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John Brooks Crickard, Ph.D.

BMMB Mentor: Dr. Joseph Reese

Dissertation Title: "A Biochemical Characterization of Transcription Elongation Factors that Facilitate the Processivity of RNA Polymerase II."

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Tayler Croom-Perez, Ph.D

BMMB Mentor: Dr. Craig Cameron

Dissertation Title: "Expanding the Functional Proteome of an RNA Virus by Phosphorylation of a Protein Containing an Intrinsically Disordered Domain"

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Heather FeagaHeather Feaga, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Columbia University

BMMB Mentor: Dr. Kenneth Keiler

Dissertation Title: "Ribosome Rescue is Essential in Bacteria and Human Cells"

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Bryan FerlezBryan Ferlez, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Plant Research Laboratory, Michigan State University-DOE

BMMB Mentor: Dr. John Golbeck

Dissertation Title: "Photochemical electron transfer in homodimeric Type I photosynthetic reaction centers" 

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Ashley Hill, M.S.

BMMB Mentor: Dr. Ming Tien

Thesis Title: "Complex formation and protein interaction in the cellulose synthesis complex of arabidopsis"

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Casey KilpatrickCasey Kilpatrick, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Leidos Biomedical

BMMB Mentor: Dr. Bernhard Lüscher

Dissertation Title: "Elucidating the role of GODZ-mediated palmitoylation in controlling GABAergic inhibition"

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Sang-Ah KimSang-Ah Kim, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

The Pennsylvania State University

BMMB Mentor: Dr. Song Tan

Dissertation Title: "Structural and biochemical characterization of LSD1/corest histone demethylase complex on the nucleosome"

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Jason MillerJason Miller, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Geisinger Health System

BMMB Mentor: Dr. Joseph Reese

Dissertation Title: " Detection of mRNA decay machinery association with RNA during unstressed and stressed conditions"

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Adam Perez, Ph.D.

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

BMMB Mentor: Dr. Donald Bryant

Dissertation Title: "Expanding the biotechnological potential of the model cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. strain PCC 7002"

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Kavitha RaoKavitha Rao, Ph.D.

BMMB Mentor: Dr. Melissa Rolls

Dissertation Title: "Exploring mechanisms underlying axon regeneration using Drosophila sensory neurons"

 

 

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Muya Shu, M.S.

BMMB Mentor: Dr. Wendy Hanna-Rose

Thesis Title: "Cytoplastic NAD+ biosynthesis affects gonad development in Caenorhabditis elegans"

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Megha Wal, Ph.D.

BMMB Mentor: Dr. Frank Pugh

Dissertation Title: "Mechanism For Nucleosome Organization Reconstituted Across A Eukaryotic Genome"

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Justin WilliamsJustin Williams, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

St. Jude Children's Hospital

BMMB Mentor: Dr. Teh-hui Kao

Dissertation Title: "Biochemical recognition specificity and evolution of S-locus F-box genes in Petunia based self-incompatibility"