2013 Graduates

Kim Carlson

Repurposing the Antifungal, Ciclopirox, as an Antibiotic for Multidrug-resistant Gram-negative Clinical Isolates

Ph.D. - 12-Jul-2013, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Departments of Molecular Virology & Microbiology and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Mentor: Lynn Zechiedrich, Ph.D.

B.S. - University of Houston, Houston, TX

Maria Viskovska

Biochemical and Structural Studies of the Calcium-Regulating Rotavirus Enterotoxin NSP4 and the Protein-Protein

Ph.D. - 11-Jul-2013, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Departments of Molecular Virology & Microbiology and Biochemistry
Mentor: B.V.V. Prasad, Ph.D.

B.S. - Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

Sampong Vongpunsawad

Studies of Norovirus Major and Minor Capsid Protein Interactions

Ph.D. - 8-Jul-2013, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Department of Molecular Virology & Microbiology
Mentor: Mary Estes, Ph.D.

B.S. - M.S. B.S.-Biological Sciences, Wayne State University, MI

Jaturong Sewatanon

Of Mice and Men: Gammaherpesvirus Evasion of Intrinsic Antiviral Defenses

Ph.D. - 24-Jul-2013, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Department of Molecular Virology & Microbiology
Mentor: Paul Ling, Ph.D.

M.D. - Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, THAILAND

Sue Crawford

Rotavirus NSP4 Regulates Autophagy and Lipid Metabolism

Ph.D. - 3-Apr-2013, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Department of Molecular Virology & Microbiology
Mentor: Mary Estes, Ph.D.

B.S. - Texas A&M University

Peera Hemarajata

Lactobacillus reuteri-mediated Immunomodulation is Controlled by Regulation of Histidine Decarboxylation

Ph.D. - 22-Mar-2013, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Departments of Molecular Virology & Microbiology and Pathology
Mentor: Jim Versalovic, Ph.D.

M.D. - Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok Thailand

Elicia Grace

Surviving the Stress of Bacterial Sex

Ph.D. - 4-Feb-2013, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Department of Molecular Virology & Microbiology
Mentor: Christophe Herman Ph.D.

B.S. - University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY

Berenice Carrillo

The Influenza Virus NS1 Protein Exhibits Strain-Dependent Structural Polymorphism

Ph.D. - 22-Jan-2013, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Departments of Molecular Virology & Microbiology and Biochemistry
Mentor: B.V.V. Prasad Ph.D.

B.S. - New Mexico State University, New Mexico

Rajesh Thippeshappa

Understanding the Contribution of SIV Genes in Overcoming Interferon Induced Restriction Factors for HIV-1 Replication in Pig-Tailed Macaques and Identification of an Interferon Resistant HIV-1

Ph.D. - 11-Jan-2013, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Department of Molecular Virology & Microbiology
Mentor: Jason Kimata, Ph.D.

B.S. -

2012 Graduates

Erin Honsa

Characterization of the Bacillus anthracis IsdX2 hemophore to elucidate the mechanism of NEAT-heme extraction from hemoglobin, and a global phylogenetic investigation of Gram-positive NEAT domains

Ph.D. - 30-Nov-2012, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Department of Molecular Virology & Microbiology
Mentor: Anthony Maresso, Ph.D.

B.S. - Queensland U. Technology, Brisbane, Australia

Brian McWilliams

Functional Genomics of Biodefense Agents: Vaccine and Diagnostic Design for Anthrax and Tularemia

Ph.D. - 26-Oct-2012, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Department of Molecular Virology & Microbiology
Mentor: Joeseph Petrosino, Ph.D.

B.A.-Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

Bryan Danielson

XMRV: Human Virus or "Rumor" Virus?

Ph.D. - 10-Jul-2012, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Department of Molecular Virology & Microbiology
Mentor: Jason Kimata, Ph.D.

B.S. - Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

Ana Maria Cardenas

Investigation of the Origins of Enzymatic Proficiency and Specificity

Ph.D. - 12-Jun-2012, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Department of Molecular Virology & Microbiology and Pharmacology
Mentor: Tim Palzkill, Ph.D.

B.S.- Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

Karen Chiang

Translational Biology and Molecular Medicine Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

Ph.D. - 2-Apr-2012, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Department of Molecular Virology & Microbiology
Mentor: Andrew Rice, Ph.D.

B.S. - Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

2011 Graduates

Christian Marin-Muller

MicroRNA-198 Acts as a Tumor Suppressor in Pancreatic Cancer by Targeting Multiple Factors in a Functional Network

Ph.D. - 14-Dec-2011, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Department of Molecular Virology & Microbiology and Department of Surgery
Mentor: Qizhi Yao, Ph.D.

M.S. B.S. - Molecular Biology, Florida Tech., Melbourne, FL

Lori Horton (Banks)

Biochemical Characterization of Metallo-β-Lactamase Function

Ph.D. - 17-Oct-2011, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Department of Molecular Virology & Microbiology and Pharmacology
Mentor: Tim Palzkill, Ph.D.

Prairie View A & M University, Prairie View, TX

James White

Poliovirus 3C Proteinase Mediates Evasion of the Cellular Stress Response

Ph.D. - 30-Aug-2011, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Department of Molecular Virology & Microbiology
Mentor: Rick Lloyd, Ph.D.

B.S. - University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY

Lisa Golebiewski

Cellular Protein Interactions with PDZ-ligand Binding Motif of Avian Influenza Nonstructural Protein 1

Ph.D. - 30-Jun-2011, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Department of Molecular Virology & Microbiology
Mentor: Andrew Rice, Ph.D.

B.S.-Rochester Inst. of Tech

Margarita Lay

Host Cell Interactions: Human Cell Tropisms and Type I IFN Responses to Norwalk Virus Infection

Ph.D. - 9-Jun-2011, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Department of Molecular Virology & Microbiology
Mentor: Mary Estes, Ph.D.

B.S. - Biology, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

Amanda Hodgson

Hepatitis B virus X protein effect on liver regeneration and a role for its interaction with DDBI in virus replication

Ph.D. - 20-May-2011, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Department of Molecular Virology & Microbiology
Mentor: Betty Slagle, Ph.D.

B.S.- University of Minnesota, Duluth

Nadim Ajami

Characterization of Norovirus Associated Travelers' Diarrhea

Ph.D. - 19-May-2011, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Department of Molecular Virology & Microbiology
Mentor: Herbert Dupont, Ph.D.

Univ. Javeriana-Colombia

Tajhal Dayaram

Effects of HTLV-1 Tax on Cellular Response to UV Damage and the Damage Induced Phosphatase WIP1

Ph.D. - 25-Apr-2011, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Department of Molecular Virology & Microbiology
Mentor: Susan Marriott, Ph.D.

B.S.- Amherst College, Amherst, MA

Michelle Swick

Molecular Mechanisms, Clinical Trends and Genomic Fingerprints of Multidrug- Resistant Escherichia coli Isolates

Ph.D. - 30-Mar-2011, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Department of Molecular Virology & Microbiology
Mentor: Lynn Zechiedrich, Ph.D.

B.S.- Carlow University, Pittsburgh, PA

2010 Graduates

James White

Poliovirus 3C Proteinase Mediates Evasion of the Cellular Stress Response

Ph.D. - 30-Aug-2011, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Department of Molecular Virology & Microbiology
Mentor: Rick Lloyd, Ph.D.

B.S., University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY

Lisa Golebiewski

Cellular Protein Interactions with PDZ-ligand Binding Motif of Avian Influenza Nonstructural Protein 1

Ph.D. - 30-Jun-2011, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Department of Molecular Virology & Microbiology
Mentor: Andrew Rice, Ph.D.

B.S., Rochester Inst. of Tech

Margarita Lay

Host Cell Interactions: Human Cell Tropisms and Type I IFN Responses to Norwalk Virus Infection

Ph.D. - 9-Jun-2011, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Department of Molecular Virology & Microbiology
Mentor: Mary Estes, Ph.D.
B.S., Biology, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Amanda Hodgson

Hepatitis B virus X protein effect on liver regeneration and a role for its interaction with DDBI in virus replication
Ph.D. - 20-May-2011, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Department of Molecular Virology & Microbiology
Mentor: Betty Slagle, Ph.D.

B.S., University of Minnesota, Duluth

Nadim Ajami

Characterization of Norovirus Associated Travelers' Diarrhea

Ph.D. - 19-May-2011, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Department of Molecular Virology & Microbiology
Mentor: Herbert Dupont, Ph.D.

Univ. Javeriana-Colombia

Tajhal Dayaram

Effects of HTLV-1 Tax on Cellular Response to UV Damage and the Damage Induced Phosphatase WIP1

Ph.D. - 25-Apr-2011, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Department of Molecular Virology & Microbiology
Mentor: Susan Marriott, Ph.D.

B.S., Amherst College, Amherst, MA

Michelle Swick

Molecular Mechanisms, Clinical Trends and Genomic Fingerprints of Multidrug-Resistant Escherichia coli Isolates

Ph.D. - 30-Mar-2011, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Department of Molecular Virology & Microbiology
Mentor: Lynn Zechiedrich, Ph.D.

B.S., Carlow University, Pittsburgh, PA