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

Multidimensional Assessment of the Host Response in Mechanically Ventilated Patients with Suspected Pneumonia.

Walter JM, Ren Z, Yacoub T, Reyfman PA, Shah RD, Abdala-Valencia H, Nam K, Morgan VK, Anekalla KR, Joshi N, …

Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2018 Nov 6. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201804-0650OC. [Epub ahead of print]

Enabling precision medicine in neonatology, an integrated repository for preterm birth research.

Sirota M, Thomas CG, Liu R, Zuhl M, Banerjee P, Wong RJ, Quaintance CC, Leite R, Chubiz J, Anderson R, Chappell J, …

Sci Data. 2018 Nov 6;5:180219. doi: 10.1038/sdata.2018.219.

ACR Appropriateness Criteria® Suspected New-Onset and Known Nonacute Heart Failure.

Expert Panel on Cardiac Imaging:, White RD, Kirsch J, Bolen MA, Batlle JC, Brown RKJ, Eberhardt RT, Hurwitz LM, …

J Am Coll Radiol. 2018 Nov;15(11S):S418-S431. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2018.09.031.

ACR Appropriateness Criteria® Chronic Chest Pain-Noncardiac Etiology Unlikely-Low to Intermediate Probability of Coronary Artery Disease.

Expert Panel on Cardiac Imaging:, Shah AB, Kirsch J, Bolen MA, Batlle JC, Brown RKJ, Eberhardt RT, Hurwitz LM, …

J Am Coll Radiol. 2018 Nov;15(11S):S283-S290. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2018.09.021.

HRD1-ERAD controls production of the hepatokine FGF21 through CREBH polyubiquitination.

Wei J, Chen L, Li F, Yuan Y, Wang Y, Xia W, Zhang Y, Xu Y, Yang Z, Gao B, Jin C, Melo-Cardenas J, Green RM, Pan H, …

EMBO J. 2018 Nov 15;37(22). pii: e98942. doi: 10.15252/embj.201898942. Epub 2018 Nov 2.

6mer seed toxicity in tumor suppressive microRNAs.

Gao QQ, Putzbach WE, Murmann AE, Chen S, Sarshad AA, Peter JM, Bartom ET, Hafner M, Peter ME.

Nat Commun. 2018 Oct 29;9(1):4504. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-06526-1.

Type 2 Innate Lymphoid Cells Impede IL-33-Mediated Tumor Suppression.

Long A, Dominguez D, Qin L, Chen S, Fan J, Zhang M, Fang D, Zhang Y, Kuzel TM, Zhang B.

J Immunol. 2018 Dec 1;201(11):3456-3464. doi: 10.4049/jimmunol.1800173. Epub 2018 Oct 29.

Neisseria gonorrhoeae Exposed to Sublethal Levels of Hydrogen Peroxide Mounts a Complex Transcriptional Response.

Quillin SJ, Hockenberry AJ, Jewett MC, Seifert HS.

mSystems. 2018 Oct 2;3(5). pii: e00156-18. doi: 10.1128/mSystems.00156-18. eCollection 2018 Sep-Oct.

RRSP and RID Effector Domains Dominate Virulence Impact of Vibrio vulnificus MARTX Toxin.

Gavin HE, Satchell KJF.

J Infect Dis. 2018 Oct 5. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiy590. [Epub ahead of print]

The bacterial Ras/Rap1 site-specific endopeptidase RRSP cleaves Ras through an atypical mechanism to disrupt Ras-ERK signaling.

Biancucci M, Minasov G, Banerjee A, Herrera A, Woida PJ, Kieffer MB, Bindu L, Abreu-Blanco M, Anderson WF, Gaponenko V, …

Sci Signal. 2018 Oct 2;11(550). pii: eaat8335. doi: 10.1126/scisignal.aat8335.

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