PhD Thesis

Claire Bensard

Claire Bensard

Hometown:  Denver, CO

Undergraduate Institution:  University of Colorado (Boulder)

Undergraduate Major:  Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology

MD-PhD Phase:  PhD Thesis

PhD Department/Program:  Biochemistry

PhD Advisor:  Jared Rutter, PhD

Clinical Interest:  Surgery 

Jefferson Brown

Jefferson Brown

Hometown:  Salt Lake City, UT

Undergraduate Institution:  Stanford University

Undergraduate Major:  Physics

MD-PhD Phase:  PhD Thesis

PhD Department/Program:  Neuroscience

PhD Advisor:  Robert Marc, PhD

Clinical Interest:  Ophthalmology

Research Description: Investigating circuitry of pathologic rabbit retina using serial section TEM imaging.

Jon Downie

Jon Downie

Hometown:  West Bountiful, UT

Undergraduate Institution:  University of Utah

Undergraduate Major:  Biology

MD-PhD Phase:  PhD Thesis

PhD Department/Program:  Human Genetics

PhD Advisor:  Lynn Jorde, PhD

Clinical Interest:  Pathology

Research Description:  The primary focus of my research includes population genetics and genomics. Specifically, I study the genetic mechanisms that have allowed Tibetan populations to adapt to a high altitude environment. I also have research interests in complex and Mendelian human genetic diseases. 

Chris Gibson

Chris Gibson

Hometown:  Portland, OR

Undergraduate Institution:  Rice University 

Undergraduate Major:  Bioengineering and Management

MD-PhD Phase:  PhD Thesis / Start up Company

PhD Department/Program:  Bioengineering

PhD Advisor:  Dean Li, MD, PhD and Yan-Ting Shiu, PhD

Clinical Interest:  Cardiothoracic Surgery

Research Description:  My research centers on taking an engineering approach to develop novel drug screening methodologies.  I have applied these efforts toward identifying a re-purposed drug treatment for cerebral cavernous malformation.

Pete Hendrickson

Pete Hendrickson

Hometown:  Mequon, WI

Undergraduate Institution:  DePaul University 

Undergraduate Major:  Biology and Chemistry

MD-PhD Phase:  PhD Thesis

PhD Department/Program:  Oncological Sciences

PhD Advisor:  Brad Cairns, PhD

Clinical Interest: 

Research Description:  Basic science epigenetics and its application in cell identity and stem cell differentiation.

Lorne Hofstetter

Lorne Hofstetter

Hometown:  Boise, ID

Undergraduate Institution:  Princeton University; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Undergraduate Major:  Astrophysical Sciences; Master's: Physics

MD-PhD Phase:  PhD Thesis

PhD Department/Program:  Bioengineering

PhD Advisor:  Dennis Parker, PhD

Clinical Interest: Radiology Research

Thomas Huffaker

Thomas Huffaker

Hometown:  Pocatello, ID

Undergraduate Institution:  Idaho State University

Undergraduate Major:  Microbiology/Spanish

MD-PhD Phase:  PhD Thesis

Clinical Interest:  Internal Medicine

PhD Department/Program:  Microbilogy and Immunoiogy

PhD Advisor: Ryan O'Connell

Nate Krah

Nate Krah

Hometown:  Bradenton, FL

Undergraduate Institution:  Bowdoin College

Undergraduate Major:  Biology; History minor

MD-PhD Phase:  PhD Thesis

PhD Department/Program:   Human Genetics

PhD Advisor:  L. Charles Murtaugh, PhD

Clinical Interest: 

Research Description:  My research focuses on the initiation and progression of pancreatic cancer. We are investigating pathways that synergize with an activating mutation in the Kras oncogene to promote the progression of pancreatic cancer. 

Edwin Lin

Edwin Lin

Hometown:  Monterey Park, CA

Undergraduate Institution:  UC Davis

Undergraduate Major:  Biochemistry, Master's: Biotechnology

MD-PhD Phase:  PhD Thesis

PhD Department/Program:  Human Genetics

PhD Advisor:  Mark Yandell, PhD

Research Description:  

Tim Mulvihill

Tim Mulvihill

Hometown:  Tiburon, CA

Undergraduate Institution:  University of Utah

Undergraduate Major:  Biological Chemistry and Economics

MD-PhD Phase:  PhD Thesis

PhD Department/Program:  Oncological Sciences

PhD Advisor:  Brad Cairns, PhD

Clinical Interest:  Hematology/Oncology

Jackson Richards

Jackson Richards

Hometown:  Salt Lake City, UT

Undergraduate Institution:  University of Utah

Undergraduate Major:  Biology

MD-PhD Phase:  PhD Thesis 

PhD Department/Program:  Oncological Sciences

PhD Advisor:  Dean Li, MD, PhD

Clinical Interest:  

Research Description:  

John Michael Sanchez

John Michael Sanchez

Hometown:  Torrance, CA

Undergraduate Institution: California State University-Los Angeles

Undergraduate Major: Biology

MD-PhD Phase:  PhD Thesis

PhD Department/Program:  Pathology

PhD Advisor:  Robert Fujinami, PhD

Research Description:  

John Schell

John Schell

Hometown:  Salt Lake City, UT

Undergraduate Institution:  University of Utah

Undergraduate Major: Psychology

MD-PhD Phase:  PhD Thesis

PhD Department/Program:  Biochemistry

PhD Advisor:  Jared Rutter, PhD

Clinical Interest:  Pediatrics

Research Description: Cellular metabolic homeostasis—the concept that cells must constantly monitor their nutrient, metabolic and hormonal environments and adjust their behavior accordingly.

Jason Tanner

Jason Tanner

Hometown:  Salt Lake City, UT

Undergraduate Institution:  University of Utah

Undergraduate Major:  International Studies

MD-PhD Phase:  PhD Thesis

PhD Department/Program:  Biochemistry

PhD Advisor:  Jared Rutter, PhD

Clinical Interest:  Surgery

Amanda Truong

Amanda Truong

Hometown:  Ogden, UT

Undergraduate Institution:  Weber State University

Undergraduate Major:  Zoology

MD-PhD Phase:  PhD Thesis

PhD Department/Program:  Oncological Sciences

PhD Advisor: Martin McMahon, PhD

Jared Wallace

Jared Wallace

Hometown:  Grand Junction, CO

Undergraduate Institution:  University of Utah

Undergraduate Major:  Biology

MD-PhD Phase:  PhD Thesis

Clinical Interest:  Internal Medicine

PhD Department/Program:  Microbilogy and Immunoiogy

PhD Advisor: Ryan O'Connell

Bradley Weaver

Bradley Weaver

Hometown:  Salt Lake City, UT

Undergraduate Institution:  University of Utah

Undergraduate Major: Biology, Cell and Molecular

MD-PhD Phase:  PhD Thesis

PhD Department/Program:  Oncological Sciences

PhD Advisor:  Brad Cairns, PhD

Suzanne Wendelken

Suzanne Wendelken

Hometown:  Oklahoma City, OK

Undergraduate Institution:  Dartmouth College

Undergraduate Major:  Biomedical Engineering

MD-PhD Phase:  PhD Thesis

PhD Advisor:  Greg Clark, PhD