Graduate Training

The Burn and Shock Trauma Research Institute is home to graduates students from several different departments and programs of the Graduate School of Loyola University Chicago.

Our students are enrolled in graduate programs in the Microbiology and Immunology, Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics and Cell & Molecular Physiology as well as students from the interdisciplinary programs in Integrated Cell Biology, Neuroscience and Molecular Biology.  In addition, students participate in the Alcohol Research Program and the program in Immunology and Aging.

Current Graduate Students


Below, McKenna, B.S.
Degree: B.S., Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Grand Valley State University
Research: Investigating the effects of ethanol in Estrogen Receptor positive Breast Cancer
Mentor: Clodia Osipo, Ph.D.
Current Position: 3rd Year Ph.D. Candidate, Osipo Lab, Loyola University Chicago, Maywood, IL



Ghosh, Anita, B.S., M.S.

Degree: B.S., Biology, M.S., Neuroscience

Research: Molecular mechanisms underlying the interplay between oxidative stress and inflammation in alcohol-induced ocular surface disease

Mentor: Simon Kaja, Ph.D.



Caroline Johnson, B.S.

Degree: B.S., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL

Research: MicroRNA and gut inflammation following alcohol and burn injury

Mentor: Mashkoor Choudhry, Ph.D.

Current Position: 2016-date. Graduate Student, Ph.D., Integrated Program in Biomedical Sciences, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Loyola University Chicago, Maywood, IL


‌‌Paulius Kuprys, B.A.

Degree: B.A., Lake Forest College, IL

Research: 2016-date. Effects of alcohol in setting of colitis

Mentor: Mashkoor Chouldry, Ph.D.

Current Position: 2016-date. Graduate Student (M.D.), Integrative Cell Biology, Loyola University Chicago, Maywood, IL



Marisa Luck, B.A.

Degree: B.A., Carleton College, MN

Research: Effect of alcohol and burn injury on intestines

Mentor: Mashkoor Choudhry, Ph.D.

Current Position: MD/PhD Student, Integrative Cell Biology, Loyola Universtiy Chicago, IL



Gregory Malnassy, B.S.

Degree: B.S., Truman State University, Kirksville, MO

Research: Defining the role of focal adhesion kinase in alcohol liver disease

Mentor: Wei Qiu, Ph.D.

Current Position: 2016-date. Graduate Student (Ph.D.), Integrated Program in the Biomedical Sciences, Loyola University Chicago, Maywood, IL