Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Driskill Graduate Program in Life Sciences

Comprehensive, interdisciplinary training in modern biomedical sciences.

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Who We Are

The Walter S. and Lucienne Driskill Graduate Program in Life Sciences is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary PhD program that trains students in biomedical sciences while giving them the flexibility to pursue a variety of research interests, dual degrees and specialized tracks.

Research and Mentors

Faculty work with students to conduct research across disciplines, including biochemistry, biology, genetics, immunology, microbiology, neurobiology, pharmacology and biomedical informatics.

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Student Publications

The exquisitely cooperative nature of Orai1 channel activation.

Yeung PS, Prakriya M.

J Gen Physiol. 2018 Sep 14. pii: jgp.201812172. doi: 10.1085/jgp.201812172. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available.

ER-associated ubiquitin ligase HRD1 programs liver metabolism by targeting multiple metabolic enzymes.

Wei J, Yuan Y, Chen L, Xu Y, Zhang Y, Wang Y, Yang Y, Peek CB, Diebold L, Yang Y, Gao B, Jin C, Melo-Cardenas J, …

Nat Commun. 2018 Sep 10;9(1):3659. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-06091-7.

Cdt1 stabilizes kinetochore-microtubule attachments via an Aurora B kinase-dependent mechanism.

Agarwal S, Smith KP, Zhou Y, Suzuki A, McKenney RJ, Varma D.

J Cell Biol. 2018 Aug 28. pii: jcb.201705127. doi: 10.1083/jcb.201705127. [Epub ahead of print]

Human iPSC-derived trigeminal neurons lack constitutive TLR3-dependent immunity that protects cortical neurons from HSV-1 infection.

Zimmer B, Ewaleifoh O, Harschnitz O, Lee YS, Peneau C, McAlpine JL, Liu B, Tchieu J, Steinbeck JA, Lafaille F, Volpi S, …

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2018 Sep 11;115(37):E8775-E8782. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1809853115. Epub 2018 Aug 28.

Hexokinase 2 is dispensable for T cell-dependent immunity.

Mehta MM, Weinberg SE, Steinert EM, Chhiba K, Martinez CA, Gao P, Perlman HR, Bryce P, Hay N, Chandel NS.

Cancer Metab. 2018 Aug 17;6:10. doi: 10.1186/s40170-018-0184-5. eCollection 2018.

Apigenin Inhibits UVB-Induced Skin Carcinogenesis: The Role of Thrombospondin-1 as an Anti-Inflammatory Factor.

Mirzoeva S, Tong X, Bridgeman BB, Plebanek MP, Volpert OV.

Neoplasia. 2018 Sep;20(9):930-942. doi: 10.1016/j.neo.2018.07.005. Epub 2018 Aug 15.

In vivo imaging reveals unique neutrophil transendothelial migration patterns in inflamed intestines.

Sullivan DP, Bui T, Muller WA, Butin-Israeli V, Sumagin R.

Mucosal Immunol. 2018 Aug 13. doi: 10.1038/s41385-018-0069-5. [Epub ahead of print]

Coregulation of alternative splicing by hnRNPM and ESRP1 during EMT.

Harvey SE, Xu Y, Lin X, Gao XD, Qiu Y, Ahn J, Xiao X, Cheng C.

RNA. 2018 Oct;24(10):1326-1338. doi: 10.1261/rna.066712.118. Epub 2018 Jul 24.

HDL and the golden key to cancer immunity?

Plebanek MP, Bhaumik D, Thaxton CS.

Oncoscience. 2018 Jun 28;5(5-6):164-166. doi: 10.18632/oncoscience.436. eCollection 2018 May. No abstract available.

Interstitial telomeric loops and implications of the interaction between TRF2 and lamin A/C.

Smith ED, Garza-Gongora AG, MacQuarrie KL, Kosak ST.

Differentiation. 2018 Jul - Aug;102:19-26. doi: 10.1016/j.diff.2018.06.001. Epub 2018 Jun 18. Review.

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