442243; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4956111.
  • Qian Z, Lv J, Kelly GT, Wang H, Zhang X, Gu W, Yin X, Wang T, Zhou T. Expression of nuclear factor, erythroid 2-like 2-mediated genes differentiates tuberculosis. Tuberculosis (Edinb). 2016 Jul;99:56-62. doi: 10.1016/j.tube.2016.04.008. PubMed PMID: 27450006.
  • Elangovan VR, Camp SM, Kelly GT, et al. Endotoxin- and mechanical stress–induced epigenetic changes in the regulation of the nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase promoter. Pulmonary Circulation. 2016;6(4):539-544. doi:10.1086/688761.

Awards: NIH T32 Training Grant: Interdisciplinary Training in Cardiovascular Research (2016-2017)

Email:  gabrielkelly@email.arizona.edu

Matthew Klass

Advisor:  Dr. Jil Tardiff, MD, Ph.D.

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!

Publications:  In Progress

Awards:  University Fellows Award (2016-2017), NIH T32 Training Grant: Interdisciplinary Training in Cardiovascular Research (2017-2018)

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!! 

Publications:  In progress.

Awards:  Sarver Heart Center Fellowship (2015-16), ARCS Eller Family Scholar Award (2016-2017), ARCS Lauber/Templin Foundation Scholar Award (2017-2018), APS Writing Skills Course Travel Award (2017)

Email:  slehman09@gmail.com

Heather Lynn

Advisor:  Dr. Ting Wang, PhD.

Research Interests:  Respiratory Disease and Genetics

Personal Interests:  Backpacking and Hiking

Publications: In Progress

Awards:  NIH T32 Training Grant: Interdisciplinary Training in Cardiovascular Research

Email:  hlynn@email.arizona.edu

Timothy Maley

Advisor:  Dr. Erika Eggers, Ph.D.

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

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

Publications: In progress.

Email:  maleytim@email.arizona.edu

*/

Catherine Min

Advisor:  Dr. Klearchos Papas, PhD.

Research Interests:  Renal Transplantation and Organ Preservation

Personal Interests:

Publications: In progress.

Email:  fscgmin25@gmail.com

Candy Rivas

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. 

Publications: In progress.

Awards:  Porter Physiology Development Fellowship (2016-2017, 2017-2018), SACNAS (Society for the Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science) Travel Award (2016), Minority Travel Fellowship from the APS, the Donald Sheer Research Award (2017)

Email:  cmrivas@email.arizona.edu

Alexander Pendleton

Advisor:  Dr. Sean Limesand, Ph.D.

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

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

Publications: In progress.

Awards: NIH T32 Training Grant: Interdisciplinary Training in Cardiovascular Research (2017-2018)

Email:  alexpendleton@email.arizona.edu

Phil Sandoval

Image

Advisor:  Dr. Stephen Wright, PhD.

Research Interests:  Renal transport and drug interactions

Personal Interests:

Publications: In progress.

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

Awards:  Achievement Award for College Scientists (ARCS 2015-16, 2016-2017, 2017-2018), NIH T32 Training Grant: Interdisciplinary Training in Cardiovascular Research

Email:  kasmith@email.arizona.edu

Megan Sylvester

Advisor:  Dr. Heddwen Brooks, PhD

Research Interests:  Sex differences in cardiovascular disease, Post-menopausal hypertension, Women’s health and sex-specific therapeutics.

Personal Interests:  Clinical Medicine (Women’s health), mountain biking, rock climbing, skiing, backpacking, camping.

Publications: In progress.

Awards:  MD-PhD Jeffrey-Bunt Scholarship (2017-2018), Medical Award of Excellence (2015-Current)

Email: ahernm@email.arizona.edu

Joshua Uhlorn

Advisor:  Dr. Heddwen Brooks, Ph.D.

Research Interests:  Integrating immune and cardiovascular systems

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

Publications: In progress.

Awards: University Fellows Award (2016-2017), McGuire Entrepreneurship Program and received the Thomas R. Brown Distinguished Scholarship (2017), NIH T32 Training Grant: Interdisciplinary Training in Cardiovascular Research (2017-2018)

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

Publications: In progress.

Awards:  Herbert E. Carter Travel Award (2016), Donald Sheer Memorial Research Award (2017)

Email:  lilawolloman@email.arizona.edu

Epiphani Simmons

Advisor:  Completing 1st Year Lab Rotations

Research Interests:

Personal Interests:

Publications:  In progress.

Awards: NIH Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) (2017-2018)

Email:  epiphanisimmons@email.arizona.edu