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1988

Name: Sandra L. Craner
Advisor: Richard Ray
Dissertation Title: A developmental analysis of the organization of the somatosensory cortices of the domestic pig
Post-Doc: Neuroscience Program, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (Jennefer and Ray Lund-Advisors)
Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall,
Minnesota

Name: Jwo Sen Chen
Advisor: Andrew Gorman
Dissertation Title: Ventricular receptor reflex control of renal function and plasma renin activity in the conscious dog
Post-Doc: Dept. of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE (Irving Zucker-Advisor)
Current Position: Professor and Chairman, Deptartment of Medical Research, Taichung Veterans General Hospital,
Taichung, Taiwan R.O.C.




 

1989

Name: David Osborne
Advisor: Edward Seidel
Dissertation Title: Gastrointestinal luminal polyamines and their role in regulating GI mucosal growth
Post-Doc: Department of Medicine, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, (Gordon Luk-Advisor)
Current Position: Professor of Physiology, Department of Medical Education, Paul L Foster SOM, Texas Tech University, El Paso, Texas

Name: David Ginty
Advisor: Edward Seidel
Dissertation Title: Regulation of putricine biosynthesis in duodenal epithelial cells and relationship to growth
Post-Doc: Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA (Mike Greenberg, John Wagner-Advisors)
Current Position: Professor of Physiology, Howard Hughes Investigator, Department of Neuroscience, School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Balimore, MD




 

1990

Name: Cindy Wilson
Advisor: Andrew Gorman
Dissertation Title: Correlation of cardiac function and metabolism in diabetes mellitus
Post-Doc: EDMNS/Diabetes Branch NIDDK/NIH Bethesda, MD (Samuel Cushman-Advisor)
Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Science, Idaho State University, College of Pharmacy, Pocatello, ID




 

1991

Name: Guy E. Goblewski
Advisor: Edward Seidel
Dissertation Title: Regulation of intracellular putracine levels in a duodenal crypt cell line
Post-Doc: Dept. of Physiology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (John Williams-Advisor)
Current Position: Associate Professor, Institute of Nutrition, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI




 

1992

Name: Chunguang Li, MD, PhD
Advisor: Gregory Iams and Robert Lust
Dissertation Title: Consequences and mechanisms of attentuated vasodilator reserve in left ventricular hypertrophy
Post-Doc: Dept. of Physiology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH (Matthew Levy-Advisor)
Current Position: Medical Director, Accupuncture Clinic of Greenville, Greenville, NC




 

1994

Name: William C. Stewart
Advisor: Edward Lieberman
Dissertation Title: Regulation of Na/K ATPase transport activity in the RN22 Schwann cell line in response to stimulation of cAMP production
Post-Doc: Dept. of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO (S.B. Kater-Advisor)
Current Position: Professor, Dept. of Biology, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN

Name: Ron F. Morrison
Advisor: Edward Seidel
Dissertation Title: Regulation of cellular polyamines for anchorage dependent and independent cell proliferation
Post-Doc: Dept. of Biochemistry, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA (John Farmer-Advisor)
Current Position: Associate Professor, Dept. of Nutrition and Food Systems, UNC Greensboro, Greensboro, NC




 

1996

Name: Kori L. Brewer
Advisor: Richard Ray
Dissertation Title: Mutability of the somatotopic map in the Nucleus Gracilis of adult rats: role of GABA in functional plasticity
Post-Doc: Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, Univ. of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL (Robert P. Yezierski-Advisor)
Current Position: Associate Professor, Dept. of Emergency Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Name: Christopher M. Penland
Advisor: Michael Van Scott
Dissertation Title: b-Adrenergic stimulation of bicarbonate secretion across rabbit non-ciliated bronchiolar epithelial (Clara) cells: mechanism and regulation
Post-Doc: Cystic Fibrosis Research Center, Stanford Univ. School of Medicine, Stanford, CA (Jeffrey Wine-Advisor)
Current Position: Director of Research, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Bethesda, MD




 

1997

Name: Barbara D. Leinweber
Advisor: Robert Thurber and Joseph Chalovich
Dissertation Title: Maintaining the localization of actin in smooth muscle: a-actinin, filamin, calponin and SM85/SM95
Post-Doc: Boston Biomedical Research Inst., Harvard University, Boston, MA (Kathleen Morgan-Advisor)
Current Position: Research Associate, Center for Toxicology, College of Pharmacy, University of Arizona, Tuscon, AZ




 

1998

Name: James A. Gerardo, Ph.D.
Advisor: Robert Lust
Dissertation Title: PKC isoform specific response to ischemia/reperfusion and modulation by ischemic preconditioning
Post-Doc: Resident/Fellow, Dept. of Internal Medicine, Hershey Medical Center, University of Pennsylvania, Hershey, PA
Current Position: Fellow, Department of Internal Medicine, Brody School of Medicine, Greenville, NC




 

2000

Name: J. Paul Justice
Advisor: Michael Van Scott
Dissertation Title: Influence of IL-10 on Th2 T-lymphocyte mediated airway hyperreactivity development following ragweed allergen exposure of the airways
Post-Doc: Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AR (James Lee-Advisor)
Current Position: Bioterrorism Investigator, FBI, Washington, DC




 

2002

Name: David B. Murray
Advisor: Robert Lust
Dissertation Title: Influence of protein kinase inhibition on hypoxia-inducible factor 1-a during hypoxia in adult canine ventricular tissue
Post-Doc: Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, Auburn, AL (Joseph Janicki-Advisor)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, School of Pharmacy, University of Mississippi,  

Name: Bill T. Storey
Advisor: Kathryn Verbanac
Dissertation Title: Vascular endothelial cell targeting of syngeneic primary and metastatic adenocarcinomas
Post-Doc: Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Brown University, Providence, RI (Nancy Thompson-Advisor)
Current Position: Lawyer, Intellectual Property Law, New York

Name: Timothy R. Koves
Advisor: Ronald Cortright
Dissertation Title: Regulation of mitochondrial fatty acid oxidation in rat skeletal muscle by malonyl Co-A
Post-Doc: Endocrin., Metabolism & Nutrition, Duke University, Durham, NC (Deborah Muoio-Advisor)
Current Position: Assistant Research Professor, Department of Medicine, Geriatrics, Duke University, Durham, NC

Name: Joseph F. Christian
Advisor: Edward Seidel
Dissertation Title: Transcriptional regulation of 4E-BP1 by polyamines
Post-Doc: Department of Pharmacology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (John Lawrence-Advisor)
Current Position: Clinical Research Associate, PPD Phamaco, Wilmington, NC

Name: Steve A. Simandle
Advisor: Robert Lust
Dissertation Title: The role of BAG-1 in ischemia and ischemic preconditioning
Post-Doc: Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC (David Busija-Advisor)
Current Position:

Name: William H. Rowan
Advisor: Lin Liu and Michael Van Scott
Dissertation Title: Nitration of proteins in lung inflammatory cells
Post-Doc: National Health and Environmental, Effects Research Laboratory, Experimental Toxicology Division, Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC (Penn Watkinson-Advisor)
Current Position: Scientist ITT Corporation, Advanced Engineering & Sciences, Alexandria, VA




 

2003

Name: Barack A. Abonyo
Advisor: Lin Liu and Edward Seidel
Dissertation Title: Role of SNARES in regulated surfactant secretion
Post-Doc: Department of Infectious Diseases, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN (Suzanne Jackowski, Ph.D-Advisor)
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL

Name: Justin W. Brown
Advisor: Robert Carroll
Dissertation Title: The involvement of the pre-optic region of the anterior hypothalamus in the hypothermic response to hemorrhage
Post-Doc: Department of Physiology, Dartmouth School of Medicine, New Hanover, NH (Robert A. Darnall, M.D.)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807




 

2004

Name: Alan Stevenson
Advisor: Edward Seidel
Dissertation Title: Polyamines affect proliferation through regulation of control elements of the eukaryotic initiation factor 4E binding protein 1
Post-Doc: None
Current Position: Professor of Biology and Chemistry, Edgecombe Community College, Tarboro, NC

Name: Jessica Gaskey Sharpe
Advisor: Edward Seidel
Dissertation Title: Transport of polyamines and basic amino acids through a common carrier site
Post-Doc: Radiation Oncology, Wake Forest University Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC (Michael Robins-Advisor)
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Biology, Department of Natural Sciences, Greensboro College, Greensboro, NC

Name: Robert C. Noland
Advisor:
Dissertation Title: Assessment of Peroxisomal Contribution to Mitochondrial Fatty Acid Oxidation in Insulin Release
Post-Doc: Endocincrinology, Metabolism Nutrition, Duke University (Deborah Muoio)
Current Position:




 

2005

Name: Surovi Hazarika
Advisor: Robert Lust
Dissertation Title: Effect of Asthma and its associated systematic inflammation on myocardial Ischemia reperfusion injury
Post-Doc:
Current Position: Resident, Department of Internal Medicine, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC




 

2006

Name: Greg Harris
Advisor: Lax Katwa
Dissertation Title: The role of uro tensin II in the progression of conjestive heart failure
Post-Doc:
Current Position: Medical Student, East Carolina University, Brody School of Medicine, Greenville, NC

Name: Rebbeca Nolan Harris
Advisor: Jan Teller
Robert Carroll
Dissertation Title: Regulation of the amyloid precurs or protein adaptor proteins by cholesterol Isoprenoids
Post-Doc: Duke University Medical Center, Department of Medicine, Division of Dermatology, Durham, NC
Current Position: Instructor, Department of Biology, Wilson Community College, Wilson, NC

Name: Hiromi Sanders
Advisor: Jan Teller
Robert Carroll
Dissertation Title: Molecular basis of the pathogenic role of ancyloid ABp3-42 peptide in Alzheimer's Disease
Post-Doc Fellow: Department of Psychiatry, Division of Statistical Genetics, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
Current Position: Law Student, Earle Mack School of Law, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA


Name: Rushaniya A Khairova
Advisor: Ed M. Lieberman
Dissertation Title: The Role of Axon-Glia Interactions in the Mechanisms of NAAG, Glutamate and Nitric Oxide Neurotoxicity in Crayfish Medial Giant Nerve Fibers
Post-Doc: National Institute of Mental Health
Current Position: Psychiatry Residency Program, Maimonides Medical Center, New York, NY




 

2007

Name: Emily Cozzi
Advisor: Michael Van Scott
Dissertation Title: Cardiovascular effects of ultrafine particulate matter exposure
Post-Doc: Harvard Medical School, Genetics Division BWH, Boston, MA (JDavid R. Beier, M.D., Ph.D.)
Current Position: Post-doctoral Fellow




 

2008

Name: Todd Nolan
Advisor: Kori L. Brewer
Dissertation Title: Inhibition of protein kinase C restores morphine efficacy following excitotoxic spinal cord injury: implications for the treatment of post-spinal cord injury pain syndromes
Post-Doc:
Current Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Comprehensive Center for Pain Research University of Florida Gainesville, FL




 

2009

Name: Elizabeth Fontenot
Advisor: Robert Lust
Dissertation Title: Effects of Aerobic Capacity Phenotype on Adaptive Responses to Ischemic Stress
Post-Doc:
Current Position: Instructor, Developmental Biology,Pitt Community College, Greenville, NC

Name: Sarath Vijayakumar
Advisor: Jian Ding
Dissertation Title: The Role of Mediators of Neuronal Plasticity in the Circadian Regulation of Suprachiasmatic Nucleus by Light
Post-Doc: Department of Communication Science and Disorders, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Current Position:




 

2010

Name: Xiaojia Wang
Advisor: Michael R. Van Scott
Dissertation Title: Circadian Activation of Mast Cells Mediates the Nocturnal Response in Allergic Asthma
Post-Doc: Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, East Carolina University
Current Position:

Name: Jessica Dries
Advisor: Jitka Virag
Dissertation Title: EphrinA1/EphA Receptor Tyrosine Kinase Signaling in Myocardial Infarct Repair
Post-Doc: University of Minnesota Medical School, Center for Cardiovascular Repair
Current Position: