Student Name


Dissertation Title

Current appointment

Yi-Wen Chu

Mary Hendrix

The functional role(s) of dual intermediate filaments expression in cell migration and invasion

Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Academica Sinica, Taipei,Taiwan

William Powell, PhD

G. Tim Bowden

Matrilysin expression in prostate tumor cells

Head IHC Companion Diagnostic Development, Novartis Molecular Diagnostics

Isaac Rabinovitz, MD, PhD

Anne Cress

The role of alpha 6 integrin and its ligand, laminin, in prostate cancer

Instructor, Harvard University, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA

Qiang Lou, PhD

Kit Lam

Identification of peptide substrates and development of pseudosubstrate-based inhibitors for p60c-src protein tyrosine kinases

Research Assistant Professor, Microbiology and Immunology,

University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Dorothea von Bredow, PhD

Ray Nagle

The function of matrilysin and other matrix metalloproteinases in human prostate carcinoma

Senior Consultant, IMS Health, Germany

Jinzi Wu, PhD

Kit Lam

Studies of substrate specificity, regulation and inhibition of protein tyrosine kinases.

founder and CEO of Ascletis Inc. Hangzhou, China and Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA

Xiaozhen Xie, PhD

Eugene Gerner

Cellular and biochemical mechanisms of intracellular putrescine pool regulation

Group Art Examiner. Patent office, Bethesda, MD

Hsiao-Chi David Wu, MD, PhD

(UA MD/PhD Program)

Eugene Gerner

Gene mutations in experimental models of carcinogenesis and their effects on responses to chemopreventive agents in the azoxymethane-treated rat model

Family Practice, Portland, Oregon

Elizabeth Joseloff, PhD

G. Tim Bowden

AP-1 regulation during malignant progression of mouse keratinocyte cells

Director, Integrative Biology, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics, Inc. MD

Russell Klein, PhD

G. Tim Bowden

Regulation of matrilysin expression in prostate carcinoma cells by paracrine interactions with stromal cells

Deceased. Assistant Professor, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Ashok Gupta, MD, PhD

G. Tim Bowden

Molecular mechanisms of ionizing radiation carcinogenesis in mouse skin

Vice President , Immuno-Oncology, Medimmune

Janine Einspahr, PhD

G. Tim Bowden

Genetic mutations and alterations in cell proliferation and apoptosis in UV-induced skin cancer: Application of biomarkers to human chemoprevention studies

Research Associate Professor, Arizona Cancer Center, Tucson, AZ

Weixing Chen, PhD

G. Tim Bowden

Molecular mechanisms of ultraviolet-B induced activator protein 1 activation in human keratinocytes

President Assistant, Liferiver Bio-Tech Corp., San Diego

Supriya Gaitonde, PhD

Jesse Martinez

Mechanisms involved in p53 regulation

Director of Communications, Drug Discovery for Tropical Diseases

Zong Fang Xi, PhD

G. Tim Bowden /Ray Taetle

Opposing effects of two zinc finger genes, EVI-1 and GATA-1, on all-trans retinoic acid-induced NB4 cell granulocytic differentiation

Postdoctoral Fellow, NIH

Washington, DC

Maria Lluria-Prevatt, PhD

Margaret Briehl/Marianne Powell

Melanoma models for chemoprevention

and ultraviolet radiation susceptibility

Research Assistant Professor, Arizona Cancer Center, Tucson, AZ

Tracy Davis, MD, PhD (UA MD/PhD Program)

Anne Cress

Alterations of the alpha6beta4 and alpha6beta1 integrins in prostate carcinoma

Dermatopathologist and Medical Director of Anatomic Pathology at ABQ Health Partners, Albuquerque, NM

Suzanne Stratton, PhD

G. Tim Bowden

Regulation of the matrix metalloproteinase matrilysin in human prostate carcinoma in vitro


Managing Director at SBA1, Inc.

Wally Huynh, PhD, MD

Evan Hersh/

Doug Lake

Tumor antigens: From discovery to vaccine

Hospitalist, Kaweah Delta Medical Center, Visalia, CA

David Samuelson, PhD

Donato Romagnolo

Molecular mechanisms of reactive oxygen species production: Role of activator protein-1 mediated transcription of gp91phox, a subunit of superoxide anion producing phagocyte NADPH oxidase

Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Louisville

Nhan Tran, PhD

Ron Heimark

Molecular characterization of cadherin expression and function in prostate carcinoma

Associate Professor, Head, CNS Tumor Lab, Cancer and Cell Biology Division,

Translational Genomic Research Institute (TGEN), Phoenix, AZ

Michele Taylor Parker, PhD

Eugene Gerner

The Effects of Genetic and Luminal

Risk Factors on Cyclooxygenase-2 Expression in Human Colon Cancer Cells

Program Director, Sciences and Biotechnology, Berkeley, CA

Ashley Powell, PhD

Jesse Martinez

Bile Acid Biological Activity in Colon Cancer Cells: From Hydrophobicity to Gene Activation

Lead Clinical Research Manager, Department of Gynecologic Oncology, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA

Bryan Husbeck, PhD

Garth Powis

Changes in gene expression induced by thioredoxin-1 in MCF-7 human breast cancer cells

Research Scientist, ImClone Systems, CA

Brent Butts, PhD

Margaret Briehl

Two molecular mechanisms of apoptosis resistance

Associate Principal Scientist, Biomarkers and Diagnostics, Merck Research Laboratories, Rahway, NJ

Brent Mahoney, MD, PhD

Robert Gillies

The Chemotherapeutic consequences of tumor pH in breast carcinoma model systems

Radiation Oncologist, Lafayette General Medical Center, Lafayette, LA

Cory Grand, PhD

Laurence Hurley

Role of a chair-type G-quadruplex in c-myc regulation

Project Manager / Client Liaison at Wasatch Scientific, Salt Lake City

Jason Beliakoff, PhD

Luke Whitesell

Regulation of Estrogen Receptor Function by Molecular Chaperones

Field Director, Medical Science Liaisons, Incyte Corp., CA

Brandon Jeffy, PhD

Donato Romagnolo

Regulation of the BRCA-1 Tumor Suppressor Gene in Breast Cancer Cells by Environmental Xenobiotics, Estrogen and p53

Principal Scientist, Exploratory Toxicology, Celgene

Manolis Demetriou, PhD

Anne Cress

Integrin clipping: A novel adhesion switch?

Department of Agriculture, Cyprus

Michael Bachelor, PhD

G. Tim Bowden

Identification of molecular targets for the chemoprevention of non-melanoma skin cancer

Product Manager, MatTek Biotech, Boston MA

Elisabeth Wade Wagener, PhD


G. Tim Bowden

Cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions involved in cancer invasion

Research Administrator, The University of Arizona Cancer Center

Kevin Kwei, PhD

G. Tim Bowden

Molecular mechanisms of tumor progression in mouse skin keratinocytes

Manager, Oncology Biomarker, Gilead Sciences

Tommy Turbyville, PhD

Leslie Gunatilaka and Luke Whitesell

Using Phylogenetically Conserved Stress Responses to Discover Natural Products with Anticancer Activity

Scientist, Leidos Biomedical Research Inc.

Tom Sroka, MD, PhD

Anne Cress

Synthetic Peptide Ligand Mimetics and Tumor Cell Motility

Assistant Professor, Radiation Oncology, Dartmouth College

Nelson Alexander, PhD

Ron Heimark

The Positive and Negative Transcriptional Regulation of N-cadherin Expression During the Progression of Prostate Cancer

Manager, Genomic Technologies and Applied Research, Ventana Medical Systems (Roche), Tucson, AZ

Chi-fan “Jennifer” Ku Hockings, PhD

Donato Romagnolo

A Molecular Model for Transcriptional Regulation of BRCA-1 Expression

Clinical Pharmacogenetics Resident, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN

Samira Jean-Louis, PhD

Jesse Martinez

Membrane Perturbation by Bile Acids and Their Potential Role in Signaling

Patent Review, United States Patent and Licensing, Alexandria, VA

Warner Bair, PhD

Garth Powis

The Regulation of Growth Factor Receptors EGFR and IGF-1R and the Growth Factor VEGF by Thioredoxin-1

Assistant Professor Biology, Lead Faculty General Biology & Microbiology,  Lone Star College-CyFair, Cypress, TX

Amy Coon-Stone, PhD

Garth Powis

Analysis of Antioxidant Responsive Gene Expression Changes by Thioredoxin System Inhibitors and Hypoxia

Paradigm Diagnostics

Ryan Falsey, MD, PhD UA MD PhD Program

Luke Whitesell

Targeting Annexin II Function With Small Molecule Natural Products as a Novel Anticancer Strategy

Dermatologist, East Valley Dermatology Center, Phoenix, AZ

Kerri Kislin, PhD

Emmanuel Katsanis

Activation of Immune System Function Against Cancer by Heat Shock Proteins


Amber Kahle Carpe, PhD

Mark Nelson

The Regulation and Function of Cyclin Dependent Kinase 11 (CDK11): Analysis of the Cdc2L1 Promoter and Elucidation of CDK11(p58) Function During Mitosis

Adjunct Faculty/Lead Faculty Area Chair, University of Phoenix, Tucson, AZ

Nat Rial, MD, PhD, CPH UA MD PhD Program

Peter Lance and Eugene Gerner

The Adenomatous Polyposis Coli  Tumor Suppressor Gene  Deoxycholic Acid Induction of the Chemotactic Cytokine CXCL8 in Human Colorectal Cancer

Department of Internal Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine

Isis Calsoyas Sroka, PhD

G. Tim Bowden

Regulation of Membrane Type-1 Matrix Metalloproteinase in Prostate Cancer


Claudia Benavente, PhD

Elaine Jacobson

Cellular NAD Status as a Regulator of Skin Photodamage

Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, UC Irvine; Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Rebecca Henkhaus, PhD

Natalia  Ignatenko and Eugene Gerner

Regulation of Kallikrein 6 Gene expression and Protein Secretion in Colon Cancer Model Systems

Senior  Scientist, Clinical Reference Laboratory, Lenexa, KS

Damian Junk, PhD

Bernard Futscher

Determining the Role of p53 Mutation in Human Breast Cancer Progression Using Recombinant Mutant/Wild-Type p53 Heterozygous Human Mammary Epithelial Cell Culture Models

Assistant Director, Cancer Training and Education, Case Western Reserve University

Meredith Henderson, PhD

Robert Dorr

UA62784; a Putative Inhibitor of CENP-E Kinesin-like Protein and its Effects on Human Pancreatic Cancer Cells

Head of R&D, Provista Diagnostics, Inc. Scottsdale, AZ

Sarah Wilkinson, PhD

Margaret Briehl

Mitochondria: A Crossroads for Oxidative Stress and Apoptosis Resistance in Lymphoma

Scientific Writer, Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope, Duarte, CA

Steven Carey, MD, PhD UA MD PhD Program

Laurence Hurley

Identification and Development of Novel Compounds for the Treatment of Human Cancers

Pediatric Hematology & Oncology, Chicago Hospitals

Rebecca Feldman, PhD

Jesse Martinez

A Novel Mechanism for UDCA-Induced Growth Suppression

Director, Solid Tumor Oncology Research at the Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte, NC, Carolinas HealthCare System

Jan Egan, PhD

Patricia Thompson Carino

Evaluating the Role of VDR Polymorphisms and Beta Catenin Signaling in Colorectal Neoplasia

Principal Research Technologist, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ


SunMi Lee Palumbo

Scot Ebbinghaus and Laurence Hurley

Characterization of Secondary DNA Structures Formed in the c-myb and hTERT Promoters  and Their Potential Role in the Regulation of Transcription

Manager, Laboratory Operations, Dept of Medicine, University of Arizona

Jessica Cantrell

Emmanuel Katsanis

Adjuvant Effect of Chaperone-Rich Cell Lysate: The Effects of CRCL on the Activation of Immune Cells

Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego, California

Mike Ports

Anne Cress

Laterally Associated Proteins Modulate alpha 6 Integrin Cleavage, a Permissive Process Utilized During Cancer Metastasis

Senior Scientist, Juno Therapeutics

Sherif Morgan

Emmanuelle Meuillet

The Bile Acid, Deoxycholic Acid, Modulates IGF-IR Function in Colon Cancer Cells

Scientist, Ventana Medcial Systems, a division of Roche, Tucson, AZ

Anupama Chandramouli

Mark Nelson

The Role of Prostaglandin E2/EP4 Prostanoid Receptor Signaling in Colorectal Carcinogenesis

Research Associate Scientist, NYU School of Medicine

Geoff Mitchell

Kirsten Limesand

The p53 Homolog p63 Modulates Acute and Chronic Damage in Irradiated Salivary Glands

Assistant Professor, Wofford College, Spartanburg, NC

Ben Bitler

Joyce Schroeder

Determining the Role of MUC1 and beta-catenin on the Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Signaling and Localization in Breast Cancer

Assistant Professor, Division of Reproductive Sciences, Department of OB/Gyn,University of Colorado

Apollo Kacsinta

Anne Cress

Determining Biological Effectors of alpha6 Integrin Cleavage

IRACDA Postdoctoral Fellow, UCSD

Melba Jaramillo

Margaret Briehl

Redox Regulation of Chemotherapy Response in Lymphoma

Medical student, University of Arizona College of Medicine

Samantha Kendrick

Laurence Hurley

Characterization and Molecular Targeting of the Bcl-2 i-motif for Modulation of Gene Expression and Induction of Chemosensitivity in Lymphoma

Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas

Aaron Goldman

Katerina Dvorak

The Role of Bile Acids in the Progression of Squamous Epithelium to Barrett's Esophagus and Esophageal Adenocarcinoma

Instructor of Medicine and Associate Bioengineer at Harvard Medical School

Natalie Luhtala

Roy Parker

Lsm1 and Rny1:  Clues in the Search for How RNA Metabolic Pathways Control Cancer

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Salk Institute

Devki Sukhtankar

Tamara Deeny King and Frank Porreca

Preclinical Analyses of Ongoing and Breakthrough Cancer Pain

Research Fellow, Wake Forest Baptist Health, Greensboro/Winston-Salem, NC

Sara Bustamante Centuori

Nicholas Larmonier and Emmanuel Katsanis

Negative Regulation of Regulatory T Cells by Myeloid-Derived Suppressor Cells in Cancer

Postdoctoral Fellow, Arizona Cancer Center, University of Arizona

Diana Uribe

Daekyu Sun

Defining the Role of Secondary DNA Structures on the Transcriptional Control of Angiogenic Promoters

Scientist, Companion Diagnostics, Ventana Medical Systems, Tucson, AZ

Heather Gustafson

Margaret Briehl

Role of MnSOD in Chemotherapy-induced Oxidative Stress

Manager of Assay Development, High Throughput Genomics, Manager, Tucson, AZ

Neale Hanke

Larmonier and Katsanis

Molecular Regulation of the Tumor Killing Activity of Dendritic Cells

Research Associate, Arizona Cancer Center

Hsin-Yuan “Steven“ Su

Joyce Schroeder

Therapeutic Potential of EGFR-derived Peptides in Breast Cancer

Postdoctoral Scientist, Pancreatic Research, Cedars-Sinai

Shannon Fortin Ensign, MD/PhD

UA PhD UA MD College of Medicine-Phoenix

Nhan Tran

The TWEAK-Fn14 ligand receptor axis promotes glioblastoma invasion and survival via activation of multiple GEF-Rho GTPase signaling systems

Internal Medicine resident, Scripps Green Hospital

Edwin Paz

Eugene Gerner

Molecular Mechanisms of polyamine metabolism on oncogenic signaling

IRACDA Postdoctoral Fellow, USCD

Benjamin Onyeagucha

Mark Nelson

The contribution of inflammatory pathway signaling and microRNA changes to colon cancer development

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas Health Sciences Center San Antonio

Kristy Lee

Margaret Briehl

Targeting Copper:  A Therapeutic Strategy in Lymphoma

Clinical Molecular Genetics Fellow, University of Utah

UW Madison

Darya Alizadeh

Larmonier and Katsanis

Doxorubicin and T helper lymphocytes: unexpected allies against cancer

Research Associate, City of Hope

Nadia Hassounah

Kim McDermott

Elucidating the role of primary cilia as putative tumor suppressors in the prostate and breast

Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Boston, MA

Bethany Remeniuk

Frank Porreca

"Capturing Affective Dimensions of Cancer-induced Bone Pain Preclinically"

Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University

Caleb Sutherland

Laurence Hurley

"Characterization and molecular targeting of a mechanosensor mechanism controlled by the G-guadruplex/i-motif molecular switch in the MYC promoter NHE III1"

Postdoctoral Fellow, NIEHS, Research Triangle Park, NC

Corbie Ball Maibauer

Tom Doetschman

“The Role of Transforming Growth Factor Beta Signaling in Inflammation-Dependent Colon Cancer”

Physician Assistant, Tucson, AZ

Brenna Rheinheimer Ron Heimark Alternative transcription of the SLIT2/mir-218-1 transcriptional axis mediates pancreatic cancer invasion Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Surgery, University of Arizona
Paul Akhenblit Marty Pagel Investigating Tumor Energy Metabolism with AcidoCEST MRI Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Iowa
Agustin Alejandro Martinez Chibly Kirsten Limesand Functional Restoration Through Salivary Progenitor Label Retaining Cells Postdoctoral Fellow, NIH
Jesse Trujillo Jesse Martinez A Novel Mechanism for Bile Acid-induced Activation of Estrogen Receptor ß in Colorectal Cancer Postdoctoral trainee, T32CA078447, Cancer Prevention and Control Health Disparities Training Program, University of Arizona
Aaron Havas Catharine Smith Defining Mechanisms of Sensitivity and Resistance to Histone Deacetylase Inhibitors to Develop Effective Therapeutic Strategies for the Treatment of Aggressive Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma Postdoctoral Fellow, Sanford Burnham Cancer Institute, CA