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Ritwika BasuRitwika Basu, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher

University of California, Los Angeles

BMMB Mentor: Dr. Katsuhiko Murakami

Dissertation Title:"Mechanistic investigations of nucleotidyl-transfer reaction and de novo initiation in RNA polymerases by X-ray crystallography"

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Yaoting DengYaoting Deng, Ph.D.

Product Manager

PalmDrive Inc., Sunnyvale, CA

BMMB Mentor: Dr. Zhi-Chun Lai

Dissertation Title: "Regulation of Hippo Signaling for Growth Control"

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Nergiz DoganNergiz Dogan-Artun, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

University Health Network, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

BMMB Mentor: Dr. Ross Hardison

Dissertation Title: "Elucidating Biological Function of Genomic DNA with Robust Signals of Biochemical Activity: Integrative Genome-wide Studies of Enhancers"

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Shaima El-MowafiShaima El-Mowafi, Ph.D.

Researcher, National Research Center, Cairo, Egypt

Microbiology Lecturer, Egyptian Russian University

BMMB Mentor: Dr. Kenneth Keiler

Dissertation Title: "Development and Validation of Screens For Drugs targeting Gram-negative Bacteria"

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Fei GanFei Gan, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

California Institute for Biomedical Research (Calibr)/Scripps Research Institute

BMMB Mentor: Dr. Donald Bryant

Dissertation Title:"Acclimative remodeling of the photosynthetic apparatus in response to light and iron limitation in Leptolyngbya sp. JSC-1"

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Michael GresockMichael Gresock, Ph.D.

Instructor, Biology Department

University of Mount Union, Alliance, Ohio

BMMB Mentor:  Dr. Kathleen Postle

Dissertation Title:"Conformational Dynamics of the Escherichia coli TonB Protein and Implications for Energy Transduction"

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Stephanie LangeStephanie Lange, M.S.

Project Coordinator

Audit Logistics, Colorado

BMMB Mentor: Dr. Wendy Hanna-Rose

Thesis Title: "Filling in the picture: PNC-1's role in stress response and development"

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Sarah Muse, Ph.D.

Microbiologist

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

BMMB Mentor: Dr. Eric Harvill

Dissertation Title: "Virulence and Infection: Interactions betweenBordetella bronchiseptica and The Immune System"

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Juan TaoJuan Tao, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Stanford University

BMMB Mentor: Dr. Melissa Rolls

Dissertation Title: "Microtubule destabilizers control axon and dendrite disassembly after injury and during pruning"

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Chen WangChen Wang, Ph.D.

Scientist

Amgen, San Francisco, CA

BMMB Mentor: Dr. J. Martin Bollinger and Dr. Carsten Krebs

Dissertation Title:"Mechanistic Studies On Three Organophosphonate-processing Enzymes, HppE, HEPD And MPnS"

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Shu WangShu Wang, Ph.D.

Bioinformatics Scientist III

Thermo Fisher Scientific, San Francisco, CA

BMMB Mentor: Dr. Yanming Wang

Dissertation Title: "Peptidylarginine deiminase inhibitors regulate autophagy of human cancer cells and inflammation response of immune cells"

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Wenqing Wang, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

ABLife, Inc., China

BMMB Mentor: Dr. Wendy Hanna-Rose

Dissertation Title: "Tissue specific effects of NAD+ biosynthesis on muscle function, fat metabolism and gonad development in Caenorhabditis elegans"

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Na ZhaoNa Zhao, Ph.D.

Healthcare Analyst

SCIO Health Analytics, Hartford, CT

BMMB Mentor: Dr. Scott Selleck

Dissertation Title: "Investigation of the molecular genetics of Drosophila synapse assembly"