Interdisciplinary Training

2008 Fellows

The following is a list of the 2008 fellows, their mentors, and the titles of their proposals. An abstract of each fellow's project is available by clicking on their name.

Bethany Barrow
Mentors: Dr. Liz Swisher (UW, SCCA) and Dr. Peggy Porter (HB)
Proposal Title: "Characterization of Preclinical Ovarian Carcinoma in BRCA1 and BRCA2 Mutation Carriers"

Karlyn Beer
MS in Epi student

Renee Chmelar
Mentors:  Dr. Norm Greenberg (Clinical) and Dr. Larry Rohrschneider (Basic)
Proposal Title: "Prostate Cancer Stem Cells"

Paulo Campregher
Mentors: Dr. Edus Warren (Clinical) and Dr. Harlan Robins (PHS)
Proposal Title: "Diversity of Regulatory T Cells in Chronic GVHD after Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplant"

Sara Fagerlie
Mentors: Dr. Beverly Torok-Storb (Clinical) and Dr. Amanda Paulovich (Clinical)
Proposal Title: "Generation of Fanconi Anemia Group B Canine Embryonic Stem Cells"

Gus Frangou
Mentors:  Dr. Mark Groudine (Basic) and Dr. Sam Hanash (PHS)
Proposal Title:  "Deciphering the Epigenetic Code: Molecular Profiling of Histone Post-translational Modifications Using FT-ICR Mass Spectrometry"

Kavita Garg
Mentors: Dr. Muneesh Tewari(HB) and Dr. Larry (Walter) Ruzzo (UW Computer Science)
Proposal Title: "Computational analysis of microRNA regulation in ovarian cancer."

Kelly Garneski
Mentors: Dr. Denise Galloway (HB) and Dr. Paul Nghiem (UW Dermatology)
Proposal Title: "Merkel cell carcinoma and a new polyomavirus"

Jamie Guenthoer
Mentors: Dr. Peggy Porter (HB) and Dr. Steve Tapscott (HB)
Proposal Title:  "Genomic Loss and Gain and the Progression of Breast Cancer"

Alexander Kohlmaier, Amgen Fellow
Mentors: Dr. Bruce Edgar (Basic) and Dr. Albert Folch (UW Bioengineering)
Proposal Title: "Control of the Cell Cycle by Mechanical Force"

Elizabeth Larimore
Mentors: Dr. Bruce Clurman (Clinical, HB) and Dr. Ning Zheng (UW Pharmacology)
Proposal Title: "Functional analyses of the Fbw7 tumor suppressor: genetic and structural approaches"

Erica Lovelace
Mentors: Julie Overbaugh (HB) & Roland Strong (BS)
Proposal Title: "Exploring the Interactions between Neutralizing Antibodies and HIV-1 Sensitive and Resistant Envelopes"

Brig Mecham
Mentors: Dr. Robert Gentleman (PHS) and Dr. Pete Nelson (HB)
Proposal Title: "Understanding the clinical relevance of mouse transgenic prostate cancer models"

Justin Mirus
Mentors: Dr. Paul Lampe (PHS), Dr. Sunil Hingorani (Clinical), Dr. Martin McIntosh (PHS)
Proposal Title: "Identification of Pancreatic Cancer Biomarkers in Mouse Models Representing Various Stages of Disease Progression "

Brian Piening, Amgen Fellow
Mentors: . Amanda Paulovich (Clinical) & Dr. Pei Wang (PHS)
Proposal Title: "The role of genetic modifiers in DNA repair and breast cancer"

Emma-Jane Poulton
Mentors: Dr. David Eaton (UW) and Dr. Danny Shen (Clinical)
Proposal Title: "Antagonism of the Human Nuclear Hormone Receptor SXR, a Novel Mechanism of Action for the Chemopreventative Agent, Sulforaphane"

Indika Rajapakse
Mentors: Dr. Charles Kooperberg (PHS) and Dr. John Hansen (Clinical)
Proposal Title: "Gene-gene Interactions: Methods and Applications for Transplant Research"

Joshua Schiffer
Mentors: Dr. Laith Abu-Raddad (VIDD) and Dr. Lawrence Corey(VIDD)
Proposal Title: "Use of Bioinformatics to Develop New Concepts in Viral Pathogenesis: A Mathematical Model of Herpes Simplex Virus-2 Pathogenesis"

Umut Ulge
Mentors: Dr. Ray Monnat (UW Pathology and Genome Sciences) and Dr. David Baker (UW Biochemistry)
Proposal Title: "Design of Novel Homing Endonucleases as Site-Specific Genomic Celavage Reagents"

Tom White
Mentors: Dr. Pete Stanford (HB) and Dr. Janet Stanford (PHS)
Proposal Title: "MAOA expression variability: pathways and risks in Prostate Cancer"

Melissa Yong, Amgen Fellow
Mentors: Dr. Johanna Lampe (PHS) and Wendy Leisenring(Clinical)
Proposal Title: "UGT Polymorphisms and Hormonally-mediated Biomarkers in Premenopausal Women"

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