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Physio - Graduate Program

Houston, Texas

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Graduate Program
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Our Students


  • Reem Abo-ZahrahReem Abo-Zahrah
    Advisor: 1st Year
    Education: B.S. Biochemistry, Centenary College of Louisiana 2012
    Research Interest: TBD
  • Mussie ArayaMussie Araya
    Advisor: William E. Brownell, Ph.D.
    Education: BS Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin 2011
    Research Interest: Electromechanical signaling in neurons
  • Brandon AugustBrandon August
    Advisor: 1st Year
    Education: B.S. Physics, Rollins College 2013
    Research Interest: TBD
  • Zhijuan CaoZhijuan Cao
    Cardiovascular Sciences Track
    Advisor: Sean Marrelli, Ph.D.
    Education : MD Clinic Medicine, Yangzhou University 2004
    Research Interest: The thermoregulation by temperature-sensitive TRP ion channels. Exploring neuroprotection by pharmacologically induced hypothermia and the possible mechanisms
  • Joseph FachiniJoseph Fachini E-mail:
    Advisor: Joel Neilson, Ph.D.
    Education: BS Biology, University of West Georgia 2005
    Research Interests: Post-transcriptional regulation of the Kras proto-oncogene
  • Viktor FeketaViktor Feketa
    Cardiovascular Sciences Track
    Advisor: Sean Marrelli, Ph.D.
    Education: MD Medicine, Uzhgorod National University
    Research Interest: The Role of TRP Ion Channels in Thermoregulation
  • Redwan HuqRedwan Huq E-mail:
    Advisor: Christine Beeton, Ph.D.
    Education: BS Physiology and Neurobiology, University of Maryland 2006
    Research Interests: Antioxidant carbon nanoparticles and their effect on K+ channels in T lymphocytes implicated in autoimmune disease
    Publications & ViiCTR Proflie
  • Taeko InoueTaeko Inoue E-mail:
    Advisor: Robia Pautler, Ph.D.
    Education: MS Physics, University of Texas at Brownsville 2008
    Research Interests: Assessment of Axonal Transport Rates From Deeper Brain Structures in Alzheimer's Disease Using Manganese Enhanced MRI (MEMRI)
  • Valerie JordanValerie Jordan E-mail:
    Advisor: 1st Year
    Education: B.S. Biology, University of Houston 2011
    Research Interests: TBD
  • John LeachJohn Leach E-mail:
    Advisor: James Martin, M.D., Ph.D.
    Education: BA Biological Chemistry, Harriet Wilkes Honors College 2009
    Research Interest: Investigating Hippo-signaling in Cardiomyocyte Development and Regeneration
  • Lele LiLele Li
    Cardiovascular Sciences Track
    Advisor: James Martin, M.D., Ph.D.
    Education: BS Biological Science, Tsinghua University 2010
    Research Interest: Role of Pitx2 in heart development and function
  • Han LinHan Lin E-mail:
    Advisor: Pumin Zhang, Ph.D.
    Education: MS Biological Science, Tsinghua University Beijing 2008
    Research Interests: Notch Signaling in Ocular Lens Development
  • James LoehrJames Loehr
    Advisor: George Rodeny, Ph.D.
    Education: BA in Psychology, Illinois Wesleyan University 1996
    MS in Exercise Physiology, University of Massachusetts 2001
    Research Interest: TBD
  • Vakul MohantyVakul Mohanty
    Advisor: 1st Year
    Education: B.S Computer Science, Master of Science in Biology, BITS Pilani 2013
    Research Interest: TBD
  • Tanner MonroeTanner Monroe
    Advisor: James Martin, M.D., Ph.D. and George Rodney, Ph.D.
    Education: BS in Chemistry, University of Texas 2009
    Research Interest: TBD
  • Joshua OakesJoshua Oakes
    Cardiovascular Sciences Track
    Advisor: Susan L. Hamilton, Ph.D.
    Education: BA Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado 2008
    Research Interest: Role of FKBP12 in the Heart
  • Victor PiazzaVictor Piazza
    Advisor: Mary Dickinson, Ph.D.
    Education: BS Biotechnology, University of Wisconsin 2008
    Research Interest: The role of the Rac1 GTPase during embryonic vascular remodeling
  • Ann QuickAnn Quick
    Advisor: Xander Wehrens, M.D., Ph.D.
    Education: BS Biology, Baylor University 2007
    Research Interest: Role of SPEG in the heart
  • Gary StinnettGary Stinnett Email:
    Advisor: Robia Pautler, Ph.D.
    Education: BS Physics, Texas Tech University 2009
    Research Interest: Development of a Novel Method to Image α7 Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor Levels
  • Chuang SunChuang Sun E-mail:
    Advisor: Xin-Hua Feng, Ph.D.
    Education: BS Biological Science, University of Science & Technology of China 2008
    Research Interests: Function of TGF-beta in Cell Proliferation and Differentiation
  • Rajeev TajhyaRajeev Tajhya E-mail:
    Advisor: Christine Beeton, Ph.D.
    Education: BS Biophysics, Brigham Young University 2009
    Research Interest: Kv Channel Phenotype and Function in Myoblasts
    Publications & ViiCTR Proflie
  • Chirstian ValladolidChristian Valladolid E-mail:
    Advisor: 1st Year
    Education: B.A. in Biology , California State University 2013
    Research Interest: TBD
  • Chirstina WeiChristina Wei E-mail:
    Advisor: 1st Year
    Education: B.A. Biology, Baylor University 2009
    Research Interest: TBD
  • Nejla YosefNejla Yosef
    Advisor: Mary Dickinson, Ph.D.
    Education: MS in Biotechnology at Wageningen University, Netherlands 2005
    Research Interest: TBD


  • Monica Garcia, Ph.D. (2013)
    Postdoctoral Assosicate, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Pier-Anne LaChance, Ph.D. (2013)
    Research Scientist - Mesoblast
  • Xiao Fang, Ph.D. (2013)
    China - Teaching
  • Randy Crossland, Ph.D. (2013)
    Postdoctoral Associate - Baylor College of Medicine
  • Karlie Jones, Ph.D. (2013)
    Postdoctoral Associate; NIH/NIAID Genetic Immunotherapy Section
  • G. Randal Bassett, PH.D. (2013)
    Principal Medical Science Liaison - Medtronic Endovascular Therapies in St. Louis.
  • James Culver, Ph.D. (2012)
    Post-doctoral Scholar at the University of California, San Francisco
  • Sarah Shahmoradian, Ph.D. (2012)
    Roche Post-Doctoral Fellow at the F. Hoffman-La Roche Ltd. / Univeristy of Basel, in Basel, Switzerland
  • Rashieda Hatcher, Ph.D. (2012)
    Postdoctoral Associate; MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Jean Philippe York, Ph.D. (2012)
    Postdoctoral Associate; The Methodist Hospital Research Institute
  • Jonathan Respress, Ph.D. (2012)
    Postdoctoral Associate; Baylor College of Medicine
  • Suet Nee Chen, Ph.D. (2012)
  • Zhubo Wei, Ph.D. (2011)
    Postdoctoral Fellow; The Methodist Hospital Research Institute
  • Yuanyuan Fu, M.D., Ph.D. (2010)
    Postdoctoral Fellow; Puget Sound Blood Center
  • Zanwen Chen, M.S. (2010)
    Biotechnology Professional, China
  • Karen Smith, Ph.D. (2010)
    Pursuing Postdoctoral Trainee Positions
  • Lakshmi Sampath, Ph.D. (2010)
    Postdoctoral Associate; Li-Co Biosciences
  • Qiaoyun Shi, Ph.D. (2009)
    Pediatric Medicine; China
  • Charles Gilman, Ph.D. (2009)
    Assistant Professor at Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhsty
  • Lu Huang, M.S. (2009)
    Return to China
  • Junling Jia, Ph.D. (2008)
    Postdoctoral Fellow; Carnegie Institution
  • David Brent Halling, Ph.D. (2007)
    Postdoctoral Researcher; University of Texas at Austin
  • Hyung Jin Ahn, Ph.D. (2007)
    Postdoctoral Trainee; University of Texas Medical School
  • Maria Fadri, Ph. D. (2007)
    Instructor, Washington State University
  • Mihail Chelu, Ph.D. (2006)
    Internal Medicine Resident; University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  • Daoying Hu, Ph.D. (2006)
    Feasibilty Manager, Quintiles
  • Vikas Kumar, Ph.D. (2006)
    Neurologist, Ozark Medical Center
  • Jacqueline Alldritt, Ph.D. (2005)
    High School Biology and Medical Science Teacher; Fairfield Suisun Unified School District
  • Jessica Banko, Ph.D. (2005)
    Associate Institute Director, U. South Florida, Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute
  • Wanda Vila-Carriles, Ph.D. (2004)
    Senior Medical Science Liaison, Sanofi-Aventis
  • Robert Meltzer, Ph.D. (2004)
    Staff Scientist II, U.S. Genomics
  • Dongni Yang, Ph.D. (2003)
    Postdoctoral Associate; Human Neuroimaging Laboratory at Baylor College of Medicine
  • Yue Wei, Ph.D. (2003)
    Postdoctoral Associate; Cell Biology at Baylor College of Medicine
  • Wei Tang, Ph.D. (2002)
    Neurology Medical Resident, University of Arkansas Medical Sciences
  • Sergy Lemeshko, M.D., Ph.D. (2001)
    Diagnostic Radiologist, Houston
  • Ajay Gautam, Ph.D. (2001)
    Managing Director, Biocomp, India
  • Aslihan Koksoy, M.D., Ph.D. (2001)
    Associate Professor, University of Ankara, Turkey
  • Kai Zhang, Ph.D. (2001)
    Biotechnology Professional
  • George Rodney, Ph.D. (2001)
    Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston
  • Laura Y.M. Lorentzen, Ph.D. (2000)
    Associate Professor at Kean University
  • C. Porter Moore. M.D., Ph.D. (2000)
    Pediatrician, Dallas
  • Julianne Clancy, M.S. (1999)
    Senior Paramedic for the Galveston EMS
  • Monica Lurtz, Ph.D. (1998)
    Lecturer, University of California-Riverside
  • Bahman Aghdasi, Ph.D. (1997)
    Patent agent, MD
  • Thanh Doan, Ph.D. (1997)
    Vice President of Operations at Vivonetics
  • Xiao Du, Ph.D. (1997)
    Operations Manager, The Black River Company, China
  • Irmgard Willcockson, Ph.D. (1997)
    Adjunct Faculty at Lonestar College, Houston
  • Wenxuan Dai, Ph.D. (1996)
    Working in the computer industry
  • Agustin Avila-Sakar, Ph.D. (1995)
    Director of the Electron Microscopy Facility at Purdue University