Thesis Committee

Jiuzhou Huo (2016-Present)

Graduate Student, University of Cincinnati, Pharmacology & Cell Biophysics
PhD Supervisor: Jeffery Molkentin, PhD

Jiuzhou is a graduate student in the Pharmacology program at the University of Cincinnati. Her thesis project is to investigate the role of mitochondrial calcium handling proteins on mitochondrial- mediated death signaling in striated muscle disorders.

Annie Roessler (2016-Present)

Graduate Student, Loyola University Chicago, Health Sciences Division
PhD Supervisor : Walter Keith Jones, PhD

Annie is interested in the intersection of the nervous system and the cardiovascular system during myocardial infarction and ischemia-reperfusion injury. Her dissertation research focuses on the neurobiology and molecular mechanisms of electrically-induced cardioprotection.

Kristin Luther, PhD (2015-16)

Graduate Student, Loyola University Chicago, Health Sciences Division
PhD Supervisor: Walter Keith Jones, PhD

Kristin Luther's dissertation work explored the role of miRNA in cardioprotection in the contexts of ischemic preconditioning and mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) paracrine effects. In ischemic preconditioning, a small set of miRNAs that regulate the expression of heat shock proteins are decreased, allowing the expression of these protective proteins to increase, which reduces cell death from ischemia-reperfusion injury. She also investigated the role of miRNA in MSC paracrine effects mediated by small extracellular vesicles known as exosomes. She determined that miR-21 is transferred from MSCs to cardiomyocytes, where it downregulates the expression of the pro-apoptotic proteins PTEN and PDCD4. Her other committee members included her mentor Dr. Keith Jones, and Drs. Seth Robia, Michael Tranter, and Michael Zilliox. She graduated in December 2016, and continues to study stem cell exosomes for heart disease in the lab of Dr. Eduardo Marban at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Sarah Prins, PhD (2014)

Graduate Student, Loyola University Chicago, Health Sciences Division
PhD Supervisor : Toni Pak, PhD

Sarah’s PhD work was focused on how pubertal binge EtOH exposure affects microRNA expression in sexually dimorphic patterns throughout pubertal development. Her research studies determined that microRNAs play a major role in pubertal hippocampus development as well as hippocampus dysfunction following adolescent alcohol abuse. She is currently an associate medical writer at Prescott Medical Communication Group.

Stefan Mazurek (2009-2015)

Graduate Student, Loyola University Chicago, Health Sciences Division
PhD Supervisor : Aleksey Zima, PhD

Stefan has been working on determining the role of ROS production in the regulation of RyR-mediated calcium release under pathological conditions induced by ischemia-reperfusion injury. Dr.Sadayappan provides expertise in Stefan’s experimental designs and approaches to test his proposed hypothesis, along with other committee members, including Drs. Seth Robia, Lothar Blatter and Kenneth Byron.

Ryan Himes (2010 - 2015)

Graduate Student, Loyola University Chicago, Health Sciences Division
PhD Supervisor : Seth Robia, PhD

Ryan’s PhD thesis work is aimed at understanding and assessing the ability of Phospholemman (PLM) mutants to increase cardiac contractility without causing arrhythmias. His thesis committee members are Drs. Allen M. Samarel, Graeme Carnegie, Renzhi Han and Sakthivel Sadayappan.

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Sakthivel Sadayappan, PhD, MBA
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Director of Heart Branch of the Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute
Division of Cardiovascular Health and Disease, College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati
Cardiovascular Center, Rm 4935
231 Albert Sabin Way
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0542, USA
Phone : +1 513-558-7498
Email : sadayasl@ucmail.uc.edu

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