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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

Molecular Basis of Skin/Mucosa Pathobiology Training Program

Training Program

To apply

Please e-mail:

  • Cover letter
  • Statement of research (current and future interests)
  • CV
  • Three letters of reference  

to Dr. Kulesz-Martin at dermtraining@ohsu.edu.

See more Admissions Information.

Note: Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents, according to NIH regulations for this training program.

This training program is supported by the National Institutes of Health under Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award T32-CA106195 from the National Cancer Institute.

OHSU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution.