Dissertation and Thesis Defenses

Hao Wang (Qui Laboratory) successfully defended his PhD dissertation on May 26, 2020.Dissertation title:  “Targeting EphA2 in Hepatoceullar Carcinoma: Uncovering its Therapeutic Potential and Beyond”.

Congratulations Hao!


David Ford (Dingwall Laboratory) successfully defended is PhD dissertation on April 20, 2020.
Dissertation title: "Elucidating the Targets and Functions of the MLR COMPASS-like Complex during Developement"

Congratuations David!


Jonathan Dixit (Zeleznik-Le Laboratory) successfully defended his MS thesis on June 12, 2019.
Thesis title: "MLLT3 Regulates Expression of Genes Critical to Liver Metabolic Homeostasis"

Congratulations Jonathan!


Flor Navarro (Watkins Laboratory) successfully defended her PhD dissertation on April 17, 2019. 
Dissertation title: "Characterization of the Effects of Sex and Estrogen Receptor Signaling on Antigen-Specific T Cells for Immunotherapy"

Congratulations Flor!


Student Poster Presentations Winners

The annual Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Retreat was held on September 14, 2019 at Argonne National Laboratory. The student poster presentation winners were 1st Hao Wang (Qiu laboratory); 2nd Jonathan Eby (Callaci laboratory); 3rd Lourdes Plaza-Rojas (Guevara laboratory). 

Congratulations to all the awardees!

Welcome New Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program students

The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program welcomes Sarah Flury from the Integrated Program in Biomedical Sciences. Sarah has joined the laboratory of Dr. Toni Pak.


The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program welcomes MS candidate 
Grace Hammack


The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program welcomes Shreya Chandrasekar from the Integrated Program in Biomedical Sciences. Shreya has joined the laboratory of Dr. Patrick Oakes.


Comprehensive Exams

Anita Ghosh (Kaja laboratory) successfully passed her Comprehensice Exam on March 18, 2020.

Melissa Quintanilla (Beach laboratory) successfully passed her Comprehensive Exam on May 15, 2019.

Kanak Joshi (Zhang laboratory) successfully passed his Comprehensive Exam on July 24, 2019.

Sarah Flury (Pak laboratory) successfully passed her Comprehensive Exam on August 12, 2019.


Publications, Presentation and Awards


Aleksandra “Saska” Vuchkovska (Iwashima Lab) was awarded an Arthur J. Schmitt Dissertation Fellowship in Leadership and Service for the 2020/2021 academic year.  
Congratulations Saska!

Kanak Joshi (Zhang laboratory) published a manuscript in the journal Blood entitled “Myc-Miz1 signaling promotes self-renewal of leukemia stem cells by repressing Cebpα and Cebpδ”.  Blood. 2020 Apr 2;135(14):1133-1145.

Jonathan Eby (Callaci laboratory) was awarded a NIH/NIAAA F31 predoctoral fellowship, starting December 2019.  Congratulations Jonathan!

Kanak Joshi (Zhang laboratory) published a chapter in the book Leukemia Stem Cells in Hematologic Malignancies entitled “Leukemia Stem Cells in the Pathogenesis, Progression, and Treatment of Acute Myeloid Leukemia”. The book was published in July 2019.

Jonathan Eby
(Callaci laboratory) published a paper in PLoS One, 2019 Mar 20;14(3):e02143. The title of his paper was "Effects of ethanol and ethonal metabolites on intrinsic function of mesentric resistance arteries".

Lourdes Plaza Rojas (Guevara laboratory) was co-author on a paper published in Journal for the ImmunoTherapy of Cancer, vol. 7: 2019. The title of her paper was "NKG2D signaling certifies effector CD8 T cells for memory formation".

Melissa Quintanilla (Beach laboratory) was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
Congratulations Melissa!

Timothy Nickels (Dingwall laboratory) was awarded the Biomedical and Sciences Thesis of the Year award for 2019.
Congratulations Tim!