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Current Students

Stephen Addo

Mentor: Gabor Csanyi, PhD

Research Project:


WonMo Ahn

Mentor: Gabor Csanyi, PhD

Research Project: Mechanisms of foamy monocyte formation in atherosclerosis



Suhib Alhusban

Mentor: Brian Annex, MD

Research Project: Hexosamine Biosynthesis Pathway Activation by Glucosamine is Sufficient for Therapeutic Angiogenesis in PAD


Candee Barris

Mentor: Eric Belin de Chantemele, PhD

Research Project: Origin of Sex Differences in Mechanism of Obesity-associated Hypertension


Peter Biggs

Mentor: Alexander Verin, PhD

Research Project:


Zsuzsanna Bordan

Mentor: David Fulton, PhD

Research Project: PDZ-Binding Kinase, a Novel Regulator of Vascular Remodeling in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension


Zach Brown

Mentor: David Fulton, PhD

Research Project: A Noval Viral Approach to Modeling Pulmonary Hypertension


Ann Cormier

Mentor: Brian Stansfield, MD

Research Project:


Khalia Cummings

Mentor: Marco Orecchioni, PhD

Research Project:


Jaser Doja

Mentor: Joe Miano, PhD

Research Project: Interrogating Myocardin Regulation and Binding Targets



Steve Haigh

Mentor: David Fulton, PhD

Research Project: Pulmonary Arterial hypertension, Cell Death, & Galectin 3


Chang Min Lee

Mentor: Jie Li, MD, PhD

Research Project: “Role of the ufmylation system in the endothelium”



Beryl Khakina

Mentor: Eric Belin de Chantemele, PhD

Research Project: 

David Kim

Mentor: Neal Weintraub, MD

Research Project: Identification of human-specific novel long non-coding RNA in neointima formation


Taylor Kress

Mentor: Eric Belin de Chantemele, PhD

Research focus: The Role of Tcell Derived HIV Proteins in the Development of Endothelial Dysfunction and Hypertension


Ishara M.G. Menik

Mentor: Eric Belin de Chantemele, PhD

Research Project:


Delphine Okoye

Mentor: Ben Ogola, PhD

Research Project:


Cody Rosewater

Mentor: David Stepp, PhD

Research Project: Deletion of myostatin alters estrogen metabolism in the skeletal muscle and visceral white adipose in obese mice


Hunter Sellers

Mentor: David Fulton, PhD

Research Project: Improving muscle health, a novel approach for the treatment of obesity-induced cerebral small vessel disease


Mitchell Shivers

Mentor: David Fulton, PhD

Research Project: A Model of Sustained Hypertension Using Adeno Associated Viruses


Andrew Speese

Mentor: David Stepp, PhD

Research Project: A Model of Sustained Hyperphagia and Obesity in Mice using a Brain Targeting Adeno Associated Virus


Amritha Sreekumar

Mentor: Gabor Csanyi, PhD

Research Project:


Josue Zambrano-Carrasco

Mentor: Huabo Su, PhD

Research Project: RBX1-CRLs are essential for perinatal heart development by regulating Hippo-YAP signaling



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Brandee Goo

Degree: PhD 2023, MD current

Advisor: Neal Weintraub, MD 

Dissertation: The Role of Histone Deacetylase 9 (HDAC9) in Adipose Tissue Dysfunction in Obesity and Aging

Rebekah Tritz

Degree: PhD 2022

Advisor: Brian Stansfield, MD

Dissertation: Leveraging the Bioenergetic Profile in Neurofibromatosis Type 1

Kareem Abdelsaid

Degree: PhD 2022 (With Distinction)

Advisors: Masuko Ushio-Fukai, PhD and Tohru Fukai, MD, PhD

Research Project: SARS-CoV-2 spike protein stimulates macropinocytosis in murine and human macrophages

Caleb Padgett

Degree: PhD 2022/ MD Current

Advisor: David Stepp, PhD

Dissertation: The Roles of Circadian Disruption and Reactive Oxygen Species Overproduction in the Development of Obesity-Associated Cardiovascular Disease

Tyler Benson

Degree: PhD 2021 (With Distinction)

Advisor: Neal Weintraub, MD

Dissertation: The Role of the Duffy Antigen Receptor for Chemokines (DARC) in Ethnic Susceptibility to Cardiometabolic Disease

Alec Davila

Degree: MD/PhD 2021

Advisor: Zsolt Bagi, PhD

Dissertation: Microvascular dysfunction in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction


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Huiping Lin

Degree: PhD 2020 (With Distinction)

Advisor: Gabor Csanyi, PhD

Dissertation: Cell drinking: a closer look at how macropinocytosis drives cholesterol uptake in atherosclerotic vessels

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Rodney Littlejohn

Degree: MD/PhD 2022

Advisor: Huabo Su, PhD

Dissertation: The Role of Neddylation in Early Cardiac Development

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Xueyi (Shirley) Li

Degree: PhD 2019

Advisor: David Fulton, PhD

Dissertation: Dissecting the Roles of Galectin-3 in pulmonary hypertension

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Aluya Oseghale

Degree: PhD 2019

Advisor: Julia Brittain, PhD,  & Betty Pace, PhD

Dissertation: Therapeutic reactivation of fetal hemoglobin in sickle cell disease: development of a novel prodrug AN-233

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Huijuan (Emily) Dou

Degree: PhD 2017

Advisor: Zsolt Bagi, PhD

Dissertation: ADAM17 and age-related vascular dysfunction

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Esraa Shosha

Degree: PhD 2017 (With Distinction)

Advisor: Ruth Caldwell, PhD

Dissertation: Neurovascular degeneration following retinal ischemia reperfusion injury: Role of Arginase 2

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Jian Peng Teoh

Degree: PhD 2017

Advisor: Il-man Kim, PhD

Dissertation: Beta-adrenergic receptor/Beta-arrestin-mediated microRNA maturation regulatory network: A new player in cardioprotective signaling

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Yusi Wang

Degree: PhD 2015

Advisor: David Fulton, PhD

Dissertation: Dissecting the Roles of Reactive Oxygen Species in Cardiovascular Disease

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Christine Gross

Degree: PhD 2014

Advisor: Steve Black, PhD

Dissertation: The role of the transcription factor, Sox18, in pulmonary endothelial barrier function

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Shuiqing Qiu

Degree: PhD 2014

Advisor: David Stepp, PhD

Dissertation: Increasing muscle mass by deletion of myostatin improves metabolic and vascular function in obese (db/db) mice

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Jutamas Suwanpradid

Degree: PhD 2014

Advisor: Ruth Caldwell, PhD

Dissertation: Roles of arginase in oxygen-induced retinopathy


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Chintan Patel

Degree: PhD 2014 (With Distinction)

Advisor: Ruth Caldwell, PhD

Dissertation: Activation of arginase and the endothelin system in models of ischemic retinopathy 


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Ashlee Tipton

Degree: PhD 2014

Advisor: Jennifer Sullivan, PhD

Dissertation: Blood pressure impacts the renal T cell profile of male and female spontaneously hypertensive rats

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Krystal Brinson

Degree: PhD 2013

Advisor: Jennifer Sullivan, PhD

Dissertation: Sex differences in renal inner medullary nitric oxide synthase regulation and nitric oxide synthase contribution to blood pressure control in hypertension

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Shawn Elms

Degree: PhD 2013

Advisor: Ruth Caldwell, PhD

Dissertation: Insights Into the Arginine Paradox and the Role of Arginase in Diabetic Retinopathy

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Wararat Kittikulsuth

Degree: PhD 2012

Advisor: Jennifer Pollock, PhD

Dissertation: Regulation of renal medullary endothelin B receptor function by angiotensin II: evidence of sex differences

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Jin Qian

Degree: PhD 2012

Advisor: David Fulton, PhD

Dissertation: Physiological consequences of ENOS subcellular targeting

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Frank Spradley

Degree: PhD 2012

Advisor: Jennifer Pollock, PhD

Dissertation: Mechanisms of Diet-Induced Hypertension and Vascular Disease Risk in Dahl Rats

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Saurabh Aggarwal

Degree: PhD 2011

Advisor: Steve Black, PhD

Dissertation: Vascular dysfunction in pulmonary hypertension: Role of protein kinase G-1α nitration 

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Deepesh Pandey

Degree: PhD 2011

Advisor: David Fulton, PhD

Dissertation: Post-translational regulation of NADPH oxidase 5 (Nox5) mediated via phosphorylation and SUMOylation

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Jinling Yang

Degree: PhD 2011

Advisor: Ruth Caldwell, PhD

Dissertation: Signaling Mechanism of Blood-Retinal Barrier Regulation: Role of Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases


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Mohammed (Irfan) Ali

Degree: PhD 2010

Advisor: David Stepp, PhD

Dissertation: Peripheral insulin resistance mediates microvascular dysfunction in obese mice via increased NAD(P)H oxidase isoform one mediated superoxide production

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Alexis Simpkins

Degree: MD/PhD 2010

Advisor: Edward Inscho, PhD

Dissertation: Soluble epoxide hydrolase inhibition attenuates vascular remodeling and is protective against cerebral ischemia

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Jan Foster

Degree: PhD 2009

Advisor:  Jennifer Pollock, PhD

Dissertation: Regulation and actions of nitric oxide in the renal medullary thick ascending limb during type 1 diabetes mellitus

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Matthew Socha

Degree: PhD 2008

Advisor: Edward Inscho, PhD

Dissertation: SPARC mediates renal injury in angiotensin II-induced hypertensive mouse models

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Joseph Poole

Degree: MD/PhD 2008

Advisor: Frank Treiber, PhD

Dissertation: Impact of genetic predisposition and environmental stress on measures of preclinical essential hypertension

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Maninder (Marlina) Manhiani

Degree: PhD 2008

Advisor: Edward Inscho, PhD

Dissertation: The role of cytochrome P450 epoxygenase enzymes in renal injury and inflammation with salt sensitive hypertension

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Pimonrat Ketsawatsomkron

Degree: PhD 2008

Advisor: Mario Marrero, PhD

Dissertation: The role of PTP-1B in vascular insulin resistance



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Vanessa Bundy

Degree: PhD 2007 (MD 2011)

Advisor: Paule Barbeau, PhD

Dissertation: From adipokines to atherosclerosis: The role of adipose tissue in inflammation and etiology of vascular disease

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Kyu Tae Kang

Degree: PhD 2007

Advisor: Jennifer Pollock, PhD

Dissertation: Novel nitric oxide synthase-dependent mechanism of vasorelaxation in small arteries from hypertensive rats

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Anuran Chatterjee

Degree: PhD 2007

Advisor: John Catravas, PhD

Dissertation: Hsp-90 inhibitors in sepsis and sepsis-induced acute lung injury

Chunying Li

Degree: PhD 2006

Advisor: Richard Venema, PhD

Dissertation: Enos regulation by physophorylation and protein-protein interactions

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Elizabeth (Dabbs) Loomis

Degree: MD/PhD 2004

Advisor: Jennifer Pollock, PhD

Dissertation: Mechanisms of ET-1-mediated oxygen radical production in the rat aorta

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Daniel Platt

Degree: PhD 2004

Advisor: Ruth Caldwell, PhD

Dissertation: Molecular mechanisms of high glucose -induced vascular endothelial growth factor expression in retinal endothelial cells