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

Northwestern’s interdisciplinary biomedical PhD training program.

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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 and dual degrees.

Research and Mentors

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

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Student Publications

ICAM-1: A master regulator of cellular responses in inflammation, injury resolution, and tumorigenesis.

Bui TM, Wiesolek HL, Sumagin R.

J Leukoc Biol. 2020 Mar 17. doi: 10.1002/JLB.2MR0220-549R. [Epub ahead of print] Review.

Zinc exocytosis is sensitive to myosin light chain kinase inhibition in mouse and human eggs.

Lee HC, Edmonds ME, Duncan FE, O'Halloran TV, Woodruff TK.

Mol Hum Reprod. 2020 Mar 2. pii: gaaa017. doi: 10.1093/molehr/gaaa017. [Epub ahead of print]

Altered chromatin landscape and enhancer engagement underlie transcriptional dysregulation in MED12 mutant uterine leiomyomas.

Moyo MB, Parker JB, Chakravarti D.

Nat Commun. 2020 Feb 24;11(1):1019. doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-14701-6.

Publisher Correction: In vivo structure of the Legionella type II secretion system by electron cryotomography.

Ghosal D, Kim KW, Zheng H, Kaplan M, Truchan HK, Lopez AE, McIntire IE, Vogel JP, Cianciotto NP, Jensen GJ.

Nat Microbiol. 2020 Feb 19. doi: 10.1038/s41564-020-0693-1. [Epub ahead of print]

USP22 controls iNKT immunity through MED1 suppression of histone H2A monoubiquitination.

Zhang Y, Wang Y, Gao B, Sun Y, Cao L, Genardi SM, Wang CR, Li H, Sun Z, Yang Y, Fang D.

J Exp Med. 2020 May 4;217(5). doi: 10.1084/jem.20182218.

Association of Atopic Dermatitis With Bacterial, Fungal, Viral, and Sexually Transmitted Skin Infections.

Ren Z, Silverberg JI.

Dermatitis. 2020 Mar/Apr;31(2):157-164. doi: 10.1097/DER.0000000000000526.

Intercellular Adhesion Molecule 1 Functions as an Efferocytosis Receptor in Inflammatory Macrophages.

Wiesolek HL, Bui TM, Lee JJ, Dalal P, Finkielsztein A, Batra A, Thorp EB, Sumagin R.

Am J Pathol. 2020 Feb 6. pii: S0002-9440(20)30021-3. doi: 10.1016/j.ajpath.2019.12.006. [Epub ahead of print]

Complete Genome Sequence of Klebsiella pneumoniae Strain TK421, a Conjugative Hypervirulent Isolate.

Kochan TJ, Ozer EA, Pincus NB, Fitzpatrick MA, Hauser AR.

Microbiol Resour Announc. 2020 Jan 16;9(3). pii: e01408-19. doi: 10.1128/MRA.01408-19.

The Vibrio cholerae MARTX toxin silences the inflammatory response to cytoskeletal damage before inducing actin cytoskeleton collapse.

Woida PJ, Satchell KJF.

Sci Signal. 2020 Jan 14;13(614). pii: eaaw9447. doi: 10.1126/scisignal.aaw9447.

Endothelial Cell Calcium Signaling during Barrier Function and Inflammation.

Dalal PJ, Muller WA, Sullivan DP.

Am J Pathol. 2020 Mar;190(3):535-542. doi: 10.1016/j.ajpath.2019.11.004. Epub 2019 Dec 19. Review.

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