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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.

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

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Fractionating a COVID-19 Ad5-vectored vaccine improves virus-specific immunity.

Sanchez S, Palacio N, Dangi T, Ciucci T, Penaloza-MacMaster P.

Sci Immunol. 2021 Oct 14:eabi8635. doi: 10.1126/sciimmunol.abi8635. Online ahead of print.

Cross-protective immunity following coronavirus vaccination and coronavirus infection.

Dangi T, Palacio N, Sanchez S, Park M, Class J, Visvabharathy L, Ciucci T, Koralnik IJ, Richner JM, Penaloza-MacMaster P.

J Clin Invest. 2021 Oct 8:e151969. doi: 10.1172/JCI151969. Online ahead of print.

Corrigendum: Loss of TARBP2 Drives the Progression of Hepatocellular Carcinoma via miR-145-SERPINE1 Axis.

Li LM, Chen C, Ran RX, Huang JT, Sun HL, Zeng C, Zhang Z, Zhang W, Liu SM.

Front Oncol. 2021 Sep 7;11:746958. doi: 10.3389/fonc.2021.746958. eCollection 2021.

Kainate receptors regulate the functional properties of young adult-born dentate granule cells.

Zhu Y, Armstrong JN, Contractor A.

Cell Rep. 2021 Sep 21;36(12):109751. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2021.109751.

RARG variant predictive of doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity identifies a cardioprotective therapy.

Magdy T, Jiang Z, Jouni M, Fonoudi H, Lyra-Leite D, Jung G, Romero-Tejeda M, Kuo HH, Fetterman KA, Gharib M, Burmeister BT, Zhao M, Sapkota Y, Ross CJ, Carleton BC, Bernstein D, Burridge PW.

Cell Stem Cell. 2021 Sep 14:S1934-5909(21)00343-X. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2021.08.006. Online ahead of print.

Anti-latent TGFβ binding protein 4 antibody improves muscle function and reduces muscle fibrosis in muscular dystrophy.

Demonbreun AR, Fallon KS, Oosterbaan CC, Vaught LA, Reiser NL, Bogdanovic E, Velez MP, Salamone IM, Page PGT, Hadhazy M, Quattrocelli M, Barefield DY, Wood LD, Gonzalez JP, Morris C, McNally EM.

Sci Transl Med. 2021 Sep 8;13(610):eabf0376. doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.abf0376. Epub 2021 Sep 8.

BACH2 is a putative T cell lymphoma tumor suppressor that may play a role in product-derived CAR-T cell lymphomas.

Daniels J, Choi J.

Blood. 2021 Sep 9:blood.2021012641. doi: 10.1182/blood.2021012641. Online ahead of print.

Negative charge in the RACK1 loop broadens the translational capacity of the human ribosome.

Rollins MG, Shasmal M, Meade N, Astar H, Shen PS, Walsh D.

Cell Rep. 2021 Sep 7;36(10):109663. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2021.109663.

Combining spike- and nucleocapsid-based vaccines improves distal control of SARS-CoV-2.

Dangi T, Class J, Palacio N, Richner JM, Penaloza MacMaster P.

Cell Rep. 2021 Sep 7;36(10):109664. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2021.109664. Epub 2021 Aug 17.

Desmosomal Cadherins in Health and Disease.

Hegazy M, Perl AL, Svoboda SA, Green KJ.

Annu Rev Pathol. 2021 Aug 23. doi: 10.1146/annurev-pathol-042320-092912. Online ahead of print.

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