Interdisciplinary Training

2012 Fellows

The following is a list of the 2012 fellows, their mentors, and the titles of their proposals. An abstract of each fellow's project is available by clicking on their name.

Tina Albershardt
Mentors:  Dr. Alanna Ruddell (Human Biology) and Dr. Brian Iritani (UW Comparative Medicine)
Proposal Title:  "The Role of B Cells in Tumor-Induced Lymph Node Lymphangiogenesis and Lymphatic Metastasis"

Michael Davis
Mentors: Dr. Grady (Clinical) and Dr. Bedalov (Clinical)
Proposal Title: "Cdk8 complexes in telomere maintenance and cancer"

Leslie Goo
Mentors:  Dr. Julie Overbaugh (Human Biology) and Dr. Barbra Richardson (Public Health Sciences)
Proposal Title:  "The Role of Neutralizing Antibodies in HIV-1 Transmission and Pathogenesis"

Christopher Hubert
Mentors:  Dr. Jim Olson (Clinical) and Dr. Patrick Paddison (Human Biology)
Proposal Title:  "Identification and Development of Synergistic Combination Therapies for Glioblastoma"

Julia Lauper
Mentors:  Dr. Tom Vaughan (Public Health Sciences) and Dr. Ray Monnat (UW Pathology & Genome Sciences)
Proposal Title:  "The Role of the WRN Helicase in DNA Metabolism and Tumorigenesis"

Nitobe London
Mentors:  Dr. Sue Biggins (Basic Sciences) and Dr. Jeff Ranish (Institute for Systems Biology)
Proposal Title:  "Phospho-regulation of chromosome segregation by the conserved kinase Mps1"

Raymond Malfavon-Borja
Mentors:  Dr. Harmit Malik (Basic Sciences) and Dr. Michael Emerman (Human Biology)
Proposal Title:  "Evolution of a third, ancient TRIMCyp gene fusion in primates"

Esther Mintzer
Mentors:  Dr. Keith Jerome (Vaccine and Infectious Disease) and Dr. David Baker (UW Biochemistry)
Proposal Title:  "Design and evolution of homing endonucleases targeting essential HIV genes"

Shelli Morris
Mentors:  Dr. William Grady (Clinical) and Dr. Martin McIntosh (Public Health Sciences)
Proposal Title:  "A Forward Genetic Screen to Identify Functionally Important Colon Cancer Oncogenes and Tumor Suppressor Genes"

Paul Munson

Mentors: Dr. Deborah Fuller (UW Microbiology) and Dr. James Mullins (UW Microbiology)
Proposal Title: "Characterization of the Immune and Viral Response to a Therapeutic Conserved Elements DNA Vaccine"

Rachael Norris
Mentors:  Dr. Paul Lampe (Public Health Sciences) and Dr. Christopher Li (Public Health Sciences)
Proposal Title:  "How the regulation of connexins during the maturation of mammary tissue may protect against breast cancer"

Joel Rosenbaum
Mentors: Dr. Rachel Klevit (UW Biochemistry) and Dr. David Hockenbery (Clinical Research)
Proposal Title: "HSPB1 and HSPB5 as Targets for Treating Chemoresistance in Cancers"


Katie Semmens
Mentors: Dr. Adad Geballe (Human Biology) and Dr. Harmit Malik (Basic Sciences)
Propoal Title: "Evolution of PKR antagonism in primate cytomegaloviruses"

Zoi Villasana
Mentors: Dr. Michael Lagunoff (Microbiology, UW) and Dr. Alejandro Wolf-Yadlin (Genome Science, UW)
Proposal Title: "Changes in glucose and glutamine utilization during KSHV infection:

Nick Weber
Mentors: Dr. Keith Jerome (VIDD) and Dr. Barry Stoddard (Basic Science)
Proposal Title: "Development and Characterization of DNA-targeting enzymes against HBV"

Jessica Yager
Mentors:  Dr. Corey Casper (Vaccine and Infectious Disease) and Dr. Beti Thompson (Public Health Sciences)
Proposal Title:  "Measuring the impact of mobile phone short message service on Kaposi sarcoma outcomes in Uganda"

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