School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine

2016 Graduates

Bradley Keusch, M.S.
Thesis title:  Structure Function Studies of HIV-1 Protease
Advisor: Dr. Ladislau Kovari

Dulmini P. Barupala, Ph.D.
Thesis title: Characterization of the Yeast Cysteine Desulfurase Complex Within the Mitochondrial Fe-S Cluster Biogenesis
Advisor: Dr. Timothy Stemmler
Co-Advisor: Dr. Bharati Mitra
Current position: Employed at Wayne State University-Graduate School as the coordinator for Wayne Med-Direct program

Daniel Stafford, M.S. 
Thesis title: Candida Albicans Genotype and Phenotype in Relation to Niche Tropism, Azole
Resistance, and Candidiasis Recurrence
Advisor: Dr. Robert Akins
Current position: Pharmaceutical sales representative for inVentiv Health/Eli Lilly(East Central
territory including Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee)

Gargi Mahapatara, Ph. D.
Thesis title: Regulation of Cytochrome c Functions by Phosphorylation
Advisor: Dr. Maik Hutteman

Stephen Dzul, Ph.D. (defended S16)
Thesis title: Insights into de novo FeS-Cluster Biogenesis via the Eukaryotic FeS-Cluster Pathway (ISC) in vitro
Advisor: Dr. Timothy Stemmler
Current position: Wayne State University School of Medicine, Class of 2018

Yuning Hou, Ph.D.
Thesis title: A critical role of CXCR2 PDZ motif mediated interactions in endothelial progenitor cell homing and angiogenesis
Advisor:  Dr. Chunying Li
Current Position: Research Assistant, Georgia State University, The Center of Molecular and Translational Medicine

Russell D’Souza, Ph.D.
Thesis Title: Investigation of Mutations in Nuclear Genes that Affect the ATP Synthase
Advisor: Dr. Sharon Ackerman

Cathy Mcleod, M.S.
Thesis title: A Five Residue Insertion between Codons 28 and 29 of the HIV-1 Protease Gene Reduces the Replicative capacity of the Virus
Advisor: Dr. Ladislau Kovari

Rhonda Prince, M.S.
Thesis title: Contribution of CX3CR1/CX3CL1 Axis to the Progression of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Advisor: Dr. Robert Akins
Current Position: Clinical research - Emergency department at Receiving and Sinai Grace
Focus:  Cardiology: acute heart failure and hypertension