Graduating Class of 2012

Graduating Class of 2012

Bale, Tejus A.
B.S. Stony Brook University, 2006
M.D. and Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics
Dissertation Title: " Role of Serotonin (5-HT) in Hypoxic and Hypercapnic Ventilatory Responses”
Mentor: Irene Solomon, Ph.D., Dept. of Physiology and Biophysics
Residency: Pathology?Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA

Selected Publication(s):
Bale, T. A., and Solomon, I. C. (2010). Influence of 5-HT2A receptor blockade on phrenic nerve discharge at three levels of extracellular K+ in arterially-perfused adult rat. Advances in experimental medicine and biology 669, 139-142.

Bukhari, Noreen
B.S. Georgetown University, 2004
M.D. and Ph.D. in Neuroscience
Dissertation Title: " Tissue Plasminogen Activator & Plasminogen System in Chondroitinase-mediated Axonal Plasticity”
Mentor: Stella Tsirka, Ph.D., Dept. of Pharmacological Sciences
Residency: Neurology Research Residency, Mount Sinai Hospital, NY

Selected Publication(s):
Bukhari, N., Torres, L., Robinson, J. K., and Tsirka, S. E. (2011). Axonal regrowth after spinal cord injury via chondroitinase and the tissue plasminogen activator (tPA)/plasmin system. J. Neuroscience. 31, 14931-43.

Cheney, Laura L
B.S. Empry University, 2003
M.D. and Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology
Dissertation Title: " Interactions of HIV with Cellular Processes and with Epstein-Barr Virus as Distinct Causes of HIV Pathogenesis”
Mentor: Roy Steigbigel, M.D., Sidonie Morrison, Ph.D., Dept. of Medicine
Residency: Internal Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital, NY

Selected Publication(s):
Cheney L, Hou JC, Morrison S, Pessin J, Steigbigel RT. Nef inhibits glucose uptake in adipocytes and contributes to insulin resistance in human immunodeficiency virus type I infection. J Infect Dis. 2011. 203:1824-31.

Yeku, Oladapo O.
B.S. Medgar Evers College, 2005
M.D. and Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology
Dissertation Title: " The Role of Phospholipase D2 in golgi-architecture maintenance, vesicular trafficking and glucose- stimulated insulin release & Validation of a novel non-invasive approach to
functional ß-cell mass quantification”
Mentor: Michael Frohman, M.D., Ph.D., Dept. of Pharmacological Sciences
Residency: ABIM Research track in Internal Medicine?U. Pittsburgh Medical Center;?Fellowship, Sloan-Kettering, in Heme-Onc / tumor immunotherapy

Selected Publication(s):
Yeku O, Scotto-Lavino E, Frohman MA. Identification of alternative transcripts using rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE). Methods Mol Biol. 2009. 590:279-94.

Su W, Yeku O, Olepu S, Genna A, Park JS, Ren H, Du G, Gelb MH, Morris AJ, Frohman MA. 5-Fluoro-2-indolyl des-chlorohalopemide (FIPI), a phospholipase D pharmacological inhibitor that alters cell spreading and inhibits chemotaxis. Mol Pharmacol. 2009. 75:437-46.

*Yeku O *, Huang P, Zong H, Tsang P, Su W, Yu X, Teng S, Osisami M, Kanaho Y, Pessin JE, Frohman MA. Phosphatidylinositol-4-phosphate-5-kinase alpha deficiency alters dynamics of glucose-stimulated insulin release to improve glucohomeostasis and decrease obesity in mice. Diabetes. 2011. 60:454-63. * Co-first authors