Trainees

Current trainees

Marcus Calkins, Ph.D.

Training grant project: Activation of base excision repair for ultraviolet light-induced DNA damage
Training grant mentor: Lloyd
Current position: Postdoctoral researcher, Lloyd-McCullough lab
Place: OHSU Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology

Sean Gross, Ph.D.

Training grant project: Inhibition of AKT at different sub-cellular domains
Training grant mentor: Rotwein
Current position: Postdoctoral researcher, Rotwein Lab
Place: OHSU Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Stephen Hyter, Ph.D. candidate

Training grant project: The in vivo role of keratinocytic ET-1 on melanocyte homeostasis and the UV response
Training grant mentor: Indra
Current position: Predoctoral trainee, Indra Lab
Place: OSU College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Alain Silk, Ph.D.

Training grant project: Tumor-stromal cell fusion in cancer progression
Training grant mentor: Wong
Current position: Postdoctoral researcher, Wong Lab
Place: OHSU Department of Dermatology

Nick Smith, Ph.D.

Training grant project: Investigating the role of the stem cell niche marker CD166 in intestinal homeostasis
Training grant mentor: Wong
Current position: Postdoctoral researcher, Wong Lab
Place: OHSU Department of Dermatology

Garth Tormoen, M.D., Ph.D. candidate

Training grant project: Characterization of the physical parameters of epithelial cells as a function of malignant progression
Training grant mentor: McCarty
Current position: Predoctoral trainee, McCarty Lab
Place: OHSU Department of Biomedical Engineering

Alumni

Sophia Bornstein, M.D., Ph.D.

Training grant project: Role of Smad4 in HNSCC tumorigenesis
Training grant mentor: Wang (former mentor)
Current position: Resident
Place: OHSU Department of Radiation Medicine

Paige Davies, Ph.D.

Training grant project: Role of Wnt and Notch signaling pathways in IBD disease pathology and re-establishment of epithelial homeostasis
Training grant mentor: Wong
Current position: Research instructor
Place: OHSU Department of Dermatology

Amy Farrell, Ph.D.

Training grant project: Role of altered c-Myc phos-phorylation and stability in the generation of SCC Training grant mentor: Sears
Current position: Postdoctoral researcher, Sears Lab
Place: OHSU Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics

Erin Fitch Foster, M.D., Ph.D.

Training grant project: Role of interleukin (IL)-23 in psoriasis and cancer
Training grant mentor: Blauvelt (former mentor)
Current position: Medical student
Place: OHSU School of Medicine

Jayme Gallegos, Ph.D.

Training grant project: Regulation of the Transcription factor p63 by βTrCP
Training grant mentor: Lu (former mentor)
Current position: Instructor
Place: Portland Community College Department of Biological Sciences

Dan Gareau, Ph.D.

Training grant project: Advancing skin cancer detection by confocal microscopy
Training grant mentor: Jacques
Current position: Instructor in clinical investigation
Place: Rockefeller University Laboratory of Investigative Dermatology

Jodi Johnson, Ph.D.

Training grant project: The p53 family interacting pathways in carcinogenesis and cellular response to DNA damage
Training grant mentor: Kulesz-Martin
Current position: Postdoctoral researcher, Green Lab
Place: Northwestern Unversity Feinberg School of Medicine

Trevor Levin, Ph.D.

Training grant project: Cancer stem cells: expression patterns and disease prognosis
Training grant mentor: Wong
Current position: Postdoctoral researcher, Gray Lab
Place: OHSU Department of Biomedical Engineering

Yanping Li, Ph.D.

Training grant project: The role of Rap1 in nuclear transport
Training grant mentor: Stork
Current position: Postdoctoral researcher, Stork Lab
Place: OHSU Vollum Institute

Quentin Low, Ph.D.

Training grant project: Rap1 and adhesion
Training grant mentor: Stork
Current position: Scientist
Place: Molecular Probes (Invitrogen)

Stephen Malkoski, Ph.D.

Training grant project: Mechanisms by which defective TGFbeta signaling leads to the development of lung squamous cell carcinoma
Training grant mentor: Lu/Wang (former mentors)
Current position: Assistant professor
Place: University of Colorado Denver Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Sciences & Critical Care Medicine

Marcus Monroe, M.D.

Training grant project:Cancer Stem Cell expression and its relationship to Head and Neck SCC prognosis
Training grant mentor: Wong
Current position: Resident
Place: OHSU Department of Otolaryngology

Phil Owens, Ph.D.

Training grant project: Smad4 functions in the skin
Training grant mentor: Kulesz-Martin
Current position: Postdoctoral researcher, Moses Lab
Place: Vanderbilt University, Division of Cancer Biology

Kevin Phillips, Ph.D.

Training grant project: Application of novel optical methods use in imaging cancers, inflammatory responses and wound healing
Training grant mentor: Jacques
Current position: Postdoctoral researcher, McCarty Lab
Place: OHSU Department of Biomedical Engineering

Erin Harper Stevens, Ph.D.

Training grant project: Involvement of IL-23 and the Th17 T cell immune response in human cutaneous inflammatory disease
Training grant mentor: Blauvelt (former mentor)
Current position: Clinical immunology scientist
Place: Amgen, Inc.

Sara Tokarz, Ph.D.

Training grant project: Collaboration between Skp2 and c-Myc in epithelial carcinogenesis
Training grant mentor: Sears
Current position: Research associate, Pillers Group
Place: University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Pediatrics

Meghan Lindauer Vyleta, Ph.D.

Training grant project: The role of alveolar macrophages in the inflammatory response in lung epithelium
Training grant mentor: Magun (former mentor)
Current position: Postdoctoral researcher, Cremer Group
Place: Institute of Science and Technology Austria

Joshua Walker, M.D., Ph.D. candidate

Training grant project: Characterization, and optimization of CD8+ T cell responses to inactivated viral antigens
Training grant mentor: Slifka
Current position: Medical student
Place: OHSU School of Medicine

Cortny Williams, Ph.D.

Training grant project: Role of T cells in TGFb1 mediated skin inflammation
Training grant mentor: Wang (former mentor)
Current position: Instructor
Place: Portland Community College Department of Biological Sciences