Former Students (now Ph.D.s!)
Hui Mei, Ph.D. (graduated Spring 2009)
After obtaining my Ph.D. from Texas A&M University under the direction of Dr. Kendal Hirschi, I am going to join the American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG) postdoctoral fellowship training program at Mount Sinai Medical School in July 2009 and my specialty will be Clinical Cytogenetics which is a laboratory-based specialty of medical genetics that involves the processing and analysis of the chromosomes of various types of samples with the express purpose of detecting and interpreting chromosomal abnormalities. After two years of training and passing the ABMG certifying examination, I will have the skills and knowledge to function as technical supervisors of clinical laboratories as well as clinical consultants in the management of patients and families referred for chromosomal testing.
Jay Morris, Ph.D. (graduated Fall 2007)
I am currently an NIH Post Doc Fellow at the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. My research focus is on how whole extracts from plants and/or singular compounds from plants effect human colon cancer development and proliferation. I utilize various models to test if these compounds are possible candidates for chemotherapeutics. My secondary research utilizes extracts from plants to investigate their effects on reducing sequelae symptoms from cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy treatment.
Murli Manohar, Ph.D.
B.S. Agriculture, Allahabad Agricultural Institute, India, 2003
M.S. Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India, 2005
Started in Hirschi lab: August 2007
I am working towards my Ph.D. in Molecular and Environmental Plant Science (MEPS) at Texas A&M University, College Station. I have just started with several small projects that would help me achieve my ultimate goal. This includes looking at the expression level of CAX1 and CAX4 mutants in Arabidopsis plant, identifying and characterizing factors that specifically interact with Kap95 and their roles in Nuclear Pore Complex formation by using yeast as a model organism. In addition to these, I'm also involved with isolation and characterization of yeast mutant genes that perturb Nuclear Pore complex assembly. My master's research was based on Thalassaemia that included screening of b-thalassaemia and finding Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP).